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  • Domestic Violence Victims May Now Qualify For Asylum in the US

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    Feminist Newswire
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Justice Department's Board of Immigration Appeals ruled for the first time on Tuesday that a victim of domestic violence fit a specific criterion for asylum: persecution for membership in a particular social group. Related posts: UK Religious Groups Unite to Condemn Female Genital Mutilation ‘Revenge Rape’ in India Leads to Three Arrests A Call for Action to Reduce Gun Deaths Among Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Meet "Momma Tried," the Subversive New Orleans Erotic Mag

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    Alicia Cole
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    "No-one could steer me right but Mama tried, Mama tried," lilts Merle Haggard’s 1968 refrain.  With the flavor of '60s and '70s nudie mags, New Orleans-based magazine Momma Tried offers a outlaw glossy periodical to readers with equally subversive tastes.  read more
  • Amidst Mounting Tensions in Ukraine, a Call Rises: 'No to New Wars, No to NATO'

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    andrea
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
  • China's Women Left Out of Real Estate Boom

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    Leta Hong Fincher
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    The biggest accumulation of residential real-estate wealth in history, worth more than $30 trillion in 2013, has shut out women, since most property is registered in only men's names, says Leta Hong Fincher in this excerpt from "Leftover Women."
  • Don’t Read His Post If You Hate Fatphobia, Says Wil Wheaton

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    Elizabeth.Hawksworth
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    I'm used to it. Every day, I stand up for myself and people like me: Body-positive people are blind. They're ignoring the health risks. Fat is ugly. Fat can be absolutely controlled. On and on and on. And usually, I'm able to let these things roll off my back, because I know that fat is often influenced strongly by genetics, that you can choose unhealthy foods the majority of the time and be stick-thin, and that you can eat healthfully and exercise and be fat. I also know that the "health craze" of exercise and weight loss is ableist toward those who will never be healthy and never be able to…
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  • Domestic Violence Victims May Now Qualify For Asylum in the US

    Feminist Newswire
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Justice Department's Board of Immigration Appeals ruled for the first time on Tuesday that a victim of domestic violence fit a specific criterion for asylum: persecution for membership in a particular social group. Related posts: UK Religious Groups Unite to Condemn Female Genital Mutilation ‘Revenge Rape’ in India Leads to Three Arrests A Call for Action to Reduce Gun Deaths Among Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Terry O’Neill Was One of Hundreds Arrested Calling for Immigration Reform at White House Rally

    Feminist Newswire
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    O'Neill was arrested during El Dia Decisivo, a civil disobedience action led by Casa de Maryland and the newly formed Casa de Virginia. She spoke to the Feminist Newswire just hours after being released from custody. Related posts: New Clarification Requires Corporations Refusing Contraceptive Coverage To Inform Their Employees Executive Order Banning LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace Makes No Religious Exemptions “From Passion to Progress” Briefing Brings Together Feminist Leaders and Hundreds of Young Activists
  • New California Law Takes Military Sexual Assault Cases Out of the Chain of Command

    Feminist Newswire
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:20 pm
    The law also now requires the California Military Department to report annually to the state government on sexual assault incidences and prevention plans. Related posts: ‘Revenge Rape’ in India Leads to Three Arrests Congress Introduces Legislation to Protect Students from Sexual Assault Peru Finally Complies with Sexual Assault Settlement
  • Illinois Expands Medicaid Funding for Contraception in Wake of Hobby Lobby

    Feminist Newswire
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    The Illinois Family Planning Action Plan would increase the amount of money set aside for health care organizations providing reproductive health care. Related posts: Supreme Court Decision On Wheaton College Further Threatens Contraceptive Access Bill to Reverse Hobby Lobby Decision Blocked in the Senate New Clarification Requires Corporations Refusing Contraceptive Coverage To Inform Their Employees
  • New Report Urges US Military to Allow Transgender Personnel to Serve Openly

