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Last summer some friends and I spent several weekends volunteering as escorts at an abortion clinic in the Bronx.  The experience was eye-opening in that it brought me face to face with a group of people who I would never have encountered.  Growing up in New York, I had come to think of the actively pro-life campaigner as some sort of rare mythical creature only to be encountered from a distance, perhaps on Fox News, at a family reunion, or in a Times ... Read More
Fashion is a powerful form of self-expression. For better or worse, people make assumptions about our personality by how we present ourselves. We’re okay with parading around in oversized tees with cute cats shooting lasers out of their eyes, our favorite band’s merch, and basically being walking advertisements for brands, so why not make political statements with our dress? Instead of having a dead-end conversation about your love for ironically tacky ... Read More
For you girlies who don’t know, compulsory sterilization (or, forced sterilization) is a government program that sterilizes people without their consent. Many countries, even our own, use population control and determined "sexual deviancy" as an excuse to sterilize. Eugenics refers to the practice of cleansing a population of “undesirables" — and distressingly enough, this concept is now being used as a punitive punishment for the ... Read More
  “We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world,” writes the nonprofit TED of its conferences, lecture series, and sub-organizations TEDActive, TEDGlobal, TEDYouth, TEDx, TEDIndia, and of course, TEDWomen. Unlike so many open thought conferences, TED has millions of viewers and fans. Given TED’s inclusion of popular feminist thinkers like Sheryl Sandberg, one would expect TED talks to ... Read More
  In the wake of Barack Obama’s “State of the Union” address, it’s important to consider the State of the Uterus. With impeding abortion regulations, limitations on birth control access, and proposed rape audits, our uteri stand at the forefront of one of our country’s most contentious battles.    Thank goodness that the esteemed Madame Uterus graced us with her own speech streamed last night at LadyPartsJustice.com ... Read More
Image via PolicyMic Some awesome reproductive rights organizations are joining forces with musicians, poets, and celebrities on November 18th to raise funds in support of women's right to choose in the conflicted state of Texas. Clear Eyes, Full Heart, Can Choose will benefit four Texas organizations: The Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, Whole Women's TX Action Fund, The Texas Equal Access Fund, and Fund Texas Women. Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can ... Read More
Last year, we brought you 10 Awesome Feminist Halloween Costume Ideas, and since it's that time of year again, we thought we'd give you an update that's totally 2013. Check out these ideas below, and please add your own in the comments section!   1. Elizabeth Cady Stanton This kid has the right idea! Dress up as suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Bring a friend to dress up as her best bud, Susan B. Anthony.   2. Shirley Chisholm Get out your best 1960s ... Read More
  Oh, dear. We all know Roman Polanski has done some terrible things to girls and women, and I guess he hasn’t learned anything since his rape conviction in 1977. At the Cannes Film Festival, the director railed against the birth control pill, saying that it “has changed the place of women in our times.”    What place? The place of the virgin or the mother? While both have been used iconographically in his films, I’m shocked ... Read More
    With the tagline “Love Thy Cervix!” the grassroots movement Beautiful Cervix Project is here to stay. The project aims to provide “accessible information about women’s fertility and menstrual cycles and showcases photographs documenting changes in the cervix and cervical fluid throughout the cycle.” The creators hope to inspire women to learn more about their bodies by performing cervical self-exams. The project is meant ... Read More
Did you know September is Abortion Access Month? (I didn’t either...but now we both do!) The National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) is celebrating 20 years of helping women get the care they need by spearheading a renewed effort to open dialogue about abortion in the United States. NNAF board members Veronica Bayetti Flores and Eesha Pandit kicked off the month with an article on Feministing, revealing rather shocking statistics on the current state of a ... Read More
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