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  • University of Connecticut to Pay Over $1.2 Million in Sexual Assault Settlement

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    Feminist Newswire
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    The University of Connecticut (UConn) will pay $1.28 million in settlement fees for a sexual assault lawsuit brought against the university by five sexual assault survivors. via Shutterstock The federal lawsuit was brought by five women after four of the women had filed complaints with the Department of Education (ED) alleging that UConn had mishandled rape cases and failed to take action on reports of harassment, in violation of Title IX. As part of the settlement, the women have agreed to request suspension of their ED complaints and not to make any disparaging statements against the…
  • Help! I'm a Latina Writer and I'm Hooked on "Devious Maids."

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    23 Jul 2014 | 4:55 pm
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  • Source Leaks Secret Guidelines for US Government "Watchlist"

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  • El Salvador Moves Slowly on 17 Abortion Pardons

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    Karla Paola Avila
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    Morena Herrera explains aspects of the case, which was supposed to be decided by July 1. Her group is lobbying El Salvador to free 17 women it says are unjustly imprisoned on abortion-related charges.
  • My Sister Is Melting Because She Won't Wear Shorts

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    Mouthy Housewives
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Dear Mouthy Housewives,How can I get my sister to wear shorts? It's 100 degrees outside already this summer, and she insists on wearing jeans every day. She says she's more comfortable that way, but I know it's because she's embarrassed that she's not skinny. She feels that she looks bad when she shows her legs. I don't think she looks bad, and I want her to not be so hot and sticky. What can I do to help her?Signed,My Sister Wears the Pants in This FamilyCredit Image: m01229 on FlickrDear My Sister,I'm going to tell you what I told my neighbor when she wanted to give her cats buzz cuts for…
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  • University of Connecticut to Pay Over $1.2 Million in Sexual Assault Settlement

    Feminist Newswire
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    The University of Connecticut (UConn) will pay $1.28 million in settlement fees for a sexual assault lawsuit brought against the university by five sexual assault survivors. via Shutterstock The federal lawsuit was brought by five women after four of the women had filed complaints with the Department of Education (ED) alleging that UConn had mishandled rape cases and failed to take action on reports of harassment, in violation of Title IX. As part of the settlement, the women have agreed to request suspension of their ED complaints and not to make any disparaging statements against the…
  • 100 Days Later, Groups Rally for Nigeria to Bring Back Kidnapped Schoolgirls

    Feminist Newswire
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    100 days ago today, more than 270 schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram. This week, groups around the world are holding vigils to show that they have not stopped supporting rescue efforts and still want safety for these girls. People from all over the world are joining together to voice their support for the kidnapped girls and to demand that child labor, child marriage, child trafficking, female genital mutilation (FGM), and other forms of abuse are abolished globally. A list of vigils and Thursday’s moment of silence can be found at the Bring Back Our Girls Facebook…
  • Executive Order Banning LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace Makes No Religious Exemptions

    Feminist Newswire
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    The President yesterday signed a long-awaited executive order barring workplace discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. via Nancy Pelosi “For more than two centuries, we have strived, often at great cost, to form ‘a more perfect union’ – to make sure that ‘we, the people’ applies to all the people,” President Obama remarked before signing the order. “Many of us are only here because others fought to secure rights and opportunities for us. And we’ve got a responsibility to do the same for future generations.
  • Louisiana’s Pro-Choice Community Stands Up Against Operation Rescue

    Feminist Newswire
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Saturday, Operation Rescue/Operation Save America launched an aggressive week-long siege against reproductive health clinics and abortion care providers in southern Louisiana. The Feminist Majority Foundation, in collaboration with the New Orleans Abortion Fund and the National Abortion Federation, has been on-site coordinating volunteers. Edwith Theogene, Feminist Majority Foundation National Clinic Access Project Organizer (left), pictured with pro-choice volunteers this past weekend. The annual siege is expected to run through Saturday, July 26, but already, several dozen Operation Rescue…
  • New Clarification Requires Corporations Refusing Contraceptive Coverage To Inform Their Employees

    Feminist Newswire
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    The White House clarified on Thursday that closely held for-profit corporations refusing to provide contraceptive coverage will be required to inform their employees. via Shutterstock The clarification is a response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Hobby Lobby v. Burwell. The decision allows closely held, for-profit corporations to refuse to provide health insurance coverage for contraception - a key component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - if the corporation’s owners claim that providing coverage would violate a sincerely held religious belief. The clarification is…
 
