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  • Marissa Alexander To Be Released from Prison

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    Feminist Newswire
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Alexander spent the last three years of her life in prison after firing a warning shot into the air to defend herself from her estranged and abusive husband. Related posts: Marissa Alexander Has Accepted a Plea Deal Ms. Wonder Awards Honor Young Grassroots Leaders in Anti-Violence and Fair Wage Movements President Obama Meets with Ferguson Activists and Announces Policing Reforms
  • Why Do We Love Dark, Violent TV?

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    s.e. smith
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Detective drama The Killing is part of a new wave of "grimdark" TV shows.  read more
  • Amid White House Push for Fast Track, Digital Rights Groups Mount Call for Opposition

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:29 pm
  • Source: Veiled Women Targeted in Post-Hebdo France

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    Hajer Naili
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:53 am
    A spokeswoman for the Paris-based Collective Against Islamophobia says the group has registered at least seven physical attacks against veiled women. One of the victims, she says, is still hospitalized after suffering severe injuries.
  • Marriage: It's Going To Be "We" From Now On

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:55 pm
    My dress had a scoop neck made of a hundred pounds of sequins and lace. My husband later told me it looked like a fresh blanket of snow. Each sleeve weighed about 20 pounds and left purple welts on my shoulders. It hurt so bad that Mark had to run back and forth to the hotel ice machine for ice compresses. Image: Alexandra Rosas When we got to our room, I was lightheaded and hungry. Up until then, I hadn't had much of an appetite. When the day was finally behind us, the floodgates opened and I wanted real food; not a light snack but a full-on feast. I couldn't think of anything else but…
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  • Marissa Alexander To Be Released from Prison

    Feminist Newswire
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Alexander spent the last three years of her life in prison after firing a warning shot into the air to defend herself from her estranged and abusive husband. Related posts: Marissa Alexander Has Accepted a Plea Deal Ms. Wonder Awards Honor Young Grassroots Leaders in Anti-Violence and Fair Wage Movements President Obama Meets with Ferguson Activists and Announces Policing Reforms
  • Anti-Choice Extremists Target Abortion Clinic Director in Kansas

    Feminist Newswire
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Anti-abortion extremists have taken to protesting outside the home of Julie Burkhart, the CEO and founder of the Trust Women Foundation and the Executive Director of the South Wind Women’s Center. Related posts: Personhood Groups Plan to Launch County and Municipal Measures to Restrict Abortion Access US Receives “C” Grade On Reproductive Rights Kansas Lawmaker Plans to Introduce 14-Week Abortion Ban in State Legislature
  • Egyptian Court Sentences Doctor In Female Genital Mutilation Case

    Feminist Newswire
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:24 am
    This is the first time a doctor has been convicted in Egypt of this crime. Related posts: World Health Organization Calls For an End to “Virginity Tests” Over 50 Women Hospitalized and 12 Dead in India After Botched Mass Sterilization at Government-Run Camp Maternal Death Rate in West Africa Expected to Rise Due to Ebola
  • #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality

    Feminist Newswire
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10. Related posts: 12 Countries Have Called on El Salvador to Stop Criminalizing Abortion UN Committee Reviews US on Police Brutality and Gender-Based Violence Groups Demand Gender-Responsive Climate Policy at UN Convention
  • House Cancels Abortion Ban After GOP Congresswomen Drop Support

    Feminist Newswire
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:26 am
    House Republicans cancelled plans to vote on a 20-week  ban on abortion after Republican Congresswomen removed their names publicly as co-sponsors of the bill. The vote on the unconstitutional 20-week ban had originally been scheduled for today, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, but instead was pulled late last night after Republican House representatives Rene Ellmers (NC) and Jackie Walorski (IN) took to the House floor and withdrew their co-sponsorship. Ellmers and Walorski cited specifically their concern with the exception in the ban for women who had been raped, only if they had reported…
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  • Source: Veiled Women Targeted in Post-Hebdo France

    Hajer Naili
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:53 am
    A spokeswoman for the Paris-based Collective Against Islamophobia says the group has registered at least seven physical attacks against veiled women. One of the victims, she says, is still hospitalized after suffering severe injuries.
  • 'Maid in Cambodia' Highlights Skills, Better Wages

    Kristi Eaton
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:50 am
    With no protections or rights for domestic workers in Cambodia, an expat here has started a job training center that requires employers to pay a decent wage, provide one day off a week, offer paid sick leave and holidays, basic health care and an eight-hour work day.
  • Marissa Alexander's Supporters Converge in Florida

