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It’s Time For A Sex Strike, Texas Ladies

SB5: What You Need To Know
Texas Abortion
Texas' anti-abortion bills and the backlash against them! Read More »
Wendy Davis, Teen Mom
Wendy Davis was a teen mom
The state Senator shows that for teen moms, anything is possible. Read More »
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Stand With Texas Women: Photos & Videos From Today’s Rally As Rick Perry Calls Special Session To Vote On SB5
Photos and videos from the pro-choice rally against SB5 in Texas. Read More »
texas women should have a sex strike over abortion bill
  • Pro-choice Texas women are being urged to hold a “Lysistratra”-style sex strike against their anti-abortion boyfriends and husbands over the SB5 anti-abortion bill. Y’all tell us if you need The Frisky staff to mail you some vibrators, you hear? We have extras laying around here somewhere… [Cosmopolitan]
  • And yes, “Wendy Davis Truthers” are actually a thing. [Salon]
  • Men still occupy most of the top positions in TV, radio and newspaper newsrooms. [Pew Research]
  • Actress Geena Davis is teaming up with the United Nations for a global study on how women and girls are portrayed in family-focused films. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

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

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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. Young women can expect to “hone their leadership skills, meet inspiring activists, and tackle the real issues that impact their lives.” Sounds rad! Keep reading »

Police Called To New York Country Club Over Breastfeeding

Nursing On Facebook
Why is Facebook so against photos of mothers breastfeeding? Read More »
Nursing Is "Obscene"?
Funny Or Die removed a breastfeeding skit it found "obscene." Read More »
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  • Police were called to a country club in White Plains, New York, earlier this month because the wife of a United Nations employee was breastfeeding the couple’s child during lunch. After the police arrived, the the couple was accused of terrorism. What a complete and utter embarrassment this entire story is!  FYI: in New York, women are allowed to nurse their children in public anywhere they are legally allowed to be. [Gothamist]
  • Here’s the approximate transcript of Texas State Senator Wendy Davis’ comments today at the Stand With Texas Women rally. We’ve collected a bunch of pics and videos from the event here! [RH Reality Check]
  • Kentucky’s Secretary of State Alison Grimes has announced her intent to run against Republican Senator Mitch McConnell. [Courier-Journal]
  • The New York Times‘ blog Room For Debate did a series today on women speaking out publicly about their abortions. [New York Times] Keep reading »

A Lot Of What People Think About Transgender Athletes Is Wrong

Trans MMA Fighter
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Fighter Fallon Fox comes out as trans. Read More »
I Love MMA
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A feminist explains why she loves to watch MMA fighting. Read More »
Trans Kids & Identity
Some transgender kids have it more figured out than the rest of us. Read More »
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Fallon Fox received a lot of attention and abuse in March after she was forced to come out as a transgender woman. Fallon had been a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter for six years, but as soon as she came out, she was faced with a barrage of transphobic comments, and many people accused her of having an unfair advantage because she was once physically a man. Some argued that she had more testosterone in her body than a cisgender (people who identify with the gender they were assigned at birth) woman. Others claimed that she would have larger or denser bones than a cisgender woman.

These assumptions and accusations do not just apply to Fallon Fox: lots of trans athletes are discriminated against because there’s an assumption that e a trans woman must have some physical advantage over cisgender women — but science says otherwise. In fact, an article on Outsports debunks a couple of these myths.

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FEMEN Activists Ripped Off Burqas To Reveal Naked Breasts Inside A Swedish Mosque

Topless Feminist Activists
Meet FEMEN, a group of feminists who aren't afraid to go topless. Read More »
Femen Charged
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Topless FEMEN activists charged with debauchery. Read More »
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Amina, a FEMEN activist, posted a topless pic on Facebook. Read More »
topless women rip off veils in mosque

Oh, FEMEN. Whether you respect their antics or think they’re terribly offensive and annoying, you have to admit they’re good at publicity stunts! The topless feminist activist group’s latest hijinks? Going into a mosque in Stockholm, Sweden, while wearing burqas and then whipping off the veils to reveal their bare breasts underneath and political slogans written across their stomachs. Keep reading »

Ohio Put A Lot Of Restrictions On Abortion Last Night

Ohio Sex Ed
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Ohio seeks to ban sex ed teaching "gateway" sexual behavior. Read More »
Vag Photos On Campus
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U of Cincinatti artist displayed images of vaginas on campus. Read More »
Abortion Clinic Exorcism
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An abortion clinic in Ohio underwent an exorcism. Read More »
Ohio Put A Lot Of Restrictions On Abortion Last Night