    Feminist Newswire
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    A recent report has concluded that the US military has the resources it needs to allow transgender personnel to serve openly. Unfortunately, military policies don't allow them to do so. Related posts: President Plans Expansion of Sick Leave For Same Sex Couples Supreme Court Upholds California’s ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’ Ban Congressional Leaders, Advocates Speak Out Against TPP Citing Human Rights Concerns
 
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  • Meet "Momma Tried," the Subversive New Orleans Erotic Mag

    Alicia Cole
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    "No-one could steer me right but Mama tried, Mama tried," lilts Merle Haggard’s 1968 refrain.  With the flavor of '60s and '70s nudie mags, New Orleans-based magazine Momma Tried offers a outlaw glossy periodical to readers with equally subversive tastes.  read more
  • BitchTapes: Not Enough Queer Music

    Sarah Mirk
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
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  • On Our Radar: Feminist News Round-Up

    Kjerstin Johnson
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    Here's what's on our radar! • Police sexual assault is the the second-most reported form of misconduct, after the use of excessive force, and we need to talk about it when we talk about police violence. [The Nation] read more
  • Mainstream Media is Slowly Learning That Catcalls Are Not Compliments

    Holly Kearl
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Students in Pennsylvania chalked their college campus with this spring. Photo by Paul Weaver, via Creative Commons.  read more
  • Popaganda Episode: Hello, Feminist Porn!

    Sarah Mirk
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Pornography is the largest part of our pop culture that no one wants to talk about. On this show, we bring discussions of porn out into the shining sunlight. read more
 
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    Latest articles from Women's eNews

  • China's Women Left Out of Real Estate Boom

    Leta Hong Fincher
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    The biggest accumulation of residential real-estate wealth in history, worth more than $30 trillion in 2013, has shut out women, since most property is registered in only men's names, says Leta Hong Fincher in this excerpt from "Leftover Women."
  • NFL Toughens DV Policy; Emmys' Host Debases Latina

    WeNews staff
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:53 am
    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said that effective immediately there will be tougher penalties for any NFL employee found to have engaged in domestic violence or assault. Also this week, at the Emmys Bruce Rosenblum, chairman of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, asked actress Sofia Vergara to step onto a pedestal and show off her curves.
  • U.S. Hospitals Hinder Black Women's Breastfeeding

    Juhie Bhatia
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    The recent study finds that maternity centers may be part of the reason behind the country's racial breastfeeding gap. A film released this week, in honor of Black Breastfeeding Week, is aimed at changing the trend.
  • Report Urges U.K. Parties to Fix a Women Shortage

    WeNews staff
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    The U.K. has sunk to 65th place in global rankings of women's political representation. This report offers new annual data to explain the decline and urges parties to field more women in strategic races in 2015.
  • We Must Hear More from Ferguson's Mothers

    Kyler Sumter
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:40 pm
    As a black girl I'm way more interested in how mothers, grandmothers and sisters think we should respond to the protests, anger and distrust in Ferguson, Mo., after the killing of Michael Brown.
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  • Don’t Read His Post If You Hate Fatphobia, Says Wil Wheaton

    Elizabeth.Hawksworth
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    I'm used to it. Every day, I stand up for myself and people like me: Body-positive people are blind. They're ignoring the health risks. Fat is ugly. Fat can be absolutely controlled. On and on and on. And usually, I'm able to let these things roll off my back, because I know that fat is often influenced strongly by genetics, that you can choose unhealthy foods the majority of the time and be stick-thin, and that you can eat healthfully and exercise and be fat. I also know that the "health craze" of exercise and weight loss is ableist toward those who will never be healthy and never be able to…
  • I Survived an Abusive Relationship, But Many Women Don't

    Polishedways
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    This post is dedicated to my online friend Jill Thomas Grant, who was found murdered, December 23, 2013, as well as all the other victims of domestic abuse. I warn you, this post will be long, but it's of most importance you read this and take what I say with heart. October is National Domestic Abuse Awareness Month, but to me, a previous victim, I feel its awareness should be felt around the world on a daily basis.Domestic abuse knows no boundaries. It doesn't care what ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic standing or religious background you practice. Yes, men can be victims as…
  • 4 Ways Stilettos Can Help Spice Up Your Marriage

