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  • Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage

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    Feminist Newswire
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    The founder of Ave Maria University, Tom Monaghan - who also founded Domino's Pizza - governs the town of Ave Maria. The town only has one OB/GYN and prohibits the distribution of contraception completely. Related posts: Floridians Rally To Support Not My Boss’s Business Act White House Releases New Rules Governing Birth Control Mandate Under the Affordable Care Act, More Women Then Ever Have Free Access to Contraception
  • Seven Reasons to Go Vote on November 4.

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    Alison McQuade
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    A very skillfully carved pumpkin featured in a recent get out the vote video by I Vote Nation.   Election Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to vote. Need some motivation? Here are seven reasons you should make sure you vote on November 4. read more
  • When It Comes to Internet, Americans Pay More and Get Less

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    sarah lazare
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
  • Female Turnout in Iowa Looks Risky for Joni Ernst

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    Sharon Johnson
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:46 am
    Her emphasis on tax reduction, repeal of the Affordable Care Act and opposition to gun control may fall short Nov. 4 if women who support Democrat Bruce Braley's kitchen-table economic policies turn out in force.
  • Fabulously Crafty Day of the Dead Necklace

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    Jennifer Perkins
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    I have seriously crafty friends. My pals Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza just came out with a new product line called Jewel Pop Shop. Cathie is one of our very own BlogHer bloggers (check out the interview I did with her). My other friend, and past BlogHer DIY Editor, Kathy Cano-Murillo also just recently launched a new product line through her brand The Crafty Chica. I was so excited to get my hands on products from both talented groups that I just had to make something extra fabulous. Kathy specializes in Day of the Dead imagery, so a Dia de Los Muertos-themed Jewel Pop Shop necklace…
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  • Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage

    Feminist Newswire
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    The founder of Ave Maria University, Tom Monaghan - who also founded Domino's Pizza - governs the town of Ave Maria. The town only has one OB/GYN and prohibits the distribution of contraception completely. Related posts: Floridians Rally To Support Not My Boss’s Business Act White House Releases New Rules Governing Birth Control Mandate Under the Affordable Care Act, More Women Then Ever Have Free Access to Contraception
  • Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1

    Feminist Newswire
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot. Related posts: Student Activists Across the Country Are Fighting Extreme Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures All of Tennessee’s Major Newspapers Have Urged Voters to Reject Anti-Abortion Amendment 1 Tennessee OB/GYNs Urge Voters to Reject Amendment 1
  • North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1

    Feminist Newswire
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences warned voters that Measure 1 is dangerous for women and could fuel a physician shortage in the state. Related posts: Student Activists Across the Country Are Fighting Extreme Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures Georgetown University Administrators Apologize for Shutting Down H*yas for Choice Protest Hulu Silences Rape Survivor Speaking Out Against Anti-Abortion Amendment 67 in Colorado
  • UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case

    Feminist Newswire
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    The United Parcel Service is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case. Related posts: Close to Two-Thirds of Cameroonian Women Have Unmet Need for Contraception More Investment in Women’s Health Needed as Africa’s Population Rises In Liberia, The Ebola Outbreak is Also a Maternal Health Issue
  • Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling

    Feminist Newswire
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1. Related posts: Federal Court Rules Alabama TRAP Law Unconstitutional Virginia Health Commissioner Recommends Amending State TRAP Law Study Finds Abortion Restrictions Adversely Impact Women’s Health Outcomes
 
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  • Seven Reasons to Go Vote on November 4.

    Alison McQuade
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    A very skillfully carved pumpkin featured in a recent get out the vote video by I Vote Nation.   Election Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to vote. Need some motivation? Here are seven reasons you should make sure you vote on November 4. read more
  • BitchTapes: Middle Eastern Queer Music

    Sarah Mirk
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    This week's mixtape comes to us from Tel Aviv radio broadcaster Nitzan Pincu, who hosts a radio show dedicated to feminist and queer artists. Nitzan put together this mix of queer artists from around the Middle East. read more
  • On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

    Ariana Vives
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Here’s what’s on our radar today: • Just how bad is California’s drought? These maps tell the story. [Mother Jones] read more
  • Five Black Sci-Fi Writers You Should Know

