18 Year Old Taylor Townsend Becomes Youngest American to Advance to the Third Round of the French Open since 2003
Taylor Townsend, 18 year old Chicago native, was almost barred from attending the 2012 girls’ U.S. Open, even though she was the top-ranked junior at the time. Why? Solely because of her weight. The United States Tennis Association claimed, “our concern is her long-term health, number one, and her long-term development as a playblaaaaah BLAH BLAH BLAH.” The USTA refused to finance Townsend’s travel expenses, forcing her mother to pay the costs in order for Townsend to compete.
On Wednesday, 205th-ranked Townsend beat 21st-ranked Alize Cornet at the French Open, making her the youngest American to advance to the third round of the prestigious tournament. IN YOUR FACE, USTA.
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Maya Angelou: 1928-2014
Maya Angelou was an author, poet, singer, actor, director, and survivor. She was active in the Civil Rights Movement, and worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Angelou has been presented with over 30 honorary doctoral degrees and gave an inaugural recitation at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993. Thank you, Maya, for everything.
Misogyny Continues to Murder Women All Over the World
In addition to the highly publicized massacre at UC Santa Barbara, many other men have decided to take the lives of womyn, simply for being womyn.
Just few hours after the shooting at UCSB, a man opened fire upon three women in Stockton, California. The women accompanied the shooter and two of his friends back to a house in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 24th. When the women refused to have sex with the men, the women were asked to leave. As the women left, the shooter opened fire. Luckily, no one was hurt.
In Uttar Pradesh, India, two teenage girls were gang-raped and hanged from a mango tree on Tuesday. Three men have been implicated in the murders and arrested, including one police officer. Villagers protested around the bodies, preventing authorities from removing them from the tree for almost 15 hours, on the day after the murder.
In Pakistan, a pregnant woman named Farzana Parveen was stoned to death by her own family on Wednesday for refusing to take part in an arranged marriage. Parveen, 25, had chosen to elope with the man she loved instead. After her murder, Pakistani authorities revealed that Parveen’s widower had murdered his first wife six years ago, because he wanted to propose to Parveen. He was arrested but released on bail because “his son forgave him”. Not upsetting enough? There’s more! Parveen’s stepson recently told the media that Parveen’s older sister, Rehana, had been poisoned by the family four years ago. “She was married and wanted to live with her husband”, he told the media. “It was an arranged marriage, but later her family developed issues with the in-laws and started demanding her to leave her husband. When she denied doing so, one day the family invited her at their home and poisoned her.”
Stay safe, everyone.