Category » Feminism
Wearing a pink shawl that once belonged to slain Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, education activist Malala Yousafzai celebrated her 16th birthday today by delivering a brilliant speech to the United Nations Youth Assembly. The UN has officially declared today Malala Day. “The terrorists thought that they would change our aims and stop our ambitions but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born,” said Malala in her speech. Her beaming father looked on as her mother wiped her tears. Read More
The LGBT community has made major strides in the last 10 years in terms of legal rights and social acceptance. Even the transgender community, the most often neglected letter of the acronym, has seen some major wins lately. People seem to finally start being able to wrap their head around the idea of a transsexual person-so long as they still up hold the dichotomy of male/female. But what happens when someone doesn’t fit in that box? If you’re confused as to what I’m talking about, don’t worry. Read More
  Apparently mannequins are the reason men rape women. I’m sorry...WHAT?! I wish this was a joke, but no - popular opinion in Mumbai is pushing the government to ban lingerie-clad mannequins from storefronts. Yes, those plastic people. They say the mannequins get men too excited and cause them to go out into the street with a need to rape and abuse women and girls. Many people in Mumbai are absolutely furious with these accusations. Read More
“Just because you regret a one night stand, doesn’t mean it wasn’t consensual." Wow. Go to hell. These are the posters that have been popping up around the University of Alberta Campus in Edmonton. A bullshit mimicry of Battered Women's Support Services "Don't Be That Guy" project. You may have seen the original brilliant campaign, which asserts that men should end their role in rape by not exploiting or taking advantage of someone who’s intoxicated. Read More
I usually agree with the Internet’s recognition and subsequent celebration of all the incredible women who run the world: Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Tina Fey, Hillary Clinton, and so many more.  But I’ve been disappointed in the past by its failure to appreciate one of the baddest ladies in all the land, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Not anymore. During the recent high-profile rulings on DOMA (joyous!) and the VRA (devastating and absolutely infuriating), Ginsburg’s spirit, intelligence, and heart were near impossible to miss. Read More