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  • All About That Bass? All about that body shaming

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    Guest Blogger
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    Veena Chandar takes issue with 'All About That Bass' and its implication that we should only appreciate our bodies if boys admire them
  • Instead of Returning Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls, Boko Haram Reportedly Abducted More Women and Girls

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    Feminist Newswire
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    Despite Nigerian military officials last week announcing they had negotiated with militant group Boko Haram for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls who were kidnapped in April, it appears the girls have not yet been released - and residents say more women and girls have been kidnapped since. Related posts: Hundreds of Schoolgirls Kidnapped by Boko Haram To Be Released Monday More Investment in Women’s Health Needed as Africa’s Population Rises Ugandan President Signs Law Making HIV Transmission Illegal
  • Popaganda Episode: Ladies Be Shopping

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    Sarah Mirk
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Women and shopping have a complicated relationship. On the one hand, there's the stereotype that all women loooove shopping—and that we throw away money on frivolous goods. On the other, there's the reality that women are the primary shoppers for 75 percent of households, despite making less money on average than men. read more
  • Open Access Week: Celebrating Knowledge in the Commons

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    andrea
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
  • Football Stokes Aggression, So Let's Stop Watching

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    Lakshmy Parameswaran
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:44 am
    This October – Domestic Violence Awareness Month – it might be fitting to examine why men like Ravens' Ray Rice and Vikings' Adrian Peterson choose violence and how institutions such as the NFL contribute to their behavior.
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  • Instead of Returning Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls, Boko Haram Reportedly Abducted More Women and Girls

    Feminist Newswire
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    Despite Nigerian military officials last week announcing they had negotiated with militant group Boko Haram for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls who were kidnapped in April, it appears the girls have not yet been released - and residents say more women and girls have been kidnapped since. Related posts: Hundreds of Schoolgirls Kidnapped by Boko Haram To Be Released Monday More Investment in Women’s Health Needed as Africa’s Population Rises Ugandan President Signs Law Making HIV Transmission Illegal
  • All of Tennessee’s Major Newspapers Have Urged Voters to Reject Anti-Abortion Amendment 1

    Feminist Newswire
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    All four of Tennessee's major papers have spoken out to oppose Amendment 1, a dangerous anti-abortion measure that will be decided by voters this fall. Related posts: Student Activists Across the Country Are Fighting Extreme Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures Religious Leaders Unite in Tennessee and Colorado to Oppose Extreme Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures Hulu Silences Rape Survivor Speaking Out Against Anti-Abortion Amendment 67 in Colorado
  • Ferguson October Continues With National Day of Action Against Police Brutality and Mass Incarceration

    Feminist Newswire
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    Activists organized actions nationwide yesterday to protest police brutality in cities across the country as part of ongoing Ferguson October events. Related posts: Activists Connect Shooting of Michael Brown to Movement for Reproductive Justice National Moment Of Silence Draws Massive Crowd in Nation’s Capital ACLU Sues After St. Louis County Police Deny Open Records Request in Ferguson
  • Students Protest Fordham University’s Anti-Birth Control Policy

    Feminist Newswire
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Students at Fordham University are engaged in a battle against the New York City Catholic school’s anti-birth control policy. Related posts: Close to Two-Thirds of Cameroonian Women Have Unmet Need for Contraception Under the Affordable Care Act, More Women Then Ever Have Free Access to Contraception Georgetown University Administrators Apologize for Shutting Down H*yas for Choice Protest
  • Doctors Warn That Measure 1 Would End In Vitro Fertilization in North Dakota

    Feminist Newswire
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Doctors at North Dakota's only clinic offering in vitro fertilization are speaking out to warn voters that Measure 1, a proposed personhood amendment in the state, would make the practice illegal. Related posts: Student Activists Across the Country Are Fighting Extreme Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures Close to Two-Thirds of Cameroonian Women Have Unmet Need for Contraception Study Finds Abortion Restrictions Adversely Impact Women’s Health Outcomes
 
 
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  • Football Stokes Aggression, So Let's Stop Watching

    Lakshmy Parameswaran
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:44 am
    This October – Domestic Violence Awareness Month – it might be fitting to examine why men like Ravens' Ray Rice and Vikings' Adrian Peterson choose violence and how institutions such as the NFL contribute to their behavior.
  • 'Lights on Afterschool' Illuminates an Unmet Need