 
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  • El Salvador Moves Slowly on 17 Abortion Pardons

    Karla Paola Avila
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    Morena Herrera explains aspects of the case, which was supposed to be decided by July 1. Her group is lobbying El Salvador to free 17 women it says are unjustly imprisoned on abortion-related charges.
  • Connecticut Trans Teen Ignites Prison Reform Push

    Nicole Deniflee
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    First she was placed in an adult women's prison, now she's in a boy's facility. Supporters decry officials' indifference to her age and gender identity and are demanding a new law and a new prison commissioner.
  • Influx of Syrian Women Frays Turkey's Welcome Mat

    Léa Bouchoucha
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:07 am
    As official "guests" in Turkey women trained as pharmacists and lawyers cannot find comparable employment. For less-educated, rural women, the conditions can be deplorable.
  • 3 Steps for Young Women to Maximize College

    Julie Zeilinger
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:35 am
    A perfect college experience doesn't exist, but these steps can help improve that time period, as well as spur a lifetime of gender-norm-breaking, positive habits, says Julie Zeilinger in this excerpt from "College 101: A Girl's Guide to Freshman Year."
  • Female Bishop Ok'd, Senate Repro Health Bill Falls

    WeNews Staff
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:48 am
    The Church of England's governing body approved female clergy members as bishops. The first vote failed 18 months ago. Also, the bill to address the U.S. Supreme Court's decision permitting employers to refuse to cover some methods of birth control failed in the U.S. Senate.
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  • My Sister Is Melting Because She Won't Wear Shorts

    Mouthy Housewives
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Dear Mouthy Housewives,How can I get my sister to wear shorts? It's 100 degrees outside already this summer, and she insists on wearing jeans every day. She says she's more comfortable that way, but I know it's because she's embarrassed that she's not skinny. She feels that she looks bad when she shows her legs. I don't think she looks bad, and I want her to not be so hot and sticky. What can I do to help her?Signed,My Sister Wears the Pants in This FamilyCredit Image: m01229 on FlickrDear My Sister,I'm going to tell you what I told my neighbor when she wanted to give her cats buzz cuts for…
  • I'm Head Over Heels In Love (...For the 4th Time)

    IAmSam92
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I've been IN love about three times... until now. This is the fourth and probably the scariest of them all! Whenever I date someone, I normally wait on them to drop the 'L' bomb and if I feel it is right, I say it too. The thing that many people do not realise, is that there is a HUGE difference between loving someone, and being in love with them.I loved many of my exes, but I was only in love with three. (Actually 2 of them weren't exes, just friends I fell for, but that's a story for another time). Point is, even though I was using the 'L' word, the meaning behind it was far different from…
  • Realizing the Comforts of My Color: Thoughts on White Privilege

    Beth Morey
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    She came from nowhere, it seemed, and slipped away in the same smooth and silent way. We were at the donut shop's counter, being treated to coffee by one of the people we were visiting.  His wallet was out, and suddenly she was there, at his side, all creased chocolate skin and curls spiraling with gray and—this is what has stayed with me—dark and haunted eyes. Image Credit: Christine H. via Flickr "Do you have a dollar?" she asked the one of our group who was paying.  "Could you get me a coffee?" His reply was sharp, a matter of course. He tossed it at her as if it was…
  • The Search For My Lost Cat Gets Hot

    PurpleClover
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    Yesterday, I was just about to leave for work when my phone rang. "Hi, is this the person with the lost cat?" Image: Metro Centric I've gotten a couple of these phone calls since my cat went missing three weeks ago, and they've always ended in disappointment. I tried not to get my hopes up, but of course I get my hopes up totally, for sure. "Yes! Do you have her!?" I always end up asking this, and the answer is always no. This time, the woman calling said, "No, but my husband works at the fire station, and they found a gray cat in the bushes. I checked Craigslist for lost pets and saw you had…
  • Time: The Gift I Received After We Nearly Lost Our Son

    Stay @ Home Feminist
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    My husband and I watched the movie About Time a few nights ago. It’s the story about a guy who can travel back in time whenever he wants, and he does so to get the girl of his dreams and the outcome he wants in certain life situations. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this movie, which may or may not have something to do with Bill Nighy being in it; for some reason, that guy just cracks me up. At the end of the movie, the main character comes to the inevitable moral of the story moment, and it was one that hit me square in the BIG feels. I have spent the past six weeks of my…
 
