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  • The "Gawk Factor" Problem with American Horror Story: Freak Show

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    Kelsey Wallace
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    We’re now two weeks and 2.5 hours into American Horror Story: Freak Show, which means we’ve experienced two anachronistic musical numbers and approximately 1,000 Twisty the Clown nightmares. It’s time to take stock of what exactly the hell is going on with the latest installment of Ryan Murphy’s creepy shockfest. read more
  • "Glena" Raises the Bar for Films About Female Fighters

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    Ellie Piper
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
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  • All About That Bass? All about that body shaming

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    Guest Blogger
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    Veena Chandar takes issue with 'All About That Bass' and its implication that we should only appreciate our bodies if boys admire them
  • Feminists can twerk too: What Annie Lennox misunderstands about Beyoncé

    Salon.com
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    In a discussion about Beyoncé's brand of activism, Lennox told NPR "twerking isn't feminism." I beg to differ
  • Students Protest Fordham University’s Anti-Birth Control Policy

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    Feminist Newswire
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Students at Fordham University are engaged in a battle against the New York City Catholic school’s anti-birth control policy. Related posts: Close to Two-Thirds of Cameroonian Women Have Unmet Need for Contraception Under the Affordable Care Act, More Women Then Ever Have Free Access to Contraception Georgetown University Administrators Apologize for Shutting Down H*yas for Choice Protest
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  • Students Protest Fordham University’s Anti-Birth Control Policy

    Feminist Newswire
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Students at Fordham University are engaged in a battle against the New York City Catholic school’s anti-birth control policy. Related posts: Close to Two-Thirds of Cameroonian Women Have Unmet Need for Contraception Under the Affordable Care Act, More Women Then Ever Have Free Access to Contraception Georgetown University Administrators Apologize for Shutting Down H*yas for Choice Protest
  • Doctors Warn That Measure 1 Would End In Vitro Fertilization in North Dakota

    Feminist Newswire
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Doctors at North Dakota's only clinic offering in vitro fertilization are speaking out to warn voters that Measure 1, a proposed personhood amendment in the state, would make the practice illegal. Related posts: Student Activists Across the Country Are Fighting Extreme Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures Close to Two-Thirds of Cameroonian Women Have Unmet Need for Contraception Study Finds Abortion Restrictions Adversely Impact Women’s Health Outcomes
  • Obama Administration Issues New Rule to Strengthen Response to Campus Sexual Violence

    Feminist Newswire
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    After the Department of Education's announcement of final rule on implementing changes last week, the Clery Act will now more effectively address and report campus violence. Related posts: New White House Campaign Seeks to Engage Men and Empower Campus Activists in Fight to End Sexual Assault California Legislators Pass Affirmative Consent Bill to Combat Campus Sexual Assault Violence Against Women Act Turns 20
  • Hulu Silences Rape Survivor Speaking Out Against Anti-Abortion Amendment 67 in Colorado

    Feminist Newswire
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Hulu, an online, ad-supported streaming service, has refused to run an advertisement from the "No on 67" campaign in Colorado, citing the company's policy regarding "controversial" political positions on issues like abortion. Related posts: Student Activists Across the Country Are Fighting Extreme Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures Campaign Against Colorado Personhood Initiative Launches Religious Leaders Unite in Tennessee and Colorado to Oppose Extreme Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures
  • Afghanistan’s New First Lady Advances Women’s Issues

    Feminist Newswire
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Just a few days after moving to the presidential palace, Afghanistan’s new First Lady Rula Ghani said that she hopes to encourage greater respect for women. Related posts: Afghan Girls Compete in Bike Race to Raise Awareness About Violence Against Women First World Day Against Human Trafficking Encourages International Action Afghanistan Celebrates 95th Anniversary of Independence
 
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  • The "Gawk Factor" Problem with American Horror Story: Freak Show

    Kelsey Wallace
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    We’re now two weeks and 2.5 hours into American Horror Story: Freak Show, which means we’ve experienced two anachronistic musical numbers and approximately 1,000 Twisty the Clown nightmares. It’s time to take stock of what exactly the hell is going on with the latest installment of Ryan Murphy’s creepy shockfest. read more
  • On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

    Camila Danger Coddou
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    Here's what we're reading today: • Before 1984, the number of women working in computer science was on the rise—then dropped precipitously the culture of computers came to "represent a place for disaffected young men to exercise power." [Salon]  read more
  • A Brief History of Batgirl

