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The Soapbox: “Dr. Who” Has A Lady Problem

Dr. Who Proposal
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This man proposed with a ring box shaped like a TARDIS. Read More »
Who Loves "Dr. Who"?
Just about anyone can enjoy this British import. Read More »
Dr. Who Urn
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It's time to cry: wife of dying "Dr. Who" fan seeks TARDIS urn. Read More »

To say that I am a fan of the British sci-fi show “Doctor Who” would be and understatement.  Not only do I have “DW” viewing parties at my apartment, I own a sonic screwdriver, I’ve eaten fish fingers and custard (a “DW” inside joke), I waited for hours to get a glimpse of the show’s stars when they shot an episode in New York, and I even traveled to London to go to the “Doctor Who Experience.”  Despite some missteps (cough, “Daleks in Manhattan,” cough), “Doctor” Who won my heart(s) long ago, and I keep coming back for more adventures in that blue box.

But then I saw the promo art for season seven in which the titular character of the show, the Doctor, looks darkly determined while carrying his unconscious companion Amy in his arms. (“DW” has always referred to the people who travel with the Doctor as “companions.”)  If my life were a preview for a romantic comedy, this would have been the moment you heard the sound effect of a record scratching to a stop.  What the what?!  Is “DW” really going there? Portraying Amy as merely a victim for the Doctor to save?

It gave me pause, and it made me think about the way the show has portrayed (or betrayed) its female characters in the past. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Black Men, Is Chad Ochocinco Your Hero?

Domestic Violence Arrest
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Chad Ochocinco was arrested for domestic violence this weekend. Read More »
Ocho Apologizes
Evelyn Lozada injuries from Ochocinco
Ochocino issues a public apology for his alleged domestic violence. Read More »
Ocho's Race Criticism
Ochocinqo criticized for not choosing black women on VH1 dating show. Read More »

Chadvelyn, LosOcho and OchoSado: those were the three hybrid names that I came up with for my favorite reality TV couple, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson and Evelyn Lozada. But after only six weeks of marriage, the beautiful sounds of wedded bliss and the hoopla surrounding their much anticipated reality show have been silenced by the head-butt that was heard around the world.

By now, everyone knows about the drama surrounding Chadvelyn. The Internet has been all aflutter with updates. She-said this, he-said that and we-said “WTF?” He loses his job, she files for divorce, and we all sit back to make judgments and assumptions about everything. Keep reading »

Girl Gamer: Don’t Patronize Me With Your Video Game’s “Girlfriend Mode”

I'm A Gamer
I'm a video game fanatic -- and I also happen to be a woman. Read More »
Women Are Gamers
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Contrary to stereotype, the majority of online gamers are ladies. Read More »
Challenge The Trolls
Jay Smooth calls on men to challenge anti-feminist Internet trolls. Read More »

You’d think that by 2012 game designers would have stopped insulting our intelligence by giving us female characters with gigantic conical boobs and tiny there’s-no-way-she-has-any-internal-organs waists. You’d think they would have created some virtual woman we can get behind. You’d especially think that since it’s been shown female gamers outnumber male gamers, designers would respect their audience and do everything in their power not to alienate us.

Well, of course you’d be wrong.

In a recent interview with website Eurogamer, John Hemingway, lead game designer of popular first-person shooter Borderlands 2, revealed his studio Gearbox was developing a new female character for B2 with a very … unusual skill tree. What’s a skill tree, the less-nerdy of you ask? At the beginning of role playing video games, players choose from a list of different skills you can develop as your character earns experience points. To give you an example, if you choose the “Sharp Shooter” skill tree, as you earn points you can, in essence, buy skills related to shooting, like expert aim or extra ammo. This new character in Borderlands 2, a yet unnamed “Mechromancer,” will have a skill tree called “Best Friends Forever” that Hemingway referred to in the interview as — wait for it!— “girlfriend mode.” Keep reading »

Chelsea Handler Addresses Rumors She Slept Her Way To The Top

Slept Her Way To Top?
NY Times reporter asked Whitney about sleeping her way to the top. Read More »
Brain Bleed
Even Chelsea Handler thinks her show is stupid sometimes. Read More »
Chelsea's Abortion
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Chelsea Handler had an abortion at 16. Read More »
Childless By Choice
Gloria Steinem on Chelsea Lately
Neither Chelsea Handler nor Gloria Steinem want to be moms. Read More »

“I so didn’t, and I so don’t care about you asking about it.”

– That is Chelsea Handler‘s response to a journalist for Marie Claire @Work asking her about the rumor — legend? slur? — that she only got her show “Chelsea Lately” because she was dating the former head of E! Want to see me become irrationally angry and start breathing fire out of my nose? Suggest Handler only got her show because she slept her way to the top. I have a torn a new asshole on many a buffoon who has dared suggest that luck, talent, hard work and savvy had nothing to do with it. Her  bestselling books? Her (since-cancelled) sitcom? Her comedy tours? Her roundtable of comics — like Whitney Cummings — getting their own shows? Her ex-boyfriend’s penis must have been pretty damn magical to make all that happen. Keep reading »

