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  • Let’s Victim-Blame Women for Elliot Rodger’s Murders!

    Echo Zen
    23 May 2015 | 8:55 pm
    Note: This post was written a year ago, the week of the 2014 Isla Vista killings. Due to miscommunication, it was never posted – but one year later seems an opportune time to reflect on how much – and little – the public dialogue around misogyny has changed, since Elliot Rodger’s disgraceful killstreak… For Fox News viewers, the preeminent question amongst conservatives is whether Elliot Rodger’s hatred of women who wouldn’t date him was actually a sign that he was gay. For everyone else living in reality, it’s a symptom of more pressing issues – like America’s culture…
  • Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

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    Feminist Newswire
    26 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    Ireland became the first country in the world to pass marriage equality through popular vote on Friday. Related posts: US Ranks 16th Worldwide on 2015 Social Progress Index The Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments Tomorrow in Long-Awaited Marriage Equality Case Iranian Activist Wins International Human Rights Award for Hijab Campaign
  • Frazey Ford's "Done" is an Anthem for Calling it Quits

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    29 May 2015 | 2:29 pm
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  • With Plan to Subsidize Internet Access for the Poor, FCC Seeks to 'Reboot'

    29 May 2015 | 12:56 pm
  • Pregnancy Centers Reined in; U.K. Poverty May Grow

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    WeNews staff
    29 May 2015 | 1:11 am
    The California Assembly has passed legislation requiring crisis pregnancy centers to provide comprehensive information about reproductive health care options. Also this week, a coalition of charities has warned that the U.K. risks widening gender inequality because of austerity policies that disproportionately affect women.
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  • Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

    Feminist Newswire
    26 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    Ireland became the first country in the world to pass marriage equality through popular vote on Friday. Related posts: US Ranks 16th Worldwide on 2015 Social Progress Index The Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments Tomorrow in Long-Awaited Marriage Equality Case Iranian Activist Wins International Human Rights Award for Hijab Campaign
  • Maryland Governor Will Not Veto LGBT Rights Bills

    Feminist Newswire
    26 May 2015 | 9:31 am
    The Maryland General Assembly passed SB 743 / HB 862 and SB 416 / HB 838 by wide margins and with bipartisan support on March 24, after which both were sent to the Governor's desk. Related posts: The Obama Administration Has Come Out Against Anti-Gay “Conversion Therapy” The Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments Tomorrow in Long-Awaited Marriage Equality Case Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
  • New York Politicians, Advocates, and Activists Have Come Together to Protect Nail Salon Workers

    Feminist Newswire
    22 May 2015 | 10:57 am
    Following a report by the New York Times on the exploitation of nail salon workers almost two weeks ago, New York state and city officials have partnered with advocates and volunteers to bring comprehensive educational programs and labor reforms to the 5,000 licensed salons in the state. Related posts: Governor Cuomo Issues Emergency Orders to Protect Nail Salon Workers Facebook Just Improved Wages and Benefits for Contracted Employees Los Angeles May Be The Next City to Raise The Minimum Wage to $15
  • Senate Votes to Advance “Fast Tracking” of Dangerous Trade Agreement

    Feminist Newswire
    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    The US Senate voted yesterday to advance "fast track" trade legislation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. Related posts: House Reverses DC Law Banning Reproductive Health Discrimination by Employers The House is Voting on a 20-Week Abortion Ban with Burdensome Rape Requirements Today House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban Limiting Access for Rape Survivors
  • Los Angeles May Be The Next City to Raise The Minimum Wage to $15

    Feminist Newswire
    21 May 2015 | 10:48 am
    The Los Angeles City Council voted 14 to 1 on Tuesday to have the City Attorney draft an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage for certain workers to $10.50 an hour effective July 2016, and then gradually to $15 an hour by 2020. Related posts: Governor Cuomo Issues Emergency Orders to Protect Nail Salon Workers Facebook Just Improved Wages and Benefits for Contracted Employees A Judge Just Dramatically Reduced the Sentence of a Man Convicted of Raping a Toddler
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    Latest articles from Women's eNews

  • Pregnancy Centers Reined in; U.K. Poverty May Grow

    WeNews staff
    29 May 2015 | 1:11 am
    The California Assembly has passed legislation requiring crisis pregnancy centers to provide comprehensive information about reproductive health care options. Also this week, a coalition of charities has warned that the U.K. risks widening gender inequality because of austerity policies that disproportionately affect women.
  • UN Sex Violence Envoy: Focusing on Syria, Iraq

