Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can Choose

The war against women’s rights is being waged in many states, but none quite as publicized as Texas. We’ve written about Wendy Davis’s astonishing filibuster and the social media campaign it spurred into action. Now the next generation of #standwithWendy has arrived. A pop up telethon took place on Monday night to raise money for women who were suffering under Texas’ dangerous abortion laws.

The telethon took place for three hours and was accessible via the internet site www.ladypartsjustice.com. If you missed it you can go back and watch it now. You also have the …read more

Facebook’s About-Face

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As someone who has consistently received emails asking me to report images on Facebook depicting and encouraging violence against women – only to receive a form reply when I did that Facebook did not agree that these were hate speech – I was particularly happy to see the recent success of Women, Action & the Media (WAM), the Everyday Sexism Project and author/activist Soraya Chemaly this week.

On Tuesday Facebook acknowledged that its systems to identify and remove hate speech “have failed to work as effectively as we would like, particularly around issues of gender-based hate.” …read more

Media Missteps in Steubenville

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There is a lot to be disappointed about when it comes to the Steubenville rape case. I think it goes without saying that the actions of the perpetrators that resulted in this trial were abhorrent, as well as the inaction of so many witnesses to their crime.

Post-conviction, the disappointment seems to be continuing, if not growing. The peanut gallery of professional and amateur commentators in the media and on social media who have openly attacked, showed careless regard for her privacy, or indirectly blamed the victim for the fall of her perpetrators is truly revolting. …read more