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  • Target Forced to Pay $2.8 Million to Women and Minority Applicants

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    Feminist Newswire
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Target is to pay millions after a lawsuit against the store for discriminating against women and African American job applicants. Related posts: Nation’s “Strongest Equal Pay Law” Set to Pass in California Obama Takes Step for Paid Sick Leave Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Overtime, Minimum Wage for Home-Care Workers
  • Kentucky County Clerk Jailed for Refusing to Issue Same Sex Marriage Licenses

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    andrea
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Andrea Germanos, staff writerA federal judge on Thursday found Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, in contempt of court and ordered her to jail. Reuters reports that Davis has refused to issue licenses to any couples, gay or straight, since the U.S. Supreme Court in June ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution, citing her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian.
  • Mrs. Universe Calls Out Canada's Neglect of Aboriginal Women

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    Juhie Bhatia
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:39 am
    Within days of becoming the first aboriginal woman to win this international pageant, the 25-year-old is calling out the Conservative party, which faces elections next month, for ignoring First Nations issues, including missing and murdered aboriginal women.
  • Every Adoptive Parent's Worst Nightmare

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    JennaHatfield
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:14 pm
    In August, Rose O'Donnell's daughter went missing. She was found and returned; drugs are rumored to have been involved. And then on her 18th birthday, Chelsea O'Donnell left Florida with her birth mother. O'Donnell is said to have cut her daughter off financially and is holding her daughter's birth certificate and social security card. The adoption world is in an uproar. An adoptee! Returned! To her birth mother! Whoa. Photo Credit: Redd Angelo I've spent a week attempting to form coherent thoughts on the matter. The more I think, however, the more eyeroll-y I get at those flailing their arms…
  • Stafford, Bortles shine as Lions beat Jaguars 22-17

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    28 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Matthew Stafford completed 11 of 15 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Detroit Lions beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 22-17 in a preseason game Friday night. The Lions (2-1) trailed most of the night, but rookie Zach Zenner’s 3-yard touchdown run with 1:41 remaining was the winner. Detroit played without star receiver Calvin Johnson for the third consecutive game, but Stafford carved up Jacksonville’s secondary in a half of work. Stafford threw a perfect deep ball to Golden Tate for a 62-yarder in the second quarter and then hooked up…
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  • Target Forced to Pay $2.8 Million to Women and Minority Applicants

    Feminist Newswire
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Target is to pay millions after a lawsuit against the store for discriminating against women and African American job applicants. Related posts: Nation’s “Strongest Equal Pay Law” Set to Pass in California Obama Takes Step for Paid Sick Leave Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Overtime, Minimum Wage for Home-Care Workers
  • Kentucky Clerk Defies Supreme Court, Refuses to Issue Marriage Licenses

    Feminist Newswire
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:22 am
    Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis will be summoned to court this morning where a federal judge could hold her in contempt for refusing to issue a marriage licenses to gay couples. Related posts: White House Hires First Openly Transgender Official Supreme Court Declares Marriage Equality a Constitutional Right Queer Troop Leaders Are Now Welcome By The Boy Scouts of America
  • Judge Rules Employers Can Object to Contraceptive Coverage on Moral Grounds

    Feminist Newswire
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:30 am
    A court sided with anti-choice group March for Life, denying employees of the group contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Related posts: Women Are Saving Hundreds of Dollars on Contraception Following the ACA’s Implementation Supreme Court Decides: Obamacare Lives Planned Parenthood Cleared to Apply for License in New Orleans
  • Claims Against Planned Parenthood Repeatedly Proven Bogus

    Feminist Newswire
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:49 am
    Five states have now concluded investigations into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), and every single investigation has concluded no wrongdoing. These investigations were stimulated by highly doctored and deceptive videos falsely claiming PPFA has been selling fetal tissue. State agency representatives from Georgia, South Dakota, Florida, Indiana, and Massachusetts have independently confirmed that all five states have not violated any laws. “It’s alarming that based on bogus videos, four states- Arizona, Utah, Alabama, and Louisiana- have rushed to defunded…
  • Nation’s “Strongest Equal Pay Law” Set to Pass in California

    Feminist Newswire
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:45 am
    California Governor Jerry Brown has said he will sign the nation's strongest equal pay law once it reaches his desk. Related posts: Businesses in the UK Will Now Be Required to Report Differences in Earnings By Gender Obama Takes Step for Paid Sick Leave Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Overtime, Minimum Wage for Home-Care Workers
 
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  • Kentucky County Clerk Jailed for Refusing to Issue Same Sex Marriage Licenses

    andrea
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Andrea Germanos, staff writerA federal judge on Thursday found Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, in contempt of court and ordered her to jail. Reuters reports that Davis has refused to issue licenses to any couples, gay or straight, since the U.S. Supreme Court in June ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution, citing her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian.
  • Policy Failures 'Permeated All Aspects' of Police Reponse in Ferguson: Report

    nadia
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Nadia Prupis, staff writerIn the direct aftermath of Michael Brown's death in August 2014, police in Ferguson, Missouri displayed inconsistent leadership, used ineffective strategies to respond to protests, and failed to understand endemic problems within the community—among other shortcomings—according to a new report published Thursday by the U.S. Justice Department.
  • More Bad News for Coal Country as Common Byproduct Found to be Radioactive

    lauren
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:13 am
    Lauren McCauley, staff writerCoal ash, a common and unregulated byproduct of coal-fired power plants, has been found to contain high levels of radioactive contaminants, placing at great risk the countless number of people who live near such dumps—including the thousands of North Carolina residents affected by the 2014 Dan River spill.
  • US Supreme Court Called to Act on Extreme Anti-Choice Laws

    deirdre
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
  • 'Despair of a Generation' as Violence Blocks Education for Millions

    sarah lazare
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:56 am
    Sarah Lazare, staff writerEven sanctuaries of learning are not spared from the war and upheaval sweeping the Middle East and North Africa, where nearly 14 million children are prevented from attending school both within their home countries and as refugees, a devastating new report from UNICEF finds.
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  • Mrs. Universe Calls Out Canada's Neglect of Aboriginal Women

    Juhie Bhatia
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:39 am
    Within days of becoming the first aboriginal woman to win this international pageant, the 25-year-old is calling out the Conservative party, which faces elections next month, for ignoring First Nations issues, including missing and murdered aboriginal women.
  • Hidden Divorce Penalty Is Older Age Poverty

    Sharon Johnson
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:09 am
    Divorced women who deferred their education to put husbands through school or moved multiple times to enable their husbands to move up the career ladder are at special risk. So are those who gave up jobs to raise children.
  • Why Didn't She Just Leave?

