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  • Dartmouth President Calls For Changes In Wake of Federal Sexual Assault Investigation

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    Feminist Newswire
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon gave a powerful speech Wednesday night calling for significant changes on campus in light of its high rates of sexual assault, high-risk drinking, and discriminatory social scene. via Shutterstock “Darmouth’s promise is being hijacked by high-risk and harmful behaviors, behaviors that are hurting too many of our students, dividing us as a community and distracting from our important work of teaching and learning,” Hanlon said. “From dangerous levels of drinking, to sexual assaults, disgusting and sometimes threatening insults…
  • BitchTapes: Second Wind

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    Sarah Mirk
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:28 pm
    This is a mix for those times when you start off sleepy and wind up dancing like wild. It begins with some dreamy Northwest pop, then eases into melodic country twangs new and old, and finally kicks out a few dance tunes. read more
  • Krugman: Worried About Oligarchy? You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    (Credit: Moyers & Company)In an interview with journalist Bill Moyers set to air Friday, Nobel laureate and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman celebrates both the insights and warnings of French economist Thomas Piketty whose new ground-breaking book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, argues that modern capitalism read more
  • Halle Berry is Brilliant in 'Frankie and Alice'

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    Jennifer Merin
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:37 am
    And among some April 18 openers catch this oddity: "The Final Member," a documentary about Iceland's Phallological Museum, a collection of carefully preserved male mammalian genitalia that needs only a human specimen to be complete.
  • Is "Scandal" Ruining Your Sex Life?

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:59 am
    I just discovered the television show Scandal on Netflix. Yes, I know that I’m coming (pun intended) to the Oliva Pope/President Fitzgerald party waaaaaay late. But I’ve come to the party with a vengeance. I’ve managed to watch all 40+ episodes that have aired to date in the last six weeks. I forgot to brush and floss, make kids’ lunches, take my meds, shave my legs, kiss my husband, let alone hob his knob (I know, that’s not a saying, but it should be). I have basically been useless because who can be bothered to hob your husband’s knob when you can watch the ridiculously…
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  • Dartmouth President Calls For Changes In Wake of Federal Sexual Assault Investigation

    Feminist Newswire
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon gave a powerful speech Wednesday night calling for significant changes on campus in light of its high rates of sexual assault, high-risk drinking, and discriminatory social scene. via Shutterstock “Darmouth’s promise is being hijacked by high-risk and harmful behaviors, behaviors that are hurting too many of our students, dividing us as a community and distracting from our important work of teaching and learning,” Hanlon said. “From dangerous levels of drinking, to sexual assaults, disgusting and sometimes threatening insults…
  • Texas Hospitals Revoke Admitting Privileges to Abortion Providers

    Feminist Newswire
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Reproductive health access in Texas continues to vanish in the wake of HB 2, the omnibus anti-abortion bill that, among other things, requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges in order to keep their clinics open. Three Texas abortion providers this week had their hospital admitting privileges revoked at nearby hospitals after abortion opponents threatened the hospitals with negative publicity. via Shutterstock Foundation Surgical Hospital of El Paso revoked Dr. Pamela Richter’s temporary admitting privileges last week without notice or explanation. Dr. Richter, who…
  • Federal Court Permanently Blocks North Dakota’s Extreme 6-Week Abortion Ban

    Feminist Newswire
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    A federal district court permanently blocked one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the nation yesterday, calling it “invalid and unconstitutional.” via Shutterstock The North Dakota law, HB 1456, directly challenged Roe v. Wade by banning abortions before viability and as early as 6 weeks. The law – styled as a “fetal heartbeat” ban – would have created harsh penalties for physicians who knowingly violated the ban, making it a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The law had been temporarily blocked since July. “The court was…
  • Supreme Court of India Recognizes Transgender Rights

    Feminist Newswire
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    India’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that official documents must allow transgender people to identify as a third gender and directed the federal and state governments to include transgender people, known as hijras, in welfare programs such as education, health care, and job programs. via Kaetana on Shutterstock “All documents will now have a third category marked ‘transgender,’” said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender activist who petitioned the court. “This verdict has come as a great relief for all of us. Today I am proud to be an Indian.” …
  • 10-Year Old Girl Banned from Boys Basketball Team Will Now Play

    Feminist Newswire
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ten-year old Albuquerque, New Mexico fourth-grader Jaelyn Bates plays on the Frey Academy Basketball team, and her coach, Kevin Frey, thinks she’s pretty good. “She always gives 100 percent,” Frey said. “She’s a competitor, and she makes others around her better. She’s definitely earned every minute she has played.” But last week, the New Mexico Select Youth Sport Club told Coach Frey that Jaelyn could not play with her team in the upcoming Southwest Salsa Slam basketball tournament – because she’s a girl. Tournament organizers sent an email to Frey explaining:…
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    Latest articles from Women's eNews

  • Halle Berry is Brilliant in 'Frankie and Alice'

