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  • First World Day Against Human Trafficking Encourages International Action

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    Feminist Newswire
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    The first World Day Against Trafficking in Persons took place Wednesday in an effort by the United Nations to bring attention to the continuing need for international support to help trafficking victims and end impunity for perpetrators. via United Nations Millions of people are still trafficked every year, sold to work in brothels, fields, and sweatshops. Although men, women, and children are trafficked globally, human trafficking, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, affects women and girls more than any other group in the world, and a majority of all people trafficked –…
  • New Drama “The Honorable Woman” Portrays a Powerful Woman on the Edge of a Breakdown

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    Elizabeth Segran
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
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  • Palestine Support Behind Banking Behemoth's Closure of Muslim Organizations' Accounts?

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
  • Hobby Lobby Recrafts the Definition of Abortion

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    Elizabeth Kuhr
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    A Supreme Court footnote acknowledges the difference between the victorious plaintiffs and the Food and Drug Administration on what constitutes abortion. Will other birth controls interfere with closely-held corporations' religious beliefs too?
  • Do Your Expectations Line Up with Reality?

    Tina B. Tessina
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I have written in this column recently about emotional hygiene and doing the necessary maintenance on feelings as well as your physical body and household. Health reminders tell us to wash our hands frequently to prevent transmittal of diseases. Did you know you can “wash” your mood, too, and give yourself an attitude adjustment whenever you want to? Credit Image: Raffaele Camardella on Flickr When I want to have a pleasant time with Richard, I know it’s important to manage my mood and keep myself on an even keel—if anything happens that’s disappointing, annoying, upsetting or…
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  • First World Day Against Human Trafficking Encourages International Action

    Feminist Newswire
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    The first World Day Against Trafficking in Persons took place Wednesday in an effort by the United Nations to bring attention to the continuing need for international support to help trafficking victims and end impunity for perpetrators. via United Nations Millions of people are still trafficked every year, sold to work in brothels, fields, and sweatshops. Although men, women, and children are trafficked globally, human trafficking, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, affects women and girls more than any other group in the world, and a majority of all people trafficked –…
  • Massachusetts Enacts New Law to Protect Access to Reproductive Health Facilities

    Feminist Newswire
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) signed into law yesterday a bill to help protect access to reproductive health care facilities in the state. via Charlotte Cooper The law, entitled An Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities, enables a law enforcement official to order the “immediate dispersal of a gathering that substantially impedes access to or departure from an entrance or a driveway to a reproductive health care facility.” The order would “remain in place for 8 hours or until the close of business of the…
  • Fifth Circuit Court Rules In Favor Of Mississippi’s Last Clinic

    Feminist Newswire
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Mississippi’s last remaining abortion clinic will remain open after a the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a preliminary injunction against HB 1390, the Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at area hospitals. via The Last Clinic Film Had the court not upheld the lower federal’s court’s injunction, HB 1390 would have shuttered Jackson Women’s Health Organization (JWHO), the state’s only comprehensive reproductive health center. After the enactment of the law,…
  • Legislation Introduced to Establish Fair Work Scheduling Practices

    Feminist Newswire
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    Representatives George Miller (D-CA) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced a bill last week that aims to protect hourly workers from scheduling abuses and allow for greater flexibility and certainty around their work schedules. via Shutterstock The Schedules that Work Act (HR 5159) will protect employees from retaliation if they request a more flexible or stable schedule, require that retail, food service and cleaning employees receive their work schedules at least two weeks in advance, and create a process for employers to consider special scheduling requests of employees. It will also…
  • North Carolina Mayor Journeys 273 Miles for Medicaid Expansion

    Feminist Newswire
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    After journeying 273 miles on foot, Adam O’Neal, Republican Mayor of Belhaven, North Carolina, arrived on the lawn of the US Capitol earlier this week for a special Moral Monday gathering. O’Neal hiked to Washington, DC to protest the closing of Vidant Pungo Hospital in rural Beaufort County, NC, and to call attention to the impact of his state’s failure to expand Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). via Facebook “We the people need to stand together to produce health care for us all,” wrote O’Neal before embarking on his first steps of his…
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  • Hobby Lobby Recrafts the Definition of Abortion

    Elizabeth Kuhr
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    A Supreme Court footnote acknowledges the difference between the victorious plaintiffs and the Food and Drug Administration on what constitutes abortion. Will other birth controls interfere with closely-held corporations' religious beliefs too?
  • My Acquaintance Rapist Finally Figured It Out

    Lisa E. Paige
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:49 am
    Among college students, attitudes toward sexuality can be dangerously divergent, as my own traumatic experience attests. We need another campus-rape summit to talk about this.
  • Insurance for Eating Disorders Inadequate

    Annetta Ramsay
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    As health reform is getting implemented and taking practical shape we must have coverage of this killer illness that applies to all phases of needed and critical treatment.
  • Happily, Teen Lifeguards Say It's Not 'Baywatch'

    Karly Matthews
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    While an occasional male swimmer may ogle them, female teen lifeguards express satisfaction with the work and pay. "I stand my ground, enforce the rules and call people out, no problems come my way," says one.
  • Obama OKs LGBT Protections; Women Scarce on Boards

    WeNews staff
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    President Obama signed an executive order banning workplace discrimination against LGBT federal employees. Also this week, a report finds there's a lack of women at the top of companies that make and market products to women.
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  • Do Your Expectations Line Up with Reality?

