Posts tagged "feminist"

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…

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 24, 2012

On Fashion, Feminism & The Power Of Self-Expression

As a feminist and a fashion-lover I’ve long wrestled with the idea that my passion for one would somehow negate the other. I believe strongly in gender equality. I protest sexism and injustice. I volunteer for Planned Parenthood. I also read fashion magazines and spend a fairly large chunk of my time writing about cute…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 23, 2012

Meet Our Future First Female President, Maybe

So, apparently this video is a few months old, but I don’t care — YouTube user astrorice is an amazingly articulate and wise 13-year-old girl who impressed the pants off of us with her critical analysis of slut-shaming and rape culture. Astrorice, you inspire! Please watch, learn, and share. [YouTube]…

By: Julie Gerstein / January 12, 2012

Ani Di Franco Says Feminism Is For Everybody

“Feminism is not only for women. It’s something everyone can participate in, and evolve together, as the first step in the right direction. I see feminism as a tool to achieve … balance and peace. … Patriarchy is a fundamental imbalance underlying society. And it’s one we rarely address because it’s so universal. But as I get…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 10, 2012

NJ Gov. Chris Christie Makes Sexist Blowjob Joke Campaigning For Mitt Romney

When I heard yesterday that New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie made a blowjob joke while campaigning for Mitt Romney, I thought it just sounded, at worst, crude. (And embarrassing for Romney’s squeaky-clean Mormon image, although that’s another story.)  Christie was rallying for Romney at a campaign stop in Exeter, New Hampshire, when some women started chanting…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 10, 2012

Michele Bachmann Drops Out Of The GOP Race

Rep. Michele Bachmann dropped out of the GOP presidential race this morning, after placing nearly last place in yesterday’s Iowa caucus. Bachmann will return to focusing her energies in Congress, where she represents the state of Minnesota, telling reporters today, “I will continue to fight to defeat the president’s agenda of socialism.”…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 4, 2012

Cool Video: “I’m Feminist Enough”

I really, really love this “I’m Feminist Enough” video in which a bunch of women finish the statement “I’m feminist enough to ….” It really shows all the contradictions inherent in trying to live life with a set of values where it’s damn near impossible to be “perfect.” What this video really says is that…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 3, 2012

18-Year-Old Woman Raped & Beaten By As Many As 6 Men In Chicago

An 18-year-old woman was raped and beaten by as many as six men on New Year’s Eve in Chicago. The young woman, described by the Chicago Sun-Times as a Highland Park High School senior from the suburbs, went to a concert by British DJ “Rusko” at the Congress Theater and was turned away because she had no…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 3, 2012

#Pandagate Gets Taiwanese Animation

As both a panda lover and a feminist, I was torn asunder by the BBC’s WTF decision to include a panda named Tian Tian on a list of 12 women of the year, but not include three women who won the Nobel Peace Prize or any female CEOs. #Pandagate, as the scandal became known o…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 30, 2011

The 10 Proudest Sluts Of 2011

Slut. It’s an ugly word, isn’t it? Especially when it’s flung at you by some jerk who thinks the worst way he can insult a woman is by impugning her reputation. (Newsflash: it isn’t.)

But lots of unapologetically sexual ladies don’t let “slut” be a pejorative. Instead, they say, “Judgment be damned!” and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 29, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Iranian Woman Might Be Hanged Instead Of Stoned To Death

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman who was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, may be hanged instead. She was allegedly complicit with her lover in murdering her husband, although her supporters say she was forced to confess under duress. Ashtiani, a mother of two, has been imprisoned since 2006 and her impending…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 27, 2011

Girls Can Like Superheroes, Boys Can Like Pink Stuff

Let’s do the Time Warp, yeaaaah!

Amelia has gone back in time and unearthed a video of Baby Jessica Wakeman (real name: Riley), who is just as opinionated as she is in adult form. Riley is seen shopping in a toy store, with a man I presume is her father, when she goe…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 25, 2011

Motherhood Only Makes Ani Di Franco More Radical

“I do a lot of interviews where people ask, ‘Now that you’re all happy and content are you going to lose your edge?’ Like there’s nothing edgy about being a mom. Which means that as we all become parents, songs are not written for us anymore, and we have to relive our youth to get…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 23, 2011

The Soapbox: On Rape, Alcohol, Victim-Blaming & Feminist In-Fighting

If you write for a living — especially opinion writing, and especially as a feminist — you set yourself up for criticism. You really have no control over how others respond to your work, other than choosing not to write it. By attaching your name to your views, you put yourself in the position to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 21, 2011

Christian Group Refuses To Sell Bibles For Breast Cancer Charity Over Planned Parenthood Donations

Today in facepalms: a chain of Christian bookstore called LifeWay are pulling copies of the Here’s Hope Breast Cancer Bible from their shelves after it learned that one of the organizations benefiting from the sales is Planned Parenthood. The bible is produced by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and $1 from each sale is donated to…

By: Stefanie Blejec / December 16, 2011

What Does CDC’s New Data About Sexual Assault Reveal?

The Centers For Disease Control released its National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey yesterday and the findings throw a fork in many common perceptions surrounding sexual assault and its victims. Contrary to the stereotype that a rape victim is “some slut in a bar,” the demographics found to be at the highest risk for sexual…

By: Stefanie Blejec / December 15, 2011

In “The Slutcracker Ballet,” The Sugar Plum Fairy Goes Burlesque

Everyone should see “The Nutcracker” ballet at least once in their lifetime. And if you’re demented like me, you should see the ballet/burlesque fusion show “The Slutcracker” at least once, too!

Whereas traditional ballet celebrates poise and elegance,  “The Slutcracker” turns the traditional Christmastime show on its head with satirical, saucy performances involving…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 15, 2011
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