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  • Fifty Shades of Sexual Assault: Y’all, I told you.

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    Caperton
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:27 am
    [Trigger warning for rape] A University of Illinois student is facing charges for sexual assault after, he says, trying to re-enact a scene from — yup — Fifty Shades of Grey. Mohammad Hossain is accused of assaulting a fellow student in his dorm room Saturday night. He had her strip down to her underwear, bound her hands and legs with belts, gagged her with a necktie, and blindfolded her with a knit cap. When he started hitting her with a belt, she started crying, struggling, and begging him to stop; when she managed to free her arms, he held them behind her back as he raped her.
  • Patricia Arquette Stirs 'White Feminism' Pushback

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    Hajer Naili
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:38 am
    The Oscar winner's backstage comments about "gays and people of color" are clouding the otherwise sunny response to her wage-gap remarks during her acceptance speech. Despite Hollywood's wage gap and Arquette's personal ties to childhood poverty, some Twitter users reject a highly paid celebrity as their wage champion.
  • Houston Is Finally Testing a Backlog of Thirty-Year-Old Rape Kits

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    Feminist Newswire
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:24 am
    In just one week, those tests have led to hundreds of leads Related posts: Testing Detroit’s Backlogged Rape Kits Has Already Identified 188 Serial Rapists Pentagon Report Shows Continued Scourge of Military Sexual Assault Former Vanderbilt Football Players Found Guilty in Campus Sexual Assault Case
  • BitchTapes: A Law & Order Mixtape

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    Elisabeth Wilson
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:08 pm
    This installment of BitchTapes gets its theme from our Spring issue—Law & Order. All these songs have themes of crime, justice, or violence, with genres ranging from old timey Country to contemporary Reggae. Look here and in the forthcoming issue for everything you need to satisfy the ambulance chaser in all of us.   read more
  • Great Recession Linked to Rising Suicides Among Middle-Aged Americans

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    sarah lazare
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:56 am
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  • Houston Is Finally Testing a Backlog of Thirty-Year-Old Rape Kits

    Feminist Newswire
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:24 am
    In just one week, those tests have led to hundreds of leads Related posts: Testing Detroit’s Backlogged Rape Kits Has Already Identified 188 Serial Rapists Pentagon Report Shows Continued Scourge of Military Sexual Assault Former Vanderbilt Football Players Found Guilty in Campus Sexual Assault Case
  • This Bipartisan Bill Will Hold Colleges Accountable for Ending Campus Sexual Assault

    Feminist Newswire
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:14 am
    Some of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act's key key provisions include a requirement of confidential reporting systems on colleges and universities, minimum training requirements for campus personnel, and stricter penalties for schools found to be in violation of Title IX or the Clery Act. Related posts: UVA President Announces Initiatives to Curb Campus Sexual Assault Yale Fraternity That Violated Sexual Misconduct Policy Now Banned From Campus Two Fraternities Refuse to Comply With UVA’s New Anti-Sexual Assault Regulations
  • If This Bill Passes, Federal Law Will Mandate Consent Education in Public Schools

    Feminist Newswire
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:56 am
    Right now, federal law does not require health or sex education to include sexual assault prevention - but that could change. Related posts: Pentagon Report Shows Continued Scourge of Military Sexual Assault Two Fraternities Refuse to Comply With UVA’s New Anti-Sexual Assault Regulations UVA President Announces Initiatives to Curb Campus Sexual Assault
  • President Obama Pushed for Immigration Reform at a Florida International University Town Hall

    Feminist Newswire
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:37 am
    Obama spoke largely about his two biggest promises for immigration reform. Related posts: Senate Maneuvering Allows for Confirmation of Obama Nominees Obama’s Judicial Appointments Most Diverse in History Obama Just Vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline, But The Fight Isn’t Over
  • Malawi’s Parliament Voted Unanimously to End Child Marriage

    Feminist Newswire
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:22 pm
    An estimated 50 percent of Malawian girls becoming child brides, and approximately one in eight girls are married by 15. Related posts: The Spending Bill Lifted the Abortion Ban for Peace Corps Volunteers Two Imprisoned Women’s Rights Activists in the Middle East Have Been Freed Women Who Protested Saudi Arabia’s Driving Ban Remain in Prison
 
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  • BitchTapes: A Law & Order Mixtape