    Allison Stevens
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Working moms need afterschool programs that keep pace with our jobs. Despite a huge leap in enrollment since 2004, nearly 20 million children lack needed spots in these programs.
  • French Veil Ban Is Turning Muslim Women Off, Away

    Hajer Naili
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Tired of the polarizing effects of wearing the hijab after a 2004 ban and two more that followed, Muslim women in France are struggling to cope with a scarcity of social acceptance. Among the dozen women interviewed, some are thinking of leaving for good.
  • Cost and Fear Keep These Teens from STD Testing

    Landon Hudson
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    Only 22 percent of sexually active teens are taking advantage of health screenings for HIV, human papillomavirus or chlamydia. In online interviews teens from Michigan explain why that statistic holds true in their own lives.
  • bell hooks Reignites a Writer's Feminist Identity

    Danielle Henderson
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    "I felt like she'd been waiting out there, to help me make sense of my life," says Danielle Henderson about discovering hooks' work, in this excerpt from the book of essays "Icon." Suddenly being shut out for being a black woman made more sense.
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  • Ebola in New York: Doctor Tests Positive for the Disease

    Melissa Ford
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Ebola has reached New York City. A 33-year-old doctor named Craig Spencer who treated patients in West Africa through the Doctors Without Borders program has tested positive for the disease in New York. Bellvue Hospital is kicking into its emergency plan, but this new case raises alarm. Whereas the average suburban dweller may come in close contact with dozens of people per day, the average city dweller who takes the subway, walks the crowded streets, and lives in a large apartment building comes into contact with many, many more. And as CNN reports, this doctor didn't quarantine himself upon…
  • Plaid: The Key To My Heart

    Curvatude
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Plaid is EVERYTHING this fall, and I am loving it! I looked at this plaid pencil skirt on multiple occasions for over two weeks before I actually added it to my cart and purchased it. Silly me ... I should not have hesitated at all. Sure, it's cheap at only $8.90, but it fits like a DREAM. I have had this locket sweatshirt for months, but like so many things, I never wore it. But it was the perfect layer under my Eloquii faux fur vest from last year (other options here), which truly has become my "main go-to" for fall layering. This clutch has been in my style arsenal for years, although I…
  • Falling In Love Again After Divorce

    healthguru54
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:23 pm
    After getting divorced many years ago, I never dreamed of getting married a second time. I had a household of three children who were all under the age of ten. Being a single parent is a very hard job and having a relationship just complicates things. I am one of those women that you would call a "soccer mom". I have my children in private schools, music, sports, and just regular old family time. Back then, we would leave home at 6 am every morning and most nights get home after 7 pm. After 7 pm there was no time to do anything but have dinner, take baths, and go to bed. I enjoyed being that…
  • 12 Salad Dressings That Will Transform Dinner Forever

    Karen Vivers
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    As I create recipes for my blog, I keep tabs on all the salad dressings I've made with a little document that includes the ones I use most. These dressings are the ones I come back to time and time again, because they are flexible and tasty. Once you have these dressing recipes under your belt, you can transform endless salads! All the following recipes will dress a salad of 4 to 6 servings. 1. Lime Dressing Preparation time: 4 minutes Ingredients: 4 T extra-virgin olive oil 2T white wine vinegar Juice of 1 lime Zest of 1 lime 1 T honey 6 to 8 fresh mint leaves, chopped finely Salt and pepper…
  • 10 Surprising Turn Ons

    YourTango.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    By Nicole Weaver for YourTango.com According to science, people get turned on by some pretty weird things. Like the smell of paint. Image: ronocdh It seems like every week there's a new study out claiming to boost your libido. Some of them make sense, but a lot of them are flat out bizarre. We rounded up 10 of the strangest sex boosters, in case you were looking for a new way to get in the mood. 1. Watching A Boring TV Show A recent study found that people who have a television in their bedroom have twice as much sex as those who don't. Of course some of is this is due to dirty movies, with…
 
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  • True Healing Takes Sacrifice

    Jennifer Armstrong
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    APES IN CAPES!
  • Open Thread and Link Farm: It’s The Great Pumpkin Edition

