The world continues to be a horrible place this week. Let’s keep fighting the good fight, ladies! (Trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.)
A woman in Texas has been ordered to have her long-term partner move out of the house they share or risk losing custody of her children. A “morality clause” in her divorce settlement prohibits overnight guests unless they’re related, but she can’t marry her partner because Texas forbids same-sex marriage.
Florida high school senior Kaitlyn Hunt has been expelled from school and is facing felony charges for dating a freshman girl; the younger girl’s parents reportedly contacted the police because they were upset that their daughter was in a same-sex relationship. An online petition urging the prosecutor to drop all charges has gotten more than 200K signatures.
Iran’s parliament is considering a bill that would allow girls as young as nine years old to get married.
The House of Representatives held a hearing on a nationwide ban on abortions at 20 weeks. It looked like this.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo wants the state legislature to pass a Women’s Equality Act to address issues like the wage gap and domestic violence, but state Republicans are trying to derail his agenda by linking campaign finance reform to an Assemblyman’s sexual harassment scandal.
Note to the Associated Press: When covering a story about a girl who got raped on school grounds, your headline shouldn’t refer to the attack as “restroom sex.”
Facebook is catching flack for repeatedly removing pictures of women breastfeeding or showing mastectomy scars, while doing nothing to remove rape jokes, threats of violence against women, or revealing photos taken of women without their knowledge or consent. Activist groups are calling for advertisers to boycott Facebook until their policy changes.
Right-wing radio talk show host Pete Santilli said he wants to shoot Hillary Clinton in the vagina, launching a Secret Service investigation.
Labour MP Diane Abbott thinks that there’s a masculinity crisis in the UK, and that the solution is for them to put women back in their traditional places. In response, Laurie Penny from The Guardian wrote my favorite sentence of the week:
Call me an iron-knickered feminist lingerie-arsonist if you must, but I thought we had agreed that forcing women and their children to choose between a husband and punishing poverty was a policy best left back in the dark ages where it came from, along with smallpox and witch-burning.
Kameron Hurley has a great essay on the erasure of women from history, particularly warfare, and the difficulty of writing realistic women even if you’re aware of misogynistic tropes that tell you how women are “supposed” to be and even if you’re writing in a sci-fi/fantasy universe where you can make up your own societal rules and norms.
Speaking of sci-fi/fantasy, boob plate armor would likely kill anyone who wore it, so stop drawing women in it!
An answer to whiners who wonder, “Why aren’t there more YA books about guys?”
Sexism in advertising:
- Pot Noodle wants you to “Peel the top off a hottie” (and if the innuendo was too subtle for you, the ads also feature a busty woman with the logo on her chest).
- SEXCEREAL actually exists. I promise this doesn’t link to The Onion.
- The description of these eyeglasses is just plain ridiculous too.
BeyoncÃ© is a feminist. Suck it, haters.
Former tennis star Jimmy Connors complains in his new autobiography that his then-girlfriend and fellow tennis champion Chris Evert had an abortion without his input. Never mind what she wanted! Including, for example, not wanting to have to talk about something deeply personal that happened almost 40 years ago.
When actor Scott Shepherd hit his girlfriend, she was advised not to talk about it and the theater company they both worked for offered to let her out of her contract (rather than firing him). One of her friends felt this was unfair and took the story to tumblr (while protecting the friend’s identity).
French filmmaker Francois Ozon thinks that all women fantasize about being prostitutes. Um, no.
Do mothers need to protect their sons from “aggressive girls?” Hell. No.
Let’s end with some wins, shall we?
- The screenwriter of Star Trek Into Darkness apologized for the completely gratuitous scene in which actress Alice Eve wore nothing but a bra and panties.
- “Attractive and Fat” is a brilliant response to Abercrombie and Fitch’s CEO’s douchey statement about why his brand only caters to thin women.
- An asshole on Reddit posted a picture of a Sikh woman to make fun of her facial hair, and when she caught wind of it she commented to explain that her religion forbids her to shave or otherwise alter her body, and that actions are more important than looks. In what may be a first on Reddit, the OP apologized!