Posts tagged "feminist"

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…
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 wave their…
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 goes off o…
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

Bill Introduced To Ban Abortions Based On Sex & Race

Abortion rights are being screwed with yet again! The Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act seeks to criminalize abortions based on the race or the sex of the fetus. That might sound good to some people: supporters of the bill quickly point out how many female fetuses are aborted in China,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 10, 2011

Date Rape PSA By PA’s Liquor Control Board Accused Of Victim-Blaming

Pennsylvania's Liquor Control Board is under fire for a new PSA campaign called Control Tonight, which critics say puts the onus on women for "not getting raped" while drunk and is blaming the victim. The ad in question depicts a woman's bare legs on what looks like a tiled bathroom floor with her…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 8, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Why Is It Illegal To Give Yourself An Abortion?

Last week, a 20-year-old woman in New York City was arrested for aborting her 24-week-old fetus herself. At six months along, the woman would not have found a doctor to perform a "late-term abortion" unless giving birth would have killed her. But this sad story begs the question: why is giving yourself an abortion oftentime…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 7, 2011

Gov’t Overrules FDA, Forbids Morning-After Pill From Going On Shelves

I knew I shouldn't get my hopes up: the Secretary of  Health and Human Services (a woman!) has overruled the FDA's recommendation to allow the morning-after pill to be sold on drugstore shelves without a prescription. If Plan B is taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, it is almost 90 percent…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 7, 2011

FDA Considers Putting The Morning-After Pill On Drugstore Shelves

Conservatives losing their marbles to start in five ... four ... three ... two ... one: the FDA has until tomorrow to decide whether the morning-after pill Plan B will be available on drugstore shelves (as opposed to behind the counter) without a prescription for anyone of any age. If taken within 72 hours of…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 6, 2011

Reality Show Casting Agents Seek “Wonder Women” For Feminist-y Sounding Show

Attention wonder women, the reality world is a-castin'! An agency in L.A. is seeking females in traditionally male-dominated professions that are "terrifying" or "disgusting," like mining, installing power lines, and working in slaughterhouses, for a show called "Wonder Women." This actually sounds like a kind of feminist show ... but keep in mind  its being cast…
By: Stefanie Blejec / December 1, 2011

Today’s Lady News: iPhone’s Siri Won’t Help You Find The Morning-After Pill

Siri on the iPhone won't tell you where to find the morning-after pill, but it will help you find Viagra. [Reproductive Health Reality Check] Plus, 10 things Siri on iPhone will help you get instead of an abortion, like escorts. [Raw Story] Ohio's State Senate president, a Republican, said his party…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 29, 2011

What Ad Agencies Created When Asked To “Rebrand Girls”

It's a sad but true fact that in some parts of the world, especially China, baby boys are favored over baby girls. In fact, boys are so strongly favored in some rural areas of China that girls are aborted after their gender is known and as a result there's a drastic imbalance i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 29, 2011
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