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  • Incremental Gains for Women in Congress

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    Feminist Newswire
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:06 pm
    At this rate, it would take more than another 2 generations of women to get to parity in Congressional representation. “Clearly, this is not acceptable,” said Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation. Related posts: Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Says Controversial Nominee Lacks Support Women Legislators Lead Fight Against Controversial Spending Bill Senate Maneuvering Allows for Confirmation of Obama Nominees
  • BitchTapes: Women You Should Know If You Were Born in the 1980s

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    Sarah Mirk
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:29 pm
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  • West Africa's Ebola Death Toll Continues to Climb: WHO

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    sarah lazare
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
  • 21 Leaders 2015: Seven Who Interrupt Legacy Narratives

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    WeNews Staff
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    Profiles of seven leaders dedicated to improving lives of women and girls: Brenda Stevenson, Dr. Nina Ansary, Dana Bolger, Sharon D’Agostino, Dorothy Davis, Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, Karen Elizaga
  • 4 Fantastic IOUs All Moms Will Love This Christmas

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    Muffy Mendoza
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:22 am
    Lucky for last-minute or financially-strapped buyers, moms love IOUs. Plus, IOUs give the gifter a plethora of thoughtful choices that can have a huge positive impact on a mama's life. Considering the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it's nice to take some down-time after the New Year by cashing in an IOU. Essentially an IOU allows a gifter the opportunity to put their gift on ice. Rather than having to fork up the cash to buy a gift before Christmas Day, a gifter can give their "gift" at a later day. Well, lucky for last-minute or financially-strapped buyers, moms love IOUs. At least…
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  • Incremental Gains for Women in Congress

    Feminist Newswire
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:06 pm
    At this rate, it would take more than another 2 generations of women to get to parity in Congressional representation. “Clearly, this is not acceptable,” said Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation. Related posts: Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Says Controversial Nominee Lacks Support Women Legislators Lead Fight Against Controversial Spending Bill Senate Maneuvering Allows for Confirmation of Obama Nominees
  • DC City Council Unanimously Approves Reproductive Health Anti-Discrimination Bill

    Feminist Newswire
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    Wednesday, the Washington, DC City Council unanimously passed a bill that will prohibit employer interference in the reproductive health decisions of their employees. The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014 was first introduced by DC Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large), just ahead of the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of for-profit retail chain Hobby Lobby this summer. The bill amends DC’s 1977 Human Rights Act and “expands discrimination on the basis of sex to include discrimination based upon the reproductive health decisions of an employee,…
  • Woman on Life Support Revives Ireland’s Abortion Debate

    Feminist Newswire
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    Ireland's ban on abortion has come up in debate again following a current case involving a dead woman who is being kept on life support because she is pregnant. Related posts: Tennessee OB/GYNs Urge Voters to Reject Amendment 1
  • Obama’s Judicial Appointments Most Diverse in History

    Feminist Newswire
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    Obama's confirmed nominees to the federal bench are 42 percent women, 19 percent African-American, 11 percent Hispanic, and 11 percent openly gay men or lesbian women, making this the most diverse group of judges in history. Related posts: President Obama Nominates Loretta Lynch to Serve as Attorney General Senate Maneuvering Allows for Confirmation of Obama Nominees Legislation to Support Testing of Backlogged Rape Kits Goes to President’s Desk
  • American Apparel Hired Its First-Ever Woman Chief Executive to Replace Dov Charney

    Feminist Newswire
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:08 am
    Six months after retail store American Apparel fired its chief executive Dov Charney, the company has hired retail executive Paula Schneider as a replacement. Related posts: Ferguson October Continues With National Day of Action Against Police Brutality and Mass Incarceration Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People Thousands Protested the Ferguson Decision Across the Country Last Night
 
 
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    Latest articles from Women's eNews

  • 21 Leaders 2015: Seven Who Interrupt Legacy Narratives

    WeNews Staff
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    Profiles of seven leaders dedicated to improving lives of women and girls: Brenda Stevenson, Dr. Nina Ansary, Dana Bolger, Sharon D’Agostino, Dorothy Davis, Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, Karen Elizaga
  • Europeans Chip Away at Abortion Rights, U.S.-Style

