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  • Masked Intruder Attacks Last Abortion Clinic Standing in Mississippi

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    Feminist Newswire
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    In the early hours of the morning Monday, a person in a mask wielding what appeared to be a machete attacked the Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Related posts: US Receives “C” Grade On Reproductive Rights Anti-Choice Extremists Target Abortion Clinic Director in Kansas Michigan Lawmakers Want to Create Even More Extraneous Requirements for Abortion Providers
  • Popaganda Episode: Liberal Problems

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    Sarah Mirk
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:25 pm
    This week on Popaganda, we’re talking about liberal problems. That is, when progressive causes—the kinds of political issues feminists want to support—use problematic tactics.  read more
  • Indiana Governor Signs Law Legalizing Discrimination Against LGBTQ People

    sarah lazare
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
  • Favorite Woman in History? Teen Shoots the Question

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    Rose Shannon
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    A Teen Voices reporter hit the hallways of her high school in the Florida Panhandle and got answers ranging from Harriet Tubman to Ellen DeGeneres.
  • What Is Porn Teaching Us About Desire and Consent?

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Anal sex.  Everybody's doing it... or so the internet would have us believe. In today's money shot culture, images of women being bent over have become commonplace.  There are many discussions about what porn is teaching us all about desire and consent, but what I specifically wish to address is the fading concept of preference over obligation. I am a sexually active woman in my mid-30s and I can clearly feel a difference in the way men have decided to handle my body over the past fifteen years.  Over that time, my tastes, my body and my circumstances have changed;…
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  • Masked Intruder Attacks Last Abortion Clinic Standing in Mississippi

    Feminist Newswire
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    In the early hours of the morning Monday, a person in a mask wielding what appeared to be a machete attacked the Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Related posts: US Receives “C” Grade On Reproductive Rights Anti-Choice Extremists Target Abortion Clinic Director in Kansas Michigan Lawmakers Want to Create Even More Extraneous Requirements for Abortion Providers
  • Afghan Woman Beaten to Death for Burning Koran

    Feminist Newswire
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    A 27-year-old woman ‎who reportedly burned a copy of the Koran inside of a riverside shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan was brutally beaten and burned alive on Thursday. Shocking videos quickly spread on social media showing crowds of men surrounded by hundreds of onlookers assaulting the 27-year-old Farkhunda with bricks and sticks and repeatedly kicking her. The woman’s body was then thrown onto the banks of the Kabul River and was burned. Farkhunda’s parents told the police and that their daughter was mentally ill and that she had not committed the act intentionally. A spokesman for the…
  • Penn State Fraternity Suspended for Facebook Page of Nude, Unconscious Women

    Feminist Newswire
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:32 pm
    A Penn State fraternity has been suspended over the discovery of a private Facebook page with photographs of nude women, some of whom appear to have passed out, as well as photos of drug deals and hazing. No related posts.
  • Vice President Biden Pledges $41 Million to Clear Rape Kit Backlog

    Feminist Newswire
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Mikulski (D-MD) spoke yesterday at a Maryland State Police Laboratory to declare their support for a $41 million budget proposal to combat the national backlog of rape kits. Related posts: Testing Detroit’s Backlogged Rape Kits Has Already Identified 188 Serial Rapists Houston Is Finally Testing a Backlog of Thirty-Year-Old Rape Kits
  • Attorney General Confirmation Delayed Over Anti-Abortion Provision of Human Trafficking Bill

    Feminist Newswire
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    The Senate hit an unexpected delay in the consideration of nominee Loretta Lynch for attorney general due to the discovery of an anti-abortion provision hidden within a bipartisan human trafficking bill, which has recently reached an impasse. No related posts.
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  • Popaganda Episode: Liberal Problems

    Sarah Mirk
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:25 pm
    This week on Popaganda, we’re talking about liberal problems. That is, when progressive causes—the kinds of political issues feminists want to support—use problematic tactics.  read more
  • Four Feminist-Friendly Video Games to Seek Out

    Liza Dadoly
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:44 pm
    A still from Life is Strange, a new game about a girl who can stop time. The game designers faced pressure to make the main character male.  read more
  • Video Premiere: War On Women's Punk Song About the Wage Gap

