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Girl Talk: Assorted Thoughts On Losing My Engagement Ring

Why I Got Married Young
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Engaged Without A Ring
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Marriage Pressure
She feels pressured to either get married or break up. Read More »

I lost my engagement ring. I mean, really lost it. I haven’t seen it in a month, maybe more. I wish I was a robot and I could check my memory chip and replay all of my thoughts and actions, because then I would know exactly what happened, and I would also experience those amazing tortillas we got all over again. But maybe robots don’t like melted cheese as much as I do?

Focus.

I looked under everything with a flashlight. My dad blamed the cat, but she maintains her innocence. I looked under everything again, with a different flashlight that seemed a little brighter. It was gross under everything and I didn’t want to reach in there, but I’m pretty sure there was no ring.

And I’m probably not supposed to say this, but I don’t miss it. Keep reading »

Richard Mourdock Says “Whoopsies,” Backtracks On Rape Comments

Today’s Lady News: Romney Campaign Says It Still Supports Richard Mourdock

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Rape Babies A Blessing
Candidate Richard Mourdock says rape is part of God's plan. Read More »
  • Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign says it still supports the Tea Party’s Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who mind-bogglingly said that “God intended” pregnancies that result from rape. Mourdock is running a TV ad featuring Romney; the presidential campaign is apparently A-OK with continuing that endorsement. Keeeeeeep digging yourselves in a hole, boys. The election is ever so close. [AP, Guardian UK]
  • A Federal Appeals Court has ruled that Planned Parenthood in Indiana cannot be denied government funding under Medicaid even if the state objects that clinics provide abortion care. The ruling affirms “patients’ statutory right to obtain medical care from the qualified provider of their choice.” [Democracy NowFeminist.org]
  • The “Floral Kiss” laptop and six other patronizing for-women-only products. [The Week]
  • Bitch magazine editor-in-chief on why she didn’t run the Caitlin Moran interview. (ICYMI, here’s a post in which I go into the back story.) [Bitch Magazine]
  • Fuck No Sexist Halloween Costumes is just what it sounds like: one big ol’ headdesk. [Fuck No Sexist Halloween Costumes via Feministing]
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Madonna Strips Down In Support Of Malala

Meet Malala
5 things to know about Malala, the 14-year-old girl shot by the Taliban. Read More »
Madonna Loves Pussy Riot
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Madonna supports the Russian punk band. Read More »
Frisky Feminism!
Everything The Frisky has ever written about feminism! Read More »
Madonna Malala
  • Madonna stripped off her and displayed a tribute to Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old girl shot by the Taliban for being a girls education activist. I love how she’s throwing her support behind Pussy Riot and Malala — as if you needed a reminder that Madonna is rad. Angelina Jolie has also spoken out on behalf of Malala in a piece for The Daily Beast. [The Atlantic]
  • Why do conservatives hate Stephanie Cutter, Obama’s deputy campaign manager? [Slate]
  • This is extremely fucked up: a man sexually assaults a sleeping woman on the New York City subway and another passenger films it with his camera. Then the camera guy and another passenger woke the woman up and she punched the man who had been groping her in the face. [New York Daily News]
  • Vermont innkeepers Jim and Mary O’Reilly, who were sued for discriminating against a lesbian couple, appeared in an anti-gay marriage ad in Maine. [Queerty] Keep reading »

Pussy Riot Singers Sent To Russian Prison Colonies

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  • The two jailed members of Pussy Riot, the feminist punk band who were found guilty of “hooliganism” for speaking out publicly against President Vladmir Putin, have been sent to prison colonies, their lawyer has confirmed. A third member of Pussy Riot was released on appeal earlier this month. [Newser]
  • Texas continues to take an axe to low-income women’s access to reproductive health care. [Feminist.org]
  • Women who describe the circumstances they were in when they had an abortion … [AP]
  • … and doctors describe how they and their patients are affected by an increasing number of laws dictating what they can and can’t do when providing abortions. [Salon]
  • A man accused of domestic violence shot seven women at a spa outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where his estranged wife worked, killing three women. [San Francisco Gate] Keep reading »
Who Are Pussy Riot?
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova Pussy Riot
Meet the feminist punk band from Russia. Read More »
Meet Malala
5 things to know about Malala, the 14-year-old girl shot by the Taliban. Read More »
Frisky Feminism!
Everything The Frisky has ever written about feminism! Read More »

Taylor Swift Doesn’t Consider Herself A Feminist

Meet Chescaleigh
Chescaleigh gets cat called ... and so she talks back. Read More »
Donatella On Feminism
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Feminism is dead, says Donatella Versace. Read More »
Mayer Not A Feminist
Why I'm disappointed Yahoo's Marissa Mayer doesn't call herself a feminist. Read More »
Taylor Swift appears on 'Good Morning America', NYC

The Daily Beast: Do you consider yourself a feminist?

Taylor Swift: I don’t really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life.

Are we surprised that Taylor Swift doesn’t really consider herself a feminist? Not really. But it’s still completely dismaying that “guys versus girls” and that when women don’t succeed it’s because we just didn’t work hard enough is apparently what she thinks feminism is. It’s actually about men and women being equal to each other and deserving the same opportunities; it’s also about women being able to make choices for themselves. Call the Feminism PR Department, we have a pop star to educate! In all seriousness, though, I do suspect feminism within the pop music industry can be hard to come by. At the very least, the messages are complicated — Beyoncé, anyone? Taylor has been pursuing her career since she was about 14 and she’s probably drank the industry Kool-Aid about how she has to be marketed — sweet, innocent, uber-feminine, wearing dresses — to appeal to tweens and teens (and the parents who buy their music for them). Still, she’s 22 now and has been exposed to a lot in these past few years. I do not expect that Taylor Swift would have the politics of Kathleen Hanna, India.Arie, Ani DiFranco or even Alanis Morrissette. But I do wish she could correctly identify what a feminist is — even if she does not want to identify as one. [The Daily Beast]

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