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  • The NFL Missed an Opportunity for Diversity in Forming Its Violence Against Women Advisory Board

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    Feminist Newswire
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    These appointments create a deep pool of expertise for the NFL to draw from as the League attempts to recover from its mishandling of the Ray Rice investigation - but included no African-American women. Related posts: Domestic Violence Victims May Now Qualify For Asylum in the US Afghan Girls Compete in Bike Race to Raise Awareness About Violence Against Women If The NFL Isn’t Afraid of Losing Women, They Should Be
  • There's Good News and There's Needs-to-Improve News

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    kate lesniak
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    There’s good news and then there’s what we’ll call news that we have to improve. read more
  • UN Official Fears Act of 'Mass Murder in the Mediterranean'

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    sarah lazare
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
  • Sculptor Puts 'Terracotta Daughters' on Grand Tour

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    Skye An
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    A French artist fights gender preference and inequality with a peaceful army of girls. The exhibit of 108 sculptures is in New York through Oct. 4. Then it travels to Mexico for a final showing before getting buried until 2013 in a fake archaeological site.
  • Why Are There So Many Stories About Girls and People of Color on Banned Books Lists?

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    Grace Hwang Lynch
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    It’s Banned Books Week, which hits especially hard for creators and fans of diverse literature. I learned last year that one of my favorite summer reads, the Young Adult novel Eleanor & Park, had been called “dangerously obscene” by the Parents Action Council in Minneapolis. The author, Rainbow Rowell, had been scheduled to speak at schools in the Anoka-Hennepin School District, as well as public libraries in the area, but those plans were cancelled. L- Yacqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass book cover, Candlewick Press; R- Eleanor & Park book cover, St. Martin's Press Rowell wasn’t…
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  • The NFL Missed an Opportunity for Diversity in Forming Its Violence Against Women Advisory Board

    Feminist Newswire
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    These appointments create a deep pool of expertise for the NFL to draw from as the League attempts to recover from its mishandling of the Ray Rice investigation - but included no African-American women. Related posts: Domestic Violence Victims May Now Qualify For Asylum in the US Afghan Girls Compete in Bike Race to Raise Awareness About Violence Against Women If The NFL Isn’t Afraid of Losing Women, They Should Be
  • UN Ambassador Says the World Needs a “Wake-Up Call” on Ebola Crisis

    Feminist Newswire
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    "This should be a wake-up call for the international community. It’s the worst Ebola epidemic we’ve seen in history." Related posts: Nigeria Secures $15 Million Grant from Norway to Reduce Maternal Mortality Close to Two-Thirds of Cameroonian Women Have Unmet Need for Contraception More Investment in Women’s Health Needed as Africa’s Population Rises
  • The Number of Women in Poverty Hasn’t Declined in a Year

    Feminist Newswire
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    The poverty rate for women is not only virtually unchanged, but - at 14.5 percent - it's the highest in two decades. Related posts: Senate Republicans Blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act Again One in Four Americans Live in High-Poverty Areas Paycheck Fairness Act Expected to Come to a Vote Today
  • Despite Regulations, Mortgage Lenders Still Discriminate Against Pregnant Borrowers

    Feminist Newswire
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Pregnancy could be jeopardizing your chances of getting a new home. Related posts: New Federal Guidelines Align with Pregnancy Discrimination Act White House Holds Summit on Working Families Today One in Four Americans Live in High-Poverty Areas
  • Senate Republicans Blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act Again

    Feminist Newswire
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    The Senate Republicans blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act yesterday, marking the second time this year and the fourth time since 2012 legislators voted along party lines against the equal pay legislation. Related posts: Paycheck Fairness Act Expected to Come to a Vote Today UPDATE: Paycheck Fairness Act Advances in the Senate Legislation Introduced to Establish Fair Work Scheduling Practices
 
 
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  • Sculptor Puts 'Terracotta Daughters' on Grand Tour