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  • Legal abortion rate in Texas dropped 13 percent after new anti-choice restrictions

    Maya
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
      That’s according to a new study on the impact of the anti-choice restrictions that have now forced 46 percent of Texas’ legal abortion providers to close. As we already know, the omnibus law passed last year–which also placed stricter restrictions on medication abortions and banned the procedure after 20 weeks–has dealt a disastrous blow to abortion access. The number of Texans living more than 200 miles from a provider has increased nearly 30-fold over the past year–from 10,000 to 290,000. And the new study shows it’s had an effect on the abortion…
  • 12 Years A Slave: Review

    Julian Real
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor, featured in 12 Years a SlaveI wanted to let you know about a blog I just discovered:http://www.forharriet.com/Speaking of Harriet Tubman, I also wanted to offer a review of the film and winner of the latest Academy Award for Best Picture, 12 Years a Slave.This is the cinematic telling of one U.S. man's true story. Solomon Northup was a real person who was born a free man in the north in 1808. He authored the book, 12 Years a Slave, about his capture in 1841 and release in 1853 from a white Southern hell.What I appreciated was how the opening scenes might…
  • They Are Still Doing It

    Clarissa
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    By the way, the terrorists who brought down Flight MH17 are still shooting into the skies. They have brought down 2 Ukrainian carriers since the tragedy of Flight MH17. There is absolutely no reason for them to fear the consequences, so they just keep doing it.Filed under: Uncategorized A Message From FeministBlogs.org: June and July Fundraiser You are viewing this feed through the Feminist Blogs aggregator, a hub for blogs by self-identified feminists, women’s liberationists, womanists, and pro-feminist men. Feminist Blogs relies on your support to stay running. We're doing a…
  • I’m turning 40 this year and here’s my birthday wish…

    Veronica
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    To finally make it to Space Camp!And when I let friends know they asked how they can help, so I'm posting this in case anyone reading this also wants to help me make my dream come true. I set up a GoFundMe page for my trip. As of my writing, I'm already over 20% towards my goal! That's a selfie of my Mother's Day gift Ella made me. I had told her to not buy me anything, but to just put the money she would spend in a jar. So she made the jar. And yes, added some money. So why Space Camp?Well, I've always been a big nerd for one. But what is curious about my nerd story is that my love of space…
  • On Body Hair And Gender. A Re-Post.

    echidne
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    From last April.  I find the post still funny and informative, though weak on racial and cultural differences in the body hair expectations.Speaking of cultural differences, when a woman asked her picture to be photo-shopped in several cultures so as to make her beautiful, the results were fascinating in their variation. For instance, one of the American photoshops gives her those eyes Fox News seems to demand for its female talking heads: leopard-like. A Message From FeministBlogs.org: June and July Fundraiser You are viewing this feed through the Feminist Blogs aggregator, a hub for…
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  • Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

    Jill
    20 Jul 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 that…
  • Weekly Open Thread with Norwegian Blue

    tigtog
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    He’s just pining for the fjords! A massive sculpture tribute to the Monty Python comedy troupe features for this week’s Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over this weekend and throughout the week. Just asleep RT @FastCoCreate: London [celebrates] Monty Python reunion w/ 50-foot dead parrot: http://t.co/OV2sudWr33 pic.twitter.com/Vcbpx1BXjE — CJ Delling (@CJDelling) July 17, 2014 For those unfamiliar with the famous Dead Parrot Sketch celebrated by the sculpture, you can watch it on the intertube. So, what have you been up to? What would…
  • Yes, but still: Dude plants a flag and claims a kingdom in Africa

    Caperton
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    Yes, in the grand scheme of things, there are things of more urgent concern than one imperialist guy and his princess-obsessed daughter. But still, we have yet another entry into the saga of White Guy Plants a Flag in Africa and Calls Dibs: Jeremiah Heaton, who has three children, recently trekked across the Egyptian desert to a small, mountainous region between Egypt and Sudan called Bir Tawil. The area, about 800 square miles, is claimed by neither Sudan nor Egypt, the result of land disputes dating back more than 100 years. Since then, there have been several online claimants to the…
  • Plan B’s label is wrong, not even remotely close to abortion

