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  • STATEMENT: Eleanor Smeal Calls for a Special Prosecutor, Police Reform in Ferguson

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    Feminist Newswire
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
    The following is a statement by our Founder and President, Eleanor Smeal, on the events in Ferguson, Missouri. The Feminist Majority Foundation calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor to conduct a thorough, unbiased investigation into the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. The killing of Michael Brown and the blundered, militarized response by law enforcement to the call for justice is a tragic reminder that in many African-American communities across the nation, the police themselves can be a threat.
  • This is the Summer of Lesbian Web Series

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    Anna Miller
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    There is a whole wide world beyond The L Word. While there’s only a pittance of shows on television that feature openly lesbian characters, lesbian storylines are blossoming online. What’s great about these recent web series is that they diverge from many of the typical stereotypes of lesbians on screen, claiming more distinct and honest voices—in part because they’re not trying to appeal to mainstream cable markets. From the array of lesbian-centric web series, here are three to check out.  read more
  • Ferguson Police Raid Church, Continue Arrests

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
  • Nigeria Kidnapping, Malala Shooting Rouses Teens

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    Deborah Monti
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    The kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria and the shooting of Malala Yousafzai have spurred some U.S. teens to activism and generosity. Others find the news too terrible and hard to solve.
  • Why Shouldn't I Let My Leg Hair Grow in the Winter?

    Mouthy Housewives
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Dear Mouthy Housewives,Do women still need to shave their legs in the winter months? I say they don't, but my friends all insist that I'm wrong and that I need to use a razor to stay smooth and feel sexy and attractive. Personally, I don't see the point, because I usually wear long pants and boots and it's not like I'm married or even have a boyfriend. What do you think? Hair or no hair?Signed,Princess HairyCredit Image: Kim Love on FlickrDear Princess Hairy,I'm assuming you're in your 20s because any woman in her 40s wouldn't ask this question. No, we're far too busy lovingly running our…
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  • STATEMENT: Eleanor Smeal Calls for a Special Prosecutor, Police Reform in Ferguson

    Feminist Newswire
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
    The following is a statement by our Founder and President, Eleanor Smeal, on the events in Ferguson, Missouri. The Feminist Majority Foundation calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor to conduct a thorough, unbiased investigation into the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. The killing of Michael Brown and the blundered, militarized response by law enforcement to the call for justice is a tragic reminder that in many African-American communities across the nation, the police themselves can be a threat.
  • In Liberia, The Ebola Outbreak is Also a Maternal Health Issue

    Feminist Newswire
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
    The current outbreak of Ebola has killed more than 1200 people in West Africa, with Liberia having the largest increase in deaths according to the latest reportable data. Although the death toll from the virus itself is astounding, many people – including pregnant mothers – are also dying as hospitals and clinics shut their doors. via Shutterstock Liberia was already a country with one of the highest rates of maternal death worldwide, but the Ebola outbreak has intensified the maternal health crisis. According to reports, some health care practitioners are turning away…
  • United Nations and US Attorney General Defend Rights of Demonstrators in Ferguson

    Feminist Newswire
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials during ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri caught the attention of the world this week, with UN officials and US Attorney General Eric Holder speaking out in defense of demonstrators there. The statements come as local prosecutors begin presenting evidence to a grand jury on whether criminal charges should be filed in the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. via Light Brigading A spokesman for the United Nations told reporters on Monday that UN Secretary-General Ban…
  • Trayvon Martin’s Mom Sends Words of Encouragement and Strength to Michael Brown Family

    Feminist Newswire
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, shared her hurt over the killing of unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown and offered words of encouragement in a heartbreaking letter to the Brown family published by Time magazine. via Greg Lilly “I hate that you and your family must join this exclusive yet growing group of parents,” Sybrina Fulton wrote. “I wish I had a word of automatic comfort but I don’t. I wish I could say that it will be alright on a certain or specific day, but I can’t. I wish that all of the pain that I have endured could…
  • Afghanistan Celebrates 95th Anniversary of Independence

    Feminist Newswire
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Afghanistan celebrates 95 years of independence today. Pal Teravagimov / Shutterstock.com President Hamid Karzai, along with the two presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, attended a special ceremony at the Ministry of Defense to commemorate the recognition of Afghanistan as an independent nation by the British Empire. US Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement in honor of the celebration on behalf of President Obama and the United States reiterating our continued partnership with Afghanistan as well as US support for a democratic transition of…
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  • This is the Summer of Lesbian Web Series