    Jennifer Merin
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:37 am
    And among some April 18 openers catch this oddity: "The Final Member," a documentary about Iceland's Phallological Museum, a collection of carefully preserved male mammalian genitalia that needs only a human specimen to be complete.
  • Indian Courts Prop Door Open for Rape Survivors

    Swapna Majumdar
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    India's Supreme Court chief justice has promised to direct courts to translate legal advice booklets for rape survivors into local vernacular languages. Amid declining rates of conviction and a dismissive atmosphere, survivors are turning away from the system.
  • Iraqi Girl-Marriage Bill Called Vote-Getting Ploy

    Hajer Naili
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    The draft law has made international headlines, mainly for provisions allowing girls as young as 9 and boys as young as 15 to marry. But when questioned on the likelihood that the text will be passed, one expert said: "I would say it is less than 50 percent."
  • Five Ways to Stop Criminalizing Victimized Girls

    Jeannette Pai-Espinosa
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:13 am
    Girls are far more likely to wind up being criminalized for "status offenses" that would be overlooked in adults, so let's start right there and support a bill introduced in February. Too many of the girls we criminalize are traumatized victims who need help, not punishment.
  • Male Athletes Speak Out Against Sports Sexism

    Rob Okun
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    "This culture may not be our fault, but it is our problem to fix," athletes at a prominent private high school in Massachusetts wrote in the school paper last year. Rob Okun features them as hope kindlers in this excerpt from his anthology "Voice Male."
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  • Is "Scandal" Ruining Your Sex Life?

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:59 am
    I just discovered the television show Scandal on Netflix. Yes, I know that I’m coming (pun intended) to the Oliva Pope/President Fitzgerald party waaaaaay late. But I’ve come to the party with a vengeance. I’ve managed to watch all 40+ episodes that have aired to date in the last six weeks. I forgot to brush and floss, make kids’ lunches, take my meds, shave my legs, kiss my husband, let alone hob his knob (I know, that’s not a saying, but it should be). I have basically been useless because who can be bothered to hob your husband’s knob when you can watch the ridiculously…
  • Attend Hogwarts from Your Living Room, and Other LARP Websites We'd Like to See

    Melissa Ford
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    It turns out that joining an online course for Hogwarts is a lot more exciting in theory than it is in practice. The creators of Hogwarts is Here didn't account for the idea's popularity, and merely enrolling took me over an hour as the server kept giving me 503 messages. This LARP (live action role playing) site allows players to enroll as themselves, a new character, or an existing character in the book, and then complete all the Hogwarts coursework, including 3-foot-of-parchment essays. But after one hour of refreshing, I was firmly in Ravenclaw and ready to take my first class:…
  • What Is Happening to the Jews of Donetsk, Ukraine?

    Suzanne Reisman
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) begins at sundown on Sunday, April 27. According to the Memorial de la Shoah, up to 1.5 million Jews were murdered in Ukraine between 1941 and 1944. The genocide of Ukrainian Jews is known as the "Holocaust by bullets," because the Nazis did not bother to gather and deport people to concentration camps or death camps. They just dug large pits in the forests or countryside and shot people, one by one, until they killed entire towns, villages, and communities. Jews digging their own graves in Storow, Ukraine, 1941. (Image: Wikimedia Commons.) It is…
  • Two Fiery Shows About Women and our BFFs

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    We haven’t had a profound shortage of female bonding orientated programming as of late. Girls on HBO, for example, is a gritty, realistic show about the real life jealousies and issues that develop between friends as they navigate the waters of young adulthood. But as much as I love it, it’s about women much younger than myself, and as much as I try to relate to Hannah, Marnie, Jess and Shoshanna, I realize that that the similarity factor can only go so far. They don’t have the most functional of relationships, as witnessed in their constant altercations and dismissive exchanges.
  • Lighter Deviled Eggs Two Ways: Thai Red Curry and Wasabi

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    Easter is by far one of my favourite holidays, and not just because of the egg decorating! It’s a time of new life, awakening and newness–just the line of thinking we need after the awful, awful winter we just had. Long before the Easter bunny came hopping along, eggs were given as gifts on Easter Sunday to commemorate rebirth and the end of Lent. What a treat that must’ve been after the forty egg-free days leading up to Easter! These days, it’s all about egg hunts, egg decorating and the Easter bunny. Oh, and cute baby animals. And pastels. It really is the…
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  • Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Laverne Cox >>>>>>> Justin Bieber. Speaking of which: the trailer for “Orange is the New Black,” Season 2, is out. Sexual harassment of unpaid interns is no longer legal in New York. Judge throws out B. Scott’s discrimination lawsuit against BET. Florida man was kicked out of his rec basketball league after singing about his HIV status. Janet Mock covers ELIXHER’s “Body Issue.” Revenge porn isn’t protected speech.
  • Birthday Celebrations

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    So I dressed up in my new very frilly, very red blouse, did my hair, painted my nails with the nail polish I received as a Birthday gift from the best friend in the world, and set out to wander around stores, buying gifts for myself. Among the gifts I bought is this curiously named “Bible study pen” and the International Socialist Review. These gifts seem counterintuitive given how I feel about both Bible study and socialism but I love multi-ink pens to the point of obsession and I always buy the Socialist magazine because I believe that variety of opinion is crucial and needs to…
  • Off is On!

