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In case you were wondering what the hoo-hah is going on with this embracing of feminism via Sarah Palin, Slate’s “Double X” columnist Amanda Marcotte has put together an overview of the next wave of feminism: anti-feminism. Read up, ladies!   Photo: Jesus is Savior...
Sex segregation is all the rage these days, as a popular bank in Iran has opened it’s first women-only branch with an all-female staff and security guards. The state-owned bank, Melli, opened this branch for the purposes of safeguarding women’s virtue, according to the bank’s director. While news like this may seem startling, it's not exactly as new or foreign as the media reports it to be. This kind of sex segregation doesn't just happen in the Middle East.  The Western world has a tendency to highlight sex...
It was May 3rd 2006, a group of women walked together within the fresh scent of the flowers they were planning to sell at the Texcoco local market. They must have been relishing the small pieces of triumph and hope within themselves, because today was the day they had been told they could finally sell their flowers again. Thoughts of returning home with happy little extras for their families that night were swiftly extinguished upon their approach. Laying in wait for them was a force...
To celebrate the life, career, and general awesomeness of actress Rue McClanahan, the Hallmark Channel will be airing four back-to-back episodes of The Golden Girls each day this week from 9a.m-11a.m and then repeated from 11p.m-1a.m.  The selected episodes feature the finest moments of the ever-so sassy and promiscuous Southern Belle, Ms. Blanche Devereaux  throughout the show’s seven seasons.  Tonight the tribute kicks off with the episode “Transplant” in which Blanche learns that her sister, Virginia has only come to visit her because she wants something: her...

Sarah Palin's address last month at an anti-choice breakfast caused a huge ruckus for her liberal use of the word "feminist." (Interesting who didn't seem to notice.)  Folks everywhere questioned this claim, but I think Meghan Daum hit the nail on the head here  in pointing out that Ms. P. is well within her rights. Think what you will of her politics, you gotta hand it to the lady; she's galvanized support from an enormously disenfranchised lot–conservative women. And I have no doubt that...
    When it comes to hip, young fashion retailers, Urban Outfitters is like a rebellious teenager- lots of angst and ire but never quite hitting the mark. While other clothing companies might regale us with fantastically ugly, overpriced merchandise, UO really likes to "stir the pot" with slogan tees and kitschy apartment knick-knacks rife with sexual innuendo. Not too long ago, UO offered a shirt that listed "Obama/Black" as a color option, and these shirts were quickly pulled off the shelves. The most...
  Why Walk-a-thon when you can Punch-a-thon!  For the past 35 years, the Center for Anti-Violence Education has been holding annual Punch-a-Thons to raise awareness and funds for violence prevention and self-defense education for survivors of violence and at-risk youth.  It's kind of like your average charity event, except it's a bunch of kick-ass women and girls practicing self-defense moves and shouting words of encouragment.  CAE is a Brooklyn-based organization that offers free and low-cost empowerment and self-defense education to women, LGBT people, ...

This week’s Village Voice feature article is about a woman who was apparently too hot for her male colleagues to focus on their own jobs. Debrahlee Lorenzana, a former Citibank business banker, is suing Citigroup for being fired because her sexy curves were too much her bosses to handle. The majority of the article focuses on how sexy she is, mainly Lorenzana reinforcing the fact that it’s not her fault she’s attractive and there’s only so much she can do about it (WE GET IT! YOU’RE...

  New Jersey is a never ending stream of whadafug? Real Housewives, Jersey Shore, Jerseylicious, Jersey Couture (seriously??) and  The Sopranos. Even Charles in Charge was from New Jersey. Apparently the drones at the New Jersey Department of Mota-Veacles are so busy catching the hijinks of their TV neighbors they're slacking on the job. NJDMV approved Kim Romano's BIOCH vanity license plate --four years later someone realized that when you group letters together, they make, um...words. An NJDMV spokesperson told Eyewitness News, "language is ever changing...

Emily May of New York City started Hollaback! NYC in 2005 in an effort to combat street harassment. An incredibly underreported, justified, and accepted form of discrimination against women and LGBTQ people, street harassment occurs on public transportation, in crowded areas, and close to home for most folks in urban areas.  What started as a tool of instant justice: May had New Yorkers photograph and submit blog posts about their harassers, has grown into a worldwide campaign to end street harassment. May recently resigned from her...
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