    Ampersand
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Above: A poster for “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” by scratchboard artist Nicolas Delort. More info about the poster (including alternate versions) here. A round-up of some well-reasoned, civil critiques of #GamerGate. And here’s another #GamerGate Link Roundup, this time from Brute Reason. ​We’re All Tired Of Gamergate At least 8 women in gaming have had to flee their homes due to threats. The Only Thing I Have To Say About Gamer Gate | Felicia Day Actress Felicia Day Opens Up About GamerGate Fears, Has Her Home Address Exposed Minutes Later Did you…
  • October’s Commentary: A Digest

    Clarissa
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    For the most part, the issue is disappointing, with two long articles dedicated to bitching about the supposed dishonesty of more successful journalists, an uninspired article on the results of the most recent war in Gaza, and an article on Obama that put me to sleep on paragraph 4. However, the issue was redeemed for me by a brilliant piece on the efforts to bring 20,000 Jewish refugee children to the US during the Holocaust. The article was written by Robert Slayton and reveals why the attempts to bring even such a tiny number of these refugees to the US failed. There was never any talk of…
  • Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

    Maya
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Yesterday, as actions against police brutality took place nationwide, protesters shut down a major highway here in Atlanta last night, forming a human blockade and unraveling a sign declaring, “Black lives matter.” (Image via Southerners on New Ground) In less than two weeks, North Dakotans will vote on a personhood amendment. Brittany Cooper on representations of black women on TV–from The Cosby Show to Shonaland. We’ve stopped talking about domestic violence and the NFL. Fox News thinks young women are too busy with Tinder and being “hot and running around…
  • Poetic Justice

    Clarissa
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Christophe de Margerie, a French oil magnate and a close buddy of Putin, was killed in an accident in Moscow 3 days ago when his airplane collided with a snowplough whose driver was extremely drunk. It’s hard to be sorry for a freakazoid who died as a result of his own choice to keep kissing Putin’s ass. It is very significant that he died in an airplane, too. These rich nasty criminals forgot all too soon about the passenger airplane shot down by Putin’s terrorists. Filed under: Uncategorized
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  • For Angel H: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

    EG
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    A little while ago, I mentioned that I was reading Helen Oyeyemi’s Boy, Snow, Bird, on an open thread, a really interesting retelling of the Snow White fairy tale by a Nigerian-British novelist that engages issues of race in a way that very few fairy-tale retellings do (“The Glass Bottle Trick” by Nalo Hopkinson is a notable exception, and I know there are others).  Angel H. posted and noted that she had read reviews saying the novel was transphobic–I was confused, because I was halfway through the book and there didn’t seem to be any trans-relevant content at…
  • South Carolina: Swell for fetuses, less so for victims of domestic violence

    Caperton
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:07 pm
    [Trigger warning for domestic violence] In Florida, Stand Your Ground was used as the foundation of George Zimmerman’s defense after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. In South Carolina, it was used to defend a man who walked out of the house with a gun to confront “women thugs” who had threatened his daughter; he ended up shooting a teenage boy in his car instead. Also in Florida, Marissa Alexander has repeatedly been denied the chance to use the Stand Your Ground defense against charges after she fired a warning shot above the head of her abusive husband. Shannon Anthony,…
  • Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

    Jill
    19 Oct 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…
  • Open Thread with Cheese Platter

    tigtog
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A plate full of yummy stuff I cannot eat for the next month or so features for this week’s Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over this weekend and throughout the week. 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 footnotes: * There is no off-topic on the Weekly Open Thread, but consider whether your…
  • Quickhits: Ebola fearmongering, massacre threats, GassyGoat, who gets to pick up a gun and live?

    tigtog
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Still not feeling up to sitting in front of the computer for too long while convalescing from my hospital admission, but here’s a few things I’ve noted filling my feeds: * The media hyperventilation over the way over-stated risks of catching Ebola for those in the West (and the predictably awful racism on display amongst too many people who’ve swallowed the hype). Also too many people unwilling to accept that Ebola patients have privacy rights (h/t @amaditalks). * The specific threat to enact “another Montreal massacre” at USU if they went ahead with a talk from…
 
