Happy Feminist Friday guys! First off I want to thank everyone for their support and love regarding this blog. I have been getting a lot of positive feedback from you guys and it means the world to me! As always, I have rounded up the top news stories concerning us feminists from the past week. If I missed anything feel free to add it in the comments section!
In good news…
1. Disney has debuted their newest princess, named Moana. She is a Polynesian teenager who loves to explore the ocean. The film is set to be released in 2016. Yay for brave and independent Disney princesses!
2. The city of San Antonio denied the Pro Life group ‘Created Equal’ from broadcasting graphic abortion images on the jumbotron at the Alamo for tourists to see. The city has still allowed them to hand out pamphlets.
3. A new study in the latest Journal of School Health shows that middle school students who were given a comprehensive sex education course were 15% less likely to become sexually active by the end of 8th grade. Thank you science! (It shouldn’t be a surprise that comprehensive sex education works!)
4. Brooke Guinan has become NYC’s first trans firefighter. You go girl!
5. New Mexico’s new parental leave law for high school students allows young parents to finish high school. The first of its kind in America, the law requires that all school districts provide parents with 10 days off after the birth of a child and another four days for the baby’s doctor’s appointments or to care for their sick child. This is also on top of the permitted 10 days of unexcused absences for all students.
In bad news…
1. The Hobby Lobby ruling by the USSC has been repurposed by a Guantanamo Bay inmate. The detainee is using this ruling to refuse escort by female guards, as it violates his religious beliefs; this relies on the same 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act that the Hobby Lobby case used.
2. George Will, a rape apologist from the Washington Post, will be paid $48,000 to speak at Miami University, my personal alma mater. Over 1,000 students and faculty signed an open letter protesting his appearance. Despite this, he appeared on campus Wednesday for his lecture and was met with more than 150 protestors. He failed to mention sexual assault during his speech in front of 500, but a few questions about his recent remarks were brought up afterwards in a question and answer session.
3. On Tuesday, ‘The Five’ on Fox News stated that young women shouldn’t vote, as we haven’t had time to age into ‘conservative wisdom’ yet. Also we are apparently too busy on Tinder to vote. Wow! I wonder how long it will take me to age into this amazing conservative wisdom!! WTF
4. Dan Patrick could very well be the next lieutenant governor in Texas.Ugh, only in Texas.
5. Women in the US are still spending three times the amount of time on housework as men.
6. South African ‘hero’ Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to only 5 YEARS for killing his girlfriend. Sending positive thoughts to Reeva’s family and friends.
7. A study by the Pew Research Center reports that 51% of women have been called offensive names online, while 26% have ben victims of online stalking, compared to 7% of men.
8. Despite the positive news last week, the 200 Nigerian school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram have yet to be released. And now the identity of the man who is supposedly negotiating the release is under scrutiny. Hopefully this will all be resolved soon. these girls have been gone from their families for too long.