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  • UN Expert Calls for Action To End Violence Against Women in Afghanistan

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    Feminist Newswire
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women Rashida Manjoo returned last week from a nine-day official visit in Afghanistan with a call to the Afghan Government and the international community to continue its focus on creating sustainable solutions to reduce violence against women. This was Manjoo’s third visit to Afghanistan, and the Special Rapporteur noted many positive developments since her travel to the country in 1999, during the Taliban regime, and in 2005. In particular, Manjoo cited the creation of the Elimination of Violence Against Women Law (EVAW) by…
  • Lemony Snicket and a Series of Predictably Racist Events

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    Vanessa Willoughby
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Daniel Handler onstage in San Francisco in 2012. Photo by Robert Gray, via Creative Commons.  read more
  • 'No Deal' as Iran Nuclear Talks Face Deadline

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    craig
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
  • Hey Senate, Thanks for that Big Childcare Vote

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    Christina Nicholson
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    When I started writing this commentary I was a lot more downbeat. Now, in time for Thanksgiving, along comes billions of dollars in aid and federal subsidies to low-income families to help them pay for child care.
  • Talking With Women About Their Obsession with 'Serial'

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    sarahanngilbert
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    CUE MUSIC: Bad Dream (the theme) by Nick Diamonds ME: For the last two weeks, I've spent every working day trying to understand why Serial is so popular. Or technically, why are my female friends obsessed with this podcast?
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  • UN Expert Calls for Action To End Violence Against Women in Afghanistan

    Feminist Newswire
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women Rashida Manjoo returned last week from a nine-day official visit in Afghanistan with a call to the Afghan Government and the international community to continue its focus on creating sustainable solutions to reduce violence against women. This was Manjoo’s third visit to Afghanistan, and the Special Rapporteur noted many positive developments since her travel to the country in 1999, during the Taliban regime, and in 2005. In particular, Manjoo cited the creation of the Elimination of Violence Against Women Law (EVAW) by…
  • Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law

    Feminist Newswire
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to reconsider a panel decision blocking enforcement of a Mississippi law that threatened to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state. Related posts: Study Finds Abortion Restrictions Adversely Impact Women’s Health Outcomes Advocates Seek to Block Louisiana TRAP Law in Federal Suit Federal Courts Block TRAP Laws in Texas and Louisiana
  • Oklahoma City Police Officer Will Go to Trial for 36 Counts of Sexual Assault

    Feminist Newswire
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:52 am
    After a two-day preliminary hearing, an Oklahoma state court judge ordered that Daniel Holtzclaw, an Oklahoma City police officer, will stand trial for sexually assaulting 13 African-American women while on duty. Related posts: UN Committee Reviews US on Police Brutality and Gender-Based Violence Senator Boxer Pushes for Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocates at California Universities Campus Sexual Assault Survey Finds One in Six MIT Women Are Survivors
  • Federal Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Affordable Care Act Birth Control Benefit

    Feminist Newswire
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:44 am
    In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations. Related posts: White House Releases New Rules Governing Birth Control Mandate Under the Affordable Care Act, More Women Then Ever Have Free Access to Contraception CVS Will Refund 11,000 Customers Illegally Charged for Birth Control
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance Raises Awareness About the Dangers of Transphobia

    Feminist Newswire
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    Today marks the 15th annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance, a memorial for all transgender (and other non-gender-conforming people) who have lost their lives due to hatred and violence toward their identity. Related posts: Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana Same-Sex Marriage Ban Ecuador Will Now Recognize Same-Sex Civil Unions Marriage Equality Set to Take Hold in 35 States Following Court Rulings
 
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  • Lemony Snicket and a Series of Predictably Racist Events

    Vanessa Willoughby
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Daniel Handler onstage in San Francisco in 2012. Photo by Robert Gray, via Creative Commons.  read more
  • Douchebag Decree: Uber

    Sarah Hansell
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Here’s the good news about this week’s Uber fiasco: billion dollar corporations actually care what journalists say about them.  read more
  • BitchTapes: Hip Hop and Jazz Vibes

    Snap
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
    For this mix I wanted to shed light on the versatility of hip-hop. From Baths' warped vocals to Flying Lotus' soulful drum breaks, the music in this mix embodies the middle ground, where all cultures and eclectic music lovers can vibe. It stretches from jazz to R&B to hip-hop to alternative and back. read more
  • On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

