This Week: Black Women Voters, Miniskirts, & more

Black Women Could Swing November’s Vote
Women’s Media Center: “Analyst Page Gardner, founder of Women’s Voices, Women Vote, follows women’s voter enthusiasm.  Her review reveals a recent increase in interest among unmarried and minority women. And small blocs of voters can be decisive.”

Advocates Hope That Transgender Identity Is Not a Defining One
New York Times: “But she is not the only transgender person campaigning for public office this fall. And unlike in years past, when such candidates were often considered mere curiosities, several are within striking distance of historic victories.”

Miniskirts ban planned by Italian resort
The Guardian: “The new rules, which were approved by the town council yesterday, drew outrage from local centre-left politicians, who mounted a sit-in outside the town hall. ‘The Bobbio administration is male chauvinist,’ the organisers of the protest said in a statement. ‘This town does need decorum, but not the decorum that is measured by a tape measure held against women’s clothing.'”

An Uncompromising Woman
New York Times: “Sirleaf, who beat a Liberian soccer star, George Weah, to win the presidency in 2005, and who has announced that she will run for a second term next year, is seen as a figure of profound hope for Africa by many in the West and as a savior by some Liberians, partly because she is so stern, her resolve palpable and her standards high, and partly because she is a woman.”

What Was Marie Claire Thinking With This “Fatties” Piece?
Jezebel: “She then offers some earnest tips on diet and exercise and finishes, ‘What do you guys think? Fat people making out on TV – are you cool with it? Do you think I’m being an insensitive jerk?'”

10 LGBT Teen Novels that Tackle Teen Suicide & Bullying
Lambda Literary: “So although the media glare has revealed that bullying is an epidemic, LGBT novelists have long tackled this issue in the pages of their books.”

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