    Skye An
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    A French artist fights gender preference and inequality with a peaceful army of girls. The exhibit of 108 sculptures is in New York through Oct. 4. Then it travels to Mexico for a final showing before getting buried until 2013 in a fake archaeological site.
  • 'Fort Bliss' Tours Tough Life of a Soldier-Mom

    Jennifer Merin
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    An Army medic and single mom is just managing to reconnect with her young son when she's called to another tour of duty in Afghanistan. Don't miss this heartbreaker opening Sept. 19.
  • Josephine Herrick's Photo Legacy Comes Into View

    Maureen McNeil
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:46 pm
    On Sept. 20 at the New York Public Library at 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, research librarian Philip Sutton will lead volunteers in a search of New York City archives for the forgotten trophies of Josephine Ursula Herrick's life as a photographer, feminist and activist.
  • Scotland Pushes Women to Fore of National Politics

    Kaite Welsh
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    Today's referendum for Scottish independence has, it seems, challenged more than just the concept of national identity. Take a look at Nicola Sturgeon and Ruth Davidson's prominence in national politics.
  • Air Strikes on ISIS Worry Family of French Runaway

    Hajer Naili
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    The brother of one 17-year-old who ran away to Syria to join ISIS fighters sees a case of indoctrination via social media. He and others denounce the ease with which such minors have broken travel rules and crossed into Turkey without their parents' permission.
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  • Why Are There So Many Stories About Girls and People of Color on Banned Books Lists?

    Grace Hwang Lynch
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    It’s Banned Books Week, which hits especially hard for creators and fans of diverse literature. I learned last year that one of my favorite summer reads, the Young Adult novel Eleanor & Park, had been called “dangerously obscene” by the Parents Action Council in Minneapolis. The author, Rainbow Rowell, had been scheduled to speak at schools in the Anoka-Hennepin School District, as well as public libraries in the area, but those plans were cancelled. L- Yacqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass book cover, Candlewick Press; R- Eleanor & Park book cover, St. Martin's Press Rowell wasn’t…
  • What If I Never Have Kids?

    Her 30s
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    Guest Post By: Anonymous with intro by Her 30sIntroAs a woman in her thirties, the topic of children comes up a great deal, though not in the conventional way. My friends and I are mostly wondering whether we will ever have any? Society keeps telling us that time is running out and that if we are ever going to pursue motherhood, we should get on it sooner rather than later. I understand the science that supports this belief but I still can’t help but feel like it’s a scare tactic. After all, I have some inspiring examples of what most would consider belated motherhood: My own mother who…
  • The Danger of "Comfortable"

    Carrie Stavenger
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    I like being comfortable. Two-sizes-too-big sweatpants, no makeup, an inviting couch, a cozy cabin in the winter and a chick-flick on the screen. That’s the good stuff, the magic ticket to cloud nine in my mind. But ... wait for it ... being comfortable makes me uncomfortable. Credit: Tiffany LJ via Flickr Creative Commons Vacation is a time of relaxation and slow moves and being comfortable. It's about reacquainting yourself with hobbies that have started collecting dust and seeing familiar faces that haven't been seen in too long. Yes, I loved my time back home recently. I loved shopping…
  • 10 Things You Need to Stop Saying to Gay Parents

    carolrood
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    So I have read a few funny posts lately about "if Latinos said the things white people say" and if "Asians said the things white people say." Also, things you shouldn't say to a lesbian or a gay dad, and I decided to add my own list of things you shouldn't say to people. Specifically gay people. Even more specifically gay parents. Now admittedly some of these things would not necessarily apply to me personally, but I still think they should be on the list, because, the list. So here is my list of things you should never say to a gay parent: 1. Are you worried your son/daughter will become…
  • Two Women Made the MasterChef Finale, So Why Were Their Shoes The Focus?