    Married And Naked
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
     Image couresy of Married-and-Naked A little while back I asked my husband, "Is there any way that I can be a better wife for you?"Every now and then I think it is good to check in with each other to see how things are going. I think it is important, in marriage, to ask the question, "How can I be better for you? For us?"Do you want to know what he answered?It's not what you would assume a husband might say.He said, "I'd like you to wear high heels more often."I was totally surprised by his answer. I am a jeans, tank top and flip flop kind of girl. I live in them. If I never saw…
  • Pregnancy: Signs You're Ready To Have Your Baby

    mom.me
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    The last days of your pregnancy are, how do I say it, AWFUL! They drag on in slow motion while you uncomfortably, well, drag on. You simply cannot wait another day to meet that little bundle of joy that you’ve been dreaming about for nine months. You also can’t sleep, you can’t eat, and you can’t do simple things like put on pants or get into bed without an ass kicking from your sciatica nerve. Nope, you can’t wait to shoot that tiny human out of your baby maker. Here are 12 ways you know that you are really ready to have that baby. Image: Editor B 1. You’ve never in your life…
  • 5 Lessons I Learned During My First Marriage

    YourTango.com
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    By PhD Colene Sawyer Schlaepfer for YourTango.comYou won't learn without the experience. If only I knew then what I know now. But do I know it all now? No, but I have been a Marriage and Family Therapist for over 30 years. And perhaps more importantly, after a divorce, I have been married to a great guy for over 20 years. I married young and have learned things since then that would have made my life so much easier. I was in love and eager to start my life. You may be in the same situation and wonder what would make you feel safer to make the all-important promise about spending your life…
 
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  • Why shamanism?

    Jennifer Armstrong
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:47 pm
    APES IN CAPES!
  • Jennifer’s background: Final 20 minutes

    Jennifer Armstrong
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:10 pm
    APES IN CAPES!
  • Intent

    Clarissa
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:51 pm
    A curious difference: being under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a mitigating factor in the US but an aggravating factor in Russia. The American justice system is all about intent, motive, mind-reading. I find that very disturbing. None of these things matter to the victims, yet every other criminal trial is dedicated to the weird guesswork about thoughts and motives. I watch a lot of Forensic Files, etc programs, hence the observation.Filed under: Uncategorized
  • RADICAL SHAMANISM

    Jennifer Armstrong
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:32 am
    APES IN CAPES!
  • RADICAL SHAMANISM 1 (OF 3 PARTS)

    Jennifer Armstrong
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:23 am
    APES IN CAPES!
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    Feministe

  • Spillover #20

    tigtog
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The commenting period on the 19th #spillover thread is just expiring, so it’s time for a new one. Some reminders: #spillover is part of our comment moderation system for keeping other threads on-topic. It is intended as a constructive space for tangential discussions which are veering off-topic on other threads. This is part of our blog netiquette, which has the general goal of making it as simple as possible for commentors to find discussions focussed on topics of particular interest without entirely stifling worthwhile tangents of sorta-related or general interest. #spillover is also…
  • Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

    Jill
    31 Aug 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…
  • They’re still trying to silence Anita Sarkeesian

    tigtog
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Since the launch of Feminist Frequency’s Tropes vs Women in Games, creator Anita Sarkeesian has faced a wall of abuse and threats from enraged critics of her detailed research that highlights misogyny in game fiction. This week, the abusers drove her out of her own home. Polygon Why the latest escalation from the constant rumbling fulmination that has become Sarkeesian’s normal background noise? Because she published another video in her series of critiques: Women as Background Decoration: Part 2 The Women as Background Decoration trope which is the subset of largely insignificant…
  • Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

    Jill
    24 Aug 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…
  • Open Thread with Classic Kitten Macro

    tigtog
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Because I’m feeling nostalgic right now for a simpler internet era, this classic cat macro aka LOLcat features for this week’s Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over this weekend and throughout the week. It’s Dangerous To Go Alone! Take This. So, what have you been up to? What would you rather be up to? What’s been awesome/awful? Reading? Watching? Making? Meeting? What has [insert awesome inspiration/fave fansquee/guilty pleasure/dastardly ne'er-do-well/threat to all civilised life on the planet du jour] been up to? * Netiquette…
 
