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  • Review of Desert Dancer (2015)

    Muslimah Media Watch
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:50 am
    Six years ago I attended a contemporary dance workshop, and while I’ve been dancing for most of my life, what struck me most was one improvisation that involved dancing as if you were the furniture in your room. When we had come up with a sequence of movements representing various wardrobes, nightstands, mirrors, beds and [Read More...]
  • Senate Passes Compromise Bill Increasing Federal Funding for Abstinence-Only Sex Education

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    Feminist Newswire
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:27 pm
    The Senate overwhelmingly approved of HR 2 on Tuesday, a $200 billion package that included an enormous increase of federal funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage curricula. Related posts: BREAKING: House to Vote on Abortion Coverage Ban Democratic Senators Pushed for the Paycheck Fairness Act for Equal Pay Day If This Bill Passes, Federal Law Will Mandate Consent Education in Public Schools
  • Amber Rose and Black Women's Sexuality

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    Evette Dionne
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Amber Rose, in a selfie from her Instagram. read more
  • Germany is the Tell-Tale Heart of America’s Drone War

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:55 pm
  • Pope Ends Stifling of Nuns; Systemic Rape in Iraq

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    WeNews staff
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:11 am
    The Vatican unexpectedly ended its controversial reform of the main umbrella group of U.S. nuns. Also this week, Human Rights Watch accused ISIS of war crimes and, potentially, crimes against humanity for its treatment of Yezidi women.
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  • Senate Passes Compromise Bill Increasing Federal Funding for Abstinence-Only Sex Education

    Feminist Newswire
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:27 pm
    The Senate overwhelmingly approved of HR 2 on Tuesday, a $200 billion package that included an enormous increase of federal funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage curricula. Related posts: BREAKING: House to Vote on Abortion Coverage Ban Democratic Senators Pushed for the Paycheck Fairness Act for Equal Pay Day If This Bill Passes, Federal Law Will Mandate Consent Education in Public Schools
  • One Year Since the Kidnappings, #BringBackOurGirls Still Matters

    Feminist Newswire
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:14 pm
    In April of 2014, almost 300 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram. It's been one year, and 219 of them are still missing. Related posts: Worldwide Attacks Against Schoolgirls Are on the Rise
  • March2Justice Protesters Embark on 250-Mile March to Protest Police Brutality

    Feminist Newswire
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:34 am
    Marchers are ending an eight-day journey across 250 miles and five states to deliver anti-profiling and police-force-militarization legislation from New York City to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. Related posts: Department of Justice May Sue Ferguson Over Race Discrimination Protestors Demand Justice After Denver Police Fatally Shoot Queer Latina Teen
  • Afghan Woman Awarded International Women of Courage Award

    Feminist Newswire
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Niloofar Rahmani, the first woman to serve in the Afghan military since the fall of the Taliban, was honored by the US State Department with the International Women of Courage Award. Related posts: Women in Afghanistan Protest Lack of Representation in Cabinet #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality International Women’s Day Ushered in Activism and the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women
  • Democratic Senators Pushed for the Paycheck Fairness Act for Equal Pay Day

    Feminist Newswire
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) joined Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and five Democratic women of the Senate today to urge Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. Related posts: BREAKING: House to Vote on Abortion Coverage Ban This Bipartisan Bill Will Hold Colleges Accountable for Ending Campus Sexual Assault This Year’s State of the Union Had a Historic Emphasis on Women
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  • Amber Rose and Black Women's Sexuality

    Evette Dionne
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Amber Rose, in a selfie from her Instagram. read more
  • When Politicians Fail to Stand Up for the "T" in LGBT Rights

    Leela Ginelle
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Kamala Harris is the most recent politician to support gay and lesbian rights—but not transgender issues. read more
  • Backtalk: Hillary, VEEP, and Equal Pay

    Sarah Mirk
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss top pop culture stories of the week, offering snappy feminist analysis on the issues and people making headlines right now.  read more
  • In a New Video Game, the Villain is Sexual Assault