    Anna Miller
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    There is a whole wide world beyond The L Word. While there’s only a pittance of shows on television that feature openly lesbian characters, lesbian storylines are blossoming online. What’s great about these recent web series is that they diverge from many of the typical stereotypes of lesbians on screen, claiming more distinct and honest voices—in part because they’re not trying to appeal to mainstream cable markets. From the array of lesbian-centric web series, here are three to check out.  read more
  • Remembering the Black Women Killed By Police

    Victoria Law
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Aiyanna Jones, age seven. Eleanor Bumpurs, age 66. Pearlie Golden, age 93. Yvette Smith, age 47. Kathryn Johnston, age 92. read more
  • On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

    Sarah Mirk
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    • Attorney General Eric Holder is visiting Ferguson today and promised to back a swift and thorough investigation of Michael Brown's killing. [LA Times]  read more
  • Who Thinks Race Isn't a Big Deal in Ferguson?

    Sarah Mirk
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    A child takes a break during an anti-police brutality protest this week in Milwaukee. Photo by Light Brigading. The short answer: Mostly white people.  read more
  • Did Lois Lowry Sell Out Your Childhood?

    Ande Morgan
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Film adaptations of dystopian young adult fiction are officially a “thing.” This year alone will see the release of at least four: the third Hunger Games, new blockbuster Divergent, Maze Runner, and finally The Giver, which opened last Friday. read more
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  • Nigeria Kidnapping, Malala Shooting Rouses Teens

    Deborah Monti
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    The kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria and the shooting of Malala Yousafzai have spurred some U.S. teens to activism and generosity. Others find the news too terrible and hard to solve.
  • N.Y. Women's Equality Party to Appear on Ballot

    Nicole Deniflee
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:41 am
    With over 100,000 signatures collected, the party, created to back candidates who support women's rights, will now be voted on during the midterm elections.
  • Bill Targets 'Weapons of Mass Perfection' Advertising

    Elizabeth Zwerling
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    Critics raise free-speech concerns about a bill seeking to limit Photoshopping and other alterations in ads. Supporters argue that advertising is a special form of media since it exploits anxieties with harmful public health consequences for girls and women.
  • India's Men Assist Maternal Health Campaign

    Swapna Majumdar
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    Women are running the "cold chains" crucial to the success of any immunization drive. They're also administering the medicine, keeping track of records and swaying male attitudes that seemed unalterably opposed just 10 years ago.
  • Vietnam War Reporter Told This is 'No Place for Lady'

    Thea Rosenbaum
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:28 am
    One of the few female reporters covering the war, Thea Rosenbaum fell into journalism after arriving in Saigon with her husband, she says in "No Place for a Lady." In this excerpt she recounts going into the field for the first time.
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  • Why Shouldn't I Let My Leg Hair Grow in the Winter?

    Mouthy Housewives
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Dear Mouthy Housewives,Do women still need to shave their legs in the winter months? I say they don't, but my friends all insist that I'm wrong and that I need to use a razor to stay smooth and feel sexy and attractive. Personally, I don't see the point, because I usually wear long pants and boots and it's not like I'm married or even have a boyfriend. What do you think? Hair or no hair?Signed,Princess HairyCredit Image: Kim Love on FlickrDear Princess Hairy,I'm assuming you're in your 20s because any woman in her 40s wouldn't ask this question. No, we're far too busy lovingly running our…
  • Climbing Out of Grief: Terminal Illness Means Losing Him Twice

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Little Astronaut at the Bottom of a CraterThe first thing I lost was an emaciated, dying man. When my boyfriend breathed his final breath as I lay next to him in the hospital bed in the middle of my living room, I held his ruined body, reveling in its terrible beauty, knowing there was nothing do to but let him go. Credit Image: Vincent van der Pas on Flickr I imagined my grief to be an ocean in the days immediately after his death—something that I could swim across eventually if I worked at it diligently. A few days after that, a mountain seemed a better metaphor. I had to keep trekking if…
  • How to Menu Plan With Veggie Boxes