    Caperton
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Before we even get started: The universally accepted definition of “pregnancy” within medical science begins at implantation — at the moment a fertilized egg adheres to the lining of the uterus. That’s when pregnancy begins. Not at ovulation, not at ejaculation, not when the winning sperm meets the egg and wriggles its way in. Implantation. So misguided people who insist that pregnancy begins at fertilization are just plain wrong. Right wrong. And to be sure, they have a right to be wrong. They just don’t have a right to dictate national policy based on their wrongness…
  • People are awful: #JusticeForJada leads to more cyberbullying and Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ football priorities

    tigtog
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Content Note: drug incapacitation, sexual assault, victim-blaming, cyberbullying, ostracisation On Friday the news got worse on the appalling assault and social media shaming of Texan teenager Jada (via Jezebel): Over the last few days, the stomach-churning story of Jada — a 16-year-old girl whose rape was recorded and then shared and mocked on social media — has shown up everywhere. Now, Jada’s mother and a family spokesperson are claiming that Jada’s far from the only girl victimized by the people who allegedly drugged and raped her. And one other girl may soon be coming…
 
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  • July Open Thread

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

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

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

    tigtog
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Some of you really want to see more action here again. But I'm just not sure that I have anything new to say...I've decided therefore that I'll experiment with monthly Open Threads for a while and see what you all come up with.
  • Conference anti-harassment campaigns do work: Three existence proofs from SF&F, atheism/skepticism, and open source

    tigtog
    28 Aug 2013 | 5:00 am
    Guest Post by the Ada Initiative, a not-for-profit organisation supporting women in open technology and culture (originally published at the Ada Initiative blog)
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  • WisCon…This is How You Fail

    karnythia
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    I have no intention of dropping out of attending WisCon. I have a lot of friends that go, and Wiscon is the only con where we can all get together. I refuse to give up my time with friends because of Jim Frenkel. This is not a new approach. It has been my approach since long before Frenkel being able to attend WisCon was ever in question. You see, I have never thought of WisCon as safe space. Not after 2009 (my first trip) and if I hoped it was safe space before then…well I was naive and I didn’t know any better. I do now. Race, gender, and class have all been issues at various…
  • That Time I Talked To A Rapist And He Was Such A Nice Guy

    karnythia
    10 Dec 2012 | 4:31 pm
    People who know me well will tell you that I need a keeper. It’s partly my own refusal to stop adding things to my plate (guess who has 2 thumbs & 20 projects), & partly the invisible sign over my head that invites people to tell me things. Complete strangers have told me stories about abortions they regret, relationships they need to end, and on one memorable occasion a very nice old lady told me a story about the time she tried to poison her husband. So I’m used to the things that happen around me. Mostly. Today I met a guy who was clean cut, with a nice smile, super friendly…
  • The Terror of Black American Motherhood

    karnythia
    6 Dec 2012 | 6:23 pm
    In case you were wondering why I haven’t said as much about Jordan Davis as I did about Trayvon Martin? I can’t formulate anything that isn’t blubbering. My son is 13, 5 ft 7 & just over 100lbs. It’s all I can do to let him out of my house alone. Being the mother of a young black man in America is hard frightening work in general, much less when you know that they can be killed for the crime of being black and outside. No one tells you when you give birth to a tiny person like this: That the day they look like this: is the day people start reaching for guns & not patience.
  • I Got Your Book: Linky links!

    Maria
    15 Nov 2012 | 8:15 pm
    Tu Books is looking for authors of color! Ken Liu’s story is lyrically beautiful.  Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat. Nnedi continues to rock out.  Letter to the black babies of the future. Pre-WWII black SF.  Black mermaids. Black Lit Magazine talks SF/F Mother/Daughter struggles in Parable of the Talents. I Got Your Book: Linky links! -- Originally posted at The Angry Black Woman
  • Black Women, Violence, Or Why is Our Pain Funny to You?

    karnythia
    16 Oct 2012 | 8:15 am
    So I asked this question on Twitter, but then I realized I wanted to ask it here too. As all the discussions circulate about domestic violence blackface at Waverly & the bus driver in Cleveland who decided to punch a belligerent female passenger at what point do we talk about why so many are quick to laugh about violence against black women? When do we talk about domestic violence stats in the black community & how often violence against black women is encouraged and supported by the mainstream narrative that black women are strong and can’t be hurt? I’m totally willing to…
 