    Elisabeth Wilson
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:08 pm
    This installment of BitchTapes gets its theme from our Spring issue—Law & Order. All these songs have themes of crime, justice, or violence, with genres ranging from old timey Country to contemporary Reggae. Look here and in the forthcoming issue for everything you need to satisfy the ambulance chaser in all of us.   read more
  • Last Chance! Outsmart the Patriarchy—Subscribe to Bitch!

    kate lesniak
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Just 48 hours left to get our limited-edition Law & Order campaign sticker! Actual dimensions are 4.7" x 3.9". With just under 48 hours left to take action, we’re still 187 subscriptions away from our critical February funding goal.  That's just over $6,000 away from our $28,000 goal! Needless to say, we're counting on Bitch readers to take action right now. read more
  • Everything You Need to Know About Abercrombie's Hijab Case

    Naji'a Tameez
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:20 am
    A protest outside the Supreme Court calls attention to Abercrombie's discrimination case. Photo via CAIR. read more
  • Popaganda Episode: Law & Order

    Sarah Mirk
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:47 am
    This show features highlights from Bitch magazine's Law & Order print issue: nine writers share lessons they learned from the TV show Law & Order and we discuss the surprising legal career of comic book superheroine She-Hulk. read more
  • On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

    Sarah Mirk
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:14 am
    Here's all the news on our radar today:  • This week marks the third anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death. [Colorlines]  read more
 
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    Latest articles from Women's eNews

  • Net Neutrality OK'd, NYC Short on Girls' Sports

    WeNews staff
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:46 am
    Internet activists scored a landmark victory as the FCC approved a plan to govern broadband Internet like a public utility. Also this week, the U.S. Department of Education has found that the New York City Department of Education has violated Title IX.
  • 'Hunting Ground' Blows Lid Off Campus Rape

    Jennifer Merin
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:58 am
    This documentary, from the makers of "The Invisible War," opens Feb. 27 and is a must-see. Other openers on Friday offer hardcore horror and more on the theme of "women can be kickass, too."
  • 'Iron Jawed Angels' Was Last Movie to Make Me Cry

    Christina M. Paschyn
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:23 pm
    After I saw it I finally, truly, intensely understood that first wave feminists had fought for me. This movement had been started for me. Not just for me, of course, but for all women. Women's eNews is screening the 2004 movie on Sunday March 1. Go see it if you can.
  • Patricia Arquette Stirs 'White Feminism' Pushback

    Hajer Naili
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:38 am
    The Oscar winner's backstage comments about "gays and people of color" are clouding the otherwise sunny response to her wage-gap remarks during her acceptance speech. Despite Hollywood's wage gap and Arquette's personal ties to childhood poverty, some Twitter users reject a highly paid celebrity as their wage champion.
  • Patricia Arquette (and All U.S. Women) Need ERA Now

    Wendy Murphy
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:27 am
    Now that Arquette has called out the naked emperor, the question is, who will provide the leadership to harness the groundswell of energy released by her battle cry? This is the moment to push for the ERA.
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    BlogHer

  • How Gwynnie Bee Totally Turned Me Around About Fashion

    TW
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:55 pm
    I have a confession to make: my mother dressed me into my 30s. Yes, you read that right. I made no real decisions on clothes. I picked up a new pair of jeans or two if I had the need. I'd buy my own underwear. I bought some Fresh Produce dresses and some clothes from some travel wear catalog in the last years of my marriage. Mostly though, clothes came from my mother or my older sister. Then she stopped, and that was okay, because I fell into "jeans plus T-shirt" or "jeans plus turtleneck or sweatshirt." I'd have some mild concern when faced with the idea that I needed to get dressed up for…
  • Thank You for Breaking My Heart

    Literally Darling
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:33 pm
    In my 26 years, my heart has never been broken by a guy. The boyfriends I have had, the men of my past, didn’t leave many scars when we moved on and went our separate ways. I never felt the horrible and painful ache that a broken heart brings. Instead, my heart has learned true pain and suffering from the destruction of my most trusted and valued relationships: my relationships with my friends. Public Domain image via Pixabay I wish my heart had been broken by a guy instead. You enter romantic relationships with a sense that in the end it's either going to work out or not. I never feel that…
  • How to Make a DIY Pallet Bookcase