    Songs of Home
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:11 pm
    The last few years, I've been subscribing to different veggie boxes or complete weekly menu boxes, to see what works for me. When I lived in my student town, there were different possibilities to subscribe to organic veggie boxes. To me, the biggest disadvantage was that it was a monthly subscription. Where I live now, there's a very similar system, but you can decide each week if you sign in for next week's box. I like that system a lot—but when I got pregnant, I jumped off, too tired to work out weekly menus based on what was in the box. After Little Boy was born, we signed up to get…
  • GoDaddy & Mad Mimi: Why Email Marketing Is Important for Bloggers

    Rita Arens
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Some of you got to meet the folks from GoDaddy at the Expo of BlogHer '14. Today the company announces its acquisition of email marketing start-up Mad Mimi, which was founded by a jazz musiciain who wanted to reach his peeps. We talked to Steven Aldrich of GoDaddy and Gary Levitt of Mad Mimi to find out why email marketing should matter to bloggers. BlogHer: Why is email marketing important to bloggers and other website owners? GoDaddy: When I think about what small businesses are doing in their daily lives, they're emailing to one-on-one contacts every day. Everyone's using email. When it…
  • The Breakthrough After a Breakup

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    “Each of our paths is uniquely perfect. Life presents us with what we need to grow.” Judith Orloff, M.D. The Ecstasy of SurrenderShe was crying daily, uncontrollably, in front of clients and behind closed doors. It had been several weeks since her break-up and she was feeling so out of control with her emotions that she thought she needed to be put away somewhere.They had been together for 7 years and he had been emotionally manipulative towards her. His words weren’t matching his actions. Promising love and a future together, but then only giving her emotional crumbs. Each time she…
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  • CFP: Applied Feminism and Work

    Bridget Crawford
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:13 pm
    CFP: Applied Feminism and Work From the FLP mailbox, this CFP: CALL FOR PAPERS: “APPLIED FEMINISM AND WORK” The University of Baltimore School of Law’s Center on Applied Feminism seeks submissions for its Eighth Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference.  This year’s theme is “Applied Feminism and Work.”  The conference will be held on March 5 and 6, 2015.  For more information about the conference, please visit law.ubalt.edu/caf. As the nation emerges from the recession, work and economic security are front and center in our national policy debates.  Women earn less…
  • Nearly 20 percent of Americans don’t know that first trimester abortion is legal

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    According to a new study from the University of Cincinnati, residents of blue and red states are pretty much equally, scarily uninformed about abortion’s legality, risks, and prevalence. Here are the questions from the survey, followed by the percentage of respondents who answered correctly. Give it a shot and check the correct answers after the jump. What percentage of women in the U.S. will have an abortion by age 45? (Percentage who answered correctly: 41 percent) Which has a greater health risk: An abortion in the first three months of pregnancy or giving birth? (Percentage who…
  • Four feminist thoughts about fake fannies

    Sesali Bowen
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    Last night Nicki Minaj released the visuals for her new single “Anaconda”– the title a reference to the infamous Sir Mix-a-Lot line “my Anaconda don’t want none unless you got buns hon.” You might remember the “controversy” surrounding the cover art for the track a few weeks ago. In summation: Nicki Minaj posed in a g-string, it made people feel some type of way, she clapped back, then everyone forgot because she made a Flawless remix with Beyonce. But the release of the video has everyone back on the A-train. As I type this, I’m sure that…
  • 90-year-old Holocaust survivor arrested at Ferguson protest

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Image by Steven Hsieh via The Nation Ninety-year-old Hedy Epstein, who was one of several protestors arrested outside Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s office, is no stranger to state-sanction discrimination and violence. Epstein fled the Holocaust as a child. A true intersectionalist, she insists on applying the lessons of the past to the present, refusing to remain idle in the face of persecution, whether she’s protesting the demolition of Palestinians’ homes or police brutality and racism in Ferguson. Epstein was born in 1924 in Freiburg, Germany, but was sent to England at…
  • Bathing Suit Fashion and the Project of Gender

    Lisa Wade, PhD
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    I came across this ad for bathing suits from the 1920s and was struck by how similar the men’s and women’s suits were designed.  Hers might have some extra coverage up top and feature a tight skirt over shorts instead of just shorts but, compared to what you see on beaches today, they are essentially the same bathing suit. So, why are the designs for men’s and women’s bathing suits so different today? Honestly, either one could be gender-neutral. Male swimmers already wear Speedos; the fact that the man in the ad above is covering his chest is evidence that…
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  • Street harassment is a compliment, says writer we pray is joking

