Babeland is a feminist sex toy retailer started over 20 years ago in Seattle, WA, by two queer best friends, me (Rachel) and Claire. We’ve been allies with BUST for all these years, and because it’s Pride, which is a pretty sexy month, they invited us to do a blog post. Thanks BUST! Babeland and Pride go way back. I remember in June of 1993, Claire and I taught ourselves to screenprint so we could give our friends barely dry “Where is Babeland?” shirts to wear at the parade. We didn’t have a store yet, but we had a plan. Women wanted vibrators and dildos. Read More
This Saturday will be the Abortion Drone's first flight ever. The drone is a collaboration between a number of organizations, including Women on Waves, to provide abortions to women in countries where it is illegal. This isn't Women on Waves's first time helping women in abortion-restrictive companies: Previously, they sailed around the world. The first trip of the Abortion Drone will be from Germany to Poland. Poland is one of the few countries in Europe where abortion is still illegal. Read More
We were stoked to see Orange is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling and Laura Prepon grace the cover of Rolling Stone this month, seemingly an affirmation from the gods that feminism is on the rise. Framed by the magazine’s cursive logo, the two are pictured braless, windblown hair flying back in tousled waves. The image is beautiful, but it was created according to a pretty sexist formula. Read More
We know Monday mornings can be rough, so here’s a way to ease into the week. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sheep view.    Photographers Ding Ren and Mike Karabinos started this project because 2015 is the year of the sheep and just because they “enjoy the ‘sheep view’ when riding trains in the Netherlands. Read More
In his recent episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver traced the Internet from its humble AIM-ing origins to its central role in our lives today—with a concentration on how it’s become a “haven for harassment” of women specifically over the past 20 years. Oliver focused on Gamergate and revenge porn as particularly awful examples of sexist harassment, but also notes that “[Online harassment] can potentially affect any women who has a thought in her mind, and then vocalizing it. Read More
A 30-something asexual woman reveals the truth about her oft-misunderstood orientation By Keira Tobias // Illustration by Emily Flake I remember it clearly: I was in the sixth grade, and my mom asked me which boy I had a crush on. I refused to give a name, but she pressed on, asking which actors I thought were cute. I felt acutely embarrassed by the question, and didn’t want to answer her, but I finally said Ethan Hawke (this was the era of Reality Bites) just to appease her, and then changed the subject. Read More
Today in silly news: Julie Baker, a Baltimore woman, got a note from her neighbor saying she needed to tone down her decorations because her “yard is becoming Relentlessly Gay!” (She had rainbow solar lights in her yard.) Baker had the proper reaction to this note—she set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for more “relentlessly gay” yard decorations. Currently, she has raised over $30,000 to maker her home the gayest it can be. We’ve rounded up the top ten items you need to make your home relentlessly gay too. 1. Read More
Brian Sloan, the visionary behind the blowjob-simulating sex toy called the Autoblow 2, has done it again. He put that inventive spirit of his toward something the world really needed: a vagina beauty pageant. Finally! Autoblow Vaginal Beauty Contest from Letsgasm! on Vimeo. According to a press release for the World’s Most Beautiful Vagina Contest, competitors can win up to $5,000 if their vaginas are beautiful enough. Wow! In order to enter, participants must digitally photograph their vulvas while holding a printed-out hashtag in the frame. Read More
This Sunday, June 21, is the summer solstice, the longest stretch of daylight all year for those of us in the Northern hemisphere. Regardless of if you’re a practicing pagan or just pumped about the start of summer, the solstice is the perfect day to celebrate warmth, transition, and renewal. Shout out to 8th grade earth science for teaching me why we have seasons!  Summer solstice has a long and rich history; it’s one of the oldest holidays, since people were basically always keeping track of the sun's movements. Read More
Reddit can be a pretty a bleak place for feminists, with upvoted posts like this and this floating around. But redditors—or lurkers like me—who delve beyond the front page know there are corners of this sprawling open platform ruled by badass, empowered women. Take, for example, Reddit’s growing sex work community, where women are making bank selling adult goods and services on subreddits such as /r/pantyselling, /r/CamShow, /r/KikSnaps /r/fetishitems, and /r/Sexsells. So today I’m bringing you a few TIL dispatches from their neck of the Internet woods. Read More
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