    Jen @ Noting Grace
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Decorating with pallets is one of the hottest fads right now.Here's how we used pallets to update our 10-year-old bookcase.We purchased this bookcase from Ikea. It was so long ago that I can't remember the name of it.It has moved with us from Los Angeles to Tennessee, then to Vegas, and now back to Tennessee.It has seen some wear and tear, but we thought if it survived that many moves, then it deserves some TLC. It used to be finished in natural pine, but we painted it white a few years ago. I took these pallets I've been collecting and broke them down.That's a chore, lemme tell ya! And some…
  • 5 Reasons to Love Period Sex

    YourTango.com
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:58 pm
    By Aly Walansky for YourTango.com Recently, a friend of mine was fooling around with a guy the day after she was pretty sure her period had ended. Turned out it hadn’t, and she was mortified when his fingers emerged from being frisky … bloody. A variant of this has happened to all of us, and even if we’re dead set against the concept of sex during our period, the issue has absolutely come up – or impacted our ability to be spontaneous! Whether you find the idea of sex during your period gross or exciting is up to you. Perhaps colored by society – many cultures and religions consider…
  • Persistence Doesn't Have to Look Like Perfection

    PurpleClover
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:44 pm
    When I was in elementary school, as soon as something was boring, I'd stop. Just like that. Despite my teachers and my parents insisting that I was bright, I didn't believe them, because I always grew bored. I thought being bored meant being stupid, and because of that belief, I just stopped trying. I became a quitter. Nothing was too mundane or too important for me to quit. I quit books in mid-page. I quit races a heartbeat before the finish line. I quit relationships—I once broke up with a boyfriend on Valentine's Day. I quit turning in my homework. I finally quit school at 15 and ran…
 
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    Feministe

  • Open Thread with Llamas On The Loose

    tigtog
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Well I just had to, didn’t I? Those llamas that escaped from a show and tell presentation in Sun City Arizona feature for this week’s Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over this weekend and throughout the week. Two llamas disrupting traffic in Sun City, Arizona (screencapture from TV 2015/02/26) 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…
  • Fifty Shades of Sexual Assault: Y’all, I told you.

    Caperton
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:27 am
    [Trigger warning for rape] A University of Illinois student is facing charges for sexual assault after, he says, trying to re-enact a scene from — yup — Fifty Shades of Grey. Mohammad Hossain is accused of assaulting a fellow student in his dorm room Saturday night. He had her strip down to her underwear, bound her hands and legs with belts, gagged her with a necktie, and blindfolded her with a knit cap. When he started hitting her with a belt, she started crying, struggling, and begging him to stop; when she managed to free her arms, he held them behind her back as he raped her.
  • The Oscars: A Twitter-Eye View

    EG
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:49 am
    I didn’t watch the Oscars because nobody was paying me to, but I did follow my friends watching them on Twitter, and here is what I gather: 1) Patricia Arquette made the stupidest white mainstream feminist plea for equal pay ever, claiming that “gays” and people of color need now to step up and fight for equal pay for women. Things she failed to mention: lots of gay people and people of color are women. Pretty much half of them, I’d say. More things she failed to mention: the pay gap between white men and white women is bad, but nowhere near as bad as that between…
  • Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

    Jill
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    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 Rainbow Lorikeets

    tigtog
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:25 pm
    These two rainbow lorikeets having a little rest in one of Sydney’s Botanical Gardens are the hosts for this week’s Open Thread. Their cousins wake me up most mornings larking about in the pohutukawa tree in my front garden. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over this weekend and throughout the week. Two Rainbow Lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus) at Auburn botanical gardens, By Aussiegall [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons So, what have you been up to? What would you rather be up to? What’s been awesome/awful? Reading? Watching? Making? Meeting? What…
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  • Khloe Kardashian Would Like You To Know About Her Fitness Routine

    Stassa Edwards
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:15 am
    Khloe Kardashian is a woman of many talents. She loves a good celebrity Twitter feud, she once hosted a show where people sang, and now she's a fitness buff. According to some Instagram photos she shared, Khloe's been up in the gym, working on her fitness.Read more...
  • Indiana Could Approve "Baby Boxes" For Abandoned Newborns 

    Stassa Edwards
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:45 am
    Indiana could be the first state to approve so-called "baby boxes" for abandoned newborns. The boxes look a bit like bread boxes, but are actually incubators meant to keep a newborn alive until it can be recovered. The boxes would also include an alarm that, once pressed, would alert first responders. Read more...
  • Taco Bell is Unleashing Cap'n Crunch Testicle Bites

