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  How do you define life? Voters in Mississippi answered that question by rejecting a legal measure known as the "personhood amendment" Tuesday night. If it had passed, the “personhood amendment” would have effectively criminalized all forms of abortion, including circumstances when a woman’s life is in jeopardy. The amendment, also known as Prop 26, considers the inception of life to be the moment when an egg is fertilized, and as such, aims to give that egg human rights. Read More
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America means many things to both men and women. It recently celebrated its 95th birthday and serves over three million people a year at its 800 national health clinics. Women with limited or no health insurance can access S.T.I. and U.T.I. testing, contraceptives, pregnancy tests and PAP smears as well as abortions. For this reason, the federation has been swaddled in controversy by political parties and the general public since its inception. Read More
Just when I think I can't love Tina Fey any more than I already do, she up and goes and does something to make me love her even harder. In this case, she hosts a 2-hour NPR special called "The Hidden World of Girls." It is so good that I really wish she could have her own series, like a female Ira Glass. Unfortunately, I don't think NPR gives anyone their own show unless they have two things: a shween and a speech impediment. But enough about that. Read More
  I’ve been interning at a talent agency for the past few months, listening in on the thought processes of the people who help decide who becomes famous. This agency most recently wrapped up a job where they had to hire women who were “it” to appear in an ad. “It” is a pretty abstract quality, and that’s what “it” banks on. You aren’t supposed to be able to trace “it.” “It” is elusive, best described by the more abstract, je ne sais quoi. Read More
   As a feminist today, there is a nostalgic longing for the consciousness-raising groups of the 1970s. Emily Nussbaum’s article in New York Magazine, "Rebirth of the Feminism Manifesto,"  dares to question if consciousness-raising groups of the second wave have been transformed to the blogospheres of the third. Nussbaum uses Shelby Knox’s comments as evidence of this transformation: "blogs and social networks 'Are our version of consciousness-raising groups,' says Shelby Knox, 25. 'Places where we realize we are not crazy and not alone. Read More
In the spring of 2008, a ragtag group of theater majors, art students, musicians, and feminists met in the campus dance studio of The State University of New York at New Paltz and learned how to strip.  Their teacher was Jo “Boobs” Weldon, Headmistress of the New York School of Burlesque, and the lessons they learned that day (how to seductively remove a glove, make love to a chair, twirl nipple tassels) would be put to use in a way that the small college town of New Paltz had never seen. Read More
The centuries-old rule that recognizes male precedence in who takes the throne of the British monarchy has been overturned. Primogenture in royal terms states that the firstborn son will take the crown and after many years that is no longer true. The current rules date back to the late 1600s and were put in place in part to make sure that anyone in line to the throne married a Protestant. Sixteen nations that have Queen Elizabeth as their monarchy, including the U.K. Read More
I hope that many of you got the chance to watch Miss Representation on HBO. It is truly a remarkable and eye-opening documentary. One of the most amazing thing about the film, though, is how it’s launched a movement to end negative depictions of women in the media: MissRepresentation.org. Read More
Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth is a new documentary that explores the trials and tribulations of one of America’s most acclaimed writers. Walker became the first African-American woman to win the Noble Prize for Literature in 1983 for The Color Purple. In 1985 a film version was made starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, and a then unknown Oprah Winfrey. Four years in the making and set to premiere on PBS as part of the Emmy Award–winning  series American Masters is almost 85 percent complete, but needs our help to get through the last stretch. Read More
Naomi Wolf is not the only woman to be arrested in the Occupy Wall Street protests but she is probably the most famous. The feminist author and activist was attending the Huffington Post's Game Changers 2011 events in New York City last Tuesday when she was arrested. She was entering the event when she saw over 200 protestors peacefully assembled snd chanting. They did not have a megaphone so they were using a human mic technique, where the audience repeats every word a main speaker says. Wolf informed the group that the first ammendment right allows protestors to use megaphones. Read More