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  • National Portrait Gallery Honors Dolores Huerta

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    Feminist Newswire
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Feminist Majority Foundation board member and lifelong feminist activist Dolores Huerta was honored by the National Portrait Gallery last night as the first Latina person to have a featured exhibition at the museum. Related posts: Afghan Woman Awarded International Women of Courage Award Maryland State Prosecutor Promises Justice for Freddie Gray Adults Shout Racist Insults at Girl Scouts Protesting Animal Abuse
  • Bitchtapes: Witch Grunge

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    2 Jul 2015 | 12:59 pm
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  • New Reporting: US Spied on German Media

    3 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
  • Texas Clinics Remain Open; Afghan Ruling Reversed

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    WeNews staff
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:21 pm
    The Supreme Court allowed nine Texas abortion clinics to remain open. Also this week, an Afghan appeals court quashed death sentences imposed on four men for their part in the mob killing of Farkhunda Malikzada.
  • Ways to Wear: Red, White and Blue

    Style Tab
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    America's birthday is this weekend. If you're like me, you've probably been so busy dreaming about how many hot dogs and popsicles you'll be eating that you've forgotten that you'll need to put on something in the shades of red, white and good ol' blue. No one wants to be the butt of all the sarcastic unpatriotic jokes at the BBQ, so allow me to elaborate on some 4th of July outfit inspiration for you. I know throwing on a T-shirt with the American flag plastered across the front is not everyone's jam, so I've come up with three different looks to show your American pride with items you…
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    Feminist Majority Foundation Blog » Feminist Newswire | Feminist Majority Foundation Blog

  • National Portrait Gallery Honors Dolores Huerta

    Feminist Newswire
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Feminist Majority Foundation board member and lifelong feminist activist Dolores Huerta was honored by the National Portrait Gallery last night as the first Latina person to have a featured exhibition at the museum. Related posts: Afghan Woman Awarded International Women of Courage Award Maryland State Prosecutor Promises Justice for Freddie Gray Adults Shout Racist Insults at Girl Scouts Protesting Animal Abuse
  • President Obama Will Expand Overtime Pay to Millions of Americans

    Feminist Newswire
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:28 pm
    President Obama is proposing a plan this week to broaden overtime pay that is expected to affect millions of Americans in the working class, especially women. Related posts: Governor Cuomo Issues Emergency Orders to Protect Nail Salon Workers Facebook Just Improved Wages and Benefits for Contracted Employees Los Angeles May Be The Next City to Raise The Minimum Wage to $15
  • Women’s Rights Activists are Suing the Kenyan Government for Reproductive Rights

    Feminist Newswire
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:12 pm
    A woman in Kenya is suing the Kenyan government for failure to provide safe and legal abortions, which caused her daughter - a 15-year-old rape victim - to suffer a kidney failure after undergoing the procedure illegally. Related posts: Organizations Urge the President to Reinterpret Helms Amendment and Aid Nigerian Refugees New Nigerian Law Forbids Bans Genital Mutilation Kansas Has Banned the Safest, Most Common Kind of Second-Trimester Abortion
  • Supreme Court Ruling Prevents Gerrymandering

    Feminist Newswire
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:11 am
    In a 5-4 decision delivered by Justice Ginsburg this morning, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona's Independent Redistricting Commission, allowing the use of independent state commissions to draw federal congressional districts and taking that power away from the state legislature. Related posts: Supreme Court Decides: Obamacare Lives The Supreme Court Fair Housing Ruling is a Civil Rights Victory Supreme Court Declares Marriage Equality a Constitutional Right
  • Community Members, Advocates, and Celebrities Stand in Support with Bree Newsome

    Feminist Newswire
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:23 am
    On June 27 at about 6:30 AM, Bree Newsome scaled the flagpole at South Carolina’s Statehouse and removed the confederate flag. Related posts: The Supreme Court Fair Housing Ruling is a Civil Rights Victory Hillary Clinton Calls for Criminal Justice Reform and an End to Mass Incarceration Maryland State Prosecutor Promises Justice for Freddie Gray
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    Latest articles from Women's eNews

  • Texas Clinics Remain Open; Afghan Ruling Reversed

    WeNews staff
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:21 pm
    The Supreme Court allowed nine Texas abortion clinics to remain open. Also this week, an Afghan appeals court quashed death sentences imposed on four men for their part in the mob killing of Farkhunda Malikzada.
  • 'Amy' Illuminates Tragedy of Legendary Songstress

    Jennifer Merin
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:43 pm
    Bravas also for "Cartel Land," "Jackie and Ryan" and "Mala Mala." Meanwhile "Magic Mike XXL" brings back an abundant encore of pelvic thrusting by male strippers, supported by a skimpy jockstrap of a script.
  • Social Caretaking Keeps Nepal Going Post-Quake

    Iris C. Gonzales
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:34 pm
    During chaotic, makeshift times, women throughout Kathmandu are playing key roles in holding their families and society together. "She always tells us not to be afraid and keeps a close watch on us especially at night," says the 14-year-old daughter of one woman.
  • Afghan Teen Pleads for Courage in Countrywomen