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    Now it’s time for that beloved and time-honored game, “Satire (Please, God, Let It Be Satire) or Not Satire”: Doree Lewak in the New York Post. Summer to me means three things: heat, hemlines and hard hats. It’s the time of year when I can parade around in a skimpy dress with strategic cutouts that would make my mom wince. And when I know I’m looking good, I brazenly walk past a construction site, anticipating that whistle and “Hey, mama!” catcall. Works every time — my ego and I can’t fit through the door! I’ll never forget my first time: At…
  • Ongoing in Ferguson

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Recently, in Ferguson, Missouri (in case you’ve missed it): - Ferguson Chief of Police Thomas Jackson called a press conference Friday morning to release the name of the officer who killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Jackson used the opportunity to release a video and a 19-page report about a convenience store robbery the morning of the shooting, before naming officer Darren Wilson as the killer. It was only admitted in a separate press conference later that afternoon that Wilson hadn’t actually known that Brown was a robbery suspect when he stopped him and that, in fact, he…
  • Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

    17 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Promote yourself. Netiquette reminders: Want to recommend someone else’s writing instead? Try the latest signal-boosting thread. we expect Content Notes as a courtesy to our readers for problematic content in linked posts and/or their comment threads (a habit of posting only triggering/disparaging links may annoy the Giraffe (you really don’t want to annoy the Giraffe)) extended discussion of self-promotion links on this thread is counter-productive for the intended signal-boosting -  the idea is for the promoted sites to get more traffic.  If it’s a side-discussion that…
  • Open Thread with Flying Fish Tail Trail

    15 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The pattern made by this Pink-wing flying fish’s tail as it leaps from the water 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…
  • VLOGGING – Campus Rape Exaggerated?

    Guest Blogger
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:02 pm
    This is the 3rd episode of Sex-Positive Gamer, where we play popular videogames whilst answering your shagging questions. Now your male friends have no excuses for not knowing their sex education (unless they were too busy with Planned Parenthood volunteering or something). Our adviser is occasional Feministe contributor Echo Zen. After a stupidly long hiatus (entirely the fault of our editor being AWOL, because of a new job), we’re back with a new episode – and this time it’s a topic from the headlines. Now that campus rape in the U.S. is finally getting the attention it deserves from…
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    Muslimah Media Watch

  • Eid Mubarak! + MMW Hiatus for August

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    All the best Eid wishes to you and your loved ones from the MMW team!  If you missed any of our Ramadan posts, you can find them all here. Muslimah Media Watch will be going on hiatus for the month of August, as several of our writers are traveling or otherwise in need of a [Read More...]
  • Friday Links | July 25, 2014

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    The attack on Gaza continues; among the hundreds of victims and wounded are many women and children. Asmaa el-Helou initially survived the attack on her home, but succumbed to her severe injuries later this week. Her father, mother, brothers and sisters had already died from the attack. One reporter shares her experience being around women [Read More...]
  • In Search of a Tranquil Ramadan

    Yasmeen Nizamy
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Dreaming of the ultimate spirituality and serenity this Ramadan, my plan was to quit my 9-5 job a couple of days before Ramadan started. I’ve always had this fantasy that taking a vacation for the whole Ramadan gives you more space for spirituality and religious rituals. Think of days full of Quran recitation, Zikr, Terawih [Read More...]
  • A Worship that Works

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    My son is already almost six months old, but I haven’t fully absorbed the fact that I’m a mother to someone. I always found it funny when people said mak orang (lit. “someone’s mother”) in Malay, but this time it’s me they’re talking about. Don’t get me wrong: I love my son and I love [Read More...]
  • To Remember God, We Need a Heart

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, their hearts become fearful, and when His verses are recited to them, it increases them in faith; and upon their Lord they rely. [8:2] It doesn’t feel like Ramadan. The excitement, the struggle of the fast, the security of knowing that every good action is [Read More...]
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    Our Bodies Ourselves » Our Bodies, Our Blog

  • Which Approach to Breast Cancer is Right for You?

