Category » Feminism
  Do you love to knit?  Well pick up that yarn and get knitting for The Birth Attendants: Prison Doula Project’s annual fundraising Knit-A-Thon.  Your knitting will support The Birth Attendants and their reproductive rights advocacy services provided to imprisoned mothers. The Knit-A-Thon is throughout the month of October, but you can sign up immediately.  Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive a packet with a square patch pattern as well as yarn and sponsorship forms.  If you don’t knit, you can sponsor someone else to knit for this project. Read More
  If you watched Gloria Steinem’s documentary last month, you remember her point that the media often promotes myths about gender-equality.  Either gender-equality has been reached and feminism is over, or feminism is harmful to men, or some other non-factual argument is often promoted.  However, like all meaty issues, gender-equality is always up for debate.  Next Tuesday, September 20, an exciting gender-equality debate is set to take place at NYU’s Skirball Center. Read More
It doesn't take a tabloid hound to be in on the celebrity gossip these days. Read More
                American Apparel was looking for a model for the launch of its plus size line. They decided to have a contest where people could submit their own photos and other people could vote on it. The company used the tagline, “The Next BIG Thing,” which made a bunch of people mad. But one plus size woman decided to get even. Nancy Upton, a size 12 actress and student from Dallas, submitted her own photos. All of them combined elements of food and sex. Some photos featured Upton covering herself in ranch dressing. Read More
Students for Free Enterprise USA (SIFE) and Wal-Mart are teaming up to launch an economic empowerment partnership for women.  The project started earlier this year and Wal-Mart will make the announcement of the initiative via a live webcast today (September 14, 2011) from their home offices in Arkansas. SIFE is an international non- profit organization that collaborates with university students and business leaders to develop skills to help students make a difference in their community and become socially responsible business leaders. Read More
                    To me, feminism is an all-encompassing word. It’s about inclusion. But it seems not everyone agrees. In a piece on The Christian Post’s website, Sarah Hamaker declares that there’s a new feminist out there. One who “embraces Christianity” and has “a calling in politics.” It’s no surprise that she references Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin as the models for this movement. Now, I (along with many others) never thought Christian women couldn’t be feminists. Read More
Upcoming Event: How Rape Hurts All of Us What: NOW NYC is hosting an event that discusses rape and how it hurts all women, the discussion is led by a panel of activists, authors and survivors. The group investigates how stereotypes about rape increase the epidemic of the violent crime and impact the way a survivor reaches justice. Read More
An upcoming children’s book by author Paul Kramer has come under scrutiny for its message. Maggie Goes on a Diet is aimed for children under 12 years of age and is the story of a 14-year-old girl (she looks much younger on the cover) who attempts to eat healthily and exercise as a response to teasing she receives from her classmates. She then goes on to lose weight and become the star of the soccer team in a Cinderella-like transformation. The book has caused an uproar on sites like Amazon. Read More
I'm not going to go into detail about what things were like here in NYC on 9/11. Those of us who lived through it will never forget, and those who didn't watched it on TV all day and have been reminded of it forever. What I can tell you, though, is that I am not at all ready for an entire day of reliving those events. I'm still not ready to see it all on TV again. And neither are most of the folks I know. In fact, all I keep hearing is what people are planning to do to NOT watch TV on that day. Read More
Inspired by the women's printmaking collectives of the '70s - '80s and the riot grrrl culture of the '90s, a new online zine has emerged to educate youth. The advocacy groups Groundswell's Voices Her'd Visionaries and Day One have come together to create a new campaign, "Love Shouldn't Hurt," about abusive relationships and how to seek help. Their printed and digital media will increase awareness about abusive relationships, as well as encourage teens to seek out Day One's services. Read More