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Women Against Rape, an organization founded in 1976 to provide legal and emotional support to victims of sexual assault, spoke out against the extradition of Julian Assange in The Guardian. “Whether or not Assange is guilty of sexual violence, we do not believe that is why he is being pursued,” they write. “Once again women's fury and frustration at the prevalence of rape and other violence, is being used by politicians to advance their own purposes.

In a piece for xoJane.com, Lesley Kinzel argues that the outrage over blogs that promote anorexia – i.e. the efforts by Pinterest and Tumblr to take down “pro-ana” or “thinspiration” pages -- is actually making things worse. Shame, Kinzel points out, is a driving force behind eating disorders. So shaming anorexics by rushing at their blogs with flaming torches and scarlet “A”s may only encourage them to retreat further into the shadows, and away from recovery.

A blogger named Clarissa is pissed off about Pussy Riot. But not about the censorship that resulted in their public arrest and conviction: no, she’s pissed because they’re not the right kind of feminists.

Fifty Percent.  50%.  Half.  I hope it’s not news that women comprise fifty percent of our country- and of course our world’s- population.  This very simple fact, one should hope, would translate into the equal distribution of power.  However, this is not the case and I find it ceaselessly perplexing.  The government remains an elite and exclusive club inundated with (white) men.

We’ve heard a lot about Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in the news lately. And for good reason, there's an election coming up (real) soon. Reading the strong opinions thrown around the Internet, you’d think that most people would be all set to head to the polls. However, this is not the case.  Many who participate in democracy online, are not doing it in real life. A staggering amount of US citizens in the 18-29 demographic are still not registered to vote. Up until a month ago I was one of them. That’s right.

There’s been a lot of talk about rape and resulting pregnancies recently, thanks to Todd Akin’s awful and dangerously inaccurate remarks.  Shauna Prewitt, the Chicago lawyer who had her story of rape and subsequent pregnancy published by CNN, discovered some pretty terrifying news while researching.  According to RH Reality Check, 32,000 women become pregnant from rape each year.  32,000 women whose bodies were unable to “shut that whole thing down.”  RH Reality Check estimates that half of those women carry their pregnancies to term.

  Jaws dropped across the world after Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's “legitimate” rape comment was made public. The outrage was palpable, and among those speaking out is Tony Award winning playwright, performer, and activist Eve Ensler.   She addressed an open letter to Akin through The Huffington Post in which she wrote, “You used the expression ‘legitimate’ rape as if to imply there were such a thing as ‘illegitimate’ rape.

Put an Oscar-nominated actress on it! Super-talented style icon, actress, and former BUST cover girl Chloë Sevigny is set to guest star on Portlandia's upcoming season. She’ll be playing Fred and Carrie’s roommate, and though we don’t know any further details about the role, it'll no doubt be hilarious.

The Democratic National Convention Committee just announced a lineup of 10 women who'll be speaking at the event, which runs from September 3-6.  The list includes Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke, who we all know as the woman who spoke to House Democrats in support of insurance coverage for contraceptives (we unfortunately also know her because of the Rush Limbaugh controversy) Desperate Housewives' Eva Longoria (who is serving as an Obama reelection campaign co-chair), and Cecile Richards,  president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

House of Deréon, the fashion label created by Beyoncé’s mom, Tina, has unveiled its ads for the Autumn/Winter 2012 line. This season's looks were inspired by Beyoncé’s stage outfits from last year's Glastonbury festival--appropriately, the girl that the line represents is meant to be a free spirit having an awesome time at a music festival.
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