    C.A. Pinkham
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:44 am
    They're actually calling them "Cap'n Crunch Delights," but come on, we all know we're looking at the Cap'n's scrote meat.Read more...
  • Kelly Osbourne Quits Fashion Police 

    Stassa Edwards
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:55 am
    On Friday, Kelly Osbourne announced that she would leave E!'s long-running series, Fashion Police. Osborn had recently taken to Twitter to express her disappointment over co-star's Giuliana Rancic's shitty comments about Zendaya Coleman.Read more...
  • The Greatest Pick-Up Move You've Ever Attempted

    Madeleine Davies
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:10 pm
    For last week's Pissing Contest, we covered the weird wonders of childhood. This week, we're moving onto something far more adult (eyebrows waggle): The greatest, most ridiculous move you've ever attempted to get someone to go home or go out with you. Bonus points if it actually workedRead more...
 
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  • New Hesperian Book Focuses on Improving Health Through Community Organizing

    OBOS
    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…
  • What’s the Connection Between Snowfall in Boston and Health and Human Rights?

    Guest Contributor
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:22 am
    by Amy Agigian Greetings from Boston, where we are currently experiencing Snowmageddon 2015. We’ve had four storms, accumulating over 7 feet of snow, in less than three weeks, making this the snowiest month in Boston’s long recorded history. But what does our unparalleled snowfall have to do with women’s health and human rights? First, the health effects of extreme temperatures hit those with fewest resources — money, housing, safety, good health — hardest. It makes sense if you think about it: If you’re already sick, or living in a violent home or neighborhood, added…
  • More Physician Training Needed to Recommend IUDs

    Guest Contributor
    13 Feb 2015 | 9:53 am
    By Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News When Wendy Sue Swanson started out as a pediatrician eight years ago, it never crossed her mind to bring up the option of intrauterine devices – an insertable form of long-acting contraception – when she had her regular birth-control discussions with teenage patients who were sexually active. “The patch had been the thing,” she said, referring to a small, band-aid-like plastic patch that transmits hormones through the skin to prevent unwanted pregnancies. But Swanson’s approach changed after a casual conversation with her sister-in-law. This…
  • Why Doesn’t a Viagra Equivalent Exist for Women?

    Rachel Walden
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    Given the historical exclusion of women from clinical trials and social attitudes about female sexual desire, it’s easy to assume that no Viagra-like drug is available for women because women’s sexual pleasure is not taken seriously enough to develop one. The reality, though, is more complicated than a case of gender bias. Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public meeting and scientific workshop (fully available online) on female sexual dysfunction (FSD) and available therapies as part of its “patient-focused drug development” series. The…
  • Why Corporate Promotion of Egg Freezing isn’t a “Benefit” to All Women

    Rachel Walden
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Apple recently announced it was joining Facebook in covering costs for female employees who opt to freeze their eggs for non-medical reasons. Both companies are providing up to $20,000; Apple as part of its fertility coverage, and Facebook as part of its surrogacy benefits. Despite the financial generosity, this might not be a good deal for healthy employees of these companies — or for women in the workplace in general. While some news outlets have addressed the high cost of egg freezing — at least $10,000 per ovarian stimulation cycle and $500 a year for storage…
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  • The Virtual Pub Is Open

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    [Explanations: lol your fat. pathetic anger bread. hey your gay.]TFIF, Shakers!Belly up to the bar,and name your poison!I have to wrap up early this afternoon, because I'm helping out a friend with something. Hope everyone has a great weekend, and I'll see you Monday!
  • The Friday Blogaround

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:45 am
    This blogaround brought to you by icicles.Recommended Reading:Brittney: [Content Note: White Supremacy; misogynoir] Black America's Hidden Tax: Why This Feminist of Color Is Going on StrikeRagen: [CN: Fat hatred; diet talk] Diet Ad BingoDavid: [CN: Rape culture] Revenge Porn Boss Wants Google to Remove His "Identity Related" InfoMonica: [CN: Transphobia; violence] Black Trans History Is InspirationalJim: [CN: Homophobia; Christian Supremacy] South Carolina Christian College Bans Homosexuality After Two Athletes Courageously Come OutDiamond: Ferguson Organizers Receive Human Rights AwardLaura:…
  • Daily Dose of Cute