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  • To Remember God, We Need a Heart

    woodturtle
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, their hearts become fearful, and when His verses are recited to them, it increases them in faith; and upon their Lord they rely. [8:2] It doesn’t feel like Ramadan. The excitement, the struggle of the fast, the security of knowing that every good action is [Read More...]
  • Life After Death in Ramadan: An “Honorary” Widow’s Story

    eren
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Originally published at the author’s personal blog, Identity Crisis. I don’t tell my story so people feel pity  or sympathy. I write it because it allows me to break down into pieces the reality that follows the death of a loved one. Ramadan is often said to be a month of reflection and closeness with [Read More...]
  • Ramadan Blues and Mommy Guilt

    anneke
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This past May, I was blessed to give birth to a beautiful baby boy. It took a bit of adjusting, but as we already have two girls, I do view myself as a slightly experienced parent and as such, I was prepared. I knew what to expect, kind of. Compared to my previous experiences, this [Read More...]
  • The Ramadan Samosa Wars

    shireen
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    “She knows paradise is a triangle. And she’s at the bloody gate.” Ramadan is an incredible time for spiritual rejuvenation. It is a time to focus on worship and ask God Almighty for forgiveness and benefit from His Infinite Mercy. It is a time to be thankful, share blessed meals with others, and reflect. It [Read More...]
  • Friday Links | July 18, 2014

    anneke
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    July 11 was World Population Day, and for this occasion IPS featured an article on early marriage and teen pregnancy in Pakistan. Meanwhile rights activists in Pakistan are fighting a losing battle to end child marriages, which affects both girls and boys. The BBC speaks to several female Kurdish fighters, who are taking on ISIS [Read More...]
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  • Want More Quality Reporting on Abortion Rights? Partner With Clinic Stories

    Rachel Walden
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    If you’re a regular reader of U.S. news on reproductive rights, you’ve likely read stories by Robin Marty. A freelance writer and activist, Robin is co-author of “Crow After Roe: How ‘Separate But Equal’ Has Become the New Standard in Women’s Health And How We Can Change That,” and her smart writing and analysis has appeared in RH Reality Check, Rolling Stone and Bitch Magazine, among other outlets. Now she has an exciting new project in the works: Clinic Stories. With support from donors — who will become partners in the…
  • Are Breast Implants “Absolutely Safe”? OBOS Keeps Focus on Health Risks

    Judy Norsigian
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    As New York subway riders know, advertising for breast augmentation is on the rise, with more explicit imagery than ever before. These ads are obviously good at attracting attention, but not so much when it comes to providing information. They never describe the risks, nor do they acknowledge the potential complications that can arise from breast implants. For all the facts, read this updated and expanded article that addresses the known risks and answers such as questions as what happens when breast implants break, do breast implants make women sick, and what if I need to get my…
  • Collective Outrage: Commentary on This Week’s Supreme Court Decisions

    Rachel Walden
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    This week, the Supreme Court issued two extremely disappointing decisions with significant negative implications for women’s health and reproductive rights. The first – and the one that hits us closest to home – was the McCullen v. Coakley ruling that struck down Massachusetts’s abortion clinic buffer zone. OBOS’s home state had a law making it a crime to stand on a public road or sidewalk within 35 feet of any abortion clinic in the state. The purpose was to allow free access to abortion clinics without the yelling, physical intimidation, and other tactics…
  • Lancet Series Puts Focus on Midwifery Care

    Rachel Walden
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:14 am
    The Lancet has released a major international series on midwives that focuses on promoting midwifery care in settings that currently have poor health outcomes for women and babies. The series includes four papers on midwifery and quality care — developed by a collaboration of academics, researchers, advocates for women and children, clinicians, and policy-makers – and five commentaries by notable midwifery advocates, including Carol Sakala of Childbirth Connection, a program of the National Partnership for Women & Families (NPWF). As Sakala wrote in an email NPWF…
  • Creating a Space for (Talking About) Breastfeeding in Public

    Guest Contributor
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:10 am
    By Amanda Barnes Cook Amanda Barnes Cook When I took Intro to Child Development as a clueless 19-year-old, it took me by surprise when the professor stood in front of a room of 100-plus undergraduates and told a story about her personal experience breastfeeding her children. She then asked us to get into small groups and discuss how long we thought babies should be breastfed. I remember turning to my neighbor and saying, “I dunno. When do babies get teeth?” At the time, I never gave this lesson a second thought. But looking back, I realize how meaningful this lecture was. It was brave of…
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    22 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    I'm taking a few days off. See you soon.
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    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
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  • Question of the Day