    Emma Houxbois
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
    The ongoing struggle to make geek culture more inclusive takes a positive step forward this month as DC Comics relaunches its iconic-but-neglected Batgirl series. read more
  • Oh Joy Sex Toy: A Pleasing, Tingling Sensation

    Erika Moen
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Oh Joy Sex Toy is a weekly comics series that graphically explores sex and sexuality. This week, artist Grace Allison discusses a little-known phenomenon called Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.  read more
  • "Glena" Raises the Bar for Films About Female Fighters

    Ellie Piper
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
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  • 'Lights on Afterschool' Illuminates an Unmet Need

    Allison Stevens
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Working moms need afterschool programs that keep pace with our jobs. Despite a huge leap in enrollment since 2004, nearly 20 million children lack needed spots in these programs.
  • French Veil Ban Is Turning Muslim Women Off, Away

    Hajer Naili
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Tired of the polarizing effects of wearing the hijab after a 2004 ban and two more that followed, Muslim women in France are struggling to cope with a scarcity of social acceptance. Among the dozen women interviewed, some are thinking of leaving for good.
  • Cost and Fear Keep These Teens from STD Testing

    Landon Hudson
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    Only 22 percent of sexually active teens are taking advantage of health screenings for HIV, human papillomavirus or chlamydia. In online interviews teens from Michigan explain why that statistic holds true in their own lives.
  • bell hooks Reignites a Writer's Feminist Identity

    Danielle Henderson
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    "I felt like she'd been waiting out there, to help me make sense of my life," says Danielle Henderson about discovering hooks' work, in this excerpt from the book of essays "Icon." Suddenly being shut out for being a black woman made more sense.
  • Boko Haram Truce Reached; Games Critic Cancels Talk

    WeNews staff
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    As part of the truce in Nigeria, it's been said that the schoolgirls Boko Haram abducted will be released. Also this week, Media critic and feminist blogger Anita Sarkeesian was forced to cancel a talk at Utah State University after receiving death threats.
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  • Have You Turned Into Your FATHER?

    PurpleClover
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    When I was a kid, one of my favorite books was called “Mom, You’re Fired!” I still remember the bright yellow cover featuring an exasperated girl, nearly pulling her hair out in consternation at her mother, depicted in black and white in the background, cluelessly going about her job of embarrassing her daughter. The mother in the book would talk to strangers on busses. She’d yell her kids’ names out in stores, as if they were at home. And most humiliatingly, she had no problem talking about private, embarrassing subjects, such as underwear. To the fourth-grade narrator—and to me,…
  • Finding a New Home for an Adopted Puppy Taught Us a Lesson About Our Adopted Children

    mom.me
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    This week I’m speaking to actor, writer, producer and parent of two, Dan Bucatinsky. You may recognize him from last week’s premiere of “Marry Me,” where he plays one of Casey Wilson’s two Dads. You may also have seen him on the Showtime comedy “Web Therapy,” coming back this Wednesday night. And that’s just a few of his recent credits. Mr. Bucatinsky is definitely a man about town in Los Angeles. One of the only places you won’t find him is the dog park. Certainly not for lack of trying. Dan has been married to his husband, the writer/director Don Roos for 22 years. With…
  • Don't Make Fun of Your Neatnik Friend: She Might Have OCPD

    dmberanek
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    I have always been an anxious person. Whenever my mother would get angry or upset, I would follow her around the house until she grew happy again. Let me tell you, it usually had the opposite effect.Credit: Andrea Parrish - Geyer via Flickr Creative CommonsHowever, the year I turned seven, my anxiety hit a new high that carried through into my college years.In that year alone, a high-schooler in the community died suddenly, my uncle committed suicide, a whole family in the neighborhood died in a house fire, and life in general just got turned up on its head. Trust me, an anxious…
  • What to Do If You Think Your Friend Is Racist

    Mouthy Housewives
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Dear Mouthy Housewives,I think a friend of mine is kind of racist. She always mentions if someone is black or Jewish or Hispanic. She doesn't say anything negative, but she whispers their ethnicity when it's not pertinent. Like: "There's a new waiter at the wine place. He's BLACK." She says it in this derogatory way.Should I say something or just let it go?Signed,Am I Friends with a Racist Person?Credit: Brian Smithson via Flickr Creative CommonsDear Am I Friends?There comes a time in some friendships when your suddenly realize that a person may not be who you thought they were. I first…
  • New Pew Research Confirms the Worst About Online Harassment

