Posts tagged "feminist"

Maryville Rape Victim Daisy Coleman: “I Refuse To Be A Victim Of Cruelty Any Longer”

Since this happened, I’ve been in hospitals too many times to count. I’ve found it impossible to love at times. I’ve gained and lost friends. I no longer dance or compete in pageants. I’m different now, and I can’t ever go back to the person I once was. That one night took it all away…

Jessica Wakeman / October 18, 2013

Sexist French Politician Fined For Making Chicken Noises While His Female Colleague Was Speaking

What a load of chickenshit. Conservative French politician Philippe Le Ray has been fined $1,700 for making chicken noises at a female colleague while she spoke before the National Assembly on Tuesday. Oh, yes, he did this in front of everyone. Green Party MP Veronique Massonneau, an ecologist deputy, was speaking before the government about…

Jessica Wakeman / October 10, 2013

Feminist Nicole Kidman “Believes In The Sisterhood”

“I was raised by a feminist mother. And yes, she said never be frightened about using the ‘F’ word. So I’m not. She believes in the sisterhood, and so do I. And she planted the seed in me early to speak out against the fact that women are so often treated differently than men. … No…

Jessica Wakeman / October 8, 2013

Natalie Portman: Feminism Shouldn’t Be “Macho”

“I want every version of a woman and a man to be possible. I want women and men to be able to be full-time parents or full-time working people or any combination of the two. I want both to be able to do whatever they want sexually without being called names. I want them to…

Jessica Wakeman / September 30, 2013

Literature Bro David Gilmour Isn’t Sexist, He Was Just Busy Speaking French When He Said Women Writers Suck

“I was having a conversation, in French, with a colleague while this young woman was doing this interview. So these were very much tossed-off remarks. … [T]his is a young woman who kind of wanted to make a little name for herself, or something, because when I said ‘real heterosexual guys’ I’m talking about Scott Fitzgerald…

Jessica Wakeman / September 26, 2013

Farrah Abraham Says The Dumbest Thing A Celeb Has Ever Said About Feminism

Miami NewTimes: Do you consider yourself a feminist?
Farrah Abraham: I’m pretty feminine. I think so.
Not feminine — feminist.
What does that mean, you’re a lesbian or something?
No, that’s not what I’m asking at all.
What context are you saying it in?
It’s a complicated concept, but I guess at it’s most basic,

Jessica Wakeman / September 3, 2013

Iranian Woman Disqualified From Council Seat Because She Is “Too Attractive”

Nina Siahkali Moradi won an alternate seat in Qazvin, Iran city council elections fair and square. But male colleagues agree she’s “too attractive” to join them and have disqualified her from her clear winnings.

Moradi placed 14th out of 163 candidates in the elections, with almost 10,000 people voting for her. But the 27-year-old has bee…

Daley Quinn / August 19, 2013

Incredulous Man Who Started Women’s Website Can’t Believe Ladies Who Like Yoga Don’t Always Care About Fashion

Women, you guys! It’s pretty crazy how we all have vaginas and we don’t all like the same things! Is your lady brain just continually blown away by that fact that just because both you and you friend are in possession of uteruses (uteri?) that you have different interests? Like, you like chocolate ice cream,…

Julie Gerstein / August 15, 2013

The Soapbox: On The Forgotten Women Of “Fruitvale Station”

Everything you’ve heard about “Fruitvale Station” is true. The biopic, which won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at Sundance, explores the final day in the life of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Black man from Oakland who was shot and killed by a BART officer on New Year’s Day i…

Jessica Wakeman / August 8, 2013

The Soapbox: On Hugo Schwyzer, Personal Essay Writing & Redemption

Last week, the controversial professor, feminist blogger and personal essayist Hugo Schwyzer announced on his blog, in an interview with and again in LA Weekly that he was retiring his notorious public persona and quitting the internet for good (or— for the time being, he corrected himself some days later in yet another goodbye).