    Jess Kibler
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:46 am
    In many video games, the bad guys are villains hellbent on global domination or zombies hungry for human flesh. In game designer and programmer Nina Freeman’s new video game, Freshman Year, the antagonist is much more realistic: a guy who tries to sexually assault a college girl. read more
  • On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

    Julie Falk
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:19 am
    Here's what we're reading this week: • How did the misleading idea emerge that immigrants are harmful to society? Writer Elliott Young looks at the origins of the issue. [Oregon Humanities] read more
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    Latest articles from Women's eNews

  • Pope Ends Stifling of Nuns; Systemic Rape in Iraq

    WeNews staff
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:11 am
    The Vatican unexpectedly ended its controversial reform of the main umbrella group of U.S. nuns. Also this week, Human Rights Watch accused ISIS of war crimes and, potentially, crimes against humanity for its treatment of Yezidi women.
  • 'Antarctic Edge' Explores How Much Hope Is Left

    Jennifer Merin
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:49 pm
    More poetic than polemical, this cinematic call to action combines thrilling natural wonders with engaging glimpses of scientists at work. Other recommended April 17 openers: "Alex of Venice," "Felix and Meira" and Disney's "Monkey Kingdom."
  • One Big Thing to Remember About Candidate Hillary

    Caryl Rivers
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:56 am
    Her chance to be a historic game changer is nothing to yawn about. Male dominance of politics is huge and growing and it shows we are still up against John Adams' fear of "the despotism of the petticoat."
  • Nigeria's New Leader on Chibok Girls: Will Do More

    Maham Javaid
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:04 am
    On the one-year anniversary of the abduction of 276 girls from Chibok, the country's president-elect promised to respond differently to the kidnappings than the current government. Rallies were also staged globally to mark the anniversary.
  • Fight for $15, Push for Equal Pay, Flow Together

    WeNews staff
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Equal Pay Day came on April 14 and Tax Day wage demonstrations followed the next day. The timing spotlights women's stake in the push for such legal rights as paid sick days, paid family leave and worker-controlled flexibility.
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  • Calling All Brides: It's #BridalFashionWeek

    18 Apr 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Bridal Fashion Week got off to a delightful start on April 15th in New York City!Fabulous looks for the modern bride and stunning silhouettes for those preferring more traditional styles have been all the rage on the runways this season. Are you still deciding on a gown? Are you planning ahead for when you decide to make that commitment? There is an array of styles that speak to our diverse tastes, budgets, and body types.Trends to Watch:Sheer Ball Gowns As seen by designer Reem Acra. These gorgeous statement dresses will immediately grab everyone's attention and be the talk of the reception.
  • 3 Reasons Why "I Hate My Ex" is Hurting You

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:26 pm
    How many times have you said or thought: "I hate my ex"?If you are like most people going through the breakup of a marriage, that phrase comes to mind- a lot. A whole lot. You yell it, scream it at your iPhone, or chant it through clenched teeth on your morning jog. Hating your ex is really easy, but is it good for you?Here are 3 reasons why that phrase could actually be hurting you:1. Hating your ex is a total waste of time.It's not productive. Sure, it can be fun, but just think of all the time and mental energy you've poured into that hatred. How many hours have you…
  • Why It's So Important to "Make Noise" About the Gender Wage Gap

    Julie Ross Godar
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:17 pm
    "Make noise. Make people aware of the situation, and don't let up." ~ Theresa Sutton It's hard to talk about the gender wage gap. We might fear getting fired for bringing it up, whether to our managers or on social media. We might not even consider asking for more money, or we might not know how to start. In this video, some of the women of influence who went to #ObamaTownHall in Charlotte, North Carolina make some noise. These articulate, impressive and successful bloggers and social media influencers share their own stories of wage discrimination, the challenges of salary negotiation, and…
  • I Went To the ER For Help Finding a Missing Condom

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:51 pm
    By Alex Alexander for YourTango.com A few weeks back, my boyfriend and I were enjoying another arousing sex session. He was giving it to me hard and I was really enjoying it. We recently moved into an apartment together, so there was no one around to walk in on our sesh. So, after we were both pleasured, he pulled out. To our surprise, his condom was not attached to his penis! We thought we were going absolutely nuts and both searched high and low for that condom, but it was nowhere to be found. Image: Hey Paul Studios He casually mentioned, "Is it possible it got stuck in your vagina?" I…
  • How To Prepare and Plant A Flower Bed

