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Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot has been in the news nearly daily lately, and with good reason. The announcement of the members' two-year prison sentences has mobilized and outraged so many of us, and sparked an outpouring of support from around the globe. Three masked activists in Germany were recently arrested for staging a "Free Pussy Riot" protest inside a cathedral, and Madonna and Kathleen Hanna even lent them support. Now a new project, Lets Start a Pussy Riot!, has been created to raise awareness and keep people talking about the band and its incarceration. Read More
A blogger named Clarissa is pissed off about Pussy Riot. But not about the censorship that resulted in their public arrest and conviction: no, she’s pissed because they’re not the right kind of feminists. Read More
We’ve heard a lot about Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in the news lately. And for good reason, there's an election coming up (real) soon. Reading the strong opinions thrown around the Internet, you’d think that most people would be all set to head to the polls. However, this is not the case.  Many who participate in democracy online, are not doing it in real life. A staggering amount of US citizens in the 18-29 demographic are still not registered to vote. Up until a month ago I was one of them. That’s right. Read More
Though she may play a pretty little liar on the small screen, the real-life Shay Mitchell has a heart of gold. Since November 2010, the actress has been raising awareness for the Somaly Mam Foundation, a non-profit founded by trafficking survivor Somaly Mam to aid victims of modern day slavery. Through her partnership with the organization, Mitchell has done quite remarkable things, including traveling to Cambodia to visit shelters and meeting with trafficking survivors. Most recently, the starlet created her own fundraising page to support the Somaly Mam Foundation. Read More
    Icelandic actor, comedian, politician and Mayor of Reykjavík Jon Gnarr showed his support of the Pussy Riot ladies at Reykjavík pride parade this past weekend.  Gnarr rode through the streets of the Icelandic capital on a float that read "FREE PUSSY RIOT" clad in a pink dress and a balaclava mask, in solidarity with the provocative protest band that protested the Orthodox Church's support of Vladimir Putin.  This was prior to the verdict on Friday of two years in prison for each band member, on "hooliganism" charges. Read More
  The verdict is in for Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot, and it's not good. The three members were found guilty on charges of hooliganism in a trial held on Friday. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich were sentenced to two years each in prison, due to their participation in a guerrilla protest/performance in Moscow’s main cathedral back in March. That day, the women sang a “punk prayer” in which they asked the Virgin Mary to save Russia from Vladimir Putin. Read More
  This weekend is chock full of stuff to do in NYC (plus Philly, DC and Boston), thanks to the first-ever Permanent Wave Festival. There’s music, workshops and events to add a dash of feminist-fun to the weekend. According to the fest’s Facebook page, “the weekend-long festival is an opportunity for PWers around the country to meet, collaborate, and plan for the future.” So what’s in store at PW Fest? Every day features an all-ages show along with other exciting activities. Musical acts include Early RIser, Leda, Mindtroll and Kelly Montoya. Read More
Once upon a time, Helen Gurley Brown called herself a "non-militant feminist." She called herself that,  she says, because, at the time,  she was "so busy defending the idea that women should be adorable and adoring to men, I was so caught up in the idea that men were not the enemy and that we must defend and protect and love men...that I just wanted to sort of indicate, I guess, that I wasn’t mad at men." The truth is, barely anyone else considered Gurley Brown to be much of a feminist at all, especially the leaders of the women's movement. Read More
The three women of the radical Russian protest band Pussy Riot will hear the verdict of their trial on Friday, and we urge you to come out and hear their words on Thursday at a Free Pussy Riot public reading in New York. These women would be imprisoned on charges of "hooliganism" for their church-staged protest of Putin and the Russian government. The women, Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, face up to three years in jail, a sentence that would leave some of their young children motherless and strip them of their liberty to speak out. Read More
It’s no big secret that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” resulted in the discharge of thousands of LGBTQ service-members since its inception.  But now, nearly one year after the discriminatory law was repealed, lesbian army reserve officer, Tammy Smith, is being celebrated as the first openly gay brigadier general. According to the military newspaper Stars and Stripes, the dedicated military official served in Afghanistan and acted as deputy chief for the Office of the Chief at the Army Reserve. Read More