Category » Feminism
Are you sick of talking about Jon Hamm’s penis yet? Me neither, but we should probably take a sec to discuss Amanda Bynes’ vagina. Last Friday, Bynes stepped up her girl-gone-wild game, announcing to the twitterverse “I want Drake to murder my vagina.” Since then the Internet’s been bugging out, trying to dissect the former child star’s actions and figure out what the hell is going on. Read More
On October 9th, Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenager, activist, and blogger, was shot by a Taliban gunman. The militant group claimed that she promoted “western thinking” through her public opposition to the Taliban’s efforts to bar girls from attending school. Malala, who was treated in the U.K. and has recently started school in England, is now penning a book. Read More
  New York City writing program Girls Write Now, which recently celebrated a 15 year anniversary as the first organization in the US with a writing and mentoring model exclusively for girls, matches high school girls from underserved neighborhoods in New York City with professional female writers. These women not only help students develop their confidence and writing abilities-- they also help the girls get published. Read More
With major debate over whether or not consent should be taught in public school sexual education curriculums, this short PSA reminds us of how someone should react when they find another individual passed out on their couch. Although this should also include checking to make sure the individual is safe, and that they don't need hospital assistance, apparently some people still just need to understand that being passed out is not an excuse for sexually harassing someone. It's pretty sad that some people still need to learn this.   Video Credit: Upworthy. Read More
19-year-old Tunisian feminist Amina, who posted the following photos of herself on the internet, has recently been delivered by her family to psychiatric care. The photos were first posted to the Femen-Tunisia webpage. The first photo displays the words "Fuck your morals" written in ink across her torso. The second one shows her smoking a cigarette, adorned with the Arabic words, "My body is my own and not the source of anyone's honor," in an effort to combat sexism in her Islamic community. Read More
My little sister, who is graduating high school this year, has been trying out new styles of makeup and also wants to dye her hair blue. She says that this is all in preparation for college. In a more brooding tone, she confesses "I feel like I care a lot about how I look... Is that bad?" In high school, clothes and style seem to be indispensable to one's self-worth, from the hairstyle to the shoes. Read More
Every year, college basketball enthusiasts go batshit for March Madness. The president fills out a bracket, ESPN pulls out all the stops, and fans stock up on tons of face paint. This year, Mother Jones is offering it's own take on the phenomenon by debuting its own "Anti-Choice March Madness: The Worst State for Women." Think fewer chicken wings and painted abs, more shocking information about the current legislative war on women, presented state by state. Read More
Rape culture has been all over the news lately due the horrific Steubenville rape case and subsequent trial. However, rape culture has far-reaching effects across age demographics and nationalities, as proven by Australian radio host John Laws. Laws, who Salon calls “Australia’s answer to Rush Limbaugh,” has been called out for a radio interview with a victim of sexual abuse this week in which he displayed a penchant for victim blaming and general insensitivity. Read More
India’s parliament has passed a new law that protects women from sexual violence.  Following the horrible bus gang rape earlier in December, the rape and murder of three young sisters, and the most recent gang rape of a Swiss tourist, this piece of legislation is a much needed and an incredibly welcome change for women in India. The law, which will not be official until the president signs it into action, criminalizes stalking, voyeurism, and sexual harassment. Read More
It seems as though Uzbekistan’s public television is trying to help out their ladies when it comes to alcoholism, which is a serious problem among men and women in the former Soviet Union—except a recent program seems to be preaching more about Uzbek women's image than their health. "It is worth saying a lot of pleasant words about females, the owners of grace and charm. However, [alcohol can lead to] an unpleasant situation that does not suit an Uzbek woman," said the reporter of a recent story on O'zbekiston Channel Number One. Read More