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On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here's all the news on our radar today: 

• The new abortion rights restriction laws in Texas have been doing just what reproductive health advocates feared: forcing safe, legal clinics to shut their doors. This week, the only abortion clinic in the poorest part of the state closed up shop. [New York Times] 

• Two lesbian Michigan nurses are filing suit against the state's same-sex marriage ban. Good luck, y'all! [Guardian] 

• It's time for Hollywood to take a cue from Octavia Butler and stretch its imagination a bit. [Feministing] 

• A new study shows that Facebook can make us feel bad about ourselves. According to the study, women who browsed Facebook for just 20 minutes reported more body dissatisfaction than those who used the internet to research rainforest animals. Well yeah, duh, have you seen rainforest animals? I would happily look at them all day. [Mother Jones] 

• It's hard to keep track of all the science out there on fracking, so here's a rundown of the latest research on the health impacts of the natural gas drilling. [Pacific Standard] 

• Writer Nicole C. Kear has some advice on how to not be a dick to a blind person. [xoJane] 

• It's Mardi Gras! Sociology professor Lisa Wade has as an interesting look at a group of New Orleans sex workers who would dress up like baby dolls during the celebration. [Sociological Images] 

• Autostraddle has a really funny profile of Divergent star Shailene Woodley, who eschews all labels except for "hippie-dippie." [Autostraddle] 

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Shailene Woodley is SO cool!.... however

I don't know if I would call her "fluid". Isn't being fluid really where a person kind of went one way, and then later on realized they were actually the other way? BUT, she seems to know EXACTLY who she is. So to me that doesn't seem like someone who is "fluid" at all. But anyway, she seems like a really cool person! And she's talented too! I just wish more people would discuss male celebrities who are also coming out all over as being "sexually fluid" too. There are just as many of them. And they consider themselves "fluid" in different definitions.

"sexuality not only exists on

"sexuality not only exists on a continuum, but some people can and do move on that continuum across the lifespan."

and the movement doesn't invalidate their previous sexuality i.e. that person was never really into X. and they can know exactly who they are and their attractions can still change over time.

Something to maybe post

Hi, long time reader, first time poster. Thought that this article may be of note to you, although it's from about a week ago: