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The Soapbox: Feminism Deserves Better Than “Sex-Negative Vs. Sex-Positive”

Anti Sex-Positive Feminism
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On Jillian Horowitz's interview with Thought Catalog about kink. Read More »
Be Sex Positive!
Eight ways to be positive you're sex positive. Read More »
Tales Of A Kinky Feminist
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You can be a kinky feminist and flawed human being. Read More »
The Soapbox: Feminism Deserves Better than “Sex-Negative vs. Sex-Positive”

As a feminist, kinky person and sex commentator, I am the target audience for Jillian Horowitz’s xoJane essay “I’m a Sex-Negative Feminist” — and that’s exactly the point. Part of the site’s “Unpopular Opinion” series, I can only surmise that the essay, like others before it, was written largely with the intention of riling up its supposed targets rather than fostering a nuanced debate.

I’d also quibble with her quickie history lesson—yes, sex-positive feminism in part emerged as a response to anti-porn feminist activism, but it also sprang from the anti-BDSM and anti-lesbian bent of much of mainstream 1970’s and ’80’s feminism. My understanding is that sex-positive feminism was about embracing feminist ideals and furthering sexual freedom—for everyone, not just women. Keep reading »

Duh, Amy Poehler Is A Feminist

Amy Poehler Life Lessons
Amy Poehler
As told in Amy Poehler GIFs, obviously! Read More »
Amy Vs. Taylor
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey
Taylor Swift is upset by a joke Amy and Tina made at her expense. Read More »
Amy On Raising Boys
Amy Poehler explains how she raises her sons. Read More »

“It’s always just been in my nature—it’s just kind of my everyday. Sometimes I access it in a conscious way, but it wasn’t always the headline of stuff that I was doing. We just had Gloria Steinem do ASSSSCAT, which was so great. Kathleen Hanna came, and I’m just a huge Kathleen Hanna fan. She, for me, was closer in age and a practicing and working feminist, at the time, that I related to. When I was in my late twenties and thirties, there were these amazing female musicians, like PJ Harvey and Björk and Kim Gordon.… These musicians are all still around, but, I mean, they were the most popular musicians! Just constant, really interesting women; sex wasn’t their currency, but they were really sexy and sexual. I gave you a long-winded answer. [Laughs] So the answer is: Yes, I consider myself a feminist, and it informs my work only in that it’s just who I am, in the same way that I’m a woman, or I’m 5’2″ or whatever. I was lucky that I came through a system that had many people who did much more hard work and road-clearing before I got there.”

– Not that I had any doubts that Amy Poehler was a feminist, but I’m still glad to hear her say it. [Time Out New York]

Ellen Page Says Feminism Should Be Considered “A Radical Movement”

Ellen On Feminist Porn
Ellen Page Gets Hot And Bothered For Feminist Porn
Ellen Page says "feminist porn is crucial." Read More »
Ellen On Abortion Rights
"I want women to be able to choose," the actress says. Read More »
Beyonce's A Feminist
Beyonce calls herself a modern day feminist! Read More »
Ellen Page on feminism
  • Leave it to Ellen Page to say exactly what I wish every celeb woman who identifies as a feminist would say: “Feminism always gets associated with being a radical movement — good. It should be. A lot of what that radical feminists [of the past] were saying, I don’t disagree with it.” Hells yeah! [After Ellen]
  • Last week, Duke Energy named Lynn Good as its CEO, meaning a total of 22 women are now heads of Fortune 500 companies. [Think Progress]
  • On the sexual violence female workers face in the U.S. agriculture industry. [Center For Investigative Reporting]
  • Why the Eliot Spitzer/Mark Sanford/Anthony Weiner comeback would never fly for a female politician. [Cosmopolitan] Keep reading »

Scottish Politician Boycotts Golf Tournament Because Club Doesn’t Admit Women

Condi Invited To Club
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Condi Rice was invited to join the all-male Augusta National Golf Club. Read More »
5-Year-Old Golf Prodigy
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Meet Bella Dovhey, a pint-sized ace in the hole. Read More »
"Unfeminine" Athletes
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Some old sexist dude is concerned lady athletes are not feminine. Read More »
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Last week, Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, announced that he will be sending a junior minister to the British Open, a prestigious golf tournament,  instead of attending it himself. He’s an avid golfer and is not forgoing the event out of disinterest. Rather on a matter of principle: the club hosting the event does not admit women as members. In about a month, the tournament will be held at Muirfield, a privately-owend club that is run by the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which only allows male members. Salmond feels the male-only membership rule of the club sends the message that women are “second-class citizens” and that Muirfield should have been made to change its membership rules before it was considered for the honor of hosting the tournament. Alas, discrimination against women in golf is nothing new. The Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, just admitted its first female members last year after a long, long time of feminists protesting this injustice. For some reason, golf clubs have gotten away with not admitting women for an unreasonable amount of time. What’s up with that?!  [Telegraph UK] [Photo of a woman golfing via Shutterstock]

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Iranian Swimmer Elham Asghari Can’t Get Time Recorded Because Her Swimsuit Is “Too Revealing”

Gyno Visit In Iran
Bahar on the time she went to a gynecologist in Iran. Read More »
Banned From Classes
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Iran bans women from 77 college courses. Read More »
Iran Bans Female Fans
Iran to ban female soccer fans from live broadcasts. Read More »
iran won't recognize woman swimmer elhan asgahri

Imagine being an athlete at the top of your field and not being recognized by the authorities for your accomplishments simply because you are a woman. This is the problem faced by Elham Asghari, a 32-year-old swimmer in Iran, who isn’t having her records recorded by the country’s sports ministry. In fact, just last month, Iran refused to acknowledge Asghari’s recent 20 kilometer swim in the Caspian Sea. Why? Because when she emerged from the water after the swim on a women-only beach, her figure was still “visible” underneath her six kilos-worth of body-covering swimsuit paraphernalia. Keep reading »

We’re Madly Jealous Of Feminist Summer Camp For High School Girls

feminist summer camp

Summer camp is the quintessential summer experience for many, but at this Manhattan-based camp, there isn’t a campfire or s’more in sight. This is Feminist Camp.

Created by Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner, the co-authors of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future, Feminist Camp aims to teach girls what being a feminist really means. Young women can expect to “hone their leadership skills, meet inspiring activists, and tackle the real issues that impact their lives.” Sounds rad! Keep reading »

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