    Joy Us
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:47 pm
    I love both flowering plants and cut flowers -- seeing them in the garden or in a vase in the house makes my little heart patter in a very good way. My garden is full of succulents, bromeliads and plants from the Mediterranean and Australia. It certainly is not a riot of color, but the interest from foliage, form and texture sure is there. I have a few pots planted with annuals here and there and always a vase or two of flowers inside, thanks to our farmers market. I would have been a great flower child in the '60s. The "Walkway Bed" before its prep & plantingI go up to Pacifica (just…
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  • Dove’s “Campaign for Real Beauty” enters its teen years

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    Toward the end of January, Dove’s “Campaign for Real Beauty” celebrated its tenth anniversary. Ten years of raising women’s self-esteem and/or just telling us we’re not as ugly as we think we are (mileage varies). The campaign’s first video, 2006’s “Dove Evolution,” demonstrated the unrealistic nature of advertising images by showing the rapid-fire transformation of a non-model-looking woman into a billboard model, through the use of makeup, styling, lighting, and lots and lots of photoshop. The video received thousands upon thousands of…
  • Privacy Matters: the Personal, the Public and the Police

    15 Apr 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Digby at Hullabaloo notes that occasionally even David Brooks can be correct. Privacy is important to the development of full individuals because there has to be an interior zone within each person that other people don’t see. There has to be a zone where half-formed thoughts and delicate emotions can grow and evolve, without being exposed to the harsh glare of public judgment. There has to be a place where you can be free to develop ideas and convictions away from the pressure to conform. There has to be a spot where you are only yourself and can define yourself. Privacy is important to…
  • The report is out on Rolling Stone‘s handling of the UVA rape story, and it’s understandably awful

    6 Apr 2015 | 6:10 pm
    [Content note for rape] On November 19, 2014, Rolling Stone published a lengthy and damning piece on the handling of sexual assault on college campuses, centering around a University of Virginia student, pseudonymously identified as “Jackie,” and her alleged gang-rape by members of one of the school’s fraternities. It was striking and stomach-turning — the attack, the response from fellow students, the response (or, more accurately, lack thereof) by university administration depicted in that story. It was also, the world would later learn, almost entirely…
  • Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

    5 Apr 2015 | 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 Strelitzia

    3 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    This Strelitzia flower (commonly known as “Bird of Paradise” flowers) features for this week’s Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over this weekend and throughout the week. “Bird of Paradise – what a lovely flower!” | By Frank Kovalchek from Anchorage, Alaska, USA [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsSo, 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…
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    Hugo Schwyzer

  • March 2015 update

    Hugo Schwyzer
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:12 pm
    It has been just over a year since last I wrote on this blog. I stand by what I wrote in that last post, which was that I was deeply sorry for years of dishonest, disappointing and embarrassing behavior. A year later, however, I want to clarify something about my regret. As probably more than a few suspected, I was deceitful not only prior to my breakdown, but during it as well. In conversations with curious journalists, and in my own periodic twitter “meltdowns,” I consistently exaggerated my own sins. Much of what I confessed to was true, of course — but quite a bit…
  • 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…
  • Entering treatment at last`

    Hugo Schwyzer
    5 Nov 2013 | 1:14 pm
    Tomorrow I’ll be entering an extended treatment program in Malibu, California, focusing on mental illness and chemical dependency. I am in desperate need of this help. My goodness, what I have destroyed in five months. I need tools to rebuild.
  • Official statement on leaving PCC

    Hugo Schwyzer
    8 Oct 2013 | 4:32 pm
    As of today, my resignation is official. A joint statement with the college (soon to appear on their web site too): Pasadena City College has accepted Dr Hugo Schwyzer’s resignation effective October 8, 2013. This brings to a conclusion all matters relating to Dr Schwyzer’s employment at PCC. The investigation being conducted under the supervision of outside counsel will not proceed any farther. Dr. Schwyzer expresses his appreciation and thanks to his students and colleagues at PCC. No further statement will be forthcoming.
  • Picking up a felony DUI

