Posts tagged "feminist"

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…

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 plans to advance a…

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 in the population.

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 29, 2011

Kat Dennings Says If You’re Not A Feminist, You’re Not A Good Person

"The way I view feminism — and I know there are a lot of different things going on — but, at its purest form, to me, it's a very positive, supportive, nurturing, empowerment thing. I mean, God, who isn't a feminist? If you don't think women are as good as men, you're not a good…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 28, 2011

Michele Bachmann Demands Apology For “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” Incident On Jimmy Fallon

On Monday night, Michele Bachmann visited Jimmy Fallon's late night talk show and his house band, The Roots, played a little music like they always do. But then it became clear yesterday that the song was called "Lyin' Ass Bitch," a 1985 ditty from the band Fishbone. (The Roots' drummer Questlove tweeted a teaser that…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 23, 2011

“Breaking Dawn”‘s Abortion Undertones

"Absolutely, and as a pro-choice feminist, that was certainly my concern going in. No matter what, I would not have done this movie if it violated my own beliefs — I would have just walked away — so I had to find a way into it that was in line with my own thinking and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 22, 2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann Poured Water For All The Guys At The Debate

Rep. Michele Bachmann is the only female candidate gunning for the Republican nomination. So you know I've got something to say about her taking on what the New York Observer cheekily referred to as "the traditional woman's role" at a GOP Thanksgiving Family Forum on Saturday night and pouring glasses of water for all her…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 21, 2011

“Tempting” Eyes Can Now Get You In Trouble In Saudi Arabia

Religious police in Saudi Arabia may now stop sluts women in public walking around with "tempting" eyes. In other words, Saudi gals with attractive peepers may be forced to cover them up, if a vice officer deems them inappropriate. This is only the most recent "repressive measure" that may be taken against women by the…

By: Rachel Krause / November 18, 2011

Hitched: Wedding Planning Is The Worst

I started having emotional breakdowns about a month into wedding planning. Sweaty palms, heart racing, knees weak, teary eyes, total immobilization. I would find myself staring at a web page filled with tiki torches or green bridesmaid dresses or centerpiece ideas, and I would just stop dead in my wedding tracks. It became the worst…

By: Andrea Grimes / November 18, 2011

“Breaking Dawn”‘s Director On Whether Bella Is A Feminist Role Model

"I don't know about "role model." But I do think she's an incredibly strong female character, who has a sense of what she wants, and what's right, and goes after it. I find her extremely heroic in this movie, because she is thinking about sacrificing any kind of sense of safety in the service of…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 16, 2011

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 1, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Watch “Miss Representation” On OWN Tonight

Tonight is the television premiere of "Miss Representation," a new documentary about how women are depicted in the mass media. The doc was written, directed and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newson and features commentary from Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Gloria Steinem, Nancy Pelosi, Condoleezza Rice, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson, and my friend Jennifer L. Pozner,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 20, 2011

Ke$ha Is The Female Alice Cooper

"I'm not a submissive, perfect pop princess, that's for damned sure. I do think I have a rebellious, metal-loving rock chick inside of me.  ... I've always loved rock'n'roll. It's about subversion. I'm talking to millions of people around the world about having sex freely, getting hammered, and partying. It's fun for me to be…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 10, 2011

“The Playboy Club” Gets Cancelled: Why Did It Suck So Much?

Gloria Steinem, rejoice: "The Playboy Club" has been cancelled after only three episodes. Viewership dropped from 5 million to 3.2 million, which spooked NBC enough to give it the axe. While we are sorry the lovely and talented Amber Heard is out of a job, honestly that show sucked. Let's parse just why "The Playboy…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 5, 2011

Jon Hamm Talks Rape Prevention, My Heart Swoons

"It is an important thing to instill in a younger generation about the impact of rape, the lasting impact of rape. Children from grade school to high school to college are incredibly susceptible and incredibly malleable, as we all know. To get them early, to teach them about the facts and figures and other realitie…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 29, 2011

Saudi King Spares Woman 10 Lashes For Breaking Driving Ban

Saudi Arabia is on a roll with this not-treating-women-too-much-like-2nd-class-citizens thing! Earlier this week King Abudllah announced that women could vote and run in elections. Then on Wednesday, a member of his staff told the AP a Saudi woman will be spared a punishment of 10 lashes for flouting the country's ban on women driving.  The…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 29, 2011

How To Teach Boys To Be Feminists

Recently, I wrote a blog post about teaching our girls to be feminists. But I also think boys should be taught what it is to be a feminist. A couple of years ago, I recall a conversation I had with my 13-year-old nephew who is quite intelligent and a bit beyond his years. He wa…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 25, 2011

Feminists Can’t Get Laid, Say Ladies On Fox News

"After decades and decades and decades of feminists burning their bras, saying, 'Make more money than men, do this, run over men, have sex like a man, tell your man what to do, don’t let them open the door —' they're not happy with the product, are ya ladies? A lot of them are older,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 7, 2011

Feminist Parenting Sounds Really Freakin’ Hard

One of the things that freaks me out the most about having kids someday is letting them choose their gender roles on their own. I am going to make a conscious and concerted effort to let my kids know they are loved and accepted however they choose to express themselves. But I'm also realistic and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 7, 2011
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