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The top 100 names that were all the rage in 1940 have dropped almost 700 spots, Find My Past reported recently. This is a harsh contrast to how far the most popular boys names dropped- hardly at all- by only 100 spots. This may point to the way in which we view ourselves and our daughters. As Gloria Steinem said, "We are becoming more like the men we wanted to marry. Taking their jobs, and in some cases, their first names."  An apt observation from the website was that Madison is now the 8th most popular name for girls, the highest riser. Read More
Three members of Pussy Riot, the radical, neon balaclava-wearing group of Russian feminist activists that challenged the Kremlin with their electrified feminist performance protests, went on trial in Moscow on Monday in a case that will set the tone for Vladimir Putin's new presidency. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, and Maria Alekhina, 24, face up to seven years in jail, simply for performing a protest song in a cathedral. They felt that the church was a representation of the "nexus of corruption" that  takes place between Putin and some officials of the church. Read More
If you ever make the trek to Knollwood Church in Alabama, you might be in for a sermon from the twilight zone. The Huffington Post reports that the church’s pastor, Aaron Fruh, has some pretty out-there things to say about the Chick-fil-A controversy. Apparently, not only is same-sex marriage an “experiment” that sends God into a hissy fit, but it's also to blame for the great flood. At this point, I’m sure you’re all scratching your heads and Googling “Noah’s ark,” but this particular story won’t be found within the pages of the Bible. Read More
As annoying as the characterization of women as sex objects in Fifty Shades of Grey may be, perhaps my friends have an excuse for enjoying it. A biological excuse. According to a recent study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, our brains may recognize men and women differently. Specifically, they register females as body parts more easily than males. It's not just the male brain, either. Read More
It's easy to be jaded about the level of progressive thought in the world when we live in a country where, even if we are not automatically served or understood, our voices can be heard. Unfortunately, in Ireland, this is not the case. Last week, almost 400 protesters gathered outside government buildings without a single news outlet reporting on it. Perhaps it was because they were protesting Ireland's restrictions on abortion, which limit women to only receiving the procedure if their lives are in danger. Five thousand to eight thousand women travel to the UK every year for abortions. Read More
The passing of Sally Ride (61) yesterday prompted many to remember and celebrate her influence. The first American woman in space in 1983, Ride took her role as a role model to young women seriously, creating the Sally Ride Science foundation in 2001. The program reaches out to boys and girls to interest them in the areas of math and science, fields that fascinated a young Sally enough to make her pursue a career in physics. She died a celebrated physicist and cosmonaut. Sally made her history-changing trip to space in 1983 on the United States Challenger. Read More
She's senator and she knows it. Mindy Meyer, a 22-year-old orthodox Jewish law student from Flatbush is running for New York state senate  on the Republican and Conservative Party lines against Democratic State Sen. Kevin Parker. And these colors don't run- specifically, the color pink. Mindy's website may  hurt your eyeballs with its decor, or your ears with LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know it" on repeat in the background.  Her slogan is "I'm Senator and I Know it. Read More
Update: Defense attorneys for the two teenage boys have officially withdrawn their motion to hold Savannah in contempt for tweeting her attackers' names after the case gained worldwide recognition. Phew! Upset by what she felt was a lenient plea bargain for two teen boys who plead guilty to assaulting her and circulating pictures of the incident, 17-year-old Savannah Dietrich turned to Twitter to share her frustration. “There you go, lock me up,” she tweeted, according to the Courier Journal. “I’m not protecting anyone that made my life a living Hell. Read More
Hyatt hotels are currently being boycotted, with great support from feminist and LGBQT activists. Tiger Beatdown reports on the terrible worker abuses fueling this boycott, and I, for one, am pretty horrified by them. Here they are: - Branches around the country have fired many of their workers and brought on contract workers, who are temps but end up staying for months or even years, and don’t get any benefits, get paid less than regular employees, and are not allowed to participate in the hotel’s events. - There has been sexual and racial harassment of employees. Read More
Lizz Winstead, creator of The Daily Show and recently featured in BUST Magazine's June/July issue, will read from her collection of essays Lizz Free or Die tonight, as part of the Brooklyn Bridge Park’s summer reading series. Winstead's collection of essays is an account of her life, which has been influenced by sexism and her struggles against it. Read More
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