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ThinkAboutIt September 2013
More T-shirt trouble
After a loud backlash, the Children's Place clothing store recalled a T-shirt from its fall line for 6- to 12-year-old girls that glorifies shopping over math. Wearers could display "my best subjects" with check boxes for shopping, music and dancing. Not checked? The box for math.
Sources: RH Reality Check, Jezebel

Compiled by Nancy B. Olsen

Know your Title IX
With college classes starting, the "Know Your IX" campaign launched a website to educate students on their rights about sexual violence and gender equity. The campaign follows in the wake of several schools coming under federal investigation for how they handled sexual assaults on campus. The website - knowyourix.org - includes sections on:
• How to report assault and harassment
• How to use legal and activist strategies to change colleges
• How to help survivors
• How to spread information about the campaign
• Advice for survivors and advocates Source: Ms. magazine

The name-change game

What happens when a man wants to take his wife's name after marriage? In Florida, one man who changed his name on his driver's license was accused of fraud and had his license suspended, but officials later said the state motor vehicle office was wrong. Lazaro Sopena, 40, of Boca Raton, reportedly took the last name of his wife, Hanh Dinh, 32, to help his wife's Vietnamese family perpetuate her surname as she had only sisters.

His lawyer, meanwhile, said that only a few states have made their marriage name-change policy gender neutral and that only nine states have laws that specifically allow a man to change his name upon marriage: California, New York, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Oregon, Iowa, Georgia and North Dakota. Elsewhere, a man may go by his wife's name in common law, or file more paperwork and pay more fees than a woman would have to for a similar name change.

It's an intriguing question in the light of several states approving gay marriage. Yet only four recognize both gay marriage and a man's right to change his name after marriage: Massachusetts, California, Iowa and New York.
Sources: Bust.com, MSN

"Rosalie Wahl was a trailblazer for our state, both as a lawyer and as the first woman to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court. ... She led efforts to address both gender fairness and racial bias in our state's justice system."
- Chief Justice Lorie Gildea


And more to think about ....
• Rosalie Wahl• The practice is in decline, but 30 million girls are still at risk for female genital mutilation, according to a new U.N. report covering 20 years in 29 countries.
• British Prime Minister David Cameron has introduced an opt-in porn filter for all Internet providers in the UK, the reverse of the current system that requires people to make an active effort to install such a filter.
• In Clarksville, Ark., more than 20 teachers and school staff are getting 53 hours of firearms training plus $1,100 toward a handgun purchase in order to qualify as armed guards. "We just think educators should be in the business of educating students, not carrying a weapon," said opponent Donna Morey, former president of the state's teachers union.
Sources: Ms. Magazine, Huffington Post, MinnPost, Associated Press

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