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Zelda, patiently waiting to see what we'll be doing next.As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.
  • Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    David Bowie: "Heroes"Live in Berlin, 2002. Plus some chit-chat at the beginning.You know, watching this video, and his HAPPY JOYFUL FACE at the end, as he holds out the mic to the audience, singing along to this song he must have performed literally thousands of times, I feel like David Bowie just totally knows the secret to doing life LIKE A BOSS.
  • In the News

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    Here is some stuff in the news today...RIP Leonard Nimoy. Sob. His final tweet: "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP." Sobbbbbbbbbbbb.[Content Note: Guns; death; self-harm] Last night, at least eight people, including the shooter, were killed at multiple crime scenes in rural Missouri. Details about what appears to be a shooting spree are sparse at the moment, but police have promised to provide more information today. What we know at this point: "Police say that a juvenile girl called the police at approximately 10:15 p.m Central on…
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  • Desiree Akhavan: it matters which stories we tell

    Sophie Mayer
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:43 am
    Desiree Akhavan talks to Sophie Mayer about studying with Ira Sachs, getting real about onscreen sex and why we need more selfish female protagonists
  • New interview with Desiree Akhavan

    Ania Ostrowska
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:11 pm
    "Love or hate Girls, Desiree Akhavan currently has what seems like the best job in the world," says Sophe Mayer introducing her interview with director and lead of Appropriate Behavior, opening in UK cinemas next week. "If you're a fan,...
  • Are you enjoying Mad Men and Game of Thrones? I am... sort of

    Guest Blogger
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Elke Weissmann puts out a call for people to take part in her forthcoming piece of TV-related research
  • New Black Mirror review

    Holly Combe
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:19 am
    What role does gender inequality play in how we approach issues of privacy and autonomy? D H Kelly follows Gemma Varnom's Black Mirror review with an examination of the blocking theme in the show's most recent episode. Mild spoiler alert...
  • Leave me alone

    D H Kelly
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:05 am
    What role does gender inequality play in how we approach issues of privacy and autonomy? D H Kelly follows Gemma Varnom's Black Mirror review with an examination of the blocking theme in the show's most recent episode
 
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  • Global Quickies: Men Showing Support in Skirts, IS Destroys Art, and Terrible Football Chants.

    Daniela
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    IRAQ Islamic State militants ransacked Mosul’s central museum, destroying priceless artifacts that are thousands of years old. Mosul’s central library has also been attacked by Isis and 100,000 books and manuscripts were burned. BANGLADESH “Attackers in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka have hacked to death a US-Bangladeshi blogger whose writings on religion angered Islamist hardliners.” DENMARK (From Blakut) “Police shot dead a 22-year-old Danish-born gunman on Sunday after he killed two people at a Copenhagen synagogue and an event promoting free speech in actions possibly…
  • Quickies: MRAs, drug testing welfare recipients, and that damned blue/white dress

    Amanda
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:36 am
    What kind of man joins the men’s rights movement? – The caption for that first photo…just ugh. From Courtney. Drug testing welfare users is a sham, but not for the reasons you think – “The false positive rate for drug tests is – well, it depends on the test procedure, but it’s usually at least 1%. So if every single welfare user in Tennessee was 100% clean, we would still expect between 1% to 5% positive drug tests. Instead, they got 0.12% positive drug tests. This isn’t just suspiciously good, it’s impossibly good.” From Dan. The science of why no…
  • Bad Chart Thursday: Dove’s #NewspeakBeautiful

    Melanie Mallon
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:38 pm
    I always knew that George Orwell was on to something. Sure, he was a little off on the year when it would all go down–1984 was more the year of the big hair band than Big Brother (not that this wasn’t equally terrifying in its own right). And today’s Thought Police do not use Orwell’s Telescreens to monitor us for thought crimes. They use Twitter. Part of Dove’s recently launched #SpeakBeautiful campaign involves monitoring women’s tweets for negative comments about their own appearances, then replying to these tweets with suggestions for more positive…
  • Anti-abortion Congressman Not Sure How Women Work

    Rebecca Watson
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:17 am
    Support more videos like this at Patreon.com/rebecca! Sorta transcript: Vito Barbieri is an anti-choice Republican state representative for Idaho, giving him an intellectual capacity that hovers somewhere between a cocker spaniel and a tree stump. So it shouldn’t be surprising that he made headlines this week for thinking that the average woman can swallow a camera and have it end up somewhere in her vagina. No, this information wasn’t made public because of a weird sex scandal, although I think we can all agree that a senator asking a female constituent to swallow a camera while he…
  • Skepchick is Coming to Chicago for Chi-Fi