    WeNews Staff
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:24 am
    Why Didn't She Just Leave?
  • Girls in Kenya Destigmatize Periods for Peers

    Daraja Academy
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Studies report that girls in Kenya miss 3.5 million learning days per month because of a lack of available menstruation products. Here, Daraja Academy student Joyce Wanjiru writes about a friend who inspired her to help all girls in Kenya, one sanitary towel at time.
  • Trump Attacks on Kelly Echo Male Patterns of Abuse

    Rosalind C. Barnett and Caryl Rivers
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:04 am
    When women make strong comments or venture into political waters they face threats. Harassment of female journalists online seems to be growing at an alarming rate; and it dovetails with new research about women and speech.
 
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  • Every Adoptive Parent's Worst Nightmare

    JennaHatfield
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:14 pm
    In August, Rose O'Donnell's daughter went missing. She was found and returned; drugs are rumored to have been involved. And then on her 18th birthday, Chelsea O'Donnell left Florida with her birth mother. O'Donnell is said to have cut her daughter off financially and is holding her daughter's birth certificate and social security card. The adoption world is in an uproar. An adoptee! Returned! To her birth mother! Whoa. Photo Credit: Redd Angelo I've spent a week attempting to form coherent thoughts on the matter. The more I think, however, the more eyeroll-y I get at those flailing their arms…
  • Jazz Up Your Living Room With a DIY Yardstick Side Table

    theannewithane
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:45 pm
    I was looking for a way to jazz up (or rather tone down) the orange wood in two mismatched side tables we've been storing in the attic. I wanted to do more than just paint the side tables to match -- something that would add a bit of character. Heading back to school has put me into an academic mindset. Hence my idea to cover the top of the side tables with some vintage yardsticks I purchased at an estate sale.Since I ran out of yardsticks doing one side table, I ended up having to purchase an additional bundle of yardsticks from Ebay to do the second side table. They sell all kinds…
  • Dear Friend: I'm Sorry I Unfollowed You on Facebook

    YourTango.com
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:56 pm
    By Sarah Tuttle-Singer for Yourtango.com. It's hard for me to admit this. I'm going to take off all my clothes and stand in the white light of the sun for a minute: Once, I unfollowed someone on Facebook. Someone I actually know in real life and really like, and am friends with. No, it wasn't because of politics. No, she wasn't harassing me. No, she wasn't posting ‪#‎DonaldTrumpFanGirl‬ either. I unfollowed because I was jealous of the view from her wall. Her stories and pictures were a window into a life I once tried to create. A sweet life in cool mornings, dust motes in mellow light.
  • 5 Things Your Kids Want You to Remember After School 

    mom.me
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:58 am
    School has started for some. Activities and homework will be back in gear, though sometimes I wonder if activities ever cease to slow. Before you go scheduling your Kindergarten or 6th-grader in multiple activities, keep in mind a few things from their perspective: 1. Recess It's is not very long. In fact, it's shorter then when we were kids. Kids being kids, they have a lot of energy. They need to run around. Unfortunately, they aren't given a lot of opportunity to do this at school. Cue the obesity epidemic panic soundtrack. If you hear that your kid is "misbehaving," find out how much time…
  • Dear Mr. President, Will You Speak Up For Fallen Police?

    theduckywriter
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:52 am
    Dear Mr. President,I want to start of by saying that I highly respect your position and that I can understand that you have quite a ton on your plate – homeland security, our economy, attempting peace relations with other countries, the works. I get it. May 3, 2013 - Clearwater, Florida, U.S. - Mourning bars cross the badges of officers standing at attention during the the 32nd annual Clearwater Police Officer Memorial Service. Image Credit: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Times/ZUMAPRESS Interestingly enough, during the whole media circus with Ferguson, Missouri, you took the time to speak out…
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  • Stafford, Bortles shine as Lions beat Jaguars 22-17

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Matthew Stafford completed 11 of 15 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Detroit Lions beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 22-17 in a preseason game Friday night. The Lions (2-1) trailed most of the night, but rookie Zach Zenner’s 3-yard touchdown run with 1:41 remaining was the winner. Detroit played without star receiver Calvin Johnson for the third consecutive game, but Stafford carved up Jacksonville’s secondary in a half of work. Stafford threw a perfect deep ball to Golden Tate for a 62-yarder in the second quarter and then hooked up…
  • Vin Scully to return for record 67th year with Dodgers

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    28 Aug 2015 | 3:42 pm
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vin Scully will return for a record 67th season in the broadcast booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The news was revealed in the second inning of Friday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel appeared on the Dodger Stadium video board and told the crowd via cue cards without uttering a sound. His last card read: “God bless us everyone.” The 87-year-old Scully stood up and waved from his booth as the crowd cheered. The Hall of Fame announcer continues to enjoy describing the action on the field. His consecutive years of…
  • AP Top Sports News At 9:16 p.m. EDT