    Ariana Vives
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    Here’s what’s on our radar today: As comprehensive immigration reform is stalled in a Republican-controlled House, Obama takes executive action on immigration. [Mother Jones]  read more
  • Popaganda Episode: Feminism and Science Fiction

    Sarah Mirk
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:03 pm
    We boldly explore the connections between social justice and sci-fi: In fictional worlds where anything is possible, it's easier to reflect on what's screwed up about our own society. read more
 
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  • Hey Senate, Thanks for that Big Childcare Vote

    Christina Nicholson
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    When I started writing this commentary I was a lot more downbeat. Now, in time for Thanksgiving, along comes billions of dollars in aid and federal subsidies to low-income families to help them pay for child care.
  • Go See 'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night'

    Jennifer Merin
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    A brilliant, female-directed Iranian horror film about a vampire girl just opened Nov. 21--and is not to be missed. Same goes for three other movies opening in late November.
  • Senate Funds Child Care; Walmart Wages Feed Hunger

    WeNews Staff
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    This week, the Senate approved a reauthorization bill for the Child Care and Development Block Grant for the first time since 1996. Also, Walmart employees plan to strike on Black Friday to protest low wages that prevent some from feeding their families.
  • Take Women Seriously In Fight Against ISIS

    Sahana Dharmapuri
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:27 am
    Women are the key eyes and ears when political violence swells in their communities. But the failure to recognize and support them as political actors undermines our ability to counter violent extremism.
  • Texting Tangles with Abuse in Teen Relationships

    Tatyana Bellamy-Walker
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:40 pm
    "He would text her all the time and say threatening stuff," one teen says of her friend. "She was really depressed. She was afraid to go to school."
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    BlogHer

  • Talking With Women About Their Obsession with 'Serial'

    sarahanngilbert
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    CUE MUSIC: Bad Dream (the theme) by Nick Diamonds ME: For the last two weeks, I've spent every working day trying to understand why Serial is so popular. Or technically, why are my female friends obsessed with this podcast?
  • 10 Things You Shouldn't Say at the Thanksgiving Table, and What to Say Instead

    Debra Fine
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:16 am
    Two topics seem to dominate the morning shows during Thanksgiving week: what is the most fattening thing on the table, and how to create the most decadent holiday menu. Is it just me, or does it seem counterproductive to dish on the heart-attack-inducing fat and calories in sausage stuffing while also talking about how to make the very best stuffing? Image by vxla via Flickr No matter, though, because you've got way bigger problems than creating the most succulent turkey while subsequently keeping the button on your pants from popping off and dinging someone in the neck. You actually have to…
  • Hate Marshmallowey Sweet Potatoes? Try This Recipe With Feta and Sumac

    Kalyn Denny
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hate Marshmallowey Sweet Potatoes? Try This Savory Recipe With Feta and Sumac It's the Monday before Thanksgiving, the most sweet-potato centric holiday of all in the U.S., and this week I'm giving you an ultra-easy sweet potato recipe for a Meatless Monday treat. Sweet potatoes always go on sale right before Thanksgiving, so you might have a few extra ones on hand. For years, my only exposure to sweet potatoes was the brown-sugar-and-marshmallow dish that showed up at Thanksgiving, and I didn't like them … not even a tiny bit. Then somewhere along my food blogging journey, I discovered…
  • What Do You Think of Facebook's Thank You Videos?

    Melissa Ford
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    Just in time for Thanksgiving, Facebook has unrolled a new video algorithm which culls moments out of your timeline and allows you to say thank you to someone on your Friends list. Unlike last December's year-in-review video, which culled out the best moments from your year, Facebook's "Say Thanks" campaign tries to find the overlap between two accounts, sometimes with very touching results and sometimes in ways that make coffee shoot out your nose. Take, for instance, the very moving video it made for my friend, Lori. It managed to find status updates that were directed at me, even though I…
  • The Plight of My Youngest Child (Or Why I Am A Horrible Mother)

    DifferentThanAverage
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    Some days I feel like I've got things pretty under control. On those days that the children mostly got along with one another, and the laundry is mostly washed and mostly folded (if not mostly put away) and I've prepared a dinner that is mostly nutritious and mostly homemade, and we've all sat down together to mostly enjoy one another's company... I feel pretty good about myself. It's like I'm sitting high on the mountaintop of maternal achievement which means, of course that someone is going to give me a shove off of that peak and I'm going to feel mostly like the worst mother in the world.
 