    Hajer Naili
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:45 am
    Spain's failure to pass a major abortion restriction in September is far from a death knell. Anti-abortion activists in Europe have more funding, rising partisan influence and plenty of tactical lessons to borrow from the U.S. Story reported with Juhie Bhatia.
  • 21 Leaders 2015: Seven Who Give Life to Movements

    WeNews Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Profiles of seven leaders dedicated to improving lives of women and girls: Jyothi Gaddam Pulla, Sally Roesch Wagner, Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel, Susan Scanlan, Marcy Syms, Debbie Walsh, Lizz Winstead
  • 21 Leaders 2015: Seven Who Transform Cultures

    WeNews Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Profiles of seven leaders dedicated to improving lives of women and girls: Julie Enszer, Mary Fisher, Preston McMurry, Jr., Geeta Mehta, Kathy Miller, Graciela de Oto, Ai-jen Poo
  • Prez Ignores Male Reporters, ISIS Slaughter

    WeNews Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:14 am
    President Obama made his final press conference memorable by only taking questions from female reporters. Elsewhere, ISIS militants attacked women in the western Iraqi province of Al-Anbar before burying them in mass graves in Fallujah.
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    BlogHer

  • 4 Fantastic IOUs All Moms Will Love This Christmas

    Muffy Mendoza
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:22 am
    Lucky for last-minute or financially-strapped buyers, moms love IOUs. Plus, IOUs give the gifter a plethora of thoughtful choices that can have a huge positive impact on a mama's life. Considering the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it's nice to take some down-time after the New Year by cashing in an IOU. Essentially an IOU allows a gifter the opportunity to put their gift on ice. Rather than having to fork up the cash to buy a gift before Christmas Day, a gifter can give their "gift" at a later day. Well, lucky for last-minute or financially-strapped buyers, moms love IOUs. At least…
  • How to Stay Warm During Winter Workouts

    dsnflowr8
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:06 am
    Forecasters are predicting that it is going to be another really cold winter. Which means that if you are continuing your workouts in the fresh outdoors, you need to be protected from the elements. Here are a few things you can do to stay warm as the chillier temperatures move in. Image: Rachel Kramer via Flickr Remember that your body will warm up as you walk, run, or cycle. It is suggested that you dress for 15-20 degrees warmer than it actually is. You don't want your body to overheat and sweat too much. Protect Your Head On cold days, you'll lose a reported 10% of your heat from your…
  • 8 Things to Do With Your Submission If It Gets Rejected

    Pecked2DeathByChckns
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    Anyone who has been submitting writing for any length of time has most likely gotten a rejection (or just never heard back) from a site they submitted to. I've had plenty! Don't get frustrated; the universe is just telling you it belongs somewhere else (or so I tell myself). Be sure to keep track of where you have submitted things to help you manage what to do with it if you get a rejection or no response. Here are some options for your rejected posts that may end up being even better than your original submission intent! Image: Tilemahos Efthimiadis via Flickr Publish on Your Own Blog This…
  • Can Your Partner Have Friends of the Opposite Sex?

    NuSqin
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:53 pm
    In recent interview for Stella Magazine, recording artist Mary J. Blige said: “All females for me, all guys for him. There’s none of that, ‘Oh, that’s my female friend. Oh, that’s my guy friend.’ No. Not in a marriage, I’ve never seen that work.”Mary then clarified her statement on the Wendy Williams show. She stated that the quotation was taken out of context, and her husband does have female friends from before their relationship, but the rule is "No new friends" unless we're all friends.I've had this conversation with plenty of people in the past and I agree…
  • Sexual Regrets: I Wish I'd Experimented More When I Was Single

    PurpleClover
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Sometimes I’m standing in line at the post office or the grocery store—your typical hubs of domesticity—and I’ll see a man. A feeling washes over me, dropping down into my belly and lower. It’s a feeling of pure electric want, softening my brain and making my skin hum. Image: b4ssm4st3r And then my day will continue. I’ll take one last glance and maybe offer a shy smile. Sometimes the feeling will linger, pushing steamy scenes through my mind, but it always dissipates like fog on the mirror in my bathroom after a hot shower. Now I need a cold shower. I’m not a person with many…
 
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  • December feminist shopping at In Other Words!

