Posts tagged "women news"

The Soapbox: Tyler Perry Has A Rape Problem In “Temptation”

Usually movies like Tyler Perry’s "Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor" are right up my alley. You don’t see a Tyler Perry film because you’re under any illusions it will be good. At their best, Perry movies excel at hitting the sweet spot of terrible, the kind of bad movie you can’t wait to pick…
By: Nico Lang / April 3, 2013

Beyoncé Is A Feminist

"I guess I am a modern-day feminist. I do believe in equality. Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are? Why do you have to label yourself anything? I'm just a woman and I love being a woman… I do believe in equality and that we have a way to go…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 3, 2013

Gigi Chao Responds To Dad’s Million Dollar Offer To Marry His Lesbian Daughter & Make Her Straight

Remember Gigi Chao? She's the lesbian daughter of Chinese billionaire Cecil Chao who offered millions to a man to marry her into heterosexuality?  While many offered, all were refused.  Gigi Chao is sticking with her female partner of seven years, Sean Ev.  Chai recently appeared on the cover of Hong Kong Tatler, where she displayed…
By: Sarah Gray / April 2, 2013

France Will Now Reimburse The Cost Of Abortions, Provide Free Contraception To Teen Girls

Beginning yesterday, France will provide access to free birth control for teenaged girls ages 15 to 18 without parental notification, as well as reimburse the cost of abortions to all women over age 18. Pinch me. Am I dreaming? It's not still April Fools' Day, right?
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 2, 2013

Saudi Women Allowed To Ride Bikes, But Only While Wearing An Abaya & Accompanied By A Male Relative

Guess what everyone?! Saudi Arabia will reportedly now permit women to ride a bicycle in public ... but only in parks ... and only while accompanied by a male relative ... and only while dressed in a body-covering abaya veil. Um ... that sounds  ... leisurely. [Think Progress, Huffington Post] Sue…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 1, 2013

Sexism Fail: NY Times Remembers NASA Jet Propulsion Scientist As “World’s Best Mom”

Yvonne Brill, 88, died last week in New Jersey. According to her New York Times obituary, which ran on Saturday, her standout accomplishments were the eight years she took off from work to raise her three children, the way she followed her husband from job to job, and her "mean beef stroganoff" recipe. Oh, yeah,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 1, 2013

The Best Of The #SafetyTipsForLadies Hashtag

Last week, a woman named Hillary Bowman-Smart, of Melbourne, Australia, began the hashtag #SafetyTipsForWomen on Twitter in response to an article about victim-blaming on Australian website The Punch called "Advocating Risk Management Is Not Victim Blaming." Since then the #hashtag has gone viral and continues to stir up some hilarious "tips" for women days after the original…
By: Sarah Gray / March 30, 2013

Boston College Halts Condom Distribution

Boston College students are facing possible discipline for distributing condoms both on- and off-campus. The school, a Jesuit college, no longer wants birth control distributed on its campus because it doesn't align with Catholic teachings. [Boston Globe,  Feminist.org] Five ways to make the "Lean In" movement more inclusive of low-income women.
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 29, 2013

Former Republican Senator Says Male Legislators “Shouldn’t Even Vote” On Abortion

Former three-term Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming is an equal opportunity critic, throwing judgement at both President Obama and his own Republican party.  He's known to be blunt with his opinions (regardless of hate mail) and this past week was no exception. He spoke frankly to a reporter at a local Chamber of Commerce in his hometow…
By: Sarah Gray / March 29, 2013

John Legend Says Men Should Care About Women’s Rights

“All men should be feminists. If men care about women’s rights the world will be a better place.” --John Legend totally gets it. We can't expect real social change if we don't also encourage men to participate in the process. Chrissy Teigen is one lucky lady. [Celebitchy]…
By: Julie Gerstein / March 29, 2013

Michigan Radio Station Won’t Play Rick Ross After Rape Reference In Rap Song

Radio station 103.7 The Beat in Michigan announced it won't play Rick Ross or Lil Wayne music in their rotation because of their offensive lyrics. Wayne equated what he wanted to do to a woman's body with what happened to murdered black man Emmett Till; earlier this week, Ross rapped about slipping "molly"…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 28, 2013

Teacher Murdered For Teaching At Pakistani Girls’ School

Two gunman murdered a teacher who taught at an all-girls elementary school in Pakistan this week in a drive-by shooting. Shahnaz Nazli was killed just 200 meters from where she taught, no doubt because she dared to educate girls, according to The Daily Beast. Her killing is the most recent tragedy in the battle for women's education in Pakistan,…
By: Sarah Gray / March 28, 2013

NYPD Sued By Woman For Sexual Assault, Harassment By Cop

The New York City Police Department is infamous for the controversial "stop and frisk" program, critiqued for how it is used for racial profiling.  This story, however, is more like stop and grope. According to NYMag.com, a Brooklyn woman, Latonya Ratcliff, 39, is suing the city after Officer Joseph Jette entered an apartment, where Ratcliff…
By: Sarah Gray / March 28, 2013

NBC’s Jenna Wolfe & Stephanie Gosk Come Out As Lesbians

NBC newscaster Jenna Wolfe came out of the closet today by announcing she's in a relationship with Stephanie Gosk, an NBC foreign correspondent, and they are expecting a baby in August. "I don't want to bring my daughter into a world where I'm not comfortable telling everyone who I am and who her mother is,"…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 27, 2013

WSJ’s “Office Mom” Piece Has Some Problems

The New York Times is getting a run for its money in the dubiously-credible lifestyle articles department. Today's contender: the Wall Street Journal's "Who's Your Office Mom?" which continues on another page with the statement-making headline, "Every Office Needs A Mom." Really, WSJ, really?
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 27, 2013

North Dakota Governor Signs “Fetal Heartbeat” Abortion Bill

Abortions are banned in North Dakota as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks, after Governor Jack Dalrymple signed the nation's most restrictive abortion ban into law. This bill is one of several restrictive abortion bills that ND has passed through its legislature recently.
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 26, 2013

What To Do To A Drunk Girl

Hey, bro, want to know what we should do this drunk girl passed out of the couch? Here are some crazy ideas. [UpWorthy]…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 26, 2013

The Soapbox: Should White Women Be On The Cover Of ‘Black Magazines’?

The always-inquisitive Jada Pinkett-Smith recently posed a question that has many people scratching their heads and some folks outright upset. In short, she’s wondering if black women ask to be represented in mainstream media, on the covers of magazines like Vanity Fair, shouldn’t white women be represented on the covers of traditionally black…
By: Shanelle Matthews / March 26, 2013

Amina, 19, Posts Topless Pic On Facebook, Threatened With Death By Stoning

Amina, a 19-year-old FEMEN feminist activist in Tunisia, posted a topless picture of herself on Facebook with the words "Fuck your morals" written across her chest. She's since been threatened with death by stoning or lashes by Muslim leaders. (One warned she might "give ideas to other women." Oh no! Ideas!) Now activists are calling…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 25, 2013

15 Things To Know About Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem

Happy 79th birthday, Gloria Steinem! Journalist, feminist icon, and one of the founding members of Ms. magazine, Steinem is the woman I wanted to be when I was 17 ... and, who am I kidding, who I still want to be today. If you're not familiar with Gloria Steinem's place in Second Wave feminism —…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 25, 2013
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