Category » Feminism
Actress, activist, and all-around badass Ashley Judd has fired back at the media for critiquing her appearance. Tabloids (and even legit news sources) have been crowing that Judd’s face looks puffy and generally messed up, claiming that it must be due to her having pumped her face full of fillers. With her response, Judd's established herself as a force to be reckoned with. With eloquence, intelligence, and seeming effortlessness, she slammed those who have picked apart her looks and the system that allows this backbiting to happen. Read More
Last November, atheist Egyptian blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahady posted a nude photo of herself on her blog, tweeting and tagging it #NudePhotoRevolutionary. She and her boyfriend were then criminally charged with "violating morals, inciting indecency and insulting Islam" -- spurring activists to "take back the nude photo," as it were. When blogger and activist Maryam Namazie got wind of this, she decided to take on the project of the Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar -- and stand in solidarity with Elmahady. Read More
Our access to basic health care is under attack. We have a say – stand with Planned Parenthood and fight back!  Now more than ever before, Planned Parenthood needs our help to continue to provide their life-saving services. Roe on the Rocks is a benefit for Planned Parenthood of New York City and will feature New York dream pop band Asobi Seksu and award-winning comedian Sara Benincasa, host of the podcast Sex and Other Human Activities. Plus Brooklyn bands North Highlands and Little Big have joined the lineup. Read More
As conservative politicians continue to litter the world with disgusting and offensive sound bites about women, it's a relief to finally hear someone talk some sense. And an even bigger relief when that person is the President. Speaking about women and the economy this morning, President Obama reiterated the should-be-totally-obvious fact that women are actual individuals! He stated, "There’s been a lot of talk about women and women’s issues lately, as there should be. But I do think that the conversation has been oversimplified. Women are not some monolithic bloc. Read More
Despite my issues with TIME magazine, I love the annual “Most Influential” people list. Maybe it’s because it brings to my attention people around the world who are making changes (both positive and negative), or maybe it’s because they named me “Person of the Year” in 2006. Though TIME has yet to honor me and my greatness since 2006, they’ve honored more upstanding women than myself for 2012. Read More
It's campaign season, so y'all know what that means… PRESIDENTIAL BARBIES!!! Pre-orders for the "I Can Be…President Barbie"doll began yesterday. This is the fifth re-incarnation of President Barbie, and this time she's available in a variety of versions that aim to be more representative of all girls.  This week saw more and more politicians throwing their support behind Hillary in 2016, making Mattel's rendition even more compelling. Read More
Gender disparity is a problem that's deeply engrained in our society. Within the tech industry, the numbers are staggering. Carnegie Melon University took note with their famous Dave-to-Girl ratio. After realizing the number of men named Dave in their computer science program outstripped overall females, they implemented changes to their department that would attract a broad spectrum of students. Four years later, the program boasted 40% women which goes to show that girls are just as capable as boys. Read More
Good Vibrations, a sex shop in San Francisco, is hosting the grand opening of their Antique Vibrator Museum on Thursday, April 12. The museum will showcase a collection of vintage vibrators dating back to the 1880s (most of which look more like devices of torture rather than pleasure) to the 1970s.  The Type "A" vibrator from 1902 Curator and Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen will host a tour of the museum and discuss the origins of vibrators (originally marketed for physicians as a way help them treat women's hysteria) and their evolution. Read More
Planned Parenthood has had its fair share of criticism this year, with conservative pundits and politicians alike throwing stones. Last night, however, a critic of the organization took it a step further and threw a bomb.  A homemade explosive device was set off at a Planned Parenthood location in Grand Chute, Wisconsin around 7:30 p.m. Sunday night. No one was injured, and the facility only sustained minimal damage to an exam room. As of now, no suspects are in custody. Read More
I remember the first time I felt shame about my body. I was barely six years old when a family friend asked how I could stand to be seen in a two-piece bathing suit, my soft little girl tummy displayed for the world to see. Before she asked, I had felt awesome. I was rocking that 101 Dalmatians bikini like it was my job. Honestly, six-year-old me had some serious swagger. After said friend asked, though, I refused to swim. I stopped splashing, stopped cannon-balling, and resolutely sat myself on the sideline, a towel wrapped around my midsection. Read More