    InOtherWords
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:46 am
    Wow, did you know that, in the United States, women-identified adults comprise 85% of all consumer purchases?! Yep, that’s a thing. And that means that consumer purchasing is inherently a feminist issue due to the incredible amount of purchasing power we have in consumerist culture. So, next time we’re out and about looking for just that perfect gift, let’s remember to always strive to shop ethically, responsibly, and with a feminist mindset that supports local artisans and local shops. And what better way to kick it off than by heading on over to In Other Words Feminist…
  • Childish idealism, permeable ego boundaries and identity

    Jennifer Armstrong
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:43 pm
    APES IN CAPES! A Message From FeministBlogs.org: November and December Fundraiser You are viewing this feed through the Feminist Blogs aggregator, a hub for blogs by self-identified feminists, women’s liberationists, womanists, and pro-feminist men. Feminist Blogs relies on your support to stay running. We're doing a fundraising drive for the months of November and December. Donations cover the costs of running feministblogs.org and provide direct financial support to active Feminist Blogs contributors. See Feminist Blogs: Donate for details.
  • Conservative commentator blames single moms and “women’s lib” for police violence

    Maya Dusenbery
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:53 am
    As I mentioned yesterday, it was probably only a matter of time before someone found a way to blame feminism for the police violence that’s taken center stage in the national conversation in the last few weeks. Conservative commentator Dr. Ben Carson’s attempt to tie the murders of black men at the hands of the police back to the “women’s lib movement” and the “Me generation” of the ’60s in an interview on American Family Radio’s “Today’s Issues” is truly a sight to behold.  “Certainly in a lot of our inner cities,…
  • New Book Club Selection

    Clarissa
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    This semester’s book club was pretty much a disaster. We all agreed that Teaching Naked is useless and offensive to our sensibilities as educators. The teaching methodologies offered in that book are supremely unsuited to our students. We don’t cater to spoiled rich babies who demand constant entertainment and are enamored of their costly gadgets. After we expressed our dislike for the book, the discussions kind of came to an end because there wasn’t much else to say. So for next semester, a very different kind of reading was chosen for the faculty book club. Our book club…
  • Gaming journalist forwards rape threats she gets from young boys to their mothers

    Maya Dusenbery
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:49 am
    Remember the woman who received an unsolicited dick pic and sent it on to the guy’s mother? Well, an Australian video game journalist is taking a similar approach to the rape threats she receives in social media — which she’s been seeing an uptick in these days thanks to GamerGate.  Sometimes young boys on Facebook send me rape threats, so I’ve started telling their mothers. pic.twitter.com/0Cbs81eXiE — Alanah Pearce (@Charalanahzard) November 28, 2014 Pearce had the idea when she realized many of the threats were coming from young boys who didn’t…
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    Feministe

  • Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

    Jill
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    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)), Content Notes are not needed if your post title is already descriptive of problematic content. extended discussion of self-promotion links on this thread is counter-productive for the intended signal-boosting…
  • Open Thread with Giraffe and Skyline

    tigtog
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A lone giraffe with Nairobi’s city skyline in the background features for this week’s Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over this weekend and throughout the week. A giraffe at Nairobi National Park, with Nairobi’s skyline in background (By Mkimemia from Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-SA-3.0) 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…
  • New Lego ad features girlchild, dragon, parachute, stuffed bunny surgery

    Caperton
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:55 pm
    I recognize, and have always recognized, that I’m kind of a sucker. And someone who’s spent as much time as I have working in advertising really should be far more skeptical of it. But here’s the thing: After spending so much time in recent times insisting to us that what Lego girls really want is pastel-purple bricks, “mini dolls,” and pre-made sets requiring minimal assembly, Lego has made an ad that I really like. Are they doing it to get money out of people? Yes. It’s what’s known in the industry as an “advertisement.” But it’s one…
  • Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

    Jill
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    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)), Content Notes are not needed if your post title is already descriptive of problematic content. extended discussion of self-promotion links on this thread is counter-productive for the intended signal-boosting…
  • Some details are off, therefore the victim lied!

