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Since kids are falling by the wayside, we should consider nixing celebrations of women who claim they can do it all. 24-Oct-2019
Right to bare boobs: Topless advocates take battle to Supreme Court
A group of women are taking their mission to “free the nipple” all the way to the US Supreme Court, a report said.
The trio of New Hampshire women are asking the nation’s highest court to strike down a ban on women appearing topless in public in the city of Laconia, arguing the ordinance violates the constitution by treating men and women differently, NBC News reported.
The legal fight began in 2016, when Ginger Pierro was arrested at a Laconia beach for performing yoga while topless
'I Effectively Have Become an Instrument of State Abuse of Power': Abortion in Missouri Now
In Missouri, where the state’s last remaining abortion clinic is in a legal battle to keep its doors open, Republicans have imposed another invasive and unnecessary requirement for anyone obtaining an abortion: now, patients must undergo a pelvic exam at least 72 hours prior to the procedure.
A pelvic exam “includes putting your fingers and other instruments in the vagina, when really that gives no medical information,” Dr. Colleen McNicholas of the St. Louis Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services, Missouri’s last abortion clinic, told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “It doesn’t do anything to help the patient, or myself, choose what is the best approach for their abortion care.”
Strict US Anti-Abortion Laws Forced a Woman to Give Birth to a Baby Without a Skull
Madonna Criticizes 'New York Times' Profile: 'It Makes Me Feel Raped'
"Madonna at Sixty," a New York Times feature published Wednesday, has been met with some detailed words of disapproval from its subject, who characterized the piece in a subsequent Instagram note as "further proof that the venerable [Times] is one of the founding fathers of the patriarchy."
The Madame X creator preceded the criticism of the publication and society at large with some words of support for artist/photographer/friend JR, who based the accompanying NYT Magazine cover on a classic Steven Meisel portrait.
"The journalist who wrote this article spent days and hours and months with me and was invited into a world which many people [don't] get to see, but chose to focus on trivial and superficial matters such as the ethnicity of my stand-in or the fabric of my curtains and never-ending comments about my age which would never have been mentioned had I been a MAN!" Madonna said Thursday. "Women have a really hard time being the champions of other women even if they are posing as intellectual feminists."
Will Any Music Awards Show Get Representation For Women Right? None Have Yet.
On last night’s American Music Awards (AMAs), Taylor Swift doubled down on her voter registration message, Ciara and Missy Elliott leveled up, and Aretha Franklin finally got the tribute she deserved. Women were at the forefront of the show, which was a vast step forward from their massive under representation at the Grammys or the MTV VMAs and the number of awards they won was a step up from their Billboard Music Awards treatment. The AMAS did the best job representing women as performers and winners of any music awards show this year. They also showed us how far music has to go to fix its #MeToo and representation issues.
But digging a little deeper, the AMAs also highlight some serious areas that need work. First and foremost, let’s talk about the late XXXTentacion being nominated for two awards, and winning one that was broadcast in the show. Imagine the Golden Globes nominating Roman Polanski (or Woody Allen, or Kevin Spacey, or any number of high profile men accused of sexual misconduct) for an award this year, of all years. Imagine them giving it to him on television. And imagine that later on, when a woman nominated against him lauds his work, saying she’s a fan and it’s an honor to be in the same category as him. That’s essentially what happened with XXX’s win, and Camila Cabello’s subsequent lauding of him in her Best New Artist acceptance speech. XXX, who passed away earlier this year, may have been a talented artist and undoubtedly has legions of fans. But he is also accused of violent, disturbing abuse against a woman. We don’t have to celebrate abusers at our awards show, and to do so only tells women that their pain is not important. It was an especially bitter pill to swallow after weeks of the Kavanaugh confirmation battle. Music seems to think it can continue to exist in a bubble where #MeToo and support for the survivors of abuse are negligible.
GERVONTA DAVIS ACCUSED OF PUNCHING WOMAN ... In Strip Club Attack
Neil Patrick Harris, What Was That?
Taylor Swift's Instagram Post Has Caused A Massive Spike In Voter Registration
Since Taylor Swift flexed her star power Sunday with an Instagram post that encouraged her 112 million followers to register to vote, Vote.org has experienced an unprecedented flood of new voter registrations nationwide.
"We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T. Swift's post," said Kamari Guthrie, director of communications for Vote.org.
For context, 190,178 new voters were registered nationwide in the entire month of September, while 56,669 were registered in August.
Using her power for good. 11-Oct-2018
This Has All Been an Infuriating Sham
To seasoned political watchers and people who have spent the last two years gradually becoming more depressed and hopeless—the Venn diagram of those two things really ought be a circle—this news may come as no surprise, but it is galling nonetheless. Sen. Chuck Grassley, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and old, old man, confirmed this morning that he does not think the pathetic farce of an FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh revealed anything new and thus will be voting to confirm him.
Slutwalk, #MeToo and Donald Trump: A grim but hopeful season for feminism
A Letter to White Women Who Support Brett Kavanaugh
Kathy Griffin lashes out at Tomi Lahren for Michelle Obama comment: ‘Go fuck yourself’
Comedian Kathy Griffin lashed out at Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren after she told former first lady Michelle Obama to "sit down" when she called her husband a great president.
Griffin shot back at Lahren for the comments, telling the commentator to “go f--- yourself.”
“‘Sit down, Michelle’ Tomi Lahren says,” Griffin began in a tweet earlier this week. “Oh really you dime store Barbie?”