    Alana Chloe Esposito
    27 May 2015 | 9:39 am
    The U.N.'s special representative on sex violence in conflict zones answers questions about the spread of rape, sexual slavery and forced marriage as a strategy of war and tactic of terror in the Middle East, particularly by the Islamic State, or Daesh.
  • 'The True Cost' Exposes Underbelly of Fast Fashion

    Jennifer Merin
    27 May 2015 | 1:57 am
    This documentary makes it clear why cute little dresses for $9.95 really are a "steal." Other openers on May 29: "Heaven Knows What," "Survivor," "Barely Lethal," "Aloha" and "San Andreas."
  • Lifelong Wage Gaps Shrink Women's Social Security Checks

    Sharon Johnson
    26 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    Trends in female employment all add up to a "perfect storm" for women's retirement, says a labor economist. Those trends also raise women's stakes in any election-year discussion of adding or subtracting from Social Security.
  • India's 'Dark Is Beautiful' Campaign Builds Force

    Swati Sanyal Tarafdar
    22 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    "Many women, and men, nurse a feeling of unworthiness and despair for being dark," says the founder of the campaign, which has spread throughout the country by word of mouth and is attracting interest now from activists in other countries.
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  • This Tomato-Mint Gazpacho Reminds Me of the Day I Discovered Spanish Food

    29 May 2015 | 3:46 pm
    I don't believe you have to travel to the exact place a dish was invented to have an authentic food experience. Cooking at home, you can easily and cheaply take in a cuisine and consequently, a culture. The same goes for dining out. Whether you're eating at the restaurant around the corner, or find yourself away from home yet miles away from a dish's roots, a food experience can be just as good as (and sometimes even better than) what is considered traditional. The first time I ate gazpacho was one of these authentically untraditional (rather unusual and un-Spanish, too) experiences. It…
  • 10 Reaons I'm Glad I'm Done Breastfeeding

    29 May 2015 | 12:58 pm
    I breastfed my son until he was one year old and while I am so happy that I did, I am equally happy to be done. There are of course the sweet bits that I will miss, but a full year of making someone's food with my body was plenty. Here are ten great reasons to celebrate weaning. 1. Someone else can put him to sleep. This one is huge for me. Although I mostly loved our cozy night time routine, it meant I could never have a night off. And I don't miss the the middle of the night feedings one bit. 2. I can drink all the coffee I want. For me, motherhood is fueled by my morning cup(s) of java. It…
  • The Incomparable Christy Turlington Burns Will Premiere Sneak Peek of New Every Mother Counts Documentary at #BlogHer15

    Julie Ross Godar
    29 May 2015 | 11:20 am
    Today I'm thrilled to announce yet another amazing "get" for the #BlogHer15 keynote speaker lineup: Social activist, model, and entrepreneur Christy Turlington Burns!  Turlington Burns will share the defining moment that inspired her to found Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.And then … she will PREMIERE a sneak peek of the new three-part, short-format documentary, Giving Birth in America., produced by Every Mother Counts. This new feature continues her work to bring awareness to the maternal health…
  • Why the FDA Needs to Approve 'Female Viagra'

    Lisa O'Conner
    29 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    It’s been 17 years since Viagra—the “little blue pill” to boost men’s sexual function—was approved by the FDA. Since 1998, men have had the privilege of using Viagra to improve their sex lives. And in the years following, over two dozen other similar treatments have been made available to men with sexual dysfunction. Pink pills, Image Credit: Shutterstock Next year, I’ll be coming up on my own anniversary— it will be 10 years from the day I lost my sex drive. But there are no FDA-approved treatment options for me. In April 2006, I had a full hysterectomy as a result of a…
  • My Cousins Are the Sisters I Never Had

    29 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    By Karen Sommerfeld for Purple Clover Despite coming from Catholic-type people, I am an only child. My parents were rebels, I guess. Everyone else I'm related to was pretty good at being Catholic, so although I was what you'd call light in the siblings department, what I did not lack is cousins. If cousins were currency, I'd have been Howard Hughes—without the whole saving-my-fingernails thing. Among this gaggle of cousins were five girls who lived in Detroit, 90 miles away. A few times a year, they'd descend on my grandmother's house with my aunt and uncle in one fell (and loud) swoop.
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  • Let’s Victim-Blame Women for Elliot Rodger’s Murders!