    Victoria Law
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
     October is Black Speculative-Fiction Month. The month is drawing to an end, so it's time to stock up your bedside table with titles by Black women authors that you can spend the next 11 months reading. Here's my short list of great authors to introduce you to Black speculative-fiction.  read more
  • Ms. Opinionated: I Got a Backhanded "Body Positive" Compliment

    Andi Zeisler
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
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  • Female Turnout in Iowa Looks Risky for Joni Ernst

    Sharon Johnson
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:46 am
    Her emphasis on tax reduction, repeal of the Affordable Care Act and opposition to gun control may fall short Nov. 4 if women who support Democrat Bruce Braley's kitchen-table economic policies turn out in force.
  • Foster Care Grad: Nobody Is Supposed to Touch You

    Chandani Smith and Nicole Deniflee
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    Gender-sensitive programs and therapies offer promise to female teens trying to cope with the hardships of being in foster care. Shavonn Wheeler knows from her own life all that can be lacking and generously reflects on that here.
  • 'Yes Means Yes' Is All Wrong for Harvard

    Wendy Murphy
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:18 am
    Harvard Law students who say "affirmative consent" will make campuses safer from sex assault are off track. They should be doing everything they can to assert Title IX, the best law there is for victims of violence "on the basis of sex."
  • Syrian Women in Lebanon Share Searing Memories

    Masha Hamilton
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Recently, in northern Lebanon, our organization, Concern Worldwide, took in the stories of Syrian women living as war refugees. "For so long I've wanted someone to come," said one. "I've been waiting to tell my story."
  • French Muslims Confront Menace Beneath Ban of Veil

    Hajer Naili
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    For generations France made little effort to include newcomers from its former colonies in North Africa, say critics. Now, two recent bans against religious veiling put French Muslim girls and women at the center of the country's simmering immigration debate.
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  • Fabulously Crafty Day of the Dead Necklace

    Jennifer Perkins
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    I have seriously crafty friends. My pals Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza just came out with a new product line called Jewel Pop Shop. Cathie is one of our very own BlogHer bloggers (check out the interview I did with her). My other friend, and past BlogHer DIY Editor, Kathy Cano-Murillo also just recently launched a new product line through her brand The Crafty Chica. I was so excited to get my hands on products from both talented groups that I just had to make something extra fabulous. Kathy specializes in Day of the Dead imagery, so a Dia de Los Muertos-themed Jewel Pop Shop necklace…
  • What I Wish Renee Zellweger Would Have Said

    mom.me
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    One of the weekly rituals I look forward to most is reading the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times. No need to sugar coat it, it’s the upscale gossip column of the paper. Why then was I feeling so irritated this week as I finished the last story about another sweet newly married couple? Then I remembered, the article teased on page one with the headline, “Renee Zellweger Defends her New Look.” Caption: Sept. 3, 2014 - New York, New York, U.S. - The 2014 Couture Council Awards Luncheon.to benefit the museum at FIT.David H. Koch Theater.Lincoln Center, NYC.September 3,…
  • The Death of a Dream: I Spent the Weekend With An Old Boyfriend

    PurpleClover
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    “Where are you?” he asked. “Room 343 … hurry before the Valium wears off.” Image: quinn.anya So began the weekend I'd anticipated for decades, or more recently, the seven months it took to lose a lot of weight and learn to talk in an inside voice again. The weekend I'd see Tony, my boyfriend from 40 years ago who I'd never forgotten and in whose memory I'd woven a strangled web of nostalgia, sexual fantasy and just the eensiest smidgen of middle-aged desperation. And in which he was entangled, at best from affection and desire, at worst from the fear he'd wake up one morning to find…
  • Aren't You Too Old to Say "My Bad?"

    creativebynight1
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Why does the X & Y generation get to have all the new, fun slanguage? They get to say "totes" and "probs" and "adorbs." But how original is that? Because of their lazy tongues, they shorten or abbreviate a word and then it hits it big time and catches on with the masses.I can do better than that. Here, I present some new Words For US and OUR time. We know who we are! Please help spread the word!  Little Miss Menopause’s Shabang Slang for The Older Gang!Bodyostasis – n. Those rare, fleeting moments when nothing hurts or feels out of whack.Mattressable – adj. A term used for…
  • 10 Kinds of People Nobody Likes

