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UPDATE: Black Meteorologist Fired For Responding To Racist Facebook Posts, Including One About Her Hair

Racist Joke?
Caroline Wozniacki
Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki accused of a racist joke. Read More »
Black Mom-In-Chief
What white feminists get wrong about Michelle Obama. Read More »
Is This Film Racist?
Only Decent People
This Dutch film about black women's asses looks pretty racist. Read More »
Job Search Racism
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Black woman pretends to be Caucasion in her job search, has easier time. Read More »
Rhonda Lee

UPDATE: HuffPost has a copy of an email sent by KTBS to employees regarding the company’s “guidelines” (as they put it) for using social media — which Lee confirmed she did actually read. So, while she cannot claim she was totally unaware of how she was not supposed to respond to Facebook comments, they are only phrased as “guidelines” and “social media best practices,” not rules. You can read the email at the link. [Huffington Post]

Meteorologist Rhonda Lee has been fired by KTBS-TV in Shreveport, Louisiana, for responding to racist Facebook posts, including one about her hair. Lee was told she violated the company’s new social media policy which had been verbally announced one month prior at a meeting she did not attend. One comment Lee responded to was by a viewer griping that all the kids who won a KTBS holiday shopping spree were black. The other comment Lee responded to was by a viewer who told her to grow some hair or wear a wig. Keep reading »

Meet The 83-Year-Old Lesbian Taking On The Defense Of Marriage Act

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  • Meet 83-year-old Edith Windsor, the widower whose fight against the Defense of Marriage Act is headed to the Supreme Court (Windsor vs. United States). Windsor had a 40-year-long relationship with Thea Spyer, whom she married in Canada. But because her marriage to a woman was not recognized in New York State, Windsor was required to pay $600,000 in taxes that she would not have owed if she had been married to a man. DOMA allows states not to recognize same-sex marriages from other states and therefore Windsor was not treated as the surviving spouse. [New York Times, Feministing, Ms. Magazine]
  • Civil rights activist Angela Davis Activist Michaela Angela Davis is launching a campaign called “Bury The Rachet” to take negative focus off black women in the media, especially on reality shows, and instead focus on black women’s professional accomplishments. [Madame Noire, The Grio]
  • Hey, even Colin Powell supports the removal of abortion restrictions on military women! [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Pregnant Woman Fired Over Bathroom Breaks

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  • A woman named April Roller is suing her former employer for unlawful termination after it fired her for taking too many bathroom breaks while she was pregnant. Roller was also given a person trash can to barf in at her desk rather than go to the bathroom to puke. I bet that increased workplace productivity! Is this company serious? For less than nine months, they couldn’t deal with a pregnant woman puking and peeing? [The Gloss]
  • North Carolina’s decision to issue “Choose Life” anti-abortion license plates is unconstitutional because NC doesn’t offer similar plates in support of reproductive rights, a judge ruled on Friday. [WRAL]
  • Two retired military women, one a former Air Force flight nurse and another an Army Colonel, were among the first people to be married last week after Washington State’s law legalizing same-sex marriage went into effect. [Washington Post] Keep reading »
A War On Men?
caveman
The most absurd allegations from Fox News' scare piece. Read More »
"Nice Guys" Who Rape
Intent isn’t everything, but it does matter. Read More »

Send This To Your Friend Who Says “I’m Not A Feminist, But …”

Taylor Not A Feminist
Taylor Swift appears on 'Good Morning America', NYC
Taylor Swift doesn't consider herself to be a feminist. Read More »
Katy's Not A Feminist
... but she says she believes in the strength of women. Read More »
Mayer Not A Feminist
Why I'm disappointed Yahoo's Marissa Mayer doesn't call herself a feminist. Read More »
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Mindy Nettifee
Mindy Nettifee Spits Some Truth

We all have one: that girl friend or coworker or cousin who says things like “I’m not a feminist, but I think women should be paid as much as men and make medical decisions about their own bodies.” You have probably had many, many patient conversations informing them they actually are a feminist and must now stop shaving their legs to free up more time for our ritualistic Male-Bashing And Baby-Eating Ceremonies.

Save your breath next time and send them this righteous rah-rah girl power poetry performance from the slam poet  Mindy Nettifee. It’s about a year old, but well-worth hearing. Who wants to be president anyway? [Upworthy]

Women In Military Shouldn’t Disrupt “Band Of Brothers” By Serving In Combat Roles, Retired General Writes

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  • A male retired Army general penned an op-ed for the Washington Post about why women should not openly serve in combat roles, which apparently seems to stem from wanting to “protect” lady-soldiers from rape and not breaking up the “band of brothers.” [Washington Post]
  • Here’s why the Violence Against Women Act is stalled in Congress. [Huffington Post]
  • Check out critic Anita Sarkeesian’s TEDxwomen talk in which she discusses the crazy trolls who bombarded her with death threats after she tried to do a feminist critique of video games. [Kotaku] Keep reading »

Frisky Rant: Hugo Schwyzer’s List Of Ways Men Are “Fighting” Sexism Is Really Lame

Feminism Dead?
Apparently. And it's all your fault. Read More »
Anti-Feminist Bingo
Common dumb things people make the mistake of saying to feminists. Read More »
Frisky Feminism!
Everything The Frisky has ever written about feminism! Read More »

Thanks, but no thanks. Yesterday, Jezebel posted an article by resident man feminist Hugo Schwyzer (who, full disclosure, contributed to The Frisky in 2010-2011 ), exalting five ways men are fighting sexism these days. Titled “Thanks, Guys: Five Ways Men Are Fighting Sexism,” Schwyzer, who teaches women’s studies classes at Pasadena City College, notes that men are undoing sexism, really! He includes the following examples: A rant video from Jay Smooth, calling out men who were bullying videogame blogger Anita Sarkeesian; the creation of a Tumblr called MenAgainstAssholesAndMisogyny; the work of performance artist Carlos Andres Gomez, who wrote a love poem called “You Are Everything,” full of ’80s references; an article in The Atlantic calling for an end to “violent masculinity”; and the movement to end the “bro hug.”   While I laud any man who recognizes his internal privilege and wants to address the social and historical oppression of women, this is not what I had in mind. Keep reading »

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