    Echo Zen
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:43 pm
    “[O]ur trust in her was misplaced.” Hey guys, that rape survivor we interviewed? She’s totally, like, untrustworthy and everyone should ignore her! Huh? Why did a middle-aged man who lords over managerial editing at Rolling Stone dismiss his own magazine’s investigation into rape culture at University of Virginia? Did Will Dana discover UVA’s leaders are actually really nice and don’t systematically violate the civil rights of survivors? Did he find evidence refuting UVA’s decades-long reputation for sweeping sexual violence under the rug? Did he obtain a reasonable explanation…
 
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    Jezebel

  • Eddie Redmayne Says His Very First Boner Was for Lion King's Nala

    Madeleine Davies
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    Much like the Jezebel staff before him , actor Eddie Redmayne has admitted that his sexual awakening began with a movie character who's both animated and not exactly human. Read more...
  • Jameis Winston Cleared of Sexual Assault Charges By FSU Conduct Board

    Anna Merlan
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    Jameis Winston, the Florida State University quarterback accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student in 2012, has been cleared of charges that he violated FSU's student conduct code. A lawyer for the woman who accused him of assault told reporters in a statement yesterday, "At some point we have to recognize that Florida State is never going to hold Winston responsible."Read more...
  • Caption This Ad for Balmain Featuring Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

    Kate Dries
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West posed for Balmain's Spring 2015 Menswear campaign and the photo released is very um, intimate? Read more...
  • 30,000 Arrested in China's Great Porn Purge

    Rebecca Rose
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    If you love porn and/or gambling and you live in China, you are basically shit out of luck. And possibly already in jail, from the looks of how things went down this weekend. Read more...
  • Every Rape Reported at Fraternities This Year

    Allie Jones
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    In 1776, the Phi Beta Kappa society was founded at the College of William and Mary for men in the "pursuit of liberal education and intellectual fellowship." Over the course of the next two centuries, Greek letter societies proliferated across the U.S. and morphed into the all-male butt-chugging clubs we know as fraternities today. This year in particular was big for frats, in that they were clearly identified as the primary arena for rape to take place on campus.Read more...
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    Muslimah Media Watch

  • Friday Links | December 19, 2014

    anneke
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In Iraq, ISIL is said to have killed over 150 women and girls for refusing to get married to ISIL fighters. Seven people have been arrested in Spain and Morocco in several raids targeting an alleged network recruiting women to join ISIL, including a woman from Chile. According to a UN expert one of the Austrian [Read More...]
  • Erotica by Muslim Women for Muslim Women

    anike
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    When I attempted entering “Islamic erotica” in a search engine, I was not sure what to expect. A few weeks before doing that, I had stumbled upon the genre while reading Afrocentric Muslimah’s blog post on the need for Muslim women to embrace their sexuality. Curious to know more about Islamic erotica, I decided to search for [Read More...]
  • Death, Grief and Womanhood

    eren
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    I must admit, I can’t wait until the year is over. I have had a difficult year first dealing with my partner’s passing, and then trying to figure out what follows the grieving process. Right after Saad’s passing, I found that my Muslim community had a rather complex and unexplored relationship with death. Many of [Read More...]
  • Will Jordanian Hind Al Fayez Sit Down? A Look at the Trending Hashtag #Sit_Down_Hind

    samya
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Women’s participation in the Jordanian political scene has always been a controversial one. Several women in Jordanian political history have made news because of their strong political opposition to their male counterparts’ dominance. The most famous one was Toujan Al-Faisal, who was Jordan’s first female member of parliament. In 2002, Al-Faisal made it to the [Read More...]
  • Friday Links | December 12, 2014

    anneke
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Videos continue to emerge online of Central Asian migrant workers humiliated by their countrymen for allegedly being prostitutes and a shame for their nation. Militants belonging to Al Shabaab in Somalia have killed two Somali policewomen; in return a policeman has killed five women belonging to the group who were held by Somali police. The [Read More...]
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    Shakesville

  • Man Shoots Girlfriend, Then Kills Two NYPD Cops

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    [Content Note: Guns; violence; murder; self-harm; racism; misogyny.]Saturday afternoon, a man named Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot his ex-girlfriend, Shaneka Thompson, in Baltimore, before driving to New York City, where he shot and killed two police officers sitting in their cruiser, Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. Brinsley then killed himself. Thompson, who Brinsley shot in the abdomen, is in serious condition but is expected to survive. My sincerest condolences to the friends, family, and colleagues of Officers Lui and Ramos. I will be keeping Shaneka Thompson in my thoughts; I hope she has…
  • Open Thread

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hosted by Speak & Spell.
  • Open Thread

    21 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hosted by a sundae. (See what I did there? You see what I did there.)
  • Open Thread

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hosted by "Saturday Night" by the Bay City Rollers.
  • The Virtual Pub Is Open

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    [Explanations: lol your fat. pathetic anger bread. hey your gay.]TFIF, Shakers!Belly up to the bar,and name your poison!(And don't forget to tip your bartender!)
 
