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  • Queer Troop Leaders Are Now Welcome By The Boy Scouts of America

    Feminist Newswire
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:24 pm
    This win for LGBT rights is limited, however, as troops organized through church groups can still decide if they will allow gay leaders. Related posts: Maryland Governor Will Not Veto LGBT Rights Bills Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage Supreme Court Declares Marriage Equality a Constitutional Right
  • Jen Welter Just Made NFL History

    Feminist Newswire
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Welter was hired as a coach for the Arizona Cardinals this week. Related posts: Medical Experts Are Challenging an Arizona Law that Forces Doctors to Lie to Women Supreme Court Ruling Prevents Gerrymandering US Women’s Soccer World Cup Win Comes Despite Huge Inequalities
  • An Extreme Abortion Ban is Now Law in Wisconsin

    Feminist Newswire
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed an extreme 20 week abortion ban into law last week. Related posts: California Passes Reproductive FACT Act UPDATE: Murder Charges Dropped for Georgia Woman Taking Abortion Pills Planned Parenthood Cleared to Apply for License in New Orleans
  • “After Tiller” Was Nominated For An Emmy

    Feminist Newswire
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:05 am
    The Point of View documentary follows the aftermath of the murder of Dr. George Tiller in 2009 in Wichita, Kansas. Related posts: California Passes Reproductive FACT Act UPDATE: Murder Charges Dropped for Georgia Woman Taking Abortion Pills The Kansas AG is Fighting to Uphold an Anti-Abortion Law
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood

    Feminist Newswire
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    A vote to eliminate all federal funding to the national organization fell short of the votes necessary for such an action. Related posts: The House is Voting on a 20-Week Abortion Ban with Burdensome Rape Requirements Today House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban Limiting Access for Rape Survivors The EACH Woman Act Expanding Abortion Access Was Just Introduced in Congress
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  • Katherine Heigl Shines in Timely 'Jenny's Wedding'

    Jennifer Merin
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:11 am
    Other July 31 film openers to look out for include the Israeli drama "The Kindergarten Teacher" and the documentary "That Sugar Film," which focuses on America's sweet tooth.
  • Young Tech Professionals Send Message to Girls

    GlobalGirl Media Los Angeles
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:58 am
    "I don't know why I was super afraid of being a nerd but now I am super excited that I am one," Jessica Mays, of the technology photo start-up Twenty20, tells reporters from GlobalGirl Media Los Angeles.
  • Pro Mujer CEO: Client Safety Our 'Secret Sauce'

    Liza Gross
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:48 pm
    Rosario Pérez helms a social enterprise for women that has disbursed more than $1 billion in small loans to women in Latin America. Here she talks about her organization, herself and a client base that has a strong drive for financial independence.
  • 10 Must-See Feminist Instagram Accounts

    Hajer Naili
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:15 pm
    Yes, I spend lots of time on Instagram, sharing my latest workout and gym selfies. But it's also a great place to catch serious and creative self-expression by artful feminists.
  • Google Revenge Porn Policy Makes It Almost Go Away

    Kristin Gallagher
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:20 am
    A lawyer who specializes in revenge porn tells me the new policy to help victims block harmful online images of themselves is nothing short of revolutionary (if and when it starts taking effect). But she still hopes Congress will introduce a federal bill soon.
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  • Let's Talk About Voice Choices That Are Worse Than Vocal Fry

    Deb Rox
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    Handwringing about women and vocal fry is back in vogue, and I've had enough of it.  Whether you call it a tic, a pattern, a learned affectation or a cultural gift from the Manic Pixie Pandora of Zooey Deschanel (who is typically used to illustrate articles about vocal fry), complaints and analysis abound.  Despite clear evidence that vocal fry can be found in men's voices as well as in women (Elan Morgan breaks down the issue of gendered complaints about down with great examples) even Naomi Wolf couldn't resist bagging on fry through the feminist backdoor by encouraging women to…
  • 3 Big Reasons to Rethink Wearing Flip Flops

    Katie Jenkins
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:43 am
    Last month while shopping in Target, I witnessed a lady totally eat it. I helped her stand up and she said she had "slipped" on the floor. I saw the whole thing. Unless, she meant tripped when she said slipped and her flip flop when she said the floor, she lied like a rug. After I witnessed that little incident, I decided I would write a post on flip flops. Image: Bermi Ferrer via Flickr With summer in full swing, you see almost everybody sporting them. And why wouldn't you? No dealing with socks sliding down into your sneakers, no complicated strappiness to fuss with, and no Toms to make…
  • How Do You Know What It's Worth to Blog Something Hurtful?