    Deb Rox
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    A new study from Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life confirms the worst news about online harassment. It is pervasive, endemic, and disproportionately levied against women. What we have done so far to deal with it isn't helping. As horrible as these findings are, do they offer ways to help safeguard ourselves, to be better Internet citizens, or to change the onslaught of harassment and danger? We need to move toward solutions, because this study shows that there are real losses from online harassment.  Like all to many others, I've been attacked online, and I've certainly…
 
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  • Psychoanalysis: How I Lost My Fear of Dogs | Clarissa’s Blog

    Jennifer Armstrong
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Psychoanalysis: How I Lost My Fear of Dogs | Clarissa's Blog: 'via Blog this'Anything new age is going to be a bit cheap and phoney, probably. In fact real regression is fraught with risks, and that is why the shamanic literature describes it mostly as a kind of torture. For instance in THE STRONG EYE OF SHAMANISM, we read that in one Aboriginal culture, the initiate is taken to an isolated place where he regressive to infant form and then the shaman comes and stretches him out into adult form again. In other instances, there is the idea of taking out the organs and boiling them to clean them…
  • Psychoanalysis: How I Lost My Fear of Dogs | Clarissa’s Blog

    Jennifer Armstrong
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Psychoanalysis: How I Lost My Fear of Dogs | Clarissa's Blog: 'via Blog this'I just came from reading that chapter that the guy recommended to me, by Guattari, where he points out that if you remain within the psychoanalytic paradigm, you will encounter very oppressive familial psychodynamics when you “regress”. The whole chapter points this out, that you can’t remain within the paradigm and hope to benefit by regression.But looking at the issue from a more shamanic perspective, shamanic initiation is often depicted as a regression to infancy. But what is being sung to you during that…
  • My Family Farm

    Clarissa
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:52 pm
    I want to tell you about my favorite online game because it isn’t just a game, it’s a social phenomenon. There are several of these farm games, and millions of people are playing them all over the world. I have 114 Facebook game partners (whom I’ve never met, of course) and we play together. Together means precisely that. We don’t play against each other. The game is completely non-competitive. In the game, you create a farm, grow crops and fruit trees, buy machines to produce food, toys and bouquets of flowers. You also have a kitchen where you make dishes with the…
  • ASK APE 2014-10-22 17:35:00

    Jennifer Armstrong
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    http://monoskop.org/images/4/4b/Genosko_Gary_ed_The_Guattari_Reader.pdfAPES IN CAPES!
  • Psychoanalysis: How I Lost My Fear of Dogs | Clarissa’s Blog

    Jennifer Armstrong
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Psychoanalysis: How I Lost My Fear of Dogs | Clarissa's BlogRecently I have been making huge numbers of facetious comments, for instance that maybe all my experiences were “all in my head”. In one section, I even simplify things for modern people — being those who do not have any troubles of their own and therefore think things necessarily are limited to one’s head. I say that modern people will probably understand that my mind dropped out whilst I was crossing the Indian ocean (migrating from African to Australia), but being an old fashioned type myself, I still believe in…
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  • South Carolina: Swell for fetuses, less so for victims of domestic violence

    Caperton
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:07 pm
    [Trigger warning for domestic violence] In Florida, Stand Your Ground was used as the foundation of George Zimmerman’s defense after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. In South Carolina, it was used to defend a man who walked out of the house with a gun to confront “women thugs” who had threatened his daughter; he ended up shooting a teenage boy in his car instead. Also in Florida, Marissa Alexander has repeatedly been denied the chance to use the Stand Your Ground defense against charges after she fired a warning shot above the head of her abusive husband. Shannon Anthony,…
  • Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

    Jill
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Promote yourself. Netiquette reminders: Want to recommend someone else’s writing instead? Try the latest signal-boosting thread. we expect Content Notes as a courtesy to our readers for problematic content in linked posts and/or their comment threads (a habit of posting only triggering/disparaging links may annoy the Giraffe (you really don’t want to annoy the Giraffe)) 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…
  • Open Thread with Cheese Platter

    tigtog
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A plate full of yummy stuff I cannot eat for the next month or so features for this week’s Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over this weekend and throughout the week. 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? * Netiquette footnotes: * There is no off-topic on the Weekly Open Thread, but consider whether your…
  • Quickhits: Ebola fearmongering, massacre threats, GassyGoat, who gets to pick up a gun and live?