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    The F-Word: Latest features, reviews and blog posts

  • New review: BornRisky

    Holly Combe
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:26 am
    Channel 4 describes Viktoria Modesta as "inspiring, unique and very hot" with "a difference that sets her apart from the idealised form of a pop artist". Gemma Varnom asks, can a disabled performer only be noticed or valued if her...
  • The I-word strikes again

    Gemma Varnom
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Channel 4 describes Viktoria Modesta as "inspiring, unique and very hot" with "a difference that sets her apart from the idealised form of a pop artist". Gemma Varnom asks, can a disabled performer only be noticed or valued if her performance centres on her apparent otherness?
  • Are fat people disabled?

    D H Kelly
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:10 am
    The European Court of Human Justice has ruled that, in some circumstances, fat people will be able to use disability discrimination law to respond to discrimination. D H Kelly examines whether fat people can be described as disabled
  • New review: Some Girls

    Holly Combe
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:39 am
    Kate Bonynge looks at the third series of BBC3's Some Girls, a comedy about three 18 year olds that marks a change from the male dominated programmes we've come to expect. Now about to come to the end of its...
  • Finally, the girls are centre stage

    Kate Bonynge
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    Kate Bonynge looks at the third series of BBC3's Some Girls, a comedy about three 18 year olds that marks a change from the male dominated programmes we've come to expect
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  • Marlo Thomas Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

    wowowow
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Our very own Marlo Thomas was bestowed this nation’s highest civilian honor, a Presidential Medal of Freedom.  The honor is presented to “individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”     Congrats to MAKER @MarloThomas on winning the Medal of Freedom for her world-changing work! Watch her story here http://t.co/fUl65wlZLr — MAKERS (@MAKERSwomen) November 26, 2014   Marlo serves as national outreach director…
  • Joan Larsen Celebrates: Thanksgiving at the Lake House

    Joan Larsen
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    It’s Thanksgiving at the Lake House and the gathering of family is always equated to love overflowing and the feeling of closeness . . . A warm welcome to our family Thanksgiving!! The greatest fun is coming early and working together to make decorations for the house As the children became teens, it became not only a challenge but fun to outdo themselves We could see the pride in their eyes over their original creations and how could we not “ohh” and “ahh” over this? We deemed it strictly stunning ! Apple cider seemed a unique touch for toasting before the big meal and below the…
  • FIND ME – Finding Missing Persons Fundraiser in NYC

    Joni Evans
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Recently, Mary Wells Lawrence and I joined the organization FIND ME. We learned about it from Peggy Rometo, once wowOwow’s astrologist/intuitive. Its mission is to find missing persons…in order to bring peace to their families and friends. The organization is different from any others I’ve known of. It utilizes forensic technology AND vetted psychics to create a unique force of diligent and dedicated professionals working alongside of the police. Their success rate has been astounding. I know there are many news stories (NPR, NBC News, etc.) in the works…but just…
  • The Price of a Million-Dollar Smile

    Sheila Nevins
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Much to her own chagrin, Sheila Nevins will stop at nothing to preserve her teeth I have spent more on my teeth (most of us have 32) than on any of my weddings, expensive spa vacations, or my kid’s entire education. This toothy madness began in preadolescence, when I wore braces for some three years for a slight overbite (très shih tzu), which I owed to prolonged thumb sucking. This frontal bucking created a mouth made for remolding. My mother had wanted a perfect child and so I was rushed to an NYU dental clinic where trembling dental wannabes completed their education in my…
  • My iPhone Made Me Cry