    Afghan Women's Writing Project
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:47 am
    As a teen in Afghanistan, Zahra has seen what her fate could be if she and her peers don't defy men and their own culture. Here, she shares the stories of three women and girls who felt they had no alternative but to stay silent.
  • Court's Health Rule Spares 108,000 Wisconsin Women

    Christine J. Martell
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:29 pm
    But while public health advocates in a state without any health exchanges were celebrating, the fight over the Affordable Care Act goes on. In the Capitol, opponents of the governor's decision against Medicaid expansion are holding up the budget.
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  • Ways to Wear: Red, White and Blue

    Style Tab
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    America's birthday is this weekend. If you're like me, you've probably been so busy dreaming about how many hot dogs and popsicles you'll be eating that you've forgotten that you'll need to put on something in the shades of red, white and good ol' blue. No one wants to be the butt of all the sarcastic unpatriotic jokes at the BBQ, so allow me to elaborate on some 4th of July outfit inspiration for you. I know throwing on a T-shirt with the American flag plastered across the front is not everyone's jam, so I've come up with three different looks to show your American pride with items you…
  • Homemade Grilled Jucy Lucy Burgers

    4 Jul 2015 | 8:38 am
    These homemade Jucy Lucy Burgers will be the biggest hit of your summer cookout! They ooze with cheese and delicious flavor—what more do you need!? This fun, unique burger was originally crafted in Minnesota (my home state), but now that we live in California, we decided to share the recipe with all of our California-native friends. HOMEMADE JUCY LUCY BURGER Author: The Acci-"Dental" Chef Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 25 mins Total time: 40 mins Serves: 6 burgers INGREDIENTS: 2 pounds ground beef (80/20) 6 slices American cheese 1 medium-sized brown onion, finely diced 1 T. olive oil 6 soft…
  • Make This Chic Painted Popsicle Stick Basket

    Jennifer Perkins
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Popsicle stick crafts have come a long way, baby. What we once thought of strictly as a camp craft for kids has been elevated to an all-new level by savvy crafters. Trendy bookmarks, edgy jewelry and even a chandelier—you can do pretty much anything with popsicle sticks, it turns out. My fascination really started with my collection of tramp art, intricate works that can be as basic as a box or basket, or as detailed as a jewelry box or lamp with shade. They inspired this planter I recently made: I love the way colored sticks look on my version of this traditional basket. I decided that if…
  • Your Marriage Works Better When You Compromise

    3 Jul 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Since the moment I said "I do" eight years ago, my life has changed more in the fact that some of the scenery is different but not so much the life that we started together. Some of the friends we had then are no longer in our lives, new jobs, my stepson is gone and a little more noisier with two small children in the house.The 24-7 Married Bliss MythIn today's society, there are so many people looking for that 24-7 married bliss without any bumps in the road. But the moment it stops being all flowers and chocolates, then too many people decide to bail out like marriage is just a stunt…
  • No More Misty Copelands: Why I'm Hoping For The Last Of The "Firsts"

    3 Jul 2015 | 11:19 am
     Major League Baseball founded in 1903. Color line broken by Jackie Robinson in 1946. 43 years. The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) formed in 1957. Color line for Grammy win broken by Ella Fitzgerald in 1958. 1 year.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) formed in 1927. Color line for Oscar wins broken by Hattie McDaniel in 1939. 12 years. George Washington inaugurated as first POTUS in 1789. Color line broken by Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009.  220 years.  American Ballet Theatre founded in 1937. Misty…
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  • Q&A: Talking to a Hot Guy?

    Echo Zen
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Male geeks may think dating is easier for women, but any woman who’s endured modern dating hell will likely disagree. Partly the problem is mathematical – when women outnumber men, men have the leverage to set the terms. But then there are those girl geeks who really challenge themselves, gunning for guys they find “hotter” than themselves. This week’s episode lays out our tips for girls trying to flip gender scripts (with the usual transcript below)… PROBLEM ▼ male geeks often have trouble with talking to girls they like. but girls can be just as insecure too. recently a…
  • Quick hit: We Bought a Huge Effing House, and Now We Can’t Afford More Kids

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    An Elle Decor essayist has come out with a horrible confession: She and her husband sacrificed a child to buy their dream home. (How awesome would it be if that were the actual story? “Our realtor didn’t mention the fiery, bottomless hellpit in the basement into which we have to throw a small child at the peak of the new moon to keep our mortgage rate low. She said it was a walk-in wine closet.”) Really, what happened was that they planned responsibly and ate canned food and shopped consignment until they could afford their “luxury dream home.” Only now have they…
  • Quick hit: Misty Copeland has been named principal dancer at ABT

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:17 am
    Ballerina Misty Copeland (she who was too old and had the wrong feet, legs, turnout, torso, and bust to even start training as a ballet dancer at age 13) has been named a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre — the first African-American woman to rise to that position in the company’s nearly 80-year history. “I had moments of doubting myself, and wanting to quit, because I didn’t know that there would be a future for an African-American woman to make it to this level,” Ms. Copeland said at a news conference at the Metropolitan Opera House on Tuesday…
  • Catholic bigots are not alone! in new coming-out video