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    28 Aug 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Stewart claims he didn’t see man on track before fatal crash Continue Reading...
  • Redskins say QB Griffin to miss Ravens game

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:34 pm
    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins say quarterback Robert Griffin III will miss Saturday’s exhibition game at the Baltimore Ravens because of a concussion, reversing an earlier decision to let him play. In a statement released Friday by the Redskins, NFL independent neurologist Robert Kurtzke is quoted as saying that Griffin “should be held from gameplay this weekend and be retested in one (to) two weeks before a firm conclusion to return to gameplay can be made.” Griffin left last week’s exhibition game against Detroit with what Redskins coach Jay Gruden…
  • Despite volatility, on-air rampage difficult to predict

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    28 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Living alone in a world of perceived slights, Vester Lee Flanagan II festered and fumed. His hair-trigger temper directed at a random collection of people he encountered never seemed to stray into the type of violent behavior that would have put him on the radar of police or mental health professionals. By not crossing that line, he avoided doing anything that would have made it illegal for him to purchase the gun he used to kill two former co-workers on live TV in Virginia. Flanagan, 41, had never been arrested for a felony and had no criminal record. There are no…
 
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  • Math disparities the result of unconscious teacher biases

    EG
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:40 am
    So, here’s a report from Israel via NPR demonstrating pretty conclusively that disparities in math achievement in school between girls and boys are an artifact of sexism, not any innate differences between the sexes. Turns out that if teachers who know the students grade sixth-grade math exams, girls do worse than boys. But when those same exams are graded by outside teachers who don’t know the genders of the students, the girls in fact do better than the boys. However, the lower scores seem to discourage girls from pursuing mathematics at higher levels. It’s always good to…
  • Q&A: Dating When You’re Fat?

    Echo Zen
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Can you imagine a society where 75 per cent of folks are gay, yet society is still as homophobic as the Duggar clan? That’s pretty much what fat people deal with every day, so we’ve made this far-reaching topic the crux of the last episode of this summer miniseries… PROBLEM ▼ three-quarters of Americans are obese or overweight. yet society still tells us fat people are ugly. society especially stigmatises fat geeks. one of them asked us how to date girls if you’re fat. SOLUTION ▼ at our weekly LAN party, we formulated 5 tips for anyone, female or male, saddled with fat…
  • You never should’ve opened that door…

    EG
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Employers can refuse to provide coverage for contraception on moral as well as religious grounds. My reaction to this is slightly more complex than it might be normally. I certainly am in favor of demystifying and debunking the idea that religious beliefs have a special centrality and fervency and we atheists simply can’t imagine as we go about our stolid, prosaic, immoral lives. However. I’m in favor of doing that not by elevating every moral belief one might have to the protected status that articles of faith currently hold, but by holding the devout to the same standards the…
  • Climate Change Hits Women Harder

    EG
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:06 pm
    I found this article, about how natural disasters, and therefore climate change, have significantly greater negative effects on women fascinating. (The article is from March–I have a backlog of stuff I bookmarked to blog about. Most of it does not necessarily seem interesting enough to resurrect several months later, but this piece did to me.) The statistics are startling. According to the article, natural disasters on average kill more women than men — 90 percent female fatalities in some cases, prevent girls from going to school, increase the threat of sexual assault. The…
  • Quick hit: Malala Yousafzai aced high school, naturally

    Caperton
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Malala Yousafzai survived a gunshot to the head from the Taliban in retribution for her passionate activism about education for girls starting when she was just eleven. She started a nonprofit to promote and enable education for girls, including those threatened by the Taliban in her native Pakistan. She won a Nobel Prize at age 16. She’s spoken to the UN. She’s traveled the globe to speak with world leaders. She’s also declined to speak with world leaders when it would conflict with her high school class schedule, which is why her grades are better than yours. Even after…
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  • To Date is Mortal, to Love is Divine…

    admin
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:54 pm
    I’m an older person than today’s “target market”, I’m currently in the 52nd year, graying hair (although I dye it), achey knees and I enjoy sitting on my couch eating ice cream rather than going out and hitting the bar scene.  However I’ve lately been extremely interested in all the dating apps and websites that have been making the news lately, yes, I’m talking about “Tinder”. Now I wouldn’t know Tinder if it popped up on my iPhone screen (which, trust me, it doesn’t), but I’ve seen many different late night talk show…
  • Late Night Flooding

    admin
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:41 am
    So I was reading back some of my old blog posts and I realized that most of my observations and commentaries were about relatively abstract things. I complain about my mother a bit, not getting famous, snow drifts, etc. etc. I realized there was not much down-to-earth commentary. Well that is about to change. Last night I had myself a good old fashion overnight plumbing emergency, along with all the great fun (sarcasm) of broken pipes and flooded basements. What a charming experience. Now that I’ve gotten it all taken care of, and the frustration and tiredness out of my system, I can…
  • Clean Laundry (Room), Clean Conscience

    admin
    10 Aug 2015 | 1:41 pm
    So I left home the other day not sure what I was going to do with my day. I walked and pondered the universe for a few hours, and it was a really nice time. I came home with a renewed energy to get my house in order. My laundry room had always annoyed me, because it wasn’t the most polished and nice looking room. It was more utilitarian, with baskets and detergents, tables for folding clothes and an extra sink. It was really like an old washroom which has been modified to fit some tables and the washing machines. There was no custom paint, no cute little wall decals, and no aura of…
  • Lake Effect

    admin
    3 Jan 2010 | 1:04 pm
    It turns out that blogging is much more easily accomplished from a Days Inn hotel room in an unfamiliar town during a blizzard than on a birthday or a visit home for the holidays. I’m not sure I have anything particularly insightful or pertinent to put out there, except to express my gratitude for warmth and safety. We sat on Interstate 90 for hours today with our surprisingly patient four month old in her car seat in the back, chattering (I’m assuming) about her hopes that we would change her diaper and feed her again some day. Finally, the state patrol kicked everyone off of the freeway…
  • Mom-athy Part 2

    admin
    2 Dec 2009 | 7:18 am
    I finally got back to work as an Artist (Writer) in Residence at the children’s hospital last week. My warm-up was an art project at a tree lighting ceremony for chronically ill kids. It went beautifully, but when I got home and discovered I just missed tucking my baby into bed, I was a wreck. All I could think was, how do moms do this? How did my mom do this? Late that night I was as actually happy to wake up at 1 and 4 and 6 a.m. to feed and snuggle my little one. I didn’t know how I was going to leave her for eight hours that day and worried over whether or not I’d left enough milk…
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  • Japan Has a Google Street View Map for Cats

