It's Reassuring To See That Judges Who Blame Victims Aren't Always Getting Away With It

It outraged people everywhere when a judge let a rapist high-school teacher off with a 30-day sentence for raping a freshman student (a student who subsequently killed herself), saying that the victim “looked older than her chronological age.” It outraged his bosses, too. They censured him, which is a public and official condemnation of his sentencing, and they also suspended him. While this super-short video may seem a bit uneventful (it is a court proceeding, after all), what it signals for rape culture is important and should be shared.

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This Is What Happens When Creepy Sexist Men Try To Take Away Women's Rights In The Dark Of Night

By now you’ve heard the story of Wendy Davis, the senator who stood up to powerful interests, giving a voice for the millions of women across our country who are having their rights stolen from them at exponential rates. Here’s how she rallied the voices of the voiceless to shut down a state legislature and light a fire under all of our feet to protect a woman’s right to control her own body.

Her shoes and your voices kept her standing. You could share this and help her continue standing up for everyone. Up to you.

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I Wish I Could See The Look On The Taliban's Faces When Malala Revealed What Scares Her

This is what it sounds like to be the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize winner.

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Most Celebrities Promote Products They Like. Ellen DeGeneres Is Not Most Celebrities.

A few months ago, Ellen DeGeneres discovered that Bic was making a line of pink and purple pens designed to fit delicate lady hands. In response, she issued a scathing, hilarious smackdown. I am absolutely delighted that she didn’t stop there.

Well, folks, it looks like the original YouTube video has been removed, which is a total drag because Ellen gave us some certified #RealTalk about the most needlessly gendered items. Like, ever. In the meantime, though, since Ellen is basically the heavyweight sexism smackdown champion of the world, be sure to check out her takedown of gendered pens. Yep, you read right. That is indeed a thing. Sigh.

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CNN Anchor Brilliantly Tricks Her Sexist Guest Into Accidentally Endorsing Racism On Live TV

This is a perfect example of why you should always ask where a quote comes from before you agree with it. This guy only intended to be sexist (and boy is he ever, especially at 1:34) but by underestimating Soledad O’Brien’s brilliant ability to make ignorant folks eat their words, he walks straight into her trap and accidentally endorses racism, too. 

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The Director Of 'The Matrix' Came Out As Transgender For One Reason And One Reason Only

Working in Hollywood, I’ve heard a lot of cliché, self-involved, and stereotypical public speeches from successful filmmakers about their paths. Lana Wachowski, director of the “Matrix” movies, completely moved me. Mostly because of WHY she decided to break her silence and tell it.

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If You Want To Know About Me, Ask About Me

This picture is painful to look at, but what’s more painful is how words can hurt. 

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I've Never Met A 15-Year-Old And Thought 'She's Gonna Run The World One Day.' Yet Here We Are.

Remember the name Tavi Gevinson. It’s going to be a household name someday (probably with “President” in front of it). 

  • At :35, don’t you dare make fun of her graphics. She’s still figuring it out.
  • At :55, she explains everything that’s wrong with “Strong Female Characters.”
  • At 1:40, she says maybe my favorite thing ever about “crazy” women.
  • At 2:09, she acknowledges the people who are working to fix this.
  • At 2:59, she reminisces about the 90’s which is hilarious because she was born in 1996.
  • At 3:21, she presents an incredibly scientific diagram of her brain.
  • At 4:16, she explains why some teen girls have trouble reconciling themselves with feminism.
  • At 5:10, she reveals how many applications she got after first announcing her magazine. (It’s A LOT)
  • At 5:50, she explains what she’s trying to provide for girls in her magazine.
  • At 6:10, there’s a technical glitch and she gives great life advice. 
  • At 6:47, just… be Stevie Nicks. 

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It Was Really Funny And Kinda Gross And I Laughed … Until The End. Then It Was Awful. Point Made.

Trigger warning: This video depicts domestic violence toward the end.

I think it goes without saying that we’re not trivializing domestic violence by likening it to things like nose-picking. However, in case it needs to be stated, the point is that just about anybody would look at these situations and feel that they’re not exactly socially acceptable. And yet we don’t always take domestic violence as seriously as we should — we say things like, “Why didn’t she leave?” and “He shouldn’t hit her, but she stays, so she’s allowing it.”

So let’s get this right: Domestic violence is never, under any circumstances, OK. And there’s no “but…”

(I do have to disagree with one part: It’s totally acceptable to dress funky and be yourself.)

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