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  • Quote of the Day: “They don’t wake up and say, ‘I’ll brush my teeth and go have an abortion.’”

    Maya Dusenbery
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
      Curtis Boyd and Glenna Halvorson-Boyd. (Photo credit: Justin Clemons for the Guardian) “These women who come to us are not idiots. They know what they are doing. People can’t get that. Women take this seriously. They think about it. They don’t wake up and say, ‘I’ll brush my teeth and go have an abortion.'” – Dr. Curtis Boyd  Texas abortion providers Curtis Boyd and Glenna Halvorson-Boyd have worked in abortion clinics since right after Roe v. Wade was decided. They’re currently on the FBI watch list as potential domestic terrorism targets and have…
  • Language, reality and consciousness

    Jennifer Armstrong
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:56 pm
    APES IN CAPES! A Message From FeministBlogs.org: November and December Fundraiser You are viewing this feed through the Feminist Blogs aggregator, a hub for blogs by self-identified feminists, women’s liberationists, womanists, and pro-feminist men. Feminist Blogs relies on your support to stay running. We're doing a fundraising drive for the months of November and December. Donations cover the costs of running feministblogs.org and provide direct financial support to active Feminist Blogs contributors. See Feminist Blogs: Donate for details.
  • Ancient Warriors – Episode 07: Spartans (History Documentary)

    Jennifer Armstrong
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:27 pm
    It makes me so sad, It makes me so sad!  To see all the names in gold up there on the honour roll.  After your sacrifice there will be better life.  But then I think of all the things you could have had.  It makes me so…
  • Maturity through shamanic change

    Jennifer Armstrong
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Maturity through shamanic transformation from Jennifer Frances Armstrong on Vimeo.APES IN CAPES! A Message From FeministBlogs.org: November and December Fundraiser You are viewing this feed through the Feminist Blogs aggregator, a hub for blogs by self-identified feminists, women’s liberationists, womanists, and pro-feminist men. Feminist Blogs relies on your support to stay running. We're doing a fundraising drive for the months of November and December. Donations cover the costs of running feministblogs.org and provide direct financial support to active Feminist Blogs contributors. See…
  • The majestic project of digesting your life’s experiences

    Jennifer Armstrong
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:47 pm
    APES IN CAPES! A Message From FeministBlogs.org: November and December Fundraiser You are viewing this feed through the Feminist Blogs aggregator, a hub for blogs by self-identified feminists, women’s liberationists, womanists, and pro-feminist men. Feminist Blogs relies on your support to stay running. We're doing a fundraising drive for the months of November and December. Donations cover the costs of running feministblogs.org and provide direct financial support to active Feminist Blogs contributors. See Feminist Blogs: Donate for details.
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    Feministe

  • Open Thread with Alligator Hatchlings

    tigtog
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Teeny tiny alligators feature for this week’s Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over this weekend and throughout the week. Alligator Hatchings, FWC photo by Tim Donovan shared on Flickr by Florida Fish and Wildlife using a Creative Commons License (CC BY-ND 2.0) 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? *…
  • Barbie’s male classmates can be computer engineers.

    Caperton
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    Barbie is one educated and versatile woman. She’s been, among dozens of other jobs, a dentist, a doctor, a sign language teacher, a special education teacher, a surgeon, a paratrooper, a jet pilot, an ambassador, a firefighter, an architect, an astronaut, a ballerina, a chef, an Olympic gymnast, an unspecified business executive, a news anchor, a cat burglar, a magazine editor, and the president of the United States. And now, per the book I Can Be a Computer Engineer, she’s a computer engineer (or at least can be one). That’s awesome! A fun, accessible intro to computer…
  • “Well, she didn’t act like a rape victim,” Cosby edition

    Caperton
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:11 pm
    [Strong trigger warnings for rape] Jesus. This again. Recently, in a comedy routine, stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress brought up a fact that has largely been ignored over the past eight years: that Bill Cosby has been accused of drugging and raping multiple women. Arguably, lots of women, depending on your definition of “lots.” When former Temple University employee Andrea Constand sued him in 2005, alleging that Cosby had drugged and raped her, her lawyer promised depositions from 13 women who claimed to have been similarly assaulted. That list never came to light, as the case…
  • Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

