Feminism

Vanessa over at Feministing put it better than I could: it's time to fucking rally. Between that bill that would make it legal for doctors to deny life-saving abortions for their patients or the one that will defund Planned Parenthood and other women's health clinics, it's time.  If you're in NYC on February 26th, come down to Foley Square, across from the Court House in Lower Manhattan, and make your voice heard! RSVP on the Planned Parenthood NYC website here, and let's take to the...
The new Jezebel lay-out confuses me. I'm not sure where to look or why there's a huge picture in the middle of my screen and not a bunch of little pictures with funny headlines. Why, Jezebel, why? Luckily, my friend Alex sent me this handy-dandy link that lets you view Jezebel in its old, tried and true, lay out. Use it or lose it, bust-readers.  ca.jezebel.com   ...

Author HEY! from the blog you're welcome has written a really touching and strikingly readable post on why she's fat positive. It's practically a mini-manifesta. Here's an excerpt: "When I tell people I’m fat, the most common reaction is panic: they assume I’m calling myself ugly, and they feel pressured or compelled to disabuse me of that notion. But people clearly notice my size all the time. Servers at restaurants notice it when they seat me. People on the...
Oh man, I know this is old, but I needed to post this genius sketch by Kristen Schaal and John Stewart from last week. Kristen stops by the Daily Show to school Stewart on the "rainbow of rape's" and explains how the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act should cut funding for abortions unless they are a result of "forcible" rape. While I laughed out loud, it is sad to know that many people in this country would agree with her outrageous claims of "rapish" rape not...
If yo've been following the news, you're already aware that there's been a lot of fear that the revolution in Egypt might be hijacked by the Muslim Brotherhood, a group that wants to institute Sharia law in Egypt. Of course, the West is frightened of this prospect because it would mean that Egypt would  become a hostile country, just like Iran. That's definitely worrying, but of greatest concern to me is the question of whether Egyptian women would see most of their rights taken away...
After New Kids on the Block, Jonathan Knight, came out earlier this week to a chorus of sarcastic “who knew?” and “who cares?” Mary Elizabeth Williams of Salon.com took it upon herself to explain pre-teen gals attraction to gay pop stars. According to Williams, heartthrobs occupy a brief moment of innocence in a young girl’s sexual awakening. A time when a young girl “wants a boy like those purity vow-taking Jonas Brothers. A boy like Bieber. Gay or straight, it's their aura of youthful safety...
      Nawal El-Sadaawi, 80 year old Egyptian feminist, physician, former political prisoner, prolific writer, and all around kick-ass lady talks to Newsweek about what's going on in Egypt. In this video, she describes how the government paid the police and their government gangs "50 pounds and a chicken" to beat the protesters. [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM1scxpmbWQ&feature=player_detailpage 425x344] ...

If you're a twitter junky, like myself, you may have noticed #dearjohn trending all over your newsfeed-  if you follow any feminist or pro-choice activists. I'm not going to lie, at first I thought it may have been about the Channing Tatum/Amanda Seyfried movie, but it's definitely not. #dearjohn (AKA House Speaker John Boehner) was started by Sady Doyle as a response to H.R.3: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. The act, which Boehner says is a legislative priority, redefines rape, puts an age restriction...
Since 1996, both women and girls have been the target of humiliation and torture within the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and today marks the celebratory opening of a new opportunity and outlet for these victims in Bukavu, DRC. City of Joy, created by V-Day, The Fondation Panzi, and UNICEF, will be an opportunity for Congo to belong to the Congolese again, and will be operated and directed by Congolese women.  City of Joy is apart of an ongoing V-Day campaign, “STOP RAPING OUR GREATEST RESOURCE:...

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal's The Juggle blog this morning, the pay gap affects all kinds of ladies, including those who are highly skilled in saving lives. The Juggle reports that a new study published in the February issue of Health Affairs finds that newly-trained women doctors are paid way lower salaries--we're talking $17,000 lower--than their male counterparts.  Even more depressingly, the pay gap isn't getting any smaller--instead, it's getting bigger! In 1999 the gap was just $3600, but in 2008 it...
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