    Tammy Soong
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
    This week, the two finalists from Season 5 of MasterChef competed for the title of America’s Best Home Chef. After first being chosen from a pool of thousands, these extremely talented, self-taught women withstood three months of grueling challenges to become the last ones standing. And, incidentally, they joined other women from the international MasterChef shows when they became part of the first women’s-only finale on MasterChef U.S. But apparently, all anyone really wanted to focus on was their shoes. You see, the finalists, Courtney…
 
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  • Friday Feminist Fuck Yeah: Thanks, Obamacare!

    Maya
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    According to an analysis from the Guttmacher Institute, the no-copay contraception mandate is working pretty much exactly how it was supposed to–giving millions of Americans access to more affordable birth control options. And soon even more will experience the great satisfaction of seeing that charge for $0 on their statement as more insurance plans who were “grandfathered” in are required to implement the new requirements. Maya is still a little bitter that she got her expensive IUD before the mandate. 
  • Silly Site o’ the Day

    Elayne
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:40 am
    Robin would like everyone to beware of Dihydrogen Monoxide! That's dangerous stuff! Although I'm sure many Californians would welcome it.
  • Today in Bookmark This: Sexism in Comics

    tigtog
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    io9 | 10 Stupid Arguments People Use To Defend Comic Book Sexism Naturally the io9 piece references The HawkEye Initiative to illustrate its points. The comments thread is full of links to relevant commentary too, although sometimes that’s happening in response to the inevitable naynaysayers. Similar Posts (automatically generated): The Personal Lives of Men by Jill January 24, 2013 How Come It’s Never Joss’ Fault? The Scapegoating of Female Creators in Pop Culture by s.e. smith June 11, 2010 Helping Comic Book Geeks Understand Objectification by zuzu May 9, 2006 Obama, the…
  • Were Reagan and Thatcher the Last Nation-State Leaders? | Clarissa’s Blog

    Jennifer Armstrong
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Were Reagan and Thatcher the Last Nation-State Leaders? | Clarissa's BlogPeople who adopt the mindsets of T and R are undialectical. Given that this is so, it was always possible to trap them in an anti-dialectical mode of one’s own. One just asks them what they are saying and why they are saying it –and then when they give a response, you say it cannot be understood. Then you ask them again what they are saying and why they are saying it.APES IN CAPES!
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    Jennifer Armstrong
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    grading from Jennifer Frances Armstrong on Vimeo.APES IN CAPES!
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  • Today in Bookmark This: Sexism in Comics

    tigtog
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    io9 | 10 Stupid Arguments People Use To Defend Comic Book Sexism Naturally the io9 piece references The HawkEye Initiative to illustrate its points. The comments thread is full of links to relevant commentary too, although sometimes that’s happening in response to the inevitable naynaysayers. Similar Posts (automatically generated): The Personal Lives of Men by Jill January 24, 2013 How Come It’s Never Joss’ Fault? The Scapegoating of Female Creators in Pop Culture by s.e. smith June 11, 2010 Helping Comic Book Geeks Understand Objectification by zuzu May 9, 2006 Obama, the…
  • A father of daughters

    Caperton
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    Any father of daughters knows that a woman isn’t actually a person unless you contribute DNA to her. But when you do, boy howdy! Listen, as a father of daughters, I’m really against this kind of behavior, this kind of treatment of women. The kind where they get hurt or they can’t vote or we don’t give any money to them. You know the kind I’m talking about. The kind I don’t want my daughters to experience, and then I just sort of extrapolate out from there. It didn’t always used to be this way. I used to only have sons. Things sure were different then.
  • This Week In Racist Police Profiling

    tigtog
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Just two of the latest incidents: Django Unchained Actress Accosted by LAPD After Kissing White Husband (who is subsequently referred to as her “boyfriend” in multiple news reports (oh and there was no police report of the event officially recorded since they realised she was a celebrity (kissing her husband outside her CBS workplace) and released her from the handcuffs they’d placed on her while they still thought she was a prostitute)). Police Repeatedly Shoot Black Utah Man In The Back For Carrying A Samurai Sword He Just Bought (the police managed to not get a single…
  • Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