    Jill
    16 Nov 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)), Content Notes are not needed if your post title is already descriptive of problematic content. extended discussion of self-promotion links on this thread is counter-productive for the intended signal-boosting…
  • Apropos of nothing: Shake It Off

    Caperton
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Feeling the need to shake it off at the end of a long week? Sure you are. Want to do it without watching Taylor Swift? You might. Like people with huge hair in shiny Spandex? Yeah you do. Come on, y’all. Shake it off. Similar Posts (automatically generated): The 22 by Jill February 27, 2013 Magic is everywhere in this bitch. by Jill April 7, 2010 Celebrity Death Match: Alanis vs. Fergie by Jill April 2, 2007 What A Girl Wants by Jill January 14, 2007 All of my favorite things, in one YouTube video by Jill September 22, 2009
 
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  • Guest Post: More Men Are Raped in US Than Women?

    tigtog
    2 Nov 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Originally published at Echidne of the Snakes. Crossposted with permission. You may have come across that assertion before if you have the habit of visiting MRA sites on the net. I've seen it, but never found any sources for it, except for fuzzy hints that it's because of prison rape of men is not included in the general rape statistics.
  • July Open Thread

    tigtog
    6 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Another month another Open Thread! Here's a discussion starter:
  • June Open Thread

    tigtog
    31 May 2014 | 7:01 am
    Another month another Open Thread! Write what you like on topics within the general ambit of this blog, but here’s some suggestions for useful contributions: links to recent posts/articles that relate to topics covered by the FAQs here (and the best links might even be added to the Further Reading Lists on some of those […]
  • May Open Thread

    tigtog
    30 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    More Open Thread! Write what you like on topics within the general ambit of this blog (self-promotion is entirely welcome). Here's some suggestions for useful contributions:
  • April Open Thread

    tigtog
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Some of you really want to see more action here again. But I'm just not sure that I have anything new to say...I've decided therefore that I'll experiment with monthly Open Threads for a while and see what you all come up with.
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  • The Best Black Friday Deals

    Shane Roberts, Commerce Team on Gizmodo, shared by Shane Roberts, Commerce Team to Jezebel
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    You've reached our hub for 2014's Kinja Deals Black Friday coverage. The deals are already coming in, so start saving right now. Be sure to check out Kinja Deals for our year-round deal and product coverage, and follow us on Twitter to never miss a deal.Read more...
  • Sony Debuts, Immediately Pulls Stupidly Sexist PlayStation Ad

    Kelly Faircloth
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    Corporations just keep releasing sexist ads and yanking them when the Internet (predictably) shits bricks. The latest offender is Sony, with a dumb-as-dirt PlayStation ad. Here's an idea: Hire somebody to vet these ideas before you spend money making them.Read more...
  • Selena Gomez (And Taylor Swift) Felt So Many FEEEEEEELINGS at the AMAs

    Kate Dries
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    Selena Gomez took to the stage of the American Music Awards Sunday night to perform her new single about Justin Bieber, "The Heart Wants What It Wants ." Gomez got pretty worked up by the end of her performance, and was joined in near-tears by bestie Taylor Swift. The two delivered a display of emotion not seen at an awards show since Miley Cyrus cried about homelessness at the MTV Video Music Awards.Read more...
  • Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Could Be Splitsville After Drunken Speech

    Madeleine Davies
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Challenging times might lie ahead for Johnny Depp. In the wake of his likely drunken and barely scrutable speech at the Hollywood Film Awards, tabloids are reporting that his fiancée Amber Heard is so embarrassed that she's ready to break off their engagement. Meanwhile, his team is brainstorming ways to get him sober.Read more...
  • Jaden Smith's iPhone Background Is... As You Might Expect

