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Protest Today Against Facebook’s Rape Jokes

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There’s a lot of dodginess on Facebook (status “updates” from your sister’s fetus, hello) but there’s one thing we cannot tacitly approve by ignoring — rape jokes such as:

  • “Kicking Sluts in the Vagina”
  • “Whats 10 inches and gets girls to have sex with me? my knife” 
  • “I know a silly little bitch that needs a good slap”
  • “We’re gonna have sex tonight” “Why?” “Because im stronger than you are”

Yes, some immature, insensitive people post rape jokes or create pages with themes about raping, stabbing, or threatening their girlfriends and moms.  That hate speech is bad enough, but alas, you are allowed under the First Amendment to be a douchebag.

The real question is, though, why is Facebook permitting jokes about sexual violence? Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: “Why You’re Not Married” To Become TV Show

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  • Last year the internet was pissed off at a Huffington Post blog post by “Mad Men” writer Tracy Terry McMillan entitled “Why You’re Not Married,” which let us all in on the secret that men don’t like bitches, liars and sluts. The piece should have crawled back under the rock from which it spawned. But alack, alas, ABC is turning it into a sitcom.  [Clutch Magazine]
  • Four black nurses in Cobb Country, Georgia, are suing their employer Accord Services for not sending them to work in white homes. [Madame Noire]
  • The Health Resources & Services Administration released a report yesterday about the health-related needs of women, including, for the first time-ever, lesbians and bisexuals. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Man Attempts To Woo Woman With Staged Attack, Doesn’t Go Over So Well

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Who says chivalry is dead? Wisconsin man, Robbie Suhr came up with a very interesting way to woo the lady he had his eye on. She just so happened to be the 26-year-old exchange student who lived with him, his wife, and children. His foolproof strategy to win her over?  Put on a mask, attack her, tie her up, leave, and return as himself to rescue her. Romantic! Dressed in dark clothes and a mask, Suhr, 48, sprung at the woman while she was having a cigarette in the garage late one night. Things didn’t exactly go as planned, and she put up a fight that resulted in Suhr giving up and fleeing the scene. The residents of Pleasant Prairie, the small Wisconsin town where it all went down, can feel secure in their homes once again knowing the case was not a random attack. Still, a week-long investigation was staged before Suhr was arrested on charges including reckless endangerment, battery, and false imprisonment. So twisted! I’d like to see the results of the extensive mental health testing he will most definitely undergo. [TMJ4]

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 »

Lesbians Crowned Homecoming King And Queen

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14 celebs describe how they came out of the closet. Read More »
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Good news! High school doesn’t always have to suck! Patrick Henry High School in San Diego crowned a lesbian student named Rebeca Arellano as its first homecoming king during the school pep rally and days later, Rebeca’s girlfriend of two years, Haileigh Adams, was crowned homecoming queen. Rebeca was the school’s first female homecoming king, which was especially shocking because the couple said they didn’t plan to run and just ended up getting a lot of positive support from their classmates. So, suck on that, Westboro Baptist Church.

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Gloria Steinem Gives Real Talk On Founding Ms. Magazine

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We loved "Gloria: In Her Own Words." Read More »
Teaching Boys Feminism
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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]

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