    Tina B. Tessina
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I have written in this column recently about emotional hygiene and doing the necessary maintenance on feelings as well as your physical body and household. Health reminders tell us to wash our hands frequently to prevent transmittal of diseases. Did you know you can “wash” your mood, too, and give yourself an attitude adjustment whenever you want to? Credit Image: Raffaele Camardella on Flickr When I want to have a pleasant time with Richard, I know it’s important to manage my mood and keep myself on an even keel—if anything happens that’s disappointing, annoying, upsetting or…
  • An Affair Strengthened My Marriage

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    It began as a typical Saturday night out with my closest women friends. But on that particular evening as we sat, laughed and talked in a popular New York restaurant, acquaintances were seated nearby celebrating their friend Alex's* birthday. They invited us to join their table for a toast, which turned into several. When the house music came on and everyone headed for the bar, Alex — handsome and playful — took my hand and led me to the dance floor. In the time it took for his fingers to encircle mine, what had been a quiet attraction became an all-consuming need. I heard the warning…
  • 10 Things to Do While Waiting for Test Results

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    1. Knit. Can’t tell you exactly why you should knit, except that I’ve noticed that some extremely resilient people knit during the hardest of times. Even in that book Tale of Two Cities, the women knit their way through crazy revolution (and transmitted secret messages). So, when waiting – Knit. Of course if you are like me it’s more like 1) Find knitting needles and yarn, 2) Try to knit, 3) Abandon knitting. 2. Make vague commitments. “Oh yeah, I’d love to get together maybe depending upon several factors. So let’s set that up for the day after my results, and we can shift it a…
  • Easy Photo Cheat: DIY Backdrops

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    When real life is photobombing your blog photos, it’s time to take action.   That action is easier than you think—and, with little to no cost, you can stop a less-than-attractive real life from ruining your next fabulous blog photo. DOMESTIC DETRITUS I live in a wooden villa on the sunny side of a hill in a city fringe suburb in Auckland, New Zealand. My beloved home was built in 1906, and is showing every sign of over 100 years of domestic and family life being lived within her walls. Renovations are on the horizon, but until they are complete, I have to contend with holes in…
  • 5 Benefits of Planting Your Own Food Garden

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    Most people don’t enjoy going to the grocery store. It’s a mundane chore you put off all week, and when you finally venture out on Saturday, all the produce is picked over. The muted, pinkish tomatoes sit blankly in their rows. The wilted lettuce doesn’t look very appetizing. You can’t even find an apple without an ugly bruise. Now try getting your kids to eat those fruits and vegetables. But when you wiggle your fingers into the warm soil in a garden that you’ve lovingly grown yourself, anything could happen. You might find a monster potato or a tiny carrot that your child will beg…
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  • Have You Seen My Libido? A Re-Post

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    From here.  Yesterday's re-posting was about Mike Huckabee's opinions so why not do the same today?  This post continues on some of the topics of the previous one.  But I also found it funny.  Mostly I don't find my old posts that funny...
  • Silly Site o’ the Day

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Lately I've been reconnecting with people and things from my past, from Anna Ackner to Cliff Meth (the late Bill-Dale Marcinko, my college buddy, being our mutual friend) to a number of my writings that I haven't looked at in a half dozen years. But there are some things with which even I dare not tangle, like messages from Windows95 (via io9). Beware!
  • Georges Bataille, in opposition to the real fascists

    Jennifer Armstrong
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Georges Bataille, in opposition to the real fascists from Jennifer Frances Armstrong on Vimeo.APES IN CAPES!
  • Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Some very ’90s advice on how to have cybersex on the internet. A new study finds that men are more attracted to women who listen to them. Rolling Stone profiles CeCe McDonald. Alexandra and Elizabeth Deustch on why we need a new ERA. “I won’t presume to speak for all women of color so I will speak for myself: I don’t care about that. I don’t want your pity, and I can’t use your guilt. I don’t want my white female colleagues to “check” their privilege. I want them to use it—their networks, their assets, their relationships—to form a…
  • This Month in SocImages (July 2014)

    Lisa Wade, PhD
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Call for Papers: I’m looking for recommendations for fantastic blog posts addressing gender and its intersections for a book project.   Self-nominations are welcome!  Please send ideas to lwade@oxy.edu. SocImages News: Happy birthday, little blog!  You’re 7! Elsewhere on the Web: I spent an hour with Sex Nerd Sandra talking the history of hookup culture. Listen here. A post about racist color blind dress codes caught the attention of NPR. They interviewed me for a story about the phenomenon. New York Magazine wrote about our discussion of rural white men rollin’ coal. TV…
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  • Procedure Fail: WisCon, Feminism and Safe Spaces

