Posts tagged "women news"

Marvel Sells “I Need A Hero” T Just For Women

It's rad when women are into comics, a sphere that suffers under the stereotype of being just for the Kevin Smith set. So you'd think Marvel might want to encourage to women and girls to dig their comics, right? Sometimes they do a good job, but sometimes it's just an epic fail.  Whoever made thi…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 12, 2013

Man Vandalizes Indiana Planned Parenthood With An Ax

A 27-year-old man vandalized the Planned Parenthood clinic in Bloomington, Indiana, with an ax and splashed the clinic with red paint this morning. According to police, he targeted Planned Parenthood "due to abortions being performed there. He stated his intent was to damage the building because they ‘kill’ and ‘murder’ babies. He attributed his actio…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 11, 2013

Ann Coulter Calls For Meghan McCain To Be Killed. Yes, Really.

Remiss as I am to give Ann Coulter any attention, this is just obscene: the Fox News commenter wrote a blog post in which she suggested Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain and a Republican commentator, should be killed. Coulter blogged on Fox about MSNBC host Martin Bashir, mis-stating (as NYMag.com explains) that he…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 11, 2013

Justice For Rehtaeh Parsons: Anonymous Vows To Out Teen’s Rapists

Hacktivist group Anonymous announced yesterday they know the identities of two rapists who sexually assaulted Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old Nova Scotia girl who died on Sunday, and plan to release their names unless the Canadian government brings her family justice. In 2011, Parsons was raped by four boys at a party and a photograph take…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 11, 2013

Mattel Says “No” To Harlem Mother’s Petition For A Black Barbie Party Supply Line

If I could go back in time and stop little five-year-old Sarah from supporting Mattel, I would.  The company told mother Karen Braithwaite -- who had appealed to the company to make party supplies featuring a Black Barbie -- that they would not do so because it's not profitable.  COME ON, MATTEL.  I guess I'm not surprised, but…

By: Sarah Gray / April 10, 2013

Arkansas State Senate Passes Bill To Defund Sex Education

Abortion foes in the Arkansas State Senate passed a bill yesterday to ban certain funding grants to Planned Parenthood.  The chosen grants heading to the chopping block?  Sex education. Which sucks, because Planned Parenthood provided the state's sex ed. According to Think Progress, Arkansas lacks a codified set of sex education requirements, which is why…

By: Sarah Gray / April 10, 2013

Leave It To Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia To Find The Bright Side Of Discrimination

"Every cloud has a silver lining, and one of the benefits of the exclusion of women from most professions was that we had wonderful teachers, especially the women who today would probably be CEOs." -- This is Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia reflecting on his childhood in New York City for New York magazine's "Childhood…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 10, 2013

Oh, Good: Alabama Restricts Abortion Rights Even More

Alabama's governor signed legislation placing more restrictions on abortion providers, including requiring them to have admitting privileges at the local hospital. [Yahoo] Michigan lawmaker House Rep. Tom McMillin, a Republican, said transgender protections "violate the privacy rights of women and children," saying that bathrooms should have to post signs saying "woman and girls may be…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 9, 2013

The Soapbox: Roger Ebert Might Not Have Been A Feminist, But I’ll Miss Him Anyway

When I was in middle school, I was required to create a diorama illustrating a hypothetical synagogue sanctuary (as you do, at Jewish day school). All I remember about my project is that I glued a picture of Gene Siskel to one of the walls. My teacher rightly called this out for being inappropriately idolatrous, but…

By: Carrie Nelson / April 9, 2013

Kansas Legislature Advances Scary Abortion Bill

The state House of Representatives and Senate of Kansas advanced an anti-abortion bill which defines the beginning of life as "at fertilization," which Republican Governor Sam Brownback is expected to sign. [Reuters, Feminist.org] On Margaret Thatcher's hatred of feminism. [Feministing] Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton said she would consider running for office someday. [Capital] I…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 8, 2013

Meryl Streep & Others Remember Margaret Thatcher

"Margaret Thatcher was a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics. Her hard-nosed fiscal measures took a toll on the poor, and her hands-off approach to financial regulation led to great wealth for others. There is an argument that her steadfast, almost emotional loyalty to the pound sterling has helped the UK…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 8, 2013

President Obama Apologizes To “Best Looking Attorney General”

President Obama called California Attorney General Kamala Harris to apologize for calling her the nation's "best looking attorney general" while introducing her at an event. [Politico] Also, three things Kamala Harris should be known for that don't involve her looks. [ColorLines] Uganda has proposed a ban on miniskirts with this sterling logic: "We know people…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 5, 2013

Judge Strikes Down Age Limit On Morning-After Pill

Fathers, lock up your daughters: the government is going to be forcing slutty slut pills down their throats! That will be the Fox News version of events. But here in Reasonable, Common Sense-land, the story is different: a federal judge — a man! — has struck down the age limit on the morning-after pill, meaning…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 5, 2013

Texas School Allows Student Tony Zamazal To Wear A Dress To Prom

Thanks to the good works of the ACLU, Spring High School in Spring, Texas, will now allow George "Tony" Zamazal, who is trans and identifies as female, to wear a dress to her prom. The school had previously forbidden the senior from wearing a dress. Said Tony, "I'm so grateful that my school has agreed…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 4, 2013

India Enacts Tougher Rape Laws — But They’re Still Not Perfect

Over the past few months, India has been racked with high-profile gang rapes and deaths of little girls and women. From the three sisters under age 11 who were sexually assaulted and murdered to the student who was gang raped with a metal rod, which mangled her insides so badly it eventually killed her, the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 4, 2013

Guy Talk: On Being A Dude In A Sexist Society

Late last month, in the midst of several recent and prominent examples in the steady stream of stories about the challenges that women in the tech industry face, Complex.com published its list of "The 40 Hottest Women In Tech." Tone deaf move, fellas! People were understandably upset. Maybe if it had been published a month…

By: Dan Solomon / April 4, 2013

Kansas Abortion Clinic Operated By Dr. George Tiller To Reopen

Finally, something positive happening for the reproductive rights of women in Kansas. Four years after abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was fatally shot by anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder in Wichita, Kansas, his clinic is re-opening. Activist Julie Burkhart, who worked with Dr. Tiller for seven years, started the nonprofit organization Trust Women Foundation in 2010.  The foundatio…

By: Sarah Gray / April 4, 2013

Harvard Students Protest Tyga’s Concert Over Sexist Lyrics

Rapper Tyga is booked for the Yardfest concert this month on Harvard's campus — but not if over 1,000 students, who have signed a petition requesting him not to perform for the school on the basis of his sexist and violent lyrics, get their way. In particular, the song "Rack City" is problematic for it…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 3, 2013

Wall Street Power Woman Irene Dorner On “Sticky Feet” And Glass Ceilings

I am a single, 25-year-old woman who is still in graduate school. I can hardly see down the road to my next assignment deadline, or even what I'll make for dinner.  Yet the ongoing discourse about women in the workforce has me thinking (and generally pretty terrified) about the future. In a New York Times

By: Sarah Gray / April 3, 2013

A Picture A Day, In The Year Of A Domestic Violence Victim

There was an air of mystery surrounding the alarming video "One Photo A Day In The Worst Year Of My Life" that went viral after it was posted on Reddit. People wondered, Is it real or fake? Devastating personal story, or gripping public service announcement? One thing that we were sure of: it was powerful, upsetting, and…

By: Sarah Gray / April 3, 2013
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