    BrownGirlLongHair
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    As a general rule, I don't like to write about negative things.But sometimes rules were made to be broken. Everyone knows at least one of these people, yet no one likes any of them.The one who plays the martyr."Oh, don't mind me, I'm only dying over here ... but I'll be okay," says this person ... about their paper cut.The one who feels that they've cornered the market on pain and suffering.Credit: 古 天熱 via Flickr Creative CommonsLike a martyr... but meaner. You're sick as a dog and would love nothing more than to dive under the covers and remain there, but Thing One's diapers aren't…
 
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  • Superego versus ego dominated societies

    Jennifer Armstrong
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Superego versus ego dominated societies from Jennifer Frances Armstrong on Vimeo.APES IN CAPES! A Message From FeministBlogs.org: November and December Fundraiser You are viewing this feed through the Feminist Blogs aggregator, a hub for blogs by self-identified feminists, women’s liberationists, womanists, and pro-feminist men. Feminist Blogs relies on your support to stay running. We're doing a fundraising drive for the months of November and December. Donations cover the costs of running feministblogs.org and provide direct financial support to active Feminist Blogs contributors. See…
  • Restoring the Virtue of Women

    Jennifer Armstrong
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:37 pm
    This guy has all sorts of good points, such as that video games are absolute!APES IN CAPES! A Message From FeministBlogs.org: November and December Fundraiser You are viewing this feed through the Feminist Blogs aggregator, a hub for blogs by self-identified feminists, women’s liberationists, womanists, and pro-feminist men. Feminist Blogs relies on your support to stay running. We're doing a fundraising drive for the months of November and December. Donations cover the costs of running feministblogs.org and provide direct financial support to active Feminist Blogs contributors. See…
  • How to Feel Like a Total Loser on Halloween

    Clarissa
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:47 pm
    “So, Professor, have you prepared treats for trick – or – treaters?” students asked me today. I said yes and explained about the multicultural candy. N and I made a point of getting home early,  turned on the porch light, prepared the candy, and sat down to wait. Five hours later and not a single trick – or – treater in sight, we realized that something had gone terribly wrong. The street was empty and deserted and nobody’s lights were on. So we went online to investigate. And that was when we discovered that our town had decided – for no…
  • Happy Halloween

    echidne
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:03 pm
    If you celebrate it.  The festival used to be for older children and pre-teens in the US.  That might be the only group which isn't that keen on Halloween these days.  Or so I judge on the basis of my social media surfing, where dogs, cats, adults and tiny babies wear Halloween costumes.Speaking of social media, Twitter and the like, it might be worth confessing on this BOO! day that using logic, looking at the evidence and treating everyone with preliminary respect (as a possible human being, goddess. god, elf or whatever) is not the way to win hearts and minds in politics, be…
  • A shamanic initiation without the ego dissolution

    Jennifer Armstrong
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:01 pm
    APES IN CAPES! A Message From FeministBlogs.org: November and December Fundraiser You are viewing this feed through the Feminist Blogs aggregator, a hub for blogs by self-identified feminists, women’s liberationists, womanists, and pro-feminist men. Feminist Blogs relies on your support to stay running. We're doing a fundraising drive for the months of November and December. Donations cover the costs of running feministblogs.org and provide direct financial support to active Feminist Blogs contributors. See Feminist Blogs: Donate for details.
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  • Selfless Signal-Boosting (November)

    tigtog
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Recommend someone else‘s writings/events/fundraisers etc: this signal-boosting thread is a complement to our long-standing Shameless Self-Promotion Sundays. Use this thread for ICYMI links and anything else you think other readers might find interesting. Especially welcome are links to those who are blogging on issues Feministe has not recently addressed (the links can be to older posts, just something you’ve found recently relevant).  Please save the self-promotion links for Sundays – use this thread to let Feministe readers know about the other blogs you love to read, and…
  • Open Thread with Halloween Chihuahua

    tigtog
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Boo!  Spooky three-headed chihuahua features for this week’s Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over this weekend and throughout the week. Three-Headed Chihuahua! by Pets Adviser, on Flickr 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 – Rape Culture in Gaming?