    Sheila Nevins
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Are you befuddled by new technology? Do you long for the days of simple on/off switches and phones that simply ring hello? Do most appliances have too many options? Do tell.       My iPhone Made Me Cry An Interactive Poem I don’t cry at weddings I know the odds Sometimes I cry at funerals But always try to hold back my tears. Yet, my iPhone made me cry out loud Weep Uncontrollably Wet sobs and gasps. It refused to allow me to take charge And I’m a take-charge kinda gal. My iPhone hated me It hated my touch I tried each finger every which way Cutting nails, huffing warmth…
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    Skepchick

  • Quickies: White Privilege, Love Actually, and Why You Don’t Need a “Boosted” Immune System

    Mary
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Problem With Praising Famous Scientists – “Role models portrayed as superhuman don’t always motivate students—instead, they risk discouraging kids who feel they can’t live up to the lofty standards.” Today the Sun Stands Still – The Winter Solstice was yesterday, technically, but you should still read this article all about it by Phil Plait. The Whiteness Project: Facing Race In A Changing America – ‘It is not typical for white people to think about their race,’ says Catherine Orr, who teaches critical identity studies at Beloit College…
  • Skepchick Sundaylies! Tofu Turkey, FDA Blood Ban, Atheist Hanukkah, and a Tribute to Stella Young

    Mindy
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Sunday Funny: The limits of blind trials. (via xkcd) Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 123: Conduction, Convection, Radiation, Oh My! Mindy explores the ways in which energy is transferred as heat. Suspension of Disbelief: The Imitation Game Elizabeth reviews the Alan Turing bio-pic. DBT Skills: Use Some Logic Holidays can be stressful. Olivia provides some tools for getting through holiday distress. Mad Art Lab Feed this From-Scratch Tofu Turkey to Your Favorite Omnivores Move over turkey. There’s a new main dish in town. Queen of Carbon: The Ongoing Materials Science Legacy Of…
  • New Video: The Science of Rudolph’s Glowing Nose!

    Rebecca Watson
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Dr. Siouxsie Wiles is a microbiologist with an obsession for bioluminescence! Here, she responds to some bad science in the otherwise good video by fellow New Zealand scientists on the science of Christmas. To see a longer version of our talk, become a patron at Patreon!
  • Global Quickies: Troll Hunters, Rusty Radiators, and Fighting Rape Riding a Tiger

    Daniela
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    IRELAND “In Ireland, a woman who is clinically dead but 17 weeks pregnant is being kept alive against her family’s will. At this painful time, her relatives must go to court to stop the Irish state treating their loved one’s body as a cadaveric incubator.” WORLD (from Mary) The International Centre for Theoretical Physics: “Set up in 1964 by Pakistani physics Nobel laureate Abdus Salam and Italian physicist Paolo Budinich, it aims to advance theoretical physics in the developing world.” INDIA India’s New Comic Book Hero Fights Rape, Rides On The Back Of A Tiger: “After…
  • Quickies: Gender matters in computer science, “meninists,” and a product review of the knapsack of white privilege

    Amanda
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    MIT scientists demonstrate the hard way that gender still matters – ““We’re 3 female computer scientists at MIT, here to answer questions about programming and academia. Ask us anything!” we wrote for our Reddit Ask Me Anything session last Friday. And then, boom: “Why does it matter that you’re female?”” Men are calling themselves “meninists” to take a stand against feminism – No, really. From Amy. Product review: The invisible backpack of white privilege from LL Bean – “I told him if he’s really that dissatisfied with his own…
 
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    Viva la Feminista

  • Guest Post: Roxane Gay on Today’s Feminism: “Better is Not Good Enough”

    21 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    --> Nearly three hundred bad feminists gathered at the Chicago Temple on December 10 to hear New York Times best-selling author Roxane Gay discuss issues around feminism, inequality, and the struggles that 21st century women still face at an event hosted by Women Employed. Gay’s commentary and criticisms on Wednesday were in line with those found in her recent book Bad Feminist—incisive and insightful, covering a broad range of topics with her signature quick-witted sense of humor. Some highlights from the evening: On the wage gap: “Women have compromised enough! 77 cents is a…
  • Bindercon & Women of Color in the Media

    16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    I missed BinderCon because it was in NYC and I was at Space Camp! I haven't heard a lot of what happened so I was excited to see this video clip from the panel "Looking Forward: Roles for Women in the Future of Media." Jessica McGlory, the founder of Forecastr (@TVforecast) says some awesome stuff. Hopefully BinderCon will realize that those of us in the Midwest would love to host!
  • Judy Baar Topinka, the Polka Queen of Illinois Politics Dies at 70