“Mrs. Obama may go high, but I certainly won’t,” the comedian continued, noting one of the former first lady's well-known phrases. “Go f--- yourself, Tomi. You evil, horrible shell of a human being.”
Ex-Host Sues Hallmark Channel for Retaliation After Reporting Harassment
Mark Steines says he was retaliated against for complaining about an executive producer's verbal abuse of producers and supporting two women who came forward with sexual harassment complaints.
Ex-Hallmark Channel host Mark Steines on Thursday sued the network's parent Crown Media, claiming he was fired and humiliated in retaliation for taking a stand against harassment.
Steines hosted Hallmark's Home & Family for six years, until he was terminated in May. He claims he regularly alerted the network through his representatives that executive producer Woody Fraser harassed and verbally abused producers and no action was taken.
Jane Fonda on Unearned #MeToo Comebacks: “Sweep the Floor at Starbucks Until You Learn!”
Several men accused of sexual misconduct during the past year might be clamoring for their comebacks after mere months—but as far as Jane Fonda is concerned, they can keep on waiting. At an event in New York promoting a new HBO documentary about her life, Jane Fonda in Five Acts, the actress emphasized that while she does have compassion for men, she rejects the idea of letting anyone accused of sexual misconduct return to power before they’ve atoned.
Debra Messing tells Susan Sarandon: 'Shut the fuck up'
Debra Messing had some choice words for fellow actress Susan Sarandon via Twitter last night (12 September).
It all started when Sarandon did an interview with Variety. The interviewer asked Sarandon what score out of ten she would give President Donald Trump.
Sarandon responded: ‘Oh my god, I would tell him to start all over again – I don’t think we can grade him.’
She continued: ‘I think, what he’s done, that is the most significant, is that… unintentionally he has energized… he is so bumbling. He’s like a character out of a cartoon that you can’t not be aware of what’s going on now.
‘STFU SUSAN,’ the Will & Grace star tweeted. ‘Oh yes, PLEASE let’s give Trump CREDIT. I mean how else are you able to walk out on the street. Convince yourself that that this CATASTROPHE of a President who you said was better that HRC IS NOT ripping children away from parents seeking asylum, holding children…’
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Moonves’ Ouster Leaves Julie Chen in Awkward Spot as Host of Two CBS Shows
Julie Chen remains an integral part of two CBS Corp. TV programs, even as her husband, former chairman-CEO Leslie Moonves, has left the company under a cloud. That awkward situation has given rise to speculation about whether she can continue her work.
Viewers of “The Talk,” one of two CBS series on which Chen serves as a host, have not heard directly from her this week in the wake of Moonves’ forced resignation on Sunday. Moonves was ousted just hours after the CBS Corp. board of directors announced Moonves would be leaving the company amid multiple accusations of sexual misconduct leveled at him. He has denied many of the allegations.
“I am taking a few days off from ‘The Talk’ to be with my family. I will be back soon and will see you Thursday night on ‘Big Brother,’” Chen said in a statement issued just before Monday’s edition of “The Talk” aired. Her other co-hosts on the program, including Sharon Osbourne and Sara Gilbert, have discussed the fallout from Moonves’ departure on both episodes broadcast this week.
Kathy Griffin lashes out at Julie Chen
Hundreds Arrested in Multiday Protests of Supreme Court Nominee
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing in the Senate this week was frequently disrupted as protesters were removed from the hearing room by police, with more than 200 people arrested.
Protesters are removed during the fourth day of Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 7, 2018.
In an unusually intense episode of civil disobedience on Capitol Hill, the four-day Senate Judiciary Committee hearing was targeted for “creative resistance” by liberal activist groups, said Linda Sarsour, Women's March board member.
“This is a travesty of justice! Adjourn the hearing!” Sarsour, 38, yelled on Tuesday morning as she was the first to be taken out of the hearing room by police officers.
Obama calls on California to rise up against ‘anger and division’ of Trump and GOP
Kathy Griffin Explains Why Men Want Louis C.K. Back in Business
The news that Louis C.K. is attempting to “return” to comedy less than a year after admitting to masturbating in front of nonconsenting peers enraged people all over the internet. Among those most upset by the news (no surprises here) are the women in comedy who have and will have to continue to put up with a toxic industry that is once again reinforcing how little it cares about them.
Kathy Griffin is one of the latest, but probably the most thorough, to lay out all the ways and reasons the industry fails to make comedy a safe space for women. “You’ll never hear a successful male comic say that dealing with women in the business is just exhausting and that they have reached their limit. Or that they’re tired of years of having to beg to be treated the same as women or that they’ve had enough of the emotional abuse,” she wrote in a 26-tweet thread. “[W]hat I’m discussing in this thread can be applied to any industry.”
Standup Comedians Explain Why Louis C.K.'s Return Was So Infuriating
Massachusetts Democrat calls for Clarence Thomas impeachment
A Massachusetts Democrat has added a plank to her campaign platform: Impeach Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Barbara L'Italien, a state senator running in a crowded field to replace retiring Rep. Niki Tsongas, is declaring her intention to file an impeachment resolution against Thomas as part of an effort to address sexual assault if elected to Congress.
L'Italien said she is also calling for congressional hearings into President Donald Trump's alleged sexual misconduct.
“There is an elephant in the room for Congress in the #MeToo era. Our leaders have to start talking about it.