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  • Look At This Awful 1969 New York Daily News Stonewall Riots Report

    Kat Callahan on ROYGBIV, shared by Rebecca Rose to Jezebel
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    When I came across the original coverage of the Stonewall Riots, I expected it all to be absolutely terrible. Utterly horrendous. And it pretty much is. The New York Daily News piece isn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be, and surprisingly, isn't terribly worse than many pieces I report on now in 2014. That says more about us now than it says about 1969.Read more...
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Cast Really Loves Saying Goddamn It

    Rebecca Rose
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    In the vast pantheon of beautiful curse words, there are some that stand out like beautifully adorned queens on the day of their coronation. "Motherfucker." "Asshole." "Fuckclown." Some others tend to get lost in the mix. But thanks to the cast of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," one particular expression is getting a triumphant rebirth.Read more...
  • Man Suffocates Girlfriend After Trying to Kill Her in a Car Crash

    Rebecca Rose
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:30 pm
    A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty and was sentenced for smothering his girlfriend to death after he tried and failed to kill her by deliberately crashing into a guardrail.Read more...
  • Cat and Brave Toddler Take on Laser Pointer in Glorious Battle

    Rebecca Rose
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Just when you thought a cat intensely chasing a laser pointer couldn't get anymore engrossing, along comes an adorable toddler trying to help the cat get that pesky red dot. Prepare for the implosion of the entire Internet.Read more...
  • Same Sex Marriage Probably Unseated Hawaii's Democratic Governor

    Kat Callahan on ROYGBIV, shared by Rebecca Rose to Jezebel
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Hawaii's Governor Neil Abercrombie is claiming he lost his re-election bid in the state's Democratic primary due to crossover Republican voters trying to punish him because of his administration's decision to support and pass same-sex marriage in the state.Read more...
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  • Why Healthy Premenopausal Women Do Not Need Bone Density Scans

    Rachel Walden
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Ads that promote products to prevent or treat osteoporosis are all too commonplace, causing many premenopausal women to believe they need to undergo screening as the first step toward protecting their bone health. Next time you encounter one of these ads, however, remember that most healthy young women do not need a DEXA bone density scan. DEXA (or DXA) stands for dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry. It’s a fancy way of saying that the scan is a low-dose x-ray, often of the spine and hip, that looks at the density of your bones. These are sometimes just called a bone density scan.
  • So You Want to Be a Birth Doula?

    Guest Contributor
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    by Christine Morton, Ph.D, and Elayne Clift, M.A. Many women describe their reaction to learning about the role of birth (or labor) doulas – to provide physical, emotional and informational support to women before and during childbirth – as the ideal job they didn’t know existed. Some seek out doula training out of an ideological commitment shaped by their own birthing experiences (either wonderful or terrible). Since there is no licensing agency for doulas, there are no formal requirements for calling oneself a doula. However, many doulas choose to get certified by…
  • Which Approach to Breast Cancer is Right for You?

    Rachel Walden
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    In medicine, the care that’s available — even when it seems like it should help — doesn’t always turn out to have any real benefit. From early-and-often mammograms to DES for preventing miscarriages, the history of women’s health is full of interventions for preventing or detecting disease that sometimes didn’t help, and sometimes led to real harm. Peggy Orenstein, author, most recently, of “Cinderella Ate My Daughter,” recently brought attention to another intervention that may not do many women any good — contralateral prophylactic…
  • Bringing Transparency to Cross-Border Surrogacy

    Guest Contributor
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    by Elayne Clift Following multiple miscarriages, a U.S. couple considers in vitro fertilization (IVF), adoption and surrogacy options. They finally decide to employ a surrogate to bear their baby in India. They meet with the agency and the selected surrogate before signing the contract and come away believing the agency’s “gestational mothers” are well cared for and decently compensated. But how transparent is the practice of cross-border surrogacy? Thanks to a recent MacArthur Foundation grant to the Center for Genetics and Society (CGS) and Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS), the information…
  • Mass. Governor Signs Abortion Clinic Access Bill into Law