    Hugo Schwyzer
    29 Sep 2013 | 5:09 pm
    On Friday, while driving with my mother to the family ranch, I caused an accident. I was driving while under the influence of 6 milligrams of Klonopin (three times what I should been taking) and other soporific medications, and we were traveling just outside of San Juan Bautista on Highway 156. The collision left my mother and I well, but I injured a young woman driver. That 25 year-old young mother was airlifted from the scene to San Jose Regional Medical Center and will make what I pray is a full recovery. Before she left, I apologized and admitted full guilt. I was 100% at fault and drugs…
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  • Saturday Night Social: Channing Tatum's Bag Is On the Loose

    Marie Lodi
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Channing Tatum lost his bag. What could be in it? Breakaway pants? Sanrio gum? An old VHS of MTV’s The Grind? Can someone please find it and report back? Happy Saturday!Read more...
  • Woman Discovers Husband Has Second Wife Through the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Marie Lodi
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:25 pm
    A woman discovered her husband was not only a cheater, but had a second family through what else—Facebook. Sometimes a good old lurk on your S.O. can do you good. Read more...
  • Everyone Hates Superman in the Batman v Superman trailer

    Marie Lodi
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:10 pm
    After a low-quality version was leaked online, director Zack Snyder released the HD teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. Unfortunately there’s no sign of Wonder Woman in the trailer, played by Gal Gadot, who will make her debut in this film before her own movie comes out.Read more...
  • You Can Now Officially Post Your #Brelfies On Instagram 

    Marie Lodi
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Breastfeeding in public has always been a controversial subject, especially when photos of it are shared on social media. Gisele Bündchen, Alyssa Milano and Jaime King have all experienced backlash after proudly sharing photos of themselves breastfeeding on Instagram, while other non-celebrity moms had their accounts deleted, even when there was nary a nip showing. Luckily for the moms who enjoy sharing their #brelfies or breastfeeding selfies, they can now do so without fear of being banned. Instagram has recently announced breastfeeding photos are officially allowed. Read more...
  • Melancholy, Bruised-Heart Songs for Nighttime Freeway Driving

    Natasha Vargas-Cooper
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:45 am
    Very Specific Playlists is a weekly feature in which Jezebel staffers make very specific Spotify playlists based on their weird proclivities.Read more...
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    Muslimah Media Watch

  • Friday Links

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:15 pm
    How to keep a hijab on when skydiving in Dubai? A Canadian female skydiving instructor discusses how Muslim women can experience all the excitement in the emirate of Dubai.   What made a young Australian lady defend a Muslim woman against a racial rant? A viral video shows a Muslim couple as victims of a [Read More...]
  • Review of Desert Dancer (2015)

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:50 am
    Six years ago I attended a contemporary dance workshop, and while I’ve been dancing for most of my life, what struck me most was one improvisation that involved dancing as if you were the furniture in your room. When we had come up with a sequence of movements representing various wardrobes, nightstands, mirrors, beds and [Read More...]
  • When Arab Women Artists “Revisit The Harem”

    14 Apr 2015 | 3:02 am
    Originally published here.  Where does parody end and self-exoticization begin? At what point does the Arab woman artist, stepping into the so-often imagined space of “The Harem” risk pandering to an audience that seems to have a never-ending appetite for remediations of Orientalist artwork? Lebanese photographer Rania Matar’s wonderful and insightful A Girl in Her Room [Read More...]
  • #ListenNotSave – Niqab in Canada

    13 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
              Last month Canadian social media went wild with covering puns and jabs at the extraordinarily Islamophobic leader of the government, Prime Minister Harper. The Harper Government are challenging a ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada that allows Ms. Zunera Ishaq to wear her niqab at her Canadian Citizenship ceremony. [Read More...]
  • Friday Links

