Feminism

Yesterday the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences announced the winners of the 2010 Webbys Awards, celebrating various Internet achievements.   Amy Poehler won “Best Actress” as host of her web series, Smart Girls at the Party. “Using her series to reach smart and passionate young girls, Poehler’s show demonstrates that branded content can be creative, entertaining and even inspirational,”  it states on WebbyAwards.com.   Amy created the series last year with her friends Meredith Walker (former head of talent at SNL) and Amy Miles (a recording artist).  In each episode,...
According to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald: “During the trial the jury sent a note to the judge asking for more information about 'how exactly [the accused] took off her jeans’. 'I doubt those kind of jeans can be removed without any sort of collaboration,’ the note read.” That is, apparently, all it took for the jury to acquit. Even after testimony from the victim stating that she had no trouble getting her jeans off herself, the jury decided that the assailant (a...

Okay, we probably shouldn't be derogatory towards any genitalia regardless of its gender.....however....OMG, have y'all read Savage Love today?  (For those who may not have discovered Savage Love yet, it is the best and most hilarious sex advice column of all time.  Start reading it immediately.)  Anyway, for all those who call people "pussies" like it's a bad thing, behold the genius of Dan Savage. Letter to Dan Savage:  "Wah wah wah my girlfriend cheated on me then left me and then I snooped through all...

The UN has launched a campaign to raise awareness about and prevent rape all around the globe. The campaign, called Stop Rape Now, focuses on rape as a part of conflicts. The website, StopRapeNow.org, is filled with news and ways to get involved. It also features a novel idea: you can, with your webcam, take a picture of yourself holding your arms in front of you in the shape of an X, which is then uploaded and added to a map to show the supporters...

An NPD Group market research survey reports an increase in tween (8-12) girls' regular use of mascara, eye liner, and lipstick compared to 2007, while overall use of beauty products by teens (13-17) and young women (18-24) is declining. In the past two years mascara use among tweens has almost doubled, from 10% to 18%, as well as eye liner, from 9% to 15%.  Notably, the study defined "regular usage" as at least once a month, which isn't very often. So luckily swarms of 10-yr-old girls...

Tonight is the 34th annual Take Back the Night event, a nighttime vigil and march that takes place worldwide to shatter the silence surrounding sexual and physical violence against women.  In the United States, dozens of local Take Back the Nights will begin at 9pm (6pm PST), with ten locations holding special candlelight vigils to illuminate the darkness of abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Take Back the Night was first practiced in 1976 at the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women in Brussels, Belgium.  2,000...
*Yes, I totally missed 'BoobQuake'---So, today when I read the headline in the Daily News, it made me shout out loud, "HOLY BANANA TITS!- YOU GOTTAAA BE F^CK*ING KIDDING ME! WWWWWWWWWWWWhatttT? FOR THE LOVE OF ALL CHRIST/GOD/HELL-NO FC^KING WAY THIS STILL HAPPENS, AND LEADERS CAN STILL SAY AND ENFORCE THIS SHIT--- ANYWHERE!" Tehran police chief: Iran to crack down on suntanned womenFrom 4.27.10 article on NYDailyNews.com:...Women in Iran better stock up on SPF 100. A suntan might land them in jail.Tehran's police chief, Brig Hossien Sajedinia, according to London's Telegraph...
Monday, for the first time in NYC, federal prosecutors utilized the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act to convict two men with blocking the entrance of a Planned Parenthood in Manhattan. Both men will be sentenced June 10th. They will face a maximum of six months and a maximum $10,000 fine. In light of the circus in Oklahoma, it's nice to know that some government folks are working to make access to abortions easier.   [New York Times] Image via NYCSocialist     ...
Oklahoma is well on its way to becoming the most restrictive state for women seeking abortions. The two most recent bills are bad enough–one forces a woman to have an ultrasound and then listen to a detailed description of the fetus' limbs and organs, while the other prevents a woman for suing a doctor who fails to mention if the fetus is disabled. I don't even get how these two bills can actually work together, but apparently that doesn't matter in Crazytown. Says State Senator...

Have y'all heard of Boobquake?  It was a joke facebook event started by Jennifer McCreight in response to Iranian Prayer Leader Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi's quote that, "Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes."  Makes sense...... Boobquake is a science experiment encouraging  women to dress 'immodestly' on the same day (April 26) in hopes of creating a massive earthquake or, you know, proving lady skin DOESN'T actually effect plate techtonics. ...