    Marie Lodi
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Imagine you are an adorable little kitty exploring the streets of Japan. Where should you go? What should you see? Luckily, the tourism board of Hiroshima has created a website with street maps positioned from a cat’s point of view. Technology is just so wonderful.Read more...
  • Listen to Two New Jams from Empire Season 2

    Marie Lodi
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:15 pm
    To get us pumped for the upcoming second season of Empire, Fox and Columbia Records have released two new songs, both sung by Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon.Read more...
  • Customers Arrested After Video Surfaces of Them Pulling a Fast Food Worker Through the Drive-Thru Window

    C.A. Pinkham on kitchenette, shared by Marie Lodi to Jezebel
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Today in really fucked-up restaurant customer behavior: this.Read more...
  • Obama Left a Cute Comment on a Photo from Humans of New York

    Marie Lodi
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:30 pm
    On a recent Facebook photo posted by Humans of New York, a comment was left by none other than President Obama. The post featured an Iranian father and his son, sitting down together. In the caption, the father describes a sweet moment where he witnessed his son perform an act of kindness. “One time when he was five years old, he came with me to the store and we bought two pounds of fresh apricots,” the father had said. “After awhile, I asked him to hand me an apricot. ‘I can’t,’ he said. ‘I’ve given them all away.’ I knew then that I was raising a humanitarian.” Aww.Read…
  • College Student Starts Driving Barbie Car After DUI, Becomes Hero

    Joanna Rothkopf
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Here’s the scoop: A Texas State University student got a DUI. As a result of the DUI, her license was automatically suspended and her dad took away her car. And then she was like ‘Fuck you, law! I am awesome!’ and started driving a Barbie jeep around campus because she didn’t want to get a bike (because “riding a bike around campus sucks... like really sucks,”). And now she’s a hero. Because we live in America in 2005.Read more...
 
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  • What the pundits just don't GET about the Donald Trump phenomenon

    Matsu
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:46 pm
    The Donald Trump phenomenon is something the pundits keep trying to explain away. Maybe after enough explaining, he'll go away. So far he hasn't. David Brooks tells this weekend that Trump will keep his number in the polls, but the "real" candidates will rise. And now Rick Perry is having trouble paying his people in South Carolina. But Trump? He's rolling on. And this brings us to why Trump stumps the pundits as Trump gets on the stump. It's the money! Money is king, and Trump is the king of the money. We've heard or the rich being job creators? Well one of the "jobs" they have created is…
  • Is it time to strip Wyoming of its statehood?

    Matsu
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:04 am
    The number of seats in the US House of Representatives was set at 435 in 1912, the year the Titanic sank. With the additional of Alaska and Hawaii to the Union, the number went up to 437. The 1910 census put the population at 92.2 million people or about 211,000 people per congressman. We understand that the Senate is not based on population, but under Article One of the original US Constitution, the House is based on population. Today the United States population is 320 million. That means that strictly speaking each House member should represent about 730,000 people, more than three times…
  • Makers: the feminist story doesn't end there

    media girl
    27 Feb 2013 | 10:52 am
    Last night's airing of Makers on PBS got a lot of attention, in part for what it didn't include: Feminism in the last 20 years or so, especially what's been happening online. But that's okay. Feminism has a deep and profound history too big to fit in a 3-hour documentary. The story starts before the 1950s. The story continues on through today. And the story is far more diverse than the mostly-white narrative shared in the film. In the Washington Post, Annie Groer writes: For activists of a certain age, “Makers” is a sentimental journey back to the days of big ideas, big dreams, big hair…
  • President Boehner? President Boehner? Republicans Push Toward Parliamentary Government

    Matsu
    29 Jan 2013 | 8:38 am
    Some Republicans are looking to change the way the President of the United States is elected. It is a simple plan reported by the Washington Post, Rachael Maddow, and other media, but I think the article in Center for American Action Funds lays it out well. Simply put, in the present system, the US electoral college delegates are selected by a winner-take-all system based on the states. Some Republicans are calling for a revamp of the winner-take-all system and replace it with electors based on congressional districts. Had such a system been in place during the 2012 election, Mitt Romney, who…
  • And the Band Droned On