    Sarah Mirk
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Today we’re premiering a new music video from Baltimore-based feminist punk band War On Women. Their song “Glass City” is about the wage gap and the video highlights real-life women at their jobs all over Baltimore, including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and performer Rain Pryor. Check it out: read more
  • On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

    Sabine Rear
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    Here’s what’s on our radar today: • Here is a smart, thoughtful love letter to the word “flawless.” [New York Times] read more
  • Teen Girls Team Up to Stage "Slut: The Play"

    Ava Kofman
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:43 pm
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  • Favorite Woman in History? Teen Shoots the Question

    Rose Shannon
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    A Teen Voices reporter hit the hallways of her high school in the Florida Panhandle and got answers ranging from Harriet Tubman to Ellen DeGeneres.
  • Wisconsin Health Politics Cold for Stay-Home Moms

    Christine J. Martell
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:26 am
    Gov. Scott Walker's promise to refuse Medicaid expansion in the state is creating sets of insurance have-nots in Wisconsin. See how women with children in low-income families could be stranded while the rest of their family gets covered.
  • Vigils for Afghanistan's Farkhunda Are Continuing

    Sunita Viswanath
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    Afghan women carried her coffin on their own shoulders during the funeral procession. Our heartbreak is taking us into the streets. We have always believed in the larger society of Afghanistan and we will show it with our grief and outrage.
  • MuslimGirl Founder Says Islam Is Feminist

    Hajer Naili
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Amani al-Khatahtbeh, a veiled, Muslim, feminist, started her own online publication when she was in high school in New Jersey. "The most important thing for the movement," she says, "is to take a step back and empower women to speak for themselves."
  • History Repeatedly Traps Women; Let's Call It Out

    Patricia E. Grieve
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    The idea of women's inferiority is baked into our cultural history and still spews out at us from the Greek and Roman empires. We see it in the pressure for physical perfection, the abrogation of Title IX rights. Once we see these roots, we might be able to pull them out.
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  • What Is Porn Teaching Us About Desire and Consent?

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Anal sex.  Everybody's doing it... or so the internet would have us believe. In today's money shot culture, images of women being bent over have become commonplace.  There are many discussions about what porn is teaching us all about desire and consent, but what I specifically wish to address is the fading concept of preference over obligation. I am a sexually active woman in my mid-30s and I can clearly feel a difference in the way men have decided to handle my body over the past fifteen years.  Over that time, my tastes, my body and my circumstances have changed;…
  • Paleo Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits Recipe

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Any attempt to be healthy requires you to eat certain foods only rarely. I love grits, and I really love shrimp and grits. Unfortunately, grits are ground corn kernels, and corn is a grain, so grits are no longer on my mostly paleo menu (unless I'm in New Orleans). Imagine my joy when I stumbled upon a Paleo Shrimp & Grits recipe from emeals! The "grits" are made with cauliflower. Before you dismiss that as completely gross, cauliflower is actually a great food to use to mimic another. With just a little bit of seasoning, you can quickly eliminate the cauliflower taste and make it taste…
  • Here Are Your DIY Blogger Cliff's Notes From SXSW!

    Jennifer Perkins
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:18 pm
    One of the things I learned early on as a crafter and entrepreneur is that business is business no matter what you are selling. I don’t need to exclusively attend lectures only given by craft bloggers about craft blogging. That is like saying I have nothing to gain from reading Jay Conrad Levinson, watching Shark Tank or listening to Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick. In a situation like SXSW Interactive, you would be hard-pressed to not learn something from most everyone. Just because the person sitting next to you builds smart homes and the guy on the other side does social content for a…
  • First Look! Favorite Pieces From the New Lilly Pulitzer x Target Collection

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    If you all thought I was excited about the Target + Toms collaboration (says the woman who is literally wearing a sweatshirt from that line as I type) … I am extra enthusiastic about the upcoming Lilly Pulitzer x Target Collection launch! I love Lilly's signature Palm Beach-inspired prints and preppy resort-wear vibe. Elle just shared the line's lookbook, which means we can figure out which items we will be stalking as soon as they are released on April 19. Check out the full Lilly Pulitzer x Target lookbook. Prices range from $2 to $150, with 200 items priced under $30. Read on for my five…
  • Middle Age Snuck Up On Me and I Don't Like It