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:28 pm
    As coming-out videos go, it’s a heartbreaker. It’s pretty moving. They’ve got the style right on: black and white, sentimental music, earnest testimonies delivered straight to the camera. A little bit of tearfulness at the back of the throat, because seriously, it’s hard to come out. It’s hard to be honest with people when you don’t know how they’re going to react, that they’re not going to judge you. It’s scary putting yourself out there and saying, “Listen, I trust you to take this part of me, this vulnerable piece of me that…
  • Look at them ladies, trying to do science: 2 of 2

    29 Jun 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Moving on! Just a couple of weeks ago, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Tim Hunt let the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul, South Korea, in on the secret of successful science, and it’s get them skirts out of the lab. Not out of research entirely of course — just into their own, segregated lab, because of the possibility for hot lab bench lovin’. “Let me tell you about my trouble with girls,” he reportedly said (in a speech that was tragically unrecorded, but which took place in front of a big crowd of people who agree that yeah, he totally said…
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  • The Best Things We've Read, Heard and Seen in 2015 So Far

    Jezebel Staff
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Hey, isn’t it funny how 2015 is halfway over and you’ve barely done anything you wanted to yet? Luckily, other people are out there getting it done, making things for you—beautiful, irregular you—to read and listen to and look at. Here’s a list of what some of us have enjoyed in those three departments in the year to date.Read more...
  • Woman Eats 38 Hot Dogs 

    Stassa Edwards
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    Women’s defending champion Miki Sudo won the annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous on Coney Island. Sudo ate 38 hot dogs and buns in ten minutes.Read more...
  • Kate Hudson is Either Really Patriotic or Drunk 

    Stassa Edwards
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:15 am
    Kate Hudson loves America so much that she belted out the Star Spangled Banner early this morning. “7:30am and I’m feeling seriously patriotic! Happy 4th of July! #ProudAmerican #StarSpangledBanner #RedWhiteAndBlue #GearingUpForFootballSeason #MyKidsAreGoingToBeSoEmbarrassed #WokeUpTheNeighbors,” Hudson captioned her performance. Read more...
  • Bakery That Refused to Bake Cake For Lesbian Couple Must Pay Damages

    Stassa Edwards
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    The owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the Oregon bakery that refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, has been ordered to pay $135,000 in damages. According to the Associated Press, the damages were ordered by Oregon’s bureau of labor and industries for the “emotional suffering” caused by the bakeries actions.Read more...
  • “To sway the nuns, the archbishop arranged their meeting with Perry.

    Stassa Edwards
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:15 am
    “To sway the nuns, the archbishop arranged their meeting with Perry. The singer dressed conservatively, brought her mum, showed a Jesus tattoo, sang and expressed her desire to start each day by visiting the estate’s meditation garden. ‘You know… to find herself,’ said Sister Rita.” Nuns remain unimpressed by Katy Perry. Read more...
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    Media Girl

  • Is it time to strip Wyoming of its statehood?

    26 Jun 2015 | 11:04 am
    The number of seats in the US House of Representatives was set at 435 in 1912, the year the Titanic sank. With the additional of Alaska and Hawaii to the Union, the number went up to 437. The 1910 census put the population at 92.2 million people or about 211,000 people per congressman. We understand that the Senate is not based on population, but under Article One of the original US Constitution, the House is based on population. Today the United States population is 320 million. That means that strictly speaking each House member should represent about 730,000 people, more than three times…
  • Makers: the feminist story doesn't end there

    media girl
    27 Feb 2013 | 10:52 am
    Last night's airing of Makers on PBS got a lot of attention, in part for what it didn't include: Feminism in the last 20 years or so, especially what's been happening online. But that's okay. Feminism has a deep and profound history too big to fit in a 3-hour documentary. The story starts before the 1950s. The story continues on through today. And the story is far more diverse than the mostly-white narrative shared in the film. In the Washington Post, Annie Groer writes: For activists of a certain age, “Makers” is a sentimental journey back to the days of big ideas, big dreams, big hair…
  • President Boehner? President Boehner? Republicans Push Toward Parliamentary Government

    29 Jan 2013 | 8:38 am
    Some Republicans are looking to change the way the President of the United States is elected. It is a simple plan reported by the Washington Post, Rachael Maddow, and other media, but I think the article in Center for American Action Funds lays it out well. Simply put, in the present system, the US electoral college delegates are selected by a winner-take-all system based on the states. Some Republicans are calling for a revamp of the winner-take-all system and replace it with electors based on congressional districts. Had such a system been in place during the 2012 election, Mitt Romney, who…
  • And the Band Droned On

    12 Jan 2013 | 9:10 am
    In my undergraduate class in anthropology, one of the texts related how during World War Two, soldiers in the US Army were given vitamins. But there was a religious denomination that opposed taking medicine. The answer? Change the name of the pills to "food supplements," and sure enough the soldiers in question went ahead and took the pills. Calling things by different names can change acceptance. The text went on to say in 1949 that the War Department's name was changed to the Defense Department, possibly less bellicose. How has this played out? Well, if you are defending yourself, it sounds…
  • Senate Filibuster and Star Trek's "Taste of Armageddon"