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

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

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

    Rachel Walden
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    More than 60 million pelvic exams are performed each year, but a new guideline from the American College of Physicians suggests that for most healthy women, they’re not needed. The guideline is based on a 2013 systematic review conducted by the Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) Center of the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. The review looked at the usefulness of pelvic exams in detecting non-cervical cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease, and benign gynecological conditions and found that for most women there is no evidence to support the practice. For the purpose of the research, a…
  • Want More Quality Reporting on Abortion Rights? Partner With Clinic Stories

    Rachel Walden
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    If you’re a regular reader of U.S. news on reproductive rights, you’ve likely read stories by Robin Marty. A freelance writer and activist, Robin is co-author of “Crow After Roe: How ‘Separate But Equal’ Has Become the New Standard in Women’s Health And How We Can Change That,” and her smart writing and analysis has appeared in RH Reality Check, Rolling Stone and Bitch Magazine, among other outlets. Now she has an exciting new project in the works: Clinic Stories. With support from donors — who will become partners in the…
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  • Question of the Day

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If you could snap your fingers and get rid of one bad habit of yours that's just seemingly impossible for you to get rid of, what would it be?
  • Um.

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:05 pm
    [Content Note: Homophobia; Christian Supremacy.]The Ark Encounter park, which is a fundamentalist Christian theme park being built in Kentucky to feature, among other terrific attractions, a reproduction of Noah's Ark and "an exhibit explaining how fossils were created by God," will require its employees to "sign a 'statement of faith' banning homosexual conduct. In addition to the statement of faith, employees also have to sign a 'creation statement' agreeing that God created the world 6000 years ago, banning anyone who does not confirm to fundamentalist ideology from applying." Okay, fine,…
  • Quote of the Day

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    [Content Note: Racism; harassment.]"I just had the opportunity to sit down with some wonderful young people and to hear them talk about the mistrust they have at a young age. These are young people and already they are concerned about potential interactions they might have with the police. I understand that mistrust. I am the Attorney General of the United States, but I am also a black man. ...I think about my time in Georgetown—a nice neighborhood of Washington—and I am running to a picture at about 8 o'clock at night. I am running with my cousin. Police car comes driving up, flashes his…
  • OFFS

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    [Content Note: Misogyny; objectification.]Marvel is soon to release Spider-Woman #1, the inaugural comic in the "recently announced new 'Spider-Woman' ongoing series from Dennis Hopeless and Greg Land." That's pretty exciting, right?Except here is one variant cover for the comic designed by Milo Manara:[Click to embiggen.]There are so many things wrong with that, I don't even know where to begin. Suffice it to say that Marvel evidently still doesn't give a shit about alienating feminist readers.[H/T to my friend Mark, who saw it at io9.]
  • Ferguson Update + Recommended Reading

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    [Content Note: Police brutality; racism.]Earlier this afternoon, Jelani Cobb and others reported from Ferguson that police surrounded and entered a church that was being used as an aid station for protesters who have been gassed or were in need of other medical treatment. The police alleged it was being used as a shelter (even though it wasn't), and said "they violated housing policy by having people stay overnight."Even if people had been staying there overnight, which the church disputes, the police have, for more than a week, filled the town nightly with teargas and/or pepper spray, which…
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    The F-Word: Latest features, reviews and blog posts

  • Disrespectful dancing: clinging to the edge of the mosh pit

    Stephanie Phillips
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    Sway to the right, sway to the left. Uniform in motion and occasionally in style, the gentle dance that occurs in the pit can be a mesmerising experience - that is until a hurricane of hyper aggression cuts through the room; displacing the good time and good people
  • All grown up and still no kids

    Liz Smith
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    After reading Abigael Watson's recent blog, Liz Smith wrote a response, telling her experiences as a 32-year-old woman who continues not to want children
  • Putting pressure on pays off

    Megan Stodel
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    The days of the gender pay gap are numbered...or they would be if we could actually get some numbers. Megan Stodel calls on companies to follow through with their commitments to publicise data on pay
  • The mother of ambitions

    Abigael Watson
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    Abigael Watson doesn't want to have children. It seems society finds that a difficult message to digest
  • Have your food for thought with SALT

    M. Lý-Eliot
    16 Aug 2014 | 3:59 am
    M. Lý-Eliot is delighted by SALT's issue with an anti-work theme, finding much to think about in its pages
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  • ‘Mrs. Bogart’ was a ‘straight-ahead lady’ and a ‘good broad’