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Written by Karen Sommerfeld for PurpleClover I turn 50 in a few months, and I wish you'd just shut up about it. I know I brought it up, but shut up, anyway. Middle age is not looking the way I thought it would, so I'd rather look away. I kind of figured by 50, I'd be dignified and pretty all-knowing, and possibly even wearing a monocle, like the Planter's Peanut guy. I mean, who's more sophisticated than that? But here it is, age 50, and I know nothing, including why anyone needs a monocle. (Isn't every glasses wearer sort of screwed in both eyes? Who has just one bad eye?) The point is, 50…
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  • Open Thread with Tagetes flower

    20 Mar 2015 | 4:48 pm
    A close-up photo of a Marigold (Tagetes) flower features for this week’s Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over this weekend and throughout the week. By Tracy Ducasse from North Brookfield, Massachusetts, USA (flickr.com) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons So, what have you been up to? What would you rather be up to? What’s been awesome/awful? Reading? Watching? Making? Meeting? What has [insert awesome inspiration/fave fansquee/guilty pleasure/dastardly ne’er-do-well/threat to all civilised life on the planet du jour] been up to? *…
  • Open Thread with Pi

    13 Mar 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Pi Day celebrations feature for this week’s Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over this weekend and throughout the week. Pi-Pie By GJ [Public domain], 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 ne’er-do-well/threat to all civilised life on the planet du jour] been up to? * Netiquette footnotes: * There is no off-topic on the Weekly Open Thread, but consider whether…
  • When the world seems lousy, remember that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a Dissenting Collar

    13 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    In an interview for Yahoo News, Katie Couric took a tour of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s closet and checked out her lacy collars, and I’m cool with that. In fact, Ginsburg does have a collection of jabots (collars) she wears to spice up her boring, black judicial robes (as one does). She has everyday jabots, a Majority Opinion jabot (crocheted yellow and cream with crystals) for those times when she’s announcing a majority opinion in court, and a blue and white one for sleeping one off during the Statue of the Union address. Her awesomest jabot of all, of…
  • Terry Pratchett, RIP

    12 Mar 2015 | 9:35 am
    Terry Pratchett, a kind man and wonderful writer, died this morning. He had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in 2007. His work was brilliant. When I was writing my dissertation, which became my first book, about feminist revisions of fairy tales and classical myth, I loaned Witches Abroad, a novel about fairy tales, but really about stories and how important it is not to let them control us, to my advisor. She gave it back to me the following day and said she’d had to put it down after ten pages, because reading it was too much like being inside my head. My head. I…
  • GOP presidential hopeful apologizes for attributing homosexuality to prison rape

    9 Mar 2015 | 10:03 am
    [Content note for rape] Ben Carson, Republican presidential hopeful and an actual brain surgeon, has apologized for an assertion in a CNN interview that homosexuality is obviously a choice because of prison rape. During the interview Wednesday morning, when Carson was asked by Chris Cuomo whether being gay is a choice, he replied: “Absolutely.” “Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question,” Carson said. Yes, Dr. Carson.
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  • Iris Apfel Meeting Kanye Is a Dream Come True

    Madeleine Davies
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:30 pm
    What happens when Iris Apfel, the fashion world's most glittering butterfly, meets Kanye West? MAGIC, that's what.Read more...
  • Angry Young Owl Surprises Some Nice Suburban Housewives

    Mark Shrayber
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:15 pm
    This is what the world has come to: The evil marshmallow sacks known formally as owls are no longer content to attack humans in the wild. Instead, these tiny balls of clawed terror are showing up on doorsteps to demand sacrifice, fuck up your home and remind you that you may be at the top of the food chain but an owl can still claw your shit to pieces.Read more...
  • Amazon Might Buy Net-A-Porter

    Madeleine Davies
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Net-a-porter, the online designer fashion mecca, is in talks to be bought by retail giant Amazon for the cool sum of $2.19 billion, Women's Wear Daily reports.Read more...
  • Scandal Open Thread: Cyrus Is (Maybe) Getting Married

    Clover Hope
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Remember that Lena Dunham episode from last week? It was the lowest rated of the season so far. Anyway, this week's episode, titled "Put A Ring On It," involves Cyrus' upcoming wedding and David's ongoing B613 takedown.Read more...
  • Shailene Woodley Eats Bugs On the Regular, Says It's The Future

