Category Archives: Politics

We Are the Dead: Sex, Assault, and Trans Women

This guest post is a part of the Feministe series on Sexual Assault Awareness Month. C. L. Minou is a blogger and writer inhabiting a Great American Metropolis. In addition to her work at the Second Awakening, she has written … Continue reading

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Something to make you so very happy.

Our Lady Sady tells an obnoxious commenter-dude what’s what. And it is truly a thing of glory. The number of times I have thought similar things, although not as hilariously or astutely… The whole thing must be read, and I’m … Continue reading

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You’re not a rape victim unless the police say so

This whole article is a must-read — it’s infuriating and devastating. A college woman in Washington DC was refused a rape kit because getting one required police authorization; the police determined that since she wasn’t 100% sure she had been … Continue reading

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Who should replace John Paul Stevens?

You have probably heard by now the completely unsurprising news that John Paul Stevens, the leader of the liberal wing of the Supreme Court of the United States, is retiring. Slate solicits the opinions of some legal experts for who … Continue reading

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A Five-Year-Old on Erykah Badu’s “Window Seat” Video

A lot of really, really fabulous things have been written about Erykah Badu’s video for her song “Window Seat,” and I’m sure that you’ve come across many of them. But this post is the greatest thing that I’ve read on … Continue reading

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Child marriage: sex and money, Juliet and Fawziya Ammodi

This guest post is a part of the Feministe series on Sexual Assault Awareness Month. I think a TRIGGER WARNING is appropriate here. Why does the institution of marriage exist? Even highly romanticized commercials for De Beers speak to the … Continue reading

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Excusing Violence

A new survey on violence against women in Australia has just been released. “National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey 2009” was coordinated by an organisation called VicHealth, which was appointed by the Minister for Health in the state … Continue reading

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Thinking about feminist icons

It’s time for a group discussion, I think! I’m going to get the ball rolling with some questions, but I really want to hear your thoughts on this, maybe build a sense of what the Feministe community thinks around feminist … Continue reading

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Hey, anti-tax conservatives

Read this. Tax Day is a dreaded deadline for millions, but for nearly half of U.S. households it’s simply somebody else’s problem. About 47 percent will pay no federal income taxes at all for 2009. Either their incomes were too … Continue reading

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Ban on women judges in Egypt’s top administrative court overturned

I wanted to point you in the direction of this article from the Associated Press: It took a street protest, government intervention and a Constitutional Court ruling over the past weeks to get women appointed to Egypt’s State Council court … Continue reading

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Happy Confederate History Month

That’s enough, white people. (Really, you guys. Celebrating Confederate history is not celebrating our history. It’s celebrating the historical right of some people to own other people. It’s not celebrating states’ rights. It’s celebrating states’ rights to allow slavery. Let’s … Continue reading

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How to Write About Africa

This piece, and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ take on it, are interesting when read in tandem with this New Yorker article about an American couple set on saving elephants in Africa (sometimes at the expense of human life and well-being).

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