    10 Apr 2015 | 3:27 am
    A local council in Victoria, Australia asked non-Muslim women to wear hijabs to raise awareness and combat islamophobia, stirring controversy.   A group of Muslim Pakistani-American women are pushing the boundaries on how Muslim women are perceived, especially when it comes to the comedy scene. They say: “Nobody expects Muslim women to be comedians.”   [Read More...]
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    Our Bodies Ourselves » Our Bodies, Our Blog

  • 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…
  • ‘She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry’ Celebrates the History of ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves’

    Guest Contributor
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” filmmaker Mary Dore and Our Bodies Ourselves founders discussed the critically acclaimed documentary and OBOS’s place in the women’s movement following a recent screening in Boston (video is available). OBOS founder Norma Swenson later wrote this reflection; read more reactions in the comments. The founders are hosting an event May 3 in the Boston area to continue the conversation the film sparked about the women’s health movement, both then and now. by Norma Swenson As we approach International Women’s Day, viewing…
  • New Hesperian Book Focuses on Improving Health Through Community Organizing

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:44 am
    In the early 1970s, Hesperian Health Guides developed “Where There Is No Doctor,” a health care manual used by health workers and others involved in delivering primary care and promoting health programs. Hesperian now offers a dozen books and health materials in more than 80 languages. Its latest resource, “Health Actions for Women: Practical Strategies to Mobilize for Change,” released this month, is drawing kudos — from the likes of Cecile Richards, Judy Norsigian and Paul Farmer, among others — for its approach to helping women (and men) create change in…
  • What’s the Connection Between Snowfall in Boston and Health and Human Rights?

    Guest Contributor
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:22 am
    by Amy Agigian Greetings from Boston, where we are currently experiencing Snowmageddon 2015. We’ve had four storms, accumulating over 7 feet of snow, in less than three weeks, making this the snowiest month in Boston’s long recorded history. But what does our unparalleled snowfall have to do with women’s health and human rights? First, the health effects of extreme temperatures hit those with fewest resources — money, housing, safety, good health — hardest. It makes sense if you think about it: If you’re already sick, or living in a violent home or neighborhood, added…
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  • The Virtual Pub Is Open

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    [Explanations: lol your fat. pathetic anger bread. hey your gay.]TFIF, Shakers!Belly up to the bar,and name your poison!
  • Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Carrie Underwood: "Good Girl"This week's TMNS have been brought to you by Ladies of American Idol.
  • You're Embarrassing Yourselves

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    President Obama lets the Republicans have it over their absurd refusal to confirm Loretta Lynch as the next Attorney General:President Obama on Friday vented his frustration over the delay in confirming his attorney general pick Loretta Lynch, calling the Senate's handling of her nomination "embarrassing."In his strongest comments to date on the delay, Obama chided the Senate for engaging in "political gamesmanship" by not bringing Lynch's nomination up for a vote."It's gone too far," Obama said during a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. "Enough. Enough. Call Loretta…
  • Quote of the Day

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    [Content Note: Transphobia.]"Administratively I shouldn't exist. But I do exist, so that's still the problem."—US Army Sgt. Shane Ortega, the first openly transgender active military soldier, on whose behalf, along with other trans* servicemembers, the ACLU has filed a petition regarding their potential discharge.There has been a lot of positive momentum for trans* troops in the last year, but there is still not official policy protecting them and guaranteeing their right to serve openly. The problem, of course, is not that Sgt. Ortega and other trans* servicemembers exist; the problem is…
  • Daily Dose of Cute

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    She just sits there, looking at me: "Wanna play tug-o-war, girl?"It never fails to make me laugh. And then give her whatever she wants.As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.
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  • 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
  • Spring Recipes to Delight Every Table

    27 Mar 2015 | 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…
  • The Day She Lost Her Jealousy at Barneys

    Sheila Nevins
    3 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Originally published in January 2008… She had always been slightly envious of other girls. It started with doll clothes in third grade. MaryLou’s doll had high-heels and a bikini swimsuit. Hers did not. This competitive nature continued, with more serious manifestations, into high school. At the elegant Pierrepont High, she longed for Ginger’s blue eyes and Margaret Gullen’s knees. The fancy girl’s high school required dark blue knee socks with the dark blue uniform. Margaret’s knees, or so it appeared to her, were dimpled in all the right places — whereas hers appeared to…
  • Lily Tomlin receives Kennedy Center Honors