Last night, Ohio’s Governor John Kasich signed a host of restrictions on abortion into law, which went into effect today. Like other Republicans before him, Governor Kasich placed these legal restrictions on women’s reproductive rights flanked by a bunch of old, white men. Keep reading »

Kickass Woman Of The Day: 11-Year-Old Cello Prodigy Sujari Britt

5-Year-Old Golf Prodigy
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Meet Bella Dovhey, a pint-sized ace in the hole. Read More »
Tech Prodigy dies
An amazing female tech prodigy passes away at 16. Read More »
Trans Kid's Dress At Prom
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Texas school allows trans student to wear a dress at prom. Read More »
Listen To This Amazing Young Musician!

Check out this video of 11-year-old cello prodigy, Sujari Britt. Sujari’s parents noticed their daughter was musically gifted as a toddler and after hearing a Yo-Yo Ma performance and begging for her own instrument, she began her cellist career at the wee age of four. Her first solo recital was at age five, and she has performed in over 50 concerts since then. One of those concerts includes a recital with Alisa Weilerstein for President Obama (!) at the White House in 2009. Her teacher of seven years, Marion Feldman said, “Sujari must have played the cello in another lifetime.” The most mature tween I’ve ever seen, Sujari  practices about six hours a day. “My goal is to become a professional soloist. I’ll do everything that’s possible, you know?” she said. “You get out there, and you do your best, and that’s all you need to do.” Not only is her ambition and drive unbelievably inspiring, but feeling the overwhelming pride that resounds throughout this clip of her adorable parents was my favorite part to watch. [Feministing]

Iowa Court To Reconsider Fired-For-Flirting Sexual Discrimination Case

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  • The Iowa Supreme Court will reconsider the sexual discrimination case of  Melissa Nelson, who was fired by her male boss James Knight. Knight was caught flirting with Nelson by his wife and eventually fired Nelson because he claimed he found her too sexually attractive to not be a distraction to his marriage. Back in December, an all-male court of seven judges ruled that Knight was not discriminating based on her gender, but simply on the fact he found Nelson “irresistible.” [ABC News]
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Hillary Clinton “would win” in if she ran in a 2016 election. [Politico]
  • Meanwhile, Clinton told a Toronto audience recently, “Hypothetically speaking, I really do hope we have a woman president in my lifetime.” Doesn’t sound like she’s ready to confirm or deny that she’s running. [Forbes] Keep reading »

Butthurt Republican Vows Constitutional Ban On Gay Marriage

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  • A Republican Congressman from Kansas is vowing to ban gay marriage with an amendment to the Constitution. Good luck with that, bro. [Raw Story]
  • Not that we should move our attention away from the abortion restrictions in Texas, but shit is about to get pretty fucked up in Ohio, too. [The Daily Beast]
  • Here’s a huge feature on a rape coverup at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. [LA Weekly]
  • New York City lawmakers overrode a mayoral veto on paid sick days for businesses. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Radical Feminist Interview On Thought Catalog Takes Potshot At Sex-Positive Feminism & Kink, Questions Consent

Soapbox: Judgey Feminism
Elizabeth Wurtzel reminds us how anti-feminist it is to judge other women's decisions. Read More »
Teaching Boys Feminism
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How to teach boys to be feminists. Read More »
On Feminist In-Fighting
Can't we all just get along? Read More »
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Last night, I was reading a piece on the blog Thought Catalog in which writer Marie Calloway interviewed two young women about the current state of “radical feminism.” I read it not only because feminism is my beat, but also because the current understanding that I have in my mind about radical feminism is based off what I know about Redstockings, and historical figures like anarchist Emma Goldman and Valerie Solanas and I’m sure is woefully outdated in 2013.

And the interviews with Alexandria Brown, a radical feminist/philosopher, and Jillian Horowitz, a CUNY grad student in women’s, gender and sexuality studies, were educational and interesting. (To be clear, in the piece, Horowitz said she doesn’t identify with radical feminism “in its current permutation” and added that she might be considered by other radical feminists to be a “funfem”/a feminist who only engages on feminine, fluffy issues.) Alas, the part in the interview with Horowitz that critiqued “sex positive feminism” and kink didn’t sit right with me.  Keep reading »

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