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Newsbrief: IMF Head Arrested for Sexual Assault and Peace Corps Volunteers Speak Out About Rape

| May 16, 2011

IMF Head Arrested for Sexual Assault: What Happened, What It Means

5/16/11 AlterNet: IMF Head and popular French Socialist Party politician Dominique Strauss-Khan was arrested on a flight from JFK on charges that he sexually assaulted a chambermaid at his NYC hotel.

Peace Corps Volunteers Speak Out About Violent Rapes

5/13/11 Care2: The victim-blaming culture at the Peace Corps seems to be strong.  The agency announced that it will replace a video in which victims "appear on camera describing what they had done wrong to bring on sexual assault."

Osama Is Dead! Will the Healing Begin?

5/11/11 WMC: Iranian-American writer Noushin Darya Framke: it’s time to move on from the “war on terror.”

NATIONAL

Kate Swift, Feminist Wordsmith, 1923 to 2011

5/13/11 WMC: Award winning author and creator of WMC’s “Hot Button Words” series Rosalie Maggio recalls the journalist and activist who alerted the modern women’s movement to the dangers of sexist language.

Why are there pro-life Democrats? HR3 and the fight for a Gosnell world

5/9/11 Global Comment: The most upsetting thing about H.R. 3, however, is the fact that it passed the House on May 4. And how it passed: On a 251-to-175 vote. Every single Republican present voted for it. And so did 16 Democrats.

Houston Press Compiles Texas' 10 Hottest Female Sex Offenders

5/12/11 Huffington Post: The Houston Press has released a list of the “10 Hottest Women on the Texas Sex Offenders List.”

Sluts Don't Cause Rape, Rapists Do: Why "Slutwalks" Are Sweeping the World

5/11/11 AlterNet: The idea behind the Slutwalks is simple, yet so often fails to get through: rape is rape, no matter what the victim wears, says or does.

SlutWalk: A Stroll Through White Supremacy

5/13/11 To The Curb: What’s now grown into a Global North movement, SlutWalk has predictably captivated the media. One can read numerous blogs and articles, and examine diametrically opposed op-eds posted on both sides of the Atlantic – all authored by white women.

Glenn Beck Calls “Naked” Meghan McCain Fat, Fake Barfs On Air, Suggests She Wear A Burqa

5/12/11 The Frisky: Glenn’s radio show devoted three-and-a-half minutes to an eye-rollingly puerile segment in which a bunch of guys fake-barf on air while they talk about Meghan naked.

The War on Contraception Goes Viral

5/16/11 RH Reality Check: Attacking sexual liberation and women’s rights has always been at the heart of the anti-choice movement, but in order to sell such a radical agenda as mainstream, they’ve had to make sentimental and often bad faith claims about simply wanting to protect fetal life.

Bertha Lewis on Life After ACORN

5/16/11 The Root: The former president of the defunct community-organizing group is back with a new venture. She talks about the video scandal, lambastes Democrats with "no spine and no courage" and explains how the conservative right actually helped her move forward.

Is President Obama Pro-Choice?

5/13/11 Feministing: Catholics for Choice is bringing this question to the forefront again with a recent edition of their magazine, Conscience.

Even Affluent Women May No Longer Be Eligible for Credit Cards

5/10/11 WSJ: Under new rules in development by the Federal Reserve Board, banks will have to consider a consumer’s individual income as part of the credit card application process. Your household income or assets will no longer factor into the equation if you need credit.

INTERNATIONAL

New Zealand Begins To Fight Over Parental Notification

5/15/11 RH Reality Check: Restricting abortion for young women and girls under the guise of ensuring parents have a say over health procedures isn't just for the United States.

1,152 Congolese Raped Daily, Study Finds

5/12/11 Boston.com: The central African nation of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been called the worst place on earth to be a woman.

The Women Who Rule India

5/16/11 BBC: The most powerful Indian is a woman - Sonia Gandhi, chief of the ruling Congress party. India's President is a woman. The speaker of the parliament and the leader of the opposition are women.

Eve Ensler: Over

5/12/11 Huffington Post: The author ofThe Vagina Monologues" and founder of V-Day says over 400 thousand women getting raped a year in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Female Genital Cutting: a Rite, a Torture, or Both?

5/12/11 Feministing: Nick Kristof writes about the dilemma presented by female genital cutting. The practice, which he calls “one of the most pervasive human rights abuses worldwide,” prompts a critical question: where is the line between ending human rights violations and cultural imperialism?

Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill Stumbles, But Still Not Off the Table

5/13/11 Colorlines: Uganda’s parliamentary session has ended before voting on a bill that would make homosexuality a capital offense.

HEALTH

Mothers of Twins May Live Longer

5/10/11 LA Times: Women who have twins naturally may live longer and have other child-bearing advantages compared with non-twin-bearing mothers, a study finds.

Elephant in the Living Room: Obesity Epidemic and Psychiatric Drugs

5/13/11 Psychology Today: Why are psychotropic drugs unmentioned in anti-obesity initiatives?

ENTERTAINMENT

The Many Ways To Say Bridesmaids Won’t Cut Off Your Balls

5/12/11 Jezebel: Everyone who cares about showcasing funny women knows there's a lot riding on the success of Bridesmaids,

CNN Anchor Comes Out

5/15/11 LGBTQ Nation: Don Lemon, the weekend prime-time news anchor for CNN, has come out.

Fall TV Trends: Fairy Tales, Comedy and Women

5/15/11 Hollywood Reporter: Women tend to dominate the new crop of network shows.

SPORTS

Women’s Soccer Kicks Up in England

5/14/11 ESPNW: The much-anticipated FA Women's Super League (FA WSL) kicked off in mid-April. And with the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup starting June 26 in Germany, soccer enthusiasts from all over the world will be following the women's game this summer.

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