    16 Nov 2012 | 7:02 am
    The United States Senate is stalled. A minority of Senators threatens to filibuster. Legislation is killed. I am old enough to remember when filibusters actually required filibustering. That is, when a filibuster took place, Senators had to actually show up to do it. Trudging bleary eyed, sometimes in their pajamas, they would trundle forward for a roll call so that the process could go on. But now that is a thing of the past. Today all the minority has to do is say, "filibuster," and it is as if the process had taken place, I am reminded of the Star Trek episode, "Taste of Armageddon," where…
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    Muslimah Media Watch

  • Friday Links

    4 Jul 2015 | 4:41 am
    Rebecca Perring writes about “Sham sharia weddings” which leave women “exposed to lying and cheating husbands” In more Sharia wedding news,the Times reports that young Muslims are fuelling the rise of Sharia marriage.  In the wake of this report, the UK’s first female Sharia judge made some comments, stating that the “government cannot ask Muslims not to [Read More...]
  • Why, My Brother? On Terror in Ramadan

    1 Jul 2015 | 2:12 am
    I was breaking my twenty hour fast when I saw the footage from Sousse for the first time, a video taken by one of the hotel workers who is heard saying, repeatedly: “aleish, aleish tugtel fil naas?” (Why, why are you killing people?). The familiar accent, and the bewildered tone of the man speaking, brought [Read More...]
  • Friday Links

    26 Jun 2015 | 6:55 am
    Ramadan isn’t just a time where millions of Muslims fast – it’s also a time where they’re subjected to ignorant and irritating questions. Radhika Sanghani lists the worst. ‘Miss Muslimah’ Photos Show Just How Outdated Western Views Of The Muslim World Really Are. Instead of bathing suits there are headscarfs, competitors pray five times a [Read More...]
  • Be Careful What You Ask: Ramadan and Periods

    Guest Contributor
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    This post was written by guest contributor Rana S. I no longer feel awkward saying it out loud – some may think I’m too blunt about it. You know, like, about my period. Menstruation is one of the factors that nullify a person’s fast (regardless if it is during the month of Ramadan or not) – [Read More...]
  • 365 Days: The Ramadan Love Letter

    23 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    This post was previously published at the author’s blog.  Dear Saad: Some days I wonder if you can hear me… see me… smell me. For the longest time I felt your presence in my every move. I would wake up and start my morning rituals by imagining that you were sitting at my kitchen table [Read More...]
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    Our Bodies Ourselves » Our Bodies, Our Blog

  • FDA Panel Approves ‘Female Viagra” Despite Lingering Safety Concerns

    Guest Contributor
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:31 am
    by Martha Kempner, RH Reality Check A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel last week recommended that the government approve flibanserin, a drug that has often been called the female Viagra. The panel voted 18-6 in favor of Sprout Pharmaceutical’s drug application on the condition that the company develops plans to manage the risks of the medication, which include fatigue, low blood pressure, and fainting. The FDA had previously rejected two applications for approval, citing concerns over side effects and lack of information about drug interaction. [View the FDA briefing…
  • How One Hospital Reduced Its C-Sections Rate, Benefitting Patients and Insurers

    Guest Contributor
    1 Jun 2015 | 6:19 am
    By Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, one of the largest and most respected facilities in Orange County, Calif., needed to move quickly. A big insurer had warned that its maternity costs were too high and it might be cut from the plan’s network. The reason? Too many cesarean sections. “We were under intense scrutiny,” said Dr. Allyson Brooks, executive medical director of Hoag’s women’s health institute. The c-section rate at the time, in early 2012, was about 38 percent. That was higher than the state average of 33 percent and above most others in…
  • A Remembrance of Childbirth Author and Activist Sheila Kitzinger

    Guest Contributor
    20 May 2015 | 11:43 am
    Childbirth author and activist Sheila Kitzinger died April 11, 2015, at the age of 86, just a month before the publication of her autobiography, “A Passion for Birth: My Life: Anthropology, Family and Feminism.” Norma Swenson, a founding member of Our Bodies Ourselves who knew Sheila well, wrote this remembrance. The Boston Association for Childbirth Education-Nursing Mothers’ Council and Our Bodies Ourselves are hosting a memorial celebration of Sheila’s life and work on Wednesday, May 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Newton Highlands Congregational church. All are…
  • Boston Playwright Will Donate Proceeds From “Voices of We” to Local Women’s Organizations

    14 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    “The Voices of We,” a new play by Boston-area stage and screenwriter Robbi D’Allessandro, is making its world premiere April 25 to May 9 at the the Boston Playwrights Theatre. D’Allessandro is donating the proceeds from all performances to nonprofit organizations that benefit women in need, including Our Bodies Ourselves. The performances benefiting OBOS are on Saturday, May 2, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. Judy Norsigian, OBOS co-founder and former executive director, will take part in a talk-back with the audience following the show on Saturday night.
  • Patients Work with Doctors to Make Choices About Care

    Guest Contributor
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:11 am
    By Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News Rose Gutierrez has a big decision to make. Gutierrez, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last spring, had surgery and 10 weeks of chemotherapy. But the cancer is still there. Now Dr. Jasmine Wong, a surgeon at UC San Francisco, is explaining the choices: Gutierrez can either have another lumpectomy followed by radiation, or she can get a total mastectomy. “I think both options are reasonable,” Wong said. “It’s just a matter of how you feel personally about preserving your breast, how you feel about having radiation therapy.” “I’m kind of…
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  • The Virtual Pub Is Open + Programming Note

