On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

on our radar

Here's all the news we're reading today: 

• The Supreme Court's decision to nix the 35-foot protest-buffer zone outside abortion clinics painted the right-to-life protesters as merely friendly "counselors" who want to help women. [Boston Globe] 

• The FBI has seized and shut down the online forums of sex worker network Myredbook, which sex workers had been using to discuss issues around staying safe, screening clients, and blacklisting predators. [The Toast]   

• The Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case—about whether employers can decide to not offer insurance coverage for birth control for religious reasons—is expected any day. Here are four things news coverage gets wrong about the case. [Media Matters] 

• A mom put together this little sex-positive list that's helpful for anyone, really: "11 things I want my 21-year-old daughter to know about having sex without shame." [xoJane] 

• These photos of San Francisco Pride Parades in the 1980s and early 90s are just wonderful. [Mother Jones] 

• Internet cute-dress store Modcloth is encouraging fashion designers and retailers to create and sell more plus-size clothing, noting that there are more American women who wear a size 16 than sizes 0, 2, and 4 combined. [Business Insider] 

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Sarah Mirk is Bitch Media's online editor. She's interested in gender, history, comics, and talking to strangers. You can follow her on Twitter

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Preserve Domestic Partner Benefits in PA

Pennsylvania is the only marriage equality state without statewide non-discrimination protections. So we can get married and then be fired for getting married. Or lose our rental housing. That needs to be addressed.

In the meantime, Allegheny County (home of Pittsburgh) has decided to eliminate domestic partner benefits effective July 31, 2014. Their reasoning is that having access to marriage equality for 30 full days is more than enough time to undo over 500 years of discrimination (PA history) I suppose. We are worried that Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and public school districts may follow suit.

We don't want "special rights" because the truth is - we aren't equal yet. We can be fired for getting married, that's hardly something any heterosexual couple faces. Marriage is a public record. There's no way to do it without looking over your shoulder. Always. Is that true marriage equality?

We are asking for a reasonable compromise - all municipal employers maintain the status quo on domestic partner benefits until we achieve statewide non-discrimination protection. No one loses benefits, the dialogue remains open to people who have other ideas on expanding benefits AND we stay focused on the real problem - discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation for all queer people.

So please sign our petition. This is what I want you to read today - http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/dont-take-away-domestic

We aren't anti-marriage, we just don't think marriage equality means anyone should be forced to marry in a 30 day window. If you need more encouragement, I put together a list of "Ten Fabulous Special Rights for LGBTQ Employees" to help us keep some perspective http://www.pghlesbian.com/2014/06/ten-fabulous-special-rights-for-lgbtq-...

Austrailian Women's Weekly Cover

I read the Feminist News Roundup every day and I LOVE IT!!!! However, I think today you missed the news about the wonderful cover of Australia Women's Weekly Magazine. The cover model is named Turia Pitt and she was badly burned in a fire. I think she made a beautiful cover model and I also think that this was great progress for women and people who do not fit the stereotypical model of "beautiful". Here is the link to the Huffington Post article about the cover.


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