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Google Chairman Gets Called Out by His Own Employee for Interrupting a Female Panelist at SXSW

South by Southwest Interactive has been stepping up its programming on social justice and diversity in the tech world, but, as Karissa Bell of Mashable reports, an incident at a panel on Monday shows how far the tech world really has to go.

Professional Theater Has a Sexual Harassment Problem

In the New York Times this weekend, reporter Patrick Healy detailed a burgeoning movement to reduce the problem of sexual harassment and violence in the world of professional theater. Healy interviewed "45 performers, dancers, writers,...Show More Summary

Cops on an 11-Year-Old Who Says She Was Raped: "Child's Promiscuous Behavior Caused This"

Rape victims often feel like they're the ones being put on trial, but Joanna Walters of the Washington Post published a story late last week about a young victim of repeated gang rapes who actually was. When Danielle Hicks-Best was only 11 years old, she says a group of two or three young men took her to a house to sexually assault her. Show More Summary

“Choreplay” Is a Lie

Moments in my life when I wished I weren’t female have been rare. One of them happened this week, when I noticed the word “choreplay” was entering the lexicon. It came up prominently in a New York Times op-ed co-written by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant about how men also benefit from gender equality. Show More Summary

Why the Fringe Fundamentalist Belief in Demonic Possession Has Real-Life Dangers

This story of Arkansas state legislator Justin Harris’s adoption debacle has been a classic slow-moving trainwreck, as the Arkansas press discovers disturbing new details on a near-daily basis that have launched what started as a local scandal into national headlines. Show More Summary

The Texas Republican Defending Planned Parenthood

Texas Republicans are trying, yet again, to undermine women's access to reproductive health care in their state, but this time they are getting some pushback from within their own party. On Tuesday, Republican state representative Sarah...Show More Summary

When Career Ambitions Break Up a Marriage

Over the past few years, there has been a great deal of discussion about why women aren’t achieving as much in their careers as their male counterparts, even though women have been enrolling in and graduating from college in greater numbers than men since the 1980s. Show More Summary

Fullback Bruce Miller Arrested for Domestic Violence. How Will the NFL and 49ers Respond?

After enduring months of controversy and criticism after the release of a video showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée in an elevator, the NFL finally released updated policies regarding the handling of players accused of domestic violence in December. Show More Summary

The Clinton Foundation Accepts Money from Countries That Mistreat Women. Is That Bad?  

Anyone who writes about feminist issues has likely encountered what I like to call the "Islam gotcha." "How can you be focused on equal pay or reproductive rights," the line from conservative critics tends to go, "when women in Saudi...Show More Summary

Two Moody Bitches Discuss Moody Bitches

“As women, we learn from an early age that our moods are a problem,” writes psychiatrist Julie Holland in her new book, Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, the Sleep You’re Missing, the Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making You Crazy. Show More Summary

On Wikipedia, Gamergate Refuses to Die

As a media phenomenon, Gamergate may have died out a few months ago, but that doesn’t mean the die-hard Gamergaters have gone away. Lauren Williams at ThinkProgress has written an in-depth investigation of how Gamergaters have managed...Show More Summary

Catholic Bishops Want to Deny Raped Migrant Girls Access to Health Care

ThinkProgress reports that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is demanding, in the name of religious freedom, the right to keep underage migrants who have been raped from accessing medical care to prevent them from becoming pregnant. Show More Summary

Ellen Pao Trial Reveals the Subtle Sexism of Silicon Valley

Ellen Pao, now serving as the interim CEO of Reddit, is suing her former employer, the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, of gender discrimination because they failed to promote her during her time there and fired her when she complained in 2012. Show More Summary

Two-Thirds of Unintended Births Are Paid for By the Government

As I wrote on Monday, unintended pregnancy is increasingly concentrated among lower income women. That suggests a lot of the costs for those pregnancies will be covered by public health care systems such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Show More Summary

There Are More Men Named John Running Large Companies Than Women

More large companies in the United States are run by men named "John" than by women. Not by women named anything specific. Just, women. That's what the Upshot discovered after creating a cheeky analytical measure they call the GlassShow More Summary

CPS Finds "Free-Range" Parents Responsible for Unsubstantiated Child Neglect. Now What?

Remember that Maryland family that let their two kids walk home from a park alone, and then had to deal with the police and child protective services? They heard from the state today. The couple was found responsible for “unsubstantiated” child neglect, a confusing charge that resolved nothing and left the couple possibly more nervous and paranoid than ever.

How Barbara Mikulski Transformed the Senate  

Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski is retiring. Mikulski may stand less than five feet tall, but she casts a long shadow as the person who has probably done more than any other in Congress to redefine the role of women in the legislature. Show More Summary

Why Do Poor Women Have More Abortions? 

Richard Reeves and Joanna Ventor of the Brookings Institution have a new paper out examining the impact income level has on unintended childbearing among single women. They found that women have about the same amount of sex regardless of class, but poorer women are five times as likely to have unintended births than more affluent women. Show More Summary

Todd Akin Is Thinking About Running for Senate. Legitimately.  

After he published a book and did some disastrous press coverage to support it, it's no big surprise that Todd Akin is taking the next step in his attempted comeback: floating the possibility of running for office. The Hill reports that...Show More Summary

This Drug for Binge-Eating Disorder May Be Shady. That Doesn’t Mean It’s Not a Real Disease.

The New York Times has an excellent article this week about how pharmaceutical companies bypass doctors to market drugs directly to consumers. The company Shire got FDA approval to sell Vyvanse—an addictive amphetamine that was already...Show More Summary

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