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:59 pm
    This is a crosspost from Hoyden About Town. Many SF fans are very disappointed that a serial harasser was allowed to attend WisCon 38 despite reports against him laid during WisCon 37, and that the official response to much criticism during and since the convention has been to provisionally ban him for a few years rather than ban him in perpetuity. Readers who are already part of SF fandom have probably seen a lot of this WisCon 38 fallout already, and there is a great deal of related/background reading that might seem daunting to those anyone who hasn’t heard about this at all (I…
  • Satanists Agains Medical Misinformation

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    So I’m actually of two minds about this. On the one hand, anti-abortion types already think feminists are in league with Satan, so this certainly won’t help. On the other hand, anti-abortion types already think feminists are in league with Satan, so how much damage can it do, really? Following the Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which established that companies are free to enforce bullshit restrictions on women’s health care on their employees if said bullshit corresponds with their religious beliefs, another religious group has stepped forward to claim…
  • Trial is underway for Renisha McBride’s shooter

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    The trial of Theodore Wafer, the Dearborn Heights man who shot 19-year-old Renisha McBride in the face when she knocked on his door for help after a car accident, started last week. He faces charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony after he responded to McBride’s knocking by opening his front door and shooting her through the screen door. Wafer’s attorney said in opening arguments that Wafer panicked, thinking intruders were trying to break into his house, and shot at the “shadowy figure” on his front porch.
  • Shameless Self-Promotion Monday

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Apologies for being a day late. Promote yourself. Netiquette reminders: Want to recommend someone else’s writing instead? Try the latest signal-boosting thread. we expect Content Notes as a courtesy to our readers for problematic content in linked posts and/or their comment threads (a habit of posting only triggering/disparaging links may annoy the Giraffe (you really don’t want to annoy the Giraffe)) extended discussion of self-promotion links on this thread is counter-productive for the intended signal-boosting -  the idea is for the promoted sites to get more traffic.  If…
  • Open Thread with Marutaro

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Marutaro, aka The Cutest Hedgehog In The World, features for this week’s Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over this weekend and throughout the week. Marutaro the hedgehog portrayed in cat mode | via Neatorama So, what have you been up to? What would you rather be up to? What’s been awesome/awful? Reading? Watching? Making? Meeting? What has [insert awesome inspiration/fave fansquee/guilty pleasure/dastardly ne'er-do-well/threat to all civilised life on the planet du jour] been up to? * Netiquette footnotes: * There is no off-topic on the Weekly…
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    Finally, A Feminism 101 Blog

  • July Open Thread

    6 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Another month another Open Thread! Here's a discussion starter:
  • June Open Thread

    31 May 2014 | 7:01 am
    Another month another Open Thread! Write what you like on topics within the general ambit of this blog, but here’s some suggestions for useful contributions: links to recent posts/articles that relate to topics covered by the FAQs here (and the best links might even be added to the Further Reading Lists on some of those […]
  • May Open Thread

    30 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    More Open Thread! Write what you like on topics within the general ambit of this blog (self-promotion is entirely welcome). Here's some suggestions for useful contributions:
  • April Open Thread

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Some of you really want to see more action here again. But I'm just not sure that I have anything new to say...I've decided therefore that I'll experiment with monthly Open Threads for a while and see what you all come up with.
  • Conference anti-harassment campaigns do work: Three existence proofs from SF&F, atheism/skepticism, and open source

    28 Aug 2013 | 5:00 am
    Guest Post by the Ada Initiative, a not-for-profit organisation supporting women in open technology and culture (originally published at the Ada Initiative blog)
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  • Mad Genius Tara Reid is Selling a Perfume Called 'Shark by Tara Reid'

    Rebecca Rose
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Tara Reid, star of the acclaimed films Sharknado and Sharknado 2 is the latest celebrity to jump into the perfume business, with a scent named "Shark."Read more...
  • Woman Sues Plastic Surgeon for Posting Her Pics as 'Cocaine Nose'

    Rebecca Rose
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:41 pm
    A woman is suing her plastic surgeon for using pictures of her facial reconstruction and calling them "cocaine nose."Read more...
  • Republicans Quietly Tap Lobbyists for Shift on Marriage Equality

    Kat Callahan on ROYGBIV, shared by Rebecca Rose to Jezebel
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:13 pm
    While no progressive could be blamed for thinking that the Grand Old Party is far from changing its tune on gay rights issues, apparently it's happening. While marriage equality has gained traction amongst the majority of Americans, Republicans are quietly turning to K Street lobbying firms to help them shift their stances.Read more...
  • Real Life Gentle Ben Bear Saves Crow From Drowning

    Rebecca Rose
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Videos like this are one of the reasons I love the Internet so much. Read more...
  • We Can All Quit Now: Here's a Dog Playing the Piano

    Mark Shrayber
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    The only thing I can play on the piano is the opening few notes from Les Mis, so I'm not going to hate on this dog who didn't just learn how to play the piano, but actually grew human hands to do it. That's what real commitment looks like! Like my 5th grade teacher always said: If there's a will, there's a way. Go on with your bad self, dog!Read more...
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    The Angry Black Woman