    30 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    Is it any surprise that Lily Tomlin, our wOw woman, would be honored by the Kennedy Center? The award is given to those who have made significant contributions to American culture though the performing arts. Lily, your wOw community salutes you!! Watch the 37th Kennedy Center Honors tonight, December 30, 2014
  • Marlo Thomas Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

    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…
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  • Global Quickies: Exsorcisms, Measels on a Plane, and the Threats of Atheism

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    MEDITERRANEAN SEA “Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard — killing them — because the 12 were Christians, Italian police said Thursday.” WORLD Meet 6 feminists from around the world reporting on life for girls in their countries. AUSTRALIA “Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott has just announced a new policy that will go into effect January 2016 – the “no jab, no pay” policy. Under this policy parents who refuse to vaccinate their children will lose tax exemptions for…
  • Men vs Women: Who Would Murder Hitler with a Time Machine?

    Rebecca Watson
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    Support more videos like this at patreon.com/rebecca! Sorta transcript: If you had a time machine, would you use it to go back to when Hitler was a young artist so you could murder him and prevent the future deaths of millions of people? Researchers in the US, Canada, and Germany recently asked this question to more than 6,000 people to determine if there were any major gender differences in terms of both philosophy and critical thinking abilities. They found that there were differences in philosophy: women tended to be deontologists, meaning they placed more emphasis on the morality of the…
  • Pop Psychology, Personality Types, And Thick Skin

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:09 am
    If people love anything, they love pop psychology, especially if they get to take a little test that tells them what kind of person they are. Of course many of those tests have about as much scientific basis as astrology, and are written in a similar way so that they’ll sound applicable to just about anyone! Science! Bonus points if you get to read about how intuitive you are! But there are a few personality typing systems that are gaining more traction through research. These include the Big Five personality traits, introversion/extroversion, and perhaps most interestingly, level of…
  • Quickies: Banned books, gender in politics, and Science Babe

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The most banned and challenged books of 2014 – The ALA notes, “attempts to remove books by authors of color and books with themes about issues concerning communities of color are disproportionately challenged and banned.” Male politicians always play up their gender in their races. Hillary Clinton can, too – “Clinton already focuses on her identity as a grandmother in her new campaign bio, and reminds us that she declared “human rights are women’s rights” and that she was the “first woman Senator from New York”. She should tout those gender-specific…
  • Bad Chart Thursday: Nielsen’s Pretty . . . Useless Charts

    Melanie Mallon
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:48 pm
    If you’ve ever seen a Nielsen report or article, you’ve seen the company’s charts. In fact, the reports often read more like brochures, as though marketing their market research is more important than the research itself, with a heavy focus on presenting the data in a visually appealing way, often at the expense of clarity. Case in point, the meaningless Venn diagram: In a way, it’s actually worse than meaningless because it implies no overlap in the outlying categories, as though no Hispanic Boomers ever choose ready-to-drink coffee, for example. A Venn is just not a…
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    Viva la Feminista

  • Review: Hillary Clinton Coloring Book

    16 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    In what will be just the start of Hillary products I get pitched comes a fun peek at the girl who would be President. Hillary: The Coloring Book gives you over 60 pages of coloring including a page dedicated to when she was dancing up a storm in South Africa. Since coloring books for adults are all the rage, why not grab one where you get to color in a zillion pant suits? My favorite pages are of hippie Hillary. And thanks to the publisher, I can offer you a head start on creating your own Hillary campaign poster. Just download the PDF file and grab your crayons. Support Viva la Feminista by…
  • Review: Bitch Planet #1, #2 & #3

    15 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    If you were to judge "Bitch Planet" by its back cover, you would expect a barrel of feminist camp awaiting you. The back cover of the first two issues are a play off 1950s comic book ads for x-ray glasses and hypnotizing tools, this time the glasses see through men's intentions and you hypnotize women away from being perfect...to allow you to take the top slot! I do want to conceal $3.00 in an envelope for a new signature. But once inside, the world of "Bitch Planet" will take your breath away. The premise is that in the near future humans have found a planet to exile problematic women at an…
  • Book Review: It Runs in the Family by Frida Berrigan

