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Now that affirmative consent is moving beyond college campuses and entering the national conversation, people are becoming concerned about its potential conversations. Read More
  Cisgender /sis’jendər/ adj. Designating a person whose sense of personal identity corresponds to the sex and gender assigned to him or her at birth. The addition of cisgender in the Oxford English Dictionary is great news for everyone fighting for the equal treatment of transgender people. Defining cisgender is helping to recreate the norm. James Morton, transgender alliance manager at the Equality Network charity, said, “Its addition to the Oxford English Dictionary reflects the significant increase in discussion of gender diversity over recent years. Read More
We wrote about the recent passage of a law banning female genital mutilation in Nigeria on Monday, and that isn’t the only feminist news coming out of the African country this week. An all-women’s book club in Nigeria spawned the hashtag #BeingFemaleInNigeria to discuss their experiences of prejudice, sexism, and the unrealistic expectations placed upon them. “The hashtag emerged from a book club based in the capital of Abuja, fronted by young Nigerian woman, Florence Warmate,” Ade Onibada reported for The Voice. Read More
The last thing any human on this planet wants to hear is, “You’re not fuckable.” What the hell does that even mean? And for any one person to dictate this statement is ridiculous, yet mega-babe actress Heather Matarazzo had to stare into her director’s eyes while he repeated those exact words. This isn’t the first time Hollywood has set feminism backwards – recently, Rose McGowan was fired for calling out Adam Sandler’s sexist casting call, and female speaking roles only make up around 29. Read More
LEGO has been one of the most popular toys for nearly one hundred years now. It has remained popular for so long because not only do you get to play with LEGOs, you get to build them. LEGO has gotten cooler as they’ve added more and more female characters, including many women involved in STEM. There continues to be a large gender gap in many STEM programs. Though there may be greater equality in fields such as biology and chemistry, men still vastly outweigh women in computer science and engineering fields. Read More
Yesterday, the Supreme Court has issued a temporary stay on Texas House Bill 2 (HB 2), Texas’s anti-abortion law, which would have closed most clinics in the state and dramatically changed the way Texas women would able to access reproductive healthcare. The stay means Texas will temporarily be unable to enforce the disastrous anti-abortion law. This is very good news, but The Supreme Court will likely hear the case next term, which could possibly lead to some extremely bad news. HB 2 was upheld earlier in June by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Read More
It’s a victory for women everywhere that female genital mutilation has been outlawed in Nigeria. FGM is defined by the World Heath Organization as “procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.” It is a cultural practice in some regions, primarily within regions of countries in the Middle East and Africa, and it doesn’t have any health benefits. More than 100 million girls have experienced FGM, which often happens below the age of 15. Read More
Meryl Streep keeps it real. Her speeches are decidedly impeccable, her talent leaves me consistently awed ­, and she’s also…*drumroll* a feminist. Her recent work includes mailing letters to all 535 members of Congress to garner support for the Equal Rights Amendment. The proposed amendment, originally passed by Congress in 1972, missed full ratification by just three states. Read More
Meninism is not defined in the dictionary because meninism is not a valid term or movement. The two men who run the Meninism Tweet Twitter account say meninism is “(parody) obviously sarcasm.” Meninism is not advocating for men’s rights. It is not fighting any of the issues men face. Meninism is simply a mockery of feminism and all that it stands for.  “#Meninism” and “#Meninist” have exploded on Twitter. The account and accompanying hashtags have more than 900 thousand followers, some of whom own shirts bearing the #Meninist logo. Read More
Are you tearing your hair out over abortion restrictions in Texas? I sure as hell am! The latest blow to women’s health has been dealt by Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who has signed off on a two-year state budget that prevents Planned Parenthood from participating in the Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program. The joint state-federal program provides free cancer screenings for uninsured, low-income Texas women. A provision of the budget stipulates that clinics affiliated with abortion providers cannot receive funding from the program. Read More