    tigtog
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Still not feeling up to sitting in front of the computer for too long while convalescing from my hospital admission, but here’s a few things I’ve noted filling my feeds: * The media hyperventilation over the way over-stated risks of catching Ebola for those in the West (and the predictably awful racism on display amongst too many people who’ve swallowed the hype). Also too many people unwilling to accept that Ebola patients have privacy rights (h/t @amaditalks). * The specific threat to enact “another Montreal massacre” at USU if they went ahead with a talk from…
  • In defense of “bad” abortions

    Caperton
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Most women don’t need to be told the story of a woman’s abortion (or two abortions) after forgetting to use birth control in the heat of the moment. Most of us know a woman who’s done that. About one in three women will be her — as quoted in the linked article, one in three women will have had an abortion by age 45, and by Guttmacher’s oft-quoted report, more than 90 percent had their abortion for reasons other than the standard rape-incest-health of the mother-fetal abnormality inconsistent with life that is more likely to get a pass. Statistically, several…
 
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  • Caption This Photo of Matthew McConaughey and His Daughter

    Rebecca Rose
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Caption thisHonoree Matthew McConaughey (L) accepts the American Cinematheque Award with Vida Alves McConaughey onstage at the 28th American Cinematheque Award honoring Matthew McConaughey at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 21, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. Read more...
  • Elizabeth Peña's Cause of Death Confirmed

    Mark Shrayber
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:25 pm
    TMZ has obtained Elizabeth Peña's death certificate and have revealed the cause of the actress's sudden and untimely death. Peña had been suffering from cirrhosis brought on by alcohol abuse.Read more...
  • Rita Ora Actually Released a Song

    Julianne Escobedo Shepherd
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    You know, I'm actually here for Rita Ora, in theory, but at this point she is better known for her "manicam appearances" than for her music. Which is a shame, because she actually has a very powerful voice. But hey, boy can she sell some perfume, though! Read more...
  • This Vagina Was worth $25,000 For 10 Whole Minutes

    Mark Shrayber
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Shacarye Tims' vagina may not be the richest in the world, but for several glorious moments it was (at least) well-to-do as it held a Rolex in its clutches. A stunning feat of both thievery and excellent muscle control.Read more...
  • Here's Sia's Version of 'You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile'

    Mark Shrayber
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    How excited are you about the upcoming Annie remake that is about to take over this holiday season? Are you excited enough to watch the original film over and over in anticipation? Or to annoy your partner with repeated playings of the original cast recording so that he's ready and can fully enjoy the film when it comes out? No? But are you excited enough to listen to this excellent cover of "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile?" It's by Sia! Everyone loves her.Read more...
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    Muslimah Media Watch

  • I got 18 mosque problems and being a woman is one

    syahirah
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This week, I came across the video “Things not to do in the masjid” in my Facebook feed. The two guys behind the video, Americans of Afghani background Shukran and Roshan under the moniker SRBRosEntertainment, acted out 18 different scenarios with another actor. The video is clearly a hit, with over 960,000 views to date. [Read More...]
  • Friday Links | October 17, 2014

    anneke
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Last week the intense battle against ISIS in the Syrian town of Kobane made headlines everywhere. Mayssa Abdo, a female Kurdish fighter, is said to lead the battle of the Kurdish troops against the Islamic State. Another Kurdish fighter, Rehana, is said to have killed over a hundred ISIS fighters single handedly in Kobane. Kurdish Shirine [Read More...]
  • South Africa’s Open Mosque : Media, Feminist Critiques and “Unopen” Mosques.

    safiyyah
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The past month has been controversy ridden for the South African Muslim community, as news of the inauguration of the ‘Open Mosque’ in Cape Town has forced Muslims to tackle issues of gender equality, sexual orientation and religious freedom. Community radio stations, national broadcasters, newspapers and social media have been abuzz with news of the [Read More...]
  • A Muslim Thanksgiving?