    Matsu
    12 Jan 2013 | 9:10 am
    In my undergraduate class in anthropology, one of the texts related how during World War Two, soldiers in the US Army were given vitamins. But there was a religious denomination that opposed taking medicine. The answer? Change the name of the pills to "food supplements," and sure enough the soldiers in question went ahead and took the pills. Calling things by different names can change acceptance. The text went on to say in 1949 that the War Department's name was changed to the Defense Department, possibly less bellicose. How has this played out? Well, if you are defending yourself, it sounds…
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  • Muslim Female Superheroes

    eren
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:52 am
    I spent much of my childhood and teenage years obsessed with anime and comics. Growing up in Mexico, I was part of a generation that saw the introduction of strong female characters in mainstream media, including anime, comics and TV shows. No more Candy Candy with her eternal emotional conflicts over boys, and no more [Read More...]
  • Friday Links

    samya
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:13 am
    A year after she was elected as the Female Muslim MP in Malawi parliament, Aisha Mambo has vowed to use her new role to advocate for a larger representation of Muslim women in the country. Leading Muslim Organization Campaigns for Women-Friendly Mosques, calling on mosques across the country to be more inclusive of women. Nearly all [Read More...]
  • Friday Links

    samya
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:43 am
    Muslim women in Morocco are demanding a female-only beach so they can enjoy the summer weather without having to worry about keeping their bodies covered. A progressive Mumbai-based Muslim women’s group has published a survey whose findings are so stark that they should, finally, put an end to any further debate on the urgent need [Read More...]
  • Pick Up Artists: Veiling Misogyny with Islam

    shireen
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:28 am
    *Trigger Warning: Rape, Sexualized Violence, Misogyny* Toronto boasts a wonderfully diverse population. It is probably one of the most diverse cities in the world. And it is also home to the largest Muslim community in the country. There are different Islamic centres, and incredible organizations like Outburst! that advocate for the rights of Muslim women. [Read More...]
  • Review: In the Skin of a Jihadist

    tasnim
    18 Aug 2015 | 10:58 am
      In the Skin of A Jihadist by Anne Erelle (not her real name) is a book about a French journalist pretending to be an ISIS fan and interacting with a French-speaking jihadist via Skype. This sentence occurs on the first page: “Do you really love me, Mélodie murmurs, her voice childish and frail.” That one [Read More...]
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  • Breast Cancer Study Encourages Reconsideration of DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ) and its Treatment

    Guest Contributor
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:40 am
    by Mary E. Costanza, MD Women who are diagnosed with a very early stage of breast cancer usually undergo some type of surgery with the hope that it will eliminate their risk of developing invasive breast cancer. The most common treatment is lumpectomy followed by radiation, though some women opt for a mastectomy or even a double mastectomy, which involves removing a healthy breast as well. A new study published this month shows that in most cases, treatment does not affect a woman’s outcome, throwing into question whether surgical treatments have been overly aggressive and overused. Diagram…
  • Republicans Revive Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood, Forget Own Support for Research

    Guest Contributor
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:34 am
    By Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News Republican calls to defund Planned Parenthood over its alleged handling of fetal tissue for research are louder than ever. But they are just the latest in a decades-long drive to halt federal support for the group. This round of attacks aims squarely at the collection of fetal tissue, an issue that had been mostly settled — with broad bipartisan support — in the early 1990s. Among those who voted to allow federal funding for fetal tissue research was now-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky). McConnell made no mention of his previous position…
  • FDA Panel Approves ‘Female Viagra” Despite Lingering Safety Concerns

    Guest Contributor
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:31 am
    by Martha Kempner, RH Reality Check A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel last week recommended that the government approve flibanserin, a drug that has often been called the female Viagra. The panel voted 18-6 in favor of Sprout Pharmaceutical’s drug application on the condition that the company develops plans to manage the risks of the medication, which include fatigue, low blood pressure, and fainting. The FDA had previously rejected two applications for approval, citing concerns over side effects and lack of information about drug interaction. [View the FDA briefing…
  • How One Hospital Reduced Its C-Sections Rate, Benefitting Patients and Insurers

    Guest Contributor
    1 Jun 2015 | 6:19 am
    By Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, one of the largest and most respected facilities in Orange County, Calif., needed to move quickly. A big insurer had warned that its maternity costs were too high and it might be cut from the plan’s network. The reason? Too many cesarean sections. “We were under intense scrutiny,” said Dr. Allyson Brooks, executive medical director of Hoag’s women’s health institute. The c-section rate at the time, in early 2012, was about 38 percent. That was higher than the state average of 33 percent and above most others in…
  • A Remembrance of Childbirth Author and Activist Sheila Kitzinger

    Guest Contributor
    20 May 2015 | 11:43 am
    Childbirth author and activist Sheila Kitzinger died April 11, 2015, at the age of 86, just a month before the publication of her autobiography, “A Passion for Birth: My Life: Anthropology, Family and Feminism.” Norma Swenson, a founding member of Our Bodies Ourselves who knew Sheila well, wrote this remembrance. The Boston Association for Childbirth Education-Nursing Mothers’ Council and Our Bodies Ourselves are hosting a memorial celebration of Sheila’s life and work on Wednesday, May 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Newton Highlands Congregational church. All are…
 
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  • Programming Note

    2 Sep 2015 | 6:09 am
    Well, I've definitely pushed myself too hard, and now I'm paying for it: I've got some sort of awful flu or cold, which is triggering the autoimmune reaction, i.e. dizziness and numbness and tremors. I am not used to this new normal yet. And I push myself too hard here, and in my personal life, because I don't want to disappoint anyone. Which is not a good strategy, clearly, because I just make myself sicker.So, yeah. I was going to take a long weekend for Labor Day anyway, but I'm going to go ahead and take off now, and try to get as much rest as I can.And instead of promising I'll…
  • Open Thread

    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hosted by a yurt.
  • Question of the Day

    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Suggested by Shaker mauzo: "What was the first book (/film/comic/…) you read that explicitly centred a non-white person, and how old were you at the time?"I had a number of Little Golden Books the main characters of which were non-white girls, but the first book I read at an age where I can recall its having a huge impact on me was Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, by Eleanor Coerr (1977). I was maybe 7 or 8 when I first read it. The book, inspired by a real person, tells the story of a Japanese girl, just a baby when the A-bomb was dropped in Hiroshima, who later develops leukemia as a…
  • An Observation