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    [Explanations: lol your fat. pathetic anger bread. hey your gay.]TFIF, Shakers!Belly up to the bar,and name your poison!Tomorrow begins a holiday weekend here in the States, and several of the mods, myself included, will be traveling and/or having visitors tomorrow and through next week, so we are taking next week off, starting tonight. Additionally, I've got a personal thing on Monday the 13th, so we'll be back on Tuesday the 14th. See you then!
  • Primarily Speaking

    2 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Welp, Democratic former Senator Jim Webb, who is unapologetically misogynistic and racist, and was most recently heard from defending the Confederate flag, has announced that he is running for president. Presumably as a Democrat, although as CNN [CN: video autoplays at link] notes, "he did not say specifically that he was seeking the Democratic nomination" in his announcement statement. Which, by the way, is super terrific and you should definitely read it. It's pretty cool how he's advising bipartisan solutions, just as President Obama's approval rating is rising with his progressive…
  • I Write Letters

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    [Content Note: Fat hatred.]Dear Fellow Fat Person:You and I both know that fat people can be cruel to each other, sometimes even in ways that thin people aren't cruel to us. We've spent a lifetime internalizing fat hatred, and some of us get so overwhelmed with directing it at ourselves, that we start directing it at each other, as a futile attempt at self-protection.You know the things we can do to one another: Playing the Good Fatty, saying things like "at least my fat is proportional," drawing lines between acceptable and unacceptable fatness (thresholds usually drawn just to make sure…
  • Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Styx: "Come Sail Away"
  • Quote of the Day

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    "FYI I had never attempted climbing a pole until 2 days before I took down the flag. I had the help of another badass woman activist who graciously taught me how to climb."—Bree Newsome, on Twitter, on her extraordinary feat of activism in South Carolina last weekend.
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    The F-Word

  • Sculpture in a different world

    Alicia Rodriguez
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:31 am
    Alicia Rodriguez appreciates the Barbara Hepworth retrospective at Tate Britain, but finds that transplanting the works into a gallery transforms their impact and meaning
  • Features and reviews round-up

    Lusana Taylor
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:54 am
    Features & reviews you might have missed from The F-Word in June
  • Will the Women’s Equality Party go far enough?

    Guest Blogger
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:46 am
    Tilly Grove asks whether the new Women's Equality Party will deliver the change women really need
  • June 2015 playlist

    Joanna Whitehead
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:28 pm
    June 2015 playlist, for your listening pleasure
  • The likeability factor

    Suzanne Duffy
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:26 am
    Do we judge women more harshly than men? Do feminists need to be likable? The Legacy asks difficult questions about gender and social conscience, writes Suzanne Duffy
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  • #Love Wins – Supreme Court Ends Ban on Gay Marriage

    28 Jun 2015 | 10:31 pm
    Tears of Joy! On Friday June 26, 2015 the United States Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional to ban gay marriage.  Same-sex couples across the land are free to marry.  With Pride Week being celebrated from New York City to San Francisco, what better than the SCOTUS decision? Below are some reactions from around the web including our own Whoopi Goldberg and Marlo Thomas. BRAVO Supreme Court!!! We knew you had it in you. . . looking out for equality and looking out for healthcare. It’s a good day in America!!! — Twitter (@WhoopiGoldberg) 2015-06-28T22:29:47Z Supreme Court…
  • PureWow at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

    24 Jun 2015 | 3:47 pm
    PureWow is enjoying the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity this week.  Here are a few snapshots of the fun! PureWow on Deck! PureWow – All that Glitters is Gold PureWow – Ready to Enjoy! PureWow – Welcome Aboard!
  • Irene Bergman, 99-Year-Old Wall Street Veteran Reveals The Secrets Of Her Success

    8 Jun 2015 | 7:32 am
    As she nears 100, Irene Bergman has some advice for enjoying a long career on Wall Street: Don’t do anything stupid. Consider investment returns, the financial adviser at Stralem & Co. said in an interview at her New York apartment, where, surrounded by paintings from Dutch masters, she telephones her clients. Read More at Bloomberg
  • Russia In Color, A Century Ago

    8 Jun 2015 | 7:27 am
    With images from southern and central Russia in the news lately due to extensive wildfires, I thought it would be interesting to look back in time with this extraordinary collection of color photographs taken between 1909 and 1912. In those years, photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) undertook a photographic survey of the Russian Empire with the support of Tsar Nicholas II. View the spectacular color slideshow at The Boston Globe.
  • At 92, Liz Smith Reveals How Rupert Murdoch Fired Her, What It Felt Like to Be Outed

    10 Apr 2015 | 4:42 pm
    “I’m too old for gossip,” insists 92-year-old Liz Smith, delicately settling into a banquette at her favorite Tex Mex watering hole in Murray Hill. But a few hours with the legendary columnist proves that’s far from the truth. Read More at Hollywood Reporter
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  • Quickies: Childbirth isn’t pretty, vaccination, and a trip to the gym