  • WisCon…This is How You Fail

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    I have no intention of dropping out of attending WisCon. I have a lot of friends that go, and Wiscon is the only con where we can all get together. I refuse to give up my time with friends because of Jim Frenkel. This is not a new approach. It has been my approach since long before Frenkel being able to attend WisCon was ever in question. You see, I have never thought of WisCon as safe space. Not after 2009 (my first trip) and if I hoped it was safe space before then…well I was naive and I didn’t know any better. I do now. Race, gender, and class have all been issues at various…
  • That Time I Talked To A Rapist And He Was Such A Nice Guy

    10 Dec 2012 | 4:31 pm
    People who know me well will tell you that I need a keeper. It’s partly my own refusal to stop adding things to my plate (guess who has 2 thumbs & 20 projects), & partly the invisible sign over my head that invites people to tell me things. Complete strangers have told me stories about abortions they regret, relationships they need to end, and on one memorable occasion a very nice old lady told me a story about the time she tried to poison her husband. So I’m used to the things that happen around me. Mostly. Today I met a guy who was clean cut, with a nice smile, super friendly…
  • The Terror of Black American Motherhood

    6 Dec 2012 | 6:23 pm
    In case you were wondering why I haven’t said as much about Jordan Davis as I did about Trayvon Martin? I can’t formulate anything that isn’t blubbering. My son is 13, 5 ft 7 & just over 100lbs. It’s all I can do to let him out of my house alone. Being the mother of a young black man in America is hard frightening work in general, much less when you know that they can be killed for the crime of being black and outside. No one tells you when you give birth to a tiny person like this: That the day they look like this: is the day people start reaching for guns & not patience.
  • I Got Your Book: Linky links!

    15 Nov 2012 | 8:15 pm
    Tu Books is looking for authors of color! Ken Liu’s story is lyrically beautiful.  Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat. Nnedi continues to rock out.  Letter to the black babies of the future. Pre-WWII black SF.  Black mermaids. Black Lit Magazine talks SF/F Mother/Daughter struggles in Parable of the Talents. I Got Your Book: Linky links! -- Originally posted at The Angry Black Woman
  • Black Women, Violence, Or Why is Our Pain Funny to You?

    16 Oct 2012 | 8:15 am
    So I asked this question on Twitter, but then I realized I wanted to ask it here too. As all the discussions circulate about domestic violence blackface at Waverly & the bus driver in Cleveland who decided to punch a belligerent female passenger at what point do we talk about why so many are quick to laugh about violence against black women? When do we talk about domestic violence stats in the black community & how often violence against black women is encouraged and supported by the mainstream narrative that black women are strong and can’t be hurt? I’m totally willing to…
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    Muslimah Media Watch

  • Eid Mubarak! + MMW Hiatus for August

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    All the best Eid wishes to you and your loved ones from the MMW team!  If you missed any of our Ramadan posts, you can find them all here. Muslimah Media Watch will be going on hiatus for the month of August, as several of our writers are traveling or otherwise in need of a [Read More...]
  • Friday Links | July 25, 2014

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    The attack on Gaza continues; among the hundreds of victims and wounded are many women and children. Asmaa el-Helou initially survived the attack on her home, but succumbed to her severe injuries later this week. Her father, mother, brothers and sisters had already died from the attack. One reporter shares her experience being around women [Read More...]
  • In Search of a Tranquil Ramadan

    Yasmeen Nizamy
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Dreaming of the ultimate spirituality and serenity this Ramadan, my plan was to quit my 9-5 job a couple of days before Ramadan started. I’ve always had this fantasy that taking a vacation for the whole Ramadan gives you more space for spirituality and religious rituals. Think of days full of Quran recitation, Zikr, Terawih [Read More...]
  • A Worship that Works

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    My son is already almost six months old, but I haven’t fully absorbed the fact that I’m a mother to someone. I always found it funny when people said mak orang (lit. “someone’s mother”) in Malay, but this time it’s me they’re talking about. Don’t get me wrong: I love my son and I love [Read More...]
  • To Remember God, We Need a Heart

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, their hearts become fearful, and when His verses are recited to them, it increases them in faith; and upon their Lord they rely. [8:2] It doesn’t feel like Ramadan. The excitement, the struggle of the fast, the security of knowing that every good action is [Read More...]
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    Our Bodies Ourselves » Our Bodies, Our Blog

  • Mass. Governor Signs Abortion Clinic Access Bill into Law

    Rachel Walden
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick today signed into a law a bill to protect access to health clinics where abortions are performed. “I am incredibly proud to sign legislation that continues Massachusetts leadership in ensuring that women seeking to access reproductive health facilities can do so safely and without harassment, and that the employees of those facilities can arrive at work each day without fear of harm,” Patrick said in a statement. The law will be implemented immediately. It passed quickly through the legislative process following last month’s unanimous…
  • Do Healthy Women Need Annual Pelvic Exams?