    Guest Blogger
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    This is the 6th 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. Is rape culture a thing? Beyond the factually challenged fringe, most normal people would agree it’s impossible for sexual violence to flourish unless society’s culture condones and promotes it – not just through laws that force women to pay for their own rape…
  • Young women: Less voting, more Tinder. It’s for the best.

    Caperton
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    Fox News’s “The Five” wants young women to know that you’re really too stupid right now to participate in public life. Not too stupid in general — someday, you’ll be old enough and conservative enough to vote or serve on juries. Just not right now. The Five discuss the age and gender gap as it could influence the midterm elections and then veers off to let young women know that right now, while you’re healthy and hot, you should just focus on Tinder and Match.com and let the grownups make the decisions. The fun stuff starts at 2:25. GREG GUTFELD. Well, to…
  • Spillover #22

    Moderator Team
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The commenting period on the 21st #spillover thread is expiring, so it’s time for a new one. Some reminders: #spillover is part of our comment moderation system for keeping other threads on-topic. It is intended as a constructive space for tangential discussions which are veering off-topic on other threads. This is part of our blog netiquette, which has the general goal of making it as simple as possible for commentors to find discussions focussed on topics of particular interest without entirely stifling worthwhile tangents of sorta-related or general interest. #spillover is also a…
 
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  • The Sexiest, Cutest, and Craziest Celebrity Costumes of Halloween 2014

    Clover Hope
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Today, as we set aside bowls of Skittles and candy corn "for the kids," some of the most inventive, gross and charming costumes have been circulating on social media. For example, Taylor Swift wore wings,Lucy Hale is the Twitter bird, and Katy Perry reminds me that I'm running low on Flamin' Hot CheetosRead more...
  • Bend It Like Beckham Will Soon Become a Musical

    Kelly Faircloth
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Let no media property escape being wrung dry for every single dollar! There's a Bend It Like Beckham musical opening in London next May. Read more...
  • The Rihanna Rihport: Gorgeous Gown Gala Edition!!

    Julianne Escobedo Shepherd
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Rihanna quit Instagram in May. The Rihanna Rihport is where we try to cope.Read more...
  • Macy Gray Is Unimpressed With the Guggenheim

    Kara Brown
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    In today's Tweet Beat, Macy Gray says what so many of us are thinking at modern art museums, Hayden Panettiere is a pregnant leopard—I think—and Amanda Bynes :(((.Read more...
  • Rita Ora Is Still Trying

    Kara Brown
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:15 pm
    When Jay Z signed Rita Ora to his Roc Nation record label in 2009, everyone was expecting her to be the next Rihanna. That, clearly, has not quite panned out, but you do have to admire Rita Ora's commitment to the cause. The British singer is still pushing her music career despite the many signs saying: "Yeah, maybe not." Read more...
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    Muslimah Media Watch

  • Friday Links | October 31, 2014

    anneke
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Despite international condemnation and protest, last weekend Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged in Iran for killing her rapist. Later this week an opposition groups shared her powerful last message. French (visible) Muslim women are facing increasingly violent harassment, often connected to the country’s attitude towards religious garb, and Muslim head coverings in particular. Palestinian women have [Read More...]
  • No Culture for Niqabis

    nicole
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The French “niqab” ban (burqa ban, whatever ban…call it what you will) of October 2010 has not faded away from the public consciousness in France at all. What I had originally hoped was just right-wing propaganda has turned out to be, since its entry into force in April 2011, part and parcel of a unique [Read More...]
  • 5 Reasons Why Media Coverage of ‘Latina’ Converts Does Not Represent Me

    eren
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This is not the first time I have discussed media coverage of ‘Latin’ Converts to Islam. In fact, I have written about how they are depicted in terms of their relationships, the ways in which Indigenous converts from Latin America puzzle the media, and how ‘Latina’ women are said to be the new face of Islam. [Read More...]
  • Friday Links | October 24, 2014

    anneke
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Iran has arrested four men in connection to the acid attacks on women in the Iranian city of Esfahan. Large numbers of Iranians have demonstrated against the attacks, allegedly aimed at women that were not properly veiled, in the cities of Esfahan and Tehran. Last week, Nigeria’s government announced a truce with Boko Haram, which was broken by [Read More...]
  • 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...]
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  • 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…
  • 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.
 