    12 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-RegisterIllinois politics is a lot of things, but boring rarely is the word to describe it. That is until yesterday. In the wee morning of December 10, 2014, Illinois politics lost its Polka Queen, Judy Baar Topinka.Since I am an unabashed feminist who normally votes Democratic, one might wonder why Topinka means enough for me to write this post. Well it is because she was freaking awesome to watch. As many people in the media have said over the past day, she was blunt. The only spin Topinka knew how to perform was on the dance floor. I really wanted to…
  • Happy Nobel Peace Prize Day!

    10 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today is the day the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded. While recent awards have been controversial, today Malala Yousafzai receives the award for her work advocating for the education of girls, along with Kailash Satyarthi an advocate for children's rights. I'm the type of person who believes all our issues are connected, interconnected and intersectional.  In that spirit I share with you a three-part series based on the Nobel Women's Initiative delegation to Mesoamerica I traveled with in 2012. These films are an excellent representation of the whole delegation. In these films you will meet…
  • 2014 Holiday Feminist Gift Guide

    9 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    It's that time of the year again!As usual, I'm behind on my full book reviews, but here is a list of books I have read this year that should go on your gift list. Some are linked to their review, others to their publisher or author page. A reminder that if you click the link to buy from either Powells (P) or IndieBound (I), VLF gets a small cut from your purchase:This is Not a Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education by Jose Vilson P | IA challenging and honest look at our public education system through Vilson's own education journey and path to becoming a teacher-activist. …
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  • The Problem With Saying ‘We Don’t Care, As Long as Our Baby’s Healthy’

    Jarrah Hodge
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:08 pm
    When you ask even socially liberal parents-to-be if the have a preference for their future child’s hair colour, eye colour, height, sex, etc., the response is often the same: “We don’t care, just as long as they’re healthy.” Unfortunately, the mantra, “as long as our baby’s healthy,” reinforces ableism in our society. Lately, however, I have become obsessed with this itty bitty phrase. I am currently a PhD candidate in Gender Studies writing a dissertation on the topic of motherhood. Because of this, I am very sensitive to the media’s constant mother-blame, the shaming of…
  • What if We Didn’t Need Gender Markers on ID at All?

    Jarrah Hodge
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    The scene could start any number of ways: maybe I’m filling out a tax form at a new job or registering for classes, or – to use a classic – maybe I’m out for dinner with my friends and I need to use the washroom. In all of these everyday moments, someone is asking me to explain my gender, and I’m asking myself the same question: what are they expecting to hear? What will cause the least friction? If I don’t correctly guess how someone is gendering me, they might ask to see ID – if I say “female” they might not ask any more questions, but I’m going to have another…
  • Why The Sony Hack Scandal Is a Feminist Issue

    Jarrah Hodge
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:44 am
    By now, we’ve all heard about the Sony Hacks. The U.S. government claims the cyber attacks were launched against the company in retaliation for the movie, The Interview, which revolves around a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. This week, Sony announced The Interview will not open on December 25 as planned, and may never see the light of day at all. What was revealed in these hacks besides Sony’s concerns for security around the release of a supposedly comedic movie starring James Franco and Seth Rogen? Well, very regrettably, the personal information of many average employees…
  • FFFF: Inside Amy Schumer on Women in the Military

    Jarrah Hodge
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:36 am
    A clip from Amy Schumer’s show Inside Amy Schumer, where she tries playing a female character in a military game, and finds the experience dissimilar to her boyfriend’s experience playing a male character. Trigger Warning: discussion of sexual assault //www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXGJGuH59qw h/t Women in Hollywood
  • Harper’s Apathy About Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Should Be On Our Radar

    Jarrah Hodge
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:45 pm
    “It isn’t high on our radar, to be honest.” This is what our Prime Minister of the better part of a decade, Stephen Harper, has to say about the need for a national inquiry on missing and murdered aboriginal women in the country he governs. The subtext is that our Prime Minister is both a racist and a misogynist. You think I’m being too harsh? As I see it, the only possible justification for ignoring this issue is a form of racist and sexist hatred. After all, we have more than enough evidence that the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women is a national crisis.
 
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