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Here we go again. Another republican has put his foot in his mouth about what qualifies as rape. Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia, while trying to explain his colleagues’ beliefs about rape, came out sounding just as ignorant and incoherent as the others. At a recent chamber of commerce breakfast, Gingrey, not just a congressman but the co-chair of the GOP Doctors Caucus, tried explaining fellow republican Todd Akin’s remarks about legitimate versus illegitimate rape.  What he meant by legitimate rape was just look, someone can say...
In honor of Girls’ second season debut and simultaneous Golden Globes sweep, we’d like to present you with the official video for Santigold’s "Girls". The track is featured on the show's soundtrack, and its video appropriately stars a diverse cast of girls and women. Check out the video, which was directed by Weird Days, and take note that the full soundtrack is now available from Fueled by Ramen!      Photo via The Hollywood Reporter Video via Youtube   ...
This weekend, the Web played host to a volley of transphobic hate speech and the subsequent backlash that erupted over social media. And though we as a society are unfortunately inundated with hateful internet rants, this particular spat was particularly shocking due to its source—a handful of British feminist journalists.  Suzanne Moore The trouble began with Suzanne Moore’s essay for New Statesman, “Seeing Red: the Power of Female Anger”. Though the piece is mainly concerned with how misogyny blossoms during economic recessions, it was her quip of...
The linguistic phenomenon of “creaky voice” has been well documented and, one would have thought, sufficiently argued about. If you’ve spent any time on a college campus in the past decade, or have even found yourself in the presence of young women in that time, you’re probably very familiar with what is called “vocal fry”. It’s that speech pattern, most evident in young women, that involves letting the ends of phrases ride low in the vocal register. “Creaky voice” is quickly becoming ubiquitous in upwardly...
If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all. Or in this case, keep your pencils down. In New Bern, North Carolina, when exiting a restaurant, a lesbian couple was handed a letter by the restaurant owner condemning homosexuality. After finishing and paying for their meal, Ariel and Shawnee McPhail were handed a letter from The Stingray Cafe’s owner, Ed McGovern. In the letter McGovern pretty much states that homosexuality is against God’s will and that they should “take a look at their...