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  • The Virtual Pub Is Open

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    [Explanations: lol your fat. pathetic anger bread. hey your gay.]TFIF, Shakers!Belly up to the bar,and name your poison!
  • Today in Amazing Things

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Earlier in the week, I read this article about how the first time Tommy Lee Jones met Jim Carrey, the former didn't like the latter on sight and when Carrey asked Jones why, he replied, "I cannot sanction your buffoonery." Which is basically the most amazing thing that any human being has ever said to another human being.I mean, if someone just walked up to me and told me "I cannot sanction your buffoonery," I wouldn't even be offended. I would be awed.Obviously, this is totally going to be my new standard response to trolls. Something something antifeminist trope. I CANNOT SANCTION YOUR…
  • Quote of the Day

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    "I wish the whole world could see how beautiful it is for these two people who are committed to each other to be recognized legally. ...Whatever anyone else choses to accept or believe, I know in my heart we have as much love as any other family, and that now no one can take that away from us."—Emma Meents, on her dads' marriage.When people opposed to same-sex marriage say "What about the children?" I think about children like Emma Meents. Yes, what about the children indeed?[H/T to my friend A.]
  • The Friday Blogaround

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    This blogaround brought to you by green apples.Recommended Reading:Andrea: [Content Note: Misogynist terrorism] How to Talk to Your Guy Friends About Not Threatening to Rape and Murder Women on the InternetRagen: [CN: Fat hatred] Solving the Obesity Epidemic in One Simple StepBYP: [CN: Racism] Man Released After Serving 15 Years Behind Bars for Crime He Didn't CommitBrendan: [CN: Violence; anti-immigrationism] Feds Found Ammonium Nitrate, AK-47 In Militia Leader's Hotel RoomIfe: [CN: Class warfare] State Welfare Benefits Continue ShrinkingDaxle: [CN: Discussion of eating; oppression; food…
  • Why I Vote

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    [Content Note: Voter suppression.]This is why I always vote, no matter how disillusioned and alienated and disgusted I may feel. Because, in Indiana, there are people who desperately want to vote, and can't, because of our horrendous, contemptible voting ID law.Even when I can hardly be arsed to vote for my own self, I vote for them.(Please note that I am speaking about my choice, and I am not implicitly suggesting that it must be yours. Your vote is your own. If you are fortunate enough to have one.)
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    The F-Word: Latest features, reviews and blog posts

  • October 2014 playlist

    J Whitehead
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    October 2014 playlist, for your listening pleasure
  • New review: Unearthed

    Ania Ostrowska
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    As our contributor Marta Owczarek says, by now probably "we've all heard about fracking" and most of us have heard arguments for and against the procedure (coming from the oil industry representatives and anti-fracking activists respectively). On film, Gus...
  • Unearthing the horrific

    Marta Owczarek
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    Marta Owczarek hails Jolynn Minnaar's documentary on the impact of shale gas fracking on local communities despite the film's stylistic shortcomings
  • All About That Bass? All about that body shaming

    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
  • To freeze or not to freeze

    Guest Blogger
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Guest blogger Izzy Woods is concerned about businesses offering to freeze employees' eggs
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  • FIND ME – Finding Missing Persons Fundraiser in NYC

    Joni Evans
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Recently, Mary Wells Lawrence and I joined the organization FIND ME. We learned about it from Peggy Rometo, once wowOwow’s astrologist/intuitive. Its mission is to find missing persons…in order to bring peace to their families and friends. The organization is different from any others I’ve known of. It utilizes forensic technology AND vetted psychics to create a unique force of diligent and dedicated professionals working alongside of the police. Their success rate has been astounding. I know there are many news stories (NPR, NBC News, etc.) in the works…but just…
  • 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…
 
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  • Why Atheism Needs Philosophy

    Olivia
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    Atheism and science are bros. Everybody knows they belong together, just like Troy and Abed. For most of the reign of New Atheism, science has been right hand man, directing New Atheism’s trajectory and enjoying the privilege of being considered totally awesome by most atheists. I have yet to meet an atheist who doesn’t whole heartedly support scientific exploration and scientific understandings of the world. But sometimes bros need to be willing to let a new friend join the party. Or, if we’re using metaphors aptly, sometimes bros need to be willing to let their old bro…
  • Quickies: The Pope on magic wands, statistical tests of harassment, and conflict in the secular movement