    3 Jul 2015 | 6:56 am
    Childbirth can’t be prettied or manicured and women shouldn’t have to try – “Google the phrase “wax before”, and an unwitting internet user will find herself amid the disturbing, troubling world of pregnancy message boards in which women across the world discuss what they believe to be the irrefutable merits – nay, necessity – of waxing bare their nether-regions before giving birth to their beloved children.” Jim Carrey’s Twitter rant exposes marketing campaign for for anti-vax film – “During his Twitter screed, Carrey also used photos…
  • Quickies: Caterpillars and Wasabi, Whitesplaining About Slavery, and Erotica on E-readers

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Just a Couple of Reminders What Life Was Like Before Vaccines – Polio insurance plans used to exist. Just consider that. Followup: a list of celebrities who don’t know anything about science. Why You Should Thank A Caterpillar For Your Mustard And Wasabi – “Turns out, the flavors of these condiments are the result of millions of years of plants and caterpillars duking it out to survive. In a paper published this month in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a group of scientists explore how exactly caterpillars drove plants to make chemicals that humans…
  • Right Wing Extremists More Deadly than Al Qaeda in the US

    Rebecca Watson
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:06 am
    Support more videos like this at http://patreon.com/rebecca! New America, an organization in Washington, DC, has just released a study showing that extreme right wing terrorists have launched more attacks in the United States since September 11 than Islamic terrorists. And by “released a study” I mean they counted the attacks and said, “Hey, look.” The problem with any comparison like this is in the definitions, and the organization admits that what is or isn’t “extremism” is subjective. For this dataset, they only included Islamic terrorism that was carried out by or inspired…
  • Quickies: Girl Scouts, lazy writing, measles, and the history of headstones

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:33 am
    Girl Scouts return $100K when donor demands it “not be used” for trans girls – “Council CEO Megan Ferland told the newspaper her decision wasn’t hard after that, though she was “very sad” to see discrimination possibly deny her troop resources. She wrote a note back to the donor, who she was careful not to name, saying she would not be accepting their money.” Rape scenes aren’t just awful, they’re lazy writing – “From reinforcing falsehoods about sexual violence to the objectification of women, here’s why that rape…
  • MINNEAPOLIS! See Science and Comedy Collide at QUIZOTRON July 1!

    Rebecca Watson
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:49 am
    The greatest science comedy panel quiz show in the world is coming back to Minneapolis this Wednesday, July 1! This year’s Quizotron is once again at the Bryant Lake Bowl and will feature a healthy mix of new and returning faces: Bill Corbett (RiffTrax, Mystery Science Theater 3000) Trace Beaulieu (Other Space, Mystery Science Theater 3000) Jennifer Ouellette (The Physics of the Buffyverse, Me, Myself, and Why: Searching for the Science of Self) Joseph Scrimshaw (Obsessed Podcast, Comedy of Doom) Raychelle Burks (Analytical chemist, Skepchick, creator of zombie perfume) Courtney McLean…
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  • POV returns on June 22nd with "Out in the Night"

    22 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    In 2006, under the neon lights of a gay-friendly neighborhood in New York City, a group of African-American lesbians were violently threatened by a man on the street. The women fought back and were later charged with gang assault and attempted murder. The tabloids quickly dubbed them a gang of "Killer Lesbians" and a "Wolf Pack." Three pleaded guilty to avoid a trial, but the remaining four — Renata, Patreese, Venice and Terrain — maintained their innocence. The award-winning Out in the Night examines the sensational case and the women's uphill battle, revealing the role that race, gender…
  • Former Child Grooms Say "I Do Not"

    17 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    The past few years have brought increased attention to child brides and the dangers of young girls marrying so young. And if you are like me, you picture an older man marrying a child. But CARE, a global humanitarian organization that fights poverty by empowering girls and women, is shining a spotlight on the fact that in some parts of the world child brides marry child grooms.Just as we know that child brides end their education far too young, child grooms lose education as well:Pannilal Yadev can’t remember much about his wedding other than the carriage he was carried in to meet his…
  • GIVEAWAY & Review: Coloring Flower Mandalas by Wendy Piersall

    11 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    I've been coloring various pages from Coloring Flower Mandalas: 30 Hand-drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation by Wendy Piersall for a solid month now. And I gotta say, I don't think I've ever been so popular! Everyone wants to chime in on the grown-up coloring book trend. "Oh, I read about that!" "WOW! That's a great pattern." "What do you use?"To answer that last question, I've bought myself a fresh pack of color pencils. And I carry them practically everywhere I go. And here's what I've discovered...Instead of peeking at my phone while my mind thinks it needs something to do, I pull out my…
  • Support Women's Sports....Join TakePart.com

    10 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    As you all know, I'm a big sports fan. I started a Facebook community for people who pledge to attend just one women's sporting event a year during the 2008 Winter Olympics. Since then the issue of supporting women's sports continues to grow, but still a conundrum. I noticed last year Chicago's local ABC outlet began to regularly give our Chicago Sky's (WNBA) score in the highlights. And while other stations do as well, ABC is more likely to show a game clip too. So they are getting the props here today. Occassionaly, our NPR station will mention women's college hoops scores or the Chicago…
  • #365FeministSelife Update: Logo & Fundraiser

