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New York Magazine Acknowledges The Feminist Blogosphere

Growing up in the suburban Northeast, I didn’t fit in. At my large, mostly-white, upper-middle-class high school, I wasn’t the funniest, the smartest, the most charming, or the prettiest: therefore, I didn’t really exist. Other kids cared about their Abercrombie & Fitch polos, what went down at the last Dave Matthews Band concert, and the Jettas they would pick out on their 16th birthday. That wasn’t me at all. I had tons of books on my shelves, a stud in my tongue, and every single Ani Di Franco album in existence. For three whole years, I mostly just rattled around in my own head.

Then, in the year 2000, when I was 16 and in junior year, my dad put the computer in our family room on the Internet. (This was back in the the Dark Ages when a family usually had one computer, it was shared by everyone, and it was usually a desktop.)  I don’t know how I found my way there, exactly, but I soon discovered gURL.com, “a teen site and community for teen girls.” On gURL.com I could read about dating and sex and birth control (not that I had use for much of that information just yet) and talk with other teen girls in the site’s chat rooms. And through links on gURL.com, I found my way to other websites that interested me. Pretty soon, my budding-feminist-self read all about things they didn’t discuss in school — abortion rights and the Taliban  — on Salon.com and websites for the Feminist Majority Foundation and Ms. Magazine. Keep reading »

DSK Sexual Assault Case To Become “Dominique Sex King” Porn

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The Word "Rape"
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How do you say “insensitive” and “tasteless” en francais? Pornographers My Porn Company are raising money for a XXX flick about Dominique Strauss Kahn‘s sexual assault case where he was accused of attacking a New York City hotel maid. My Porn Company will call the film “DXK” and it will star porn actor Roberto Malone as a character named Dominique Sex King. Keep reading »

Gloria Steinem Gives Real Talk On Founding Ms. Magazine

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How to teach boys to be feminists. Read More »
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Gloria Steinem urged a boycott of the since-canceled show. Read More »

“I confess that there were moments when I realized that I was fantasizing that the magazine would burn down. And I thought, ‘Why am I dreaming of this over and over?’ And then I realized that if it burned down, I would be free, and no one would be mad at me because it wasn’t my fault. There were those times.”

Gloria Steinem, on the early days of publishing Ms. Magazine, and the difficulties she had in managing all of the responsibility foist upon her as a feminist leader. Steinem, along with several other founding editors, were interviewed for an oral history of the magazine, in honor of its 40th anniversary, for New York.  [New York]

Today’s Lady News: Be Careful, Trick-Or-Treating Sluts!

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  • Be careful, trick-or-treating sluts, because you might get raped! A conservative think tank-er named Charlotte Allen penned a piece for the Los Angeles Times about — I think? — how women shouldn’t tease men with skimpy outfits and then complain when we get raped. Or it might be about crazy, irrational feminists get upset by slutty Halloween costumes but then we throw SlutWalk protests and that makes us hypocrites. It’s hard to say. Anyway, the best part is when Allen warns us women to be “careful about where [you] flash [your] treasure.” I shall henceforth be referring to my ladyparts as my “treasure,” unironically. [Los Angeles Times]
  • California Baptist University expelled Domaine Javier, 24, for “fraud” and “identity concealment” after she came out as trans on an episode of MTV’s “True Life.”  [Queerty
  • The Michigan House of Representatives approved a bill to eliminate domestic partner benefits for all state employees. In response, the faculty at the University of Michigan are threatening a mass exodus if the bill passes. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Herman Cain Accused Of Sexual Harassment

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The political news website Politico has dropped the bombshell news that Herman Cain, a Republican frontrunner for the presidential nomination and kooky numerologist, was accused of sexual harassment twice by women who later took pay-outs not to talk about the incidents.

Based on the reports of a half-dozen sources, Politico claims that when Cain headed the National Restaurant Association during the 1990s, two women complained to colleagues and senior officals about his behavior and ultimately left their jobs with financial pay-outs. Cain has refused to talk about the accusations for the past 10 days. But when confronted by a reporter this weekend, he said he couldn’t comment “until I see some facts or some concrete evidence.” When he was repeatedly pressed, Cain turned it around on the reporter, asking, “Have you ever been accused of sexual harassment?”

Wait, what?

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Today’s Lady News: UK Ditches Sexist Royal Succession Rules

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  • The British Commonwealth States have changed the rules of royal succession so a firstborn daughter can be in line for the throne, rather than the crown passing to the firstborn son. [Jezebel]
  • Female employees of Walmart have filed another gender discrimination lawsuit against the company. A class-action lawsuit alleging widespread gender discrimination failed earlier this year because the women, who held different jobs in different parts of the country, were not seen as a “class.” [Reuters]
  • An accused rapist portrayed himself in court as an irresistible ladies’ man, a somewhat tragic-comedic scenario. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
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