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am
    What a thrill it was to be on the "When You're Too Much For Your Audience" panel at BlogHer '15 with some dynamic and powerful women. Our bad-ass moderator was Logan Levkoff, PhD, a sexologist, relationship expert, and author. Our speakers: author Sarah Ann Gilbert, Thien-Kim Lam from I'm Not the Nanny, and Maureen O'Connor, New York Magazine. So we're swimming along on our panel, laughing and joking and sharing our wisdom of the hows and whys of deciding what we say and when we say it. A woman in the audience during Q&A shared that she put something on her blog that was unflattering to…
  • Can You Afford to Be a Bridesmaid?

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:18 pm
    I guess I'm at that age; I am not married or even engaged to be married. Despite this, weddings have seemed to take over my world during the past year.  Two of my best friends are getting married and I am in their weddings within two months of each other, and I am attending two other weddings with my boyfriend.  Two other couples we are close to just got engaged and are planning their weddings for next year.  Weddings seem to be the topic of conversation these days. I have spent almost every penny I had saved for vacation on weddings.  Don't get me…
  • No-Churn Oreo Mint Brownie Batter Ice Cream

    30 Jul 2015 | 3:48 pm
    How do you feel about food trends? Some I can get behind; some not so much. Chia seeds and quinoa everything? Not so much. One-pot meals and no-churn ice cream? Heck, yes! I admit that I was skeptical about no-churn ice cream. I didn't see how two ingredients could create the texture of real ice cream, but I am happy to admit that I was very wrong! Because the ice cream base is so simple to put together, it leaves you tons of options for add-ins. I took classic chocolate mint ice cream and amped it up by adding crushed Oreo cookies and a swirl of brownie batter—egg free, of course! The…
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  • Amnesty International, CATW, a bunch of celebrities, and decriminalization

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:03 pm
    [Content note: sex trafficking and sexual abuse] Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Lena Dunham, Emily Blunt, and numerous other celebrities, along with former sex workers and victims of sex trafficking and women’s rights advocates, have signed a letter from the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) criticizing a policy currently under discussion within Amnesty International. The policy, which Amnesty plans to introduce at a meeting in Dublin in August, promotes decriminalization of sex work to protect sex workers’ rights, health, and safety. The policy says (in part): This…
  • Quick hit: New York magazine, Bill Cosby, and #TheEmptyChair

    28 Jul 2015 | 11:11 am
    [Content note: sexual assault] The current cover of New York magazine is significant not just for who’s there — 35 of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of rape — but for who isn’t there — victims of sexual assault who are afraid or ashamed to come forward. Those individuals are represented by an empty chair, including those unspeaking individuals in the “unwelcome sisterhood” of Cosby’s alleged* victims. But social media discussion surrounding #TheEmptyChair addresses not just those unspoken victims but all victims of sexual assault who feel…
  • Open Thread with Painted Snipe

    22 Jul 2015 | 10:49 pm
    This greater painted snipe watching over his chicks features for this week’s Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over this weekend and throughout the week. “Painted snipe family” by Charles Lam from Hong Kong, China – Dad and Kids. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons. Caption: Greater Painted Snipe, Rostratula benghalensis with chicks. Saw at the wet lands. Got videos of their relaxing time, dad’s covering,dad’s protection and their food searching time. So, what have you been up to? What would you rather be up…
  • Kids in Public: And Thus Have I Provided You a Definitive List of Rules

    22 Jul 2015 | 11:43 am
    [Content note: a topic that’s been discussed to hell and back and yet is being discussed back to hell again because this is my blog and I get to] It’s happened again. Again. It’s always going to happen, and it’s always going to spur debate: A couple brought a kid to a restaurant, the kid was noisy, there was an exchange of some level of vehemence between the restaurant owner and the parents, and everyone has flipped out. The specifics? Here are the specifics, but it doesn’t really matter, in the end, because no matter the incident, public reactions are always the…
  • Q&A: Avoiding the Friend Zone?

