• Last week, the AOL CEO Tim Armstrong explained to his employees that AOL would be cutting retirement benefits, pointing to the huge cost of assisting the birth of two employees' "distressed babies." The mother of one of those babies has penned a response as to why Armstrong's framing was way off. [Slate]
• On the subject of heinous word choices, Steven King thinks describing Dylan Farrow’s open letter as having “an element of palpable bitchery” was “probably…the wrong word” to use to refer a victim coming forward about sexual abuse. [Salon]
• I made a New Year’s resolution to use fewer exclamation points, and this video presents the perfect opportunity to break that resolution. Here’s an amazing interview with Pussy Riot on the Colbert Report!!! [Huffington Post]
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• In a recent interview, comedian Jerry Seinfeld sounded off about the push to diversify comedy shows. “It really pisses me off,” he said. “People think [comedy] is the census or something, it’s gotta represent the actual pie chart of America. Who cares?” We care! [Colorlines]
• Victims of revenge porn have a surprising legal weapon: copyright law. [The Atlantic]
• First off, a new report from the Guttmacher Institute shows that the abortion rate in the United States is at its lowest since 1973. Though some of that decline might be due to new laws preventing women from obtaining abortions, the biggest driver of the declining abortion rate is likely the spread of affordable birth control access. [Feministing]
Happy Friday, folks! Here's what's on our radar this morning.
• The talk of feminist Twitter since Wednesday morning has been this cover story from The Nation on "Feminism's Toxic Twitter Wars." Read it, and be sure to follow up with the astute critiques already published at Prison Culture and by Yasmin Nair. Stay tuned for our take, coming soon. [The Nation, Prison Culture, Yasmin Nair]
• Pro-Life Waco is organizing a "CookieCott" against the Girl Scouts, who recently endorsed prochoice candidates Wendy Davis and Kathleen Sebelius. Good luck with that. I mean, even people who would deny a woman her right to bodily autonomy cannot deny the deliciousness of Samoas and Thin Mints. [CookieCott 2014]
• Sideline reporter and perennial hate target Erin Andrews is reporting for the first time this weekend from the Super Bowl. In preparation, Gwen Knapp takes on the question of why Andrews is such a lightning rod for sexism. [Slate]
• In other Super Bowl news: One of the longstanding bits of conventional wisdom about the Big Game is that it's a hotbed of human sex trafficking. At Sports on Earth, Susan Elizabeth Shepard looks at whether accusation stands up to scrutiny. [Sports on Earth]
• Amid Texas's abortion-access restrictions, one tenacious provider has discovered a workaround: Refer to himself as a "miscarriage management" consultant. But can his reinvention stand up to ever-more punitive laws? [The New Republic]
• Fancy-schmancy department store Barney's is releasing a spring ad campaign featuring 17 transgender models, which is definitely better than its past record of zero transgender models. The campaign's creator told the New York Times that he specifically wants to highlight the spectrum of the transgender community, noting that "the L.G.B. communities have made extraordinary advances, and the transgender community has not shared in that progress." [New York Times]
That's all for today! As always, let us know what you're reading in the comments...
• Missouri lawmakers may extend the state's 24-hour waiting period for women seeking abortion care to 72 hours. A brilliant student protested the bill by vowing to make committee members wait too: she promised to come back three days later to speak out against the bill again—after not needing to think about it. [Salon]