    Jamie Bernstein
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    You’ve probably heard of SkepchickCON where all the Skepchicks descend upon Minneapolis as part of CONvergence, but this year we’re expanding to Chicago. The weekend of March 19-22, 2015 the Skepchicks will be doing a Chicago version of SkepchickCON at Chi-Fi, Chicago’s newest geek con. A ton of your favorite writers here at Skepchick and on Skepchick Network sites like Mad Art Lab, Grounded Parents and Queereka will all be coming to Chi-Fi for a series of Skepchick track panels on science, skepticism, intersectional feminism and geek topics. We will also be hosting…
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  • First Woman to Head MLB Doctors Group

    18 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    As a sports fan, I have always been intrigued as to why women dominate the medical field, but not sports medicine. You rarely think of them until you see your quarterback get knocked down or someone slides into second base and catches their cleat on the base. This is why I perked up when I learned that Dr. Kathleen Weber is poised to become the first woman to lead the Major League Baseball (MLB) Team Physicians Association in 2016. She is the Director of Primary Care/Sports Medicine and Women's Sports Medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.This was an important interview for me…
  • Catching up with Thor, Wonder Woman and Ms. Marvel (Spoilers)

    13 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    The last time you checked in on your blogging goddess, she had finished the first issue of the new Thor, the first two issues of Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman and a bunch of the new Ms. Marvel. Today she picked up the latest issues bringing us up to Thor #5, Ms. Marvel #11, and SCF Wonder Woman #6. And how are they? SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!THOR: We are still learning about the new Thor. The mystery woman is still hiding behind the mask, but we do learn that she cares about the original Thor. When he comes back from the dead (you knew he wasn't really dead!), she is relived. And while he…
  • How I Chose Happiness When #PhDLife Failed

    11 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today bestselling publisher Linda Joy released Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Choosing Happiness featuring the soul-inspiring stories of 27 amazing women who share their intimate stories of transformation. Choosing Happiness also includes Reflection Questions after each story which will empower you to integrate the vital lessons of each woman’s journey into your own life. For a limited time you can get over 40 transformational gifts with your copy of Choosing Happiness. Grab your copy today >> http://bit.ly/Happiness_Book*******************As some of you know, I went back to school…
  • Calls for Papers from Demeter Press (Indigenous Pregnancy, Mothers, Daughters, Social Media, Sons, Ambivalence, Immigrants)

    31 Jan 2015 | 12:04 pm
    There are a bunch of CFPs from Demeter Press, so I am posting just a summary of the calls with links back to the Demeter Press site with the full details. Warning, all links are PDFs. Good luck! Indigenous Experiences of Pregnancy and Birth [PDF]Editors: Dr. Jaime Cidro and Dr. Hannah Tait NeufeldDeadline for Abstracts: March 15, 2015In North America Indigenous Peoples are diverse in the way they embrace their traditional institutions and cultural practices surrounding pregnancy and birth. Traditional midwifery, culture, customs, understandings and meanings surrounding pregnancy and birth are…
  • 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,…
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    Gender Focus

  • FFFF: The UK Labour Party and Female Voters

    Jarrah Hodge
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:08 am
    On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver critiques the UK Labour Party for their pink van gimmick designed to reach out to female voters, and suggests the few remaining ways the party could be even more condescending to women. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sWRXr2Yu9g
  • Why the Girls Abortion Episode Was an Awesome Conversation Starter

    Jarrah Hodge
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:28 am
    Gillian Jacobs as Mimi-Rose This week, Girls talked about abortion seriously for the first time since Season 1. Also, someone actually got one this time! Was it a great portrayal of abortion? While it felt weird at times, I ultimately think this episode was an awesome way to start a dialogue about the fact that we as a society don’t have enough of a dialogue about how to approach the choice to terminate a pregnancy. The action starts when Adam asks his new girlfriend, Mimi-Rose, to go for a job. She casually replies, “I can’t because I had an abortion yesterday.”  This is the first…
  • Ignore the Pearl-Clutching Conservatives; Ontario Kids Need a New Sex-Ed Curriculum

