On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Woohooo! Here's your feminist news roundup for today.

• DOMA IS DEAD! The Supreme Court announced this morning in a 5-4 vote that the federal definition of marriage as between a man and a woman is unconstitutional. [Supreme Court] I feel like this guy

A man waving a rainbow flag out a cab

• The Advocate details how we got to the point of overturning DOMA and how the anti-gay movement lost its momentum. [Advocate]   

• The Supreme Court also ruled on Prop 8, but in a decision that only applies to California. While same-sex couples already married legally in their states now have their unions recognized by the federal government, the push is to make marriage equality a reality in 38 more states. This means that if a gay couple is legally married in one state, their marriage will still not be recognized in states that haven't legalized same-sex marriage. There's still a lot of work to be done here. [LA Times, Reuters] 

• Were you up till midnight watching all the inspiring protests and drama over the Texas abortion restrictions measure? If you missed the action, here's a liveblog of the protests at the Texascapitol to support Senator Wendy Davis. [Texas Observer] 

• In the end, Senator Davis' 11-hour filibuster and vocal protests won the day: the super restrictive abortion bill failed. [RH Reality Check] 

• The Equity Gap: The Supreme Court also ruled on an affirmative action case this week. Check out this infographic about how the racial dynamics of higher education have changed since 1965, and how they haven't. [Colorlines]

• In other news: what's the tricky relationship between slow food and feminism? [In These Times]

• Sociologist Lisa Wide digs into an op-ed that said hook ups are ruining college students' lives. [Sociological Images]

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Thanks! Your social media team tweeted the critique of Disney's Frozen & the response to the Vice article about 5 times each, but didn't alert followers to that one.

and domestic abuse survivor Glenda Virgil released from prison

after nearly 30 years: http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Domestic-abuse-vict...

Excerpt from the article:

Virgil was victimized by virtually every important man in her life: her father molested her from infancy; her older brother sexually abused her as a young girl; as an adult, she was involved with a series of physically and sexually abusive men. After four years of beatings, stabbings and sexual abuse from her boyfriend, Virgil summoned the courage to leave. But he would not allow it. He locked her in a shed, beat her and threatened to kill her. When he came at her with a shovel, she shot him once and killed him.

Prior to her 1987 trial, two experts concluded that Virgil suffered from battered woman syndrome and had a reasonable fear for her life at the time of the crime. But the jury convicted her of second-degree murder without benefit of that expert testimony - without any evidence that she had ever been abused. In 1991, too late for Virgil, the Legislature adopted Section 1107 of the California Evidence Code requiring that such evidence be admitted at trial.

Two additional experts, including the state Board of Prison Terms' own battered woman syndrome expert, subsequently examined Vigil and agreed that she suffered from the effects of battering and feared for her life when she shot the victim. But nine times in the last 14 years, the board has rejected her account of the crime and denied her parole under existing law.

In September 2012, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the "Sin by Silence" legislation I authored into law. The law requires the parole board to give "great weight" to evidence that the prisoner experienced intimate partner battering at the time of the crime. Virgil's attorneys petitioned for a new hearing under my law and on May 10, the board granted Virgil parole. For the first time in nearly 30 years, Virgil received the benefit of serious consideration of the role that battering played in her crime.

University of Southern California's Post-Conviction Project has represented Virgil for more than 14 years. Julia Deixler handled Virgil's parole hearing last August, where the board denied parole because Virgil had possessed tobacco in prison, and at her most recent hearing, where Virgil was finally granted parole. Sadly, Virgil may not have much time left to enjoy her freedom. Last fall she was diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer. She is frail, bald and confined to a wheelchair.

The overwhelming majority of the 11,000 women incarcerated in California state prisons are survivors of domestic abuse. Hundreds are serving life terms for defending themselves and their children from an abusive partner, or for failing to protect their children from their batterer's abuse, or for crimes their batterers forced them to commit.