    Julianne Escobedo Shepherd
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    Jaden Smith hit the American Music Awards Sunday night in jeans and a kinda dirty sweatshirt, a fairly average ensemble for a 16-year-old. He flashed his iPhone as accessory: a close-up revealed that his wallpaper background appears to be a photograph of Jaden Smith with his head on fire, titled "FIRE." Never stop being Jaden Smith, Jaden Smith. (Also, you're gonna need to charge that thing soon, little homie.) UPDATE: He was actually self-promoing aka slanging his mixtape on the red carpet, as that is the app through which he released his album. Whatever though, shit is still…
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  • Friday Links | November 21, 2014

    anneke
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Women in Iraq’s Anbar province have come together to form “Women of Justice,” a group aimed to fight ISIL. Meanwhile an article on Global Voices Online suggests that many remain “obsessed” with the Kurdish female fighters. Yet another article tries to explain why women would join ISIL, and the Canadian government called for proposals for [Read More...]
  • Stability and Sustainability: Interview with Dr Hawa Abdi

    syahirah
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    It is a calm and cool afternoon in Nairobi, Kenya, when I catch up with Dr Hawa Abdi over Skype. After working hard in Mogadishu’s difficult circumstances with her two physician daughters Deqo and Amina Mohamed, she sometimes comes to Nairobi to rest and relax. Speaking over a passable internet connection, our conversation is peppered [Read More...]
  • Dear Muslim Leaders: I am a Convert not an “Extremist”

    eren
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
        A few months ago I was applying for a job when I was suddenly required to attend an in-person interview with a member of the intelligence services. I was interviewed by a white male, who very politely went on to ask me questions for the next two hours. The most puzzling part of [Read More...]
  • Friday Links | November 14, 2014

    anneke
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The UN peacekeeping mission investigating the reports of rape in northern Darfur, says it hasn’t found any evidence of the mass rape, which was reported last week, shocking victims. A Moroccan teen, who was forced to marry her rapist last year, has been attacked by him with razor blades for trying to seek a divorce. [Read More...]
  • TED Talks and Superheroes: New Representations of Muslim Women

    tasnim
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:56 am
    I have a friend who is obsessed with TED Talks, and who recently sent me link to this TEDx Talk with the title “I am a mad Arabian woman.” I rolled my eyes a little. Anything with the word “Arabian” (when its not followed by the word “horse”) makes me roll my eyes. But then, [Read More...]
 
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    Womanist Musings

  • The Untold Irony of Single’s Day vs. Children’s Day

    13 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    Author Bio:  Joanna Jaoudie is a content editor and manager at Flipit.com. She’s an active blogger who writes mostly on how you can save money both on and offline, but also honors her background in Psychology and covers a number of topics that touch on human behaviour, online user consumerism and how we’re affected by technology. You can connect with her by email: Joanna.jaoudie@gmail.com This
  • For Zaida Waters, Black Women Behaving Badly Is A Joke

    20 Jan 2014 | 7:23 am
     I was on Facebook when I came across a video of a woman fighting with her kids in the grocery store.  She tried to get her son to stop eating the grapes because this amounts to theft.  His reaction was to tell her to watch her tone and then he preceded to lay hands on his mother. She of course lost her ever loving mind and someone intervened to drag her out of the store before she could lay a
  • Living Tiny and how Small Changes Mean Big Things

    14 Jan 2014 | 6:26 am
    Since my stroke at the beginning of last summer, I have taken a lot of time evaluate what I really want out of life and what makes me happy.  Slowly, I have been making changes and planning for a much different future than I had originally seen for myself.  I would like to share the largest change with you. This is a video of a tiny home.  And when I say tiny, I mean tiny.  My family has
  • Jimmy Fallon, Vanity Fair and Women as Props

    8 Jan 2014 | 10:00 am
    Well, Jimmy Fallon, singer of corny songs has made it.  He's on the cover of Vanity Fair.  As is his style he was very humble and even a little self depreciating about it. Okay - this is one of those - is this happening - moments. As a kid from upstate NY - Vanity Fair is... a major investment. Yes. You know it, all of the big stars are on it - classy, cool and untouchable. I WOULD'NT even
  • Dear African-Americans, Stop Expressing Shock at Racism in Canada

    8 Jan 2014 | 8:38 am
    I came across a timely post on Facebook by an American friend I follow, which links to an article about the KKK.  She was shocked to see the existence of the hate group in the so-called land of milk and honey.  It was timely because Destruction just finished a project in which he tackled racism in the education system in Canada.  At 12, he is well aware from his lived experiences that Canada
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  • Why Doesn’t a Viagra Equivalent Exist for Women?