    eren
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated the second Monday of October. Coming from Mexico, Thanksgiving has never meant very much to me. In fact, it tends to be a reminder of how complex and honestly messed up settler-Indigenous-immigrant relationships are in Canada. Whereas some Canadians have tried to differentiate themselves from Americans by tracking the history [Read More...]
  • Friday Links | October 10, 2014

    anneke
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Last weekend marked one of the major holidays on the Islamic calendar, Eid ul-Adha. The Egyptian women’s council offered a hotline for females to report sexual assault during the four days of the holiday, during which harassment usually is more prevalent. One teenager was killed defending women from  sexual harassment in Egypt last Sunday. Over [Read More...]
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  • How You Can Help Save Tennessee From Cutting Off Abortion Access

    Rachel Walden
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    As a lifelong Tennessean, I know it’s not the most friendly state when it comes to reproductive rights. And if a ballot initiative to curb abortion access passes this fall, it will get even worse. On Nov. 4, voters will be asked to amend the state constitution by adding the following language: Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to,…
  • Our Kids, Our Selves: How to Discuss Motherhood As a Choice

    Guest Contributor
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    by Melanie Holmes “Back in my day, talk of sex was in the closet where it belonged!” Those words were spoken by my mom, who is in her 80s. Luckily, our family closet held a copy of the book “Our Bodies, Ourselves.” My mom bought the book for my oldest sister, and then she instructed each sister to hand down the book to the next. I vowed to handle the discussion of sexual health differently with my own kids. I divorced from the father of my two sons when they were preschoolers, and quite frankly, I wasn’t sure my ex would hold honest, thorough conversations.
  • Crisis Pregnancy Centers and the Myth of “Post-Abortion Syndrome”

    Rachel Walden
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    “Post-abortion syndrome” — the idea that abortion causes significant mental health damage — is not a real, evidence-based diagnosis. While individuals who have abortions may have a wide variety of positive and negative feelings afterward (as do women who continue their pregnancies), there is no sound evidence that having an abortion itself leads to psychological harm. Studies that anti-abortion activists claim support the notion are often methodologically flawed, or have been misinterpreted. How, then, did the notion that a “post-abortion syndrome”…
  • Yes Means Yes: California Adopts Affirmative Consent Standard

    Susan Sered
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    California Gov. Jerry Brown last week signed into law a bill (SB 967) making California the first state in the nation to require universities receiving state funds to use an “affirmative consent standard” for determining whether consent was given by both parties to sexual activity. This move represents a paradigm shift from women as victims and potential victims whom we need to encourage to shout “no” a bit louder, to women as agents who have the positive right to engage or refrain from engaging in sexual relations when and with whom and under circumstances of their choosing.
  • Forum on Cross-Border Surrogacy, Adoption Attracts Scholars, Human Rights Activists and Policymakers

    Guest Contributor
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    Marcy Darnovsky of the Center for Genetics and Society and OBOS’s Sally Whelan recently attended a conference on international adoption and surrogacy in the Netherlands. This post has been reprinted with permission from CGS. by Marcy Darnovsky In August, the International Forum on Intercountry Adoption and Global Surrogacy took place in the wake of headlines about two disturbing surrogacy incidents in Thailand. In one case, an Australian couple was accused of abandoning their baby son, who has Down syndrome, with his Thai surrogate mother and returning home with his twin sister; the…
 
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  • Question of the Day

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Have you made any close friends online? If so, tell us all about it! (If you are so inclined.) How and when did you meet? Have you ever met in person? What has the friendship meant to you?
  • Our Friend Phil

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I am so sorry to have to update this post with the news that Phil has died. I am absolutely gutted. My heart is aching for M, and for all of his friends and family and colleagues. He was so, so loved by so many people.My condolences to all of you who knew him. Please keep M in your thoughts.I will post more information as I get it, and I will write more about my friend Phil later.-------------Phil Barron, a dear friend, a terrific writer, and a former contributor to Shakesville, is in the hospital currently fighting for his life from a bacterial infection which has gone septic. His wife, the…
  • Open Thread for Ottawa Shooting

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    [CN: gun violence, ongoing situation, Islamophobia. There are videos at the links which may not be safe to view. edit: Some CBC pictures in the live feed has included non-graphic, obscured pictures of victims.]The CBC is reporting on an ongoing shooting situation in Ottawa today:Parliament Hill came under attack today after a man with a rifle shot a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, before seizing a car and driving to the doors of Parliament Hill's Centre Block nearby.MPs and other witnesses reported several shots fired inside Parliament, and a gunman has…
  • The Wednesday Blogaround

