Feminism

A class-action suit has been filed against the Wal-Mart corporation on behalf of 1.5 million former and current Wal-Mart women workers. The plaintiffs claim that Wal-Mart promotes a work culture of patriarchy where women are constantly devalued in the workplace. The sex discrimination case includes multiple instances of men being promoted over women with similar qualifications, wage disparity that favors men in comparable positions as women, - in one case, a male manager was paid 10,000 dollars more annually than a female manager at the...
     According to a new game on Facebook, America 2049, social networking can be socially conscious! The new game is centered on such topics as forced sex work and prostitution, racial profiling, segregation, abortion issues, LGBTQ injustice, marriage inequality, and general disillusion of government. Created by global human rights organization Breakthrough, the game proves that we can use social media to generate actual social change.    In the new game, players are field agents for the  “Council on American Heritage”.  The main task or assignment of...

Men Can Stop Rape, an organization that challenges the roles of traditional masculinity and seeks alternatives for male strength has responded to the gang rape of the 11-year-old girl in Texas just last month.  In hopes of ending sexual violence and promoting gender equality, MCSR works with young men in order to positively encourage and reinforce healthy relationships with women (and girls). And in simpler terms: these are men seeking to change the way men decide to be men.  In a letter responding to the horrific...

Today a very special box of books came into our office. We’ve been waiting very patiently for Tina Fey’s new book, Bossypants, and man are we stoked and honored to be mentioned on its pages! I plan on reading the entire book immediately but so far, I’ve laughed out loud a few times at the random pages I’ve perused. A long time ago (2004), before Tina was the media mogul she is now, we put her on our cover, and we’ve always remembered the shoot and...
At this point, it’s pretty common knowledge that the average woman only earns 77 cents to their male counterpart's dollar. Translated to a whopping $10,622 less a year, and the gap is even more substantial when both gender and race are factored in together. Introduced in January of 2009, the Paycheck Fairness Act was passed in the House on January 9, 2009, but was unfortunately defeated in the Senate, 58-41, on November 17, 2010.  So let's try this again!!! We need to fully close the...

Okay, so nobody's called her Susie Sexpert in a long time, but it's not a name she's outgrown, exactly. Susie Bright was at the forefront of sex positive activism, and the co-founder of On Our Backs. You know her from the Best American Erotica series, or from the Herotica series. Maybe you know her from the Audible show, In Bed with Susie Bright.  But you know her and she's influenced your life and the world you've grown up in whether you know it or not. Susie...
Multi-media artist, Pierre Bennu, has released the second piece in a three-series installment of commercials for a hypothetical  "Black Moses Barbie" toy. The commercials are an extremely clever and funny tribute to the legacy of Harriet Tubman and offer incisive and witty commentary on sexism and racism - then & now. The videos not only celebrate Tubman's legacy and offer alternative ways to remember and celebrate black and American history, but Black Moses Barbie's tough-as-nails demeanor also challenges contemporary notions of what a girl can...

Thinking about getting involved with a sports star? Author’s and former partners of famous athletes, Sherrie Daly and Rosa Blasi, want you to read their books before dating a sports player. The books “Teed Off” and “Jock Itch” are meant to serve as a cautionary tale for women looking for this type of man. Rosa Blasi considered herself “addicted” to athletes and has been “athlete sober” for close to 3 years now. “Jock Itch” tells of her relationships with various sports stars, and the trials...

  Last night I discovered “The Women of Playboy”, a tumblr devoted to models featured in the magazine from the late fifties up to the nineties. I couldn’t stop looking at the playmates—I was up until 2am. What kept me up weren’t just the naked ladies, but the fact that the women looked real. All the girls were natural; none had breast implants or zero pubic hair. They looked like us. What really kept me up was the monster change in the standard of beauty over the...

On Saturday morning, a woman named Eman al-Obeidy broke into the Libyan hotel reserved for members of the press  to tell journalists that she had been raped by members of Quaddafi’s militia. The journalists rushed to al-Obeidy, trying to interview, photograph, and eventually protect her. The scene quickly turned into a mini-war with al-Obeidy at the center. The waiters of the hotel, who are actually part of Quaddafi’s security, grabbed knives from the table and attacked the woman. The press had been invited to stay...