Growing up in rural Texas, Gloria Feldt became pregnant at age 15 in the 1950s. The birth control pill did not exist and abortion was illegal; it was a time when a wife needed her husband’s signature to open a bank account and job listings said “Wanted: Male” and “Wanted: Female.” So, she married the guy who got her pregnant and by age 20, they had three kids together. Although she loved her family, Gloria felt she had very little ability to make choices for her own life. She began working at a small Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas (and can remember a time when the birth control pill was so new that men were afraid of it and would flush their wives’ pills down the toilet!). Eventually, the kids were grown and the marriage dissolved, but Gloria rose through the ranks of Planned Parenthood, eventually becoming the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She served PPFA from 1996 to 2005, testifying before Congress and even appearing on “The O’Reilly Factor” (and coming out alive). Keep reading »
Good news, domestic abusers! An Islamic court in the United Arab Emirates has ruled a husband or father can “discipline” his wife and children as long as he does not leave any marks. This decision follows a ruling where a man was taken to court for slapping his wife, injuring her bottom lip and teeth, and kicking his 23-year-old daughter, causing her to bruise. Keep reading »
This is the sweetest story: this little boy likes to wear princess clothes and that’s just fine with his mom. Cheryl Kilodavis has written a children’s book called My Princess Boy about how it’s OK for boys, like her son Dyson, to enjoy pretty dresses. It warms my dark, craggy heart. Some moms are the best. [My Princess Boy via Colorlines] Keep reading »
I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I don’t know how to knit. My mom taught me after college, but I messed up my stitches and abandoned it in frustration. Debbie Stoller promises she can teach me. Why shouldn’t I believe her? The editor-in-chief and co-founder of Bust magazine has taught hundreds of thousands of women to knit and purl with her first book, Stitch ‘N Bitch: The Knitters Handbook. Her small library of Stitch ‘N Bitch books — there are many — are in every yarn store, groups of gals meet at hundreds of Stitch ‘N Bitch knitting groups that have sprung up around the country, and there is even a line of affordable yarns that bears her name. In other words, Debbie Stoller is pretty much singlehandedly responsible for the hipster knitting craze that swept the 2000s.
So, naturally, when I heard Debbie Stoller had published an advanced knitters’ pattern book, called Stitch ‘N Bitch Superstar Knitting, I knew we had to chat (despite being one of those fools who hasn’t learned to knit from her first book yet). After the jump, find out what Debbie thinks of being responsible for the 2000s’ knitting craze, why left-hand versus right-hand knitters are like the Crips and the Bloods, and her intense mama pride for what is now 17-year-old Bust magazine. Keep reading »
This NSFWish (use headphones) video shows Yale University fraternity pledges marching through campus shouting, “No means yes! Yes means anal! No means yes, yes means anal!” According to Tracy Clark-Flory at Salon.com, they also shouted, “My name is Jack, I’m a necrophiliac, I f**k dead women,” though that wasn’t captured on audio. The president of the DKE fraternity, Jordan Fourney, released an apology, calling the anal rape chants “a serious lapse in judgment by the fraternity and in very poor taste.”
Presented without comment. Because what is there to say, really? [Salon.com Broadsheet] Keep reading »