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California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed SB-1350 and SB-1358, sister bills which would have mandated that baby diaper changing stations be made accessible to both men and women in public restrooms. Despite bi-partisan support at the senate level, Brown said he vetoed the bills on principle.  “At a time when so many have raised concerns about the number of regulations in California, I believe it would be more prudent to leave the matter of diaper changing ... Read More
Last week, New York Magazine published a near-comprehensive list, “The Most Feminist Moments in Sci-Fi History.” As author Devon Maloney mentions, science fiction has always been a relatively safe space to explore outlandish ideas like alternative gender roles or anti-racism. So cheers to that!  We’ve pulled some of our favorites, but check out the original article for enough femspiration to get you through the rest of the work week. ... Read More
An Indian university erupted in protest early this week, following the failure of administrators to appropriately respond to a student’s report that she was molested during a campus event on Aug. 28. According to reports, students at Jadavpur University, in Kolkata, West Bengal, are boycotting classes after police violently broke up a student blockade early Wednesday morning. Women protestors were “dragged by the hair and groped, and male ... Read More
I’m not going to pretend that I’m just a regular person with a working knowledge of Jeff Goldblum’s mainstream oeuvre who happened to be lucky enough to catch the actor playing some jazz music with his band on Tuesday night. I should be honest with you, reader, because me seeing Jeff Goldblum play some jazz music with his band on Tuesday night is proof of the principle that I maybe just invented that if you put something out there into The ... Read More
Hacking is great, but only when the hackers are on your side. Unfortunately, last Friday September 5, the International Women’s Media Foundation was hacked, defaced and had most of its original content destroyed. The IWMF is a foundation that supports the empowerment of women journalists worldwide. As the website stated in a blog post September 12, the hacker was based out of Turkey, and due to the severity of the attack it is suspected the hack was intended ... Read More
  I've been known to troll the depths of the internet from time to time in search of recipes involving excessive amounts of Nutella. It's not often that I come across a post that contains both a photograph of a chocolate-hazelnut crepe next to an AK-47. It is exactly this kind of radical dichotomy that summarizes much of the experience for the women of ISIS, as well as their online presence.      The terror group, which stands for The ... Read More
  Whether you are a full-time yoga lover or a heavy skeptic of the spiritual practice, this month you can experience some yoga studios in your area for F-R-E-E at over 1,600 participating studios all over the country! Thanks to the Department of Health and Human Services, for the last four years, September has been deemed a national yoga month! The Yoga Health Foundation is providing plenty of educational information and a way to link up to your local yoga ... Read More
On the phone, things with Ed were going well, which was why I went out with him despite his having what my friend Erica identified as a case of “Jersey face.” His corporate headshot, which he’d sent me upon answering my (totally benign/wholesome) Craigslist ad, featured a slight downward tip of the head, pursed thin lips, jowls pushed up and almost over his collar thanks to the tie, and the brown hair and eyes of a Jewish man with a smidge of ... Read More
After another example of offensive and frustrating conduct from US police, Los Angeles police are investigating whether there was misconduct in the Sept. 11 detainment and handcuffing of Daniele Watts, an actress known for her role in “Django Unchained”.   Watts was stopped after someone reported her and her partner, chef Brian James Lucas, kissing in their car. After refusing to show her ID, Watts was handcuffed, allegedly causing her wrist to ... Read More
Planned Parenthood is now offering online birth control consultations in Washington state and Minnesota, making access to birth control that much easier. The online and mobile app consultations, which will be held via video chat, will cost $45 and last 15 minutes. As of now, consultations can only be used to get prescriptions for birth control, but STI consultations will be available in October. In many cases, the prescribed birth control or medication ... Read More
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