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Remember last summer when there was a babe filibustering on the senate floor? Well that same babe is running for governor of Texas. Wendy Davis is known both for her pink sneakers and her support for reproductive rights in her home state. Wendy became a single mother at 19 and has publicly discussed having two abortions, leading her to be very supportive of reproductive rights. Now she has joined the gubernatorial race in the Lone Star State. A group of people targeting her looks, rather than her...
  Jenny Nordberg, who wrote “Undercover Sister” for our Oct/Nov issue this year, was interviewed last Monday on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In the interview she discussed a practice in Afghanistan, where some families disguise a daughter as a son and raise her as a boy until she hits puberty. The interview goes into the reasoning behind the practice, and its long-term effect psychologically on the girls who experience such shifts.  Afghanistan being a deeply patriarchal society, the birth of a girl is often far...
Jennifer Whalen, a 39-year old mother of three, was just sent to jail in Washingtonville, Pennsylvania because she is charged with the crime of ordering medical abortion pills online for her daughter to terminate her pregnancy. The daughter took the pills on her own accord, during her first trimester, and the pills worked. This is not a pro-life or pro-choice issue, because if it were, the daughter might be the one jailed (fortunately, an abortion in the first trimester is legal in Pennsylvania). Unfortunately, it was the...
I have been brainstorming for years the best way to react to catcallers, and I think Caroline Tompkins has found it. Her creative and powerful photo project titled “Hey Baby” turns the lens on her verbal assaulters. The 22-year-old art student claimed walking around her own neighborhood was unbearable and she would constantly be harassed. In taking photos of the jerks that think they are in the right, she is able to turn around and confront the situation, and say, "if you take comfort away...
Zola Jesus has released another icy, magnetic track in anticipation of the October 7th release of her album TAIGA. Mhmm, this one has been on repeat for me today. Zola Jesus describes "Go (Blank Sea)" as a reaction to the simultaneous isolation and saturation of city life: “All of the singularity rubs together to create a universal hum that can cancel us all out. It’s in the densest populations that I sometimes feel the most alone, and in barren uninhabited lands that I feel the most...
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