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  • Malalagate, Patriotism, and Disingenuous Agendas

    shireen
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Last week, Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai was declared a co-winner of the coveted Nobel Peace Prize, along with activist Kailash Satyarthi. Since then there have been numerous articles, support pieces and critiques addressing her win, and the expected conspiracy theories. The announcement even reheated a discussion on the validity and relevance of the Nobel Peace [Read More...]
  • I got 18 mosque problems and being a woman is one

    syahirah
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This week, I came across the video “Things not to do in the masjid” in my Facebook feed. The two guys behind the video, Americans of Afghani background Shukran and Roshan under the moniker SRBRosEntertainment, acted out 18 different scenarios with another actor. The video is clearly a hit, with over 960,000 views to date. [Read More...]
  • Friday Links | October 17, 2014

    anneke
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Last week the intense battle against ISIS in the Syrian town of Kobane made headlines everywhere. Mayssa Abdo, a female Kurdish fighter, is said to lead the battle of the Kurdish troops against the Islamic State. Another Kurdish fighter, Rehana, is said to have killed over a hundred ISIS fighters single handedly in Kobane. Kurdish Shirine [Read More...]
  • South Africa’s Open Mosque : Media, Feminist Critiques and “Unopen” Mosques.

    safiyyah
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The past month has been controversy ridden for the South African Muslim community, as news of the inauguration of the ‘Open Mosque’ in Cape Town has forced Muslims to tackle issues of gender equality, sexual orientation and religious freedom. Community radio stations, national broadcasters, newspapers and social media have been abuzz with news of the [Read More...]
  • A Muslim Thanksgiving?

    eren
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated the second Monday of October. Coming from Mexico, Thanksgiving has never meant very much to me. In fact, it tends to be a reminder of how complex and honestly messed up settler-Indigenous-immigrant relationships are in Canada. Whereas some Canadians have tried to differentiate themselves from Americans by tracking the history [Read More...]
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  • How You Can Help Save Tennessee From Cutting Off Abortion Access

    Rachel Walden
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    As a lifelong Tennessean, I know it’s not the most friendly state when it comes to reproductive rights. And if a ballot initiative to curb abortion access passes this fall, it will get even worse. On Nov. 4, voters will be asked to amend the state constitution by adding the following language: Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to,…
  • Our Kids, Our Selves: How to Discuss Motherhood As a Choice

    Guest Contributor
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    by Melanie Holmes “Back in my day, talk of sex was in the closet where it belonged!” Those words were spoken by my mom, who is in her 80s. Luckily, our family closet held a copy of the book “Our Bodies, Ourselves.” My mom bought the book for my oldest sister, and then she instructed each sister to hand down the book to the next. I vowed to handle the discussion of sexual health differently with my own kids. I divorced from the father of my two sons when they were preschoolers, and quite frankly, I wasn’t sure my ex would hold honest, thorough conversations.
  • Crisis Pregnancy Centers and the Myth of “Post-Abortion Syndrome”

    Rachel Walden
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    “Post-abortion syndrome” — the idea that abortion causes significant mental health damage — is not a real, evidence-based diagnosis. While individuals who have abortions may have a wide variety of positive and negative feelings afterward (as do women who continue their pregnancies), there is no sound evidence that having an abortion itself leads to psychological harm. Studies that anti-abortion activists claim support the notion are often methodologically flawed, or have been misinterpreted. How, then, did the notion that a “post-abortion syndrome”…
  • Yes Means Yes: California Adopts Affirmative Consent Standard

    Susan Sered
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    California Gov. Jerry Brown last week signed into law a bill (SB 967) making California the first state in the nation to require universities receiving state funds to use an “affirmative consent standard” for determining whether consent was given by both parties to sexual activity. This move represents a paradigm shift from women as victims and potential victims whom we need to encourage to shout “no” a bit louder, to women as agents who have the positive right to engage or refrain from engaging in sexual relations when and with whom and under circumstances of their choosing.
  • Forum on Cross-Border Surrogacy, Adoption Attracts Scholars, Human Rights Activists and Policymakers

    Guest Contributor
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    Marcy Darnovsky of the Center for Genetics and Society and OBOS’s Sally Whelan recently attended a conference on international adoption and surrogacy in the Netherlands. This post has been reprinted with permission from CGS. by Marcy Darnovsky In August, the International Forum on Intercountry Adoption and Global Surrogacy took place in the wake of headlines about two disturbing surrogacy incidents in Thailand. In one case, an Australian couple was accused of abandoning their baby son, who has Down syndrome, with his Thai surrogate mother and returning home with his twin sister; the…
 
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  • Question of the Day

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Suggested by Shaker plot_thickens: What is the most recent lovely moment you experienced?
  • How to Celebrate Halloween for Real Jesus-Loving and History-Hating Christians, by Kirk Cameron