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Suggested by Shaker BlueJean: "What's your most memorable scene from a movie from the past ten years? Not your favorite movie, necessarily, but the scene that comes to your mind most often."
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    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Jon Swaine:When the coast is clear, and the trucks from the contractor shutting off water for the city of Detroit have rolled away, the men with water keys come.They offer residents whose supply has just been shut off a tempting deal. For $20, they will use their tools to turn the water main back on immediately, and illegally, sparing the household the agonising days spent without showering, cooking or flushing that have already been endured by at least 16,000 of their neighbours so far this year.It is only the most desperate action being taken in response to the beleaguered city's aggressive…
  • Gov. Rick Perry to Deploy National Guard to Border

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    [Content Note: Anti-immigrationism; racism; militarization.]Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced that he is sending National Guard troops to the US border to stop the inflow of undocumented immigrants, including a large number of children:The governor's office confirmed this morning that Rick Perry will order 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas border to beef up patrols in South Texas....Perry called the troops a "force multiplier" that would help DPS and other law enforcement officials deal with criminal activity by those entering the country illegally.The guard troops…
 
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  • Savoring the Joys of Summer Eating

    Mireille Guilliano
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    © Shutterstock Bestselling author Mireille Guiliano offers up a delectable recipe concocted from her favorite seasonal fruits. Now is the season of summer produce markets and local fruits and vegetables. They are tastier than supermarket or out-of-season varieties, so you can eat less and enjoy more — surely good for one’s health! Additionally, they are good for the local economy and environment (less transportation by-products). I was shopping recently at an organic or “bio” market in the South of France and was taken aback by avocados from South Africa alongside local melons…
  • Liza Donnelly’s Cartoon of the Week: The Best Thing About Summer?

    Liza Donnelly
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Liza Donnelly, noted cartoonist for The New Yorker, is also the editor, with her husband, Michael Maslin, of the book Cartoon Marriage: Adventures in Love and Matrimony by The New Yorker’s
  • Smartphones: The New Health and Fitness Tool

    wowowow
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:03 am
    Smartphones Rising in Fitness Unless your television has been turned off, it’s been difficult to avoid Apple’s latest commercial with a retro marching tune and lyrics “Go, you chicken fat, go.”  The catchy tune was written to kick-off President Kennedy’s debut of the Presidential Fitness Program in 1961. Fast forward to 2014 where fitness is still a challenge and smartphones have replaced tracking calories and weight by paper.  A look at the App Store shows thousands of apps in the Health & Fitness category.  From tracking your weight, counting calories,…
  • Meet the woman who made flying sexy

    wowowow
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:18 am
    Mary Wells Lawrence, wowOwow’s co-founder, and ‘Gypsy’, is featured in this fabulous article by Michael Kane in the New York Post.  What a genius! She was the real-life Peggy of “Mad Men,” the Queen of Madison Avenue, the woman who turned staid, safe airline advertising into “Coffee, tea or me?” Before Mary Wells Lawrence, typical ads for Pan Am or Continental simply displayed a 707. At the outset of commercial air travel, circa 1958, the jet itself was the exciting and exotic hook. Read More at NY Post
  • Bring Back Our Girls

    wowowow
    9 May 2014 | 11:53 am
    #BringBackOurGirls We stand with those who say #BringBackOurGirls. Bring Back Our Girls movement Weeks after the April 14 kidnapping of 276 Nigerian girls, worried families and supporters have blamed the government for not doing enough to find them. Their cries have spread worldwide on social media under the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. From regular people to celebrities, here are some of … Read More at CNN #BringBackOurGirls Fear of education 4 girls in any country condemns the future of that country. WHY HURT YOUR OWN FUTURE#BringBackOurGirls — Twitter (@WhoopiGoldberg)…
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  • The Evolutionary Psychology of Promiscuity

    Will
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Fellow Skepchick Mindy alerted me to this story in The Atlantic about some new evolutionary psychology research concerning promiscuity and morality. As usual, the reporting on the research uncritically reproduces all sorts of essentialist ideas about sex/gender and sexuality while reporting on the research. As usual, I am highly skeptical of any science reporting, much less science reporting on evo psych research. So I went and pulled the research article itself to give it a look at see just how accurate the reporting was. And, unfortunately, it’s pretty freaking accurate. The conclusions…
  • (Cross-Post) GMO, Séralini, and March Against Monsanto: It’s Magically Misleading!