Melissa Petro / August 5, 2013

Robin Thicke Says “Blurred Lines” Is A “Feminist Movement”

Robin Thicke’s new album, Blurred Lines, is out today and to promote it, he performed on “The Today Show” this morning. When he was done makin’ it rain, Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie asked him about the controversy surrounding the song “Blurred Lines”, namely that some critics think the lyrics are a bit, well, rapey. I happe…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 30, 2013

Pregnant Women Really Do Not Belong In Public, Turkish Leader Sensibly Points Out

You know what is just the worst? When pregnant ladies go out in public. Yeah, their selfless maternal giving and their miracle of life — it is really not something other people should have to watch. Please, shield us from the inhumanity.

Jessica Wakeman / July 29, 2013

I Tried To Play Feminist Barbies With My Nieces And Kinda Failed

I think I’m a decent aunt. Not so good at remembering birthdays, admittedly, but what I lack in presents-giving, I make up for in lots of facetime. We play all kinds of games — usually “doctor,” in which I pretend to have some terrible malady wrought by a zoo animal (“Help! A hippopotamus bit my…

Jessica Wakeman / July 26, 2013

The Soapbox: Sometimes I Don’t Understand Feminists

I don’t know if I’m the right kind of feminist.

Oh, my principles are in the right place -– birth control and abortions for those who want/need them; equal pay for equal work; full participation in government and society; equal funding for girls’ sports; the right to wear whatever the hell I want…

Sara Benincasa / July 22, 2013

The Soapbox: Feminism Deserves Better Than “Sex-Negative Vs. Sex-Positive”

As a feminist, kinky person and sex commentator, I am the target audience for Jillian Horowitz’s xoJane essay “I’m a Sex-Negative Feminist” — and that’s exactly the point. Part of the site’s “Unpopular Opinion” series, I can only surmise that the essay, like others before it, was written largely with the intention of…

Rachel Kramer Bussel / July 11, 2013

Duh, Amy Poehler Is A Feminist

“It’s always just been in my nature—it’s just kind of my everyday. Sometimes I access it in a conscious way, but it wasn’t always the headline of stuff that I was doing. We just had Gloria Steinem do ASSSSCAT, which was so great. Kathleen Hanna came, and I’m just a huge Kathleen Hanna fan. She,…

Jessica Wakeman / July 10, 2013

Ellen Page Says Feminism Should Be Considered “A Radical Movement”

Leave it to Ellen Page to say exactly what I wish every celeb woman who identifies as a feminist would say: “Feminism always gets associated with being a radical movement — good. It should be. A lot of what that radical feminists [of the past] were saying, I don’t disagree with it.” Hells yeah!

Jessica Wakeman / July 8, 2013

Scottish Politician Boycotts Golf Tournament Because Club Doesn’t Admit Women

Last week, Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, announced that he will be sending a junior minister to the British Open, a prestigious golf tournament,  instead of attending it himself. He’s an avid golfer and is not forgoing the event out of disinterest. Rather on a matter of principle: the club hosting the event doe…

Mary Odell / July 5, 2013

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Iranian Swimmer Elham Asghari Can’t Get Time Recorded Because Her Swimsuit Is “Too Revealing”

Imagine being an athlete at the top of your field and not being recognized by the authorities for your accomplishments simply because you are a woman. This is the problem faced by Elham Asghari, a 32-year-old swimmer in Iran, who isn’t having her records recorded by the country’s sports ministry. In fact, just last month,…

Jessica Wakeman / July 4, 2013

We’re Madly Jealous Of Feminist Summer Camp For High School Girls

Summer camp is the quintessential summer experience for many, but at this Manhattan-based camp, there isn’t a campfire or s’more in sight. This is Feminist Camp.

Created by Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner, the co-authors of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future, Feminist Camp aims to teach girls what being a feminist really means.

Mary Odell / July 2, 2013
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