Yearly Archives: 2012

This Is Personal

An awesome campaign from the National Women’s Law Center, emphasizing that reproductive choices are personal — and we should keep them that way. Continue reading

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Is it rape if you don’t mean for it to be rape?

Oh man, everything about all of these questions and answers makes me uncomfortable, but especially this one:
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Science, Vaginas and Zombie Love

Another take-down of Naomi Wolf, this time with more SCIENCE. (Seriously go read it, it is smart and awesome). Continue reading

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Breastfeeding in front of the olds

Another boob-related topic, this time from Dear Prudence: Continue reading

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This seems like a helpful contribution.

Sure, let’s put up subway ads calling Muslims “savages.” That seems like it would really contribute to an important conversation. Can someone please pay the MTA to put up “STFU Pamela Gellar” ads? Continue reading

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Freedom of expression should not be undermined

Obviously. And that should extend to mocking religion, even cruelly. And violence is not an acceptable response, even to someone maligning your God. But unfettered freedom of speech is not an entrenched value everywhere in the world (although I wish it were). And when we’re talking about swaths of relatively powerless people who have spent the past few decades facing hostility and violence from the United States and from their own leaders, rioting as the only way of demonstrating widespread frustration and discontent becomes somewhat… not understandable in the way that means “acceptable,” but understandable in the “capable of being understood” way. Because even if the better option was a cool, collected conversation, no one is sitting at the other side of that table. Which again isn’t a justification — the rioting is wrongheaded and horrible and I would even say silly in response to such an asinine, juvenile video — it’s just an observation. As is this: When there are already fires blazing, maybe don’t throw gasoline on them just to prove that you can. Continue reading

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Can Black Women Lead on Rethinking Marriage?

By Dani McClain, cross-posted from On The Issues Magazine. One highlight of Election Day 2012: voters in Maryland, Washington and Maine deciding, with their ballots, whether people in same-sex relationships will be allowed to marry. Black voters in those states … Continue reading

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Melissa Leo: Kind of the best.

Yes and yes. My favorite parts: Continue reading

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Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

Sorry for the delay. Self-promote away!

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Rescued from Caperton’s Recycling Bin: “You’re kidding me! I’ve never been asked that question before.”

Periodically, I get around to clearing off my desk and flattening out crumpled magazine clippings and saying, “Huh. Look at that.” Today: Marie Claire‘s Carrick Mollenkamp interviews Sallie Krawcheck, “[o]ne of Wall Street’s most powerful women” who “was ousted from her job running Bank of America’s wealth management division last fall.” Continue reading

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Pregnancy Testing in Bars

First thought: The obsession with OMG WOMEN ARE DOING SOMETHING WRONG WHILE PREGNANT is hitting new highs (lows?) when bars are offering pregnancy tests in the bathrooms to make sure that no woman ever accidentally has a glass of wine after insemination. Continue reading

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Win Tickets to Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell

Want two VIP tickets to the final taping of Totally Biased? They could be yours! The first Feministe reader to email feministe@gmail.com with your three favorite feminist moments from this season of Totally Biased will win two VIP tickets for the season finale taping on Thursday Sept. 20th. So hit us up! And if you don’t win the VIP tickets, you can still request tickets here. Continue reading

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