    Jill
    14 Sep 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…
  • Shorter Dawkins: Real Feminists Agree With Me

    tigtog
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:49 pm
    And he wants the nasty ‘radical’ feminists to stop picking on (i.e. talking about the predatory sexual behaviour patterns of) his friend. As usual for him recently, he set this up with some plausibly deniable subtweeting and now is getting huffy about the reactions he’s just trolled for.  Expect the passive aggressive blog post ‘splaining how his critics just don’t know how to think properly about the deep thoughts of Dawkins within the next 48 hours. [Content note: links to material discussing rape culture, victim blaming, rape myths, sexual harassment] Look:…
 
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  • Fans Line Up By the Hundreds to Dump Jersey of 'Woman Beater' Ray Rice

    Erin Gloria Ryan
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    Uncool: standing in line for hours to purchase an iPhone. Cool: standing in line for hours to exchange your Ray Rice jersey for the jersey of a Baltimore Ravens player who hopefully did not beat his wife. Read more...
  • The New York Times, Shonda Rhimes & How to Get Away With Being Racist

    Kara Brown
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    I would like to believe that not being racist isn't extraordinarily difficult. I would like to think that by simply acknowledging the humanity of other people and their right to exist in this world and being open and aware to learning about certain issues, you can avoid many uncomfortable moments. If nothing else, you can certainly avoid the racist, imbecilic, drivel published yesterday by the New York TimesRead more...
  • These Adorable Icelandic Cops Have the Best Instagram Account Ever

    Kelly Faircloth
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    Iceland seems like a really lovely place (utter economic collapse aside), and the official Instagram account of the Reykjavík metropolitan police is doing nothing to dispel this impression. They cuddle with animals! They stop by Domino's! I guess maybe they occasionally solve crimes! Read more...
  • BREAKING: Mama June and Sugar Bear Are Allegedly Splitsville

    Kelly Faircloth
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    TMZ is reporting that the parents of Alana "Honey Boo Boo Child" Thompson have separated. Supposedly, Mama June is convinced she caught Sugar Bear cruising online dating sites including PlentyOfFish, where he was allegedly using the handle "GeorgiaFighter31054" (which, for the record, is their zip code).Read more...
  • Kaley Cuoco Talks Stolen Nude Photos With the Patience of a Saint

    Erin Gloria Ryan
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    On last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kaley Cuoco discussed that time her nude photos were stolen and sent all over the internet. Is Kaley Cuoco physically capable of appearing flustered in public? Jury's out.Read more...
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  • Friday Links | September 19, 2014

    anneke
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Much of the news involving Muslim women last week was focused on the female involvement in the current wars in Iraq and Syria. The Guardian featured an item on ISIS targeting the predominantly Somali community in the US heartland for female recruitment. Another article focuses on the social media presence of female ISIS supporters. Meanwhile, it [Read More...]
  • Friday Links | September 12, 2014

    anneke
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    News that Scottish student Aqsa Mahmood has joined ISIS in Syria shocked many, but she isn’t the only woman to do so. The Guardian features an article on the reasons why young women choose to go to Syria and what kind of life they are living there. Human Rights Watch reports that African Union peacekeepers in Somalia have sexually [Read More...]
  • My Subversive Little Girl in Blue

    syahirah
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I’ve always been fascinated by how certain symbols function as gender markers in the societies I’ve known. Little hijabs for little girls is one example, while a non-Muslim friend of mine dresses her also sparsely coiffed infant in frilly pink dresses because people keep thinking she’s a little boy. It can be so uncomfortable for [Read More...]
  • Paying Tribute to American Muslim Trailblazer, Tayyibah Taylor

