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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

In the News...

So there's all sorts of interesting news buzzing around the feminist movement right now. My Facebook news feed has been blowing up with stories from Jezebel, HuffPost Women, and all sorts of other news outlets.

First and foremost (and this is huge), the ridiculous South Dakota abortion ban (you know, the obnoxious one that would have outlawed abortions after a fetal heartbeat was detected?) was ruled unconstitutional. Big win here, people. The law was passed last year and immediately (because, well...DUH) challenged. This ban was just about the strictest in the nation when it came to limiting abortion access for women, as a fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as 6 weeks (a point at which many women don't even realize they're pregnant). Seeing as abortion access is already extremely limited in this area of the country, if this law would have gone into affect, it would have completely ruled out the option of abortion for many women.

Today, Mississippi governor, Phil Bryant signed a bill to ban abortion starting at 20 weeks from the start of a woman's last menstrual period. He did this because, well, Mississippi hates abortion and they've done a fantastic job of making it damn near impossible for women to have safe, legal access to abortion care. *Facepalm*

Last week's episode of Game of Thrones has feminists and rape victims raving mad due to a consensual sex scene from the novel which was turned into a very odd rape scene on the HBO series. The episode's director defends this by saying that the sex depicted is consensual by the end of the scene. I won't lie. I am completely confused by this whole shitstorm. And I'm saying that as both a feminist and someone who has been affected by rape.

A few days ago, RH Reality Check asked the question: Is Being a Pornstar Feminist? Now, this is hardly "news" (though it stems from the story regarding the Duke freshman who was recently outed by a fellow student for doing porn to pay her college tuition).
This is quite interesting to me, as I think this question can be answered either way and still be correct. What do you think?

And finally, something that pisses me off to no end. Iggy Azalea (an Austrialian artist) stated in an interview at New York's Hot 97 on Tuesday, that she had to stop crowd surfing at her own shows because her fans kept trying to finger her. Finger her! At her own shows! I read this and immediately, the big red neon sign in my head started flashing "What...the...FUCK?!". How is it that these "fans" (which Iggy said were both male and female) find it acceptable to FINGER a performer?! Someone that they supposedly "respect" and admire. Iggy also stated that she now wears three layers of protection underneath her pants, shorts, or skirts now. This pisses me off and breaks my heart all at the same time.

That's all for now, people. If you've got any interesting tid bits that I missed, feel free to shoot them my way either here in the comments. On our Facebook page or email me at athoughtofherown@gmail.com.