    Rachel Walden
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick today signed into a law a bill to protect access to health clinics where abortions are performed. “I am incredibly proud to sign legislation that continues Massachusetts leadership in ensuring that women seeking to access reproductive health facilities can do so safely and without harassment, and that the employees of those facilities can arrive at work each day without fear of harm,” Patrick said in a statement. The law will be implemented immediately. It passed quickly through the legislative process following last month’s unanimous…
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  • Blog Note

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    [Content Note: Illness.]Shakesville will be on hiatus for the next couple of weeks, starting this evening.I am dealing with a new and somewhat serious health complication, which requires some medical tests I've got to get done promptly and some new meds to which my body's having a very difficult time adjusting.Also, to be perfectly blunt, I need a break from the daily torrent of threats and abuse that this work obliges me to navigate, while I focus on my health. The stress and anxiety of escalating harassment recently has taken a toll on my ability to focus on self-care, and I've just reached…
  • Happy Dogs Are Happy

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    [Content Note: Animal cruelty, but happy endings.]A year ago, the ASPCA and responders from The Humane Society of the United States rescued 367 dogs from a multi-state dog fighting ring in one of the largest documented federal dog fighting busts. The ASPCA just posted an update on some of the dogs who were rescued, who have gone to new homes where they are safe and loved, and it's pretty much the best thing ever. ♥
  • Film Corner!

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    [Content Note: Christian Supremacy; racism. DoNotLink used in first paragraph to Glenn Beck's site.]Well, it's been two minutes, so it's time for another terrific new Kirk Cameron film! His newest cinematic masterpiece is called Saving Christmas (because of course it is), which is "a scripted story about a guy named Christian White who represents the typical white Christian male and he's got a bad case of religious bah humbugs."Christian White! The lead character is named Christian White! LOLOLOL.Anyway. This movie is about the real meaning of Christmas—which is, naturally, getting super…
  • Quote of the Day

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    [Content Note: Misogyny.]"I think a lot of people want to be able to walk into a grocery store—particularly, a lot of the women—want to go and buy a bottle of wine for dinner, go down, buy a six-pack or two six-packs, buy dinner, and go home rather than what I just described as at least three stops in Pennsylvania."—Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, explaining why women support his proposed liquor law reform. Currently, only state-licensed liquor stores and some grocery stores are able to sell liquor in the state.Listen, women are busy! We need fewer stops so we can get home…
  • WTF

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    [Content Note: Racism.]I don't even know: "Lifetime Fails Its Awful Mission to Bring Out the 'Strong Black Woman' in White Women."Because black women make great accessories for folks basking in too much white privilege, Lifetime has announced a new show called "Girlfriend Intervention." From the looks of it, the show — featuring four stereotypically "strong" black women (Tracy Balan on beauty, Nikki Chu on "home and sanctuary," Tiffiny Dixon on fashion, and reality star Tanisha Thomas) — will bring out the "girlfriend" in timid white women.There is so much wrong with this, and Linda…
 
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    The F-Word: Latest features, reviews and blog posts

  • Addressing the root cause of Rotherham

    Mag the Blag
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    When crimes are committed that are based in patriarchy, it's the system and culture that needs to be addressed, writes guest blogger Mag the Blag
  • August 2014 playlist

    J Whitehead
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    August 2014 playlist, for your listening pleasure.
  • New review: Obvious Child, by Sophie Mayer

    Ania Ostrowska
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Obvious Child, the first ever abortion rom-com opens in UK cinemas today. Quite surprising, isn't it? The film's director, Gillian Robespierre, based it on her 2009 short of the same title she had made being disenchanted with... other rom-coms. Robespierre...
  • A choice not that obvious

    Sophie Mayer
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:19 am
    Sophie Mayer hails Gillian Robespierre's Obvious Child for depicting abortion as a reasonable choice for those who have it
  • More reviews from EdFringe

