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Jeanne Moreau, French actress, singer, screenwriter, and director, died yesterday, July 31, in Paris at 89. She leaves behind a legacy of revolutionary independence, rebellion, and sexuality. In the 1960s, Moreau became the face of the French New Wave movement, which was characterized by the rejection of traditional filmmaking and a breakaway from conservative religious and political views, and she perfectly pioneered the transition to a new type of actress the critic Ginette Vicindeau described as "beautiful, but in a kind of natural way; sexy, but intellectual at...
Today, July 31st, is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. Seven months have passed in 2017 so far, and the reason that today is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is significant. To make the same money as their white, male counterparts in 2016, black women had to work seven more months into 2017. The wage gap between genders is impossible to deny at this point, but the divide between women of color versus white men is even worse. According to the Economic Policy Institute, “In all...
Late last night, Republicans rushed the so-called “Skinny Repeal” to vote. The “Skinny Repeal,” as you likely know, would have repealed vital parts of the Affordable Care Act and leave 16 million more people uninsured, according to the Washington Post. Politico writes that the vote “collapsed in dramatic fashion early Friday morning,” thanks to three Republicans who voted against the bill: Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Sen. John McCain of Arizona. At 1:29am, the final vote was 49-51. McCain was the...
Amidst yet another clusterfuck of a day brought to us by a series of tweets from Trump, a retired Navy SEAL hero, who is also transgender, spoke out. “Let's meet face to face and you tell me I'm not worthy,” Kristin Beck told Business Insider yesterday. “Transgender doesn't matter. Do your service.” Kristin Beck served as a Navy SEAL for twenty years. She served with not just one special counterterrorism unit, Team 6, but also with Team 1 and 5. She deployed 13 times, in Iraq, Afghanistan, and...
Last week, in an effort to further challenge who is included in the discussion of menstruation, artist Cass Cllemmer inserted themself front and center. Cass Clemmer, who is transgender and non-binary and uses the pronouns they/them, is a menstrual health activist working to end period stigma. They are also the creator of Toni the Tampon, an adorable tampon character that shares info about menstrual health. Last week, Cass posted a photo of themself free-bleeding while holding a sign that reads, “Periods are not just for women. #BleedingWhileTrans.” The photo was...
  We’ve become used to Trump’s early-morning, hate-filled tweets, but the latest is particularly inhumane. In a series of tweets sent at 8:55am this morning (Wednesday, July 26), Trump announced that he will not “accept or allow” transgender people to join the military. His tweets read: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming...
“Look at that pig nose. I bet no one takes you home,” he spit at me, his ego clearly bruised by my rejection. I was crowded into the backseat of an Uber with two mid-twenties men. I could feel the anger welling up inside me, my eyes glistening with rage and a hint of shame that he had so easily brought back my childhood insecurity over my button nose. I’m a bartender. That means that I keep odd hours and am well acquainted with late night...
A bill is in the works in Alaska that would ban cops from engaging in sexual contact with the sex workers they are investigating. Penetration between a sex worker and the cop investigating them is currently illegal in all 50 states, but Alaska would be the first state to ban all sexual contact. The ongoing conflict is between the cops and the sex workers. The cops say that not being able to touch the sex workers will make them unable to hide their identity as...
At 18, outspoken actor and activist Amandla Stenberg has already been called “one of the new guards of feminism.” Here, the Hunger Games star opens up about her girlhood, her gender, and her goals as a woman on the verge of some very big things. Note: Amandla uses both she/her and they/them pronouns. When I call Amandla Stenberg on a Saturday morning I’m still in my pajamas, which turns out to be the perfect attire: she tells me that she’s lying in bed in her hotel room...
It’s hard to believe that it’s been six months since the Women’s March. On January 21, 2017, people from all seven continents participated in a worldwide demonstration against the Trump/Pence regime. (May I remind there was not a single arrest?) There has been so much to do in so little time, and so it seems that every time we log into Twitter there is a new Trump scandal. This constant threat to our democracy and freedoms has only added more fuel to the resistance, and...