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    This blogaround brought to you by brushes. (What kind of brushes? Well, that's just the mystery, isn't it?!)Recommended Reading:Squinky: [Content Note: Misogynist terrorism] "A few good apples won't magically make a rotten barrel edible."Steph: [CN: War on agency; abortion stigma] Groundbreaking Research Aims to Expand Our Knowledge of Abortion StigmaAdrienne: [CN: Racism; appropriation] 10 Days Until Halloween: Step Away from the "Indian" CostumeMaya: [CN: Sexual violence] Comedian Hannibal Buress: "You raped women, Bill Cosby."Andy: [CN: Homophobia] Idaho Governor Says He'll File for Full…
  • Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    [Content Note: There is a strobe-light effect in this video. A gun briefly makes an appearance.]Vanessa Williams: "The Right Stuff"
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  • The Price of a Million-Dollar Smile

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

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

    Sheila Nevins
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today our dog received a death sentence. I thought he had some tick disease and went to the gym. When I came back, I learned by telephone that he had a few weeks to live. The vet said his platelets were 500 times below normal. This son of a bitch, and he was one; this cancer had cornered the mutt of my dreams. It was a leukemia – lymphoma, blastoma, gastlioma, whatever – and there was no cure. All we could do was keep him out of pain. Cornwallis* is a dog, not a human being. I know that, and yet my human-heart is broken. So is my son’s. So is my husband’s. He’s family. My eyes are…
  • ‘Mrs. Bogart’ was a ‘straight-ahead lady’ and a ‘good broad’

    Dana Cook
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Remembering Betty Lauren Baby Bacall Bogartwith Kirk Douglas, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Rich, Larry Hagman, Bo Derek, Barbara Walters and others as collected and compiled by Dana Cook.  Cook’s collections of encounters with the famous have appeared in a wide range of newspapers, magazines and journals.  (cooks.encounters[at]gmail.com)   Schoolgirl crush? Kirk Douglas, actor …I went out occasionally with Betty Bacall, who later became Lauren Bacall. She was a junior at the Academy [of Dramatic Arts], not more than fifteen or sixteen years old. I was a senior, and had been…
  • 6 Tips For Coping When You’ve Forgotten Someone’s Name

    Gretchen Rubin
    2 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Bestselling author Gretchen Rubin on creating your own personal happiness If you’re like me, you sometimes have trouble remembering people’s names, or even how you know them. A few years ago, while at a chaotic birthday party for a three-year-old, I was on the brink of going over to some little kid’s father to say, “I think we went to college together.” Turns out it was Dylan McDermott! In ancient Rome, the job of the “nomenclator” was to whisper or announce the names of people as they approached a politician. My husband serves this function for me; he has an uncanny…
 
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  • Quickies: More Gamergate, the Pentagon has a Transgender Ban, and Class Issues

    Mary
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Why #Gamergaters Piss Me The F*** Off – “Chris Kluwe played in the NFL for eight years, but he’s been a gamer for 26 — and he’s sick and tired of the misogynistic culture in today’s gaming community.” Read on for some creative swearing! From Radium. Yes to LGB, No to T: The Pentagon Still Has a Transgender Ban – “The end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell let gays, lesbians, and bisexuals serve openly in the military. But transgender individuals remain excluded. A conference Monday examined that policy.” The Real Cyborgs – “A growing cadre of…
  • Art For Skepticon

    Amy Roth
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    My favorite events are events that include art in the mix. And SkeptiCon in Missouri is doing just that! The planners found an extra room at the hotel where they are having their annual FREE conference that focuses on skepticism, atheism and science and they are letting us put art in it! WOOT! This year’s event has a planetary science theme and so will the art show! I am working on a few projects for this event. I will be displaying some astrology/astronomy bait and switch paintings, with some cool science facts provided by astronomer and podcaster Pamela Gay. I’ll show some…
  • The Top 10 Reasons to Ban Me from Bay Area Science Festival