    Ann Bartow
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    Off is On! Via. Feminist Law Professors
  • Update: Connecticut Department of Children & Families continues abuse of trans girl

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    We published a guest post on Monday from ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio about a crisis in Connecticut social services and imprisonment. Chase wrote about a trans girl failed by a series of institutions from childhood: Jessica [Note: name has been changed] is a 16 year-old transgender girl. She has been in and out of the foster care and juvenile justice systems since early childhood, surviving unthinkable trauma and demonstrating resilience and strength. As a ward of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), DCF is her legal parent and guardian, responsible for her care and…
  • Geneva Agreement

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    Starting yesterday, Russian soldiers and members of Russian special forces present in the territory of Ukraine stopped concealing their identities and are now stating directly to anybody who cares to ask that they belong to the Russian military. Putin also admitted publicly for the first time that his troops were in the Crimea before the referendum and were crucial in making the referendum happen. A couple of weeks ago, he vehemently denied this but yesterday dropped the pretense. So why the sudden change? The reason why Russian troops no longer consider it necessary to hide who they are is…
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  • TODAY’S VLOG | Can Virgins Have Oral Sex?

    Guest Blogger
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    This is the first episode of Sex-Positive Gamer, where we play popular videogames whilst answering your shagging questions. Now your male friends have no excuses for not knowing their sex education (unless they were too busy with Planned Parenthood volunteering). Our adviser is occasional Feministe contributor Echo Zen. From outside, it probably seems we quit the Feministe vlog after just 4 months of vlogging. In actuality, despite scepticism from professors, we’ve been labouring for 4 months behind the scenes to reboot the vlog, brainstorming ways to deliver content with appeal beyond the…
  • Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

    13 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Promote yourself. Netiquette reminders: Want to recommend someone else’s writing instead? Try the weekly 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 it’s a side-discussion that…
  • Weekly Open Thread with Cyclone-Ready Pets

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    These pooches are crated up in Queensland’s Cooktown evacuation centre, waiting with everyone else for Cyclone Ita to pass. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over this weekend and throughout the week. Pets inside Cooktown’s evacuation centre ahead of the arrival of Cyclone Ita, April 11, 2014| ABC News: Stephanie Smail 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…
  • What would you do if you needed an abortion in a country where it’s outlawed?

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    I’m in Brazil right now with the wonderful International Reporting Project, and while here I spoke with a young woman who, like many women around the world, got pregnant when she didn’t want to be. Here in Brazil, abortion is generally illegal. After trying several different methods unsuccessfully and reaching out to a variety of slightly-shady people for help, she decided to go the safest route: To say she had been raped and get a safe, legal abortion in a Brazilian hospital. Her story is here. Women in this country are understandably very afraid to speak with anyone about…
  • The march backwards

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    10 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Guest Blogger Bio: Thilde Knudsen is the Head of Marie Stopes International’s Europe Office and works with the European Parliament Working Group on Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS and Development. Women’s sexual and reproductive rights at risk Spain is about to criminalise abortion; politicians in the UK repeatedly attempt to reduce the 24-week limit and today (Apr 10) in Brussels, a Parliamentary hearing is discussing a European Citizens’ initiative that if successful would block European Commission (EC) development funding for maternal health. Working for sexual and reproductive…
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    Finally, A Feminism 101 Blog

  • 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)
  • One Reason Why False Rape Allegation Statistics Are So High

    25 Aug 2013 | 3:55 pm
    Guest Post by Dana Hunter Men, even good men, believe women lie about rape. There’s this myth that runs amok saying that some enormous proportion of rape accusations are just women lying to get attention, or revenge, or to hide their summer fling from mommy and daddy. And they believe it without question. When male friends toss that grenade at me, I toss it back by asking if they know what the percentage is. “Fifty percent,” they’ll say, or above, depending on which MRAs their stats are coming from. “It’s two to eight percent,” I say, and I need to remember to never do this when…
  • #FF101 Call for Links: On Silencing Campaigns Against Feminists Online

    1 May 2013 | 3:06 pm
    Anything you have bookmarked over the last few years regarding this issue would be useful.
  • Call for Feminism 101 Links V

    9 Feb 2013 | 1:30 pm
    Drop your favourite introductory/clarifying-concept/debunking-factoids feminist posts here! Recent links ideally, but older links that you just keep on sharing are also welcome. Shameless self-promotion is totally OK.
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    Hugo Schwyzer

  • On the Los Angeles Magazine story

    Hugo Schwyzer
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:28 pm
    As a quick glance will reveal, I haven’t updated my blog in many months. I am in the midst of what will be a very long break from public writing. The promise of an extended hiatus is one I made many times last summer, but invariably failed to keep. For some time now, however, I’ve been able to stay away from doing interviews, publishing articles and blogposts, and otherwise unhelpfully inserting myself into the conversation. The April issue of Los Angeles Magazine includes a long article about my fall from grace. Written by Mona Gable, it’s based in part on interviews she…
  • My brother’s Richard III book appears