    Echo Zen
    23 May 2015 | 8:55 pm
    Note: This post was written a year ago, the week of the 2014 Isla Vista killings. Due to miscommunication, it was never posted – but one year later seems an opportune time to reflect on how much – and little – the public dialogue around misogyny has changed, since Elliot Rodger’s disgraceful killstreak… For Fox News viewers, the preeminent question amongst conservatives is whether Elliot Rodger’s hatred of women who wouldn’t date him was actually a sign that he was gay. For everyone else living in reality, it’s a symptom of more pressing issues – like America’s culture…
  • Shockingly, Game of Thrones is all about rape, again, still

    20 May 2015 | 12:34 pm
    [Trigger warning for rape and sadistic violence] SPOILER ALERT for Game of Thrones S5, E6, to the extent that it hasn’t been spoiled already. Recently, on Game of Thrones: Because we couldn’t figure out that Ramsay Bolton is a twisted sadist just from watching him hunt women for sport and systematically dismantle a human being over a lengthy period of time; and because we couldn’t figure out that Sansa Stark’s life sucks immeasurably just based on, frankly, everything that’s happened to her since her father’s head lost contact with his body; we got to watch…
  • Apologies, Explanations, and Temporary Sign-Off

    17 May 2015 | 6:38 am
    Trigger warning: pregnancy-related health emergencies Hello all, I’m really, really sorry I dropped off the face of the earth. I didn’t mean to. At first it was just an unfortunate concatenation of events (somebody should organize an F/SF con called CONcatenation, don’t you think?)–the site went down for a few days, I went away to a conference, etc. This happened right around the time I hit the third trimester, and the third trimester of pregnancy was really kicking my ass: I was going to sleep at 8 or 9 in the evening, even after taking a two-hour nap in the afternoon…
  • Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

    17 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Promote yourself. (Or somebody else.) Netiquette reminders: we expect Content Notes as a courtesy to our readers for problematic content in linked posts and/or their comment threads (a habit of posting only triggering/disparaging links may annoy the Giraffe (you really don’t want to annoy the Giraffe)), Content Notes are not needed if your post title is already descriptive of problematic content. extended discussion of self-promotion links on this thread is counter-productive for the intended signal-boosting –  the idea is for the promoted sites to get more traffic.  If…
  • In which Caperton indulges in a moment of feminism-adjacent (if that) nerd rage

    13 May 2015 | 9:55 am
    [Content note: Very little, if anything, to do with feminism, and everything to do with Caperton taking self-indulgent advantage of an available forum] You’ll have to pardon me for a moment, because a significant facet of my childhood has been mishandled much in the manner of a 19th century Spanish fresco. And yes, the imperfect yet beautiful original is the Jem cartoon, and yes, the nightmare-inducing Hodor-Jesus restoration is the Jem and the Holograms live-action movie. According to the trailer, Jerrica Benton is a camera-shy high school student who becomes YouTube famous for a video…
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  • Paris Says Goodbye to Your Annoying and Dangerous Love Locks

    Marie Lodi
    30 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    If you were a lovestruck tourist who visited Paris and attached a lock on the Pont des Arts bridge to symbolize your undying devotion to your sweetheart, your token of affection is about to be destroyed. The popular trend of placing locks on the famous bridge will come to an end on Monday, when close to a million padlocks will be removed from the site. Metal railings that attracted the locks will first be replaced with paintings, followed by glass panels. Passersby who feel compelled to declare their love with some passionate graffiti, prepare to be duped: the transparent paneling will be…
  • Pictures of Children in Bathing Suits Are Not 'Sexy,' You are Gross

    Tracy Moore
    30 May 2015 | 12:45 pm
    My sweet 5-year-old likes to run around naked wearing only a belt, which she ties so that it has a long piece dangling out in front, a piece which she calls her fake penis. She grabs it and shakes it and goes, “fake penis fake penis!” It’s a real gas. I’ve taken a picture of her doing this. I wouldn’t post it on the Internet because I’m not a complete monster, but even if I did I would expect that some people would be outraged and some people would find it quite funny. Such is the Internet.Read more...
  • Cities Are Finally Getting Around to the Backlog of Rape Kits 

    Stassa Edwards
    30 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The AP has a long story today about the long overdue “trend” of cities finally testing their backlog of rape kits. It outlines the “dramatic shift is taking hold across the country” by both police and prosecutors to process the thousands of rape kits sitting in storage across the country. Read more...
  • Nonprofit With 'No Pregnancy in the Workplace' Policy Loses Lawsuit 

    Stassa Edwards
    30 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    Resource technician Shamira Johnson filed a lawsuit against her Houston-based employer United Bible Fellowship Ministries, Inc., a care facility for disabled people, after they fired her for becoming pregnant. According to the EEOC complaint, the nonprofit maintained a “no pregnancy in the workplace” policy that meant it refused to hire pregnant women and fired employees once they became pregnant.Read more...
  • Fox's Megyn Kelly Will Interview Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

