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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has officially announced its endorsement for same-sex marriage, same-sex couples, and full adoption and foster care rights for all parents regardless of sexual orientation.  Comprised of “60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults,” the AAP focuses its endorsement on the importance of stability and security for children in households. As Benjamin Siegel of AAP stated, “Children thrive in families that are stable...
Adria Richards, former Developer Evangelist for tech company SendGrid, recently lost her job because of the following complaint she tweeted about the men sitting behind her at a conference. According to the detailed outline of the event in her blog, these men were incessantly cracking inappropriate sexual jokes during a presentation. The comments that ticked her off the most were sexual puns involving "forking" and "dongles". Richards felt these remarks were not only uncomfortably distracting but very unprofessional. She...
In case the occasional Poetry in Motion subway poster isn’t really doing it for you art-wise, MTA Arts for Transit is officially upping its game. From March 25th to 31st, the MTA will be partnering with Creative Time to present “HEARD•NY”, a groundbreaking installation by artist Nick Cave. The show will consist of a herd (get it?!) of 30 Soundsuits that resemble colorful, shaggy horses. The suits will be installed in Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall. Twice a day, the horses will participate in “crossings,”...
Rape culture has been all over the news lately due the horrific Steubenville rape case and subsequent trial. However, rape culture has far-reaching effects across age demographics and nationalities, as proven by Australian radio host John Laws. Laws, who Salon calls “Australia’s answer to Rush Limbaugh,” has been called out for a radio interview with a victim of sexual abuse this week in which he displayed a penchant for victim blaming and general insensitivity. According to Annette Sharp at The Daily Telegraph, Laws responded to...
India’s parliament has passed a new law that protects women from sexual violence.  Following the horrible bus gang rape earlier in December, the rape and murder of three young sisters, and the most recent gang rape of a Swiss tourist, this piece of legislation is a much needed and an incredibly welcome change for women in India. The law, which will not be official until the president signs it into action, criminalizes stalking, voyeurism, and sexual harassment.  In addition, it makes it a crime for police...