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When winners of the Flanders Diamond Tour—the final race of the women's Lotto Cycling Cup—arrived at the podium this past Sunday, they were greeted with... women wearing bikinis!? Cyclist and journalist Marijn de Vries tweeted a picture of the podium, calling it an “utter disgrace." And it is a disgrace: The podium was meant to honor the women who had won this race. Celebrating their achievements with women in bikinis makes no sense at all. Read More
Everyone should get the chance to meet one of their role models—it’s a little thing, but can mean so much. One young transgender girl got to do that recently when she met Laverne Cox. M. is seven. Her mother runs a blog, Gendermom, “a chronicle of fun and fear, or, daily life with my young trans daughter.” Cox visited their town to speak about Trans issues and inspire the masses. Gendermom doesn’t think M. understood too much about the speech, but she hopes that what M. Read More
There are few things in this world I love more than the Muppets, but a feminist Muppet? I definitely love that more. Last week, international celebrity, best-selling author, and fashion icon Miss Piggy received a Sackler Center First Award from the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. The prestigious award is presented to women who have broken barriers and charted changes in all disciplines and areas. Past honorees include Associate Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Toni Morrison, Jessye Norman, Susan Stroman, and Julie Taymor, to name a few. Read More
We were just as disappointed as the rest of the Internet to hear Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Tim Hunt’s shitty sexist remarks earlier this week. “Let me tell you about my trouble with girls … three things happen when they are in the lab … You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticize them, they cry,” he said in front of the World Conference of Science Journalists. Yes, he said this in front of journalists—it's no surprise the story immediately took flight. Read More
Starting July 1, feminine hygiene products will no longer be subject to Canada’s five percent “Goods and Services” tax (GST), thanks to a petition signed by nearly 75,000 Canadians. The petition’s author, Jill Piebiak, pointed out that it’s offensive for the Canadian government to designate a menstrual hygiene product as a “nonessential item” or a “luxury good.” New Democratic Party (NDP) politician Irene Mathyssen introduced legislation to make the change. Read More
In bullshit news that certainly won't start your day off right, a federal appellate court upheld the provisions of a particularly restrictive Texas abortion law. Total garbage law HB 2 demands that in order to improve “safety,” abortion clinics must maintain the same building and equipment standards as hospital-style surgical centers, as well as requiring abortion doctors to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic. Major medical associations say that these conditions do not improve patient safety. Read More
  Meet your new feminist crush, Xiao Meili. Xiao is a prominent women’s rights activist in China, and she has recently launched a campaign asking women to submit photos of their armpit hair online as part of a contest. “I hope to raise the issue of the ownership of female body and to dispel the belief that it is wrong for girls to keep their armpit hair,” Xiao told the Guardian. “Keeping armpit hair should not be seen as uncivilized or dirty.” Three prizewinners will be chosen from the armpit hair photos. Read More
TRU Hanika Beatty grips the bike. The waterfall hem of her black leather skirt drapes gracefully over the seat as her feet—encased in lace-up stilettos—work the concrete. She squeezes the front wheel brake and the back tire spins madly. Her bike seems to levitate, humming and hovering in place, until a burst of pink smoke erupts from the back end and wafts over the busted-up remains of New Orleans’ Magnolia housing projects. A crowd gathers. “Y’all really riding a bike with heels on?” someone asks. Read More
Apparently Amber Rose’s work with feminist powerhouse Amy Schumer is no coincidence: The model recently told Cosmopolitan that the Internet has transformed her into her own “feminist monster,” and her activism combating slut-shaming proves that she’s trying to become the real deal. What got her so engaged? Social media, she tells Cosmo—more specifically, Khloe Kardashian and ex-boyfriend Kanye West’s digs at her stripper past. Read More
In a recent interview with The Daily Telegraph, Ryan Gosling revealed that his fictionalized love for women’s rights in the Feminist Ryan Gosling meme is actually how he feels. Hey boy: you’ve got us swooning. Gosling is well aware of his famed meme. On the topic, he said “I mean, look, I have very strong female characters in my life. I grew up with strong women and the amount of them grows exponentially as time goes on, in my world. And that's my reality. So, I just tend to gravitate towards stories with strong female characters... Read More