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Saudi University Lets Female Student Die Of Heart Attack Rather Than Allow Male Paramedics On Campus

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  • A female student who suffered a heart attack at the all-women’s campus of King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, died because officials would not allow the male paramedics to reach her. Amna Bawazeer was not “covered,” officials said, and men are not permitted on the women’s campus. Some students on the campus are extremely angry, saying that even though the university strictly follows Islam it should have shown more compassion in an medical emergency. [Gulf News]
  • A new Afghanistan law about violence against women is fuuuucked. [Guardian UK]
  • Look! An invite-only conference full of celebs and CEOs that’s snubbing labor unions is planning to “reset the agenda for women in the workplace.” Why can’t folks just network at the Four Seasons bar instead? [Washington Monthly] Keep reading »

Pussy Riot Win At Life On “The Colbert Report”

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"We Sang A Fun Song In A Church"
  • Pussy Riot on “The Colbert Report”! Pussy Riot on “The Colbert Report”! Pussy Riot on “The Colbert Report”! You can watch the second part of Colbert’s interview at the link! [Comedy Central]
  • A breastfeeding mother got kicked out of an Alabama courtroom, despite a state law that says a mother may nurse a baby in any location, public or private, where she is legally allowed to be. [WKRG]
  • On Piers Morgan’s interview with transgender author Janet Mock and the psychology of the privileged. [Feministing]
  • Whether you believe Dylan Farrow or not depends on how which story you recognize. [NYMag.com] Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Avital Norman Nathman, Editor Of The Good Mother Myth

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You know Avital Norman Nathman as the columnist behind Mommie Dearest, our feminist parenting column. But Avital is also the “mom” of her first book, The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood To Fit Reality.

The anthology explores the same ground she writes about here on The Frisky, like teen parents, postpartum depression, the changing face of the American family. Contributors included maternal health advocate/model Christy Turlington Burns, New York Times Motherlode blogger K.J. Dell’Antonia, Feministing co-founder Jessica Valenti, Manifesta co-author Jennifer Baumgardner, The Radical Housewife blogger Shannon Drury, and many others.

I’m not saying this just because Avital is one of our columnists — I genuinely loved The Good Mother Myth. It provoked me to think about feminism and motherhood in ways I hadn’t before and opened my eyes more to how gender identity, race and class alter the experience. I gave Avital a call over Skype to chat about her book, myths surrounding motherhood, and how to know when you’re ready to have kids. Our interview, after the jump: Keep reading »

The Women Behind “Portlandia”‘s Real Feminist Book Store Are Livetweeting The Super Bowl

"Full House" Reunion
The guys of "Full House" reunite for a Super Bowl commercial. Read More »
Scarlett's SodaStream Ad
Is Scarlett Johansson's SodaStream Ad Really Too Hot For The Super Bowl?
Scarlett Johansson seductively sips from SodaStream. Read More »
Super Bowl Sex Work
Super Bowl Sunday Means A Whole Lot Of Human Trafficking, And It's Our Job To Stay Aware
There's an uptick in human trafficking sex work during the Super Bowl. Read More »
  • Finally, a reason to watch the Super Bowl: the women behind the feminist bookstore in Portland that inspired the one on “Portlandia” will be livetweeting the game “from a feminist perspective” over the @IFCportlandia Twitter account. Maybe the ladies of In Other Words will get a visit from Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein? A feminist can hope! [IFC]
  • Justin Bieber’s private jet was searched after it landed in New Jersey for the Super Bowl because of a strong odor of pot coming from the plane. No drugs were found. [TMZ]
  • Dax Shepard penned a long, thoughtful essay for The Huffington Post about why he believes the children of celebrities should be off-limits to the paparazzi — and how that will start with people boycotting gossip rags. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: For The Most Feminist Marriage On TV, Look To Denmark’s Drama “Borgen”

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Realistic marriages have little real estate on television, and feminist marriages even less. “Mad Men” and “The Sopranos” were studies of estrangement; “Breaking Bad” of spousal abuse. On “Friends,” marriage meant banishment forever on to the suburbs.

Imagine my excitement, then, on chipping my way into the first DVD set of “Borgen” — the so-called ‘Danish West Wing’ — and finding a perfectly preserved companion marriage. The show centers on Denmark’s first female prime minister, the charismatic Birgitte Nyborg Christensen, flanked on one side by her supportive husband Philip (Mikael Birkkjær) and children, and on the other by a fickle coalition government. Keep reading »

Lily Allen: Women Are Expected To Look Pretty And Not Talk

Of course I’d rather look like Kate Moss than look like myself. I wish I didn’t feel like that, and I think the reason we feel like that is because of the imagery we’re fed all the time. Women are still expected, in some weird way, to kind of … sit there and look pretty. And not talk.

Lily Allen delivers another dose of realness in Elle UK, expounding on the same themes in her song “Hard Out Here.”  She’s had an at-times problematic history with her depiction of women of color, particularly in the music video for that song. However, she’s also been one of the most vocal female pop stars to speak out about all the pressure on women’s looks and how body policing contributed to her own eating disorder. Plus, she is delightfully sex positive! Thank you, Lily, from the bottom of my heart for not just sitting there and looking pretty. [Elle UK]

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