    Jarrah Hodge
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:51 am
    Premier Kathleen Wynne If you were listening to AM640 on Monday morning, you would have certainly thought that Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals was suggesting that schools start passing out dildos to every child Grade 2 and older. In fact, on Monday February 23, Kathleen Wynne’s team finally unveiled their new sex education curriculum. This Ministry document has been given a face-lift for Grades 1 through 12; the curriculum will update, reshuffle and enhance the existing content that educators are expected to touch on throughout each academic year. @HisFeministMama I think it’s…
  • Patricia Arquette Is Not the Feminist Role Model You’re Looking For

    Jarrah Hodge
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:53 am
    If you were one of the 36 million viewers watching the Oscars this past Sunday, you probably saw Patricia Arquette’s award speech for Best Supporting Actress in her role for Boyhood. It was what some would call an “impassioned plea” for equal pay for all women in America: “To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s rights! It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez were seen cheering her on from the crowd,…
  • Round-Up: Feb. 24, 2014

    Jarrah Hodge
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:44 am
    Patricia Arquette focused her Oscars speech on pay equity and women’s rights, but only two women-centric films took home awards. Inkoo Kang at Women and Hollywood recaps the feminist highs and lows of Oscar night. Some writers raised really valid concerns about Arquette’s backstage speech after the ceremony. Blue Telusma at The Grio critiqued Arquette for asking queer women and women of colour to prioritize gender over other aspects of their identity, and Tara Culp-Ressler at ThinkProgress raised similar concerns about the lack of intersectionality in Arquette’s comments.
 
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  • #saturdaysatire: ten things feminism has ruined for me

    feimineach
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:41 am
    I'm late to the game on this piece, I know. (I've been too busy hating men and not shaving my legs, you see.) Highlights for me: Catholicism (it and I were on shaky ground anyway but feminism blew it right out of the water); television (yeah, really, all of it); and dancing on bars (mind, you, there's probably a plausible health and safety issue there anyway). On the guardian by Emer O'Toole: Becoming a feminist is a little like losing your virginity: what at first manifests as a disappointing set of revelations about the world is often the beginning of meaningful new experiences and deep…
  • ▶ From Our Own Correspondent: women in Iran

    feimineach
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:22 am
    Interesting segment on Radio 4's From Our Own Correspondent on women in post-revolution Iran. From 12:30 (or so) for five minutes. ▶ From Our Own Correspondent, The Devil's Building Site (I can't see how to embed it, sorry.) The post ▶ From Our Own Correspondent: women in Iran appeared first on feimineach.com. You may also like these posts: “Call to arms”: Women take on BBC over failure to get female experts on air (thewomensroom.org.uk) Fundamental feminism – our contributor breaks down the Iranian university ban on women in almost 80 programs Iran stoning woman…
  • A feminist take on… Black Mirror: White Christmas

    feimineach
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:32 am
    Awareness of stalking is increasing, but so are the tools with which the crime can be committed. Spoilers ahead (though if you haven't seen Brooker's 2014 Xmas special, Black Mirror: White Christmas then you need to get on that) so read on only if you have/ or won't bother. The piece speculates that many women would appreciate and welcome the "block" feature of the fictional technology depicted in the episode so that they could be left alone. From D H Kelly on the F-Word: Charlie Brooker's most recent Black Mirror drama, 'White Christmas', aptly demonstrates a gender divide in the concerns we…
  • Today in sexism: young children must be protected from ingrained gender stereotypes

    feimineach
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:10 am
    The piece below (from Laura Bates on the Guardian) shows a few examples of the everyday sexism that feeds into children's education - "One [parent] referenced their son’s physics homework, which used examples of men pushing vans, lifting weights, climbing trees and shooting arrows. The sole female example was a woman pushing a pram. [...] Numerous questions involved men doing active, strong tasks such as driving or playing sport, while women cooked, cleaned or, in one particularly bizarre example, simply “sat on a rug”." So far so predictable and more on that later. First, though, the…
  • “Queer the Streets”: painting LGBTQ in public spaces

    feimineach
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:35 am
    "Paintings of women with unrealistic, sexualised body shapes contribute to a culture of sexism and misogyny." The LGBT community rarely sees its experiences depicted authentically in mainstream media. A 2014 GLAAD study found that a mere 3.9% of scripted broadcast TV series regulars are LGBT individuals. Even when they're shown onscreen, they're often reduced to insulting archetypes like the "sassy gay best friend" or "angry lesbian." One Australia-based street artist is attacking this problem by promoting authentic representations of LGBT individuals in public spaces. Astrotwitch launched…
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