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For some enlisted men, The War Between the States involved a struggle between two identities. Hidden among the ranks of both the Union and Confederate armies were women in disguise, who fought and died for the cause—or lived to tell their incredible stories. In May 1862, a young, grey-eyed, black-haired soldier was discharged from the 17th Ohio Infantry in Corinth, Mississippi, despite having served well since signing up soon after the Civil War began in 1861. The reason for the soldier’s rejection from the regiment? Regardless of the fact that Pvt. Read More
On Wednesday, an Idaho high school went under lockdown while the police investigated and arrested a 15-year-old boy for threatening to “kill all the girls” because he harassed the cheerleading team for nude photos and nobody, shocker of shockers, wanted to give him any. In a conversation over social media, he said he had a 12 gauge and a 9 millimeter and that he “hopes everyone writes a good will because [he's] coming on Friday at 9:30 first period, [he's] gonna start shooting from B hall down C hall. Read More
  Like most progressive feminists, I celebrated the moment during the congressional testimony of Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards when the particularly smug House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, produced an entirely slanted, politicized graph which he claimed he manufactured based on Planned Parenthood’s actual number of abortions. Ms. Read More
  Earlier this week, I was carrying a giant bag of dirty clothes to my local laundromat, dressed in my least-filthy shorts and oversize T-shirt when I heard it: “HEY, BABY! NICE LEGS!” *Disgusting kissing noises* I live in Brooklyn and walk everywhere, so this is a sound I hear literally Every. Single. Day. But something about this incident was different: the voice was so much higher than any catcall I’ve ever heard before. Something was off about this particular moment of street harassment. Read More
  Chrissie Hynde is still defending the victim blaming comments she made after there release of her memoir Reckless, only this time she has added a sprinkle of racism on top. Hynde, the iconic front-woman of The Pretenders, was fairly defensive and rude during her interview yesterday morning with NPR's David Greene.  Greene asked Hynde to describe some of the experiences she wrote about in her book–like the time she was assaulted by a group of bikers and proceeded to take responsibility for it. Read More
  Instagram loves the nipples, guys. Loves them. Instagram would totally be a tidal wave of feminist change were it not for the true villains of the piece: Apple. According to the Business Insider, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom recently announced that Instagram has no choice but to ban female nipples to keep it below an NC-17 rating in the Apple store, which forbids sexually explicit content. Nobody is really buying this argument, considering the Apple store has not removed Twitter,  which only disallows “graphic content” in profile and header photos. Read More
“Leave her on the hillside to die, she’s only a girl,” the waiters at her father’s restaurant would taunt anytime she cried as a child. Civil rights activist and feminist Grace Lee Boggs recalled these incidents in an interview with Democracy Now, citing them as the first time she realized the world was different for girls and boys. Looking back, she mused that it may have been in jest but, nevertheless, it was these careless statements that made her realize the world needed change. Read More
Recently, Meryl Streep made us all cry when she said that she is not a feminist….no, no, no, not a feminist, but a humanist. Now, we're cringing over photos of Streep and her Suffragette co-stars posing in white t-shirts that read, “I’d rather be a rebel than a slave.” While there’s nuance in the sentiment, there’s also something decidedly eerie about seeing an image of a white woman wearing a T-shirt printed with the word “slave. Read More
Okay…we need to talk about something: “they” are making a menstrual cup with Bluetooth and texting capacity. I’m talking a piece of silicone with some serious hardware in your yoni, and I’m not on some cyberpunk or George Orwell trip either. Introducing...the world’s first-ever smart menstrual cup: Looncup. The cup has sensors, batteries, Bluetooth, and an antenna. Call me an alarmist conspiracy theorist but like, HELLO DUDE, our reproductive systems sort of control the whole world, and also are constantly under attack in EVERY WAY, OKAY?! THIS IS REAL. Read More
On Saturday, October 3rd, Amber Rose marched through the streets of Los Angeles on her #SlutWalk - an event that sold out with over six thousand tickets to condemn our culture of slut shaming and victim-blaming.  The event raised more than $55k for the Amber Rose Foundation, a foundation that “is specifically geared towards women empowerment and fighting against victim blaming.” A handful of celebrities donated to the cause, most notably Nicki Minaj, with a quick $5000 donation, and Rose’s manager Nick Cannon, who donated $14,000. Read More