    Dana Cook
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Remembering Betty Lauren Baby Bacall Bogartwith Kirk Douglas, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Rich, Larry Hagman, Bo Derek, Barbara Walters and others as collected and compiled by Dana Cook.  Ms. 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…
  • 6 Tips For Coping When You’ve Forgotten Someone’s Name

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

    Mireille Guilliano
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    © Shutterstock Bestselling author Mireille Guiliano offers up a delectable recipe concocted from her favorite seasonal fruits. Now is the season of summer produce markets and local fruits and vegetables. They are tastier than supermarket or out-of-season varieties, so you can eat less and enjoy more — surely good for one’s health! Additionally, they are good for the local economy and environment (less transportation by-products). I was shopping recently at an organic or “bio” market in the South of France and was taken aback by avocados from South Africa alongside local melons…
  • Liza Donnelly’s Cartoon of the Week: The Best Thing About Summer?

    Liza Donnelly
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Liza Donnelly, noted cartoonist for The New Yorker, is also the editor, with her husband, Michael Maslin, of the book Cartoon Marriage: Adventures in Love and Matrimony by The New Yorker’s
  • Smartphones: The New Health and Fitness Tool

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:03 am
    Smartphones Rising in Fitness Unless your television has been turned off, it’s been difficult to avoid Apple’s latest commercial with a retro marching tune and lyrics “Go, you chicken fat, go.”  The catchy tune was written to kick-off President Kennedy’s debut of the Presidential Fitness Program in 1961. Fast forward to 2014 where fitness is still a challenge and smartphones have replaced tracking calories and weight by paper.  A look at the App Store shows thousands of apps in the Health & Fitness category.  From tracking your weight, counting calories,…
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  • New Video: Rob Schneider Offers Ignorant, Unwanted Opinion on Robin Williams

    Rebecca Watson
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Sorry about the quiet audio on this one! Next will be better, promise. Support more videos like this on Patreon. Here’s a close-enough transcript: The world lost a great man last week when Robin Williams died of depression. Whenever a celebrity dies, assholes will use the death as a hook to talk about their pet cause. I’m going to do that right now, because my pet cause is assholes who use the death as a hook to talk about their pet cause. Considering that Williams died of depression, it’s perfectly reasonable to have an open and honest discussion about the condition, like…
  • Quickies: Teenage Nostalgia, Sexism is Great?, and Domestic Violence

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Neural Nostalgia - “Why do we love the music we heard as teenagers?” It’s true–I’m definitely more into the music of my teenagehood now than I was when I was a teenager. What If Sexism Is Actually Great? – “We were wrong about street sexual harassment. It is not, as we have written, man’s sad, nonspecific attempt to assert his dominance, show off for his bros, or get us to look up from our phones. According to New York Post writer Doree Lewak, a catcall is a compliment: a due appraisal of her physical worth, and a rare opportunity to hear a man’s…
  • Guest Post: Twitter’s Contraception Problem

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Editor’s Note: Jenny Splitter, who also blogs on Skepchick’s parenting blog Grounded Parents, wrote this piece to raise awareness on why you never see contraceptives advertised on Twitter.  If you’re active in the Twitterverse, you may have noticed those sponsored tweets that show up in your feed about Fage yogurt or Puma sneakers. What you won’t see is adult or sexual content, which Twitter defines as porn, prostitution, nudity, lingerie, (some) dating sites, erotic massage, sex toys, mail order brides or contraceptives. Contraceptives? Why does Twitter insist on including a…
  • Quickies: Media obsession with female scientists’ appearance, Fark, and lupus research

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    Why is the media so obsessed with female scientists’ appearance? – Wouldn’t want anyone to be too scared/intimidated by a woman, so you best be sure to emphasize her feminine hair and killer heels. Fark adds misogyny to moderator guidelines – Included in the announcement: “Adam Savage once described to me the problem this way: if the Internet was a dude, we’d all agree that dude has a serious problem with women.” Australian scientists identify genetic cause of lupus in 10 year old girl – “Scientists from the Australian National University…
  • A Day in Ferguson, MO

    Nicole Gugliucci
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’m writing this post on Sunday night as chaos has just erupted once again in Ferguson, Missouri. And I’m sick to my stomach because I spent most of Saturday afternoon and evening in the town, joining the protestors, and my heart goes out to the community who are trying to keep it together while the world watches their town turn into a war zone every night. You’ve probably been following the story, so I won’t go into the details. Mike Brown, and unarmed 18-year-old young black man, was killed by a police officer on Saturday, August 9 in the town of Ferguson, MO, a…
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  • Book Review: Encyclopedia of Goddesses & Heroines by Patricia Monaghan

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

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

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

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

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

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

    15 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    Because few things are as “funny” as a man dressing like a woman… Looks like a “hula skirt” made of crepe paper or toilet paper and I am not sure […] No related posts.
  • How Much Adultery Is Too Much Adultery In China?