    Hugo Schwyzer
    27 Sep 2013 | 11:24 am
    My brother’s fifth (and timely book) is published in England today: Shakespeare and the Remains of Richard III . It was begun before confirmation of the discovery of the body of the last of the Plantagenets. Get thee a copy.
  • In the Daily Telegraph

    Hugo Schwyzer
    27 Sep 2013 | 10:25 am
    I may be off social media, but I can’t say no to an interview. Today I’m in the UK Telegraph The rise and fall of America’s most infamous ‘male feminist’: Hugo Schwyzer: Excerpt: He admits this desire to be commercial has impacted on the brand on male feminism he espouses. “The serious sort of feminists I grew up with would have looked at what I was writing and would have said it was frivolous. My mother is a classic second-wave feminist when I was growing up. She was very disappointed in the direction my feminism took. She wanted me to be writing about wage…
  • The strange evolution of cowardice

    Hugo Schwyzer
    23 Sep 2013 | 5:44 pm
    And one more: my post today at Times of Israel looks at the misuse of a familiar word: Why do we call terrorists who are willing to die for their cause “cowards?” Excerpt: Coward is the epithet of choice when referring to terrorists, even when it so regularly seems misapplied. American comedian Bill Maher was famously forced off the air after the September 11 attacks. His offense? Daring to suggest that calling the hijackers “cowards” made no sense, as a willingness to give up one’s life was an inoculation against the charge. Chastened by his example no one has dared point out the…
  • Beauty and Weakness: Reprinting a Relevant Magazine Piece

    Hugo Schwyzer
    23 Sep 2013 | 4:30 pm
    This piece first ran in Relevant Magazine in April 2012. Following the revelations about me, the site chose to take the post down. I am reposting it here for anyone who might still find value within it. It’s spring again; time for some to talk baseball, others to talk graduation or prom or taxes. For some Christians, springtime is also the favorite time to lecture girls about keeping their hemlines long and their necklines high; it’s the season for the “modesty wars.” If you’ve been around the Christian blogosphere long enough, or been in a youth group any time in, oh, the past 30…
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  • Selfie Loathing: Coco Rocha Tries Out 24k Gold Under-Eye Masks

    Dodai Stewart
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Welcome back to the verdant field where Vanity Smurfs run free… Celebrity Instagrams, presented without comment. Enjoy.Read more...
  • These Are the Shots That Make Tons of Cash for the Paparazzi

    Dodai Stewart
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    The celebrity industrial complex shows no signs of slowing down, and the business of tracking public figures continues to be lucrative. Just ask Vlad, a paparazzo who drives a brand new Mercedes E350, which he paid for in cash. Read more...
  • Michelle Obama to Guest Star on -- Wait For It -- Nashville

    Erin Gloria Ryan
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    She's appeared on the Oscars, The Biggest Loser, iCarly, Restaurant: Impossible, and almost every major talk show. Now, for the first time, Michelle Obama will be appearing as herself on a scripted TV show for adults. And the lucky show is... Nashville. Read more...
  • Occupy Wall Street's Spokesman Is for Sale on RentAGent.com

    Hillary Crosley
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:40 pm
    How about a walk on the wild side with a “sapio-sexual intellectual activist?” If that’s your cup of tea, check out Harrison Schultz, a loosely appointed Occupy Wall Street spokesmen, on RentAGent.me. He’s only $200!Read more...
  • This Is Why We're the Atheist Generation

    Madeleine Davies
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    It's Easter weekend, so now seems like as good of a time as any to discuss the radically decreasing popularity of religion among America's young people. This won't ruffle any feathers, will it?Read more...
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    Muslimah Media Watch

  • Friday Links | April 18, 2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The predominantly Kurdish southeastern region of Turkey has the highest number of female mayors after the March 30 elections, partly because of a quota for women in the popular pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP). One of the new female mayors in this region is former child bride Berivan Kilic. The controversial draft law in [Read More...]
  • Book Review: I Am the Beggar of the World

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Last month, I looked at Eliza Griswold and Seamus Murphy’s work profiling Afghan women poets particular form of poetry, the landay. Their work, as they presented it in an article on Slate, came across as nuanced and reflective (my own words) of Afghan women’s experiences. I was eager to review their book, I Am the [Read More...]
  • Negotiating Muslim Steampunk

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This post was originally published at wood turtle. Goggles and gears, corsets adorned with brass and lace brocade, Victorian aesthetics meshed with clockwork, artisans selling creative curios, side show fancies and handmade wares — all came together seamlessly for an imagined moment in time that transformed the historic Gladstone Hotel in Toronto for an annual steampunk [Read More...]
  • Friday Links | April 11, 2014

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Indonesia had its elections last Wednesday. This time around, parties had to ensure that 30 percent of their candidates were female, but in a country notorious for its corruption, many of these female candidates come from political dynasties or are celebrities; it is even suggested that to become a female candidate not much more is [Read More...]
  • What Do We Make of the “Indian” Converts to Islam

