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  • If Roe v Wade is overturned, we should worry about the rule of law

    Affirming precedence is an important legal principle. If it’s ignored, which other supreme court decisions could be overturned next? Donald Trump was staunchly pro-choice until he sought to become President Donald Trump. From that moment on, a centerpiece of his campaign was a promise to do whatever he could to ensure that the 1973 supreme court’s landmark decision in Roe v Wade that guaranteed a woman’s right to an abortion would be overturned. He has kept his promise and his base loves him for...

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  • Why Bella Hadid and Lil Miquela’s kiss is a terrifying glimpse of the future

    An advert featuring the human and virtual models is late-capitalist hell, ‘queerbait’ and digisexuality all at once Bella Hadid, a human supermodel, has been accused of “queerbaiting” after making out with Lil Miquela, a computer-generated influencer, in order to sell designer underwear. I know, I know, there’s a lot going on in that sentence. Please take a deep breath: we will unpack this late-capitalist hell together. Miquela Sousa, also known as Lil Miquela, is a fictional character created...

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  • Google changes policy to block misleading ads for anti-abortion groups

    A certification process would require organizations to identify themselves as either providing or not providing abortions Google changed its advertising policy this week, after facing scrutiny for providing tens of thousands of dollars in free advertising to an anti-abortion group that runs misleading ads designed to deter women from terminating their pregnancies. Starting in June, advertisers running ads “using keywords related to getting an abortion” will first have to distinguish themselves...

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  • 'I don't feel safe': Alabama newspapers publish letters by women on abortion ban

    Three local publications devoted their Sunday editions to essays from women, ranging from fear to grappling with personal beliefs Three major Alabama newspapers devoted their Sunday editions to letters from women across the state, offering an expansive look into the reactions after a nearly all-male state legislature passed the nation’s strictest abortion ban last week. The Alabama Media Group, which operates the Birmingham News, the Huntsville Times and the Mobile Press-Register, filled their...

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  • Meet the woman fighting racist, sexist AI algorithms

    As a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Joy Buolamwini, 29, was asked to construct a supercool futuristic device of the kind that might appear in a science fiction movie.

    The Telegraph
  • Trump Baby is back – and this time it’s more than just a balloon

    Poking fun at the president is all well and good, but let’s use his UK visit to raise cash for migrant, green and abortion charities “The greatest insult to a sitting US president ever.” It’s not often that I turn to the words of Nigel Farage to seek confirmation I might be involved in doing something right, but last July was different. It was a few days before Donald Trump was due to touch down for his first visit to British shores since his election to office. And things weren’t quite going to...

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  • Alabama's Biggest Newspapers Publish Essays By 200 Women On Abortion Ban

    Alabama Media Group newspapers devoted their Sunday editions to the voices of women because "a majority of men in the state legislature spoke for them."

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  • Sophie Turner has revealed Joe Jonas ‘saved’ her life when she was ‘very mentally unwell’

    The Game of Thrones actor recalled being 'very mentally unwell’ at the time

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  • Billie Eilish says new ultra-restrictive US abortion bans are 'unbelievable’

    ‘Women should say, should do and feel and be exactly what they want’

    The Independent
  • There's more to Anne Lister than lesbianism – she was brave in politics too

    Anne Lister is often referred to as the first modern lesbian, but, as Sarah Richardson explains, she refused to bow to conventions regarding her sexuality as well as her politics

    The Independent
  • Gentleman Jack, episode 1, review: Not your average local 19th-century lesbian landowner

    Anne Lister is a woman for our times who happens to have been around for the Corn Laws.

    The Telegraph
  • Why the senators’ race matters in reporting the Alabama abortion ban

    Readers argued it was wrong to highlight that white men voted in the measure. But lack of representation is central to the story Why, demanded several readers, does this headline refer to race: “These 25 Republicans – all white men – just voted to ban abortion in Alabama.” It was part of the Guardian’s coverage of the southern US state’s new measure. The sole exception to the ban is serious risk to the health of the woman; pregnancies resulting from incest or rape are not excepted. Of the 27...