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    Well, that all depends on who you are. China Daily reports that “adultery” is now banned for communist party members. That might seem a bit shocking, in one direction or […] No related posts.
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – Word Crimes

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Music video by "Weird Al" Yankovic performing Word Crimes. (C) 2014 ...Source: www.youtube.comFinally, I can get my groove down to the sexy music behind Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' without gagging! A track on Weird Al's Mandatory Fun LP. No related posts.
  • Sex Toy Bans in the Twenty-first Century: What Would Cleopatra Think?

    7 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Sometimes, when looking at the current state of affairs, I find myself asking, “What decade is this again?” If you sometimes feel like our society is moon-walking backwards in time, […] No related posts.
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  • Round-Up: Aug. 19, 2014

    Jarrah Hodge
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:22 am
    A lot of us can’t stop thinking about the ongoing injustice in Ferguson. The Root has a great round-up of articles and tweets that get to the heart of the issues at play. And at Ms., Jennifer Williams talks about why racist police brutality is a feminist issue. Media Matters has put together a quick video showing how right wing media criticize Michelle Obama by focusing on her appearance (Towleroad). A new study looks at tenure rates between men and women in a range of disciplines and finds “highly significant” gaps even when controlling for differences in research…
  • The Most Powerful Lines in The Giver are Four Words Long

    Jarrah Hodge
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    Like a lot of kids in my generation, Lois Lowry’s dystopian novel The Giver meant a lot to me growing up. I was about 10 or 11 when I first read the story about Jonas, a young boy who is named to receive humanity’s collective memories from The Giver, in a dystopian future where everyone else has suppressed emotion and embraced as near to total “sameness” as possible. When Jonas begins receiving memories he realizes that suppressing emotions has given his world freedom from pain, war, and loss, but it has also meant no true happiness, no diversity, no love. I…
  • Train to “Smile, Bitch” to Humor Street Harassers!

    Jarrah Hodge
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:04 am
    Stand-up comedian Janelle James’ new video advertises training to help ladies to learn to smile non-stop so guys on the street never have to have their day ruined! For more on the creation of the video, check out this interview with James at Think Progress. Warning, NSFW language. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7IkNAzyR9k Transcript (h/t Feministe): Standard shot over the heads of a fast-moving crowd on a New York sidewalk. FEMALE VO. The demands of life in New York City making it difficult to smile all day, every day, like a lady should? We follow a woman with a backpack as she walks down…
  • We Are Robin Williams: Becoming Helpful in Helpless Times

    Jarrah Hodge
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    The tragic death of actor and comedian Robin Williams has many of us talking about things that legitimately need attention and discussion. To me, what seems most glaringly obvious in these retrospective conversations and reflections is that we are merely on the foothill of developments in our thinking about suffering and identity, and that none of us, not one of us, knows much of anything at all. The helplessness that we feel, collectively, is not bad; I believe it can be used to unite and strengthen us so that we can, in time, prevent more suicides from happening by creating a more accepting…
  • Queer Punk Pioneer Carole Pope Crowdfunding Rough Trade Biopic

    Jarrah Hodge
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:51 pm
    by Rae Schuller The first time Carole Pope sees someone else step into her shoes — outside of a drag show — she hopes for a talented, edgy up-and-comer, someone able to pull off her huge stage persona and crucially, not be afraid to make out with chicks. This as of yet unknown actor will be called upon to revisit the late 1970s and early ‘80s, a period of explosion in Toronto’s art and music scene in which Carole played a vital component. Loosely based on Carole’s autobiography, Anti-Diva, published by Random House in 2000, the upcoming biopic will be titled Rough Trade after the…
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  • Tienes un mensaje nuevo en tu bandeja de entrada

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

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

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

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

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