    Guest Contributor
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This piece was compiled by Altmuslim editors and originally posted at Altmuslim. The Muslim American and larger American community lost a beloved soul last week — Tayyibah Taylor, founder and editor-in-chief of Azizah Magazine passed away. The outpouring of love and grief was immediate, as news spread quickly. Tributes came pouring in on Facebook, Twitter [Read More...]
  • Syrian Series “Bab Al Hara” and the Need to Combat Traditional Images of Women

    samya
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Every year, the holy month of Ramadan brings lots of spiritual moments, as well as hours of continuous entertainment in the form of shows and soap operas. Every Ramadan, I pick a number of soap operas to watch and write about. This year, there was a large number of television series that discussed issues faced [Read More...]
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  • 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…
  • FDA Clears One-Size-Fits-Most Diaphragm for U.S. Markets

    Rachel Walden
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    A newly designed diaphragm cleared for sale in the United States could increase the appeal of this barrier method of contraception. The SILCS diaphragm – now called the Caya Contoured Diaphragm — was recently granted market clearance by the FDA. The silicone, one-size-fits-most device is already available in 14 European countries and Canada. It’s expected to be available in the United States in about a year. The key difference between this diaphragm and others is there’s no need for women to undergo a pelvic exam to get it sized, and often resized again later…
  • Real Tips About Sexual Assault Everyone Can Use

    Guest Contributor
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    by Susan Sered The new academic year has started, and once again students are attending seminars on staying safe on campus. These orientation workshops typically focus on tips for how young women can protect themselves — such as be aware and stay alert, don’t get drunk, and stick together in groups. I’m sure all of this is good advice, but it misses what I have come to see as the crux of the matter: Teaching girls and women that they can avoid sexual assault if they just try hard enough places responsibility for rape on the shoulders of targets rather than on the shoulders…
  • Why Net Neutrality Matters to You

    Rachel Walden
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    When you want information on reproductive health and sexuality, it’s important to know that you can access Our Bodies Ourselves’s evidence-based information online just as easily as competing information from drug companies and anti-abortion organizations. Or that as you browse the internet, your internet provider doesn’t make it harder to access information it might not approve of. That, at it’s core, is what “net neutrality” is about: all content on the internet is treated equally and neutrally, and none of it is deliberately slowed down or delivered faster based on…
  • Hobby Lobby Fallout: The Government Wants Your Comments on Employer Coverage of Contraception

    Rachel Walden
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    In the wake of this summer’s Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, which allowed for closely held corporations to refuse, based on religious objections, to provide contraceptive coverage as part of their employee’s health insurance, there is now the question of what exactly it means to be a “closely held corporation.” How regulators define such corporations is important, because it will determine which for-profit companies can refuse to provide contraception coverage — or refuse coverage for any other services they oppose based on religious beliefs. Late…
 
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  • The Friday Blogaround

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    This blogaround brought to you by the sea.Recommended Reading:Nyasha: He. She. Zhe.Squinky: [Content Note: Misogyny] Slut, Friend Zone, and BitchAngry Asian Man: [CN: Racism; antisemitism] Oops. Joe Biden Refers to Asia as "the Orient."Ragen: [CN: Fat hatred] Too Fat for the HolidaysErica: [CN: Class warfare] Poverty Above Pre-Recession Levels in 47 States, New Census Data ShowCarla: Group Buys Millions of Student Loan Debt—To Cancel ItBYP: [CN: Domestic violence] NFL Players Union Files Appeal on Behalf of Ray RiceLeave your links and recommendations in comments. Self-promotion welcome and…
  • Daily Dose of Cute

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Look! Up in the air! It's a dog... it's a plane... it's WONDER DOG riding in the invisible plane! As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.
  • Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Barbra Streisand: "A Piece of Sky"This week's TMNS have been brought to you by Barbra!
  • In the News