    Rachel Walden
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    Given the historical exclusion of women from clinical trials and social attitudes about female sexual desire, it’s easy to assume that no Viagra-like drug is available for women because women’s sexual pleasure is not taken seriously enough to develop one. The reality, though, is more complicated than a case of gender bias. Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public meeting and scientific workshop (fully available online) on female sexual dysfunction (FSD) and available therapies as part of its “patient-focused drug development” series. The…
  • Why Corporate Promotion of Egg Freezing isn’t a “Benefit” to All Women

    Rachel Walden
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Apple recently announced it was joining Facebook in covering costs for female employees who opt to freeze their eggs for non-medical reasons. Both companies are providing up to $20,000; Apple as part of its fertility coverage, and Facebook as part of its surrogacy benefits. Despite the financial generosity, this might not be a good deal for healthy employees of these companies — or for women in the workplace in general. While some news outlets have addressed the high cost of egg freezing — at least $10,000 per ovarian stimulation cycle and $500 a year for storage…
  • 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”…
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  • The Virtual Pub (+ Programming Note)

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    [Explanations: lol your fat. pathetic anger bread. hey your gay.]TFIF, Shakers!Belly up to the bar,and name your poison!We are going to be taking next week off, since next week is Thanksgiving week in the US and many of the mods will be traveling and/or visiting with family and friends.Since this holiday can be a troubling time for lots of folks, and it's a time when some of us most need community, I will be opening and modding a thread mid-week so people can hang out together here, if they want and need company.We will resume our regular schedule on Monday, December 1. If you are someone who…
  • The Friday Blogaround

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:15 pm
    This blogaround brought to you by dirt.Recommended Reading:Tracy: [Content Note: Transphobia; violence] TDoR Is Forever, but Transphobia Doesn't Have to Bestavvers: [CN: Sexual assault; rape culture] On Ched Evans, Rehabilitation, and My Total Lack of PityIsraa: [CN: Misogyny; racism; objectification; discussion of orientalism in porn] On OrientalismAlessandra: [CN: Human rights violation; detention] Nobel Laureates Call for Release of Iranian Student Omid KokabeeKari: [CN: Abduction; violence] Mexico Protesters Confront Police in Mass Protest for Missing StudentsBYP: [CN: Police brutality;…
  • Republicans Sue Over Affordable Care Act

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    And here we go:House Republicans filed a long-threatened lawsuit Friday against the Obama administration over unilateral actions on the health care law that they say are abuses of the president's executive authority.The lawsuit — filed against the secretaries of the Health and Human Services and Treasury Departments — focuses on two crucial aspects of the way the administration has put the Affordable Care Act into effect.The suit accuses the Obama administration of unlawfully postponing a requirement that larger employers offer health coverage to their full-time employees or pay…
  • Garbage Treasures! (And Happy Birthday to Deeks!)

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    As you may recall, Deeky collects and saves useless garbage like we're beyond Thunderdome and useless garbage is now a form of currency and he's a garbageaire. Then, instead of throwing it away, he throws pieces of his fancy detritus collection into an envelope and pays money to ship it to me, at which point I put them in plastic treasure chests and put them out by the curb every week to be collected by the "treasure man," who buries them at the "treasure dump" for me for safe keeping.But not before taking a picture of the bounty so that I can post it, natch.Clockwise from left: A pamphlet…
  • Quote of the Day

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    [Content Note: Misogyny.]"We wish to express our support for members of the community who rightly brought this issue to the fore, and we condemn the unreasonable attacks they experienced as a result, which caused deep distress in our community. ...The AAS Council reaffirms the importance of the Society's anti-harassment policy to our mission to enhance and share humanity's scientific understanding of the universe. Only when all astronomers feel welcome and supported in the profession can our discipline realize its full potential for excellence."—From the American Astronomical Society's…
 
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  • Quickies: Brundibar, Terrence Howard and Domestic Violence, and Turning Chickens into Dinosaurs

    Mary
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Q&A With Emily Graslie – “Emily Graslie’s had a pretty big week. On Wednesday, the art-student-turned-star-science-communicator celebrated the release of the 100th episode of her popular YouTube series, “The Brain Scoop,” which offers a behind-the-scenes look at Chicago’s Field Museum, where she works.” From Arturo. Terms of Service – A (free) graphic novelization of understanding our roles in Big Data. (If only I could consume all of my news in comic form…) Joyful Opera Performed In Nazi Concentration Camp Revived In Chicago –…
  • Skepchick Sundaylies! Christian Love, Bathing in the Ganges, and SAHPs

