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According to Princeton University alumna Susan Patton, I’ve sacrificed eternal marital bliss by not locking down a husband while in the oh-so-casual days of college. “Here’s what nobody is telling you: Find a husband on campus before you graduate.” Mrs. Patton said in a letter to the Daily Princetonian. “For most of you, the cornerstone of your future and happiness will be inextricably linked to the man you marry, and you will never again have this concentration of men who are worthy of you.” Well, shit. Read More
A new study from the University of Michigan shows a strong relationship between active feminism and gender/sexual harassment at work. Fun! According to Kathryn Holland, a leading author in the study, "Women openly engaging in activism for women's rights may pose a more obvious threat to the existing gender hierarchy—a hierarchy that grants more power to men than women…men may therefore feel greater motivation to sexually harass women who endorse feminist ideology." Immediately, Lewis’ Law comes to mind. Read More
As a proud Oklahoman, I will talk your ear off about how much I love my home state. It is full of wonderful people, great food, and really exciting scenes in cities like Tulsa (represent) and Oklahoma City. Unfortunately, most people wouldn't know that for all the idiots who make national press-- and they're usually in the government. Today, my sigh of disappointment comes from the Senate-- yesterday, the Oklahoma government passed a measure banning gay marriage indefinitely as well as a whopping three abortion bills. Read More
Some stories just slip through the cracks. Although it’s been almost three years in the works, the story of (ex) Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s Philadelphia abortion clinic, The Women’s Medical Society, has just now been brought to our attention (and horror).   The details are tragic and not for the faint-hearted. I sifted through the 280+ pages of the Grand Jury report, compiled by the courts, and I am still reeling. Read More
After a fiery petition and subsequent protests outside their flagship store in New York City, Reebok has finally dropped rapper Rick Ross from their campaign. The controversy with the rapper stemmed from a line of his lyrics that glamorized date rape. UltraViolet, the gender equality group that spearheaded the movement, celebrates this positive turn in events. Co-founder Nita Chaudhary says, “We are thrilled to hear that Reebok is joining the fight against rape culture and dropping Rick Ross. Read More
When you think of Disney princesses, feminism isn’t the first thing to come to mind.   Disney princesses are not strong representations of feminism – most have to be rescued by their male love interest, and the films generally end with marriages or engagements of the female character. However, decided to take a second look at Disney’s princesses, but this time through a feminist lens and ranked the princesses from least to most feminist: 10.  Aurora, Sleeping Beauty – Aurora is by far the least feminist princess. Read More
Catcalling is such a common phenomenon that a lot of people have learned to just ignore it. But this week, activists all over the world want to let everyone know that any form of street harassment is not okay. People in Philadelphia, Boston, Colombia, the Czech Republic, and many more have been posting ads on the non-profit organization Hollaback!'s Facebook for anti-street harassment week (April 7-13). Advocates hope that increased attention to this all-too-frequent occurrence will help prevent the sorts of tragedies that made bullying a hot-button issue. Read More
In a recent interview with, Gloria Steinem said she approves of Lena Dunham. The interview took place at the DVF Awards, a ceremony that honors women who have "leadership, strength, and courage in their respective fields." Steinem said she believes the world is very different from when she first started fighting for women’s rights. She also said she is pleased the younger generation is “stepping up like never before.” “There are many more young feminists now than there are older ones," Steinem continued. Read More
The Ugandan government has proposed a bill that will allow women to be arrested for wearing skirts above their knees in public.  This proposed law, which directly targets women, isn’t entirely new to the Ugandan people. Uganda’s third President, Idi Amin 1971-1979 (who you may remember as depicted in the film The Last King of Scotland), also banned short skirts in a decree during his time in office.  Currently wearing short skirts is not illegal, but culturally it is deemed improper if a woman exposes her knees or shoulders. Read More

Best (Female) Chef...?

BY Teresa Lu in Feminism

  In response to The World's 50 Best Restaurants' Best Female Chef award this week, Anthony Bourdain bemoaned on twitter: "Why — at this point in history — do we need a 'Best Female Chef' special designation? As if they are curiosities?"   Best Female Chef of 2013, Nadia Santini Good point. And who better to respond to this question than a distinguished female chef? Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy promptly tweeted back, "As long as women are under recognized by most mainstream awards, they need their own awards. Read More