The number one reason I wish I lived in NYC, from this past weekend, was SlutWalk NYC!  I really wish I could have made it.  I even had a poster I wanted to make, inspired by (stolen from) another sign I'd seen online: "When a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist and a round thing in your face YOU TREAT HER WITH RESPECT!"  I love that these SlutWalks have been growing as a movement and happening all across the US, and even around the globe. Read More
  You’ve read the interview with Jennifer Siebel Newsom in our Mindy Kaling issue, you’ve heard about the documentary here on our blog, now’s your chance to see the important documentary, Miss Representation, when it premieres on the Oprah Winfrey OWN Network on October 20th!  The documentary delves into the damaging effects of pervasive media which depicts objectifying, negative images of women.  It's a problem that’s right in front of our eyes, but we often let it slip by. Read More
Men Are Finished...  Does this mean total world domination by women, the end of men in power positions, or a surge toward gender equality? Recently the group Intelligence Squared held a debate, “Men Are Finished,” in N.Y.C. to argue all of this out. The debate was far from a simple battle of the sexes; it was more of a battle of feminist ideologies. Certainly an interesting title, the debaters spent most of the debate defining what “Men Are Finished” truly meant to them. Read More
Save the Brooklyn Birthing Center! The Brooklyn Birthing Center is the only one of its kind in the entire state of New York.  Recently it has come under grave threat, as Medicaid has just cut its funding. If the funding does not become reinstated, the center will be forced to close.  This would limit pregnant women who wanted to give birth at the center to only hospitals or their homes. Read More
  All you have to do is watch Jersey Shore, or most reality TV shows really, to see that commercial culture screams that a woman’s most important value is her sexuality.  And there’s rarely a healthy middle ground when sexuality is so constantly focused on.  Either she’s a shamed slut for having too much sex, or she’s a virginal prude.  We see this repeatedly, and don’t often stop to think how damaging these moral double standards really are.  Jessica Valenti, feminist writer and creator of Feministing. Read More
  Wouldn’t you love to try and make a tie-dye cupcake? I know I would. Not only would it be delicious, but it could also help sponsor girls’ education in developing countries thanks to the amazing group She’s the First, a non-profit which inspires creative fundraisers to help girls graduate. The the Tie-Dye Cupcake Bake Off, which the lovely ladies over at I Heart Daily tipped us off to, will go from November 1 - 8, with thousands baking and selling tie-dye cupcakes all over the country. Read More
  Produced by husband-and-wife team Kate Clere McIntyre and Michael McIntyre, the new documentary Yogawoman is far more than the flexible poses it depicts. The most joyful documentary I’ve ever seen, Yogawoman harnesses the knowledge and activism of yoga rock stars and takes you on a trip to nine different countries, while providing insight into a variety of yoginis leading a quiet revolution. The filmmakers interviewed over 70 amazing women who have found their voice and power through yoga. Read More
  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
  A little indie film that was born in Ithaca, NY has been getting lots of attention lately.  It began as a senior thesis assignment for four college students, and has turned into what they hope will be a bridge into the film industry.  Several months ago, Ithaca College film students Christina Bryant, Allie Taylor, Ayshea Khan, and Kelly Paul made “Jemila’s Tale.”  They used local actors, funding from their IndieGoGo campaign, and help from friends as they hand-painted sets and worked tirelessly to produce the film. Read More