    Stassa Edwards
    30 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    Megyn Kelly will interview Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar on Wednesday night. They are expected to discuss the recent news that their son, Josh Duggar, molested four of their daughters. Jim Bob and Michelle will also discuss the future of their TLC show, 19 Kids and Counting. Read more...
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  • Long Skirts aren’t “secular” enough in France

    27 May 2015 | 2:08 am
    I write a lot about France and its national psychosis over headscarves. I wrote my undergraduate thesis on the 2004 law on secularity and conspicuous religious symbols. I lived there as a hijabi for almost five years. So it is safe to say nothing really involving France and headscarves shocks me any more. Until recently. [Read More...]
  • Ignorant Solidarity with Muslim Sportswomen

    26 May 2015 | 3:38 am
    Who doesn’t love stories and reports of young Muslims girls in Afghanistan, leaping through the air and landing on their skateboards? The agility and passion for skateboarding is juxtaposed with general tomboy badassery, which it is implied, is surprising to find in in their homeland. Their long colourful dresses heighten the wonder of their athleticism. [Read More...]
  • Friday Links

    22 May 2015 | 2:16 am
    A Michigan native becomes the first Muslim American to compete on the popular cooking show, MasterChef, in its sixth season. For her, the hardest thing was neither the cooking nor the competition; it was being away from home. Tsolin Nalbantian writes on hoodies, hijabs, and belonging in the Netherlands. She discusses an incident that exposed [Read More...]
  • American Crime Series Recapped

    20 May 2015 | 3:26 am
    In this post, Azra concludes her series of reviews of American Crime.  Read her earlier reviews here. Spoilers ahead—you’ve been warned! Last week, American Crime concluded on ABC. I hadn’t reviewed the past several shows, as Aliyah’s time on screen became more and more limited with the show focusing on some of the other character’s concerns. [Read More...]
  • Friday Links

    15 May 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Nadia Manzoor is on a crusade to use humor and honesty to talk about the challenges she faced as a young Muslim immigrant coming of age in the US, through a web comedy series called “Shugs and Fats.”   The French government is under growing pressure to make a clear ruling on whether schoolgirls can [Read More...]
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  • 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…
  • Boston Playwright Will Donate Proceeds From “Voices of We” to Local Women’s Organizations

    14 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    “The Voices of We,” a new play by Boston-area stage and screenwriter Robbi D’Allessandro, is making its world premiere April 25 to May 9 at the the Boston Playwrights Theatre. D’Allessandro is donating the proceeds from all performances to nonprofit organizations that benefit women in need, including Our Bodies Ourselves. The performances benefiting OBOS are on Saturday, May 2, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. Judy Norsigian, OBOS co-founder and former executive director, will take part in a talk-back with the audience following the show on Saturday night.
  • Patients Work with Doctors to Make Choices About Care

    Guest Contributor
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:11 am
    By Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News Rose Gutierrez has a big decision to make. Gutierrez, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last spring, had surgery and 10 weeks of chemotherapy. But the cancer is still there. Now Dr. Jasmine Wong, a surgeon at UC San Francisco, is explaining the choices: Gutierrez can either have another lumpectomy followed by radiation, or she can get a total mastectomy. “I think both options are reasonable,” Wong said. “It’s just a matter of how you feel personally about preserving your breast, how you feel about having radiation therapy.” “I’m kind of…
  • ‘She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry’ Celebrates the History of ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves’

    Guest Contributor
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” filmmaker Mary Dore and Our Bodies Ourselves founders discussed the critically acclaimed documentary and OBOS’s place in the women’s movement following a recent screening in Boston (video is available). OBOS founder Norma Swenson later wrote this reflection; read more reactions in the comments. by Norma Swenson As we approach International Women’s Day, viewing “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” Mary Dore’s remarkable, unique film on the women’s movement, feels perfectly timely. We are encouraged to remember our…
  • New Hesperian Book Focuses on Improving Health Through Community Organizing

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:44 am
    In the early 1970s, Hesperian Health Guides developed “Where There Is No Doctor,” a health care manual used by health workers and others involved in delivering primary care and promoting health programs. Hesperian now offers a dozen books and health materials in more than 80 languages. Its latest resource, “Health Actions for Women: Practical Strategies to Mobilize for Change,” released this month, is drawing kudos — from the likes of Cecile Richards, Judy Norsigian and Paul Farmer, among others — for its approach to helping women (and men) create change in…
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  • The Virtual Pub Is Open

    29 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    [Explanations: lol your fat. pathetic anger bread. hey your gay.]TFIF, Shakers!Belly up to the bar,and name your poison!
  • The Friday Blogaround