    Shoshana Davidson
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    We finish our reviews from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014 with a handful more on plays about body image, poverty and sex work
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  • ‘Mrs. Bogart’ was a ‘straight-ahead lady’ and a ‘good broad’

    Dana Cook
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Remembering Betty Lauren Baby Bacall Bogartwith Kirk Douglas, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Rich, Larry Hagman, Bo Derek, Barbara Walters and others as collected and compiled by Dana Cook.  Cook’s collections of encounters with the famous have appeared in a wide range of newspapers, magazines and journals.  (cooks.encounters[at]gmail.com)   Schoolgirl crush? Kirk Douglas, actor …I went out occasionally with Betty Bacall, who later became Lauren Bacall. She was a junior at the Academy [of Dramatic Arts], not more than fifteen or sixteen years old. I was a senior, and had been…
  • 6 Tips For Coping When You’ve Forgotten Someone’s Name

    Gretchen Rubin
    2 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Bestselling author Gretchen Rubin on creating your own personal happiness If you’re like me, you sometimes have trouble remembering people’s names, or even how you know them. A few years ago, while at a chaotic birthday party for a three-year-old, I was on the brink of going over to some little kid’s father to say, “I think we went to college together.” Turns out it was Dylan McDermott! In ancient Rome, the job of the “nomenclator” was to whisper or announce the names of people as they approached a politician. My husband serves this function for me; he has an uncanny…
  • 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,…
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  • Skepchick Sundaylies: “Poorly Written, Abusive Erotica,” Racist Color Names, Scottish Independence, and Boy/Girl Sleepovers

    Mindy
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Sunday Funny: Love Your Body (HT: io9) and Writing Skills (via xkcd) Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 112: Sea Shell Resonance Why do hear the ocean in sea shells? Physics, of course! 50 Shades of Fail: Chapter 2 Yeah Uh, I totally Love DIY, Yeah Ha Ha Ha, This Isn’t Wildly Inappropriate at All. “Come with me and you’ll see a world of poorly written, abusive eroticaaaaa.” Mad Art Lab ATLAS Soared: Fabiola Gianotti and the Discovery of a Higgs Particle (Women In Science 19) Dale profiles physicist and coordinator of the ATLAS project at the LHC, Fabiola Gianotti.
  • The Wishing Machine

    Amy Roth
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    If only I had known years ago that stroking my stick plate would make wishes come true. Thankfully, Joshua P. Warren is here to tell us all about stroking stick plates and more with what might be the most unintentionally funny video I have seen in a long, long time. The video is a thing of hilarious beauty. I can not encourage you enough to watch it all the way through. The wobbly camera work, the background music, Mr Warren, the Wishing Machine itself, are all so completely fantastic together that one might think it is a classic skit from an SNL show or what might be a new episode of the…
  • Global Quickies: Governments Fail Children, Diplomatic Immunity, and Evil 3G

    Daniela
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    IRELAND (From Ciarán) A suicidal refugee teen, in care of the state and pregnant from a rape, was forced to give birth even though she was entitled to have the abortion she wanted. An investigation is underway as to why she was not properly informed, did not receive the proper psychological help, and was even moved to another part of the country in the middle of all this. UK A report found that at least 1,400 children were subjected to appalling sexual exploitation in the town of Rotherham over a 16-year-period. There had been three previous reports about the situation of these children, one…
  • Quickies: Face mites, megadroughts, and exoplanets

    Amanda
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    You’ve got face mites – A great article by Bug Girl including a face mite gif and a photo of a face mite penis. Australian federal ministers urged to boycott bigoted World Congress of Families conference – One of the speakers will be a doctor who says that abortion is linked to breast cancer. From Jack99. US Southwest could soon experience decades-long “megadroughts” – From Criticaldragon1177. The closest known explanet? Maybe – “The interesting bit is that its host star, Gl 15A, is a mere 11.7 light years from Earth. It’s one of the 20…
  • Thank God for Ebola!