    Echo Zen
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Whether one believes the friend zone is real or not, today’s dating advice should have a positive effect on anyone’s love life. In this week’s episode, we even try to shoot for a bit more maturity, which you can judge in the transcript below… PROBLEM ▼ according to society, being friends without “benefits” is a purgatory known as the “friend zone”. lately one geek asked our advice on avoiding this friend zone, when meeting girls he’d like to date. SOLUTION ▼ at our weekly LAN party, we formulated 5 tips for geeks at risk of such poorly requited love. JENNIFER H. ▼…
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    Muslimah Media Watch

  • France’s Jessica Houara

    28 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
    This article, co-authored by Laurent Dubois (@soccerpolitics) and MMW’s Shireen Ahmed, previously appeared in Sports Illustrated. A recent special issue of the French Surface Football Magazine includes this portrait of national team player Jessica Houara-d’Hommeaux. The photograph is an invitation, even an incitement. In contemporary France, the discussion about and policing of what Muslim women do and don’t wear is a [Read More...]
  • Is Islamophobia Real?

    27 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
    A few weeks ago, I was meeting a friend of a friend for the first time. Now usually, my name gets transformed into Tamsin, or Tasmeem, or Tasmeen (the last two have quite unfortunate meanings in Arabic). In this case, the person I was introducing myself to said “Oh, like that creepy ISI woman.” I [Read More...]
  • Where The Undesirable Go

    22 Jul 2015 | 2:50 am
    This post was originally published on the writer’s blog.  I left the mosque many years ago. I think the last straw for me was seeing female teachers and preachers telling us that women should not be in positions of leadership; that they should stay home and care for their children; or that a woman’s nature [Read More...]
  • Review of Brick Walls by Saadia Faruqi

    21 Jul 2015 | 3:58 am
    Brick Walls by  Saadia Faruqi is a collection of seven short stories set in Pakistan, featuring a diverse cast of characters, from Asma, a widow struggling to feed her child, to the priveleged Rabia, who finds that wealth does not always protect women, to the precocious ten year old Nida, an aspiring cricketer who is [Read More...]
  • Eid Mubarak

    17 Jul 2015 | 2:01 pm
      We at Muslimah Media Watch send our very best wishes to our readers this Eid al-fitr! We hope you had a beautiful Ramadan, and a joyous first day of Eid.
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  • "Surveyors were unable to find any non-compliance with state regulations."

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    [Content Note: War on agency.]Republican Indiana Governor Mike Pence, along with several other Republican governors, thought it would be a terrific idea to exploit whatever public disapproval of Planned Parenthood had arisen from CMP's release of undercover footage of Planned Parenthood employees discussing something totally legal and routine, the fourth of which was released last night. So Pence, who is the worst, ordered the Indiana State Department of Health to investigate Planned Parenthood facilities in the state.And—brace yourselves—the investigators found exactly nothing…
  • Open Thread

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    Hosted by Tatooine.This week's Open Threads have been brought to you by the letter T.
  • Question of the Day

    30 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Suggested by Shaker Amarie: "What is your favorite music/background noise to work to? And it can be any kind of work you do: writing, exercising, painting..."I hardly ever listen to music while I work, because I prefer to write in silence. But I love listening to music while we're doing household chores, and then it's basically any music at all that I and/or Iain like. I usually let Iain chose the playlist, which means ALL THE RIHANNA AND ADELE, lol. And I am very okay with that!(Got a suggestion for a Question of the Day? Let me know here!)
  • Eeeeeeeeeeeee! THE CUTE!