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: War] Welp: "The U.S. Congress gave final approval on Thursday to President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State, a major part of his military campaign to 'degrade and destroy' the militant group. The Senate voted 78-22, in a rare bipartisan show of support for one of Obama's high-profile initiatives. With the House of Representatives approving the legislation on Wednesday, the measure now goes to Obama to sign into law. Ten Senate Democrats and 12 Republicans voted no." The one thing on…
  • And Again

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    [Content Note: Police brutality; death; racism.]Savannah, Georgia, police officer David Jannot has been put on administrative leave while an investigation gets underway into his killing 29-year-old Charles Smith yesterday morning. Smith, a black man, was handcuffed in Jannot's custody when he was fatally shot.And, once again, there are fairly significant discrepancies between eyewitness accounts and the police account of the shooting:Police had arrested Smith on outstanding warrants and put him in a patrol car with his hands cuffed behind his back, GBI spokeswoman Sherry Lang said in a…
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    The F-Word: Latest features, reviews and blog posts

  • It's the pits - belly dancing and femininity

    D. T. Dragon
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
    D.T. Dragon would rather not belly dance than change their appearance to suit norms of femininity
  • Love Hotel: UK premiere and review by CN Lester

    Ania Ostrowska
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:57 am
    There are 37,000 Love Hotels in Japan visited by 2.8 million people every day. With unprecedented access to one of them, the Angelo in Osaka, directors Phil Cox and Hikaru Toda follow everyday people from the intimacy of the...
  • Backstage of life: Japan's love hotels

    CN Lester
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    CN Lester praises Love Hotel, a documentary by Phil Cox and Hikaru Toda that beautifully explores the Japanese phenomenon without exploiting its protagonists
  • Suppressed again?

    Guest Blogger
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A guest post from SWOU (Sex Worker Open University) about the failure of the upcoming 'Feminism in London' conference to include any sex workers on its sex work panel
  • The revolution will not be pinkified

    Liz Smith
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    Is it too much to ask for women's bikes and cycling accessories in colours other than pink, asks Liz Smith? And while we're at it, let's get the same specs available for the same price
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  • “First World Problems” versus Checking Your Blind Spots

    Julia Burke
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    I’ve written a few posts in recent months for which I received the common logical fallacy response that we at the Skepchick Network not-so-fondly refer to as “Dear Muslima.” It goes something like this: “Stop talking about this problem because there are worse problems.” I have also written about inconsistent application of principles: the fallacy of avoiding Trader Joe’s wine for its harvest practices because those practices are common in most agriculture, for example, or my observation that white liberals’ zeal for food responsibility often suffers from notable blind spots. In…
  • Quickies: Planetary protection officer, giant squid dissection, and Wonder Woman

    Amanda
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Meet NASA’s one and only planetary protection officer – “Her job is to ensure that NASA and other U.S. organizations that journey into space adhere to the regulations put in place by the International Outer Space Treaty of 1967, which aims to preserve scientists’ ability to study other worlds in their natural states, avoid biological contamination of environments we explore and protect Earth’s biosphere in case alien life exists. You could say the future of our solar system rests in her hands.” From Sarah. Rare colossal squid dissected in New Zealand…
  • SkeptiCon is Coming and a call to ARTISTS!

    Amy Roth
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    It’s that time of year when the Midwest’s largest and only FREE skeptic and atheist conference takes place. That’s right, SkeptiCon is just around the corner and THIS year it’s gonna be even better than ever. Why? Because THIS year they are letting me organize an art show! WOOOOOT! Skepticon 7 is the weekend of November 21st–23rd 2014 and will be held at The Ramada Oasis in Springfield, MO! First of all, you should go. And second of all, if you can, please donate to them. How they manage to keep this event free is awe inspiring! But they can’t do it without…
  • Quickies: Sugar substitutes affect gut biome, gaming award show bomb threat, and how hip-hop can help humanism