    Rebecca Watson
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    The current outbreak of ebola has been in the news for awhile now, and for good reason: it’s already killed more than 1,200 people in Western Africa, and it infected a few Americans, too, which of course is about the point when Americans started giving a shit. Two missionaries were flown back to the US for treatment, and both are doing well now. One of them, Dr Kent Brantly, specifically thanked God for saving his life. He did acknowledge that God used the handy tools of an emergency trans-Atlantic flight, an experimental drug and one of the world’s best healthcare teams, but it…
 
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  • Book Review: Encyclopedia of Goddesses & Heroines by Patricia Monaghan

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

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

    15 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sadly, yes, it is back to school time. And I'm sharing you one of the keys to Ella's success last year...The Order Out of Chaos Academic Planner.I was sent this at the start of last school year and had Ella use it to track her homework, assignments and her afterschool activities. I sat her down and talked her through the different ways to organize her life. We had used assignment books in the past, even one year just using a blank notebook with assignments on each page. And while she's been a straight-A student throughout school, I knew that fifth grade was going to be tougher than fourth…
  • Guest Post: Reflections on Anita Hill, Twenty-Three Years Later

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    VLF welcomes Lauren Miller's guest post about a recent viewing of "Anita: Speaking Truth to Power."Lauren is a Chicago-based womanist impassioned about all things related to holistic wellness for marginalized women. As Engagement Coordinator at Women Employed, she energizes young professional women online, and offline, to promote practices and policies that support real change for America’s working women. “I was raised to do what is right. And can now explain to my students, first hand, that despite the high cost which may be involved, it is worth having the truth emerge,” asserts Anita…
  • The Tragedy and Beauty of Mom Blogging

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    I've been blogging forever, well before Ella was a reality, when she was still just a glimmer in my eye. Before I became a "mom blogger," I was just a feminist blogger ranting about the world and George W. Bush's occupation of the White House. But as any woman who starts making friends in her mid-twenties quickly realizes, people start to have babies. And soon enough I did too.The beauty of mom blogging is that it is a way for us to connect with other new moms, to share our joys and fears. When we find a mom blogger who has kids just a big older than our newborns, she becomes our big sister…
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  • Yes, Research FTW!

    Deanna
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Holy crap! Yesterday, I published an article about journalist Edward R. Murrow; and just now I published one about fashion designer Sophie Gimbel. In looking for images for that last […] No related posts.
  • “The Pram Rag” (Men Dressed As Babies & In Drag)

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

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

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

    Deanna
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    Because few things are as “funny” as a man dressing like a woman… Looks like a “hula skirt” made of crepe paper or toilet paper and I am not sure […] No related posts.
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  • Feminist Movie Review: Divergent

    Jarrah Hodge
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    One of my “ice-breakers” when I teach art to kids is to get talking to each other is the classic: “Who would win in a fight” question. For years this question was usually limited to male superheroes. “Who would win in a fight, The Hulk or Superman?” “Who would win in a fight, Batman or Wolverine?” “Who would win in a fight, Lex Luthor or The Joker?” Recently I brought out a brand spanking new variation. “Who would win in a fight, Katniss from Hunger Games or Tris from Divergent?” Lively debate ensued with half the class shouting down Katniss because “she can only…
  • FFFF: Superheroine Tries to Get a Movie

    Jarrah Hodge
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    Jordan Zakarin & Ali Vingiano created this Adventures of Angelfire video to highlight the lack of superhero movies really featuring women, not just as the male protagonist’s love interest. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=M17patZUB3o h/t Women and Hollywood
  • Round-Up: Aug. 26, 2014

    Jarrah Hodge
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    The tragic death of Indigenous teen Tina Fontaine has renewed the call for justice for missing and murdered Aboriginal women. Highly recommend reading Sarah Hunt’s column at the Globe and Mail about how the tragedy has highlighted a systemic lack of support for Indigenous women. Indigenous activists are also debating whether pushing for a national inquiry is the best way to go. Hunt’s piece raises some concerns that are further explored by Chelsea Vowel at Rabble. And read and listen to more stories of missing and murdered Indigenous women in an outstanding piece by Annie…
  • B.C.’s Public Education Crisis is a Feminist Issue