    7 Jun 2015 | 10:18 am
    I did not feel the need to create a logo for #365FeministSelfie until we hit year two. And that was mostly because we were planning two retreats for participants to get together. And now, as we plan for our November retreat in Columbus, Ohio (tentatively scheduled for November 7th ant 8th), it was time for a logo. And here it is.Since I am not a handy person with a pencil and paper, I needed a lot of help. Emily F. from the #365FeministSelfie community helped take my ideas and sketched them out. I took those sketches to Victoria & Alma at Spark the Creative Agency. It was so easy to work…
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  • Call Me What I Tell You to Call Me

    Ellen Keim
    8 Jun 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Vanity Fair’s July 2015 issue features a glamorous woman on the cover with the words, “Call me Caitlyn.” Inside is a 22-page article about that woman’s journey to trans-womanhood. If you didn’t know any better, you would have no reason to suspect that this woman used to be a man. But because of the media coverage (hysteria?), almost everyone knows better. The irony is that Caitlyn Jenner probably would like nothing better than to be left in peace to be the woman she’s always longed to be. But because she’s a celebrity, she will probably never have that…
  • Why Sexual Harassment is Alive and Well in 2015

    Ellen Keim
    6 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Twenty-four years ago Anita Hill testified before Congress about the alleged sexual harassment she experienced from the then-Supreme Court nominee, Clarence Thomas. Last year a documentary, called simply “Anita,” was released which chronicles the whole affair in painstaking detail.  I haven’t seen it so I can’t comment on its accuracy or objectivity, but I have to wonder why the film was made at all, and why it was made now. (See trailer for “Anita” here. See here and here for YouTube videos of Day 1 of the Clarence Thomas Second Hearing.) Surely this is…
  • Empathy: Would it Bring World Peace?

    Ellen Keim
    4 Jun 2015 | 7:56 am
    We’ve all heard the adage (or some variation thereof), “Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes.” This is about developing empathy, which is in short supply in this world. If there is one thing that causes disconnects between people, it is a lack of empathy. Every time we criticize another person or group, we almost certainly are guilty of not being empathetic. Being empathetic is not the same as being sympathetic, but most people seem to think it is. Empathy can lead to sympathy, but sympathy doesn’t necessarily lead to empathy. You can feel…
  • Now is the U.S. Ready for a Woman President?

    Ellen Keim
    29 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    Even though I’ve been a feminist since my freshman year in college—so, for some 44 years—I didn’t initially think of writing this blog from a feminist perspective. But then the 2008 presidential race began and I found my focus. The fact that a woman was vying for the Democratic nomination—and making a damn good showing—made me think more seriously about how women are seen in our society. Specifically about whether or not this country was ready—or would ever be ready—to vote in a woman president. As a Second Wave feminist (a feminist who came of age during the…
  • What Hurts the Institution of Marriage the Most?

    Ellen Keim
    29 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    Opponents of same-sex marriage say that allowing homosexuals to marry would hurt the institution of marriage. I don’t quite see why: if gays and lesbians want to marry, isn’t that reinforcing the idea that getting married is a good thing? People who use this argument are failing to see the forest for the trees. They freak out over a handful of relationships nationwide and ignore the relationship that may have hurt the institution of marriage more than anything other kind: that of the cohabiting couple. My oldest daughter and I were watching “She’s Having a Baby”…
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  • What “Wood” You Do For Dads & Grads? Plus How To Wear A Watch At Work & For Job Interviews

    13 Jun 2015 | 5:23 am
    When Jord came to me with the offer to review one of their handmade wooden wristwatches, I took one look at them and I knew that the Koa & Black, from the Dover Series, was special. While the idea of a wooden wristwatch is certainly a novel one, it was the gears that moved me… […] No related posts.
  • Memorial Day History: “Good Work, Sister”

    25 May 2015 | 4:01 am
    This holiday weekend, in honor of Memorial Day, I’ve seen this poster circulating quite a bit… But there are some things you should know. (Yes, feminists often don’t have the luxury of taking the holidays off.) Info on this vintage WWII poster: “Good work, sister.  We never figured you could do a man-size job!” America’s […] No related posts.
  • Freaky Friday: What’s Up With Those Big Toes?

    10 Apr 2015 | 8:48 am
    While searching for those 70s sex feet, I stumbled into these kitschy vintage bare feet salt and pepper shakers. I guess not all of them are vintage; but they nearly always have bright red toenail polish. Why anyone wants to put bare feet on the table, let alone shake their contents onto your food, is […] No related posts.
  • Cheap Thrills Thursday: 70s Feet Edition

    9 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    In the 70s, footprints were big things. Sometimes they were quite literally big things; such as the giant, and very fuzzy, footprint rugs my sister and I had in our room. (See other things that may have been in your bedroom back then.) Other times, the feet were smaller. And in pairs. If you were […] No related posts.
  • I Am Ready To Hop On The Slicker Dollys Bus

    5 Apr 2015 | 3:31 pm
    I found this rather spectacularly mod commercial for Yardley’s Slicker Dollys Bus Lipsticks while researching this vintage lipstick tube. (Found via Kate Baird’s Yardley Pinboard.) No related posts.
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  • FFFF: Amy Poehler Joins Seth Myers to Tackle Sexist Sports Culture