    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 pm
    [Content Note: Oppression; dehumanization.]A funny thing happens every time I write something defending Chris Christie against fat hatred, or Sarah Palin against misogyny, or Dr. Ben Carson against racism, or any conservative from a marginalized population against prejudice and mockery on the basis of their identity. I get a comment from some self-identified progressive, somewhere, telling me I'm wrong to defend them. That I'm hurting the cause. (What is "the cause," then?) That those conservatives wouldn't defend me in return. (As if I didn't know.)Now, obviously these dispatches are…
  • Today in Rape Culture on the Radio

    1 Sep 2015 | 2:00 pm
    [Content Note: Rape culture.]I spend most of my life not paying a damn bit of attention to what Justin Bieber is doing, which has been working out very well for me! But the teen sensation, who may be 30 years old now for all I know (just kidding he's 21; thanks Wikipedia!) just released the first single off his upcoming album and performed it at the VMAs, and it is SO GROSS.These are the actual fucking lyrics of this actual fucking song:What Do You MeanWhat do you mean? Oh, oh / When you nod your head yes / But you wanna say noWhat do you mean? Hey-ey / When you don't want me to move / But…
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    The F-Word

  • The false rape/assault accusation trope – a bit fishy and definitely not funny

    Guest Blogger
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Rosa Walling-Wefelmeyer is unimpressed with Home and Away's recent use of the tired and potentially harmful false rape accusation trope
  • Is this the most important book of 2015?

    Gemma Fraser
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:59 am
    Consent and victim-blaming in the age of the smartphone: we should all be talking about Louise O'Neill's Asking For It, says Gemma Fraser
  • Feminist South Park

    Victoria Brewster
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:50 pm
    The creators of this long-running cartoon are open about its wide-ranging offensiveness, but does it sometimes subvert dominant norms to illustrate the raw deal girls often get? Victoria Brewster considers the case
  • Exiting the sausage fest

    Megan Stodel
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:27 am
    When previously carnivorous Megan Stodel started cutting down on meat, she was surprised to find gender expectations more of a barrier than sourcing recipes with enough cheese in them
  • On love and abandonment: The Second Mother

    Huma Munshi
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:18 am
    Huma Munshi is touched by The Second Mother, Brazilian director Anna Muylaert’s film about a domestic worker that questions rigid social hierarchies as well as obvious familial arrangements
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    wowOwow

  • Jean Chatzky: Your Job Is Your Most Important Investment (VIDEO)

    Jean Chatzky
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:27 pm
    What’s the biggest investment in your portfolio? No, not your house. Not your retirement accounts, either. If we learned anything from the Great Recession, it’s Money Rule No. 1: Your job is your most important investment. Join Jean for #MoneyRuleMonday and improve your financial future. Read More at Bankrate
  • United States Shows Surge In Businesses Run By Minority Women

    wowowow
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:25 pm
    The 2007-2012 census shows the number of businesses owned by minority women in the United States has grown by a healthy rate. Overall, women-led companies increased by nearly 28 percent. Businesses owned by Hispanic women increased by 87 percent, and businesses owbed by black women saw a 68 percent increase. The number of businesses owned by Asian women jumped by 44 percent. While this is good news, it isn’t all positive.  The years covered by the census included the economic downturn.  The total number of companies in the U.S. remained stagnant at 27.6 million between 2007 and 2012.
  • 6 Money Moves To Make By The End Of Summer

    wowowow
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:37 am
    Track your spending. Summer can get expensive . By the time it is all over you bank account may need a vacation of its own. First,check your bank account and credit card balances. Then use a digital spending tracker such as Level, Mint or LearnVest to get a handle on where your money is going and if you are spending more than you can afford. Looking for more tips to help you save money?  PureWow Money to the rescue! Read More at Forbes
  • #Love Wins – Supreme Court Ends Ban on Gay Marriage

    wowowow
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:31 pm
    Tears of Joy! On Friday June 26, 2015 the United States Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional to ban gay marriage.  Same-sex couples across the land are free to marry.  With Pride Week being celebrated from New York City to San Francisco, what better than the SCOTUS decision? Below are some reactions from around the web including our own Whoopi Goldberg and Marlo Thomas. BRAVO Supreme Court!!! We knew you had it in you. . . looking out for equality and looking out for healthcare. It’s a good day in America!!! — Twitter (@WhoopiGoldberg) 2015-06-28T22:29:47Z Supreme Court…
  • PureWow at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

    wowowow
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:47 pm
    PureWow is enjoying the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity this week.  Here are a few snapshots of the fun! PureWow on Deck! PureWow – All that Glitters is Gold PureWow – Ready to Enjoy! PureWow – Welcome Aboard!
 
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    Skepchick

  • Dating Advice from the 1980’s: “How to Read a Woman Like a Book”

    Mary
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:41 am
    Is your dating life awkward? Do you think women speak a different language than men? Do you still have that Member’s Only jacket and want to dust it off? Then get ready, because I have the perfect video from 1987 for you! (But only if you’re a man.) This video is full of so much good advice, 80’s fashion, and bad acting, I just couldn’t stop watching it. And I learned a lot! Like, how to talk to women. Or how to be on time for a date. Or what exactly women are thinking when they look annoyed (spoiler alert: they’re annoyed). It starts out with a woman showing her…
  • Bad Chart Thursday: Your State’s Burning Health Concerns

    Melanie Mallon
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Maps based on data gathered from Google Trends are everywhere, especially those that attempt to sum up each state based on randomly chosen attributes. For example, the real estate site Estately.com recently published a map of “Each State’s Most Embarrassing Google Searches.” How do they decide what is embarrassing? Pretty much by typing into Google Trends what the author would be embarrassed to search for and seeing which states have the most searches for each phrase. It’s obviously highly subjective. I’m not sure I see why googling “eyebrow piercing”…
  • #AskAChemist: Is a NFL QB’s fancy water just BS?