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    [Content Note: Christian Supremacy.]Hey, remember how in his new movie Saving Christmas, former teen TV hunk and current peddler of nonsense Kirk Cameron introduced us to the FACTS! about how Christmas doesn't have pagan roots and something something Christmas dancing? Well, he's got some FACTS! about Halloween for your faces, too:In light of his new film "Saving Christmas," Kirk Cameron is also speaking out on Halloween celebrations, urging Christians to participate in the holiday this year...."The real origins have a lot to do with All Saints Day and All Hallows Eve," the actor told The…
  • Quote of the Day

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    [Content Note: War on agency.]"It is ironic that personhood Measure 1 will eliminate the possibility of having a family for many North Dakota and Minnesota residents."—Dr. Kristen Cain, on North Dakota's Measure 1, a proposed personhood amendment in the state which would effectively make in vitro fertilization illegal and force the closure of the only clinic offering IVF in the state.Like "heartbeat bills," fetal personhood bills, which seek to ensure the potential life of every fetus while denying abortions that could save the actual life of a pregnant person, expose the truth of the…
  • Daily Dose of Cute

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Dudley, having a wee nap on Tuesday.Keeping on the theme of dogs who come from shelters, or rescue, having the undeserved reputation of being broken, Dudley was, as I've often mentioned, in bad shape when he came to us. He'd suffered serious injuries at the track, and he was profoundly scared of people. Especially me. The first night he was home, I reached out to pet him while he was lying at my feet, and he jumped up, peed on himself in fright, and ran away.I cried. Partly because I was afraid this dog I already loved would never trust me, and partly because I was mourning whatever had…
  • In the News

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Guns; death; terrorism] The "mental illness" narrative has begun: "Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the slain 32-year-old suspected killer of a Canadian Forces soldier near Parliament Hill, was a labourer and small-time criminal—a man who had had a religious awakening and seemed to have become mentally unstable."[CN: Police brutality; racism; death] After a report allegedly supporting Officer Darren Wilson's account of his fatally shooting Michael Brown was leaked to the media, the Justice Department is not happy: "The U.S. Department of Justice…
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  • The Price of a Million-Dollar Smile

    Sheila Nevins
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Much to her own chagrin, Sheila Nevins will stop at nothing to preserve her teeth I have spent more on my teeth (most of us have 32) than on any of my weddings, expensive spa vacations, or my kid’s entire education. This toothy madness began in preadolescence, when I wore braces for some three years for a slight overbite (très shih tzu), which I owed to prolonged thumb sucking. This frontal bucking created a mouth made for remolding. My mother had wanted a perfect child and so I was rushed to an NYU dental clinic where trembling dental wannabes completed their education in my…
  • My iPhone Made Me Cry

    Sheila Nevins
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Are you befuddled by new technology? Do you long for the days of simple on/off switches and phones that simply ring hello? Do most appliances have too many options? Do tell.       My iPhone Made Me Cry An Interactive Poem I don’t cry at weddings I know the odds Sometimes I cry at funerals But always try to hold back my tears. Yet, my iPhone made me cry out loud Weep Uncontrollably Wet sobs and gasps. It refused to allow me to take charge And I’m a take-charge kinda gal. My iPhone hated me It hated my touch I tried each finger every which way Cutting nails, huffing warmth…
  • A Dog’s Dying

    Sheila Nevins
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today our dog received a death sentence. I thought he had some tick disease and went to the gym. When I came back, I learned by telephone that he had a few weeks to live. The vet said his platelets were 500 times below normal. This son of a bitch, and he was one; this cancer had cornered the mutt of my dreams. It was a leukemia – lymphoma, blastoma, gastlioma, whatever – and there was no cure. All we could do was keep him out of pain. Cornwallis* is a dog, not a human being. I know that, and yet my human-heart is broken. So is my son’s. So is my husband’s. He’s family. My eyes are…
  • ‘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…
 
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  • Quickies: Being swayed by the sciencey, Japanese government sued for sexism, and fat-shaming

    Amanda
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    People are more swayed by things that look sciencey – Graphs enhance the “truthiness” of results. From John. Japanese government sued in landmark case over “institutional sexism” – “The case is the first time a serving bureaucrat has sued the Japanese government on the grounds of gender-based discrimination and mistreatment.” A summary of the Gamergate movement that we will immediately change if any of its members find any details objectionable – A great piece of satire. From Sarah. Bashing science with gay and fat-shaming – And how…
  • Walk to End Homelessness