    Collier Meyerson
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:15 pm
    This month's NYLON cover girl, actress Shailene Woodley told the mag she considers bugs the future of food. "I've eaten ants and that was great," she said. "And June bugs, that was great. I think the future of food is in insects, so we'll see what happens." Me and Woodley, well we have different views on the apocalypse (the era where bug eating will be totally normal). See, I believe if we come to a time where bugs are the only food around to consume then it's a wrap for me in general and no thank you. And Woodley, Woodley believes in bugs. Read more...
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    Muslimah Media Watch

  • Reconsidering Muslim Dating & Expectations

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    One of my very first projects at Muslimah Media Watch was to review dating sites. The experience of discussing how we use technology to find a mate (here, here, here and here) baffled me a little because of the gendered and racialized aspects that I found while doing research. Later on, I also discovered that the [Read More...]
  • American Crime Review: Introducing Aliyah Shadeed

    23 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
      On Thursday nights in the United States, ABC airs American Crime, an 11-part series that looks at a murder that took place in Modesto, California. The story doesn’t follow the detectives around as they solve a mystery-of-the-week like most crime shows, though, and instead focuses on the lives of everyone else involved and the [Read More...]
  • Friday Links

    20 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
      “Poetic Pilgrimage isn’t just a rap group — it’s a statement about Islam, women and what it means to belong,” writes Antonia Blumberg for The Huffington Post, in her article titled “Poetic Pilgrimage Is The Muslim Women’s Rap Duo The World Needs Right Now.” Canadian Conservative backbencher Larry Miller has apologized for saying Muslim [Read More...]
  • A proposed headscarf ban in the Swiss Canton of Valais

    17 Mar 2015 | 3:27 am
      So apparently Swiss politicians, lacking in creativity, have nothing better to do than copy what is going on in France. After the burqa ban in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino and some local issues in the German-speaking cantons, the latest part of Switzerland to jump on the “policing women’s clothing” bandwagon is the Canton [Read More...]
  • Friday Links

    13 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Various papers have been covering Canada’s niqab controversy after Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper  said that the niqab is rooted in “anti-women” culture, with some Muslim women responding, saying they choose to wear the niqab out of religious obligation. Germany’s Constitutional Court has lifted a ban on female Muslim teachers wearing headscarves.  The Telegraph writes about hip-hop hijabis. In relation to [Read More...]
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    Our Bodies Ourselves » Our Bodies, Our Blog

  • 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…
  • More Physician Training Needed to Recommend IUDs

    Guest Contributor
    13 Feb 2015 | 9:53 am
    By Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News When Wendy Sue Swanson started out as a pediatrician eight years ago, it never crossed her mind to bring up the option of intrauterine devices – an insertable form of long-acting contraception – when she had her regular birth-control discussions with teenage patients who were sexually active. “The patch had been the thing,” she said, referring to a small, band-aid-like plastic patch that transmits hormones through the skin to prevent unwanted pregnancies. But Swanson’s approach changed after a casual conversation with her sister-in-law. This…
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  • Question of the Day

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    What's for dinner? Or whatever the next meal of the day is in your part of the world.I don't even know yet, lol. I've got to go look in the fridge and see what we've got. Probably chicken of some description.
  • Congratulations, Aisha Moodie-Mills

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    National LGBT org the Victory Fund and Institute has chosen Aisha Moodie-Mills as its new president and CEO, making her the first black woman to lead the organization: Both within the organization and among leaders of other national LGBT organizations, Moodie-Mills' presence as a black lesbian stands in contrast to the predominantly white and gay male makeup of these groups.She began her LGBT activism in 2009, advocating for the DC Council to pass marriage equality legislation — a campaign that was noted for its outreach to communities of color.At the Center for American Progress, where she…
  • Quote of the Day

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    [Content Note: White Supremacy.]"In indie rock, white is the norm. While indie rock and the DIY underground, historically, have been proud to disassociate themselves from popular culture, there is no divorcing a predominantly white scene from systemic ideals ingrained in white Western culture. That status quo creates a barrier in terms of both the sanctioned participation of artists of color and the amount of respect afforded them, all of which sets people of color up to forever be seen as interlopers and outsiders. Whiteness is the very ideal for which art is made in Western culture, be it…
  • Welp.