    Mindy
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Sunday Funny: “You can calculate the area of my annulus and goddamn kiss it!” (via SMBC) Teen Skepchick Depending on What You Mean by Love Elizabeth realizes that her family tries to convert her out of love, but it’s still kind of terrible. The Physics Philes, lesson 120: Very Specific Heat Mindy battles the cold by thinking about physical quantities of heat. DBT Skills: This Feels Awful Olivia gives advice on how to combine your emotional and rational side to make better decisions. Mad Art Lab Show Us Your Ugly Things: Theatre Prop Edition Charles makes a “large hell…
  • Global Quickies: The Reaction to White “Saviors” in Africa, “Hunger Games”-Inspired Activism in Thailand, and Warnings for Teachers in China

    Mary
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    AFRICA In pictures: A male feminist’s view on African women – “Photographer, blogger and poet Nana Kofi Acquah uses his travels around Africa to chronicle the lives of women at their most accomplished and at their most vulnerable. A self-declared male feminist, he says his mission is to change the narrative around African women where they are often portrayed as victims of circumstance. The artist was interviewed by BBC Africa’s Vera Kwakofi for the 100 Women series.” Africa Nears Eradication of Polio – “A rigorous vaccination campaign has nearly…
  • Quickies: Career-ruining husbands, church says federal laws don’t apply, and Barbie the feminist hacker

    Amanda
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Children don’t ruin careers, husbands do – “A new study of Harvard Business School graduates…shows that high-achieving women are not meeting the career goals they set for themselves in their 20s. It’s not because they’re “opting out” of the workforce when they have kids, but because they’re allowing their partners’ careers to take precedence over their own.” Catholic diocese claims to be outside the authority of federal courts – “This rather startling claim that courts don’t have any jurisdiction over a church grew out of a case brought…
  • The Silencing of Richard Dawkins

    Julia Burke
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    I sat down to write this piece on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day when my trans friends mourn the losses of members of their community due to hate crime. As I read the names of people who were removed from this planet because someone thought they shouldn’t exist, I learned that Richard Dawkins feels “suppressed,” “bullied,” and “muzzled” as a result of backlash he’s received from controversial statements made over the last several years. If I were Richard Dawkins, I might be inclined to send him that list of names, in hopes that he’d be humbled into rethinking his…
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  • Book Release: Mothers of the Nations: Indigenous Mothering as Global Resistance, Reclaiming and Recovery

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Demeter Press is pleased to announce the publication ofMothers of the Nations: Indigenous Mothering as Global Resistance, Reclaiming and RecoveryThe voices of Indigenous women world-wide have long been silenced by colonial oppression and institutions of patriarchal dominance. Recent generations of powerful Indigenous women have begun speaking out so that their positions of respect within their families and communities might be reclaimed. The book explores issues surrounding and impacting Indigenous mothering, family and community in a variety of contexts internationally. The book addresses…
  • How to change a tire

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    For some reason our last car attracted nails and screws like it was made from a magnet. We lost count of how much time and money we put into patching the tires and even a few times having to call a tow truck for help. One time we even got a flat on the tollway, which was not a happy moment at all. Now that Ella is closer to driving than not, we have definitely pondered how she will maneuver Chicago's streets behind the wheel. This was especially on our minds after touring Lane Tech and seeing their pretty awesome drivers ed course.While I am focused on getting Ella to focus on where we are…
  • When the child needs to give the "quit smoking" talk

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    In sixth grade the anti-smoking message was drilled into us HARD. I remember health class going on and on about the dangers of smoking despite it still being a sign of coolness in the last 1980s. We were subjected to very graphic photos of black lungs and diseased hearts. Smoking equaled death. I freaked the hell out. I became the most passive aggressive anti-smoker campaigner. Fueled by multiple viewings of “Mask,” I utilized Rocky’s use to hiding anti-smoking brochures around the house where my mom would find them. She rarely ever smoked in front of me, but I knew she smoked. It was…
  • Space Camp: Day Two

    3 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
     One secret about Space Camp is that it is not just about space, but about team work. This lesson was drilled into us on the second day when we went out to a wooded area and told to find a way to escape an exploding Earth to Venus. We had to build a bridge and since we were in space, we had to stay tethered to each other, always maintain contact with the bricks AND could not speak. As you can see in the photo above, we did pretty darn well. We fell for the oldest trick in the book - we trusted our trainers! They watched us like hawks waiting for us to let go of each other or of a brick…
  • I have a treat for you!

