Feminism

  There are a lot of people out there who don’t agree with my personal beliefs (I’m looking at you, conservative Republicans), and I admit I sometimes wish they’d get questioned by Anderson Cooper or be the subject of a hilarious skit on SNL. But, along with the vast majority of people, I understand that sending a letter threatening to stalk and blow your opponent to smithereens is a no-no. Not only will it get you slapped with a big old lawsuit, but it is also one of the most...

Calling all sluts! Need to register to vote? Look no further. You can Rock The Slut Vote right here. This is a movement which was created to “fight the GOP effort to bully, subjugate and silence women,” and “wrest the power from the word slut and help women get informed, get involved, get registered and vote”. The word slut was used publicly by Rush Limbaugh earlier this year to describe Sandra Fluke, who testified on behalf of women’s right to contraception at a Congressional hearing. After that he lost...
Now that you've watched Barack Obama get down with the music stylings of Carly Rae Jepsen, it's time to get back down to serious political business. Or not so serious, depending on how much you believe the democratic party's attempt to pass a bill in the senate that would help close the wage gap between men and women in the US.   The paycheck bill would ban companies from responding against any workers who inquire about pay disparities. It would also allow employees to sue for...
As a former Catholic, I have to say that nuns have undergone quite the makeover. Once viewed as the Church’s ruler-wielding arm, many now see them as heroes willing to defy a Vatican sorely in need of change. While most of us were enjoying a lazy Friday, the U.S. Catholic nuns’ board members released a statement appearing to challenge the Vatican’s attempt to keep them in line this past April. According to the New York Times, the Vatican plans to send three American bishops to “lead a...
As a woman, I love when rich white men with a chip on their shoulders limit my reproductive rights and tell me that I can’t marry the woman I love. Since I’m still paying for Eve’s first sin, I haven’t yet had the chance to pray the gay away. But I’m sure I’ll be okay once I find a guy to keep me barefoot and pregnant. Those poor emotional creatures who say otherwise are simply distracted by “shiny objects”, because everybody knows we’re about as important...
Tumblr, fairly notorious for hosting images that glorify self-harm, announced several months ago its plan to ban “thinpsiration” photos. But a quick search for the tags 'thinspiration,' 'pro ana,' 'anorexia,' and 'bulimia' all yield results reflecting the very images and posts the popular social networking website promised to remove. What gives, Tumblr? "Thinspiration," or "thinspo," refers to a collection of images, words, mantras, and associations that are intended to inspire an individual, regardless of their natural body type, to be stick-thin. If you can bear to sift...
  I’ve been following the activities of One Million Moms ever since the group attacked JC Penney for hiring out lesbian Ellen DeGeneres as a spokeswoman. A branch of the American Family Association (officially classified as a hate group), the club of angry moms with too much time on their hands has since whined against JC Penney to no avail, got up in arms over a GAP ad featuring a gay couple, and decried an Urban Outfitters catalogue that included a lesbian kiss. Most recently, the group was smashed by the...
There’s a woman in a small village who, against all odds, dares to challenge authority and ride a motorbike to fight crime. And no, I’m not talking about Lisbeth Salander. The 50-year-old Zarifa Qazizadah, who was forced to marry at 12 and now has 15 children and 36 grandchildren, is Afghanistan’s sole female village chief. That's a feat in itself, but the BBC reports that this brave leader has even remortgaged her home to pay for the posts and cables needed to provide the Naw Abad...

I’ve always been fascinated by outer space. It’s so easy to feel small and almost lost in the vastness of the universe when you stop and think about just how big it really is. (Although I’m reminded of a Neil deGrasse Tyson quote that advises otherwise: “I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe; we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.” But I digress.) One...
  Here in the US, we're constantly reminded of the systematic inferiority of women in the workplace– we earn 77 cents on the man’s dollar (and women of color make less than that - African American women make 64 cents and Hispanic women make 54 cents on the white man's dollar). Women out-earn men only in the “personal care” sector of the workforce. Even though the pay gap is currently the smallest it’s ever been in the US of A, it’s kind of baffling that this imbalance...