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    [Content Note: Fat hatred; diet and surgery advertisements.]A couple of weeks ago, I was thinking about writing a post on the ubiquity of weight loss and/or body shaming advertisements. They are everywhere in my every day: I see them on the television, in magazines, in junk mail, in billboards along the roadways, in content-generated online ads prompted because I often use the word "fat" in my work. (Oh the irony.)They are ads for diet pills, diet programs, diet food delivery services, weight loss supplements, fat-busting miracle elixirs, gyms, workout equipment, restrictive "shaping"…
  • Daily Dose of Cute

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Virtually every time I sit down on the couch, even for a moment, Sophie immediately jumps on my lap or chest, Zelda jumps up beside me to my left, and then this happens to my right:Olivia stretches out one way, and Matilda stretches out the other. And, let me tell you, the place in which Matilda is inhabiting there, just below the lamp, is the Most Coveted Spot. There are battles fought over that spot. Legendary battles.* * *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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  • Quickies: Not reading white male authors, Disability Summit failure, and doctor fired for saying shot protestor was too skinny

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    Is it time to stop reading books by white men? – Excellent piece by Heina on all of the debate over this. Egyptian doctor fired after saying shot woman was too skinny – “Egypt’s forensics authority on Tuesday dismissed a doctor who said last weekend that a female protester killed by police in January died because she did not have enough body fat to protect against shotgun pellets.” From cerberus40. Australian National Disability Summit fails to have accessible stage – “Organisers of a national disability conference in Melbourne have come under fire after…
  • New Video! The Jinx: How Misogyny Helped Free a Murderer

    Rebecca Watson
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Support more videos like this at patreon.com/rebecca! Sorta transcript: On Sunday, HBO aired the final episode of The Jinx, a 6-part documentary about multi-millionaire Robert Durst. Durst was suspected but as yet has never been convicted in the disappearance of his wife Kathie Durst in 1982, the murder of Susan Berman in 2000, and the murder and dismemberment of Morris Black in 2001. The documentary came about after filmmakers created a dramatized account of Kathie’s disappearance and the real-life Bobby Durst contacted them to tell his side of the story. I won’t go into the details…
  • Cross Post: Internet Meme Demolition Derby: Girls are (NOT) Like Apples on Trees…

    Kavin Senapathy
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:36 am
    Editor’s note:  This cross post from Grounded Parents was written by Lou Doench for his Internet Meme Demolition Derby series. Click through the link at the bottom to read the full post and make comments.  I usually let these memes stew on my desktop for a couple of days. Kind of letting them marinate while I decide what particular mixture of snark, cynicism, despair or disdain to add to the brew to make a perfect Internet Meme Demolition Derby Pie (mmmmmm Derby Pie…) But this particularly vile piece of wannabe folk wisdom, which came across my Facebook feed this morning via fellow…
  • Quickies: The “War on Boys,” Anti-Vax Intuition, and Hydrophobic Science

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:05 am
     Why Anti-Vaxxers Just ‘Know’ They’re Right – “It is not simply that anti-vaxxers don’t understand how vaccines work (some of them may not, but not all of them). Neither are anti-vaxxers simply resistant to all of modern medicine (I’m sure that many of them still take pain killers when they need to). So the matter is not as simple as plain stupidity. Some anti-vaxxers are not that stupid, and some stupid people are not anti-vaxxers. There is something more subtle going on.” Black girls’ sexual burden: Why Mo’ne Davis was really called a…
  • American Atheists President Dave Silverman: Humanists and Skeptics Are “Lying”

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:21 pm
    This evening, CNN aired an hour-long documentary entitled, “Atheists: Inside the World of Non-Believers.” Heavy on names like Dave Silverman and Richard Dawkins, but light on diversity, the documentary largely seemed to be a vehicle for promoting the atheist brand as dictated by American Atheists. I knew pretty early on not to put too much stock in this documentary. After all, in the first five minutes of the show, we have Dawkins stating that he loves the Church of England because “nobody actually believes it.” Silverman appears a few seconds later to continue…
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    Viva la Feminista

  • The Power to Offend: Why Dan Bernstein Says What He Says

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:01 pm
    The latest case of foot-in-mouth disease, Chicago sports radio personality, Dan Bernstein.Wednesday night, Bernstein took to Twitter to question the ability of a woman sports reporter's abilities. He woke up the next morning with a Twitter hangover. But unlike the young man who called Mo'ne Davis a slut, so far Bernstein has gotten off scott-free. The Chicago Tribune reports that "Bernstein admitted on air he didn't realize he was in the middle of a blazing social media firestorm until he woke up Thursday morning. Only then did it hit him that making Twitter comments about a woman sports…
  • #365FeministSelfie NW Retreat is in the books...

