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Why You Should Care About Cyntoia Brown

#FreeCyntoiaBrown

As frustrating as it is for some, there is value when celebrities speak up about causes and injustices. Their platform allows important information to spread much faster than it might even through mainstream media. The sad fact is that I didn't know the now 13-year-old story of Cyntoia Brown until it started picking up steam recently thanks to people like Rihanna, T.I., Kim Kardashian, and Cara Delevigne. And it's a story that should infuriate us all.

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Woman Allegedly Fired for Getting Her Period at Work Because Women’s Bodies Still Confuse & Terrify Ignorant Men

Women have it ingrained in them from puberty that they need to live in fear of a blood on their pants and be embarrassed even just to buy tampons at a drug store. That degrading mentality toward our bodies is bad enough, but how are we still living in a world where being a woman is a fireable offense?

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Yet Another Woman Steps Forward to Accuse Roman Polanski of Having Assaulted Her As a Minor

Many people would like to believe that instances of sexual assault are one-time offenses, but far too often they are indicative of a pattern of behavior. If you can do this to one person, it's likely you can do it to several people. This seems the case for director Roman Polanski.

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Taylor Swift Wins Suit Against Groping DJ—Hopes to Use Privilege to Help Other Women Defend Themselves

After a two year legal battle and four years after the initial groping incident, Taylor Swift has won her lawsuit against Denver DJ David "Jackson" Mueller and was awarded her $1.

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The Woman Arrested for Laughing at Jeff Sessions Just Had Her Conviction Thrown Out

For those of us who were terrified by the idea of living in a country where you could be arrested for laughing, there's some good news today. Desiree Fairooz, the Code Pink activist who was arrested and subsequently convicted of disruptive conduct after laughing during Jeff Sessions' confirmation hearing, has had her conviction thrown out.

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John Oliver Got Sued for This Segment on Coal, So Here It Is Again

As expected, Oliver got hit by a lawsuit yesterday that claimed he staged a “meticulously planned attempt to assassinate the character and reputation” of Murray Energy CEO Bob Murray.

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Female Cop Being Punished For Her Dominatrix Past? Gross. Sensationalized Reporting of It? Also Gross.

Being a professional dominatrix is completely and totally 100% legal (though laws regulating it vary from state to state). This is an important fact to remember as we look at the case of New Jersey sheriff’s officer, Kristen Hyman. **CW: Brief description of consensual BDSM activity**

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Today’s Dystopia News: A Woman Is Facing Up to a Year in Prison After Being Found Guilty of Laughing

Here. This happened here.

A woman is facing up to a year in prison for laughing at a claim that Attorney General Jeff Sessions treats "all Americans equally under the law."

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Feminism Around the World: French Woman Pardoned After Having Killed Abusive Husband

One day in 2012, Jacqueline Sauvage's husband woke her from a nap by hitting her in the face, then demanding that she make him dinner. Instead, she got their hunting rifle and shot him dead. In 2014, she was charged with murder, convicted, and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Yesterday, French President François Hollande pardoned Sauvage.

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U.S. Supreme Court to Vote On a High School Bathroom Case Involving a Transgender Student For the First Time

Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old trans boy in Virginia, just wants to use the boys' bathroom at the high school he attends. A July ruling by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked an appeal by the Gloucester County School Board to force students to use bathrooms according to the gender they were assigned at birth. Now, the case has been kicked up to the U.S. Supreme Court, who will vote directly on an issue of transgender rights for the first time.

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CBS/Paramount Issue Guidelines for Star Trek Fan Films Because Axanar Ruined It for Everyone

There have been Star Trek fan films for decades without any trouble. So, why is CBS/Paramount suddenly issuing really strict guidelines for fan films now? Because one entitled fan effort ruined it for everyone. That effort is called Axanar.

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Judge in Case of Stanford Rapist Removed From Upcoming Sexual Assault Case

Because THANK GOODNESS NOT EVERYONE IS HORRIBLE.

We've been hesitant about covering the Brock Turner case further, because it just seemed to be horrible thing after horrible thing, and we were like WE GET IT, WORLD! RAPE CULTURE EXISTS! THANKS FOR HAMMERING THE POINT HOME! But now, there's some slightly good news.

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Taylor Swift Donates $250,000 to Kesha in Show of Solidarity

We've been talking about Kesha's legal troubles for a while now, and after the horrific recent ruling that basically placed contractual obligations over a young woman's mental and physical well-being, people have been speaking out against Sony and a legal system that would prioritize the bottom line over a woman's life in this way. Yesterday, Demi Lovato issued a challenge to feminists that haven't been speaking up to speak up in Kesha's favor and show support. Enter Taylor Swift.

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Bill Cosby Appeal Denied, He Will Have to Stand Trial in Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Case

Back in December, the Pennsylvania District Attorney charged Bill Cosby in the 2004 assault of Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee. Since then, Cosby and his lawyer have attempted to appeal, saying that a previous DA promised him he'd never be charged over this encounter. *sigh* Now, a PA judge be like "Are you fucking kidding me?" OK, so those weren't the exact words, but the point is, the appeal was denied.

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Things We Saw Today: Ladies and Gentlemen….Catpool!

"Tighten your collective sphincters and break out the chimichangas kiddos!"

If you'd like your animal familiar to go with you when you go see Deadpool, Cat Cosplay may have some tips so that they can cosplay along with you!

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Zoe Quinn Explains Her Decision to Drop Her Charges Against Her Ex

It's been a year and a half of constant misogynist abuse - from people she knows and people she doesn't know - and Zoe Quinn is tired.

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Australian Men Plead Guilty to Gang-Rape, Get to Go Home After Paying Victim €20,000

If anyone ever challenges you on the idea that Rape Culture is actually a thing in this world, go ahead and send them this story.

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Mystery Surrounds Heartbreaking Death of 16-Year-Old Gynnya McMillen in a Juvenile Detention Center

In a case disturbingly similar to that of Sandra Bland, a young black girl was mysteriously found dead while being kept unsupervised and without a roommate in a juvenile detention center in Kentucky. Her name was Gynnya McMillen, and she was sixteen years old. No one seems to know what happened.

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New York Attorney Asks For “Trial By Combat.” Wait, That’s A Real Thing You Can Do?

Staten Island attorney Richard A. Luthmann has requested "trial by combat" in response to a civil suit brought against him and a client, and it doesn't sound like the guy is kidding around. Apparently, this practice never got officially abolished in our Constitution, which is probably something that we should get around to, one of these days.

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Neil Gaiman Defeats Todd McFarlane in Legal Battle Over Spawn Characters

It's not everyday you see the Associated Press link to Neil Gaiman's blog. So what's all the fuss about? Yesterday, a federal court judge ruled that Spawn creator Todd McFarlane owed royalties to the Sandman writer, over three derivative characters—Dark Ages Spawn and shapely warrior angels Domina and Tiffany—based on Gaiman's own "Medieval Spawn" characters, created when he guest wrote issue #9 in 1993. We recount the case's history, which stretches back over seven years, after the break.

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