    Miranda S. Spivack
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    One group has spent January driving cross country in the Black Women's Lives Matter: Free Marissa Now caravan lobbying for Marissa Alexander's pardon. A quilting project joins them on Jan. 27 to keep watch outside Alexander's day in court.
  • 5 Speaking Habits That Weaken Women's Leadership

    Judith Humphrey
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:16 am
    These common patterns of talking make us sound unsure of ourselves and can stand in the way of being seen as confident leaders, says Judith Humphrey in this excerpt from the book "Taking the Stage."
  • White House to Veto HR7; IS Targets Educated Women

    WeNews staff
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:55 am
    The White House has threatened to veto an abortion bill passed by the House of Representatives on Jan. 22. Also this week, the U.N. decried numerous executions of civilians in Iraq by the Islamic State group, warning that educated women appeared to be especially at risk.
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  • Marriage: It's Going To Be "We" From Now On

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:55 pm
    My dress had a scoop neck made of a hundred pounds of sequins and lace. My husband later told me it looked like a fresh blanket of snow. Each sleeve weighed about 20 pounds and left purple welts on my shoulders. It hurt so bad that Mark had to run back and forth to the hotel ice machine for ice compresses. Image: Alexandra Rosas When we got to our room, I was lightheaded and hungry. Up until then, I hadn't had much of an appetite. When the day was finally behind us, the floodgates opened and I wanted real food; not a light snack but a full-on feast. I couldn't think of anything else but…
  • Say "Candy Hearts!" Valentine’s Day Photo Booth Props

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:38 pm
    For Valentine's Day, we're challenging moms to create your own unique Valentine's Day photo booth artwork inspired by Nicole Robinson’s project Love Commuter. It's the perfect activity for a creative Valentine's Day card for Grandma, a fun crafting party, or those cabin-feverish winter weekends when the kids start going crazy by 10 am. Leo wanted to help with this challenge and together, we had a blast! (Wait a second … Wondering what a challenge is? Get caught up here.) Step 1: Draw some objects on some heavy paper or cardstock. Love goggles, candy hearts, sweet lips, love birds—your…
  • The Most Important Question to Ask On a 1st Date

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:37 pm
    When dating with a purpose, the single most important question you should ask and be able to answer honestly on your first date is what are you looking for? It’s never too early to get your intentions out of the way and see whether they align with a new or potential partner.I’ve seen both men and women get really uncomfortable, even when I as their coach ask them that question. But if you don’t know what you want, what are you on the date for in the first place?It’s time to stop living in fear of asking the hard questions. It’s time to put our big girls and big boy pants on and get…
  • Announcing BlogHer Food '15 and the Call for Ideas

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Today we are excited to announce the BlogHer Food '15: Experts Among Us conference! For our seventh annual Food event, we're going back to our roots with a FALL conference. And once again, we're taking BlogHer Food on the road to the "jewel of the Midwest" (and fabulous food city), Chicago! CONFERENCE DETAILS: Dates: November 6 & 7, 2015 Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago Registration is open! We have limited capacity, and we do anticipate selling out as we have each year. The Hyatt Regency Chicago is an amazing venue. We offer a special room rate of $209 per night, including in-room…
  • Why You Should Run, Not Walk, to the Public Library

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:07 pm
    I’ve got THE BEST money-saving, freebie deal to share with you today. This is the big one, friends. A completely legit, no-coupon-code required, money-saving deal that will blow your mind.What if I told you that by using this deal, my family has saved over $4,000 dollars in the last six months alone in free books? Free books! We don’t get to keep them of course; this deal is more like Netflix -- where you pay a monthly subscription to get access to all of these books but you do have to give them back when you are done. Except unlike Netflix, this deal is absolutely free.It’s called ...
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  • Marissa Alexander released from prison

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:48 pm
    I have every intention of writing a longer post about this, but today got away from me. I just want to note that Marissa Alexander was released from prison today, and is now under house arrest for two years. More tomorrow, I promise.
  • Holocaust Remembrance Day

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:44 pm
    So, today, 1/27, is Holocaust Remembrance Day, and this is the Primo Levi quotation making the rounds on my Twitter feed: It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say. It can happen, and it can happen everywhere. – The Drowned and the Saved Nowhere is so “civilized” that its people can’t descend into rabid genocide; Until the Holocaust, Germany had won renown for the “German-Jewish symbiosis,” the way Germany and its Jews had created culture and lived together. I want to take this opportunity to talk about group…
  • Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