    13 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Half way through Frida Berrigan’s contribution to mom lit, It Runs in the Family: On Being Raised by Radicals and Growing Into Rebellious Motherhood, I thought this was the best book ever. I even said in my Goodreads update that it was so good that I could put my aspirations of writing a book on motherhood to bed. Now that I am done with her part-mothering book, part-memoir, I can say that I still might give mine a go, but this is certainly one the best books about raising children I have ever read. Berrigan is the daughter of acclaimed peace activist Philip Berrigan. Some of us might know…
  • Review: Zazzle Custom Fabric

    6 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    This is part one of the review as I have yet to do anything but squeal over my Zazzle custom fabric. As you can see it is very light purple, has the Viva la Feminista logo and my motto "Peace, Love & Feminism" printed on the fabric. I am not a pro with fabric. I know how to sew and once I get my sewing machine all set, I will be turning this fabric (I have 2 yards) into a skirt. Yup, if you see me at a blogger and/or feminist event, you might catch me in it. #NERD. But since my BFF, Cinnamon, is a fabric pro I asked her for thoughts on the fabric itself. The printing is well done. The ink…
  • Review: I've got a bad feeling about Princess Leia's comic book series

    29 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    When I learned that Princess Leia was getting a comic book series, it made sense. Women-led comic books are all the rage, especially given the ass kicking that "Thor (2014)" has been doing in sales. But after two issues, I am quite disappointed. "Princess Leia" picks up at the end of the "A New Hope" when Leia presents Luke & Han with medals.SPOILERS BELOW....The issue that Leia must contend with in this series is what to do after the destruction of Alderaan. Not just personally, but as the Princess of Alderaan. And here's where I feel the plot goes off track...The idea that the Empire is…
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  • 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.
  • Vintage Marketing To Women Was A-Wash In Premiums

    1 Apr 2015 | 2:57 am
    Some people think that the only premiums that came in boxes were in cereal boxes for kids. Sure, there were those coupon books and other early loyalty programs designed to bring people back to certain department stores, gas stations, grocery stores, and other shops. But when it comes to actual free things inside boxes, most […] No related posts.
  • Evelyn Nesbit’s Strange Big Smile

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    Evelyn Nesbit aka Evelyn Thaw, who we discussed in conjunction with sex scandals and reports of roofies in 1910, is making the news rounds again. This time it is at The Daily Mail, with lots of photos; but she was also at the BBC at the end of 2014. All that may just provide some […] No related posts.
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    Gender Focus

  • Abortion Access in New Brunswick: One Year Later

    Jarrah Hodge
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:34 pm
    The Morgentaler Clinic was the only abortion clinic in the Maritimes. It performed 60% of the abortions in the province of New Brunswick. It was one of the only abortion options for the people of Prince Edward Island. And on April 10th, 2014, it made an announcement that sent the feminists of Canada into crisis mode: the clinic would close in July 2014 due to lack of funding. The only reason the Morgentaler Clinic was able to stay open as long as it did was because Henry Morgentaler funnelled money out of his own pocket into the clinic. When he passed away two years ago, the clinic could not…
  • Round-Up: Apr. 14, 2015

    Jarrah Hodge
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    So you’ve been called out. Turn to Squinky’s handy guide to responding to social justice-related criticism on the internet. Families of missing and murdered indigenous gave police response to their cases a failing grade: average 2.8 out of 10 (CBC). Melissa McEwan at Shakesville came up with a list of things we all have permission to do to make our sex lives safe and fulfilling. An anonymous former fraternity pledge writes at Feministing about the culture of coercion and sexual assault in frats. Rachel Charlton-Dailey tells us to think twice before calling someone with a…
  • #ChooseFreedomFromBeautyStandards

    Jarrah Hodge
    11 Apr 2015 | 4:43 pm
    So, Dove’s done it again. Another “heart-warming, confidence-boosting ad campaign.” I hesitated on watching the video as it filled my Facebook newsfeed because I’ve still not gotten over Dove’s Real Beauty Sketches stunt (hint: I was not a fan). But I gave in, if only to be able to provide informed commentary. And it was exactly as bad as I’d guessed it would be. There are so many reasons I am not a fan of Dove’s newest campaign, purporting to free women from the shackles of beauty standards. The number one reason for my disdain is that Dove is owned by Unilever, the same…
  • FFFF: What Does a Feminist Look Like?

