17 August 2012 10:49 AM, PDT | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Marina Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich of Pussy Riot have been sentenced to two years in prison, officially for hooliganism and having a concert at a Moscow Cathedral, but many believe their actual crime is pissing off Vladimir Putin. Gawker published their fierce and moving closing statements last week. I highly recommend them.

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Feministing pointed to a remarkable article by an abortion provider on what’s at stake in the ongoing attempts to lock down your uterus.

Hey, Rachel Maddow, are your arms tired from hammering Paul Ryan all week? In addition to looking like Will Schuester’s evil twin, Ryan really, really, really does not care for ladies controlling their own ladybits. For example, he sponsored a bill that would make abortion illegal even in the case of rape or incest - and Kevin Drum over »

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