Category » Feminism
India’s parliament has passed a new law that protects women from sexual violence.  Following the horrible bus gang rape earlier in December, the rape and murder of three young sisters, and the most recent gang rape of a Swiss tourist, this piece of legislation is a much needed and an incredibly welcome change for women in India. The law, which will not be official until the president signs it into action, criminalizes stalking, voyeurism, and sexual harassment. Read More
It seems as though Uzbekistan’s public television is trying to help out their ladies when it comes to alcoholism, which is a serious problem among men and women in the former Soviet Union—except a recent program seems to be preaching more about Uzbek women's image than their health. "It is worth saying a lot of pleasant words about females, the owners of grace and charm. However, [alcohol can lead to] an unpleasant situation that does not suit an Uzbek woman," said the reporter of a recent story on O'zbekiston Channel Number One. Read More
Lily Tomlin has been a feminist longer than I’ve been alive, so when she says things have changed for women in terms of comedy, character acting, and raising girls to be feminist, I believe her.  While talking to Vanity Fair, Tomlin commented on Girls, Tina Fey, and shifts in feminism. She joked about getting scolded in the early ‘70s for saying “boner” on stage during a bit and laughs off old memories of audience reactions to her brash comedy style. Nowadays, she’s not laughing as much when she sees what’s happening on television. Read More
I have been immersed in the Steubenville story since I wrote on the court verdict earlier this week. We've read about the death threats to the victim, we've watched the media coverage, and we're deeply saddened by the reactions. It's all unfortunate proof that when it comes to rape, this country is still ass-backwards. So enter Henry Rollins, punk pioneer, outspoken activist, and the most commanding presence I've ever had the privilege of seeing on stage. This focused ball of red-hot rage has a few things to say and a knack for saying them well. Read More
“Feminism has fizzled,” or so says this week's issue of New York Magazine. Wow, okay then-- tell me more, eh? The cover features a photo of a hip modern mom with a retro-chic frilly apron, an old-school feather duster, and the headline, “The Feminist Housewife.” The author, Lisa Miller, pushes the two labels against each other in head-to-head combat and attempts to uncover why choosing to become a stay-at-home mom can be a brave act of feminism. The tagline for the piece is, “Feminists who say they’re having it all—by choosing to stay home. Read More