    18 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    I really did not think that picture would actually take place.Over a year ago when I launched #365FeministSelfie, I did not think so many people would participate. Then when they did and started to talk about organizing a retreat? Shut the front door! No way. People are going to travel to meet people they met via selfies? Well over the weekend we did.  It wasn't a ton of people and in fact, it was the perfect number of people for the first, beta #365Feministselfie Retreat. I am so terrible at names, it was seriously perfect for me. You would think after seeing each other for over a year,…
  • First Woman to Head MLB Doctors Group

    18 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    As a sports fan, I have always been intrigued as to why women dominate the medical field, but not sports medicine. You rarely think of them until you see your quarterback get knocked down or someone slides into second base and catches their cleat on the base. This is why I perked up when I learned that Dr. Kathleen Weber is poised to become the first woman to lead the Major League Baseball (MLB) Team Physicians Association in 2016. She is the Director of Primary Care/Sports Medicine and Women's Sports Medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.This was an important interview for me…
  • Catching up with Thor, Wonder Woman and Ms. Marvel (Spoilers)

    13 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    The last time you checked in on your blogging goddess, she had finished the first issue of the new Thor, the first two issues of Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman and a bunch of the new Ms. Marvel. Today she picked up the latest issues bringing us up to Thor #5, Ms. Marvel #11, and SCF Wonder Woman #6. And how are they? SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!THOR: We are still learning about the new Thor. The mystery woman is still hiding behind the mask, but we do learn that she cares about the original Thor. When he comes back from the dead (you knew he wasn't really dead!), she is relived. And while he…
  • How I Chose Happiness When #PhDLife Failed

    11 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today bestselling publisher Linda Joy released Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Choosing Happiness featuring the soul-inspiring stories of 27 amazing women who share their intimate stories of transformation. Choosing Happiness also includes Reflection Questions after each story which will empower you to integrate the vital lessons of each woman’s journey into your own life. For a limited time you can get over 40 transformational gifts with your copy of Choosing Happiness. Grab your copy today >> http://bit.ly/Happiness_Book*******************As some of you know, I went back to school…
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  • Feminist Books for Girls (and Boys)

    Ellen Keim
    8 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    If you’re concerned about what you teach the children in your life about gender equality, try reading and buying them books that reinforce that concept. Book Riot recently published the following lists if you’re wondering where to start: Best Feminist Picture Books Best Feminist Books for Younger Readers   Posted at Femagination - the feminine imagination blog. Copyright © Femagination.com, 2013. All Rights Reserved. Views: 1 / 16. Related posts: 2010 Amelia Bloomer Project The Amelia Bloomer Project was started in 2002 to serve... Can I Call Myself a Feminist? Ellen…
  • Does a Woman Need a Room of Her Own?

    Ellen Keim
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    Virginia Woolf wrote* that “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write [fiction].” She was writing about writers, but what she said applies to being a woman, period. If a woman is to be her own person, she must have autonomy, which in this world means enough money to live on and the ability to make your own destiny. What does that have to do with a room of one’s own, though? And what does that mean anyway? I noticed a couple of years ago that HGTV (Home and Gardening TV Network) began referring to “man caves.” These are set-apart rooms for…
  • A Personal Story

    Ellen Keim
    23 Aug 2013 | 6:16 am
    I’ve been a feminist since 1971 when I joined a consciousness-raising group after I had my abortion. I didn’t think that I would ever tell anyone about the abortion, but as we all began to share our stories, I felt safe enough to share mine. Instead of shock or disapproval, I was met with understanding and support. I had had a decision to make and I made the one that I thought was best for me at the time. The boyfriend who got me pregnant would never have allowed me to give the baby up for adoption, but he was okay about an abortion. I didn’t tell my parents because I felt…
  • Letting Men Off the Hook