    Amanda
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Sugar substitutes linked to obesity – “This is the first work to suggest that sweeteners might be exacerbating metabolic disease, and that this might happen through the gut microbiome, the diverse community of bacteria in the human intestines.” From Mary. Bomb threat targeted Anita Sarkeesian at Game Developers Choice Awards last March – “An anonymous e-mailer threatened to blow up a bomb at the Game Developers Choice Awards this past March unless the hosts rescinded an award recognizing feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian, the organizers of the event have confirmed…
  • Sam Harris Doesn’t Understand Bell Curves

    Jamie Bernstein
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    It’s Thursday and that means it’s time for another round of Bad Chart Thursday. This week, rather than make fun of a bad chart, I was inspired to write a bit about bell curves and more specifically Sam Harris’ complete lack of understanding as to how bell curves work. You see, the internet blew up this week after a Washington Post profile of Sam Harris written by Michelle Boorstein included the following quote from Harris explaining why such a large proportion of his fan-base are men: “I think it may have to do with my person slant as an author, being very critical of bad…
 
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    Viva la Feminista

  • New Book: Mothering in East Asian Communities: Politics and Practices

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Demeter Press is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of the collection, Mothering in East Asian Communities: Politics and Practices Edited by Patti Duncan and Gina WongIn Mothering in East Asian Communities, Duncan and Wong seamlessly rupture a homogenous identity category—that of the “tiger mom.” The editors invoke the works of diverse contributors who critically challenge essentialized identity categories and racialized and sexualized experiences of women of color within the institution of motherhood and practices of mothering. Here, the edited volume grapples with…
  • Summer of Feminista - Latina Feminist Friendships [video]

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Well we've turned on the heat at home, pumpkin spice products have hit the market and we have to wear socks again...this only means one thing, summer is over. But before we put away the lawn lights (ahem...), let's take some time to view this amazing video that Kat Lazo, Patricia Valoy, Dior Vargas and Raquel Reichard took the time to make in response to my prompt to talk about how your girlfriends fit into your feminism. Thank you mujeres for this video. It was moving, funny and sums up the summer perfectly. I'm not even going to attempt a summary post. Thank you to everyone who participated…
  • Update on Space Camp!

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:42 pm
    A quick update...1) I am all set! And we're now just one month away from me paying for the most expensive vomit ever. YES!!2) While I only raised less than half of what I wanted to pay for this birthday gift, I am closing down my GoFundMe campaign for two reasons. The first was the fact that they will allow campaigns to support the police officer who killed Michael Brown, but secondly they think raising money for abortions is bad. So ok, make a case that raising money for an officer before he's found guilty shouldn't be a big deal..Seriously, I'll give you that. And even PayPal and all the…
  • Book Review: Encyclopedia of Goddesses & Heroines by Patricia Monaghan

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Encyclopedia of Goddesses & Heroines by Patricia Monaghan is a beautiful addition to any home library. Monaghan sets out a geographical encyclopedia which allows for anyone to find their goddess or heroine based on where they hail from. I am fairly certain this is the book I used early on in my goddess studies to attempt to create a personal global pantheon. The entries are fairly short, except as you might expect for the Virgin Mary, thus make an excellent starting point for any budding goddess scholar. Since it is an encyclopedia I did not read this cover to cover. I did though…
  • Summer of Feminista: Four Friends

    16 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Today Summer of Feminista is proud to welcome back, Linda Garcia Merchant. Linda Garcia Merchant, an award-winning filmmaker and Independent scholar, is technical director of the Chicana Por Mi Raza Project, a community partner for the Somos Latinas Oral History Project and the Chicana Chicago/MABPW Collection Project, a member of the LGBT Giving Council of the Chicago Foundation for Women and a board member of the Chicago Area Women's History Council. Watch the trailer for Linda's latest production 'Yo Soy Eva' , being released this fall.Every year for the past thirty years I get…
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    Kitsch-Slapped

  • 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.
  • “The Pram Rag” (Men Dressed As Babies & In Drag)

    Deanna
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    A very short silent film from 1923 featuring the sophomoric fun in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. The title card reads: The “Pram” Rag. Undergraduate “Mothers” with “Brawny Babies” in race organised by […] No related posts.
  • “The Challenge Of The 50s — Years Of Crisis”

    Deanna
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Doing some research for doll articles, I ran into this bit from the December 18, 1950 issue of Broadcasting Telecasting about a one hour, Chevrolet sponsored, CBS radio & TV […] No related posts.
  • Just How Innocent Are These “How To Attract Women” Websites?