    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Below: A video of a baby elephant playing with birds. I repeat: A BABY ELEPHANT PLAYING WITH BIRDS.Video Description: A baby elephant stands in the middle of a paved road, with wild grass and trees on either side. A bunch of small birds (possibly sparrows?) fly around the elephant, teasing her. The baby elephant runs toward the birds, reaching with her trunk, her tail swishing back and forth. The birds swirl around her playfully, and she turns in circles, her ears flapping as she futilely tries to catch up to them. The sound of cameras clicking as they take photos can be heard in the…
  • Shaker Gourmet

    30 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Whatcha been cooking up in your kitchen lately, Shakers?Share your favorite recipes, solicit good recipes, share recipes you've recently tried, want to try, are trying to perfect, whatever! Whether they're your own creation, or something you found elsewhere, share away. Also welcome: Recipes you've seen recently that you'd love to try, but haven't yet!
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  • Let’s Talk About Gender Baby*

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    There’s been an uptick in discussions about gender theory in the atheoskeptosphere lately, and I’ve noticed a not insignificant number of people throwing around ideas about gender theory in ways that clearly demonstrate they don’t know what they’re talking about. Rather than wading into the specific discussions that have inspired this post, I want to try to clarify some key concepts in gender theory that I have noticed people misusing. For anyone interested, Veronica has written a post addressing how these concepts play out for trans people specifically (link to be added when it is…
  • Quickies: Why can’t the FBI identify serial rapists, Alabama abortion rights, museum decides to celebrate Jack the Ripper instead of women

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Why can’t the FBI identify serial rapists? – “A nationwide clearinghouse of the unique behaviors, methods, or marks of rapists could help solve those cases lacking genetic evidence, criminal experts said. Other research has shown that rapists are far more likely than killers to be serial offenders. Different studies have found that between one-fourth to two-thirds of rapists have committed multiple sexual assaults. Only about 1 percent of murderers are considered serial killers.” Alabama is trying to deny a woman an abortion by terminating her parental rights –…
  • Ex-wife Said Donald Trump Raped Her, but Not “in a Criminal Sense”

    Rebecca Watson
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Support more videos like this at patreon.com/rebecca Sorta transcript: Donald Trump, the GOP front-runner for president . . . I’m sorry, that should be the only part of this video that’s important. Donald Trump is the GOP front-runner for president of the United States, you guys. Donald Trump. Donald. Trump. Anyway, it gets worse. Trump went on record to say that Mexicans are coming into the US and raping our women, and if it isn’t Mexicans, well then who is raping our women? Well, according to Trump’s ex-wife, the answer would be Donald Trump. Back in 1989, Ivana Trump stated during…
  • Quickies: False beauty claims, chronic pain patients, and marital rape laws

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Four out of five beauty claims cannot be substantiated – “A new study found that fewer than one in five upmarket cosmetic adverts stands up to scrutiny, with companies criticised for their ‘vague’ science and false claims of superiority over rivals. Nearly one in four wrinkle removal claims were found to include ‘outright lies’.” How the war on drugs is hurting chronic pain patients – “If we really want to deal with opioid addiction, we have to face facts. Most cases don’t start at doctors’ offices. Instead, kids get drugs the way they…
  • Look Out, Charlatans: Google Considers Ranking Sites by Truth, not Popularity

    Rebecca Watson
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Support more videos like this at patreon.com/rebecca Sorta transcript: Google currently ranks websites based on their popularity, but they’re toying with the idea of ranking them based on something slightly more helpful: how truthful they are. For the past few years, they’ve been building something called the Knowledge Vault, which automatically scans the Internet and identifies millions of facts that pretty much everyone can agree are correct, like that George W. Bush is 69 years old and Circus Peanuts are the most disgusting candy in existence. The idea is that they could use this…
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    Viva la Feminista

  • Trailer for Suffragette the Movie

    21 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    I'm really looking forward to this movie. I'm happy to share the trailer and peek at the movie posters.Of course, I hope we get a film one day about Ida B. Wells and all the women of color who fought in the US-based suffrage movement.
  • Review: Personalized Cookie Cuttters

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    I love to bake. Cupcakes, cakes, and some breads are my thing. And come Christmas time it is all about the cookies! Especially cut out cookies that I make using a recipe my mom treasure from a cookbook that she got when she was a little girl. The making of the dough, the rolling out, cutting and then decorating is like a meditation on love. Yes this feminist loves to bake!That is why I jumped at the chance to test out a personalized cookie cutter from Cookie Cutter Kingdom. I scrolled through all their options and decided on the doxie. Now this is where I found a shortcoming...You are limited…
  • POV returns on June 22nd with "Out in the Night"