    25 Jan 2015 | 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)), 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…
  • Open Thread with Running Basset

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    This basset hound in action, chasing a ball, features for this week’s Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over this weekend and throughout the week. Leroy – Basset Hound A (44), uploaded to Flickr by Justin Beckley Shared as Creative Commons (CC BY-ND 2.0) 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? *…
  • Weeping Christian men apologize for letting you have an abortion

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:06 pm
    Courtesy of Heroic Media, three Christian men feel they owe you an apology. In this four-minute video — aptly titled “The Apology” — each man confesses to having had an abortion. Okay, it’s not quite that interesting — what they mean is that they went halfsies on a fetus with a woman who then got an abortion. But what they have to say is actually kind of sweet, apologizing to women for the way they’ve been treated by people in the church, the condemnation that has been piled on them, and the shame and guilt they might feel for the choice they made…
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    Muslimah Media Watch

  • Happy New Year! + Taking a Break

    8 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    Salaams and happy 2015, dear MMW readers! The MMW team will be taking a break for a couple months as we deal with other commitment in our lives and work outside of the blog.  We may have a few posts here and there over the next little while, and Eren will be sharing past posts through [Read More...]
  • Friday Links | December 26, 2014

    25 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    More Iraqi women, both from Sunni and Shi’ite communities, are donning a more conservative religious dress. Al Jazeera features a documentary on the rise of religious schools, or madrasas, for girls and women in Afghanistan. Human Rights Watch calls for the investigation of the death of Nilufar Rahimjonova, who died earlier this year in an [Read More...]
  • A Potential Burqa Ban at the Federal Level in Switzerland

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The optimism in my last post, at least for Switzerland, has been tempered with news coming out of Switzerland last week. In Switzerland (where niqab is already banned in Ticino since 2013), the German-speaking newspaper SonntagsBlick recently cited a survey saying that 62% of the Swiss population would be in favor of a burqa ban. [Read More...]
  • Friday Links | December 19, 2014

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In Iraq, ISIL is said to have killed over 150 women and girls for refusing to get married to ISIL fighters. Seven people have been arrested in Spain and Morocco in several raids targeting an alleged network recruiting women to join ISIL, including a woman from Chile. According to a UN expert one of the Austrian [Read More...]
  • Erotica by Muslim Women for Muslim Women

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    When I attempted entering “Islamic erotica” in a search engine, I was not sure what to expect. A few weeks before doing that, I had stumbled upon the genre while reading Afrocentric Muslimah’s blog post on the need for Muslim women to embrace their sexuality. Curious to know more about Islamic erotica, I decided to search for [Read More...]
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  • Question of the Day

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Suggested by Shaker lupinella12: "What trend were you really ahead of the curve?"LOL none of them ever?

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:15 pm
    [Content Note: Misogyny.]Mike Huckabee has an interesting new strategy for appealing to female voters in 2016: Call us "trashy" if we use naughty words!Appearing last Friday on Mickelson in the Morning, an Iowa-based radio show, Huckabee recounted the culture shock he experienced when hearing profanity in the workplace while working for Fox News in New York City."In Iowa, you would not have people who would just throw the f-bomb and use gratuitous profanity in a professional setting," Huckabee said. "In New York, not only do the men do it, but the women do it!"He continued: "This would be…
  • Daily Dose of Cute

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Dat face.As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.
  • This Trash Again

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    [Content Note: Privilege; gatekeeping.]Jonathan Chait is at it again, with a new piece for New York Magazine entitled [DoNotLink] "Not a Very PC Thing to Say," and subheaded, because of course it is, "How the language police are perverting liberalism."There are a lot of people on Twitter who have said very smart things about this piece today, among them: Sydette, Imani, Jess, and Dianna, whom I am recommending with their permission. That's not a complete list, by any means, but I've particularly appreciated lots of their commentary today.There's little I can say in response to this piece that…
  • Quote of the Day

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:45 pm
    [Content Note: Misogyny; rape culture; war on agency.]"I'm told that they're still going to bring [the bill proposing a 20-week abortion ban] back, but because there was such division among our Republican females [over the stipulation that rape must be reported to authorities to qualify as an exception], they pulled the bill that day. And that was extremely unfortunate, and it sent the entirely wrong message."—Republican Congressman from Texas Louie Gohmert, during a conference call with pastor E.W. Jackson today.Females. Wow.Divisive females who send the wrong message by standing (the most…
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    The F-Word: Latest features, reviews and blog posts

  • Pauline packs a punch

    David Wilkinson
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:27 am
    David Wilkinson delights in the release of this definitive post-punk reissue by Pauline Murray and The Invisible Girls
  • Page 3 debates: no room for nuances?