    Ellen Keim
    18 Jul 2013 | 8:27 am
    Three years ago, when Melissa Nelson was 33, she was fired by her boss because he felt that her beauty would tempt him to have an affair with her. (Apparently his wife agreed.) Ms. Nelson sued but her case was dismissed. The court ruled that being fired for being a threat to her boss’s marriage was within the law. Excuse me? Where does it say that the law exists to protect men from their own sexual impulses? If that were the case, rapists might as well go free because, after all, they can’t help it. Especially if a woman dresses “provocatively” (a value judgment if I…
  • Review of Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

    Ellen Keim
    16 Feb 2013 | 7:43 am
    Whew! This is one long book! (Although it’s not as bad as it seems–out of 960 pages, the last 259 are acknowledgements, notes, bibliography and the index.) The hardest thing about reading a book this size was trying to get it in a comfortable position. I considered buying the Nook Book but it was $19.99, so I borrowed the print edition from the library. (The hardbound book’s price is $37.50.) The author, Andrew Solomon, worked on this book for ten years–and it shows. It’s incredibly detailed, almost too much so. I can’t even imagine the amount of thought…
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  • March’s What I’ve Been Reading (& Writing) Report

    24 Mar 2015 | 3:28 am
    As I mentioned, I’m downsizing; so lately, I’ve primarily been focused on listing in our Etsy shops. (1, 2, and, now, 3.) This has led to lots of posting at Things Your Grandmother Knew and Kitschy Kitschy Coo. (But don’t worry, the next stack of ephemera has plenty of “women’s issues stuff”, so then this […] No related posts.
  • Monopoly’s Inventor: The Progressive Who Didn’t Pass ‘Go’

    19 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Elizabeth Magie, a crusader against big business, devised the classic capitalist game decades before the man credited with its creation. Source: www.nytimes.com A a lover of board games, history, and women, this is fascinating (and disturbing). No related posts.
  • Human Auction, 1950

    12 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    From the December 18, 1950 issue of Broadcasting Telecasting: During two-hour talent show, men were put on block with auctioneer describing their qualifications. Offers of $5 to $35 were bid by telephone for their services to wash dishes, shine shoes, clean bird cages and many other tasks. No related posts.
  • Antique Up-Skirt Action

    11 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    Who doesn’t like a company that preaches values while looking up a lady’s skirt? After complaining about Uncle Sam’s tax, ye olde Day & Night tobacco company wants you to get your money’s worth. When you spend a nickle for tobacco, do you want your money’s worth, of part tobacco and the rest in coupons […] No related posts.
  • 1950s Smutty Graffiti

    10 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    Just in case you thought the 1950s were such a pure time… Via. No related posts.
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  • Round-Up: Mar. 24, 2015

    Jarrah Hodge
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:14 am
    Ontario NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo has tabled a private member’s bill to ban conversion therapy for LGBT people in Ontario, and the discussion is prompting Toronto’s Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) to review how it’s treating trans youth (Metro). Cindy Gladue was a 34-year-old aboriginal mother and sex worker who was brutally murdered by a john. Naomi at kwetoday has a powerful piece about why we need to be outraged about the attacker’s acquittal and the colonial system that allows this kind of violence to continue. Cheryl Chastine, an American physician who…
  • What Could Have Broken The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt?

    Jarrah Hodge
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Tituss Burgess and Ellie Kemper in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a Netflix original series written and created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, has more in common with the phenomenally popular podcast Serial than it might seem at first glance. Though the two shows differ in medium, mode, and genre, they both have an abiding interest in crimes committed against women. Serial follows host Sarah Koenig’s epistemological journey to reinvestigate the 1999 murder of high school student Hae Min Lee. Unbreakable is a witty episodic comedy that uses the visual…
  • Schoolgirls Don’t Need Boys To Tell Them What’s Pretty

    Jarrah Hodge
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:54 pm
    As the mother of an almost-11-year-old daughter I have spent a great deal of time attempting to mitigate the effects of a toxic culture that destroys girls’ self-esteem. I try to model healthy self-concept and body positivity. I have never been on a diet or talked about dieting, other than to point out how unhealthy restrictive eating can be. I have never associated exercise with weight loss or shaping my body to some predetermined standard of “healthy” or “beautiful.” I rock my bikinis with my cellulite, loose skin from carrying a baby, and stretch marks. But in spite of all of my…
  • Round-Up: Mar. 17, 2015