    Amy Roth
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    As many of you know I recently formed a meetup group in Los Angeles for women who don’t need religion but like hang out with friends and learn stuff and to do cool things. That meet-up group is called The Los Angeles Women’s Atheist and Agnostic Group or LAWAAG for short. LAWAAG is a great group of really wonderful people. If you are a godless gal and are in Los Angeles, you should spend some time with us. We have a lot of fun. Our next meetup, on Tuesday, November 4th, will have special guest Sikivu Hutchinson! With LAWAAG’s first big art exhibit under our belt we are now…
  • Quickies: More Gamergate, the Pentagon has a Transgender Ban, and Class Issues

    Mary
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Why #Gamergaters Piss Me The F*** Off – “Chris Kluwe played in the NFL for eight years, but he’s been a gamer for 26 — and he’s sick and tired of the misogynistic culture in today’s gaming community.” Read on for some creative swearing! From Radium. Yes to LGB, No to T: The Pentagon Still Has a Transgender Ban – “The end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell let gays, lesbians, and bisexuals serve openly in the military. But transgender individuals remain excluded. A conference Monday examined that policy.” The Real Cyborgs – “A growing cadre of…
  • Art For Skepticon

    Amy Roth
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    My favorite events are events that include art in the mix. And SkeptiCon in Missouri is doing just that! The planners found an extra room at the hotel where they are having their annual FREE conference that focuses on skepticism, atheism and science and they are letting us put art in it! WOOT! This year’s event has a planetary science theme and so will the art show! I am working on a few projects for this event. I will be displaying some astrology/astronomy bait and switch paintings, with some cool science facts provided by astronomer and podcaster Pamela Gay. I’ll show some…
  • The Top 10 Reasons to Ban Me from Bay Area Science Festival

    Rebecca Watson
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Two weeks ago, PZ Myers pointed out that Dr. Eliza Sutton of the University of Washington in Seattle was the source of a rumor that PZ had contracted gonnorhea at SkepchickCon last year. Sutton posts on blogs and social media as “Skeptickle” or “Skeptixx,” where she has been open about her profession as a doctor, and has also previously declared her own name. Obviously, a medical doctor diagnosing hated enemies with an STD is a gross breach of medical ethics, which is why a link to PZ’s post was Tweeted from the Skepchick Twitter feed, which we use occasionally…
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  • I'm part of the 99%

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    of women who have used birth control. That is what a new t-shirt designed by Natasha Lyonne and Selenis Leyva says. Sales of the shirts go towards supporting Planned Parenthood. Oh yeah, on the back it says, "It's My Business, Not Politicians." I say we wear these on election day!
  • Review: Ms. Marvel, Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman and Thor

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    I can't tell if my new habit of buying and reading comic books is a symptom of a midlife crisis (reminder, I turn 40 in December, send cupcakes & Southwest points!) or a reaction to all the awesome woman-led comics on the market. Let's go with the latter. I say that because 2014 has to be the year of the woman superhero in comics. While I am not a regular comic book reader, I do try to keep my ear open for news like this. So let's do this:Ms. Marvel: Launched in February 2014, this is the story of a teenage Muslim girl who obtains the powers and title of Ms. Marvel. Kamala Khan lives in…
  • Review: "They Came Together"

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    In a world of "Scary Movie" sequels skewering horror flicks, it was great to read earlier this year that Amy Poehler would take on the genre of romcoms. I was really looking forward to seeing this film that I let out a squeal when I was offered a review DVD copy of "They Came Together." While I laughed a lot, I was also a bit disappointed. The high points: The characters practically talked to the camera to point out which rom-com trope they would enacting. Especially the way Amy and Paul Rudd described each other in the opening scene. It was a brilliant piece of writing and acting. Then…
  • Space Camp: Post-landing thoughts about Day One

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    There is the proof! I made it to Space Camp and it was awesome folks. I could write for the rest of my life and not fully describe how awesome it was to be there. As I have said before, I was inspired to be an astronaut after the Challenger explosion so the shuttle means a lot to me. Thus being this close to Pathfinder, even if it was never built for space, was freaking awesome. Advance apologies for over using "awesome" in this post. Pathfinder does include two solid rocket boosters, genuine space shuttle main engine nozzles and a genuine external tank. So there's that.I seriously was so…
  • Further Thoughts on Sparkle Science

