Weekend Rewind: Co-ed Consent, Co-Pays, & Clooney

WEEKEND REWIND is LadyClever’s round-up of important events and stories happening around the country over the weekend. Catch up on what you might have missed while you were sleeping in. Because a clever lady always stays informed, even when she’s relaxing. 

Slutwalk Aims To Raise Awareness Of Sexual Assaults

Birth Control Co-Pay? No Way: CVS pharmacy, one of the country’s biggest pharmacy chains, “has continued to collect co-pays despite them being eliminated under the ACA’s new rules,” according to whistle-blowing posts at Care 2, among many other outlets. A local San Diego news affiliate’s investigation reported,” CVS Health acknowledged Monday it charged about 11,000 women for generic contraceptives that should have been provided at no out-of-pocket cost.” Congresswomen Jackie Speier, the California Democrat who investigated the CVS complaints,  acknowledged that the company apparently suffered a coding problem in their checkout system, and said that the women will be reimbursed; however, she also noted that similar issues may be widespread at chains such as Walgreens and Target as well. Do not pay those co-pays, ladies.

Family Why: During last night’s The Simpson’s/Family Guy crossover episode on Fox, rambunctious little rascal Bart Simpson shows off to Stewie Griffin from Family Guy, sharing his infamous crank-call routine of terrorizing Moe’s Tavern with sophomoric joke names like “I.P. Freely.” But when his edgier counterpart Stewie gives it a shot, he blurts, “Moe, your sister’s being raped.” Charming.”Wanna joke about rape?” The Mary Sue asks. “How about, instead of having your joke be at the at the expense of the victims, who are often blamed and discredited and have to deal with a hell of a lot of bad stuff from society on top of the fact that they were raped, you joke about rapists, very few of whom get even a slap on the wrist.”

California Schools Co-eds on Consent: It’s a shame that it has to literally be put into law rather than being embedded in our moral fiber, but nonetheless, we applaud the Sunshine State for taking measures this week to clarify the boundaries of sexual consent at colleges within their borders. “In a groundbreaking legislative move, California governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that affirms the necessity of consent when it comes to engaging in sexual activity,” Blog Her posted. “According to this new bill, signed on September 28, 2014, any college that receives state funding will have to abide by this new standard for consent — a verbal yes or non-verbal gesture of consent must be given before sexual activity ensues.”

Wedded Diss: Over the weekend, longtime bachelor George Clooney tied the knot with internationally-renowned human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. Think Progress chuckled that  USA Today led their report by swooning that Clooney is “one of the world’s most eligible and sexy stars,” The New York Daily News hailed him as a “Hollywood heartthrob,” and E! Online trumpeted the trite verbiage that the “famous Hollywood hunk said goodbye to his bachelor days,” while reducing Alamuddin to merely his “ladylove.” The Business Woman Media blog, however, takes the (wedding) cake with this tongue-in-cheek headline: “Internationally acclaimed barrister Amal Alamuddin marries an actor.” We can toast to that.

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