    Mary
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you follow my posts on GP, you know that I’ve been writing a lot about GMOs and genetic engineering. I was planning to lay off the subject for a bit, maybe write about advances in prenatal diagnostics or the wonders of sleep training and okay-to-wake clocks, but I’m compelled to write another on GMOs. Why? Monsanto. More specifically, March Against Monsanto. I don’t often get into debates on social media, mainly because it’s usually a futile endeavor. Still, every now and then I succumb to a moment of weakness. This time I’ve been following recent news on the Séralini…
  • Quickies: Bubble Wrap, Why Tattoos are Permanent, and Tom Petty Criticizes Catholic Church

    Mary
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Don’t Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes – I love these scientists. Even though the idea may not have all the kinks worked out, it’s a start. Creationist Ken Ham calls to end space program because aliens are going to hell anyway – Well, I guess that headline says it all. From CriticalDragon1177. The Secret to a Tattoo’s Permanence: The Immune System – “The dye gets lodged deep in the skin thanks to hungry anti-inflammatory cells called macrophages.” I hadn’t really thought of this before, but it’s pretty…
  • Craft Beverage People: Do Better.

    Julia Burke
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    CN: Slurs; rape jokes; racist and sexist langage and images (mostly in links) It’s no secret that the artisanal food and beverage criticism field is a pretty privileged bunch. After all, to get into it you have to have disposable income, no ailments or conditions that would preclude imbibing a significant amount of alcohol or eating a wide range of foods, and spare time to devote to your blog––or, if you’re lucky, modestly paid freelance gig (while food and beverage writing is some of the most fun work in journalism, staff positions on this beat are increasingly rare). So we tend to…
  • Quickies: Lowest difficulty setting in action, 45th anniversary of Apollo 11, and prioritizing rape kits

    Amanda
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    The lowest difficulty setting in action – A 25-year study of children in Baltimore shows that even at the same low income level, straight white men still have it easier. Apollo 11 turns 45: A lunar landing anniversary retrospective – From Criticaldragon1177. Pro-life nurse sues family planning clinic for not giving her a job she refused to do – From mrmisconception. Sitting on rape kits – Not only is there a problem with backlogs, but kits are also prioritized for testing. “Police also give priority to cases in which the suspect is a stranger and the victim is…
 
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    Viva la Feminista

  • I'm turning 40 this year and here's my birthday wish...

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    To finally make it to Space Camp!And when I let friends know they asked how they can help, so I'm posting this in case anyone reading this also wants to help me make my dream come true. I set up a GoFundMe page for my trip. As of my writing, I'm already over 20% towards my goal! That's a selfie of my Mother's Day gift Ella made me. I had told her to not buy me anything, but to just put the money she would spend in a jar. So she made the jar. And yes, added some money. So why Space Camp?Well, I've always been a big nerd for one. But what is curious about my nerd story is that my love of space…
  • Summer of Feminista: When amigas become familia

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Today Summer of Feminista welcomes Lilian Coral, a novice at blogging, who wants to more actively dialogue with colleagues on specific issues around technology and improving the American social safety net. She comes to this work as a Colombian immigrant, raised and educated in the United States and deeply committed to social justice issues. It’s only fitting that I write about girlfriends a day after the death of the mother of one of my oldest girlfriends. In my home, my parents always encouraged my sister and I to prioritize family over friends. It was always about keeping everything in…
  • Janelle Monae at the Taste of Chicago

    12 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    I will admit that I was not a huge fan of Janelle Monae before I found myself at her free-ish (lawn free, pavilion seats cost money) concert as part of the Illinois Lottery Anything's Possible Music Series at the Taste of Chicago on Thursday. I had heard of her (who really hasn't, right?) and all that jazz, but I never went out of my way to truly discover her. Well I discovered her on Thursday as if I had discovered chocolate by falling into a vat of fudge. It was that delicious.I now see why she has such passionate fans. From where we were sitting, we could see them. My favorite was a boy…
  • Summer of Feminista: For Valeria

    11 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today Summer of Feminista welcomes April Lee. April is an anti-rape culture, sex positive activist located in Seattle. She is the founder of Modern Sex Culture blog. While April is not a Latina, SoF is welcoming her thoughts on this topic.   Most people didn’t think living with my step children’s mother was going to be a good idea. It’s a little crazy, sure. Two moms under one roof will conceivably get ugly. We have different parenting styles and lead pretty different lives. We have completely different backgrounds. She’s Brazilian. I’m American. I’ve just turned 30 and…
  • VLF is 7 today! And I'm launching a new project...