    29 May 2015 | 2:20 pm
    This blogaround brought to you by eggrolls.Recommended Reading:Happy Blogiversary to Trudy at Gradient Lair! Woot!Jessica: [Content Note: War on agency] Federal Court Permanently Blocks Arkansas' 12-Week Abortion BanAura: [CN: Violence; racism; police misconduct] This Is How Some NYPD Cops Talked about the Execution of a 14-Year-Old LatinoEdwin: [CN: Worker exploitation; death] This Chart Shows the Staggering Human Cost of Staging a World Cup in QatarRob: Will In-Car HUDs Make the Roads Hell?Kyler: Meet the LGBT Characters in the Wachowskis' Upcoming Netflix Sci-Fi Series Sense8 THV: [CN:…
  • Daily Dose of Cute

    29 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    "If you want, I can stretch out and take up even more space!"As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.
  • Oh, Okay Then

    29 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    [Content Note: Silencing, rape fantasies, misogyny.]Via Katie McDonough at Salon I've now learned that apparently Bernie Sanders has said and done some very good things on women's issues (true!). Also: his critics include professional butt berets Erick Erickson and Bill Kristol (also true!). Okay.Then I learned that his 1972 piece recently reproduced in Mother Jones was "an attempted critique of heteronormativity — a clumsy and weird-as-hell attempted critique of heteronormativity," and apparently no big deal. Uh, okay?Because, you know, if you're going to characterize it as such, maybe the…
  • The Make-Up Thread

    29 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    Here is your semi-regular make-up thread, to discuss all things make-up. Do you have a make-up product you'd recommend? Are you looking for the perfect foundation which has remained frustratingly elusive? Need or want to offer make-up tips? Searching for hypoallergenic products? Want to grouse about how you hate make-up? Want to gush about how you love it? Whatever you like—have at it!* * *I was feeling purply today (what a shocker, I know), so I paried ColourPop's Feminst lip liner with Yves Saint Laurent's Rouge Volupté Shine No 3 Violet Incognito.And that's all the make-up I'm wearing…
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  • Charlie Charlie: The Science of Summoning Demons with Pencils for Fun and Profit

    Rebecca Watson
    30 May 2015 | 11:54 am
    Support more videos like this at patreon.com/rebecca! Sorta transcript: Charlie, Charlie is a newly popular game in which people film themselves summoning a demon using two pencils and a piece of paper. I have to say, this is such an improvement over demon summoning when I was a kid, when you had to use at least four crystals and a pint of goat blood to even get a demon’s attention. The game works like this: put two pencils in a cross, one on top of the other, and put them on top of a sheet of paper with yes/no quadrants written on it. Ask for Charlie Charlie to play, and the top pencil…
  • Global Quickies: Ancient Indian Spaceships, Fossils in Creationist’s Basement, and Nepotism in ISIS

    30 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    NIGERIA In one of his last acts as president, Goodluck Jonathan signs a law that bans FGM and prohibits men from abandoning their wives or children without economic support. UK Rabbis in an orthodox Jewish sect in London say students should be banned from lessons if their mothers drive them to school because women drivers are ‘contrary to the rules of religious modesty‘. CANADA (From Angela) Alberta creationist discovers rare fish fossils in basement dig. Scientist says they likely swam in waters about 60 million years ago, discoverer believes they were laid down in Noah’s…
  • Stick to the Science! Or, Why I am Deeply Annoyed at Some Fellow Astronomers

    29 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    All too often when a public (or semi-public) discourse involves many facets of a problem, someone is going to make a point to tell scientists to “stick to the science!” And all too often, this is used as a way to shut down someone saying something rather uncomfortable. Here’s why I’m not going to abide by that statement. Over the past several weeks, there has been much debate in the astronomy community about issues of race and racism, particularly in response to some strongly worded opinions about reactions to the planned Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) to go on Mauna Kea. (If…
  • Science Drama at March Against Myths about Modification, and My Showdown with Zen Honeycutt

    Kavin Senapathy
    29 May 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Sometimes science can be boring, or at least seem less-than-riveting to the general public. There are a lot of dry methodologies, frequent snafus, those pesky problems of having to reproduce results, and don’t forget peer review and meta-analyses. Though scientific advances are certainly exciting to many who follow them closely, the process from bench to discovery can seem dry. Science activism on the other hand is anything but boring. Indeed, this past weekend proved to be a veritable soap opera. Here’s my recap of the highlights from Saturday May 23rd, the day of the third annual…
  • Quickies: Galapagos volcano erupts, another all male panel, and cliteracy

    29 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    Galapagos volcano erupts, threatening species Darwin studied – From Amy. Denver ComicCon had a “Women in Comics” panel with no women on it – Thanks to everyone who shared this with us. (And congrats, you have an all male panel!) Cliteracy – An interactive project about, you guessed it, the clit. Honey bunches of lies – Eating local honey is not going to cure your pollen allergies. Cute Animal Friday! Check out the ears on this baby okapi.
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    Viva la Feminista

  • Join me for #STEMchat with SciGirls on May 21!