    Holly Combe
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:53 pm
    There seems to be a tendency for the mainstream media to assume feminists are against Page 3 and set us up against glamour models, regardless of what we say
  • Weekly round up and open thread

    Jess McCabe
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Weekly round up of things to read.
  • New review: Neneh Cherry

    Holly Combe
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Neneh Cherry's fourth studio release Blank Project continues to have resonance in today's political climate. David Wilkinson listens again. We did not have to wait long in 2014 before being graced with one of the standout albums of the year....
  • Still, we're weightless

    David Wilkinson
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:56 am
    Neneh Cherry's fourth studio release Blank Project continues to have resonance in today's political climate. David Wilkinson listens again
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  • The Day She Lost Her Jealousy at Barneys

    Sheila Nevins
    3 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Originally published in January 2008… She had always been slightly envious of other girls. It started with doll clothes in third grade. MaryLou’s doll had high-heels and a bikini swimsuit. Hers did not. This competitive nature continued, with more serious manifestations, into high school. At the elegant Pierrepont High, she longed for Ginger’s blue eyes and Margaret Gullen’s knees. The fancy girl’s high school required dark blue knee socks with the dark blue uniform. Margaret’s knees, or so it appeared to her, were dimpled in all the right places — whereas hers appeared to…
  • Lily Tomlin receives Kennedy Center Honors

    30 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    Is it any surprise that Lily Tomlin, our wOw woman, would be honored by the Kennedy Center? The award is given to those who have made significant contributions to American culture though the performing arts. Lily, your wOw community salutes you!! Watch the 37th Kennedy Center Honors tonight, December 30, 2014
  • Marlo Thomas Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

    28 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Our very own Marlo Thomas was bestowed this nation’s highest civilian honor, a Presidential Medal of Freedom.  The honor is presented to “individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”     Congrats to MAKER @MarloThomas on winning the Medal of Freedom for her world-changing work! Watch her story here http://t.co/fUl65wlZLr — MAKERS (@MAKERSwomen) November 26, 2014   Marlo serves as national outreach director…
  • Joan Larsen Celebrates: Thanksgiving at the Lake House

    Joan Larsen
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    It’s Thanksgiving at the Lake House and the gathering of family is always equated to love overflowing and the feeling of closeness . . . A warm welcome to our family Thanksgiving!! The greatest fun is coming early and working together to make decorations for the house As the children became teens, it became not only a challenge but fun to outdo themselves We could see the pride in their eyes over their original creations and how could we not “ohh” and “ahh” over this? We deemed it strictly stunning ! Apple cider seemed a unique touch for toasting before the big meal and below the…
  • FIND ME – Finding Missing Persons Fundraiser in NYC

    Joni Evans
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Recently, Mary Wells Lawrence and I joined the organization FIND ME. We learned about it from Peggy Rometo, once wowOwow’s astrologist/intuitive. Its mission is to find missing persons…in order to bring peace to their families and friends. The organization is different from any others I’ve known of. It utilizes forensic technology AND vetted psychics to create a unique force of diligent and dedicated professionals working alongside of the police. Their success rate has been astounding. I know there are many news stories (NPR, NBC News, etc.) in the works…but just…
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  • This American Life Didn’t Censor Lindy West, and That’s Important

    Rebecca Watson
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:18 pm
    The brilliant and hilarious comic writer Lindy West did a piece for This American Life last week, which you can listen to here. In the story, West talks about online trolls, and how she decided to “feed” the worst one she ever had, who had created a Twitter account in the name of her recently deceased father. She ends up having a conversation with the troll, and it’s one of the best pieces of radio I’ve heard in ages. I listen to TAL as a podcast, which I suspect is how many people listen these days despite its start as an immensely popular NPR show. TAL often produces…
  • Quickies: Sexism makes women sick, Kamala Khan, and outing adulterous “family values” lawmakers