    Rebecca Watson
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Two weeks ago, PZ Myers pointed out that Dr. Eliza Sutton of the University of Washington in Seattle was the source of a rumor that PZ had contracted gonnorhea at SkepchickCon last year. Sutton posts on blogs and social media as “Skeptickle” or “Skeptixx,” where she has been open about her profession as a doctor, and has also previously declared her own name. Obviously, a medical doctor diagnosing hated enemies with an STD is a gross breach of medical ethics, which is why a link to PZ’s post was Tweeted from the Skepchick Twitter feed, which we use occasionally…
  • Quickies: First species to copulate, baby DNA, and an update to Jack the Ripper identification

    Amanda
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    According to scientists, sex was invented in Scotland – “A team of scientists in Australia believe that they’ve discovered the the very first species to ever reproduce via copulation—meaning they’ve uncovered the first organisms that ever had to rub their genitals against one another, which is the preferred method for most mammals.” Your baby’s leftover DNA is making you stronger – “Microchimerism, a phenomenon in which women harbor residual fetal cells from their children long after they’ve given birth, may come with significant health…
  • Quickies: GamerGate and Disco Demolition, Women Coders, and Cosmetic Pseudoscience

    Mary
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage – “How are YouTube videos criticizing sexist video games important enough to threaten a school shooting? Read the #GamerGate tag and realize that underneath the anger is fear.” From Amy. Planet Money: When Women Stopped Coding – “Mark Zuckerberg. Bill Gates. Steve Jobs. Most of the big names in technology are men. But a lot of computing pioneers, the ones who programmed the first digital computers, were women. And for decades, the number of women in computer science was growing. But in 1984,…
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  • Review: Ms. Marvel, Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman and Thor

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    I can't tell if my new habit of buying and reading comic books is a symptom of a midlife crisis (reminder, I turn 40 in December, send cupcakes & Southwest points!) or a reaction to all the awesome woman-led comics on the market. Let's go with the latter. I say that because 2014 has to be the year of the woman superhero in comics. While I am not a regular comic book reader, I do try to keep my ear open for news like this. So let's do this:Ms. Marvel: Launched in February 2014, this is the story of a teenage Muslim girl who obtains the powers and title of Ms. Marvel. Kamala Khan lives in…
  • Review: "They Came Together"

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    In a world of "Scary Movie" sequels skewering horror flicks, it was great to read earlier this year that Amy Poehler would take on the genre of romcoms. I was really looking forward to seeing this film that I let out a squeal when I was offered a review DVD copy of "They Came Together." While I laughed a lot, I was also a bit disappointed. The high points: The characters practically talked to the camera to point out which rom-com trope they would enacting. Especially the way Amy and Paul Rudd described each other in the opening scene. It was a brilliant piece of writing and acting. Then…
  • Space Camp: Post-landing thoughts about Day One

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    There is the proof! I made it to Space Camp and it was awesome folks. I could write for the rest of my life and not fully describe how awesome it was to be there. As I have said before, I was inspired to be an astronaut after the Challenger explosion so the shuttle means a lot to me. Thus being this close to Pathfinder, even if it was never built for space, was freaking awesome. Advance apologies for over using "awesome" in this post. Pathfinder does include two solid rocket boosters, genuine space shuttle main engine nozzles and a genuine external tank. So there's that.I seriously was so…
  • Further Thoughts on Sparkle Science

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:07 pm
    I'll be talking Sparkle Science on The Morning AMp on Vocalo and then The Afternoon Shift on WBEZ on Wednesday.  From deviantart.comOn Monday I threw in my two cents on the "Sparkle Science" debate via an op-ed published by USA TODAY. Overall I've received positive feedback and more "thank yous!" than I expected. But in the midst of writing on deadline, I missed a few things, but I want to address the only push back I've read...so far.The first is that I framed the conversation in too much of a bifurcation of girlhood/femininity. I should know better as my daughter is certainly a…
  • Quick Hit: Selfie the TV Show

    6 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Because I launched the #365FeministSelfie project, I have been asked a few times what I thought of "Selfie," the new TV show on ABC. And I finally had a chance to watch it tonight, after a fairly boring episode of "Once Upon A Time," we'll discuss that show's fall from awesomeness another time. Back to "Selfie."As most of the comments at "The Mary Sue" said, the first half of the show was sooooo hard to get through. It was seriously painful to watch as I could not feel anything for any of the characters. But the last half...now this is where we were able to see some real action. There were a…
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  • Are You Desperately Seeking These Boots, Susan?

