• Iowa is home to the nation's first telemedicine program for abortion—whereby women, largely in rural areas, can take an abortion pill while under video supervision by their doctors. But the state's Board of Medicine is now voting to ban the program. [ThinkProgress]
• Wednesday's commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington was, in part, an effort to appeal to young citizens to continue the unfinished work of the civil rights movement. So why were young speakers cut out of the program? [Code Switch]
• Etsy's long been your source for twee knit baby caps and awesome letterpress Game of Thrones art, but who knew the site also peddled rape culture? Witness the glass, sold by Etsy shop ThatGlassStore, whose bottom is etched with the message "You've just been roofied." Classy! [Huffington Post via The Frisky]
• 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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Some weeks it's tough to choose who gets the Douchebag Decree. I'll admit that I've written posts that were a bit of a stretch in the past, or tried to cram two stories into one because I couldn't decide who was the bigger douche. This week, however, the guesswork's been done for me. You know him, you probably don't love him, you may be disgusted and/or threatened by his very presence: Ladies and Gents, it's Daniel Tosh!!!
RH Reality Check continues to keep us up-to-date about anti-choice politicians with a profile on Republican maybe-candidate Chris Christie. In the humor category, Colbert has something to say about all this maybe-running business.
Still furious about the New York Times' awful coverage of the gang rape in Texas? So are we, and so are the folks at Bitch Flicks, who talk about rape culture, the media, and the defensive chorus of "You just want to be offended!" (via Gender Focus)
We've been following the sexual assault allegations against Julian Assange for the last few weeks, and we're really upset with all of outrageous victim-blaming that's been going on. So, I thought I would compile a book list for those of us who would like to feel more well-versed when talking about rape culture, and for those of us who still have no clue what rape culture is (I'm looking at you, Naomi Wolf). These are books that effectively explain how and why rape is justified and ignored in our culture while also envisioning a future where sexual violence does not exist.
Are there books that helped to shape your understanding of rape culture? Let us know in the comments.
In the past year, rapes in the city of Dallas have increased 25.3%. Seriously. Such a huge increase of reported rapes would be shocking anywhere, but in a city where crime of all sorts is down 6.3%, a 25.3% jump in rape is astounding. At a Public Safety Committee meeting on Monday, though, Police Chief David Brown came up with a brilliant solution to decrease the number of rapes in the city. Not really though.