    Rachel Walden
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    More than 60 million pelvic exams are performed each year, but a new guideline from the American College of Physicians suggests that for most healthy women, they’re not needed. The guideline is based on a 2013 systematic review conducted by the Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) Center of the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. The review looked at the usefulness of pelvic exams in detecting non-cervical cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease, and benign gynecological conditions and found that for most women there is no evidence to support the practice. For the purpose of the research, a…
  • Want More Quality Reporting on Abortion Rights? Partner With Clinic Stories

    Rachel Walden
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    If you’re a regular reader of U.S. news on reproductive rights, you’ve likely read stories by Robin Marty. A freelance writer and activist, Robin is co-author of “Crow After Roe: How ‘Separate But Equal’ Has Become the New Standard in Women’s Health And How We Can Change That,” and her smart writing and analysis has appeared in RH Reality Check, Rolling Stone and Bitch Magazine, among other outlets. Now she has an exciting new project in the works: Clinic Stories. With support from donors — who will become partners in the…
  • Are Breast Implants “Absolutely Safe”? OBOS Keeps Focus on Health Risks

    Judy Norsigian
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    As New York subway riders know, advertising for breast augmentation is on the rise, with more explicit imagery than ever before. These ads are obviously good at attracting attention, but not so much when it comes to providing information. They never describe the risks, nor do they acknowledge the potential complications that can arise from breast implants. For all the facts, read this updated and expanded article that addresses the known risks and answers such as questions as what happens when breast implants break, do breast implants make women sick, and what if I need to get my…
  • Collective Outrage: Commentary on This Week’s Supreme Court Decisions

    Rachel Walden
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    This week, the Supreme Court issued two extremely disappointing decisions with significant negative implications for women’s health and reproductive rights. The first – and the one that hits us closest to home – was the McCullen v. Coakley ruling that struck down Massachusetts’s abortion clinic buffer zone. OBOS’s home state had a law making it a crime to stand on a public road or sidewalk within 35 feet of any abortion clinic in the state. The purpose was to allow free access to abortion clinics without the yelling, physical intimidation, and other tactics…
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  • Question of the Day

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    What's the last experience you had that you delayed out of fear or dread or just expecting to hate it, but ended up being a pleasant experience?Could be anything, from seeing the dentist to skydiving.
  • Shivers

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    So, this happened last night on So You Think You Can Dance, and I just loved it so much, and I thought I'd share it here for anyone who also loved it and wants to talk about it, or for anyone who doesn't watch the show might enjoy it:Video Description: Seven young men dressed in matching dark blue wrap garments on their lower bodies, and decorated with smudgy blue paint on their shoulders, perform Travis Wall choreography to Beck's "Wave." They come together in a group, and then move apart, and then come back together, undulating like water. They move in unison, then individually, then in…
  • Photo of the Day

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:06 pm
    From the Telegraph's Pictures of the Day for 31 July 2014: A pod of dolphins surf a wave in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. [Stan Blumberg/Barcroft Media]Love. They are so resplendently graceful.
  • Hell Yes

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    [Content Note: Animal abuse; guns.]GOP 'betraying mascot' elephant, animal activists say:More than 75,000 people have signed a petition protesting the Republican-backed Lawful Ivory Protection Act, which the animal rights activists say would encourage elephant poaching by establishing a market for ivory trade in the U.S.Now, activists are pointing out the ivory irony."For years, the GOP has proudly held up the elephant as a mascot for their party — but when it comes to protecting these gentle giants, it seems Republican lawmakers are willing to betray this majestic animal," the petition…
  • Welp

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    [Content Note: Surveillance.]"CIA improperly accessed Senate computers, agency finds." Whoooooops!CIA employees improperly accessed computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee to compile a report on the agency's now defunct detention and interrogation program, an internal CIA investigation has determined.Findings of the investigation by the CIA Inspector General's Office "include a judgment that some CIA employees acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding reached between SSCI (Senate Select Committee on Intelligence) and the CIA in 2009," CIA spokesman Dean Boyd…
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    The F-Word: Latest features, reviews and blog posts

  • Changing the world, one feminist filmmaker on Wikipedia at a time

    Ania Ostrowska
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:25 pm
    WARNING: this post includes numerous links to Wikipedia pages with feminist film content Have you ever looked up your favourite film online and found... absolutely nothing? That's the case for far too many classics of feminist film. A founding...
  • Richard Dawkins and the logic of "date rape"

    D H Kelly
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    When Richard Dawkins used rape in an explanation of logical principles, he forgot to use accurate premises. D H Kelly warns against false assumptions about the nature of "date rape"
  • Resolution or prosecution: why we are still getting domestic violence so wrong

    Isadora Vibes
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    This morning I heard a news item on Radio 4. It featured a studio discussion/debate around the increase in community resolution as a way of resolving domestic abuse situations rather than prosecution. In typical 'Today' programme fashion, it was set up as a head to head with Yvette Cooper speaking against and a police officer speaking for the resolution method.
  • Weekly round-up and open thread

    Asiya Islam
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Welcome to this week's round up and open thread! Below are some links that we came across that we thought were interesting. As ever, this does not imply endorsement. Feel free to add links of articles that you've been reading and comment on the ones we've posted here.
  • Mothers Against the Odds: new documentary