    10 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    There is a lot of talk recently about “Latin” and Spanish-speaking converts to Islam, particularly women, which I have discussed in previous posts (here and here). Female converts to Islam, in general, give us a lot to talk about; thus, my question in a previous post on “Are converts news?” Some converts are treated as “cool” [Read More...]
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    Our Bodies Our Blog

  • Smoke and Mirrors and Women, Oh My

    Guest Blogger
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    by Katherine L. Record Last week, the Supreme Court attracted lots of attention when it heard arguments about whether a corporation can exclude mandatory preventive benefits from its employee health plan, based on a religious objection to certain types of healthcare. This is a tale as old as time; religion has long been the basis for opposition to reproductive (i.e., women’s) health – including the preventive healthcare now in question, contraception. Yet this argument has nothing to do with government infringement on the practice of religion. In fact, the corporation, Hobby Lobby,…
  • Why Contraception is a Health Issue for Everyone

    28 Mar 2014 | 7:34 am
    Photo “ritual” by Monik Markus used under CC BY-2.0 from https://flic.kr/p/8YaubV Some of the media coverage of Tuesday’s arguments before the Supreme Courton the contraception mandate tended to pit women’s rights activists against social conservatives, making contraception seem like a lifestyle choice that only benefits some women — you know, the ones who have sex. What often gets lost in the debate is why contraception is considered a preventive health issue — and why treating it as such is beneficial for everyone. During the healthcare debate, the…
  • Experts Discuss Women’s Health Movement and Healthcare Reform

    18 Mar 2014 | 12:44 pm
    “We are a very rich country, but we have rationed healthcare in a way that is unconscionable.” Judy Norsigian, Our Bodies Ourselves co-founder and executive director, doesn’t hold back in this March 6 discussion on women’s health with Sonia Pressman Fuentes, National Organization for Women (NOW) co-founder. Luz Corcuera, program director of Healthy Start Coalition of Manatee, Fla., hosts the dynamic conversation, which covers the history of the women’s health movement and the founding of Our Bodies Ourselves and NOW, as well as current healthcare issues, the…
  • Teen Voices Magazine is Back, Improving the World for Girls Through Media

    12 Mar 2014 | 7:01 am
    For 25 years, Teen Voices magazine has provided a place for journalism and other writing created by and for teenage girls. This great publication, originally based in Boston, was on the brink of shutting down last year, but Women’s eNews took it under its wing, with plans to build upon its mission of improving the world for female teens through media. The first stories published by the new Teen Voices are now online and tackle diverse issues including recovering from anorexia; why some women wear hijab and others don’t; feeling unworthy; and letters to celebrities as role…
  • Stillbirths and Infant Health Risks Higher in California’s Artificially Conceived Infants

    Guest Blogger
    28 Feb 2014 | 12:02 pm
    by Miriam Zoll A new study published in the Journal of Perinatologyonline has found that in California from 2009-2011 there was a 24- to 27-fold increase in multiple births and significantly higher rates of preterm births, lower birth weights, fetal anomalies and stillbirth among infants born through assisted reproductive technologies (ART) or artificial insemination (AI) compared to babies conceived naturally. The retrospective study was based on 2009-2011 data from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development and conducted by researchers from the Loma Linda University…
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  • Open Thread

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hosted by anthurium flowers.
  • The Virtual Pub Is Open

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    [Explanations: lol your fat. pathetic anger bread. hey your gay.]TFIF, Shakers!Belly up to the bar,and name your poison!
  • Blog Note

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:45 pm
    I will posting the Virtual Pub shortly, because we're taking tomorrow off. Tomorrow, Aphra_Behn is coming to visit (news I am sharing with her permission), and I AM SO EXCITED because it's the first time we'll be meeting in person after knowing each other for SO LONG!YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!Earlier today, I emailed Aphra and said: "Do you know what the best thing is about your visiting, besides EVERYTHING? That I don't have the least little bit of anxiety about meeting you. Like, I totally need a haircut, and our yard looks like shit after this garbage winter, and I have a laundry…
  • Photo of the Day

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Selfie by Vice President Joe Biden.
  • Earth Cousin

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Maude, I love this stuff:It is a bit bigger and somewhat colder, but a planet circling a star 500 light-years away is otherwise the closest match of our home world yet discovered, astronomers announced on Thursday.The planet, known as Kepler 186f, named after NASA's Kepler planet-finding misison, which found it, has a diameter of 8,700 miles, 10 percent wider than Earth, and its orbit lies within the "Goldilocks zone" of its star, Kepler 186 — not too hot, not too cold, where temperatures could allow for liquid water to flow at the surface, making it potentially hospitable for life."It's…
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    The F-Word: Latest features, reviews and blog posts

  • Weekly round up and open thread

    Jolene Tan
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:50 am
    New week, new links! As ever, linking isn't endorsement, and some links may contain disturbing content. If we've left anything out, pop it in the comments! Peaches Geldof: Writer and TV Presenter Dies Aged 25 (BBC) 'Manifestly Inadequate': austerity and...
  • New review: Half of a Yellow Sun