    Jarrah Hodge
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    Turns out the gender wage gap starts a lot earlier than you’d think. Girls are doing more chores than boys, and getting paid less for doing so (Sociological Images). With discussion around #dresscodePM and Harper’s stance on niqabs, this list of great books on Islamic feminism should come in handy (Your Middle East). The Boston-based Safe Hub Collective has put together a DIY guide for feminists to stay safe online. Towleroad profiles Alice Nkrom, a Cameroonian lawyer who has spent the better part of a decade fighting laws criminalizing homosexuality in her country. A new US…
  • #dresscodePM and Why We Should All Support Women Who Choose to Wear the Niqab

    Jarrah Hodge
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:16 pm
    In 2006, I was an undergrad at Queen’s University, and British politician Jack Straw wrote the op-ed that was heard around the world.The Member of Parliament revealed that when constituents walked into his Lancashire office wearing niqabs, his policy was to refuse to hear their concerns until they de-veiled. Why did Mr. Straw feel so offended by the niqab? Well, he argued, “It was a visible statement of separation and difference.” When I heard this story for the first time, I was in my Introduction to Feminist Theory Class, a non-Muslim woman wearing a denim miniskirt, black suede…
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  • ▶ ‘Lad cultures’ in education (lecture)

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:02 am
    ‘Lad cultures’ in education. Articles about university ‘lad cultures’ are currently pervasive in the UK media. ‘Lad culture’ is generally associated with sexist and homophobic ‘banter’, the objectification of women, sexual harassment, violence and heavy alcohol consumption. Concerns about university ‘lad culture’ have grown in number and strength over the last three years and the National Union of Students has stated that it needs addressing urgently. In this lecture, Professor Carolyn Jackson considers how we might understand ‘lad cultures’ in educational contexts,…
  • Today in racism: women in prison: racial bias in Australia and the US

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:32 am
    While mass incarceration is a dominant social issue involving men, it is also increasingly affecting women of colour. Black women are three times more likely to be incarcerated than white women, and Hispanic women are approximately 70 percent more likely in the US. And that is growing with the number of women behind bars increasing at about double the rate of men since 1985. - Katerina Bryant (lipmag) ‘[Prison] relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of our society, especially those produced by racism and, increasingly, global capitalism.’ ­– Angela…
  • I Don’t Want to Raise ‘Gentlemen’

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:10 am
    Kathleen Siddell makes a impassioned plea for us to examine the ways in which we impose gender norms on girls and boys. As well as arguing that little boys should learn to be kind and fair and polite to everyone, I'm reading it as the idea that "gentlemen" are, at least traditionally, chivalrous and too often chauvinistic. And we don't want that either. On the HuffPo: We were at a 3-year-old's birthday party a couple of weeks ago. There was a piñata. Although my 3-year-old had never seen a piñata before, there still was a buzz of excitement when a colorful, decorated stuffed animal came…
  • Today in misogyny: the revenge pornographers next door

    25 Mar 2015 | 1:52 am
    New statistics reveal that one in 10 women is threatened with "revenge porn" (i.e. the sharing of intimate/ sexual images online as an act of "revenge"): "In reality, the abusers are numerous — according to one national survey, one in 10 people have been threatened with revenge porn by an ex — and they don’t look particularly amoral or abusive or villainous. They’re your neighbors, your co-workers, your classmates, your friends. As one Kappa Delta Rho brother insisted in an interview with Philadelphia magazine: “I’m a good guy.”" From the Washington Post: The most widely…
  • Subject to Debate: spreading feminism far and wide

    25 Mar 2015 | 1:32 am
    “Subject to Debate” is an email discussion between The Nation columnist Katha Pollitt and former executive editor Betsy Reed, now editor in chief of the Intercept, as they reflect on the state of contemporary feminism, both in the nation and in The Nation Pollittt: What you say about The Nation not having been a home for discussion among feminists is true, and it mirrors the situation of feminism within the liberal left. In both cases, there is a certain amount of attention given to “women’s issues”—reproductive rights, equal pay, childcare, rape and domestic violence, and so…
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