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Iowa Passes “Heartbeat” Abortion Bill Early this morning, Iowa’s Senate voted to pass a ban on abortions after a heartbeat is detected, which typically happens in the sixth week of pregnancy—before many people know they're pregnant. Governor Kim Richards has not yet signed the bill. The Des Moines Register reports that Republicans who voted for the bill hope that it goes to the Supreme Court and overturns Roe V. Wade. Read more at the Des Moines Register. Planned Parenthood Sues The Trump Administration Planned Parenthood is suing the...
Ashley Judd Sues Harvey Weinstein Ashley Judd was one of the first actresses to come forward about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment last fall. Yesterday, Judd filed a lawsuit against the producer, who she says blocked her from getting movie roles. “My career was damaged because I rebuffed Mr. Weinstein’s sexual advances. I know it for a fact,” she told ABC News. Read the full story at ABC News.  Chicago Charter Schools Are Reportedly “Dehumanizing” Students NPR ran a story earlier this month about the Noble Network of Charter...
Down with the “Pied Piper” The Time's Up movement is calling for R. Kelly to be muted and his concert scheduled for May 11th at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex to be canceled. A call to action was reposted by several women including Ava DuVernay, Shonda Rhimes, Constance Wu, Amber Tamblyn, Robin Thede, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Insecure’s Amanda Seales, after years of sexual assault allegations. Read more at Vulture. Twin Peaks’ Pamela Gidley Dies at 52 Time reports that actress Pamela Gidley, who starred in “Fire Walk With Me,”...
Decades Later, Bill Cosby Is Found Guilty After facing decades of sexual assault allegations from over 50 women, actor-comedian Bill Cosby was finally found guilty on three charges of aggravated indecent assault this Thursday. The charges carry a maximum collective sentence of 30 years, although many speculate that he will serve less. The verdict, celebrated by women across the nation, is the first in the wake of the #MeToo movement, and it sends a powerful message to the abusers who have yet to face trial. Read...
Maxine Waters Has A Message For Trump Maxine Waters has had it up to here with the battle to impeach Trump. According to The Hill, when asked if she has any advice for Trump at the recent TIME 100 gala, she said, “Please resign” and, “Just get out.” SHE HAS A POINT.  The Golden State Killer May Have Finally Been Fund The Daily Beast reports Joseph James DeAngelo, a suspect in the Golden State Killer case, has been arrested on two counts of murder nearly 40 years after...
I spent weeks contemplating whether to bring it up, and how. This old friend of mine, she Instagrammed her feet, in roller skates, gliding through shadow and sun on concrete. She captioned it, I'ma keep running cause a winner don't quit on themselves #freedom. I thought of her fingers tapping out Beyoncé’s words phonetically, with adoration and correctness, I’ma. She’s been getting into roller derby, this dear friend; I assume the photograph was about her process. She’s practicing, falling and getting up, determined to roll across the...
The Hollywood Reporter just announced that Lorne Michaels and Aidy Bryant are teaming up with Lindy West to adapt her memoir, Shrill, for a Hulu comedy. The TV version of her story will be about a fat young woman trying to change her life but uninterested in changing her body (a narrative we rarely see on screen). We’re too excited about this to be mad that they didn’t give us a release date. BRB, hibernating until we can watch Shrill on Hulu.  Golf Club Calls Police...
We can't get enough of social-media superstar Amber Wagner. “Bitch, if you ain’t having a good day, sit there and ask yourself why. Is your shit that bad that you can’t have you a good day, bitch?” Thus begins one of Amber Wagner’s motivational Instagram videos, which have gained her over a million followers under the moniker Just Livin Baby (@jstlbby). In her L.A.-shot posts, Wagner wears two-toned lipstick, lengthy acrylic nails, brightly-colored wigs, and giant statement sunglasses, but her signature accessory is a lollipop....
In March, Congress passed the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA)-Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA). It was signed into law by Donald Trump on April 11th, reports VICE. Its ostensible aim was to close online entities that facilitate sex trafficking. However, sex workers argue that FOSTA-SESTA will—and already has—endanger their lives.  FOSTA-SESTA has lead to the closure of websites sex workers have used to find work, such as Backpage and Craigslist's Personals section, leaving sex workers struggling financially and reducing their ability to do background...
  Tammy Duckworth’s Baby Will Be Allowed On The Senate Floor Earlier this month, Tammy Duckworth became the first U.S. senator to give birth in office—and yesterday, the Senate unanimously voted to allow senators like Duckworth to bring their children onto the floor. POLITICO reports that some lawmakers pushed for Duckworth to vote from the Senate cloakroom instead of the floor, but the cloakroom is not accessible by wheelchair (Duckworth uses a wheelchair). “By ensuring that no Senator will be prevented from performing their constitutional responsibilities simply...