    drrubidium
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:10 am
    In this episode of Ask A Chemist… Oh FFS. @DrRubidium, help this man! https://t.co/s9nBIoSW76 — Michele Banks (@artologica) August 26, 2015 “Help him with what?,” you might be asking… I believe @Recovery_Water helped prevent me from getting a concussion based on a bad hit! ? #NanoBubbles — Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) August 26, 2015 As you may imagine, Russell Wilson’s assertion (and subsequent clarification) that Recovery Water helped prevent a concussion was treated with… ummmm… skepticism. Sports Blog (SB) Nation asked…
  • Quickies: Pop-Colonialism, Freddie Gray Trials, and Hurricanes from SPA-A-A-CE

    Melanie Mallon
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    Taylor Swift Is Dreaming Of A Very White Africa–“To those of us from the continent who had parents or grandparents who lived through colonialism (and it can be argued in some cases are still living through it), this nostalgia that privileged white people have for colonial Africa is awkwardly confusing to say the least and offensive to say the most.” From Mindy Fox News Continues to Try to Make ‘Black Lives Matter Is a Hate Group’ Happen–“Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who may or may not also be a hate group, pondered out loud on live television why Black Lives…
  • Chrissie Hynde Says Don’t Wear Heels if You Don’t Wanna Get Raped

    Rebecca Watson
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:16 am
    Support more videos like this at patreon.com/rebecca! Sorta transcript: Chrissie Hynde, lead singer of the Pretenders, has a new autobiography out in which she talks about how she was once raped by a guy in a biker gang. Which is horrible, and to make matters worse, she is coping with that memory by telling herself and others that it was her fault. And to make matter even worse still, she expands upon that broken thinking by telling other women that if they get raped, it’s their fault, too. We’ve been over this territory many times before: telling women, as Hynde does, that if they wear…
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    Viva la Feminista

  • Should Feminist Parents Tell Their Daughters They Are Beautiful?

    26 Aug 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Or perhaps I should ask HOW should feminist parents tell their daughters they are beautiful?Last week I attended Tamara Winfrey Harris' book reading at Women and Children First. She read from her book, The Sisters Are Alright, which discusses how Black women are viewed in the USA and their reactions to those views. One area that the discussion centered on was that of beauty.There are many issues that #365FeministSelfie has dealt with and at its core is the concept of beauty. Who gets to say who is beautiful? Why don't more women believe that they are beautiful? During the life of the project,…
  • Review: "Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted" on HBO

    18 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    If you don't know who Tig Notaro is, you may recall hearing about a stand-up comic who opened up a show with, "Good evening. Hello. I have cancer." That was Tig Notaro. I haven't kept up with her career and appearances on "Inside Amy Schumer" or "Transparent," so getting a chance to preview her new HBO special, "Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted," was exciting.Notaro's style of comedy is slyly smart. Sometimes her jokes take a moment longer to get to the kick than you expect. But for the most part, they stick their landing. She laughs about her inability to hang in Vegas, which all the…
  • 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…
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  • Film History Buff?

    Deanna
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:28 am
    All I know about this vintage photo is what the seller notes: a vintage & original 1963 gelatin silver publicity photograph promoting “The Obscene Couch” featuring “Lovely Karen.” Karen is lovely indeed as she shows off her curvaceous beach body and wild, mod blonde hair. This film was also known as “The Oblong Couch” and […] No related posts.
  • Vera Francis As The “Indian Girl” In The Prodigal

    Deanna
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:55 pm
    For those of you who love Vera Francis, here’s another vintage photograph of the nearly forgotten & neglected African-American actress. From the 1950s, this photo features Francis in what is called “a Southeast Asian view” of costuming. Publicity from MGM’s 1955 film The Prodigal, in which Vera played an “Indian Girl.” Measures 10″ x 8,” […] No related posts.
  • This Is Sure To Tee-Off A Feminist

    Deanna
    5 Aug 2015 | 5:10 am
    A vintage gold plated golf tee in the shape of a women’s nude body. The seller says it’s circa 1960s and, in case you don’t actually have the balls to use this on the golf course, this risque tee will arrive with a bunch of golf balls. No related posts.
  • Dare To Go Topless, Ladies, Legally

    Deanna
    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

    Deanna
    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.
 
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  • FFFF: A Woman With An Opinion

    Jarrah Hodge
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:43 am
    Buzzfeed’s Kate Peterman and Mark Royer demonstrate what happens when a woman, unfortunately, comes down with a case of the opinions. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYa6G-LH1eE
  • Kim Kardashian and The Policing of Pregnant Women’s Bodies

    Jarrah Hodge
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:31 am
    The American Tabloid Star recently published an article alleging the pregnant famous person Kim Kardashian has gained 65 pounds since beginning gestation of her second child. Indeed, several times a week, I see articles and blog posts devoted to analyzing Kardashian’s pregnant physique, and speculating about how many pounds she’sput on. In fact, I think more time is being spent analyzing whether Kardashian ass has gotten bigger than analyzing Canada’s federal election polls. Pregnant bodies are policed bodies. Pregnant women are told they cannot drink, eat soft cheese, enjoy sushi, etc.
  • Round-Up: Sep. 2, 2015

    Jarrah Hodge
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:52 am
    With kids headed back to school, Stephanie Gilmore at RH Reality Check looks at the way students are standing up against sexist dress codes. After the Conservatives refused to participate in a debate on women’s issues, and the NDP refused to participate in a debate without the Conservatives, now the Up for Debate campaign is moving to Plan B: a series of one-on-one interviews with all the major party leaders except Harper (CBC). Ashley Dryburg calls the Rainbow Conservatives of Canada, queer Conservative Party of Canada supporters,  “a maddening paradox” (Vue Weekly). Did…
  • New Research Examines Lack of Diversity in Poli Sci and What Needs to Change

