California adopts ‘yes means yes’ sex-assault rule

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when “yes means yes” and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports.

State lawmakers last month approved SB967 by Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, as states and universities across the U.S. are under pressure to change how they handle rape allegations. Campus sexual assault victims and women’s advocacy groups delivered petitions to Brown‘s office on Sept. 16 urging him to sign the bill.

http://news.msn.com/us/california-adopts-yes-means-yes-sex-assault-rule

How the Antifeminist Backlash is Backfiring

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"UltraViolet is a new and rapidly growing community of women and men across the U.S. mobilized to fight sexism and expand women’s rights, from politics and government to media and pop culture." “UltraViolet is a new and rapidly growing community of women and men across the U.S. mobilized to fight sexism and expand women’s rights, from politics and government to media and pop culture.”

Ben Wikler, of The Good Fight, speaks with Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet, an organization that promotes “equality at a higher frequency.” She describes the work they are doing to make the antifeminist backlash… backfire. And, it’s working.

Click on the link below to listen:

War on Women? Meet the Resistance

The depth of this problem [rape culture] has been stunning for me to learn about…. You think about it happeining in our politics, you think about it happening in pop culture, you think about it happening in your own community, in our local communities with law enforcement. And then you begin to understand it is a culture. It permeates everything. That at every turn, we as…

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Misogyny Is Poison, And You’re Drinking It

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via Misogyny Is Poison, And You’re Drinking It — The Archipelago — Medium.

Elliot Rodger doesn’t need to have been a madman. It’s enough that he was a man.

I don’t know the full story of what happened today in Williamsburg. About 20 minutes into a showing of The Phantom Tollbooth (I know! Brooklyn is magic sometimes), a steadily increasing murmuration in the middle of the theater erupted into a man barking out “you cunts” and storming from the room. Someone said “hey, there are kids here,” and he responded by turning around in the doorway and yelling “fucking cunts!” once again for good measure. I turned around in time to see two girls in their late teens or early 20s shrug and sit down. Though I don’t know the whole story, it very much appeared as if the girls had refused to give up their seats, and the man had…

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