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  • What my queer journey taught me about love

    After a painful split, Amelia Abraham set off around the world, meeting sex workers, trans activists and a nonbinary family to see how LGBTQ+ culture has changed the way we can live together On an easyJet flight in November 2016, I wondered whether it was possible to die of heartbreak. It felt like I was cracking down the middle, a gorge opening up. I’d met my girlfriend on Tinder and instantly fallen in love. She was in the UK for a holiday from the small Icelandic town where she lived, so we...

    the Guardian
  • Trump backs abortion in cases of rape or incest, contradicting Alabama law

    President suggests abortion will be election issue, tweeting ‘we must stick together and Win for Life in 2020’ Donald Trump, in a series of late night posts on Twitter, has outlined a less restrictive view of abortion than that just passed by Alabama’s Republican state government. Alabama now bans abortion except if there is a “serious health risk” to the mother, with no exceptions for rape and incest, but the president says he favours making an exception of cases of rape and incest. Continue...

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  • Women shouldn't have to tell abortion stories to remind lawmakers they're human

    #YouKnowMe is both powerful and profoundly depressing – women shouldn’t have to justify wanting bodily autonomy Sign up for the Week in Patriarchy, a newsletter​ on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday. Continue reading

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  • 'Consensual rape' and 're-implantation': the times lawmakers 'misspoke' on abortion

    Politicians saying ludicrous things while arguing for extreme abortion restrictions seems to be common On Friday Missouri became the latest state to enact extreme abortion restrictions, passing a bill that bans abortion after eight weeks. The ban provides no exceptions for rape or incest which, according to Republican congressman Barry Hovis, is fine because most rape is “consensual” anyway. Hovis told the Missouri House that most of the rapes he’d encountered in his previous role in law...

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  • Women without children: ‘I don’t want to be pitied – I’m really happy'

    Some have chosen not to have a baby, others can’t, or have lost them: five women talk frankly about being childfree I grew up in a single-parent family: my mother raised four girls on her own. I watched her struggle and from an early age I knew I didn’t want to do that. I’ve faced hostility for not having children – I’ve been called a barren freak and even had people tell me that I’ll never understand what love is until I have a child. Continue reading

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  • It shouldn’t be left to women to fight alone for abortion rights

    Pro-choice men should have the guts to campaign against the rolling back of laws that benefit both sexes No woman can be free who does not control her own body. That’s been the pro-choice mantra down the ages, no less true now than it ever was, and from it flows the equally fierce conviction that men should keep their noses out of reproductive rights. If it isn’t your womb, your life, on the line here, then what right do you have to interfere in a grown adult’s decision? No wonder that powerful...

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  • Missouri lawmakers approve extreme eight-week abortion ban

    The legislation, which is expected to be signed by the governor, echoes even tighter restrictions passed by Alabama this week Missouri lawmakers on Friday approved legislation to ban abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy, becoming the latest state to put severe restrictions on the procedure. The legislation passed the Republican-led state house of representatives on Friday afternoon after being approved by the senate early on Thursday, and now heads to the desk of Missouri’s Republican...

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  • Jack the Ripper’s victims are famous in death, but what were their lives like?

    Hallie Rubenhold brings humanity, dignity and sympathy to five poor women who met their end in Victorian London.

    Washington Post
  • West Point set to see record number of black women graduate

    Class of 2019 will include 34 female African America graduates, the largest in the military academy’s history, and 19 Hispanic women The US Military Academy at West Point is set to see a record number of black women graduate this spring. The group of 34 female African American graduates is the largest in history according to the prestigious military academy, following last year’s 27. The class of 2019 will also include 19 Hispanic women, the largest number so far. Continue reading

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  • Romance novelists pledge to confront abortion 'taboo' after Alabama ban

    State senate’s near-total abortion ban prompts demand for genre to treat issue as ‘a normal part of life, not a moral lesson’ Dip into the fast-moving world of romantic fiction and it quickly becomes clear that very few of the fictional couples enjoying mind-blowing sex have any idea how to use a condom. The number of novels that use an unplanned pregnancy as a major plot point is almost as staggering as the sex they contain. Take The Greek’s Pregnant Cinderella, in which a hotel maid is...

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  • 'It helps people feel more confident': the rise of women-only clubs

    Co-working spaces such as Blooming Founders seek to break the mould for self-employed women When 32-year-old Kylie Griffiths wants to unwind, she heads to the sea. The Londoner loves the city she grew up in, but says it can quickly become claustrophobic. She turned to surfing in her late 20s to get away from it all, and soon other women were reaching out to join her on her trips to the beach. “It was the only time I felt like I wasn’t in my phone and was fully in the moment,” Griffith says....

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  • Piers Morgan criticises Emily Ratajkowski for Instagramming naked photo to discuss Alabama abortion ban

    Morgan says the model's message about the abortion ban was 'ruined' by the photo

    The Independent