Posts tagged "feminist"

An Answer For Fox’s “The Five” Host Bob Beckel: Yes, Rape On College Campuses Happens

Nothing gets me up on my soapbox more than comments about rape, especially rape on college campuses. It seems that despite the plethora of statistics laid out plainly in nifty little infographics, the public remains woefully ignorant to the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and rape right here in the U.S. of A.

By: Sarah Gray / February 21, 2013

GOP Congressman Says VAWA Has A “Motherhood-And-Apple-Pie Title” — What?

Congressman John Duncan from Tennessee says he is undecided on which way he'll vote on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which passed the Senate last week 78-22.  His reasoning?  "Every bill is given a motherhood-and apple-pie title," and if "you voted on the title, you'd vote for every bill up here."  Funny…

By: Sarah Gray / February 20, 2013

New York Governor Cuomo Looks To Update State’s Abortion Laws

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to update abortion laws in New York by removing restrictions on late term abortions (past 24 weeks), which have previously been available only if a woman's life is at risk.  His proposal also includes allowing licensed practitioners to perform abortions, and changing the regulation of abortion to the state's public health law…

By: Sarah Gray / February 19, 2013

“One Billion Rising” Today To End Violence Against Women And Girls

If you're not into the commercial cutesiness of Valentine's Day, there's an alternate, empowering holiday to celebrate on February 14th: V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.  "The Vagina Monologues" playwright Eve Ensler created V-Day, which is celebrated each year on Valentine's Day as the play is staged around the world to raise

By: Sarah Gray / February 14, 2013

Good News: The Senate Passed The Violence Against Women Act (Again)

The Senate passed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act by a wide majority of 78-22 yet again.  The measure first  passed in 1994 was up for reauthorization in 2012; however, in April 2012 the Senate passed a similar bill, which failed in the House of Representatives due to measures added to extend protectio…

By: Sarah Gray / February 12, 2013

Beliefnet Wouldn’t Allow Blogger To Use The Word “Feminist” On Her Blog, Anywhere

With no apparent sense of irony at all, the faith site Beliefnet allegedly hired a guest blogger who writes about feminist issues ... and then told her she couldn't use the word "feminist" anywhere in any of her blog posts. Why? Because "feminist" is such an offputting word.

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 8, 2013

Does World Hijab Day Lead To Greater Understanding Of Muslim Women?

Friday, February 1 wasn't just two days before the Super Bowl — it was also World Hijab Day, when non-Muslim women and Muslim women who don't ordinarily cover themselves are encouraged to wear a head-covering hijab veil. With slogans like "Before you judge, cover up ... for a day" and "better awareness, greater understanding, peaceful…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 4, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Mom Vs. Dad — Who Takes The Lead?

New York Times’ writers KJ Dell'Antonia and Bruce Feiler recently went head to head over parenting for the latest "Room For Debate." Their discussion focused on whether moms or dads more often take the lead when it comes to parenting, and more importantly, why? This particular debate is an age-old parenting topic. In an era…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / February 4, 2013

Today’s Lady News: With “Bang With Friends,” The Virtual World Tries To Create Actual Hookups

Want to see if there's mutual lust between you and your Facebook friends?  There's an app for that: Bang With Friends. Slate wants to know if an app created by the male-dominated tech industry will be used by women. [Slate] France's National Agency for the Safety of Drugs and Health pulled an acne medication, which…

By: Sarah Gray / January 30, 2013

Florida Charges Husband 20 Times More For Taking His Wife’s Last Name

In South Florida, one man's romantic gesture to his wife has turned into a legal battle with the DMV and a moment to reflect on traditional gender roles. …

By: Sarah Gray / January 30, 2013

CUNY Accused Of Discriminating Against Pregnant Student

The City University of New York has been cited with a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights for allowing the discrimination against a 27-year-old pregnant student. Stephanie Stewart was told by a teacher that she could not make up homework or tests due to pregnancy-related absences, including labor and delivery.

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 17, 2013

Iran Considers Requiring Single Women To Get Permission From Father Before Traveling Abroad

Iran will consider a parliamentary bill that will require single women to receive permission from a guardian, usually their father or brother, to travel abroad. Married women in Iran will continue to need their husband's permission to travel. Paternalism, much? [Guardian UK] A seven-year-old girl in Goa, India, was raped in her school's bathroom o…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 15, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Focusing On Celeb Pregnancies Only Raises The Bar Higher For Other Mothers

I’m not sure if you all heard about it or not, but Kim Kardashian is pregnant. I’ll wait a moment for the shock to sink in. We can now look forward to six more months of paparazzi falling all over themselves for the newest baby bump shots, interviews with Kim and Kanye’s potential nannies, photoshoot…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 14, 2013

On Alisa Valdes’s Conflict With Feminism, Her Cowboy & Domestic Abuse

If you've been reading the blogosphere lately, you've likely heard about Alisa Valdes and her memoir, The Feminist And The Cowboy: An Unlikely Love Story. Valdes is the author several romance novels and the debut novel The Dirty Girls Social Club (as Valdes-Rodriguez), which landed her all kinds of accolades. She was even named one…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 14, 2013

I’m Kind Of Obsessed With Knowing Everything About “Wives With Beehives”

Oh, feminism, what a tangled web you weave! How could I have missed "Wives With Beehives," a program that aired last Thursday night on TLC (of course), about couples who purposefully live a 1950s lifestyle? The husbands go off to work, carrying their lunch in a pail, natch, while the wives stay at their kitsch-ed…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 2, 2013

Swaziland Criminalizes Miniskirts, So Sluts Don’t Tempt Men To Assault Them

Police in Swaziland are now enforcing an 1889 law against "immoral" dressing and will arrest any woman who incites a complaint by wearing a miniskirt, low-rise jeans, or crop tops in public.

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 26, 2012

Beware: Your Boss Can Fire Your Flirty Ass

I will never so much as smile at my boss Amelia again. Why? Because the Iowa Supreme Court ruled today that an employer can fire an employee that he or see finds sexually "irresistable." The case in question was dentist James Knight who fired his attractive assistant Melissa Nelson because both he and his wife…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 22, 2012

CA Judge Derek Johnson Says Rape Victim “Didn’t Put Up A Fight,” Body Would Have Shut Down

Men who inaccurately believe a woman's body "just shuts down" during rape aren't just all up in your legislature making your laws. They also sit on your courts. California Superior Court Judge Derek Johnson has been publicly admonished in a 10-0 vote by the CA Commission on Judicial Performance for his comments that a 2008…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 14, 2012

True Story: My Date Called Me “Irrational” Over Dinner

Here is a list of subjects in which I would consider myself an expert: the best places in New York City to eat a pulled pork sandwich the Starbucks locations with the most imcompetent baristas the careers of Chris O'Dowd and Dawn Porter season one of UK "Skins"; all the seasons of "The I.T. Crowd"…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 13, 2012

UPDATE: Black Meteorologist Fired For Responding To Racist Facebook Posts, Including One About Her Hair

UPDATE: HuffPost has a copy of an email sent by KTBS to employees regarding the company's "guidelines" (as they put it) for using social media — which Lee confirmed she did actually read. So, while she cannot claim she was totally unaware of how she was not supposed to respond to Facebook comments, they are…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 12, 2012
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