Swaziland Bans 'Rape-Provoking' Outfits

Women in Swaziland face up to six months in jail for wearing clothing that "encourages rape." Plus: How the women's movement rocked the world and the cover of Newsweek. 


Swaziland police have banned women from wearing miniskirts, crop tops and low-slung jeans: Outfits apparently "encourage rape," according to police in the small, conservative monarchy, which resurrected a law from 1889 to prevent women from wearing clothes that expose their bodies. The Daily Mail reports that officials are responding to a march last month by young women -- some wearing miniskirts -- who were seeking equal rights and safety.

Newsweek's transformative 1970s "Women in Revolt" cover revisited: The issue, which hit newsstands on a Monday in March 1970, represented the first serious treatment of the women's movement by a major newsmagazine.

Fathers are disappearing from households across America: In every state, the portion of families in which children have two parents, rather than one, has dropped significantly over the past decade, the Washington Times reports. Fifteen million U.S. children, or 1 in 3, live without a father, and nearly 5 million live without a mother. While the absence cuts across all racial lines, census data show that it largely affects poor, African-American families.

Philadelphia mayor calls for a ban on assault weapons and upgrades on background checks: During an interview on MSNBC about a gunman who killed two firefighters after they arrived at a house fire in Webster, N.Y., Mayor Michael Nutter lambasted the National Rifle Association and called for a ban on assault weapons, Politico reports.

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