Category » Feminism
Tumblr, fairly notorious for hosting images that glorify self-harm, announced several months ago its plan to ban “thinpsiration” photos. But a quick search for the tags 'thinspiration,' 'pro ana,' 'anorexia,' and 'bulimia' all yield results reflecting the very images and posts the popular social networking website promised to remove. What gives, Tumblr? "Thinspiration," or "thinspo," refers to a collection of images, words, mantras, and associations that are intended to inspire an individual, regardless of their natural body type, to be stick-thin. Read More
  I’ve been following the activities of One Million Moms ever since the group attacked JC Penney for hiring out lesbian Ellen DeGeneres as a spokeswoman. A branch of the American Family Association (officially classified as a hate group), the club of angry moms with too much time on their hands has since whined against JC Penney to no avail, got up in arms over a GAP ad featuring a gay couple, and decried an Urban Outfitters catalogue that included a lesbian kiss. Most recently, the group was smashed by the rubble of a superhero busting down his closet door. Read More
It started with a comment commending President Obama on decreased national gas prices and ended with yet another vicious assault on women. And as a native New Yorker, I’m ashamed to say that all the hoopla is happening right here in my home state. Jay Townsend, the official spokesman for Republican Representative Nan Hayworth and moderator of the page titled "How to Run for Public Office", responded to a comment on NY19 U.S. House of Representatives Civil Discussion Center’s page by writing: "Listen to Tom. What a little bee he has in his bonnet. Buzz Buzz. Read More
There’s a woman in a small village who, against all odds, dares to challenge authority and ride a motorbike to fight crime. And no, I’m not talking about Lisbeth Salander. The 50-year-old Zarifa Qazizadah, who was forced to marry at 12 and now has 15 children and 36 grandchildren, is Afghanistan’s sole female village chief. That's a feat in itself, but the BBC reports that this brave leader has even remortgaged her home to pay for the posts and cables needed to provide the Naw Abad village with electricity. Read More
I’ve always been fascinated by outer space. It’s so easy to feel small and almost lost in the vastness of the universe when you stop and think about just how big it really is. (Although I’m reminded of a Neil deGrasse Tyson quote that advises otherwise: “I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe; we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.” But I digress. Read More
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