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
     Happy Halloween! As you can see it is time to start planning for the Chicago Toy & Game Fair. To kick things off here is a coupon for $2 off admission. The Fair runs from 10am - 6pm on Saturday, November 22nd and Sunday 10am - 5pm on November 23rd.AND....a free family pass! And yes, big families, NO LIMIT.GIVEAWAY RULES:1) Comment on this blog and tell me your favorite game as a kid.2) Additional entries (still must do #1) for tweeting, Facebooking, etc about this giveway. You can either tag me* or link to your social media mention in the comments.3) That's it! Pretty simple,…
 
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  • 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…
  • Obesity and Mental Illness: Are They Linked?

    Ellen Keim
    4 Feb 2013 | 8:28 am
    When the upcoming 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was being put together, a proposal was received that obesity and overeating be included as mental illnesses. Although this proposal was rejected, it does raise some interesting questions about the mental health of obese individuals. Weight loss is a complicated process. People who have never had problems with obesity tend to think that losing weight is merely a matter of eating less and moving more. When obese people have trouble losing weight, others think they’re just not trying hard…
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  • Round-Up: Nov. 24, 2014

    Jarrah Hodge
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Bitch calls out the company Uber in its Douchebag Decree for its “cutthroat business practices” and “culture of misogyny.” And a female former Lyft driver writes about how she thinks both companies endanger female passengers and drivers (Autostraddle). Marcus Franklin is using photography to capture a new image of black fatherhood (Colorlines). Roxane Gay writes at The Guardian about Bill Cosby and why one accuser coming forward should be enough for us. Dammit Janet is doing great work exposing how anti-choice “crisis pregnancy centres” in Canada are…
  • My Roommate Ordered Someone to Rape Me When I Was a Student at Queen’s

    Jarrah Hodge
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    Trigger Warning: sexual assault When I was 18, in 2004, I went away to Queen’s University. It is a school where I think I was incredibly well educated, and of which I have many fond memories. I do, however, also have one exceedingly horrific memory of my time at that institution – it’s the night my roommate ordered someone to rape me. Coming from Toronto, it was fairly obvious from the start that I would not be able to live at home while I did my undergraduate degree in Kingston. When I signed up for residence at Queen’s, I was assured their “personality quiz” would find me a…
  • Review: The Queer Cultural Work of Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner

    Jarrah Hodge
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:35 am
    Jennifer Reed’s The Queer Cultural Work of Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner, released by Palgrave Macmillan in December 2013, will be of interest to an array of readers, particularly to Tomlin fans and those with an interest in queer theory and gender studies. As a fan and as someone with interests in both disciplines, I delightedly delved into the book last weekend. Despite being spot-on for its academic genre, it poses a couple of challenges for me as a reviewer. Unsurprisingly, it is a queer book that defies some readerly expectations. I imagine that some Tomlin fans might purchase the book,…
  • My Reality: I Was Assaulted in Thailand

    Jarrah Hodge
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:57 am
    Trigger Warning: sexual assault Autumn is my new start: not like spring, which is overtly new, but as a shedding of experience and an opportunity to ease out those memories I would rather not have anymore. Autumn is the feeling that is furthest away from a boiling hot, humid evening on a Thai beach, although that was the feeling I most needed four years ago in September. It was to be the trip of a lifetime during University – full with the naïve excitement and curiosities of a twenty-two year old, I set off on a flight to Bangkok with my sister, her boyfriend, and a friend, backpacks and…
  • Mindy Project Recap: ‘Diary of a Mad Indian Woman’

    Jarrah Hodge
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    So Mindy and Danny always stay over at Danny’s house, never Mindy’s. This makes sense from what we know of the characters, as Danny is pretty selfish. One night, however, after accidentally hitting Mindy in the eye, Danny feels suitably contrite that he agrees to sleep at Mindy’s to make up for it. On precisely the night Danny arrives at Mindy’s house to stay, Mindy is called in to the hospital where she works. You see, apparently it’s a teaching hospital, but Mindy has been slacking off in the teaching department of late. Her boss thinks this is unacceptable and calls Mindy in to…
 
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