It's Monday! Here's all the feminist news on my radar!
• Dancing teddy bears and boy bands? Oh my. In case you missed the very white and extremely surreal MTV Video Music Awards last night, Autostraddle has a liveblog full of ridiculous GIFs. [Colorlines, Autostraddle]
Here's all the feminist news we have for you this morning!
• Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for giving files to WikiLeaks. He hoped that the documents he leaked would lead "society as a whole to come to the conclusion that wars weren't worth it." [Boing Boing]
• In a bizarre attempt to shut down abortion clinics, a billionaire-backed anti-abortion group urges lawyers to sue abortion providers by sending them an 11-minute DVD. [Mother Jones]
• Victim-blaming has once again gone viral: Photographs of a 17-year-old girl performing oral sex at a concert in Ireland emerged online, creating the slut-shamey hashtag #SlaneSlut while discussions of the men involved are nowhere to be found. [Jezebel]
• Our border with Mexico has become more and more militarized, with the number of border patrol agents quintupling over the past 20 years and the agency's budget swelling to $18 billion. In 2012, the Border Patrol used that money to arrest 364,000 people—mostly harmless migrants, not a single one of them a terrorist threat. [New York Times]
• The biggest movie at the box office this weekend was Lee Daniels' The Butler, about a black butler who served seven presidents. [Ebony]
• 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 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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Laws restricting abortion rights have recently swept the country like a flood—legislatures in Texas, North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin have all launched into high-profile debates over abortion-rights rollbacks in the past month.