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    Sexism is making women sick – “A study published this month in the journal Sex Roles reveals that some of the sexism women face – from catcalling and sexual harassment to sexual objectification and violence – makes women generally more fearful and anxious.” Islamophobic bus ads in San Fransisco are being defaced with Kamala Khan – “Racist adverts promoting hatred against Muslims are currently being run on buses in San Francisco – but someone has started covering them up with anti-hatred messages from Marvel’s première Muslim superhero, Ms.
  • Guest Post: Intersex in the Media

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: Check out Amy’s other pieces on what being intersexed is all about. Today’s post is about the different ways in which being intersexed has been featured in the media.  Last summer at CONvergence/SkepchickCon, I attended a break out session called “Not Men or Women: Everyone Else in Fiction.” The panel members explored the gender binary and ways to incorporate these types of characters mostly into fiction writing. Being intersexed, I was enthused to attend this panel to learn more about the subject. What I found was a room full of people interested in…
  • Yes We Should Talk About Bodies

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:44 am
    Body positivity, skinny shaming, fatphobia, fitspiration. The internet has brought the age of infinite scrutiny of bodies. There are a lot of problems with this. There are fights, there’s an us vs. them that appears between fat and skinny women, there’s name calling and huge amounts of pressure to be fit and healthy. One solution to this that many people suggest is that we should stop paying so much attention to bodies. We should focus on what people do and who they are and what they say. None of these things are unimportant, but the tendency to push the focus away from bodies in order to…
  • #AskAChemist: What’s making up my make-up?

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    This week on Ask A Chemist… I recently purchased bareMinerals’ liquid foundation ‘BARESKIN’ at Sephora. The package insert says it’s “formulated without” water, oil, or silicone. What the hell is in this stuff that makes it a liquid foundation? My first answer to the friend that sent me this text was “unicorn tears”. This is a bad answer for two reasons. One, unicorn tears would most likely be water-based. Two, unicorns aren’t real. Back in the real world, I headed over to Sephora’s website and found the ingredients for…
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    Viva la Feminista

  • From Durango, Mexico to Mayor of Chicago?

    13 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Jesus "Chuy" Garcia was ready to enjoy his first uncontested election. He had a few good books picked out that had been taunting him. Then he want to visit his friend Karen Lewis after her surgery. She greeted him with, "Sit down. You need to run." Lewis ran down all the reasons he was the best person to run for mayor of Chicago. And with that Chuy went home to discuss the idea with his wife. Her response?HELL YES!A few months and thousands of signatures later, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia is building a coalition of community people who want to work together to make Chicago a better place to live,…
  • EVENT: Chicago Women's Mayoral Forum

    11 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Chicago Has A Women’s Agenda –Where Do Mayoral Candidates Stand On It?Hear What The Leading Candidates Have To Say at theCHICAGO WOMEN’S MAYORAL FORUMSaturday, January 24 | 2pm to 5pmChicago Temple | 77 West Washington StFeaturing:Mayor Rahm EmanuelAlderman Robert FiorettiCommissioner Jesus “Chuy” GarciaWillie WilsonModerator: Cheryl Corley, NPR CorrespondentRSVP: chimayoralforum.eventbrite.comBrought together by:American Association of University Women (AAUW) | Broadcast Ministers of Chicago | Chicago Area Women’s History Council | Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network…
  • #365FeminstSelfie End of Year Honors

    6 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Congrats y'all! We won a few end of the year honors!First Colorlines named me as one of their 14 Women of Color Who Rocked 2014. Then Blogher named me one of their 2014 Women of the Year.Yes, I do consider these OUR honors because, without all of you, there's no way that this project could be recognized. I had an idea, I put it out into the world and YOU respond without apology! Ok, some of you did apologize to your friends & families to prepare them for a year of awesome, but that's ok.So take a bow, #365FeministSelfie. We kicked ass last year. Not to mention Mayim Bialik took a liking…
  • Help Send "Locked Down, Locked Out" to Women in Prison

    2 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    Maya Schenwar's book, Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better, has been lauded around feminist and progressive media:Alice Kim at Truth Out:Deftly weaving her own personal experiences with her sister’s incarceration alongside the stories of prisoners who she has been writing to over the last eight years, Schenwar illustrates the devastating effects of prisons on those who are incarcerated, their families, and our communities. With her book, she not only offers a searing analysis of the prison industrial complex but also possibilities for creating…
  • I guess you were in for #365FeministSelfie