    19 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    As long-time readers know, my paying job is to support women who are studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). I often get asked what the magic key or silver bullet is for getting more girls into STEM. While the actual answer is complex and nuanced, when I am talking with parents it usually ends up being, "Let them break things & get dirty." This is why I am excited to invite you to join me for #STEMchat with SciGirls on May 21st about citizen science. I love the tagline, "Do Try This at Home," because that is such a key to the puzzle! Do science at home. Demystify…
  • Forecasting women’s leadership with Ford’s Chief Futurist

    11 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    One of the best outcomes from Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In,” is that the issue of women in leadership has taken center stage in the public conversation. Concepts such as the glass ceiling, the wage gap and gender bias in the workplace have a renewed sense of purpose. What also has renewed activity is the debate over having it all and work/life balance. I got the opportunity to speak to Sheryl Connelly, Futurist for Ford Motor Company. Yes, I got to speak to a woman who is high up on the leadership ladder whose job it is to spirit the future. First thing's first, what is a futurist?
  • Some Mother's Day Writing For You

    10 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    I made it into the NYTimes, folks! I wrote an op-ed about how the perfect gift for Mother's Day is a selfie. It stems from the fact that I do not have a lot of photos with my mom. Please check it out and share widely.I also wrote a Mother's Day piece for LatinaMom.me about learning to love Mother's Day again:It has been 12 years since I've had a mom. It has also been 12 years since I became a mom. The cognitive dissonance can be overwhelming and becomes unbearable as we build up to Mother's Day. My mom died at the start of my third trimester, as I was pregnant with her much-requested first…
  • Last Minute Gifts for Mother's Day

    6 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Are you looking for last minute gifts for Mother's Day? Well I'm last minute blogging about it! CARDS: Don't send the mother figure in your life a cheesy card from the drug store. No way! Send the radical woman in your life a radical Mamas Day card. I particularly love this one because my university's graduation falls often falls on Mother's Day as it does this year. These cards are awesome because you can send it to her via email, but the images are beautiful enough to print out and hand make a card. GIFTS: You can refer to previous gift guides to get some ideas, but since this is last…
  • Review: Hillary Clinton Coloring Book

    16 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    In what will be just the start of Hillary products I get pitched comes a fun peek at the girl who would be President. Hillary: The Coloring Book gives you over 60 pages of coloring including a page dedicated to when she was dancing up a storm in South Africa. Since coloring books for adults are all the rage, why not grab one where you get to color in a zillion pant suits? My favorite pages are of hippie Hillary. And thanks to the publisher, I can offer you a head start on creating your own Hillary campaign poster. Just download the PDF file and grab your crayons. Support Viva la Feminista by…
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  • Now is the U.S. Ready for a Woman President?

    Ellen Keim
    29 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    Even though I’ve been a feminist since my freshman year in college—so, for some 44 years—I didn’t initially think of writing this blog from a feminist perspective. But then the 2008 presidential race began and I found my focus. The fact that a woman was vying for the Democratic nomination—and making a damn good showing—made me think more seriously about how women are seen in our society. Specifically about whether or not this country was ready—or would ever be ready—to vote in a woman president. As a Second Wave feminist (a feminist who came of age during the…
  • What Hurts the Institution of Marriage the Most?

    Ellen Keim
    29 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    Opponents of same-sex marriage say that allowing homosexuals to marry would hurt the institution of marriage. I don’t quite see why: if gays and lesbians want to marry, isn’t that reinforcing the idea that getting married is a good thing? People who use this argument are failing to see the forest for the trees. They freak out over a handful of relationships nationwide and ignore the relationship that may have hurt the institution of marriage more than anything other kind: that of the cohabiting couple. My oldest daughter and I were watching “She’s Having a Baby”…
  • Feminist Books for Girls (and Boys)

    Ellen Keim
    8 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    If you’re concerned about what you teach the children in your life about gender equality, try reading and buying them books that reinforce that concept. Book Riot recently published the following lists if you’re wondering where to start: Best Feminist Picture Books Best Feminist Books for Younger Readers   Posted at Femagination - the feminine imagination blog. Copyright © Femagination.com, 2013. All Rights Reserved. Views: 1 / 51. Related posts: 2010 Amelia Bloomer Project The Amelia Bloomer Project was started in 2002 to serve... Can I Call Myself a Feminist? Ellen…
  • Does a Woman Need a Room of Her Own?

