Feminism

The War on Women is HILARIOUS, right? Taking away women's access to affordable birth control, slinging 'slut' like there's no tomorrow, insisting that all this legislation about our ladybits is what we want. I nearly fall off my chair laughing about this stuff! Okay, real talk, this is not a laughing matter. The political climate in this country continues to terrify us, and giggles are quite possibly the furthest reaction from our minds. Until watching this video, that is. Kate Beckinsale, Judy Greer and Andrea Savage star...
Being a woman in the United States looking at the legislation and political climate regarding women’s bodies, it’s fairly easy to lose faith. It would be an understatement to say that the government’s relationship with women is not pretty. It’s refreshing, then, to see people in positions of power who actually think of women as more than baby incubators. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon stated last week to the Commission of Population and Development that believes that’s it is the U.N.’s “collective responsibility” to drive down the...
If there’s one thing I’ve ever learned from watching The Daily Show (or just being a decent human being with some form of common sense) is that you never, ever compare anything to Hitler, the Nazis, or the Holocaust. Ever. Unless you are, in fact, discussing Hitler, the Nazis, or the Holocaust, nothing should ever be compared to them. Never. It’s the number one way to lose credibility in a discussion, come off as an insensitive ass with little understanding of history, and look just...
I love soccer. Like, love soccer. I’m an avid supporter of clubs Liverpool FC and the New York Red Bulls, and of the US national teams (men and women) as well. I can’t say why I love soccer – maybe it’s the fast pace, maybe it’s the beautiful passing, maybe it’s the thrill of knowing that a well-fought game can end in a scoreless tie – but I love my teams and I love the sport. I’ve never felt the need to justify that. Also, I’m...

Radiant (from Webster's Dictionary): 1. Radiating rays or reflecting beams of light2. Vividly bright and shining: glowing 3. Marked by or expressive of love, confidence, or happinessI don't know about anyone else, but that's not remotely how I feel when I have my period. There are the double-me-over cramps, fingers so swollen my rings barely fit, and oily patches on my forehead and chin that rival the ones I had in high school. Not to mention the emotions that careen wildly from minute to minute. I don't feel...
Today is International Workers’ Day, aka May Day, and over 80 countries are celebrating and honoring the history and progression of the international labor movement. Founded in 1886 in commemoration of the Chicago Haymarket Massacre and the May Day Riots, activists from all over the world will come together to celebrate the spirit of labor unions and make progress for the future. In the United States, the gender wage gap is better than it’s ever been, but women still get paid less than men in all...
Many women have a love/hate relationship with the media. We grow up with it, are practically raised by it in some cases, and come of age looking to the media for clues as to the type of people, the type of women, we should become. According to the current beauty standards, the type of woman we should aspire to be is thin, white, wealthy and able-bodied. The most pervasive of those expectations in fashion magazines, at least, is thinness--we see it everywhere. Fashion week tries--and...
File this under Reasons Why Rachel Maddow is the Dreamiest. On yesterday's Meet the Press, MSNBC's First Lady of political commentary sat down with Hilary Rosen, Alex Castellanos, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers to discuss the political climate and policy formation of the current administration while examining Romney's Republican campaign. This video is maybe the clearest example I've seen of the total breakdown of communication between the parties in this election. When exactly did Democrats and Republicans start speaking different languages? Rosen and Maddow outline the policies...
And Ann Romney continued to prove just how out of touch she is with the American public when she said at the Connecticut Republican Party’s Prescott Bush Awards Dinner, “I love the fact that there are also women out there that don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids.” Repeat: “I love the fact that there are also women out there that don’t have a choice” This is coming from the potential First Lady of the United...

Foreign Policy magazine’s “Sex Issue” has been under the spotlight for the past few days, and not for the reason you might expect. Magazines titled “The Sex Issue” usually celebrate having sex and active sexualities – but not this one. This sex issue aims to consider “how and why sex –in all the various meanings of the word – matters in shaping the world's politics.” Fair enough. But this seemingly noble attempt to discuss women and their role in international politics is immediately overshadowed by the...