    Guest Blogger
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    This is a guest post by Anne Daly, who wrote and co-produced Mothers Against The Odds (directed and co-produced by Ronan Tynan), a documentary by Esperanza Productions that can be watched at esperanza.ie Mothers Against the Odds examines maternal...
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  • Savoring the Joys of Summer Eating

    Mireille Guilliano
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    © Shutterstock Bestselling author Mireille Guiliano offers up a delectable recipe concocted from her favorite seasonal fruits. Now is the season of summer produce markets and local fruits and vegetables. They are tastier than supermarket or out-of-season varieties, so you can eat less and enjoy more — surely good for one’s health! Additionally, they are good for the local economy and environment (less transportation by-products). I was shopping recently at an organic or “bio” market in the South of France and was taken aback by avocados from South Africa alongside local melons…
  • Liza Donnelly’s Cartoon of the Week: The Best Thing About Summer?

    Liza Donnelly
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Liza Donnelly, noted cartoonist for The New Yorker, is also the editor, with her husband, Michael Maslin, of the book Cartoon Marriage: Adventures in Love and Matrimony by The New Yorker’s
  • Smartphones: The New Health and Fitness Tool

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:03 am
    Smartphones Rising in Fitness Unless your television has been turned off, it’s been difficult to avoid Apple’s latest commercial with a retro marching tune and lyrics “Go, you chicken fat, go.”  The catchy tune was written to kick-off President Kennedy’s debut of the Presidential Fitness Program in 1961. Fast forward to 2014 where fitness is still a challenge and smartphones have replaced tracking calories and weight by paper.  A look at the App Store shows thousands of apps in the Health & Fitness category.  From tracking your weight, counting calories,…
  • Meet the woman who made flying sexy

    2 Jun 2014 | 10:18 am
    Mary Wells Lawrence, wowOwow’s co-founder, and ‘Gypsy’, is featured in this fabulous article by Michael Kane in the New York Post.  What a genius! She was the real-life Peggy of “Mad Men,” the Queen of Madison Avenue, the woman who turned staid, safe airline advertising into “Coffee, tea or me?” Before Mary Wells Lawrence, typical ads for Pan Am or Continental simply displayed a 707. At the outset of commercial air travel, circa 1958, the jet itself was the exciting and exotic hook. Read More at NY Post
  • Bring Back Our Girls

    9 May 2014 | 11:53 am
    #BringBackOurGirls We stand with those who say #BringBackOurGirls. Bring Back Our Girls movement Weeks after the April 14 kidnapping of 276 Nigerian girls, worried families and supporters have blamed the government for not doing enough to find them. Their cries have spread worldwide on social media under the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. From regular people to celebrities, here are some of … Read More at CNN #BringBackOurGirls Fear of education 4 girls in any country condemns the future of that country. WHY HURT YOUR OWN FUTURE#BringBackOurGirls — Twitter (@WhoopiGoldberg)…
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  • Bad Chart Thursday: Abortions and House Fires

    Melanie Mallon
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Hey, did you know that the leading cause of DEATH in the United States is not heart disease? It’s true. I saw it on Facebook, thanks to a tip from Deek over at Grounded Parents. According to this chart from the National Pro-Life Alliance, the leading cause of death is abortions. They aren’t talking about the death of women having abortions because the number is too high for that. They are talking about the death of potential people, the aborted embryos and fetuses. Oddly, they don’t include deaths from miscarriage, a number that would be much higher. Now, before you start…
  • Quickies: Harry Potter, Supreme Court algorithms, and Nicki Minaj’s butt

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:11 am
    Harry Potter helps battle bigotry – “In two different studies, young Italians took note of “the positive attitudes and behaviors of Harry Potter toward stigmatized fantastic groups,” and this fantasy-world interaction apparently influenced their real-world attitudes.” Algorithm predicts US Supreme Court decisions 70% of the time – “Supreme Court fantasy league to compete against computer model in upcoming term.” From Criticaldragon1177. Nicki Minaj’s butt and the politics of black women’s sexuality – “Whenever black women own…
  • Parents Say No to Vitamin K Shots, Babies Get Brain Damage

    Rebecca Watson
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    Transcript follows! Support more videos like this on Patreon. Before 1961, 1 to 1.5% of all babies born would, within the first week of their lives, experience bleeding from the nose or umbilical cord. It wasn’t great, but it also wasn’t fatal. A smaller percentage, approximately 10 out of 100,000 babies, would experience later bleeding in the brain. Of those, 20% died and 50% were left with long-term brain damage. Both of these bleeding issues were caused by a Vitamin K deficiency. In 1961, doctors started giving newborns intramuscular shots. This reduced the total number of babies with…
  • Quickies: Abortion and Junk Science, Quantum Cheshire Cat, and Facial Transplants

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Senate Abortion Hearing Reveals Junk Science Behind Women’s Health Laws – “This month, a Senate committee held a hearing on whether to halt the growing number of state laws reducing access to abortion services in the name of protecting women’s health. The ‘expert’ testimony revealed just how much these laws rely on fringe science and discredited research.” ‘Quantum Cheshire Cat’ becomes reality – “The phenomenon is named after the curious feline in Alice in Wonderland, who vanishes leaving only its grin.” Y’all Keep…
  • The Science of False Rape Allegations

