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Ever dance merrily in a room full of feminists? Me neither, until I partied Planned Parenthood style on Tuesday at their 11th annual Summer Sex and Spirits event, a night I’d describe as half fundraiser/silent auction, half rave. I spent my evening at the Broad Street Ballroom enjoying the fabulous open bar (they had a cocktail named the Ruth GINsburg), boogeying to perfectly DJ’ed music, and marveling at the work of Mistress B, a leather-clad balloon dominatrix who dispenses helium for her latex creations through a nipple pump. Read More
Amy Herrmann, an Australian photographer, is trying to photograph 100 women for her “Underneath, We Are… Women,” series. And, she plans on photographing them in nothing but their knickers. Herrmann’s project was created to photograph a diverse group of women from all walks of life: skinny, fat, short, tall, mothers, trans, tattooed, scarred, young, old. The end goal is to “[showcase] the amazing diversity that is the female form. Read More
A recent study confirms what many feminists already knew to be true: hardly any women regret having an abortion. This conclusion comes after a three-year research period involving over 600 women of all social backgrounds, which showed that 95 percent of women who have had abortions do not regret the decision to terminate their pregnancies. Researchers from the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at UC San Francisco’s School of Medicine carried out the study, and it was published last week in the multidisciplinary academic journal PLOS ONE. Read More
Women who want notes from their doctors regarding pregnancy must be very, very specific in what they want written down, according to The New York Times. Often, doctors’ notes result in job terminations for pregnant women. These notes, routinely written by doctors to request changes in work duties because of patients’ health concerns, play a key role in pregnancy-related equal opportunity cases. (In roughly 70 percent of these cases, a female employee was fired due to pregnancy-related concerns, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Read More
At this year's Comic-Con, women aren't just dressing up as characters from their favorite movies and TV shows, like Inside Out—they're leading and speaking on panels and taking the reins with their version of feminist fandom. “It’s a newly visible thing,” Sam Maggs stated in an after panel interview. The panel, “Nobody’s Damsel: Writing for Tomorrow’s Women,” discussed the role women play in entertainment and how future writers, actors, and producers “can create characters that are relatable to the upcoming generation of women. Read More
We hear most often about how the school-to-prison pipeline fills our prisons with poor youth of color, but there’s another harmful system that, until recently, has been overlooked: the sexual abuse-to-prison pipeline. In a recent report by the Human Rights Project for Girls, The Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, and the Ms. Foundation for Women called “The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story,” four researchers explain that the majority of girls detained in the juvenile justice system have previously experienced sexual abuse. Read More
It all started when Tamar Anitai shared via Instagram this disturbing photo she found in Oprah Winfrey's, O Magazine. The image accompanies advice from O's April issue, stating that crop tops can only be worn, "if you have a flat stomach." As if!  Within a few days, Anitai's post went viral along with her advice to "stop telling women what to wear," and "wear what you love, what makes you feel confident." It wasn't long before #RockTheCrop became a trending hashtag. Read More
That’s great you’re a humanist, Sarah Jessica Parker – it’s good you’re pro-equality for everyone, but I think you’re missing the point. To better elaborate, a humanist by definition is “a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.” This is just a fancy way of saying humanism values everybody collectively using a rational way of thinking for the benefit of our society. Read More
Take your vagina into your own hands. Health-wise, I mean. Stick your hands down your pants all you want, but I’m going to tell you about DIY gynecology. GynePunk, a Catalan collective from Calafou, is working to develop an emergency gynecological medicine tool kit. Like a risk-reduction kit, but for your lady bits. This toolkit would let you take samples from yourself and test them without having to pay for a doctor or be subjected to the “bureaucratic, statistical forms that perform a role of judgement of your practices, capacities or choices,” as described by GynePunk. Read More
Imagine you are a woman of reproductive age, low-income, and use Medicaid as your health insurance. Now imagine that you are pregnant, and you wish to have an abortion. You have made the decision that you cannot afford to raise a child, or perhaps you’re not ready, or don’t want a child. Whatever, you are entitled to have your reason. Well! I hope you have a wad of cash stashed away, because Medicaid won’t cover your abortion. A federal health care program intended for low-income people does not cover abortion. Read More