Jeffrey Tambor finally gets fired
Last November, trans women actors Van Barnes and Trace Lysette accused Jeffrey Tambor of sexual harassment. Three months later, after an investigation, parent company Amazon Studios has confirmed that he will not return for Transparent’s fifth season. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.
This woman’s affair with Donald Trump shows how he hides his indiscretions
Karen McDougal, former Playmate of The Year, recently revealed the details of her 2006 affair with Donald Trump — which, although consensual, lends credence to the many allegations of sexual harassment the president faces. Ronan Farrow writes:
The interactions that McDougal outlines in the document share striking similarities with the stories of other women who claim to have had sexual relationships with Trump, or who have accused him of propositioning them for sex or sexually harassing them. McDougal describes their affair as entirely consensual. But her account provides a detailed look at how Trump and his allies used clandestine hotel-room meetings, payoffs, and complex legal agreements to keep affairs—sometimes multiple affairs he carried out simultaneously—out of the press.
Read more at the New Yorker.
Janelle Monáe debuted an afro-futuristic “emotion picture,” and we’re here for it
Pop star Janelle Monáe just dropped a teaser-trailer for Dirty Computer, her dystopic, afro-futuristic “emotion picture.” You can watch it here, or catch it at a screening for Black Panther — as if you needed any more reason to see the movie. Read more at NPR.
Parkland teens speak out against gun violence
After the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School claimed 17 lives, students took to Twitter to speak out against gun violence. They addressed President Trump and other pro-gun politicians directly, demanding concrete action over the typical “thoughts and prayers.” Read more at The Huffington Post.
Iowa might eliminate its 72-hour abortion waiting period
This week, Iowa’s Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the state’s mandatory 72-hour abortion waiting period law, one of the most stringent waiting periods in the nation. Current law mandates that a woman seeking an abortion must wait 72 hours between the initial consultation and the procedure, which Planned Parenthood of the Heartland says violates due process and equal protection. Read more at The Des Moines Register.
8 black female scientists you should know
In honor of Black History Month, learn about 8 badass black female scientists, including the first black woman in space and the first African-American Surgeon General. Find out more at Biography.
Hawaii’s Planned Parenthood is suing the Department of Health and Human Services
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, along with 8 other groups, is suing the HHS for canceling their five-year grants that funded teen pregnancy programs, accusing the department of discrimination. Read more at NPR.
Google Maps is sending women seeking abortions to crisis pregnancy centers:
Google Maps has received (well-deserved) pushback after advocates discovered that searching “where can I get an abortion?” turned up results for crisis pregnancy centers. These centers don’t offer abortions, and are notorious for lying to women about their reproductive options. Not cool, Google. Read more at Gizmodo.
Meet the first transgender woman to breastfeed her baby
A case report in Transgender Health details the first reported occurrence of a trans woman breastfeeding her baby. “Transgender medicine is becoming part of mainstream medicine,” said one of the co-authors of the report. Finally. Read more at Jezebel.
This post was published on February 16, 2018.
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Victoria Albert is a Boston-born graduate journalism student. She covers reproductive justice, health policy, and feminism, and has written for In These Times and Alternet. She tweets at @victoria_alb3.