    Rebecca Watson
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Transcript is below the video! Conor Oberst, frontman for the band Bright Eyes, was last year accused of raping a woman. The woman, named Joanie Faircloth, posted a comment on an XOJane article claiming that Oberst raped her after a concert on her 16th birthday. Oberst said he was innocent, and filed a defamation lawsuit against Faircloth. A year later, Faircloth has publicly apologized and admitted she made the story up for attention. Oberst accepted her apology and generously dropped the defamation lawsuit. This has reignited several tired male supremacist talking points, including the…
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    Viva la Feminista

  • Summer of Feminista: Birthing a new world

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Today Summer of Feminista welcomes one of my dearest friends, Amy, to the conversation...But anyone who knows Amy & me knows she is not Latina. So why am I letting her in? Just read her piece and I think you can agree that it is in the spirit of SoF. I am not a Latina. This was something I wrote to the goddess that writes this blog and she wrote back a short email that said, “Yeah, I figured that out 13 years ago!” The fact is, I didn’t even think about that when I volunteered to write here on this blog. I think that is part of who I am. I met one of my BFF’s online through mama…
  • Apply today for the FOCUS black women in tech Fellows program

    26 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Did you know that there is a program to help support black women kick start their innovations? The digitalundivided FOCUS Fellows program is an intensive weeklong program that has a impressive track record of success: Over 30 percent of the black female startup founders who participated in the program have raised at least $50,000 in venture or angel funding and 10% have raised more than a half of million dollars. In contrast, studies have found that less than one percent of startups backed by tech investors were founded by African-Americans. The FOCUS Fellows program takes place in New York…
  • Summer of Feminista: One Good Friend

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Today Summer of Feminista welcomes Lisa Quinones-Fontanez. She is an award winner blogger. Her blog, Atypical Familia, is a personal blog and family lifestyle site with a focus on autism parenting and work/life balance. Her writing has been featured on several websites including Huffington Post Parents, Yahoo Shine and KatieCouric.com. Lisa is also a contributing writer at Parents.com and Babble.com.“All you need is one good friend,” my mother used to say. But as a teenager, I liked being surrounded by friends. Going out in groups to the movies, the mall or just hanging out in the park…
  • I'm turning 40 this year and here's my birthday wish...

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    To finally make it to Space Camp!And when I let friends know they asked how they can help, so I'm posting this in case anyone reading this also wants to help me make my dream come true. I set up a GoFundMe page for my trip. As of my writing, I'm already over 20% towards my goal! That's a selfie of my Mother's Day gift Ella made me. I had told her to not buy me anything, but to just put the money she would spend in a jar. So she made the jar. And yes, added some money. So why Space Camp?Well, I've always been a big nerd for one. But what is curious about my nerd story is that my love of space…
  • Summer of Feminista: When amigas become familia

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Today Summer of Feminista welcomes Lilian Coral, a novice at blogging, who wants to more actively dialogue with colleagues on specific issues around technology and improving the American social safety net. She comes to this work as a Colombian immigrant, raised and educated in the United States and deeply committed to social justice issues. It’s only fitting that I write about girlfriends a day after the death of the mother of one of my oldest girlfriends. In my home, my parents always encouraged my sister and I to prioritize family over friends. It was always about keeping everything in…
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  • How Much Adultery Is Too Much Adultery In China?

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    Well, that all depends on who you are. China Daily reports that “adultery” is now banned for communist party members. That might seem a bit shocking, in one direction or […] No related posts.
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – Word Crimes

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Music video by "Weird Al" Yankovic performing Word Crimes. (C) 2014 ...Source: www.youtube.comFinally, I can get my groove down to the sexy music behind Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' without gagging! A track on Weird Al's Mandatory Fun LP. No related posts.
  • Sex Toy Bans in the Twenty-first Century: What Would Cleopatra Think?

    7 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Sometimes, when looking at the current state of affairs, I find myself asking, “What decade is this again?” If you sometimes feel like our society is moon-walking backwards in time, […] No related posts.
  • 50 Years *sigh*

    20 Jun 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Today, June 21st, is my birthday; I turn 50. I feel pretty much the same way I did when I wrote this two years ago, “A lifetime of so little […] Related posts: Who Has Questions? YARPP powered by AdBistroPowered by
  • The Televangelist Infidelity Matrix Scandal

    20 Jun 2014 | 10:50 am
    Last week, Rachel Maddow mentioned that there was a mug featuring one on the show’s fabulous charts, The Televangelist Infidelity Matrix, was available at CafePress. I went searching for it, […] No related posts.
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    Gender Focus

  • A Queer Capital Looks at Gay History in Washington, D.C.