    Ellen Keim
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    Virginia Woolf wrote* that “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write [fiction].” She was writing about writers, but what she said applies to being a woman, period. If a woman is to be her own person, she must have autonomy, which in this world means enough money to live on and the ability to make your own destiny. What does that have to do with a room of one’s own, though? And what does that mean anyway? I noticed a couple of years ago that HGTV (Home and Gardening TV Network) began referring to “man caves.” These are set-apart rooms for…
  • A Personal Story

    Ellen Keim
    23 Aug 2013 | 6:16 am
    I’ve been a feminist since 1971 when I joined a consciousness-raising group after I had my abortion. I didn’t think that I would ever tell anyone about the abortion, but as we all began to share our stories, I felt safe enough to share mine. Instead of shock or disapproval, I was met with understanding and support. I had had a decision to make and I made the one that I thought was best for me at the time. The boyfriend who got me pregnant would never have allowed me to give the baby up for adoption, but he was okay about an abortion. I didn’t tell my parents because I felt…
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  • Memorial Day History: “Good Work, Sister”

    25 May 2015 | 4:01 am
    This holiday weekend, in honor of Memorial Day, I’ve seen this poster circulating quite a bit… But there are some things you should know. (Yes, feminists often don’t have the luxury of taking the holidays off.) Info on this vintage WWII poster: “Good work, sister.  We never figured you could do a man-size job!” America’s […] No related posts.
  • Freaky Friday: What’s Up With Those Big Toes?

    10 Apr 2015 | 8:48 am
    While searching for those 70s sex feet, I stumbled into these kitschy vintage bare feet salt and pepper shakers. I guess not all of them are vintage; but they nearly always have bright red toenail polish. Why anyone wants to put bare feet on the table, let alone shake their contents onto your food, is […] No related posts.
  • Cheap Thrills Thursday: 70s Feet Edition

    9 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    In the 70s, footprints were big things. Sometimes they were quite literally big things; such as the giant, and very fuzzy, footprint rugs my sister and I had in our room. (See other things that may have been in your bedroom back then.) Other times, the feet were smaller. And in pairs. If you were […] No related posts.
  • I Am Ready To Hop On The Slicker Dollys Bus

    5 Apr 2015 | 3:31 pm
    I found this rather spectacularly mod commercial for Yardley’s Slicker Dollys Bus Lipsticks while researching this vintage lipstick tube. (Found via Kate Baird’s Yardley Pinboard.) No related posts.
  • Vintage Marketing To Women Was A-Wash In Premiums

    1 Apr 2015 | 2:57 am
    Some people think that the only premiums that came in boxes were in cereal boxes for kids. Sure, there were those coupon books and other early loyalty programs designed to bring people back to certain department stores, gas stations, grocery stores, and other shops. But when it comes to actual free things inside boxes, most […] No related posts.
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  • Enjoying the Lack of Sexist Media Coverage of Rachel Notley

    Jarrah Hodge
    28 May 2015 | 12:28 pm
    I was standing amid a sea of socialists at Ottawa’s quintessential dipper watering hole the evening of May 5. As we watched the poll ticker surpass the 44 seat mark, seasoned MP Peter Stoffer stood on a chair in the far back corner of the bar, raised his glass of Bottington’s, and proclaimed: “RACHEL NOTLEY JUST WON AN NDP MAJORITY IN ALBERTA! CHEERS TO RACHEL!” And cheer for her we did – some actually cried. There were even a few Liberal staffers in the mix who couldn’t resist joining the party, if only vicariously. But for women watching that night, we knew that this meant more…
  • Who Killed the World? – The Complicated Feminism of Mad Max: Fury Road

    Jessica Critcher
    26 May 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Mad Max: Fury Road has been getting a lot of praise, but more interestingly it has also drawn intense criticism… from misogynists. If Men’s Rights Activists hadn’t thrown such a tantrum, I probably would have skipped it altogether. So, thank you, MRAs. Thank you for exposing me to a fantastic film that spoke to me on such a visceral level. I’ve already seen it twice and I’ll probably see it at least two more times, if only to counteract their boycott. This is the best action film I’ve seen in years. Possibly ever. The premise of the film is that Imperator Furiosa absconds from the…
  • Round-Up: May 26, 2015