    30 Dec 2014 | 10:59 pm
    A year ago I had a silly idea for a personal blogging goal. As I do with some of my posts, I added a "How about you?" at the end in an attempt to start a conversation. But in the era of social media, I knew that most conversation about a blog post happens on social media and not the comments section, so I didn't think much about it. I scheduled the post and waited.OK, I figured that a few friends would humor me and do it for a day or two. I never set up any systemic way to track how often the hashtag was used on any platform because I honest to gawd thought it would peter away. Now I get…
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  • Patriarchal Dads On Dating – Disgusting

    21 Jan 2015 | 2:57 am
    Straight out of the creepy files, dads are viewing their daughters as their own property — property which can be defended like some backward “stand your ground” law. The following […] No related posts.
  • Make Some NOISE With Vintage New Year’s Pinups

    31 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    A sampling of some of the lovely ladies of yesteryear who have shaken their money-makers on noisemakers for New Year’s Eve: ¡Muy Caliente, classic round version, and the last lot […] No related posts.
  • Best Holiday Wishes, 1942

    24 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    A vintage greeting card from what appears to be a female photographer. Via. No related posts.
  • Are You Desperately Seeking These Boots, Susan?

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Five years ago I wrote about the fashions in 1985’s Desperately Seeking Susan — and ever since, the popularity of that post seems to have grown. Nearly as fast as […] No related posts.
  • Let’s Talk About Sex — With & For Youth With Disabilities & Special Needs

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    As a parent, I’ve long been upset with the sad state of sex education in this country. As a parent of a (now adult) child with special needs, I’m even […] No related posts.
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    Gender Focus

  • Round-Up: Jan. 27, 2014

    Jarrah Hodge
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:52 am
    In a feature article at GUTS, Cynthia Spring tells the story of abortion access and activism in New Brunswick from the 1970s to today. Terrell Jermaine Starr at the Root covers the efforts of trans black women to find a place in the Black Lives Matter movement. New 2014 US stats show black workers with advanced degrees are making the same as white workers with B.A.s (via Colorlines). Filmmaker Lisa F. Jackson writes at Women and Hollywood about the new documentary she’s making on rape culture on college campuses. Wikipedia is being questioned for banning five feminist editors from…
  • My Year Without Shopping: Week Four

    Jarrah Hodge
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    As I write this, it’s been 26 days since my voluntary prohibition on shopping began. In an effort not to be the sulky girl who prattles on obnoxiously for 12 straight months about how hard it is not to go to an awesome sale at Aritzia, this post will focus on the good things that have already come out of my resolution. Anyway who read my last entry knows that not shopping isn’t always easy for me (even though it’s sort of disappointing how hard I’m finding it). These past weeks haven’t been much more pleasant. In fact, a couple of days ago, I had what amounted to a weird fever dream…
  • Exploring Disability and Technological ‘Cures’ in Science Fiction

    Jarrah Hodge
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Science fiction as a genre has the unique ability, though not always exercised, to break free of current social norms and explore entirely new possibilities for humanity. Since the 1960s, feminist science fiction has critiqued traditional gender roles and challenged audiences to imagine alternatives. But despite being a big SF fan, I realized I had never really thought about science fiction portrayals of disability, until I came across Kathryn Allan’s edited collection of scholarly essays, Disability in Science Fiction: Representations of Technology as Cure. It makes sense that…
  • Attention Boston White People: #BlackLivesMatter

    Jessica Critcher
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    Last week on MLK’s birthday, protesters in Boston, in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement, blocked traffic on I-93.They were arrested and everyone in town has an opinion on it. Pearl-clutchers attempted to shame and discredit them, stating that delaying ambulances was not the right way to achieve their goals. Strangely no one seems to be concerned about whether or not an ambulance can get through when the city is gridlocked because of a Red Sox game. Or really any other time, because traffic in Boston is notoriously awful every single day. Stranger still, unlike this time, during…
  • Round-Up: Jan. 20, 2014

    Jarrah Hodge
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
      Fantastic news out of New Brunswick – thanks to a crowdfunding campaign and extraordinarily hard work by local activists, a new health centre is opening in the former Morgentaler clinic space, and it will provide abortion and other reproductive health services, as well as cancer screening and LGBTQ health services (CBC). The Globe and Mail is questioning why Health Canada is taking so long to approve the over-the-counter abortion drug mifepristone. The Academy Awards were announced, and no women directors or actors of colour were nominated (Washington Post). Cheryl Boone-Isaacs,…
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