Feminism

Upcoming Event: How Rape Hurts All of Us What: NOW NYC is hosting an event that discusses rape and how it hurts all women, the discussion is led by a panel of activists, authors and survivors. The group investigates how stereotypes about rape increase the epidemic of the violent crime and impact the way a survivor reaches justice. When: Wednesday 9/14/2011 6:00 pm Where: The lecture is located at Pace University Lecture Hall South, Room 130, One Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038 (corner of Frankfort & Park Row) Who: Helen...

An upcoming children’s book by author Paul Kramer has come under scrutiny for its message. Maggie Goes on a Diet is aimed for children under 12 years of age and is the story of a 14-year-old girl (she looks much younger on the cover) who attempts to eat healthily and exercise as a response to teasing she receives from her classmates. She then goes on to lose weight and become the star of the soccer team in a Cinderella-like transformation. The book has caused an uproar on sites...
I'm not going to go into detail about what things were like here in NYC on 9/11. Those of us who lived through it will never forget, and those who didn't watched it on TV all day and have been reminded of it forever. What I can tell you, though, is that I am not at all ready for an entire day of reliving those events. I'm still not ready to see it all on TV again. And neither are most of the folks I know....
Inspired by the women's printmaking collectives of the '70s - '80s and the riot grrrl culture of the '90s, a new online zine has emerged to educate youth. The advocacy groups Groundswell's Voices Her'd Visionaries and Day One have come together to create a new campaign, "Love Shouldn't Hurt," about abusive relationships and how to seek help. Their printed and digital media will increase awareness about abusive relationships, as well as encourage teens to seek out Day One's services. Day One is devoted to the...
Not to put a damper on anyone’s day, but I wanted to touch on the recent controversy surrounding Glee star Heather Morris' and photographer Tyler Shields' new photo shoot. The images show the blonde in a polka-dotted dress surrounded by household appliances, clearly as a Barbie doll figure. That’s not the controversial part. She sports a black eye in the photos as well. Looking through Mr. Shields’ work one can see Morris' photo spread is not the only one that raises eyebrows. The artist has...
    Are you outraged by the government’s assault on female reproductive rights? Well you’re not alone. Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show and Air America Radio co-founder, is here for you. Since July, Winstead, along with some of her funny friends, has been touring the country spreading the good word and raising money for Planned Parenthood. On Thursday, September 22, the “Planned Parenthood, I’m Here For You” tour makes its way to New York City. With a bevy of outspoken women in tow—Lisa Lampanelli, Sandra Bernhard,...
  All hail Tavi Gevinson, the new queen of teen magazines. Gevinson, everyone's favorite teenage fashionista has embarked on a new project, Rookie. Named after her own personal blog, Rookie aims to be a fun, smart, and totally age-appropriate magazine geared toward teenage girls. Each month's content will revolve around a theme and feature writing from a bevy of teenagers as well as adult bloggers and art makers. Posts generally go live three times per day: after school, around dinner time, and right before bed. This...
  You might be asking yourself, who are these crazy ladies in gorilla masks and how can I get in on whatever shenanigans they're up to?! If you don't already know, the Guerrilla Girls On Tour are just as fantastic as their name implies. They are an anonymous touring theatre company started by three members of the Guerrilla Girls, a group of feminists that has been combating sexism through their art since 1985. When I say anonymous I mean that every Guerrilla Girls On Tour performer...
Women aren't the only ones who can be feminist. One such man, is proving that by spreading the word of equality for women that he says Islam, in fact, promotes.Imam Yahya Hendi, imam is the title given to prayer leaders of mosques, has been traveling to both Muslim and non-Muslim countries since 1998 spreading his knowledge and take on Islam. For Hendi, it is a huge challenge to teach Afghan society that equality for women is actually promoted. Which isn't surprising. Not just anyone can...
JC Penney, department store giant, is creating quite the buzz with a new shirt from their back-to-school collection. The decidedly anti-feminist juniors shirt is tag lined as Too Pretty to do Homework. The description of the shirt bears the question, “Who has time for homework when there’s a new Justin Bieber album out? She’ll love this T-shirt that is just as cute and sassy as she can be.”   While I wouldn’t suggest our children look toward a T-shirt to instill a sense of purpose or...