    Ania Ostrowska
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    The Baileys Women's Fiction Prize shortlist got unveiled earlier this week and Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's third novel Americanah is one of the candidates for the prize. If you have never heard of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, her TEDx...
  • Under half of a yellow sun

    Katherine Wootton
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Katherine Wootton admires superb performances in the screen adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Orange Prize winning novel but feels the film doesn't quite convey the story's emotional impact and nuances
  • Legal abortions - a case of women's human rights

    Guest Blogger
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    This is a guest post by Sophie Turtonon behalf of Doctors of the World about empowering women to have control over their own sexual and reproductive health.
  • From public services to public women: a morality tale for the age of austerity

    Alexandra M Kokoli
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    The tabloids' moral stand against the use of NHS funds for cosmetic surgery is only part of their constant attack on the 'undeserving' and public services, argues Alexandra M. Kokoli
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  • Spring Recipes to Delight Every Table

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    Entrees, salads and desserts to please a crowd. Spring always holds a special place in the year.  The last of the snow, sleet and storms have stopped making way for longer days and the desire to shed heavy winter clothes and meals.  Plates and recipes become lighter and brighter with the hues of colorful vegetables not weighed down by the heavy gravies and sauces of winter dishes. The first vegetables of spring are tender and green with a crisp bite making them perfect for a family gathering, lunch with friends or a change-up to the weekly dinner routine. Spring abounds and so should our…
  • Lily Tomlin Teams with Jane Fonda for Netflix Comedy

    24 Mar 2014 | 10:20 am
    The Unstoppable Lily Tomlin wowOwow’s Lily Tomlin is having a busy year.  First, the surprise announcement that she and her long-time partner (wowOwow’s Jane Wagner) were married on New Year’s Eve. Now, the unexpected and wonderful news that she and Jane Fonda have teamed up to do an original 13-episode series for Netflix next year. Unstoppable Lily! Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin to reunite for Netflix sitcom Veteran Hollywood stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda will reunite for a new comedy created by Netflix. Tomlin, 74, and Fonda, 76, will play long-time rivals who are brought…
  • Happy Spring – Flowers, Recipes and Spring Cleaning

    20 Mar 2014 | 7:44 am
    Spring has Sprung! Growing up, spring held the promise of warmer days, melting snow, daffodils poking through the soil, lighter dishes and of course… spring cleaning! Happy Spring! First Day Of Spring 2014 Arrives On Thursday, March 20 The first day of spring, which falls on March 20, hints that higher temperatures are not far off. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, the vernal equinox (or spring equinox) takes place in March when the sun passes over the celestial equator. This year, the sun will move across the invisible … Read More at Huffington Post How to ensure a boundless…
  • What Makes the Oscars?

    27 Feb 2014 | 2:59 pm
    And the Oscar goes to… What makes the Oscars, well, The Oscars?  It’s the talk of the morning shows and all over the office.  From the list of nominations and predicting who should or will win to the red carpet and Master (or Mistress) of Ceremonies, it is our cultural routine.  A night of glamour, cinematic reflection of the past year and yes, the speeches. Oscars 2014: Complete List of Nominations The surprise of the day came from “Nebraska,” a film that nabbed six Oscar nods. For Best Picture, all the big names made it in as well, including “American…
  • 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

    28 Jan 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Get Ready for Gold The Olympians have been selected by their countries. Travel is being arranged and final practices take place for what has been, for many, a lifetime of preparation. The 2014 Winter Olympics will bring us new faces, 12 new sporting events, and a new view of Russia (formerly the Soviet Union).  At the same time it brings back memories of Peggy Fleming’s performance in 1968, Dorothy Hamill free skate in 1976, speed skater’s Dan Jansen and Bonnie Blair in 1994, and of course The Miracle on Ice in 1980 with the underdog U.S. men’s hockey team beating the…
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  • Quickies: Feminist princesses, exoplanets, and free speech

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    Feminist princesses? Fuck yeah! – Elyse’s awesome husband Brian is blogging at More Than Men! In his first post, he examines the Disney princesses. New exoplanet could be Earth’s cousin – Or not! From Criticaldragon1177. A tale of two mothers – Both in Arizona. From Sarah. xkcd on free speech – There really is an xkcd for everything! Cute Animal Friday! From nowoo, a selection of adorable snail photos.
  • Bad Chart Thursday: Stand Your Ground

    Melanie Mallon
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    By now, I’m sure you’ve all seen the Worst Chart in the Universe, created by Christine Chan of Reuters, depicting the number of gun deaths (or murders?) committed using firearms in Florida, with emphasis on the 2005 enactment of the state’s Stand Your Ground law. Here it is for those who haven’t seen it being snickered across Twitter or in Pharyngula.   On Twitter, Chan defends her inverted y-axis as a preference and points to this image as her inspiration. @john_self Thanks for the feedback. I prefer to show deaths in negative terms (inverted). It's a preference really, can…
  • Sex LifeHacks for Parents

