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California has officially banned the forced sterilization of female inmates, following the signing of SB 1135, Gov. Jerry Brown announced on Thursday. The law will take effect on Jan. 1, a fact which invokes shock that forced sterilization wasn’t already prohibited, and that prisoners will technically have to wait three months for the guarantee of basic reproductive freedoms.  The legislation was introduced following a report from the Center for ... Read More
California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed SB-1350 and SB-1358, sister bills which would have mandated that baby diaper changing stations be made accessible to both men and women in public restrooms. Despite bi-partisan support at the senate level, Brown said he vetoed the bills on principle.  “At a time when so many have raised concerns about the number of regulations in California, I believe it would be more prudent to leave the matter of diaper changing ... Read More
“Yes means yes” will soon be the rule of thumb on California college campuses, thanks to California Senate Bill 967, which passed in the state senate Thursday. SB-967 mandates that California colleges adopt “an affirmative consent standard in the determination of whether consent was given by both parties to sexual activity.” The bill defines affirmative consent as “affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual ... Read More
Good news, West Coast babes! This October marks the eighth annual Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco, presented by Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment.  On the 18th and the 19th, bands of all genres, shapes and sizes will take the stage against the backdrop of the beautiful San Francisco Bay. The line-up is impressive, and includes performances by Outkast, The New Pornographers, Massive Attack, Alt-J, Janelle Monáe and 21 other ... Read More
In his recent article regarding on-campus rape, George Will cited one Swarthmore student’s story of being assaulted:   She and her assaulter had “now decided — mutually, she thought — just to be friends. When he ended up falling asleep on her bed, she changed into pajamas and climbed in next to him. Soon, he was putting his arm around her and taking off her clothes. ‘I basically said, “No, I don’t want to have sex ... Read More
For you girlies who don’t know, compulsory sterilization (or, forced sterilization) is a government program that sterilizes people without their consent. Many countries, even our own, use population control and determined "sexual deviancy" as an excuse to sterilize. Eugenics refers to the practice of cleansing a population of “undesirables" — and distressingly enough, this concept is now being used as a punitive punishment for the ... Read More
This Other "City by the Bay" is the Next Big Thing Paramount Theater Oakland, CA, is a real-life Cinderella story. Long considered San Francisco’s shabby stepsister, Oakland has been transformed into the hipster next door, loved for its burgeoning food scene, its consistently sunny weather, and its laid-back vibe. Gertrude Stein famously said of the town that “there isn’t any there there,” but she’s been repeatedly proven wrong: Oakland’s the ... Read More
In Alabama it's illegal to have an ice cream cone in your pocket at all times   The critic Susan Sontag wrote that photography, like no other medium, has the power to condemn or implicate. Crime scene images evidence wrongdoings; we take photographs as proof of something illicit. In her series I Fought the Law, young photographer Olivia Locher cleverly subverts what we think of when we think of crime and bad behavior.  Scouring the nation for absurd ... Read More
  Meet the three cutest and most badass six-year-old girls of the Southern California based skateboarding group, “Pink Helmet Posse.” The members, Relz Murphy, Sierra Kerr and Bella Kenworthy, have already been recognized by skateboarding legends, and as the editor of Transworld Skateboarding Magazine Jamie Owens raves, “They’re incredible,” “I’ve seen a handful of teenage girls in the park, but never girls this ... Read More
There's "too far" and then there's "too far." These anti-Hillary Clinton buttons, seen at a California Republican Party convention this past weekend, go "too far" and infinitely beyond; pretty much entering an entirely new realm of oh-so-wrong. Carla Marinucci of the San Francisco Chronicle tweeted the above picture on Saturday, saying these "popular" buttons were being displayed outside of a VIP reception area. Less than an hour after Marinucci's pic hit the net, ... Read More
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