• Writer Olivia Messer details the widespread, daily sexism that's part of the culture of the Texas capitol. [Texas Observer]
• A four-part series in the Cleveland Plain-Dealerdigs into unsolved rape cases from the city and finds that not all rapes were investigated equally—whether police took each case seriously depended a lot on race and age. [Cleveland Plain-Dealer]
• No surprise, but abstinence-only sex-ed cirricula are full of gender stereotypes so bad that they would be hilarious if they weren't actually being taught in schools. For example: "Women need affection while men need sexual fulfillment; women need conversation while men need recreational companionship." [RH Reality Check]
• To kick off Pride Week, Vancouver, BC installs permanent rainbow crosswalks in one of its fanciest neighborhoods. Some LGBT advocates say that's great, but it might be better to put rainbow crosswalks in affordable neighborhoods, too. [Straight]
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• Information about yet another NSA surveillance program, XKeyscore, has come to light. NSA training materials for the program claim that it covers "nearly everything a typical user does on the internet." [The Guardian]
• As if we couldn't get more exasperated with Robin Thicke, the artist of "Blurred Lines" fame believes that his objectifying music video is actually sexist in a good way and even claims that he has started a feminist movement. [PolicyMic]
A 21-year-old Manchester man has been arrested for a crime every woman who writes online knows well: "malicious communication." In this case, the man is suspected of harassing UK feminist advocate and journalist Caroline Criado-Perez, who was threatened with hundreds of tweets promising rape and death thanks to her work on a successful campaign to get Jane Austen on the 10 pound note.
• A Comic-Con panel titled "Women Who Kick Ass," featuring The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira, Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff, Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany, and Machete Kills' Michelle Rodriguez, started off promisingly. But as soon as Rodriguez mentioned "destructive male culture," sexism began stirring in the audience. [Racebending]
• Also in questionable censorship news, Clear Channel refuses to air ads about women's reproductive health care on the grounds of indecency. Sign WAM's petition to unblock this important information from the airwaves. [Women, Action, & The Media]
• Robin Thicke's song "Blurred Lines" is all over the radio this summer--Boylesque group Mod Carousel teamed up with vocalists Caela Bailey, Sydni Devereux, and Dalisha Phillips to challenge the song with this great genderswap parody. [Huffington Post]
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