    Jarrah Hodge
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:18 am
    I only remember having one woman as a professor in all of my political science classes in college. That’s pretty sad, considering it was my major. As I recall, there were five professors in the department at the time, and four of them were men. All of them were white. My experience seems to match with analysis done by PS: Political Science and Politics, the American Political Science Association’s academic journal. Their most recent issue focuses on the lack of diversity in the discipline, on gender and race inequality in particular. While the numbers have improved, as of 2010 women made…
  • FFFF: Bad Blood Parody Protests the Tampon Tax

    Jarrah Hodge
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:29 am
    In Canada, the GST was removed from menstrual products earlier this year, after a successful grassroots campaign was picked up by the NDP and a motion pushed through Parliament. However, the “tampon tax” still exists in other countries like Britain. In the UK, the “sanitary tax” is at 5 per cent, and is justified by viewing menstrual products as “non-essential, luxury items.” In this video, comedians Cariad Lloyd and Jenny Bede take on the tax with their hilarious parody of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video.
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  • Feminism and the corporitization of food

    TLM
    7 Aug 2015 | 1:22 pm
    We’re always bitching about the fact that the food in this country has been turned into poison. We commented on twitter that feminism led to wide-spread processed food consumption and we had a tweeter who proposed that it was the other way around (sort-of). This is our rebuttal: Note: If you’re interested in how the […]
  • (This page -Ephemera- is where quick pos…

    TLM
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:20 pm
    (This page -Ephemera- is where quick posts with no editing or really much effort will be displayed) Ok, this is going to be rambly but we watched one of the leaked undercover Planned Parenthood videos. We can’t believe how some people are acting like it’s nothing. It’s actually is pretty horrifying because you can see […]
  • Ivy league hookers are like totally real! And they LOVE hooking!

    TLM
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:21 pm
    Blogs like Vice and Salon love to do endless posts about how hooking is just another profession. This post which is TLDR is about a simple girl from Princeton, who after graduating, decided to do what she loves … hooking. You’d think a woman from Princeton wouldn’t be this stupid to think that sex in […]
  • Did A Bunch Of Women Of Color Decide To Bare Their Tig Ol’ Bitties To Save Black Women’s Lives? NOPE!

    TLM
    22 May 2015 | 12:58 pm
    When we saw the headline: Bare-Breasted Women Stop Traffic to Protest Police Killings of Black Women, we immediately smelled a rat. It seemed like some weirdo Femen bullshit. We know that not only are women never the focus for “social justice” organizations, black women are certainly never the focus of anything at all. After the most cursory […]
  • Why Won’t Gay/Trans Inc Allow Anyone To Talk About The Difference Between Transsexuals And Cross-Dressers?

    TLM
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:05 pm
    More on Planet Fitness controversy: Why is it okay to codify into law that whatever any person SAYS about their “gender identity” must be obeyed legally? Why can’t we talk about this issue? Why can’t we talk about the difference between transsexuals and cross-dressers? Why can’t we discuss that there are precious few transsexuals in […]
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  • “Some have said that pornography is a superficial target; but, truly, this is wrong.”

    feimineach
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:25 am
    Some have said that pornography is a superficial target; but, truly, this is wrong. Pornography incarnates male supremacy. It is the DNA of male dominance. Every rule of sexual abuse, every nuance of sexual sadism, every highway and byway of sexual exploitation, is encoded in it. It’s what men want us to be, think we are, make us into; how men use us; not because biologically they are men but because this is how their social power is organized. From the perspective of the political activist, pornography is the blueprint of make supremacy; it shows how male supremacy is built. The political…
  • “Consider the things people routinely say about girls and boys, and the way they align with existing…”

    feimineach
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:25 am
    Consider the things people routinely say about girls and boys, and the way they align with existing stereotypes about male and female adults. It’s not uncommon for people to make comments about girls that focus on the protection girls will require once they come of age. People have said things about my daughter like “You better get a shotgun—you’re gonna have to watch out for her” and “You’re gonna need to lock her up in about 14 years.” Meanwhile, parents of sons hear things like “Boys will be boys” and “He’s gonna be such a stud!” Ostensibly harmless alone, the…
  • “On the other hand, white women face the pitfall of being seduced into joining oppressor under the…”

    feimineach
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:25 am
    On the other hand, white women face the pitfall of being seduced into joining oppressor under the pretense of sharing power. The possibility does not exist in the same way for women of Color. The tokenism that is sometimes extended to us is not an invitation to join power; our racial “otherness” is a visible reality that makes that quite clear. For white women there is a wider range of pretended choices and rewards for identifying with patriarchal power and its tools. It is easier for white women to believe the dangerous fantasy that if you are good enough, pretty enough, sweet enough,…
  • “We need to say that women have sex, have abortions, are at peace with the decision and move on with…”

    feimineach
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:23 am
    We need to say that women have sex, have abortions, are at peace with the decision and move on with their lives. We need to say that is their right, and, moreover, it’s good for everyone that they have this right: The whole society benefits when motherhood is voluntary. When we gloss over these truths we unintentionally promote the very stigma we’re trying to combat. What, you didn’t agonize? You forgot your pill? You just didn’t want to have a baby now? You should be ashamed of yourself. Katha Pollitt - How to Really Defend Planned Parenthood - The New York Times (via…
  • “Researchers found that the boys they interviewed were swift to demonize girls for sending texts,…”

    feimineach
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:05 am
    Researchers found that the boys they interviewed were swift to demonize girls for sending texts, with the usual array of slurs—"crazy, insecure, attention-seeking sluts with poor judgment"—aimed at women who are sexually forward. Boys who sent sexts did not experience having their mental health called into question, nor was desiring attention or sexual pleasure considered a negative trait for the boys. Girls also slagged on other girls who sent sexts, but less than boys did. There was only one person in the study who offered a negative opinion of boys sending sexts, a girl who said she…
 
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