    22 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    In 2006, under the neon lights of a gay-friendly neighborhood in New York City, a group of African-American lesbians were violently threatened by a man on the street. The women fought back and were later charged with gang assault and attempted murder. The tabloids quickly dubbed them a gang of "Killer Lesbians" and a "Wolf Pack." Three pleaded guilty to avoid a trial, but the remaining four — Renata, Patreese, Venice and Terrain — maintained their innocence. The award-winning Out in the Night examines the sensational case and the women's uphill battle, revealing the role that race, gender…
  • Former Child Grooms Say "I Do Not"

    17 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    The past few years have brought increased attention to child brides and the dangers of young girls marrying so young. And if you are like me, you picture an older man marrying a child. But CARE, a global humanitarian organization that fights poverty by empowering girls and women, is shining a spotlight on the fact that in some parts of the world child brides marry child grooms.Just as we know that child brides end their education far too young, child grooms lose education as well:Pannilal Yadev can’t remember much about his wedding other than the carriage he was carried in to meet his…
  • GIVEAWAY & Review: Coloring Flower Mandalas by Wendy Piersall

    11 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    I've been coloring various pages from Coloring Flower Mandalas: 30 Hand-drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation by Wendy Piersall for a solid month now. And I gotta say, I don't think I've ever been so popular! Everyone wants to chime in on the grown-up coloring book trend. "Oh, I read about that!" "WOW! That's a great pattern." "What do you use?"To answer that last question, I've bought myself a fresh pack of color pencils. And I carry them practically everywhere I go. And here's what I've discovered...Instead of peeking at my phone while my mind thinks it needs something to do, I pull out my…
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  • Dare To Go Topless, Ladies, Legally

    25 Jul 2015 | 12:57 am
    Americans are obsessed with breasts. Not just looking at them, judging them, but controlling and legislating them. Like the old “children should be seen and not heard,” there are rules about just how, when, and why breasts are exposed. In public and in private. Even if those breasts are doing the most natural thing in […] No related posts.
  • Take A Tumble With Bettie Page

    7 Jul 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Bettie continues to “wet” appetites and satiate thirsts, so why should she not continue to adorn sets of glasses? No related posts.
  • What “Wood” You Do For Dads & Grads? Plus How To Wear A Watch At Work & For Job Interviews

    13 Jun 2015 | 5:23 am
    When Jord came to me with the offer to review one of their handmade wooden wristwatches, I took one look at them and I knew that the Koa & Black, from the Dover Series, was special. While the idea of a wooden wristwatch is certainly a novel one, it was the gears that moved me… […] No related posts.
  • Memorial Day History: “Good Work, Sister”

    25 May 2015 | 4:01 am
    This holiday weekend, in honor of Memorial Day, I’ve seen this poster circulating quite a bit… But there are some things you should know. (Yes, feminists often don’t have the luxury of taking the holidays off.) Info on this vintage WWII poster: “Good work, sister.  We never figured you could do a man-size job!” America’s […] No related posts.
  • 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.
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    Gender Focus

  • FFFF: The Greenlighter, Marvel’s First Woman Superhero

    Jarrah Hodge
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:03 am
    Marvel has taken a lot of heat for their lack of women-led superhero movies. In this new parody video from Above Average, Greta Lee stars as The Greenlighter, a superhero whose mission is to bring superhero movies starring women to Hollywood. Her weapon? A pen. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=87grtwfWlLQ
  • Round-Up: July 28, 2015

    Jarrah Hodge
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:20 am
    Why are mass shootings overwhelmingly committed by men? And why do they happen more often in America than anywhere else? Tristan Bridges and Tara Leigh Tober at The Society Pages take a look at research on American masculinity and how it relates to mass shootings. Victoria Law writes at Bitch about the deaths of Sandra Bland and Kindra Chapman and what they tell us about how the justice system sees black women. Anne Theriault has important things to say about Christie Blatchford’s misleading and dangerous columns about the criminal harassment case against Gregory Alan Elliott.
  • Interview: Alexandra Delancey, Author of Lesbian Romance Always Her

