Feminism

  New Jersey is a never ending stream of whadafug? Real Housewives, Jersey Shore, Jerseylicious, Jersey Couture (seriously??) and  The Sopranos. Even Charles in Charge was from New Jersey. Apparently the drones at the New Jersey Department of Mota-Veacles are so busy catching the hijinks of their TV neighbors they're slacking on the job. NJDMV approved Kim Romano's BIOCH vanity license plate --four years later someone realized that when you group letters together, they make, um...words. An NJDMV spokesperson told Eyewitness News, "language is ever changing...

Emily May of New York City started Hollaback! NYC in 2005 in an effort to combat street harassment. An incredibly underreported, justified, and accepted form of discrimination against women and LGBTQ people, street harassment occurs on public transportation, in crowded areas, and close to home for most folks in urban areas.  What started as a tool of instant justice: May had New Yorkers photograph and submit blog posts about their harassers, has grown into a worldwide campaign to end street harassment. May recently resigned from her...

                                       Last February it was reported that for the first time in American history, women were expected to dominate the country’s workforce.   This was of course due to the fact that 82 percent of the job losses at that point had befallen men in predominately male job sectors such as construction and manufacturing.  Well, it’s now over a year later and not only have we yet to reach that milestone...

Wow. The Tribeca Film Festival is over – OK it was over May 2nd.  Just now catching my breath.    As an Artist Liaison for the festival, I get to see loads of films.  Some glorious—like the narrative “Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll” or  the doc “The Other City” (check em' kids). Some stinky films—lips sealed (and not in the H.Duff-duet fashion, really sealed).  In film news, the best documentary I’ve seen this year wasn’t at TFF.  Yet, the strong, female narrative, is right up (my...
Check out this 80s-tastic propaganda video encouraging teens to wait for marriage - no, not wait to have sex - wait to kiss.  "Because what does the Pastor say?  You may NOW kiss the bride."  Dude, my mouth was first befouled when I was four and I was the flower girl at my cousin's wedding and I tried to kiss the ring bearer, John Michael, in the church courtyard.  Then he choked me.  Maybe that was God's punishment for being a trampy little toddler.  Who...
This Mother's Day brought with it the usual onslaught of treacly admonitions to remember mom...as if we could forget. "Having power over someone is not the same as having power to confer," laughs Susan Faludi when she explains her latest theory. She's been looking at the emergence and disappearance of feminism from the national landscape and come up with the idea that "feminism has a mother/daughter problem." Since her first book, Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, Faludi has uncovered patterns...

Leave it to the talented cast of Glee to put a pop icon back at the top of the music charts (The Power of Madonna Soundtrack from their tribute episode was able to knock out Justin Bieber at No. 1 its debut week).  In an article today in The Guardian, author Wendy Shanker chronicles her obsession with the Material Girl and explains the profound influence she has had on her life. Unlike most of us, Wendy has been fortunate enough to actually meet her idol--twice.  The first time...
Calling all women, liberals, and supporters of Gay Rights— Shhhh! Obama is sneaking you into the club. Solicitor General, Elena Kagan, has been selected to fill the seat of Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court. She would be only the fourth woman since Sandra Day O’Connor in 1981 to serve on the High Court, and breaking new ground in the US as one of three Justices that are women serving concurrently. We gals have never before enjoyed such a large presence of female...

Kevin Rios, age 23, was convicted of raping two women. Kudos to Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Thomas Farber for doing the right thing and realizing the laws about rape apply to everyone -- no matter how you make your living.  Kevin Rios raped two women. That’s the fact. According to the NY Daily News, however, Rios was convicted of raping a babysitter and a hooker, iconic figures rather than flesh and blood women. The NY Post refers to a babysitter and a prostitute, and while we...
Many news outlets are poking fun at an outdated 1799 France law that prohibits women from wearing pants, which has been overlooked and is technically still legal.  France president Nicolas Sarkozy has asked the parliament to go through old French laws like this one and rework them as needed, and a bill has been submitted to repeal the ban on pants for women.  This small, light-hearted milestone, however, comes on the heels of France's proposed ban on another type of dress- the face veil. Several months...
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