Judge Not Sure “Pregnant Man” Is A Man

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  • An Arizona judge is delaying the divorce of “the pregnant man” Tom Beatie, a trans man who was biologically born a woman, from his wife. The judge says he is not certain of Beatie’s gender and AZ does not recognize gay marriage. [New York Daily News]
  • A lesbian super PAC (a fundraising group for politicians) is giving $50,000 to the campaign of Rep. Tammy Badwin. If elected, she would be the first openly gay member of the Senate. [Queerty]
  • What is “reproductive abuse” and how do you know if you are a victim of it? [Madame Noire]
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16-Year-Old Saudi Arabian Olympian Called “Prostitute” For Competing

"Unfeminine" Athletes
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Some old sexist dude is concerned lady athletes are not feminine. Read More »
Women's Boxing!
Women boxed for the first time ever at this year's Olympics. Read More »
Olympics 2012
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Two women made history at the 2012 Olympics for being the first-ever female Saudi Arabians to compete in the Games.

But one of those young women, Wojdan Shakerkai, who competed in judo (and lost), has paid dearly for being a trailblazer: the 16-year-old girl has been lambasted as a “prostitute” by misogynists back home. Keep reading »

Pussy Riot: Everything You Need To Know About The Case That’s Rocking Russia

Pussy Riot Pleads
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The feminist punk band has pleaded "not guilty." Read More »
Madonna Defends
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Madonna spoke out in defense of Pussy Riot at recent concert. Read More »
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Everything The Frisky has ever written about feminism! Read More »

Back in February, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Ekaterina Samutsevich — three members of the controversial Russian feminist band Pussy Riot — walked into Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior and engaged in a raucous performance at the church’s altar. Shedding their winter clothes, the girls, clad in colorful dresses and balaclavas, danced and jumped around. The women then turned the 30-second clip into a music video for their song “Punk Prayer: Holy Mother, Chase Putin Away,” a raucous, punk-tinged rant against Russian president Vladmir Putin. Within days, the video had gone viral — and the women of Pussy Riot had been arrested.

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CNN’s Candy Crowley Will Be First Female Presidential Debate Moderator In 20 Years

Boos Over Birth Control
Crowd at a GOP debate boo-ed a question about birth control. Read More »
Newt Throws Hissyfit
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Newt Gringrich got huffy over a debate question about his infidelity. Read More »
2012 Election
All of The Frisky's posts about the 2012 election. Read More »

Good news! The Presidential Debate Commission announced today that Candy Crowley of CNN will be the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in 20 years. Crowley is CNN’s chief political correspondent and anchors the hour-long show “State Of The Union.” She’ll moderate the second town hall meeting-style debate on October 16 at Hofstra Univeristy in NJ.  Crowley will join Jim Lehrer of PBS and Bob Schieffer of CBS in moderating one of three presidential debates; she’ll be the first woman to do so since Carole Simpson of ABC moderated a presidential debate in 1992. Another woman, Martha Raddatz of ABC, will moderate the vice presidential debate; Gwen Ifill of PBS moderated the VP debates in both 2004 and 2008.

I hope the Presidential Debate Commission was influenced by the three New Jersey 16-year-olds who started a Change.org petition  – which collected 130,000 signatures — to hire a female moderate. Congratulations, ladies! [Washington Post; Poynter.org]

“There Are No Feminists On My Team,” Says U.S. Women’s Basketball Coach

  • The U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team coach Geno Auriemma has said that “there are no feminists on my team … we’re not running around burning our bras trying to make people believe in our team.” I guess he is trying to say talent wins out above all?  But way to not understand feminism at all, dude. The reason the team you coach is allowed to play in the Olympics is because of women’s equality. [Blisstree]
  • …. nevertheless, NPR declares it the “Year Of The Woman” at the London Olympics. [NPR]
  • A woman who braids hair has won a federal lawsuit against the state of Utah over regulations that would have required her to get a cosmetology license. The state of Utah could not prove that hair braiders — who oftentimes are immigrant women for whom attaining a cosmetology license would be a struggle — were a threat to public health. [Seattle Times] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: On Being A Sikh Feminist

Frisky Faith
All of The Frisky's posts about faith and religion. Read More »
Losing My Religion
Rachel Rabbit White on growing up and out of the Bible Belt. Read More »
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In light of this weekend’s tragic shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, we thought our readers would be interested to learn more about this religion. We reached out to the Sikh Feminist Research Institute for some thoughts on Sikhism. 

Often I am asked of when I first became aware of being a feminist. This question takes me back to the deepest recesses of my memories of early childhood, since it was my mother who was my first feminist role model. She would frequently give me feminist pep talks: “You want to be a pilot? Yes, of course you can become a pilot!” or “Your favourite color is blue? Sure, blue is a great color.” Often defiant of male authority, a natural and equal partner in running the household, she was both bread-winner and the CEO of our home.

As I grew older I would often wonder about the origins of my mother’s feminist ideas. Not having had the opportunity of a formal education due to the poverty following forced migration at the time of Partition, it was apparent she had no access to the feminist theorists I would come to prize in later life. Instead her ideas emerged from the Sikh historical narratives she was raised on and the strong women in her own life. The re-telling of the lives of Sikh women would provide fodder for bed-time stories, both awe-inspiring but also re-assuring of a universe that made sense where women and men are equals. Keep reading »

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