    Amanda
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Pope Francis takes a stand for evolution, against magic wands – From CriticalDragon1177. A natural A/B test of harassment – “Running these numbers through a statistical significance test confirms what should be obvious to anyone following Gamergate: with a 99.9% confidence level it is harder to be a woman than a man in the game industry, independent of what you say or do.” From Courtney. GamerGate anger at women all too real for game maker – “Death and rape threats I can deal with emotionally,” said Wu, the founder of Giant Spacekat, a company that makes…
  • Bad Chart Thursday: Guv’ment Spending Edition

    Melanie Mallon
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    So you want to make a deliberately misleading chart by doctoring a genuine one and you don’t really care how fake it looks because OBAMA? Maybe you have a poor-resolution monitor from 1993 and think a screen shot means taking a picture of the screen with your flip phone or the disposable camera you stole from your nephew’s wedding reception. Well, look no further than Twitter for inspiration: Here’s the original chart from the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO reports that the public debt is just under $13 trillion, projected to be just over that in 2015. So the doctored chart…
  • Quickies: Street harassment, the colors of blood, and science for her

    Amanda
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    10 hours of walking in NYC as a woman – In case you haven’t seen it yet, here it is. Also, there’s some problems with it. Also, the actor’s been receiving rape threats. The chemistry of the different colors of blood – An appropriately Halloweeny science topic. We regret that your request of “gotta hear both sides” has been denied – From Amy. Megan Amram’s “Science…For Her!” book – I desperately want this for my coffee table. From Sarah.
  • Quickies: Athlete Class Scandal at UNC, Amy Poehler’s Memoir is Awesome, and Ken Ham Has a Religion Problem

    Mary
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The UNC fake class investigation and the ‘myth’ of the student-athlete – The numbers alone are surprising. At the University of North Carolina, more than 3,100 students, many of whom were athletes, took phantom classes in a ‘shadow curriculum,’ netting high marks despite the fact that the classes never met and there wasn’t any work beyond a final paper no one read. The scheme ran for years, between 1993 and 2011, and the athletes ‘didn’t have to take notes, have to stay awake … they didn’t have to meet with professors … they didn’t have to pay…
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  • I have a treat for you!

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
     Happy Halloween! As you can see it is time to start planning for the Chicago Toy & Game Fair. To kick things off here is a coupon for $2 off admission. The Fair runs from 10am - 6pm on Saturday, November 22nd and Sunday 10am - 5pm on November 23rd.AND....a free family pass! And yes, big families, NO LIMIT.GIVEAWAY RULES:1) Comment on this blog and tell me your favorite game as a kid.2) Additional entries (still must do #1) for tweeting, Facebooking, etc about this giveway. You can either tag me* or link to your social media mention in the comments.3) That's it! Pretty simple,…
  • Illinois Feminista Voter Guide

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    It's that time again folks! And I have again put together some helpful tools to help you prepare for your visit to your polling place.1) Where to vote? Check out "Where's My Fucking Polling Place?" Not only will it tell you where to fucking vote, but also who you can fucking vote for:2) Who to vote for? Since we're feministas here, I don't think I need to say who to vote for in the Governor's race, but I will point out great places to look for endorsements for the other races.Judges: I put this first because most people do not take the time to get through the whole ballot to vote on judges. I…
  • Day 300 of #365FeministSelfie!

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:53 pm
    wow...Every time we hit a milestone I think the same thing. I cannot believe we made it this far.Three hundred days of selfies by people who call themselves feminists.What I have noticed over the course of these hundreds of days is the extraordinary way we are living our ordinary days. Many of us have kids and the selfies with kids show frustration, fear, love, and joy. Some of us are students, mostly in graduate school, struggling with imposter syndrome. Some of us are working on leading a healthier lifestyle. Some of us are just trying to get by. We express our feminism in different ways.
  • 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…
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  • 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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  • Sifting Through Municipal Campaign Promises: Use an Intersectional Lens

