- Parts of a new anti-abortion law in Texas are unconstitutional and will not go into effect, a federal judge has ruled. The laws, expected to be enacted on Tuesday, would have required doctors providing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinic. Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that particular provision was “without a rational basis and places a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion.” The law, which State Senator Wendy Davis spoke out against this summer, would have severely restricted abortion access in TX by closing nearly one-third of its clinics. [Talking Points Memo, New York Times] Keep reading »
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Mass media (along with [Sheryl] Sandberg) is telling us that by sheer strength of will and staying power, any woman so inclined can work hard and climb the corporate ladder all the way to the top. Shrewdly, Sandberg acknowledges that not all women desire to rise to the top, asserting that she is not judging women who make different choices. However, the real truth is that she is making judgments about the nature of women and work – that is what the book is fundamentally about. Her failure to confront the issue of women acquiring wealth allows her to ignore concrete systemic obstacles most women face inside the workforce. And by not confronting the issue of women and wealth, she need not confront the issue of women and poverty. She need not address the ways extreme class differences make it difficult for there to be a common sisterhood based on shared struggle and solidarity.
It’s never too late to hear from bell hooks! The author, feminist and social justice activist just penned a review of Sheryl Sandberg‘s best-selling book Lean In, which many have celebrated for encouraging women to break the corporate glass ceiling, and it is on point. I read Lean In and while I found it had some interesting and helpful advice for someone like myself (a white chick in a managerial position at a media company), I was also bothered by how much more hoopla surrounded its publication in comparison to the many other truly radical and revolutionary books from feminist thinkers who take women of all races and economic statuses into consideration. bell hooks full review of Lean In is well worth a read — or three. [Feminist Wire]
- The United States ranks 23rd out of 136 countries examined in the 2013 World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report, which measures equality for women based on political, economic and other factors. It looks like Cuba, Nicaragua and a bunch of other places have a lot they could teach us about women’s rights! [WE Forum via Think Progress]
- On the Wisconsin law that allows child welfare authorities to forcibly confine pregnant women who may abuse drugs or alcohol. [New York Times]
- The next Wonder Woman animated film won’t use her name in the title and we’d like to know why. [The Mary Sue]
- 40 things only Internet feminists will understand. This. 1,000 times this. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
- A whopping 76 percent of women have never been asked about domestic violence during a medical exam, according to a shocking new study from More magazine and the Verizon Foundation. My gyno always asks me about how my partners treat me and yours should, too — let them know you feel this way. [Feministing]
- Here’s Jaclyn Friedman, Yes Means Yes co-editor, on how the “men’s rights” movement is hurting women — and men, too. [American Prospect]
- More TV shows are now portraying Black women as complex, emotional human beings rather than the tired stereotype of the “strong Black woman.” [BuzzFeed]
- Saudi Arabia is warning women who plan to break the law and drive cars on Saturday that they will be “disturbing the public peace.” Remember, ladies, driving is also bad for your ovaries. [USA Today] Keep reading »
Some of us are A-OK with being a sexy pizza slice for Halloween, but others would like the opportunity to buy a costume that’s more full-coverage. Perhaps an entire pizza? Or a pizza maker? A petition penned to Halloween costume retailer Party City’s CEO requested that very thing — realistic, non-sexy costume options for women. Jezebel reports that petition was started by high school senior, Maya Behn, although Change.org sites Shira Eliaser (who appears to be a teacher) as the author. Either way, it’s a kickass petition because it manages to make its point without a hint of slut shaming. According to Jezebel, Behn’s goal is not for Party City to get “rid of its current costumes, because a lot of women do like to express themselves that way,” but rather give young women more options. Check out an excerpt from the letter after the jump. Keep reading »
If you are a lady of a certain age with an Internet connection, chances are you read Jezebel.com. In fact, you might be on it right now. The blog launched in 2007 and truly proved — to the mainstream media, to our feminist foremothers who complain that women today are apathetic, to men — that there is an appetite for smart, sassy, feminist commentary on the Internet. The site inspires intense feelings amongst feminists and Reddit-trolling men’s rights activists alike — the former critiquing the site for its coverage of hot-button issues and the latter for encouraging women “to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”
OK, that last one was Pat Roberston, but I am betting he would not like Jezebel either. Which is precisely why I love it.
So you can imagine how thrilling it is that Anna Holmes, founder and original editor of Jezebel, has published The Book Of Jezebel, a coffee table encyclopedia of modern womanhood. The contributors’ page reads like a who’s who of the smartest women writers today, who have written entries ranging from “Roseanne” to abortion to Alice Walker to vulvas. No wonder the conservative web site The Daily Caller already had an apoplectic fit about The Book Of Jezebel, accusing its “angry women” authors and fans of having widespread daddy issues.
I called up Anna Holmes to discuss the book’s release and her thoughts on the feminist media ecosystem today. Here’s our conversation, after the jump!
Texas Brewery Advertises Blonde Ale That “Goes Down Easy,” Offers Eyeroll-Inducing Defense Of How Funny It Is
Sex jokes and beer go together like bros and cluelessness. Case in point: Deep Ellum Brewery’s Blonde Ale, which is features a blonde Kewpie doll on the can with the slogan “Goes Down Easy.” The slogan and image is also featured on the side of a hot pink company van. It’s a sexual innuendo about blowjobs — get it? Clearly that’s what the Texas craft brewery intended when they advertised their smoother alcoholic beverage, with little regard for women who find the suggestion they “go down easy” offensive. Keep reading »
- A Chinese high school has banned girls from wearing “anything but flesh-colored bras and underwear” because colorful delicates are showing through the school’s uniform. Solid-colored bras will evoke one punishment and for patterned bras the punishment will be even higher. Boys, it seems, are still allowed to wear boxer briefs from every color of the rainbow. Here’s an idea, chuckleheads: maybe get thicker school uniforms?! [Shanghaiist via The Gloss]
- Following an incident where a Black-skinned pageant winner was de-crowned because her Latina heritage could not be confirmed [fourth item], the Little Miss Hispanic Delaware pageant will require contestants to show papers proving they are Latina. This, of course, is problematic because Latinas can also be Black, white, redheaded, etc. and Latina heritage isn’t always something that is documented. [Feministing] Keep reading »
- Today, a district court judge in Austin began hearing arguments over parts of the restrictive new abortion laws in Texas that were enacted this summer. The court is hearing about the provisions which only permit physicians to dispense the abortion pill and requires all doctors who terminate pregnancies to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. Today, a doctor testified on behalf of Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union. The restrictive law is expected to go into effect on October 29. [Austinist; Bloomberg]
- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has dropped his legal challenge to the NJ Supreme Court over its ruling that the state must recognize same-sex marriages. Following the ruling last week, NJ officials began marrying gay couples after midnight this morning. Christie, a purported contender for the 2016 presidential election, opposes gay marriage. [CNN]
- On Marissa Alexander and how the legal system can abuse domestic violence survivors. [Bitch Magazine]
- Comedienne Carol Burnett received the nation’s top humor prize, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday. [Entertainment Week] Keep reading »
This hilariously biting piece of satire was written by suffragette activist/poet Alice Duer Miller in 1915, but replace the word “votes” with “reproductive rights” and it could easily be a modern day blog post. Here’s the full text, in case you can’t read the small print in the graphic: Keep reading »