    Jarrah Hodge
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:48 am
    Shugs & Fats, a.k.a. Nadia Manzoor and Radhika Vaz, are a comedy duo self-described as “two Hijabis striv[ing] to find themselves by adopting the latest Western trends of self expression and personal growth” in Brooklyn. In thi episode, Shugs & Fats take to the street to interview passers-by about feminism and judging women based on how they look. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtHYFj1rq38 h/t The F Bomb
  • Review of Always Her, a Lesbian Romance by Alexandra Delancey

    Jarrah Hodge
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:21 am
    In the new romance Always Her, Alexandra Delancey does an excellent job of evoking the angst and drama of the college lesbian scene. While I don’t necessarily agree with the identity politics of the characters, they do ring true for their milieu. Jack is that elusive object of lesbian desire: the cool butch who tends bar and had led a charmed life free of homophobia. Elise is the perfect wish fulfillment for every dyke who’s ever loved a straight girl: blonde-haired, shy, sweet, and only newly come to terms with her sexuality. The novella does a great job of building tension between the…
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  • Feminism’s ugly internal clash: Why its future is not up to white women

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:35 am
    Earlier this week, I received an email from a reader who wondered what my work might look like if I “included the feminist perspective.” Since black feminism infuses and shapes all of my politics, I laughed. Then I read the excellent debate between Rebecca Traister and Judith Shulevitz about the future of feminism in the pages of the New Republic. I always find Traister’s work to be insightful, compelling and committed to challenging the continued whiteness of feminism. But here’s the thing: The future of feminism is not up to white women. Not by themselves anyway. Traister…
  • Today in misogyny: men who buy sex: in their own words

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:10 am
    Men who buy women and children for sex often regard them as less than human. We know this because the men themselves openly say so both in research and on customer review websites where men detail and rank the ‘services’ of the women they buy. These websites showcase the contempt these men have for the women they exploit. We’ve collected a small sample of quotes from men who buy women. Several main themes emerge. Regarding the women they buy as mere objects of sexual gratification and less than human “Being with a prostitute is like having a cup of coffee- once you’re done with it,…
  • Today in misogyny: This Is What Women Are Forced To Do To Avoid Street Harassment

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:59 am
    “One of the ways that rape is used as a tool to control people is by limiting their behavior,” Rebecca Nagle, one of the co-directors of an activist group called FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture that challenges the societal norms around sexual assault, told ThinkProgress in an interview last year. “As a woman, I’m told not to go out alone at night, to watch my drink, to do all of these things. That way, rape isn’t just controlling me while I’m actually being assaulted — it controls me 24/7.” The street harassment that plagues U.S. women in public spaces has far-reaching…
  • “You Feminists All Think…”

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:35 am
    It’s a recurrent theme in feminist writing – particularly online – that a lot of the effort in activism and education ends up being expended on denying people’s pre-existing assumptions about feminists.  From the Women’s Studies professor told by a student that “I’m not a feminist because they say you have to sleep with every guy and I don’t believe those values” to the journalist dealing with yet another email informing them that they believe all boy children are sex offenders, there is a range of ways in which feminists find themselves correcting stereotypes.  Though on…
  • These Dangerous New Bans on Abortion Don’t Even Pretend to Consider Women’s Health

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:28 am
    When we have come to the point that more than 330 abortion restrictions have been introduced in 43 states since January, it’s awfully hard to keep track of which are worth worrying about and which are merely variations on old themes. Of course all such bills are worth worrying about when they have the intent, and effect, of shutting down multiple clinics, terrorizing women, and micromanaging physicians. But a new breed of anti-choice laws passed in Kansas and Oklahoma warrant a closer look precisely because they are radically different from previous laws as well as a variation on a…
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