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On Tuesday, Senate Republicans blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would have ensured women be paid the same amount as their male counterparts. Despite the fact that this bill seems to make perfect sense to anyone with half a brain, the final vote was 52-47. The real mind-boggling cherry on top of this already non-sensical sundae is the fact that several female senators (who apparently don’t mind being paid less than their male counterparts all that much) were among those that voted against the bill. Read More
  Being gay is hard. But being a young gay person is even harder. Not only must you face homework-filled nights and awkward stages, but you're also forced to grapple with a difference that could cost you everything: your family, your friends, your education, your job. Oh, and let’s not forget about those good Christian pastors who want to watch you perish behind an electric fence. Read More
The birds-and-the-bees conversation between parents and teens isn’t exactly the easiest topic to discuss at the dinner table, though we all know it's a vital rite of passage to growing up. But what about the teens with special needs? A new study reveals that not only do they have a limited knowledge of sex, but many have some alarming misconceptions regarding human sexuality. The study's lead researcher Ruth Garbutt found that several students believed gay sex was illegal or weren’t aware that sexual abuse is an offense that’s investigated by police. Read More
If you've ever caught the tiny voice in the back of your head thinking to yourself that the 33 cent pay gap between women and men really isn’t all that big, first of all: you are the worst, and second of all: let’s see if you’re singing a different tune when you see all the cool things you could afford when those cents add up. The Center for American Progress plugged in the numbers and found some interesting results. In 2010 the median full-time working man took home $47,715 in earnings, while the median full-time working woman made only $36,931—77. Read More
Remember when the Vatican blasted the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (aka about 80 percent of American sisters) for focusing on the poor and hungry instead of railing against reproductive rights and gay people? Well, those “radical feminist” gals haven’t taken the criticism lying down. Read More
  There are a lot of people out there who don’t agree with my personal beliefs (I’m looking at you, conservative Republicans), and I admit I sometimes wish they’d get questioned by Anderson Cooper or be the subject of a hilarious skit on SNL. But, along with the vast majority of people, I understand that sending a letter threatening to stalk and blow your opponent to smithereens is a no-no. Not only will it get you slapped with a big old lawsuit, but it is also one of the most effective ways to ensure public outrage. Read More

Rock The Slut Vote!

BY Intern Tessa in Feminism

Calling all sluts! Need to register to vote? Look no further. You can Rock The Slut Vote right here. This is a movement which was created to “fight the GOP effort to bully, subjugate and silence women,” and “wrest the power from the word slut and help women get informed, get involved, get registered and vote”. The word slut was used publicly by Rush Limbaugh earlier this year to describe Sandra Fluke, who testified on behalf of women’s right to contraception at a Congressional hearing. Read More
Now that you've watched Barack Obama get down with the music stylings of Carly Rae Jepsen, it's time to get back down to serious political business. Or not so serious, depending on how much you believe the democratic party's attempt to pass a bill in the senate that would help close the wage gap between men and women in the US.   The paycheck bill would ban companies from responding against any workers who inquire about pay disparities. It would also allow employees to sue for punitive damages if they find any  "broad" differences in compensation between male and female workers. Read More
As a former Catholic, I have to say that nuns have undergone quite the makeover. Once viewed as the Church’s ruler-wielding arm, many now see them as heroes willing to defy a Vatican sorely in need of change. While most of us were enjoying a lazy Friday, the U.S. Catholic nuns’ board members released a statement appearing to challenge the Vatican’s attempt to keep them in line this past April. Read More
As a woman, I love when rich white men with a chip on their shoulders limit my reproductive rights and tell me that I can’t marry the woman I love. Since I’m still paying for Eve’s first sin, I haven’t yet had the chance to pray the gay away. But I’m sure I’ll be okay once I find a guy to keep me barefoot and pregnant. Those poor emotional creatures who say otherwise are simply distracted by “shiny objects”, because everybody knows we’re about as important as rims on a car or a Zales commercial. Read More