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Recently, on the Grounded Parents backchannel, we got to discussing sex. And how much we have it. How parenting makes sex near impossible… and I happened to drop in, a little concerned that maybe I’m parenting wrong because I have a TON of sex. Average more than once a day… usually at least 2-3 times and sometimes with people who aren’t even my husband. Other bloggers stared at their email, mouths agape, wondering how this is even possible to do while also being a parent. And they asked me to write an article about it. So here I am, in TMI land, about to tell you everything I know…
  • Throwback Thursday HPV Vaccine for Adults

    Amy Roth
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    We read your emails but it has been brought to our attention that you fine readers have not read every single thing we ever have written on this blog. This is not acceptable. Especially considering we have published some very informative posts. Posts that one might say are skeptical in thought. To prove this to you, and to highlight some of the fun and fascinating articles that you may have missed, from here on out, on Thursdays we will be posting a classic Skepchick post from the past. Inspired by all those fun photos from childhood that people post on Facebook on Thursdays we will call this…
  • Quickies: Hot maggots, mental milkshakes, and Klingon astronauts

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    Maggots bring the heat – I it when Bug Girl talks forensics. Judge overturns tough North Dakota abortion law – The law had banned abortion after a fetal heartbeat was detectable. Mind over milkshake: How your thoughts fool your stomach – From Will. Astronaut wears Firefly and Star Trek shirts in space – A supporter of the Klingon empire, even.
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    Viva la Feminista

  • Stop Parental Notification Advocacy Day (#StopPNA)

    28 Mar 2014 | 4:30 am
    I reported last summer that Illinois now has a parental notification law being enforced and on my sidebar is a link to resources for minors who need a judicial bypass. But we know that a bypass is not the solution for every minor who is need of abortion care. That is why the ACLU of Illinois and the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health are heading down to Springfield to call for a repeal of this harmful law.#STOPPNA Advocacy Day Thursday, April 3, 2014 Buses leave Chicago at 6amBuses then leave Springfield at 3 pmRegister for the day!  Of course, if you are not in Chicago, get…
  • Time to bowl for abortions!

    26 Mar 2014 | 4:30 am
    Yes, it's that time of the year again when the Chicago Abortion Fund holds its annual bowl-a-thon! Sadly this year I can't make the actual event, but I'm still fundraising for them. I started the day out waaaaay behind in fundraising, but got a good number of donations to bring my total up to $390. So I'm only $110 from my goal of $500!So I'm hoping that I can count of my readers here to bring me over the finish line!How do you help do that? IT IS EASY! Simply head over to my fundraising page and click donate next to my avatar.I got a $200 donation on my team page & $50 off page, thus the…
  • GIVEAWAY: Flowers in the Attic DVD

    17 Mar 2014 | 4:30 am
    Oh yes...the recent Lifetime movie depiction of every GenX girl's favorite movie to sneak read is coming to DVD and you can get your very own copy.Did you miss the TV event of the Polar Vortex? Or maybe you watched it with glee and buttered popcorn and want to watch it again? Then you are in luck! Especially since there is a behind-the-scenes featurette. *excellent*My giveways are super easy. No hoops to jump through:DEADLINE: Friday, March 21st at 11 pm Chicago time (CDT)HOW TO ENTER: Just comment on this post and tell me when you first encountered the glory of the  Dollanganger family.
  • CFP: Interrogating Reproductive Loss: Feminist Writings on Abortion, Miscarriage, and Stillbirth

    15 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    CALL FOR PAPERSDemeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection, entitledInterrogating Reproductive Loss: Feminist Writings on Abortion, Miscarriage, and Stillbirth Co-Editors: Emily R.M. Lind & Angie DeveauDeadline for Abstracts: June 1, 2014Deadline for Acceptances: July 1, 2014Deadline for Completed Papers: November 15, 2014Publication Date: Early 2016 Feminist theories of the body, reproduction, and the institution of motherhood typically focus on issues of rights, autonomy, and choice. These themes become increasingly complicated when applied to questions of…
  • Looking for young feminists? Head on over to the west side of Chicago

    8 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    Because that is what I did last week.I was invited to one of Chicago's public high schools to talk about feminism with a group of girls. It was not one of the "crown jewels" of CPS. Instead it appears to be a school full of working class kids with big dreams. Due to the horrendous winter weather we continue to have, I ended up super late and only spent 20-25 minutes talking with the girls. I made the choice I did not even want them to introduce themselves because with 30 girls, that would had been all of my visit.Rather I asked them about Beyonce's essay in the Shriver report that I had…
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  • The How I Met Your Mother Finale Forgot the Rules About “The One”

    3 Apr 2014 | 7:28 pm
    The How I Met Your Mother finale tossed out the rules of “The One” and traditional Happily Ever After and nailed it by looking like, well, life. Deanna Dahlsad‘s insight: […] No related posts.
  • “Beau-Bait”

    27 Mar 2014 | 1:37 am
    A two-piece “peasant pet” dress by Betty Co-Ed of Hollywood. Vintage ad found in Sing Magazine, June 1948. No related posts.
  • He’ll do anything…

