This Week in Misogyny is Wearing Pants to the Prom

And the hits just keep on rolling, y’all. State legislatures have been busy passing even more anti-abortion bills that are probably unconstitutional, but that’s ok; we can pick up contraceptives at the 7-11! We’ve got another batch of terrible people, but there are a few others who have earned high fives this week. (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.)

After a 2011 law that effectively banned abortion pills was struck down by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a new law to restrict the use of medications to induce abortions by prohibiting off-label use, even though further research has shown that they’re effective later in pregnancy and at lower doses than the initial tests found.

Mississippi has passed a new law that bans abortion 20 weeks after the first day of the mother’s last period, so at a gestational age of only about 18 weeks. It’s almost certainly going to be declared unconstitutional, just like every other bill that bans abortion before viability at about 24 weeks.

A new Alaska law limits the reasons that a doctor can declare an abortion to be “medically necessary” for Medicaid to cover it. There is no option to protect the mental health of the mother.

Two more Texas doctors have had their hospital admitting privileges revoked because they provide abortions and the association damages the hospital’s reputation. Their privileges have been temporarily reinstated pending a hearing; it’s a violation of federal and state law for hospitals to discriminate against doctors who perform abortion (it still happens, but most of the time they’re smart enough to pretend it’s for a different reason).

Under pressure from religious leaders, the Colorado legislature has withdrawn the proposed Reproductive Health Freedom Act that would have prohibited the passage of laws that interfere with reproductive health choices.

Nine Pennsylvania colleges have been sued under Title IX for discriminating against female athletes.

Schools really need to cool it with their dress code rules that force students to dress according to their gender. Most recently, an Illinois high school told students that they wouldn’t be able to participate in graduation ceremonies unless “females… wear dresses or skirts” along with dressy shoes or sandals, while “[m]ales are required to wear slacks, shirt and a tie.” In North Carolina, meanwhile, a girl was kicked out of prom for wearing skinny jeans instead of a dress.

When researchers sent out letters to 6,500 faculty members around the U.S. posing as prospective doctoral students who wanted to talk about research opportunities, the letters signed with a white-sounding male name got more replies than the letters purportedly from women or minorities.

Terrible people of the week!

  • Terry Richardson, for his entire existence allegedly texting model Emma Appleton to say he’d shoot her for Vogue if she had sex with him. Vogue, meanwhile, has denied that they have any plans to work with him again and Richardson claims that he never sent the text.
  • Alex Graves, the director of the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, for thinking that he’d filmed a consensual sex scene when it was clearly a rape.
  • Cardinal Dolan, who said he’s “inspired” by the Hobby Lobby case because women can just “walk into a 7-11” to pick up contraceptives.
  • The idiots who don’t understand that Chelsea Clinton can be pro-choice and still happy to be pregnant. Surprise! We have babies too, if we choose to.
  • All sorts of conservative columnists and pundits who called Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor “legally illiterate” and “emotional” because she disagreed with the court’s decision that it was constitutional for Michigan to allow voters to ban affirmative action.
  • The jackasses at Tankhead Custom Tees, who sold the following shirt at WonderCon (and who “apologized” by saying that they hated fanboys too, but “real” fans are ok).
Screencap from Twitter of a tweet by Landry Quinn Walker reading "I don't understand why people say comics are hostile to female fans with rad shirts like this for sale at Wondercon." along with a picture of a shirt that reads "I like fangirls like I like my coffee. I hate coffee."
Via Landry Quinn Walker.

High fives!

  • To Emma Stone for calling out Andrew Garfield’s dumb sexist joke about sewing being “feminine” and turning it into a teachable moment.
  • To the people who take to Twitter during Tampa Bay Rays games to remind people that pitcher Josh Lueke is a rapist.
  • To the 69% of respondents in a recent survey who are in favor of the contraceptive mandate.
  • To Jon Stewart, for absolutely eviscerating Republican sexism against Hillary Clinton. (Though I could live with the joke about Pres. Taft being pregnant.)

Australian musician Iggy Azalea has decided to stop crowd-surfing during concerts because fans would try to sexually assault her, even tweeting at her before concerts to let her know that they couldn’t wait to finger her.

Kim Novak has spoken out about the abuse she received after her appearance at the Oscars and says that she had fasted for three days before the ceremony and had to take anti-anxiety meds to be able to go onstage.

Four former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders have sued the team and their management company for failing to pay them for many of the appearances they made in violation of minimum wage laws.

Sigh. A new survey found that not only are boys more likely to earn an allowance than girls, they also receive more money than girls even though on average they do fewer chores.

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Hillary is a giant nerd and former Mathlete. She once read large swaths of "Why Evolution is True" and a geology book aloud to her infant daughter, in the hopes of a) instilling a love of science in her from a very young age and b) boring her to sleep. After escaping the wilds of Waco, Texas and spending the next decade in NYC, she currently lives in upstate New York, where she misses being able to get decent pizza and Chinese takeout delivered to her house. She lost on Jeopardy.

5 thoughts on “This Week in Misogyny is Wearing Pants to the Prom”

  1. “Put a feminist in a dangerous situation and she’ll have no problem being the damsel in distress.”

    You can step on a lego, Jane Anselm of Thought Catalog. I’m taking this one personally. (Seriously. New favorite insult. Did I get that from someone here?)

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