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Today’s Lady News: Female Vets Less Supportive Of Wars

  • Female veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are less supportive of the wars than their male counterparts, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. I know we have some veterans who read The Frisky — please chime in in the comments! [Slate]
  • The Dutch magazine Jackie that called Rihanna a “n—-bitch,” leading the editor-in-chief to resign, has retracted its apology. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Michigan’s governor signed a bill yesterday to ban benefits for state employees’ domestic partners, claiming it was to save money — as opposed to bigotry. [Jezebel Keep reading »

Motherhood Only Makes Ani Di Franco More Radical

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“I do a lot of interviews where people ask, ‘Now that you’re all happy and content are you going to lose your edge?’ Like there’s nothing edgy about being a mom. Which means that as we all become parents, songs are not written for us anymore, and we have to relive our youth to get off on music or something. Where is the music of where you get older? To be content and secure in your personal life doesn’t make you lose your edge so much. For me it almost gives me more fuel to be radical, to be political, to be fighting the good fight because you have something to stand on. When you’re all wrapped up in your personal foibles it’s hard to have any energy for changing the world or whatever. But now I feel more energized because I have that support system behind me.”

It isn’t hard to impress me when it comes to Ani Di Franco. But I want to send this interview with Ani on Bitch‘s web site to every mama that I know. She reminds me of something the iconic feminist Gloria Steinem often says, which is that women grow more feminist with age. I can absolutely see how bringing a child into the world — a daughter, in Ani’s case — gives you that extra push to make it a better place. [Bitch Magazine] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Politician Trying To Ban Gay Marriage Caught Committing Adultery

  • Anti-gay Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch has stepped down amongst allegations of an affair with a Senate staffer. Hmm, this throws a wrench in plans she and other GOPers in the state had to ban gay marriage, doesn’t it? An “apology” issued by the state’s gay community for breaking up Amy Koch’s traditional marriage is absolutely priceless (emphasis mine): Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Lesbian Couple Kisses When Navy Ship Docks

Celebs On Gay Marriage
These couples won't marry until it's legal for everyone. Read More »
Don't Ask, Don't Tell
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  • Naval Petty Officer Second Class Marissa Gaeta bought 50 raffle tickets so she could win the Navy’s lottery and be the first person off the ship to kiss their loved one at the dock. Once on land, Marissa Gaeta swooped up her girlfriend, Petty Officer Third Class Citlalic Snell, a smooch. So. Cute. [Queerty]
  • The FDA has approved preliminary clinical trials on humans for an experimental HIV vaccine. [Think Progress]
  • Frisky contributer Hugo Schwyzer on why he has resigned from writing for The Good Men Project. [HugoSchwyzer.com] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: On Rape, Alcohol, Victim-Blaming & Feminist In-Fighting

I Was Date Raped
Amelia was date raped in college by a guy she liked. Read More »
Victim-Blaming PSA
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If you write for a living — especially opinion writing, and especially as a feminist — you set yourself up for criticism. You really have no control over how others respond to your work, other than choosing not to write it. By attaching your name to your views, you put yourself in the position to be agreed with, judged, lauded, mocked, quoted reverently, misinterpreted, called somebody others “must read”, called crazy or ugly or both. I’ve experienced all these things at some point in my career.

It sucks, though, when the worst of those experiences happen from within the feminist community. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Judge Rules “Fetal Personhood” Ballot Initiative Is Misleading

  • A Nevada judge has ruled that a fetal personhood ballot initiative, which seeks to criminalize abortion by declaring a fertilized egg a “person,” is misleading and fails to explain its effects to voters. The judge ruled that the ballot initiative needs to make clear that the fetal personhood initiative would criminalize birth control and in vitro fertilization, as well. [Feminist.org
  • The Lowell Sun newspaper in Lowell, Massachusetts, mocked Chaz Bono’s transgender transformation by printing lyrics to a song that’s supposed to be sung to the tune of “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.” Very classy, folks. [Hufffington Post]
  • Could male rappers pass a version of the so-called “the Bechdel test” in which he has a conversation with a woman that’s not about himself or a business transaction? [Slate] Keep reading »
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