    Jarrah Hodge
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    Alexandra Delancey’s novellas Always Her and Me and Her chronicle the love story between newly-out Elise and ultra-cool tomboy Jack. I caught up with Alexandra recently to talk with her about her characters, her craft, and the business of publishing in the age of e-books. Your characters are well-drawn and idiosyncratic, especially some of the more minor ones like Tatiana, Christie, and Alyssa. How did your own experience of the lesbian scene inform these characters? That’s really nice to hear. I didn’t base any of them on individual people that I know, but I wanted to reflect the…
  • (Straight) Ladies, the Smarter You Are the More Likely You Are To Die Alone, Says Yet Another Person

    Jarrah Hodge
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:21 am
    It’s a day that ends in Y, which means that yet another article about the living hell of being a single woman has been published, this time over at Elite Daily. “Ladies, The Smarter You Are, The More Likely You Are To Be Single” reads the headline of this completely spurious article by Lauren Martin. She begins by comparing the dating landscape with mounting an expedition into the arctic tundra because Reasons. Smart (straight) ladies, it’s a tough world out there…full of challenging course-loads, full-time jobs, activism, volunteering, fulfilling friendships, interesting…
  • Sarah Hepola’s Blackout Explores Addiction While Unpacking Rape Culture

    Jarrah Hodge
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:57 am
    Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank To Forget by Sarah Hepola is a standard memoir of addiction and recovery, following the textbook arc of excess, regret and sobriety. What separates this book from others is that it is written within the framework of a feminist engagement with rape culture. As an editor and essayist at Salon, Hepola is intimately familiar with the media narratives surrounding inebriation and consent. It was the spring of 2010 when Hepola first heard the term “rape culture.” By 2014, the dominant narrative in mainstream media was one fraught with concern for young…
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    22 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    tumblr still going with some quickies. No related posts.
  • So what if your porn is feminist?

    21 Jul 2015 | 1:36 am
    Laura McNally on feministcurrent discusses the fallacy of "feminist" pornography and particularly the extent to which pro-woman pornography (oxymoron though that is) could exist at all within a patriarchal, capitalist system. Sexual violence, like domestic violence, is on the rise in Australia. This year alone, 48 women have been murdered (so far). The link between porn and domestic violence has been briefly touched on, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Girls are reporting to GP’s with sexual injuries, largely because boyfriends expect the ‘porn star experience’. Young people…
  • Is This the Real #WaronWomen? Looking at Porn’s Effects

    21 Jul 2015 | 12:50 am
    More on the detriment of porn. On this one, Diana Stancy (@DianaStancy) argues that pornography is the real war on women. Pornography is the public health crisis of the digital age. This is what a panel of experts concluded at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s Capitol symposium as they discussed the harmful ramifications of pornography. Specifically, they evaluated pornography’s influence on sex trafficking, child exploitation and sexual violence. “This is not only a public health issue, it is a social justice issue,” said Cordelia Anderson, founder of Sensibilities…
  • Can We Just, Like, Get Over the Way Women Talk?

    20 Jul 2015 | 1:55 am
    At first blush, all of this speaking advice sounds like empowerment. Stop sugarcoating everything, ladies! Don’t hedge your requests! Refuse to water down your opinions! But are women the ones who need to change? If I’m saying something intelligent and all a listener can hear is the way I’m saying it, whose problem is that? “All the discussion is about what we think we hear,” the feminist linguist Robin Lakoff tells me. Lakoff is a professor emerita at the University of California, Berkeley, and, 40 years ago, pioneered the study of language and gender. “With men, we listen for…
  • “We are told frequently that women are more intuitive, more empathetic, more innately willing…”

    20 Jul 2015 | 1:36 am
    We are told frequently that women are more intuitive, more empathetic, more innately willing and able to offer succor and advice. How convenient that this cultural construct gives men an excuse to be emotionally lazy. How convenient that it casts feelings-based work as “an internal need, an aspiration, supposedly coming from the depths of our female character.” It’s also hard not to draw a connection between #GiveYourMoneyToWomen and sex work. Sex workers are selling something that’s legal to have, that belongs to them, and that people are willing to pay for – and yet the sale is…
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