    Jarrah Hodge
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    “In Washington, D.C., racial privilege combined with class and gender privilege, enabled white middle-class gay men to dominate the sexual geography of most of the city and to do so without having to question their right to control this landscape.” A Queer Capital by Genny Beemyn is a meticulously researched history of queer culture in Washington, D.C. from the late 1800s to the mid 1990s. Beemyn examines the intersections of race, class, gender and sexual orientation and how they changed with historical events like World War II and the witch-hunts under Dwight D. Eisenhower. Rooted…
  • Round-Up: July 29, 2014

    Jarrah Hodge
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Ms. Magazine critiques a new Vancouver Transit Police ad campaign that criticizes women for not reporting sexual assault.Vancouver’s Women Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW) and Hollaback! Vancouver also responded to Transit Police. Update: The Transit Police have issued an apology for the ads. You can read Hollaback!’s report and note of thanks here. Canadian filmmakers Jen and Sylvia Soska are making a superhero movie adapted from the Painkiller Jane comics (via Women and Hollywood). The Belle Jar calls out the Conservative government for removing the name and image of…
  • How Talking About Sexism in the Tech Industry Led to My Giant Head on The View

    Jarrah Hodge
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    Over at Rabble, I’ve written something fairly coherent and measured that attempts to illuminate why the conversation I overheard last week is important.Main point: sexism in the tech-sector (and pretty much all other facets of life) exists, no matter how many times you try and wave a giant foam finger to the contrary. But, for all the nicely linked stats and reports that I’ve provided in the Rabble piece, I want to delve more deeply into my lived experience, the published errors,and the rape threats that I’ve since received.  I wanted some new bras, and this isn’t…
  • Review: Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit

    Jarrah Hodge
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:39 pm
    “Like racism, misogyny can never be adequately addressed by its victims alone.” – Rebecca Solnit The recent #WomenAgainstFeminism hashtag and widespread circulation of a BuzzFeed list, titled “14 Women Say Why They Don’t Need Feminism”, has reignited the discussion on whether feminism is still relevant and necessary today. The women pictured, unfortunately, seem to have a grave misunderstanding of what feminism is and where women’s equality is at today. Their reasons for being anti-feminist include, among many, their belief in “real equality”, their respect for “all humans…
  • Why on Earth is Masturbation Still a Taboo Topic?

    Jarrah Hodge
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    Last week I wrote about Trish Kelly, who stepped down from running for Vancouver Parks Board after a video of her talking about masturbation was posted online. As Kelly described in her recent op-ed in the Vancouver Courier: A couple weeks ago, some blogs started posting a video monologue from my 2000 Fringe Festival play. The monologue is a humourous take on the sex life of a single person and the ways that single people can feel isolated and invisibilized in our culture. It also talks about masturbation. As an artist, the monologue is certainly not the most frank or explicit piece of…
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    the ch!cktionary

  • Tienes un nuevo mensaje

    26 Jul 2014 | 2:38 am
    Hola, melchior.ibiza ha comenzado a utilizar IQ Elite y te ha escrito un mensaje. Para leer el mensaje antes de que caduque, haz click en este enlace: a.iqelite.com/entry/new_message/2fdc5f6b7dae20c1f44e1b0e258a8c2d3fda9e1f544b80bfb/2cd3d49746d83c489c32f35fdb0f71f44b80bfb/?hg=3IYRhrysGw ¡Lee tu mensaje antes de que caduque! Saludos, El equipo de IQ Elite
  • Tumblr, tienes un mensaje de Melchior Arnold

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Hola Tumblr, Tienes un mensaje de Melchior Arnold en IQ Elite para ti. Haz click aqui a.iqelite.com/j/hRfp5O/4ln/?hg=PmklaT1nWs para leer el mensaje El equipo IQ Elite
  • It still feels like 2013 never really started. That’s...

    31 May 2013 | 1:18 pm
    It still feels like 2013 never really started. That’s probably a sign that I am still fucked up. Five months into the supposedly new year, the year my life is supposed to begin anew or something like that, and I have been living in standstill since I don’t even know when. Berlin is lovely and depending on who you ask, I have been waiting weeks, months, years to be here. Moving countries wasn’t a mistake, yet I can’t shake this persistent feeling that I have arrived too late to a party thrown in my honor. The perfectionistic side of me will not relent. She says I would have been…
  • The Saudi Marathon Man : The New Yorker

    17 Apr 2013 | 12:50 pm
    The Saudi Marathon Man : The New Yorker: A twenty-year-old man who had been watching the Boston Marathon had his body torn into by the force of a bomb. He wasn’t alone; a hundred and seventy-six people were injured and three were killed. But he was the only one who, while in the hospital being treated for his wounds, had his apartment searched in “a startling show of force,” as his fellow-tenants described it to the Boston Herald, with a “phalanx” of officers and agents and two K9 units. He was the one whose belongings were carried out in paper bags as his neighbors watched; whose…
  • Boston

    15 Apr 2013 | 1:51 pm
    I couldn’t get out of Boston soon enough when I was in the midst of leaving the country in January. I wanted nothing to do with the city any longer, and I felt like there was nothing left for me there. But of course there’s something I left behind, or I wouldn’t be this upset, this much of a wreck that I interrupted a family dinner to shove a smart phone in my boyfriend’s face. Surprisingly right now, I actually miss Boston. I even wish I were there. I feel something I didn’t think I was capable of feeling anymore. Homesickness. Powerlessness. I don’t know,…
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