Category Archives: Feminism

Come out Thursday and support GEMS

On Thursday March 26th, the Lovelife Event will be fund-raising for GEMS, an organization that focuses on mentoring and empowering girls who have survived sexual exploitation and assault. Their mission statement: Girls Educational and Mentoring Services’ (GEMS) mission is to … Continue reading

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Teenage girls and dating violence

The New York Times has a surprisingly thoughtful and complex article on teenage girls’ responses to dating violence — and of course, it’s in the Fashion & Style section. It’s worth a read, though, despite its unfortunate placement. The victim-blaming … Continue reading

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Justice for the Women of Atenco

From an Amnesty International email that just landed in my inbox: Last month, the Mexican Supreme Court confirmed that women in San Salvador Atenco suffered major physical and sexual abuse at the hands of police officers. But even with the … Continue reading

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New Statistics on Military Rape and Reporting

To readers of this blog, the fact that rape of women in the U.S. military is rampant should not be news.  But just in case you needed more evidence, HuffPo has information on new figures that have just been released. … Continue reading

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Support for paid parental leave

I was at my last job when I had my now 18-month-old, and yes, I had the nerve to complain that I only received six weeks paid maternity leave. Heh. They seem like glory days to me now. This fall, … Continue reading

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Mao’s Menstruation

My Little Red Book edited by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff Do you remember your first period? Wait, no – I phrased that wrong. Do you remember your first annoying classmate who wouldn’t shut up about her period? You know, the one … Continue reading

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Gendering Infants

I’ve seen a couple of blogs now post on Baby Bangs — a new company that creates wigs/toupee’s for bald or short-haired baby girls so that people will not commit the heinous act of mis-gendering them.  An example below, via … Continue reading

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Inside the Quiverfull Movement

Kathryn Joyce, one of my favorite writers, has a new book out called Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement. It looks, in a word, awesome. Joyce has been studying the Christian patriarchy movement for years, and has written about it … Continue reading

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A quote, just because: “If I were building a Utopia . . . I would leave principles out . . . even feminism; in place of principles I would give us all a magnificent and flaming audacity.” via.

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More Chris & Rihanna: This Time, With Extra Victim-Blaming

This is depressing: Here’s a conversation starter: Nearly half of the 200 Boston teenagers interviewed for an informal poll said pop star Rihanna was responsible for the beating she allegedly took at the hands of her boyfriend, fellow music star … Continue reading

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Abstinence-Only Day on Capitol Hill

On Wednesday, Joe from Amplify attended the abstinence-only lobby day on Capitol Hill, and has now written a blog post about all that he saw. While I would admittedly hate to see what kind of propaganda an abstinence-only organization would … Continue reading

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Target Women: Barbie

The latest from Sarah Haskins: (If you can’t view the embedded video, click here.) And for those of you who missed it, she also had a pretty awesome Op-Ed in the Washington Post on Barbie’s 50th birthday. (Yeah, I’ll admit … Continue reading

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