    Deanna
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:50 pm
    The Men’s Right Movement (MRM) may have begun in support of women and feminism, but it’s gone to hell. There’s always been an element of “I want to be a […] No related posts.
  • Vintage Crossdressing On A Cruise

    Deanna
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    Because few things are as “funny” as a man dressing like a woman… Looks like a “hula skirt” made of crepe paper or toilet paper and I am not sure […] No related posts.
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  • Star Trek’s Official Facebook Page Needs to Tackle Sexist, Racist and Homophobic Comments

    Jarrah Hodge
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:26 pm
    I grew up watching and loving Star Trek, and just over a year ago I started a side blog called Trekkie Feminist. It wasn’t long after that my attention was drawn to a post filled with some pretty grossly sexist replies on the official Star Trek Facebook page, which is run by StarTrek.com, under CBS. Since then I’ve been noticing and sometimes documenting the kinds of sexist, racist and homophobic comments that proliferate on the official Star Trek Facebook page (more examples of posts here). And the more examples I found the more frustrated and disheartened I became, and the…
  • Round-Up: Sept. 16, 2014

    Jarrah Hodge
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:41 am
    Georgiann Davis writes about why “sex testing” of female athletes needs to stop (Ms. Magazine). Viola Davis spoke last week about the barriers she still faces in Hollywood, along with other women of colour (Women and Hollywood). We Hunted the Mammoth’s David Futrelle did a great interview at Vice about why we need to take online threats against feminist activists seriously. The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering an end to net neutrality. Our Bodies, Our Blog writes about how this could impact access to important information on sexual…
  • The Paradox of Body Acceptance

    Jarrah Hodge
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Photo credit: Green Kozi, CC-licensed via Flickr Fat acceptance isn’t always about loving your body. It’s not always about standing up and declaiming loudly that fat is flabulous. Sometimes fat acceptance is just about accepting your body as it is at this moment. My road to fat acceptance has been a long and winding one. Unlike some of the larger voices in the movement, I’m not a lifelong fattie. I’ve fluctuated up and down in body size since childhood, although I’ve been holding steady at my current size for the last decade or so. My first introduction was back in 1996, when my…
  • Round-Up: Sep. 9, 2014

    Jarrah Hodge
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:50 am
    Holly Jarrett and other Aboriginal women are asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper “Am I Next?” in a powerful new photo campaign (via Press Progress). Samantha Nock at Rabble talks about the difference between listening to and witnessing Indigenous women’s stories. Interested in the bigger history and political aspects behind the “F*ck Safe Space” shirts at Carleton? Check out this story by Mathieu Murphy-Perron at Rabble. Jack Qu’emi at Everyday Feminism has four tips for being trans-inclusive when talking about abortion. The New Inquiry has collected a…
  • At the Intersection of Trans and Blue-Collar

    Jarrah Hodge
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    I grew up in Nanaimo, B.C., on Vancouver Island. Nanaimo isn’t the small town that it used to be, but in some parts – particularly the south end, where I’ve spent most of my life – it still feels like one. The neighbourhoods, which were founded by coal mining families, are still thoroughly blue collar and are generally a split between tradespeople and mill workers. Nanaimo has a penchant for giving strange names to things, like Tally-ho, Buttertubs, and Jinglepot (a beer and wine store, a marsh and a street, respectively), and our history is punctuated by an ex-mayor who…
 
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