    Jarrah Hodge
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    B.C.’s 41,000 public school teachers have been off the job since June 17. That was the day that the government responded to the BC Teachers’ Federation’s partial strike action with a lock-out, closing schools for the summer two weeks early. But this long summer may be far from over. The employer’s association, BCPSEA (representing school boards, whose hands are largely tied by the government’s funding levels), has set August 25 as the deadline for an agreement if school is to open on time in September. The teachers are asking for two things: Class size limits and staffing…
  • Violence Against Women on a Concert T-Shirt

    Jarrah Hodge
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    Trigger Warning: Imagery and graphic description of violence against women Earlier this summer, a Nine Inch Nails (NIN) concertgoer posted an image on a NIN forum of a T-Shirt that was on sale at the concert. The image represents the epidemic of violence against women that is plaguing the United States. The torture and murder of the woman in the image is offered up without comment, without question, on a concert T-shirt that can be purchased by thousands of concertgoers. This means that potentially thousands of people could be walking around with this image of torture and murder emblazoned…
 
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  • Tienes un mensaje nuevo en tu bandeja de entrada

    11 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Hola, Hay un mensaje sin leer de tu amigo/a esperando por ti. Haz click aquí para ver el mensaje: a.iqelite.com/j/hRfp5O/4ln/?hg=saRmSldQJH Saludos, El equipo de IQ Elite
  • It still feels like 2013 never really started. That’s...

    31 May 2013 | 1:18 pm
    It still feels like 2013 never really started. That’s probably a sign that I am still fucked up. Five months into the supposedly new year, the year my life is supposed to begin anew or something like that, and I have been living in standstill since I don’t even know when. Berlin is lovely and depending on who you ask, I have been waiting weeks, months, years to be here. Moving countries wasn’t a mistake, yet I can’t shake this persistent feeling that I have arrived too late to a party thrown in my honor. The perfectionistic side of me will not relent. She says I would have been…
  • The Saudi Marathon Man : The New Yorker

    17 Apr 2013 | 12:50 pm
    The Saudi Marathon Man : The New Yorker: A twenty-year-old man who had been watching the Boston Marathon had his body torn into by the force of a bomb. He wasn’t alone; a hundred and seventy-six people were injured and three were killed. But he was the only one who, while in the hospital being treated for his wounds, had his apartment searched in “a startling show of force,” as his fellow-tenants described it to the Boston Herald, with a “phalanx” of officers and agents and two K9 units. He was the one whose belongings were carried out in paper bags as his neighbors watched; whose…
  • Boston

    15 Apr 2013 | 1:51 pm
    I couldn’t get out of Boston soon enough when I was in the midst of leaving the country in January. I wanted nothing to do with the city any longer, and I felt like there was nothing left for me there. But of course there’s something I left behind, or I wouldn’t be this upset, this much of a wreck that I interrupted a family dinner to shove a smart phone in my boyfriend’s face. Surprisingly right now, I actually miss Boston. I even wish I were there. I feel something I didn’t think I was capable of feeling anymore. Homesickness. Powerlessness. I don’t know,…
  • I wanted to let you know that your blog has been a great source of comfort to me, though I've only popped in from time to time in the last few years. I was also socially ostracized in college (on a much smaller scale) when I was unhappy. Since then, I've felt that I'll never regain the confidence that I'd need to pursue my ambition of becoming an academic, a belief that my ideas could matter. Your passion and courage are so inspiring. They make me think I could be stronger, too.

    15 Apr 2013 | 9:19 am
    I think you’ve already demonstrated your strength by sharing this story (which I have been terribly tardy in responding to - my apologies). Hopefully, in writing me this message, you can recognize that the people who ostracized you were wrong in their actions and especially in their opinion. Your ideas DO matter. This note mattered to me, and I’m sure it will matter to someone else who is reading. I have been told many times that my work and writing are passionate and courageous, but if I am brave, it is only because I am continually humbled and inspired by others who have overcome far…
 
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