    23 Mar 2014 | 2:27 pm
    He’ll do anything… Even meet his own needs and clean up after his own meal. See on dpoptart.tumblr.com No related posts.
  • The Myth of Gay Affluence

    23 Mar 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Despite a commonly held belief that LGBT Americans tend to live it up in classy urban neighborhoods, they struggle with disproportionately high levels of poverty compared to straight people. Deanna […] No related posts.
  • “If I Had A Voice I Would Sing” (Along With The Theme To Vikings on History)

    14 Mar 2014 | 1:43 am
    If you are a fan of Vikings on the History Channel, then you’ve probably fallen in love with the tv show’s theme song. The song’s official title is If I […] No related posts.
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  • DOXA Festival Ticket Giveaway: Casablanca Calling

    Jarrah Hodge
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm
    by Jarrah Hodge Rosa Rogers’ new documentary Casablanca Calling takes viewers to mosques, schools and prisons across Morocco, where a “quiet revolution” is occurring as approximately 400 women have started to work as Muslim leaders or Morchidats for the first time. Their goal is “to liberate women by sharing the true teaching of Islam, freed from misogynist interpretations.” The film follows three Morchidats as they travel around Morocco, actively campaigning against arranged marriage, domestic abuse, financial exploitation, and female suicide. Casablanca…
  • The Round-Up: April 15, 2014

    Jarrah Hodge
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:48 am
    Toronto feminist Steph Guthrie is interviewed in an awesome web video that clearly, concisely and awesomely summarizes the problems with the Conservatives’ “cyberbullying bill”, which really isn’t about “cyberbullying” at all. At Feministing, Wagatwe Wanjuki writes about why it’s important that we stop blaming rape survivors who choose not to report to police. After last week’s announcement about the closing of the Morgentaler clinic in Fredericton, support has taken off for reproductive justice advocates in New Brunswick and PEI. NB Pro Choice…
  • FFFF: Nadia Kamil’s Pap Rap

    Jarrah Hodge
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Nadia Kamil made this rape video about the importance of Pap tests to screen for cervical cancer, and if that weren’t awesome enough, she’s backed up by Muppet-like puppets of Mary Wollstonecraft. Note: Some language NSFW The post FFFF: Nadia Kamil’s Pap Rap appeared first on Gender Focus.
  • Fredericton Morgentaler Clinic Forced To Close. How You Can Help.

    Jarrah Hodge
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    by Jarrah Hodge Today the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton, New Brunswick announced it will be forced to close its doors at the end of July, after a 20-year long battle with the provincial and federal governments to get the funding it should be entitled to under the Canada Health Act. This will seriously jeopardize the already limited access to reproductive health care in New Brunswick and PEI, putting lives at risk. Activists are already starting to organize to call on the provincial and federal governments to save the clinic and deal with some of the larger issues that have led to this…
  • Filmmakers Shed Light on Gertrude Bell’s Hidden Historical Legacy

    Sabine Krayenbühl & Zeva Olebaum
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:48 pm
    by Sabine Krayenbühl & Zeva Oelbaum Images courtesy of the Gertrude Bell Archives, Newcastle University  Letters from Baghad is our film about British-born Gertrude Bell, also referred to as “the female Lawrence of Arabia.” She was an adventurer, spy, archaeologist and powerful political force who travelled into the uncharted Arabian desert and was recruited by British Military Intelligence to help reshape the Middle East after World War I. She drew the borders of Iraq, helped install its first king and established the Iraq Museum of Antiquities in Baghdad that was infamously…
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  • Some thoughts on Scandal

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:54 pm
    So the finale of Scandal is tomorrow night. We’ll be watching, it’s one of our guilty pleasures but wow wth happened in the last few episodes? They’re all about how women wield the “power of the pussy”, that is not power, it’s manipulation. It’s a mistake to confuse the two. After watching the last two […]
  • The victim’s friends seem very confiden…

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Amid an ongoing and positively stunning media blackout, another friend of Dana McCallum’s wife speaks out on Twitter. Read story here: Senior transgender twitter programmer charged with raping wife. Aria Haghighi: “I know the victim and saw the wounds. Her children were there and heard her crying “no”.”  More: https://twitter.com/aria42/status/454803374265733120 More: https://twitter.com/aria42/status/454663479190753280 The victim’s friends […]
  • Liberal and Gay Porno Crusaders Hate Rashida Jones Alot Today

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Liberals and Gay male blogos who get rich by drawing sperm on women’s mouths are trashing Rashida Jones, star of Parks and Recreation, for basically saying that the state of porno today is pretty gross and for tweeting about how celebrities are gross when they flash thier vaginas in our faces.  Guess Rashida doesn’t know yet that unless […]
  • MORE on senior transgender twitter programmer, Dana McCallum, charged with raping wife and the ensuing media blackout

    13 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
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  • Tweet Digest: Thoughts on twitter’s senior engineer, Transgender Dana McCallum, raping wife.

    12 Apr 2014 | 9:37 pm
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