    10 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Yes, ma'am, seven years ago I launched this lil ole blog and today I have decided to launch a new project. One that has been brewing for a few years now, but was put on the back burner due to other obligations that no longer exist. AHEM...I present to you:The Feminist Princess Project: How I vaccinated my daughter against the princess phaseDon't get me wrong, this is not an anti-princess project. In our home, we have a healthy princess culture. How we got there is what I want to share with all of you over a short series of videos. I hope to launch the first one in the next week.This project…
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  • How Much Adultery Is Too Much Adultery In China?

    Deanna
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    Well, that all depends on who you are. China Daily reports that “adultery” is now banned for communist party members. That might seem a bit shocking, in one direction or […] No related posts.
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – Word Crimes

    Deanna
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Music video by "Weird Al" Yankovic performing Word Crimes. (C) 2014 ...Source: www.youtube.comFinally, I can get my groove down to the sexy music behind Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' without gagging! A track on Weird Al's Mandatory Fun LP. No related posts.
  • Sex Toy Bans in the Twenty-first Century: What Would Cleopatra Think?

    Deanna
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Sometimes, when looking at the current state of affairs, I find myself asking, “What decade is this again?” If you sometimes feel like our society is moon-walking backwards in time, […] No related posts.
  • 50 Years *sigh*

    Deanna
    20 Jun 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Today, June 21st, is my birthday; I turn 50. I feel pretty much the same way I did when I wrote this two years ago, “A lifetime of so little […] Related posts: Who Has Questions? Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin.
  • The Televangelist Infidelity Matrix Scandal

    Deanna
    20 Jun 2014 | 10:50 am
    Last week, Rachel Maddow mentioned that there was a mug featuring one on the show’s fabulous charts, The Televangelist Infidelity Matrix, was available at CafePress. I went searching for it, […] No related posts.
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  • Round-Up: July 22, 2014

    Jarrah Hodge
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    Miranda Nelson at the Georgia Straight has a fabulously sarcastic response to the #WomenAgainstFeminism hashtag. For Indigenous women and two-spirit people, simply resisting erasure is part of their work, says Chelsea Vowel at GUTS Magazine. Why do U.S. colleges even handle reports of sexual assaults, instead of just leaving it to police? Feministing gives some context. Raquel Reichard says feminists need to know about and mobilize against continuing forced sterilization of women inmates in the U.S., and lack of justice for past victims (Trigger Warning). At The F Word, D.H. Kelly argues…
  • Canada Post Cuts Will Exacerbate Inequality

    Jarrah Hodge
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    In December, Canada Post announced they would be replacing door-to-door home delivery with community mailboxes for over five million Canadians. Canada Post claims home delivery is not profitable and it’s all our fault for using the internet. Not only will 8,000 Canada Post employees lose their jobs, but it’s unclear where the community “super-boxes” will be installed, and more importantly, how many people will be able to receive their mail. In response to criticism that the super-boxes would exclude many seniors, particularly ones with mobility issues, Canada Post spokesperson…
  • How Not to Get Raped: The Smart Way

    Jarrah Hodge
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    “How To Not Get Raped”: A Tip Sheet By femifesto & Collaborators On July 14th there were two sexual assaults reported to the police in Ottawa. The safety messaging released by the police, and the mainstream media’s response continues to be directed at women. These “safety tips” are unfortunately not unique to Ottawa. Versions of them are repeated in communities across the country on a daily basis. This has inspired femifesto and collaborators to make our own tip sheet on how to avoid sexual assault. End #rapeculture & #victimblaming. Safety Tips Released By…
  • Crap, I’m Ineligible for Public Office

    Jarrah Hodge
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    Back in 2005 I ran in a provincial election. Since then I have occasionally been asked if I’m ever going to run again. Today I am announcing my intention not to run in a future election, because I have realized I may be ineligible for public office. Here are some reasons why: When I was in high school, I wrote and published erotic Law and Order: SVU fanfiction online. In my high school musical I played Rosie, a woman who, desperate to attract the attention of her fiancé, attempts to seduce an entire Shriners meeting. I have over 14,600 tweets. There’s gotta be something in there someone…
  • FFFF: Lipo Chanthanasak: Greenest Man in America

    Jarrah Hodge
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    This video by Movement Generation astutely satirizes the culture of privileged environmental activism solely based on individual greener consumption choices and profiles some of the work being done by communities of colour to address environmental racism and larger, intersectional, structural change. Comedian Josh Healey profiles Lipo Chanthanasak, a leader with the Asian Pacific Environmental Network. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJdx3Ppuib0 (h/t Colorlines)
 
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