Feminist icon Germaine Greer has come under fire recently for making negative remarks about other women.  Greer wrote the 1970 bestseller, The Female Eunuch, which encouraged women to reject the traditional nuclear family idea (she felt it oppressed women.) In March, the Australian feminist said Prime Minister Julia Gillard had a "big arse."  She also noted that Gillard's jackets make her look like an "organ grinder's monkey," though she later backtracked a bit and said, "a woman is not her jacket. Read More
A new survey released by the Women’s Media Center (a non-profit organization founded by Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem, and Robin Morgan) revealed that roughly three-quarters of the presidential coverage in newspapers is written by men.  The survey included well-known papers such as The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.  From January 1 to April 25, 76% of articles were written by men, and from April 16 to August 25, 72% of articles were written by men. Read More
Seeing as how the women in our military risk their lives every single day while on duty, it would only seem logical that they should have the best health care possible. Unfortunately, this is definitely not the case. Servicewomen and dependents are currently banned from using their insurance coverage for abortion if they are a victim of rape or incest. It’s deplorable, and a new group, Stand with Servicewomen, has come together to fight the ban. New television ads calling for an appeal of the ban will run during the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Read More
Two members of Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk band that has taken over the news lately, have fled Russia. There are 12 remaining members of the band still in Russia, not including the three who were recently sentenced to prison terms. The two that have fled are reportedly trying to avoid persecution by Russian police, as five members of the band were part of the infamous protest against Putin in February, but only three were arrested. Read More
As summer comes to a close, we’ve rounded up a few easy, delicious recipes that'll cool you down during the next few weeks of heat. As an added bonus, they're all vegan! The first recipe is for Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream, courtesy of Chocolate Covered Katie (who is a master of easy and healthy desserts.) Her recipes make it easy to control how sweet you want the end result to be, and she even includes helpful instructions on what to do if you don’t have an ice cream maker.     Next is one-ingredient ice cream. Yes, you read that correctly: one ingredient. Read More
We love the Feminist Ryan Gosling blog so very much, but now there’s a new feminist meme in town-- one that centers around President Obama.    In light of the many recent Republican attacks on women, we're particularly loving Obama's comments in favor of women's reproductive rights. Nerve.com has turned some of the best quotes into fantastic "Hey Girl" images (essentially, actual Obama quotes preceded by, "Hey girl"). Read More
Have you been jonesing for more time with the complicated and fascinating Lisbeth Salander? If so, this is your lucky week-- we just got word that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is being adapted into a graphic novel (to be published by DC Comics/Vertigo). Award-winning crime author Denise Mina will write The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Book One, with art by Lee Bermejo, Leonardo Manco, and Andrea Mutti. The novels are already plenty suspenseful and action-packed, so it’s a pretty natural step to turn them into awesomely artistic graphic novels. Read More
Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot has been in the news nearly daily lately, and with good reason. The announcement of the members' two-year prison sentences has mobilized and outraged so many of us, and sparked an outpouring of support from around the globe. Three masked activists in Germany were recently arrested for staging a "Free Pussy Riot" protest inside a cathedral, and Madonna and Kathleen Hanna even lent them support. Now a new project, Lets Start a Pussy Riot!, has been created to raise awareness and keep people talking about the band and its incarceration. Read More
There’s been a lot of talk about rape and resulting pregnancies recently, thanks to Todd Akin’s awful and dangerously inaccurate remarks.  Shauna Prewitt, the Chicago lawyer who had her story of rape and subsequent pregnancy published by CNN, discovered some pretty terrifying news while researching.  According to RH Reality Check, 32,000 women become pregnant from rape each year.  32,000 women whose bodies were unable to “shut that whole thing down.”  RH Reality Check estimates that half of those women carry their pregnancies to term. Read More
Put an Oscar-nominated actress on it! Super-talented style icon, actress, and former BUST cover girl Chloë Sevigny is set to guest star on Portlandia's upcoming season. She’ll be playing Fred and Carrie’s roommate, and though we don’t know any further details about the role, it'll no doubt be hilarious. Read More