Posts tagged "labor"

The Marines Are Testing Female Soldiers For Front Lines

Women in combat, frats being fratty(terrible) and so much more. …

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 20, 2015

Fashion Bloggers Go To Cambodia To Work In Sweatshops In Norwegian Reality Show

This past November, Aftenposten, the largest newspaper in Norway, produced a five-part online reality series in which three 17-year-old fashion bloggers were sent to Cambodia to live and work as textile workers in sweatshops for a month. It's a really interesting series, and there are English subtitles, so you can watch it here if you…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 26, 2015

Harry Potter Superfans Made Warner Bros. Stop Using Child Slave Labor

Taking a page from Hermione Granger's Society for Protection of Elvish Welfare, a grassroots organization of Harry Potter superfans, the Harry Potter Alliance, have been been fighting a four-year war against their own Voldemort -- except in this case, Voldemort is Warner Bros., the movie studio that owns the rights to their beloved four-eyed hero.

By: Beejoli Shah / January 14, 2015

It’s A Gross Christmas Miracle: 2 Cops Deliver Baby On Philly Subway Train

I'm grossed out by the thought of someone eating on a subway train, which makes this birth story particularly nasty to me. Two Philadelphia transit officers made a very special delivery Christmas Day, helping a women birth her baby on a SEPTA train. Around 6 p.m. Thursday night, Sgt. Daniel Caban and Officer Dorrell Jame…

By: Katie Oldenburg / December 26, 2014

Labor Organizer Ai-Jen Poo Is Another MacArthur “Genius” Grant Winner

Ai-Jen Poo, a labor leader with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, which organizes immigrant women workers, was one of the recipients of a MacArthur "genius" grant this week. [Colorlines; DomesticWorkers.org] Dykes To Watch Out For comic Alison Bechdel was just one of many queer folks in history who have received a "genius" grant from the MacArthur…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 18, 2014

The Soapbox: How PayPal & WePay Discriminate Against The Adult Industry

I was packing my bags, looking forward to a week trip to the Feminist Porn Awards and the Feminist Porn Conference, having finally earned enough through my Patreon patron-funded writing to travel and have a bit of a cushion when I got back. Payments would be processed at the beginning of the month, and I…

By: Kitty Stryker / April 2, 2014

Interns Deserve Protection From Sexual Harassment, Too

Unpaid interns in New York City are now protected from sexual harassment and racial/religious/sexual discrimination, following the passage of a bill that protects them on the job even if they are not earning a wage or salary. [Think Progress] A Pakistani politician introduced a bill to increase the punishment on any adult who is involved…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 28, 2014

Poll: Is Liveblogging A Home Birth Intriguing Or Appalling?

Just when you thought your friends were oversharing on Facebook and Twitter, someone else comes along and puts them to shame in the TMI department. Exhibit A: New mom, Ruth Iorio. In case you haven’t heard, Ruth decided to liveblog her home birth, giving her followers (and the world) a play-by-play of her birthing experience. …

By: Katie Oldenburg / January 9, 2014

Labor Department: Minimum Wage For Home Care Workers — But Not Mary Poppins!

The Labor Department announced it will expand protections for home care workers, a predominantly female and woman of color workforce that includes eldercare aides. These types of "companionship" domestic workers will now be guaranteed minimum wage and overtime pay. Babysitters, however, are still exempt from these pay protections. [New York TimesThink Progress] On the science…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 17, 2013

Watch This: Men Find Out What Childbirth Feels Like

In the latest experiment for their show "Guinea Pigs," Dutch TV hosts Dennis Storm and Valerio Zeno were hooked up to an electro-simulator that mimics the painful contractions women experience during labor. The video is in Dutch, but around the 7-minute mark, it becomes very clear that agony is a universal language. Apparently the guys underwent two…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 22, 2013

Miranda Kerr Should Keep Labor Horror To Herself

Labor already has a terrible reputation, so when Miranda Kerr said her natural, drug-free birth was so painful, she thought she was going to die, most people probably were not terribly surprised. And while I am sure it was intense (because duh), it does not do women any good to hear all the time how…

By: The Stir / July 16, 2011