    Jarrah Hodge
    26 May 2015 | 5:18 am
    Squamish, B.C. City Councillor Susan Chapelle is lobbying for increased access to rape kits in her district, after sharing her own story of being drugged and raped. Currently, women in the Lower Mainland have to travel to one of two hospitals in Vancouver or Surrey to have physical evidence taken after a sexual assault (Global News). A Prince Edward Island woman has come forward after being refused treatment at a hospital for complications from a medical abortion. Dammit Janet recaps the story and a Change.org petition has also been launched to call for the resignation of the PEI Health…
  • Navigating through Frida

    Jarrah Hodge
    25 May 2015 | 5:47 am
    Frida Kahlo (centre) with Malu Block and Diego Rivera, 1932 There were earlier ones. Women who shaped my feminism, women who shaped me in my feminism(s). But, it is Frida Kahlo who remains a consistent swimmer through my own journey as a feminist. Perhaps her omnipresence is due simply to her multiple apparitions: artist, activist, writer, thinker, lover, maker. Her genius permeates so many different modalities of imagination that as a young woman, stretching into my own creativity, I continually bumped into Frida’s work, my love for her evolving with my own life. Frida Kahlo represents…
  • On Trigger Warnings in Academia

    Jarrah Hodge
    23 May 2015 | 5:56 am
    [Content Note: Sexualized violence.] Working on a college campus, at a sexual assault support centre, I am acutely aware of the ongoing conversations around trigger warnings in academia. Though the furor has slowed of late, I read just about every think piece coming down on either side of the issue. The two sides seem to boil down to this argument: At least one in two to four cisgender women*, one in five cisgender men, and one in two trans folk will experience sexualized violence in their lifetime. It is safe to assume there is at least one survivor in every room. Post-traumatic responses…
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  • women’s stories: on #YesAllWomen, One Year Later

    28 May 2015 | 4:22 am
    On the night of May 25, 2014, I curled up in bed and waited to die. My Twitter mentions were bursting with reasons why I should. I was a man-hater. I was a rabid feminist. I was capitalizing on a tragedy. I was a terrorist in sheep’s clothing. I was a hypocrite. There were many that had creatively utilized a 140-character limit to fantasize about particularly creative ends for me. What I’d asked for. What I deserved to have done to me. What they wanted to do to me. I was a Muslim woman who had dared to start a viral hashtag that laid out the fears women faced – while men shamed and…
  • women’s stories: I lost my whole family for reporting my rapist

    28 May 2015 | 12:40 am
    Five years ago, while a junior in college, I walked into a Florida police station and reported the memories I had spent a lifetime trying to forget. I don't regret my decision that day. But knowing what I know now, I would struggle to make that choice again. While I knew there would be costs, nothing could prepare me for the confusion and heartache of the next few years. There was no guide map for reporting rape a decade after the fact — especially when your rapist is your own brother. The detective asked me why I hadn’t reported sooner. The question was deeply painful because I had…
  • What Exactly Does ‘It’s A Man’s World’ Mean?

    27 May 2015 | 11:51 pm
    Excellent response to endless "what about the poor menz" comments and questions. Last year, I wrote an article about women standing in lines to use public bathrooms. It wasn't actually about toilets, but about why holding women to male standards is discriminatory. It must have twisted some people's knickers in very tight and uncomfortable knots, because it resulted in seriously outraged and indignant responses. What seemed to be particularly troublesome was that I said toilet lines are an example of the way that male bodies, experiences and needs are prioritized by society. Charlotte…
  • ‘Sextarianism’ is drawing new battle lines in Northern Ireland

    24 May 2015 | 4:35 am
    The attitudes of individual politicians and political parties, and, more importantly, the policy responses to issues of sexual citizenship and sexual commerce have taken on a deeply conservative and fervently activist bent. Northern Ireland has become a hotbed for what we might term “sextarianism” – a politicised dislike of those whose sexual identities, beliefs and practices are non-heteronormative, “deviant”, or commercialised. [...] Sextarianism revolves around religious and patriarchal ideas, beliefs, practices and policies that stigmatise, physically harm, and criminalise…
  • Finally, women are getting the “feminism” they never asked for

    24 May 2015 | 4:13 am
    Women around the world will be treated to such an extraordinary feat of feminism in 2016 that they’ll scarcely know what to do with it. No, I’m not talking about the first female president of the United States – that’s small potatoes! Instead, early next year, a new book will present “a brave new perspective on feminism” that feminist academics and activists have inexplicably ignored for decades: how to be hot. Writer Polly Vernon, who has penned thought-provoking pieces such as “You hate me because I’m thin” and “Am I too old for cleavage?”, is writing a book about how…
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