Category » Feminism
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