Here's what we're reading this Wednesday.
• Did you know that, if you live in Nebraska and have an STI, it's illegal for you to get married? Or that, in Georgia, you can’t buy a vibrator? Sure. It's unlikely you’ll actually be charged with any of these “crimes,” but it’s still interesting (and shocking) to read what outrageous sex laws are still, technically, on the books. Fingers crossed that, in 2016, those poor Texans will be allowed to own more than five dildos. [Mic]
• Roxane Gay’s forthcoming memoir, Hunger, focuses on her relationship with her body and food and how she coped with a brutal act of violence in her youth and growing up in a family of attractive and thin people. “I’m gonna take control of the narrative—and of my body,” says Gay. [EW]
• NPR called 2015 the “year of the period,” calculating that the number of times the word menstruation was mentioned in national news publications more than tripled since 2010. Here’s what should come next: more fair and equitable menstrual policies, eco-friendly menstrual products, and tampons and pads for the homeless. [Ms. Magazine]
• Forty alumni of a private school in Rhode Island have come forward and reported sexual abuse and, in some cases, rape, at the hands of seven former staff members and four former students. The abuse allegedly occurred between 1974 to 2004, illustrating well how easily—and for how long—sexual assault can go unchecked in privileged environments. [NY Times]
• Donald Trump’s latest sexist remark: that Hillary Clinton was an “enabler” to her husband’s sexual misbehavior, was shocking to many people—even right-wingers. But, here’s why we shouldn’t be surprised: blaming Clinton for her husband’s behavior has long been used by other conservatives to bring her down; Trump’s just bringing that sexist thinking to the mainstream—which, let's admit, doesn’t make it any less depressing. [The Nation]
• 2016 marks the first year that women in Oregon are able to obtain hormonal contraception at a pharmacy without a prescription. California will follow suit later this year—except that this law, unlike Oregon's, will also apply to women under 18 years old. [Mother Jones]
• The Grand Prix award at the Angouleme International Comics Festival is a big, prestigious award in comics. But this year, no women are nominated. Comics creator Daniel Clowes has pulled out of the festival in protest. “I support the boycott of Angouleme and am withdrawing my name from any consideration for what is now a totally meaningless ‘honor.’ What a ridiculous, embarrassing debacle,” says Clowes. [Fantagraphics]
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