Posts tagged "feminist"

The Soapbox: Facts About Rihanna And Other Abused Women

With Chris Brown and Rihanna releasing two remixes together and rumors of them seeing each other flying, it's understandable to feel disappointed in Rihanna. It’s hard watching anyone step into such an obvious trap, especially when she’s been warned repeatedly of how dangerous it is. Add to that the fear that Rihanna’s choice to forgive…

By: Amanda Marcotte / February 24, 2012

Campus Confidential: A Feminist Rushes A Sorority

When I thought about what my college experience would be like as a high schooler, I never for a second even slightly entertained the faintest thought of joining a sorority. As a self-identified feminist, as someone who thought Chapstick was a full face of makeup, and as someone who had about as much interest i…

By: Julie Zeilinger / February 23, 2012

One Box Of “Roe Vs. Wafers,” Please

The best part about the Girl Scouts' dramatic unmasking by a Republican lawmaker in Indiana as a "tactical arm of Planned Parenthood" is that the Scouts can now be honest about all their delicious cookie offerings.  [Team Coco]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 22, 2012

UPDATE: Virginia’s Governor Backs Off “Transvaginal Ultrasound” Anti-Abortion Bill (And Even Meghan McCain Is Against It!)

UPDATE, 3:40: Governor McDonnell has released a statement regarding the bill, posted after the jump. Virginia's Republican Governor Robert McDonnell has come to his senses: he is dropping his support for a scary-ass bill requiring women seeking an abortion to first have a medically unnecessary "transvaginal ultrasound," aka to be vaginally penetrated with a speculum…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 22, 2012

Arizona Pol’s “Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act” Would Allow Men, Parents To Stop Abortions

We've long been following the WTF-ery of the "Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenantal Nondiscrimination Act," which will criminalize abortions based on race or gender of the fetus. The anti-abortion supporter of the bill, Rep. Trent Franks, a Republican, insisted that America had to ban such abortions and threaten abortion providers with punishment for…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 21, 2012

Fox News Lady Who Claimed Women Should “Expect” Rape In Military Blames Feminists, New York Times

Fox News contributer Liz Trotta would like to clear up a few things. First of all, when she spoke on the Pentagon's decision to officially open up more combat positions to women and said women in the military should "expect" to be raped by their male comrades, she "certainly did not" mean all military men.

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 20, 2012

So Lame: Very Few 2012 Oscar Nominees Pass “The Bechdel Test”

Back in 1985, cartoonist Alison Bechdel drew a "Dykes To Watch Out For" cartoon describing the three rules that govern whether or not she will see a movie, which she called "The Bechdel Test": It has to have two women in it who have names, Who talk to each other, About something besides a man. Bechdel’…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 17, 2012

Michelle Duggar’s Tips For A Happy Marriage Include Being “Financially Dependent” On A Man

I won't beat around the bush: "tips for a happy marriage" from Michelle Duggar are as bad as they sound. In the season premiere of "19 Kids and Counting" this week, the reality TV mama (whose family is stumping for Rick Santorum) is filmed at a conference on how to have a happy, evangelical Christia…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 17, 2012

Former Marine To Fox News: Sexual Assault Should Not Be Part Of My Job

Violent sexual assaults in the military have increased by 64 percent since 2006, according to a recent Pentagon report. Let me repeat that number: 64 percent. But few days ago, Fox News contributor Liz Trotta made it clear she doesn't consider this to be a valid problem. "Now, what did they expect? These people are…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / February 17, 2012

Today’s Lady News: BYU Jerk Slut-Shames Fellow Student For Her Dress On Valentine’s Day

Somebody has just cursed himself a lifetime of callused handjobs on Valentine's Day: a student at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, received a handwritten message from a fellow student this Tuesday telling her, basically, that she was dressed like a slut! As you can see from Brittany Molina's not-at-all-revealing outfit and the snotty letter…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 16, 2012

Feminist Pornographer Tristan Taormino On Being In The Male-Dominated Porn Industry

"There’s this experience I have repeatedly which is so symbolic. I work for this big company, Vivid Entertainment, and you walk in the second floor, the editing suite, and there are anywhere between five and eight men, sitting in front of computer screens, watching naked women have sex. I am the only woman in the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 16, 2012

Women On Afghan TV Told To Wear “Less Makeup, More Veil”

Your daily reminder that as screwed up as our government's attempts to control women's bodies is sometimes, it could be worse: female TV presenters in Afghanistan have been warned by the government to lay off the makeup and wear veils more frequently. The Information & Cultural Ministry asked TV networks to require women to wear…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 16, 2012

Jon Stewart’s Send-Up To The “Holy Sausage Fest” Freaking Out Over Birth Control

Sean Hannity from Fox News had a whole bunch of dudes — white dudes, black dudes, all dudes — stop by for a big ol' sausage-fest discussion of the birth control debate. Comparisons between health care reform to getting taken over by the Nazis? Oh, yeah, somebody went there.  Jon Stewart's response is on point, as usual:…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 14, 2012

Ann Coulter Says Liberal Women Are Ugly, Wage Gap Is Fine If Women “Never Have To Pay For Dinner”

"I think all real females are right-wingers and I can tell you that based on experience — and my bodyguard will back me up on this — all pretty girls are right-wingers. Some of my male fans have hair to their derriere and tattoos up and down their arms; some of my antagonists seem like perfectly attractive,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 13, 2012

Gwyneth Paltrow Says She’s A Bad Feminist

"I have little kids in school. I want to maintain my marriage and my family, so I have to be here when he comes home. ... [I gave advice to a girl friend who] is an actress and in a new relationship with someone else with a big career, and I said this may not…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 2, 2012

Caitlin Flanagan Addresses “Hysteria,” Says Teen Girls “Need More Protection”

Conservative lady-splainer Caitlin Flanagan is handwringing over the teen girls again. No, not only in her new book, Girl Land, which frets about "eighth-grade girls who know how to roll on condoms because they've learned that in school." She's also fretting in last weekend's New York Times op-ed page regarding the teen girls in LeRoy, New

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 1, 2012

North Carolina Politician Calls For Public Hanging Of Abortion Providers

A North Carolina politician sent an email to all his colleagues calling for "public hangings" of abortion providers as a deterrent.  Republican Rep. Larry Pittman wrote in an email: "We need to make the death penalty a real deterrent again by actually carrying it out. Every appeal that can be made should have to be…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 27, 2012

Diablo Cody Says Feminists “Should Be Up My Butt”

"Any feminist out there who doesn't support me gets a big boo because you've got one person out there who is advocating for women in Hollywood and you're going to slag that person? If you're a feminist, you should be up my butt. I have no idea if I've helped feminism or set it back, because people…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 27, 2012

All-Female Team Builds Barracks In Record Time

A group of Seabees, the U.S. Navy's specially trained construction force, just went down in the military history books for being the first all-female team to finish a construction job start to finish. Russell Stewart, a Seabees spokesperson, said, "Unlike most times Seabees show up to a new location, this team was welcomed with rolling…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 25, 2012

Funny Or Die Removed Comic’s “Obscene” Breastfeeding Skit (NFSW)

... because what is more obscene than feeding your hungry children?!  I mean, UGH. I am being hyperbolic; the comedy site Funny Or Die was not. Comedian Ahna Tessler is a breastfeeding mama of twins and she submitted a skit of herself, which incorporated the breastfeeding, on Funny Or Die. The short skit called "Leah…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 24, 2012
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