Tag Archives: feminism

Rep. Todd Akin’s Wife Makes Another No-No Comment About Rape

Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
Please Go, Todd Akin!
Republicans urge Rep. Akin to drop out of the race. Read More »
"Legitimate Rape" Song
legitimate rape song
Find out if you've been raped according to Todd Akin with this song. Read More »

Idea: anytime a religious conservative Republican wants to use the word “rape” in public, he or she should run it through a publicist first. The wife of Rep. Todd Akin, the politician who last month questioned whether rape is “legitimate rape” and claimed women’s bodies reject sperm during a sexual assault to keep them from getting pregnant, has added her voice to the WTF-Are-You-Thinking chorus. Keep reading »

Texas Principal Cancels Cosmetology Class To Keep Male Student Out

Today's Lady News photo
  • The principal of a school district in Texas briefly cancelled an adult education cosmetology course after a male student, whom the principal perceived to be gay, signed up for the class. The teacher of the class says that really sucks for everyone else, because oftentimes the students who take her cosmetology class are single mothers trying to learn a valuable and flexible skill. The school district then rescheduled the class after the bad press drew attention to it.  Oh, Texas.   [Queerty]
  • Hide the children! “I am not a witch” Tea Party star Christine O’Donnell is considering a 2014 Senate run. [Raw Story]
  • Can black women lead on rethinking marriage? [On The Issues] Keep reading »

Keira Knightley Outs Herself As A Feminist

"Anna Karenina"
Watch the trailer for Keira's newest film! Read More »
Keira's Engaged
Keira is engaged to musician James Righton. Read More »
No Spanking Keira!
keira knightley michael fassbender photo
Michael Fassbender had to keep his hands off. Read More »

“I remember doing interviews, and people would ask, as if it was a joke, ‘So you mean you are a feminist?’ As though feminism couldn’t be discussed unless we were making fun of it. I don’t want to deny my femininity. But would I want to be a stay-at-home mother? No. On the other hand, you should be allowed to do that, as should men, without being sneered at.”

– I don’t know why I am surprised that Keira Knightley outs herself as a loud-and-proud feminist in Vogue. I suppose it makes sense: girlfriend has had to squeeeeeeze herself into more than a few corsets in all those English period pieces. I’m fairly certain not being able to breathe will make anyone a feminist. [Vogue]

Melissa Leo On Dating Hazards Of “Strong, Powerful Women”

Oscar Ads
Melissa Leo paid for her own "For your consideration ..." Oscar ads. Read More »
Droppin' The F-Bomb
Whoopsies. Melissa Leo dropped the F-bomb at an inopportune moment. Read More »
"The Fighter" Sexism
Why director Catherine Hardwicke was told she couldn't direct it. Read More »

“… 80 percent of female actors are pretty strong, powerful women, and that’s a very hard relationship for men to have. Even today, in 2012, the guy is supposed to be in charge. I see it in every heterosexual relationship I know, the acquiescence of the female. When I observe people being coupled, I see too many compromises that I don’t know that I could make or would want to make.”

– There’s lots of interesting stuff in Melissa Leo‘s Q&A in The New York Times Magazine, but what was most interesting to me was the stuff she said about relationships. Melissa jokes — at least, I think she was joking — about how she always picks a gaffer on-set to be her imaginary boyfriend because that’s so much easier than being in a real relationship. I don’t 100 percent agree with her theory here because I know there are guys who love strong, powerful women and who are willing to make compromises — but maybe she was just speaking to the male-dominated microcosm of Hollywood. [NY Times Magazine]

How Do We Feel About Pink’s New Song “Slut Like Me”?

Pink Vs. Chris Brown
Pink slams Chris Brown. Read More »
Meet Pink's Baby!
Pink debuts her newborn daughter Willow Sage. Read More »
Pink's Slutty Song

A Frisky reader sent me the lyric video for Pink’s new song “Slut Like Me” and asked what I think. To be honest, musically, I think it sucks. But I have a feeling he was asking what I really think about Pink owning the word “slut” and using it to describe herself — which I’m cool with in my own life. We have to be aware of the nuanced differences between how different people use “offensive words.” Those words can be powerful or harmful depending on who is using them and how. It’s totally different when I call myself a slut in a positive, pat-on-the-back way than it is when an angry man calls me a slut because I rejected him at a bar. (Or, you know, Rush Limbaugh calls Sandra Fluke a “slut.”) “Slut Like Me” is no great piece of music, though. I wish it was worthy of the debate over women using the word “slut” that it is going to cause!  [YouTube]

Virginia Passes Regulations That Seem To Shut Down Abortion Clinics

Rape As A Punishment
On wishing rape upon rapists. Read More »
  • Virginia’s Board of Health has voted to pass building regulations pushed by anti-abortion advocates on things like hallway sizes and ventilation systems that will force many abortion clinics in the state to close. Just awful. [Huffington Post]
  • More on the accused Central Park rapist’s history of attacking elderly women. [ABC News]
  • Another politician has compared abortion to slavery. That seems sensible. [Think Progress]
  • Proof that Goddess has a sense of twisted humor: Jessica Valenti, feminist and author of Why Have Kids?, was approached by a major news outlet to promote her feminist analysis of parenthood and asked to write about “how she lost the baby weight.” (The fact that she “lost the baby weight” by giving birth to a three-months-early preemie is another story entirely.) [JessicaValenti.Tumblr.com] Keep reading »
  • Zergnet: Simply Irresistible

  • HowAboutWe

  • Popular