    Deanna
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Five years ago I wrote about the fashions in 1985’s Desperately Seeking Susan — and ever since, the popularity of that post seems to have grown. Nearly as fast as […] No related posts.
  • Let’s Talk About Sex — With & For Youth With Disabilities & Special Needs

    Deanna
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    As a parent, I’ve long been upset with the sad state of sex education in this country. As a parent of a (now adult) child with special needs, I’m even […] No related posts.
  • I Think You’re Missing The Big Bottom Line In Those “Skinny” Subway Ads

    Deanna
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    Have you seen Subway’s latest ad ~ the one with the woman who reminds us to “Eat Fresh!” and stay healthy & slim so we can fit into our sexy […] No related posts.
  • Cheeky Burt Reynolds

    Deanna
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Most of us know of, if have not seen, the naked and hairy Burt Reynolds centerfold in Cosmo. (It was the 70’s equivalent of a sex tape in terms of […] No related posts.
  • Yes, Research FTW!

    Deanna
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Holy crap! Yesterday, I published an article about journalist Edward R. Murrow; and just now I published one about fashion designer Sophie Gimbel. In looking for images for that last […] No related posts.
 
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  • Round-Up: Oct. 21, 2014

    Jarrah Hodge
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
      Stephanie Hallett profiles Toronto mayoral candidate Olivia Chow for Ms. At GUTS Magazine, an Ontario firefighter reflects on provincial anti-discrimination policies and their limitations in Northern, especially rural workplaces. Stacey May Fowles looks at the sexual harassment and psychological abuse experienced by women in the Canadian literary world (Globe and Mail). Hannah Giorgis examines the racism behind Western discussion of Ebola (The Guardian). Who has a better child care plan for Canada, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives or Thomas Mulcair’s NDP? Linda McQuaig weighs…
  • Join Feminists Taking a Stand Against ‘Cyberbullying Bill’ C-13

    Jarrah Hodge
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Cybermisogyny is an issue I take incredibly seriously. I’ve been a target occasionally and only once to the extent I felt I had to call the police, but I know far, far too many women who live in fear of having their private images shared online by vengeful exes, who have been hounded from their homes by threats and/or who deal with “always-on stalkers”, and all this while having no confidence that our legal system will care. It has to stop. We need action from our governments. But the Conservatives’ Bill C-13, the so-called “Cyberbullying Bill,” is not the…
  • No, I DON’T Hate Katherine Heigl

    Jarrah Hodge
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    In Hollywood, hating on Katherine Heigl has become a popular sport, carried out on influential blogs like Lainey Gossip and The Blemish. However, I don’t hate Katherine Heigl. Nope, not at all. I also hope her new show for NBC, State of Affairs, becomes a HUGE hit when it debuts Monday, November 17. Okay, I admit that some of Heigl’s romantic comedies are flat out dreadful (See that gender essentialist dreck called The Awful Truth). I am also fully aware she accused former boss Judd Apatow of writing women as shrews in Knocked Up in Vanity Fair (But wasn’t she sort of right on that…
  • Round-Up: Oct. 14, 2014

    Jarrah Hodge
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:53 am
    Check out this list of 10 must-read books for young feminists, suggested by Brianna Kovan at Ms. At Think Progress, Tara Culp-Ressler interviews Jessica Valenti and Jaclyn Friedman about California’s “yes means yes” legislation and why more and more people are recognizing the importance of affirmative consent. Erin Tatum compares Family Guy‘s Meg Griffin to Bob’s Burger‘s Tina Belcher (Bitch Flicks). A new report from the Equal Rights Advocates examines workplace sexual harassment over the last 50 years in the US, looking at what’s changed and what…
  • Audre Lorde Fall Festival in Vancouver This Week

    Jarrah Hodge
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:18 pm
    UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice is putting on an Audre Lorde fall festival this week in Vancouver to celebrate and explore the work of the noted black feminist activist and poet. On Wednesday, October 15 from 4:00 -5:00 p.m., Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs will be speaking at UBC. Gumbs, founder of School of Our Lorde in Durham, North Carolina, is “a queer black troublemaker, a black feminist love evangelist, an afro-antillean grandchild and a time traveler/space cadet. Alexis was also the first researcher to work with Audre Lorde’s manuscript…
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