    Jarrah Hodge
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:20 am
    Amy Poehler joined Seth Myers on his show to respond to Sports Illustrated contributor Andy Benoit, who came under fire after tweets that entirely dismissed women’s sports as “not worth watching.” But it’s not only Benoit – Poehler and Myers call out the entire system that prioritizes men’s sports over women’s. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmEoKXgBvSI h/t Feministing, where you can also find a transcript of the video in the comments.
  • Round-Up: June 30, 2015

    Jarrah Hodge
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:57 pm
    With cities around the world celebrating Pride week, Colorlines asked six LGBT people of colour to weigh in on mainstream Pride events and whether they adequately represent people of colour. Within a week of the Charleston shootings, six predominantly black churches in America have burned down, with arson suspected in three (Washington Post). Activist Bree Newsome, who scaled the South Caroline statehouse flagpole to remove the Confederate flag, released a statement after being released on bail. The legalization of same-sex marriage across the United States is a big victory, coming days…
  • How I Started a Magazine While Overcoming Mental Illness

    Jarrah Hodge
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:59 am
    Amanda Van Slyke. Photo: Demetri Gianni by Amanda Van Slyke I grew up in middle class suburbia to white parents, who financially supported me but otherwise emotionally and physically abused me. Because of this, my struggles such as mental illness and learning disabilities went under the radar in school and I grew up with a multitude of issues that I later had to work on in order to become a contributing member of society. As a 25-year-old woman, I now understand the hardships that my parents experienced, and that they tried their best in the circumstances they were in – but with a brother…
  • Round-Up: June 23, 2015

    Jarrah Hodge
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    Last week, Canada’s top general, Tom Lawson, blamed sexual harassment in the military on men’s “biological wiring.” He was quickly forced to issue a (half-assed) apology after being criticized by the many MPs,and members of the public. But as appalling as Lawson’s comment was, maybe it did us a favour by illustrating the breadth of the problems in the Canadian Armed Forces and the complicity of senior leaders. Jeff Perera and Julie Lalonde joined CBC’s The Current to discuss. The racist massacre of black churchgoers in Charleston last week has prompted…
  • Angela Lansbury’s School of Feminist Witchcraft

    Jarrah Hodge
    21 Jun 2015 | 6:57 am
    *Substitutiary locomotion (definition): the craft of using the substitutive power of language for feminist purposes. Long before I had ever heard the word “feminist,” I knew about witches. What I knew about them, aside from their green noses and warts, which represent so obviously social pressures placed on women to accommodate and adhere to male-dictated, mainstream beauty standards, was that witches were individuals society had shunned and thrown away. Society’s construction and demonization of the “witch,” however, did not make a witch-hater, or a witch-hunter, out of me. The…
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  • today in sexism: white men most likely to be promoted: least amount of hours spent “in service” (academia)

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:02 am
    There is a lot on the link below but here is the detail on one headline and the graph above. In short, the less time spent “in service” to students, the more time there is to serve the profession and to research. So the sexism (and racism) is in the system where those disparities can develop and thrive. From InsideHigherEd: On our campus we found that associate professors of color spent more time each week than white associates on mentoring students and service. While white women and women of color did equal amounts of university service (substantially more than men), women of color spent…
  • today in misogyny: It’s time to talk about the johns

    3 Jul 2015 | 12:32 am
    The lengths to which sex industry apologists will go to in order to push the idea that buying sex is synonymous with sexual liberation and empowerment never ceases to amaze me. While “progressives” fixate on subversion and deem all “consensual” sex acceptable and even potentially empowering, the underlying systems that maintain sex class dynamics are dismissed as anecdotal. The fear of being called “anti-sex” seems to outweigh efforts to address those the sex industry is actually catering to and the misogyny, racism, and selfishness of men who benefit from its existence. But not…
  • ▶ The Sexy Lie: Caroline Heldman at TEDxYouth@SanDiego

    3 Jul 2015 | 12:02 am
    Sex doesn't sell. Men as subjects, women as objects, sells. A leading advocate for spotlighting how the mainstream media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America, Caroline Heldman offers straight talk and an often-startling look at the objectification of women in our society. She illustrates how it has escalated, how we have become inured to its damaging effects and what we can do individually and collectively to demolish the paradigms that keep us from a better world. Chair of the politics department of Occidential College in Los Angeles,…
  • today in neo-liberal academia: A feminist leaves NeoLiberal U

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:31 am
    I cannot stress how important the blog post is below. It is from Academic Irregularities* and responds to a feminist academic's letter of resignation from her university. The response describes so eloquently and accurately the state of higher education/ academia in Britain. I might tweet this out several times over the next while. * Academic Irregularities is a blog is linked with an ongoing book project Academic Irregularities: Language and Neoliberalism in Higher Education. The authors are Liz Morrish and Helen Sauntson. Our approach is informed by both critical linguistics and the emerging…
  • ▶ Dr Finn MacKay: Sex Work Debate (Oxford Union): Opposition

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    ▶ Dr Finn MacKay, YouTube You may also like these posts: More on sex trafficking in Sweden, from the Swedish police The biggest myths about street-based sex work If prostitution isn’t about lonely, undersexed men, what is it about? (Or, Justin Bieber doesn’t need to pay for sex) It is a great honour to speak here as an exited prostituted woman
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