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:07 pm
    I'll be talking Sparkle Science on The Morning AMp on Vocalo and then The Afternoon Shift on WBEZ on Wednesday.  From deviantart.comOn Monday I threw in my two cents on the "Sparkle Science" debate via an op-ed published by USA TODAY. Overall I've received positive feedback and more "thank yous!" than I expected. But in the midst of writing on deadline, I missed a few things, but I want to address the only push back I've read...so far.The first is that I framed the conversation in too much of a bifurcation of girlhood/femininity. I should know better as my daughter is certainly a…
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    Kitsch-Slapped

  • Are You Desperately Seeking These Boots, Susan?

    Deanna
    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

    Deanna
    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.
  • I Think You’re Missing The Big Bottom Line In Those “Skinny” Subway Ads

    Deanna
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    Have you seen Subway’s latest ad ~ the one with the woman who reminds us to “Eat Fresh!” and stay healthy & slim so we can fit into our sexy […] No related posts.
  • Cheeky Burt Reynolds

    Deanna
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Most of us know of, if have not seen, the naked and hairy Burt Reynolds centerfold in Cosmo. (It was the 70’s equivalent of a sex tape in terms of […] No related posts.
  • 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.
 
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  • A Terrible Thing Happened in My City Yesterday

    Jarrah Hodge
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    A terrible thing happened in Ottawa and it doesn’t feel like it’s ended yet. I live in the downtown area, an area that the news is still warning people to stay out of, and the wail of sirens fades in and out of hearing as I write this, nearly ten hours after violence unexpectedly engulfed my beautiful, peaceful city. It’s a strange thing, feeling unsafe in my city. I’ve lived in many places, in several countries, and while people sometimes make fun of Ottawa for its government vibe, or the (small c) conservatism of the people who live here, I chose to make it my home. Despite…
  • Round-Up: Oct. 21, 2014

    Jarrah Hodge
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
      Stephanie Hallett profiles Toronto mayoral candidate Olivia Chow for Ms. At GUTS Magazine, an Ontario firefighter reflects on provincial anti-discrimination policies and their limitations in Northern, especially rural workplaces. Stacey May Fowles looks at the sexual harassment and psychological abuse experienced by women in the Canadian literary world (Globe and Mail). Hannah Giorgis examines the racism behind Western discussion of Ebola (The Guardian). Who has a better child care plan for Canada, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives or Thomas Mulcair’s NDP? Linda McQuaig weighs…
  • Join Feminists Taking a Stand Against ‘Cyberbullying Bill’ C-13

    Jarrah Hodge
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Cybermisogyny is an issue I take incredibly seriously. I’ve been a target occasionally and only once to the extent I felt I had to call the police, but I know far, far too many women who live in fear of having their private images shared online by vengeful exes, who have been hounded from their homes by threats and/or who deal with “always-on stalkers”, and all this while having no confidence that our legal system will care. It has to stop. We need action from our governments. But the Conservatives’ Bill C-13, the so-called “Cyberbullying Bill,” is not the…
  • No, I DON’T Hate Katherine Heigl

    Jarrah Hodge
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    In Hollywood, hating on Katherine Heigl has become a popular sport, carried out on influential blogs like Lainey Gossip and The Blemish. However, I don’t hate Katherine Heigl. Nope, not at all. I also hope her new show for NBC, State of Affairs, becomes a HUGE hit when it debuts Monday, November 17. Okay, I admit that some of Heigl’s romantic comedies are flat out dreadful (See that gender essentialist dreck called The Awful Truth). I am also fully aware she accused former boss Judd Apatow of writing women as shrews in Knocked Up in Vanity Fair (But wasn’t she sort of right on that…
  • Round-Up: Oct. 14, 2014

    Jarrah Hodge
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:53 am
    Check out this list of 10 must-read books for young feminists, suggested by Brianna Kovan at Ms. At Think Progress, Tara Culp-Ressler interviews Jessica Valenti and Jaclyn Friedman about California’s “yes means yes” legislation and why more and more people are recognizing the importance of affirmative consent. Erin Tatum compares Family Guy‘s Meg Griffin to Bob’s Burger‘s Tina Belcher (Bitch Flicks). A new report from the Equal Rights Advocates examines workplace sexual harassment over the last 50 years in the US, looking at what’s changed and what…
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