    Jarrah Hodge
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    As we approach the municipal election on November 15th, potential voters may feel unsure about which party or candidate represents the best interests of their community. One way to begin sifting through the different approaches to hot button issues is through an intersectional lens. Addressing the specific needs and concerns of our city’s most marginalized is a crucial part in making Vancouver a city of opportunity for everyone. Intersectionality: A mouthful, but it matters Intersectionality foregrounds the diversity of individuals and their needs based on their belonging to multiple social…
  • On Jian Ghomeshi and Presumptions of Innocence and Guilt

    Jarrah Hodge
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    Those who question why the women speaking out about Jian Ghomeshi haven’t gone to the police or made their names public don’t understand one basic fact. Women who report sexual assault are treated as guilty until proven innocent. Some young women, like Rehtaeh Parsons, are judged guilty from the moment they speak to the police. Her case was dropped and wasn’t picked up until she committed suicide. It was only public outrage after her death that led to the investigation being reopened, despite the fact that pictures of her assault were widely shared. Some, like me, make it…
  • Participate in the 2014 Women’s Forum des femmes

    Jarrah Hodge
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Niki Ashton speaking at the 2013 Women’s Forum des femmes in Ottawa. Photo: Jarrah Hodge Friends, This Thursday, I will host the third annual Women’s Forum des femmes in Ottawa. The past two years have set the foundation, leading us collectively to begin “Building the Feminist Agenda.” This year’s Forum theme is about fighting for a feminist vision of our lives, our communities, our country and our world. We’ll start the day with our panel on Building the Feminist Agenda. We are honoured to host feminist leaders who will explore diverse experiences of gender inequality…
  • Round-Up: Oct. 27, 2014

    Jarrah Hodge
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    Here are a couple of good articles that raise important questions about Jian Ghomeshi’s situation in relation to BDSM culture,  victim-blaming, and the situation women face when considering whether to report their attacks (Links to Sex Geek, The Huffington Post, and The Overcast). A feature article in the Queen’s University Journal explores the continuing barriers to abortion access in Canada, with a particular focus on Kingston, Ontario. So much has been written about GamerGate, the movement that has spawned vicious misogynist harassment and threats against Anita…
  • Response to the Response to Renee Zellweger’s Face

    Jarrah Hodge
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Renee Zellweger in 2008 Last week Elle Magazine hosted an awards ceremony to celebrate successful women in Hollywood. At the ceremony, honourees alluded to sexism in the film industry. Garner apparently walked up to the stage eating pizza and joked that she’s glad she’s playing mostly “mom” roles now because she’s actually allowed to snack, and said she looks forward to the day when the idea of  “Women in Hollywood” is “put out of business”: “Because the fact that there even needs to be a Women in Hollywood event is a little bit…
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  • Our comments: Maine can’t reach deal with nurse Kaci Hickox

    TLM
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    (This page -Ephemera- is where quick posts with no editing or really much effort will be displayed) Ebola update: Maine can’t reach deal with nurse Kaci Hickox Imagine if every person got to make a federal case about shit whenever bureaucracy inconvenienced them? Imagine if the news media paid attention anytime bureaucratic cock-ups happened? NO […]
  • Reducing half the population to paint on your fingernails; it is so profound because…

    TLM
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:16 am
    (This page -Ephemera- is where quick posts with no editing or really much effort will be displayed) … the paint on your fingernails isn’t making anyone think you’re a woman if you are male. It’s just you enjoying it. And the things they do to show they’re a "woman" and enjoy indulging in being a […]
  • Our comments on 10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman

    TLM
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    The interesting thing about this video is it shows the less overt harassment experience. This “nice” version of street harassment is a guarantee when you are on the street in “progressive” Manhattan and the outer boroughs. Where no matter what you do, at some point someone is going to follow you and then express anger […]
  • USA Today’s Susan Page: Obama administration most ‘dangerous’ to media in history – The Washington Post

    TLM
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:21 pm
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2014/10/27/usa-todays-susan-page-obama-administration-most-dangerous-to-media-in-history/?hpid=z2
  • The Potty Mouth Princess video is not for a feminist org or any non-profit

    TLM
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Potty Mouth Princess director defends controversial campaign. It’s to sell T-shirts. To make activism a BRAND. The FCKH8 T-shirt company is owned by a company called Synergy Media that consists of 8 dudes. Not a woman in sight. It is a lie. It’s appealing to the politically and mentally lazy. The bumper-sticker activist. Who then […]
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