Posts tagged "women news"

Kathleen Hanna Gives Taylor Swift Her Feminist Seal Of Approval

I’m totally into Taylor Swift. I think she has super-clever lyrics, and I love that she writes her own music. Some of the themes she writes about are stuff I wish was there for me when I was in high school, and I’m so happy she really cares about her female fans. She’s not catering…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 15, 2013

Addressing Domestic Violence Means Addressing Gun Violence, Says Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden announced 12 grants to programs around the country to protect potential victims of domestic violence at the hands of their abusers. Noting that between 2009 and 2012, 40 percent of mass shootings began with a man shooting an intimate partner, Biden emphasized, “The issue of domestic violence and reducing gu…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 14, 2013

The New Pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Francis I) Is Anti-Gay

Today, cardinals named Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archibishop of Buenos Aires,  the newest Pope. Pope Francis I, as he will be called, is the first-ever Latin American Pope. I am dismayed to read that Bergoglio has said marriage equality is “a machination of the Father of Lies” (that would be Satan) that seeks to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 13, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Taking Sexual Assault In The Military Seriously, As He Should

A new defense secretary has just been confirmed and already he has a big issue to address: sexual assault in the military. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) (Full disclosure: I used to work in her office), and Senator Janeane Shaheen (D-NH) recently sent a letter requesting Chuck Hagel immediately review a decision by an Air Force Lieutenant…

By: Sarah Gray / March 13, 2013

Today Is “No More” Day: Take A Stand Against Violence Against Women

NO MORE. It is a simple, direct message representing a broad and pervasive issue. No more sexual assault. No more violence against women. Today, March 13 marks NO MORE day, a day to join the movement to stop domestic violence and sexual assault, and launch the organization’s new symbol — a thick “O” of light…

By: Sarah Gray / March 13, 2013

Breaking News: You Can Consent While Blackout Drunk, Apparently?

Remember that 16-year-old girl who was sexually abused by several football players of the Steubenville High School football team? She got carried to several parties by players, was raped and peed upon. The players’ lawyers are reportedly planning to argue that she clearly consented to sex by excessively drinking and hanging out with boy…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 12, 2013

Today’s Gross Politician: New York Assemblyman Vito Lopez Has A Thing For Underaged Girls

It wouldn’t be a day at The Frisky if I didn’t get to write about a sleazy politician! Today’s subject: New York Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez, a Democrat from Brooklyn.

According to The New York Daily News, the 71-year-old complained to a fellow staff members about statutory rape laws in New York, because he…

By: Sarah Gray / March 12, 2013

Shot By The Taliban For Being A Feminist: Cartoonist Illustrates Malala’s Story

This is awesome: Australian cartoonist Gavin Aung Than has created a cartoon depicting the story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban because she’s a vocal activist on behalf of girls’ education. It’s short and sweet, but terrifying and touching. You can read the full cartoo…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 11, 2013

Italian Town Gives Pregnant Women & New Moms Their Own Parking Spaces

Women’s rights activists in Italy are supposedly upset that the town of Corinaldo has widened and repainted hundreds of parking spaces as pink to signify they are for pregnant women and new moms. The wider, moms-only parking spaces were debuted for International Women’s Day last Friday. But the UK’s Sun newspaper quotes feminist activists pointing…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 11, 2013

Anita Sarkeesian’s “Tropes Vs. Women In Video Games” Is Here!

Remember last summer when blogger Anita Sarkeesian of FeministFrequency.org started raising money on Kickstarter to fund an in-depth video exploring tropes of women in video games? Misogynist trolls lost their marbles, threatening to rape Anita and calling her countless ugly names like “bitch” and “slut” all over social media. It was quite the shitshow,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 8, 2013

“Girls Don’t Play Football” & Other BS Gender Stereotypes

Something nice for a change: here’s a clever new video from the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault about “breaking the box” of society-prescribed gender stereotypes. Boys can cry. Girls can play football. Taking advantage of a drunk woman doesn’t make you a “man.”  It’s 2013, everyone!

What do you think of the PSA?

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 8, 2013

Judge Strikes Down Idaho’s Ban On Abortions After 20 Weeks

In 2011, Idaho banned abortions after 20 weeks based on the medically unproven claim that at that point in gestation a fetus can feel pain. Back in December 2010, Jennie Linn McCormack purchased RU-486, the abortion pill, online and terminated her pregnancy at 20 or 21 weeks. McCormack was initially charged for breaking a 1972…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 8, 2013

British Government Goes Up Against Female Genital Mutilation

British Prime Minister David Cameron is set to announce a huge foreign aid plan to eradicate female genital mutilation across the world. FGM has been performed on roughly 140 million women worldwide with the intention of removing parts of their genitalia so they do not feel sexual pleasure. The government hopes it can reduce…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 7, 2013

Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Fallon Fox Comes Out As Trans

After six years of competitive MMA (mixed martial arts) fighting as a woman, Fallon Fox has come out of the closet — against her wishes — as trans.

In an interview with OutSports on Tuesday, Fox explained how she was born into a male body, but never felt right. Ten years ago, she…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 7, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Lose Their Jobs

For all intents and purposes, I had a pretty textbook pregnancy. Nothing out of the ordinary occurred, but that also didn’t mean it was all rainbows and unicorns.I’ve always wondered why they call it morning sickness, when for many people it lasts all day. At least, that’s what it was like for my when I…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 7, 2013

6 Things To Know About The UN’s Commission On The Status Of Women

March is Women’s History Month, and this Friday is International Women’s Day. (And March is  my birth month — so many reasons to celebrate!) Fitting then that this week  kicked off the start of the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women:  10 days focused on promoting women’s rights worldwide.

What is thi…

By: Sarah Gray / March 7, 2013

Creepy Politician “Doesn’t Want” Female Interns Because Sexism Keeps Him “Good”

Last week Connecticut State Rep. Ernest Hewett (D) creeped out America with his lewd and inappropriate comment to a 17-year-old girl about the “snake” under his desk. (He meant his dick.)  Now Hewett has explained to the Hartford Courant that this was not his typical behavior.  How has he kept his record clean?

By: Sarah Gray / March 7, 2013

Today’s Lady News: New Teen Pregnancy PSAs Pissing Everyone Off

New York City’s Human Resources Administration has introduced new PSAs about teen pregnancy which serve up a dose of “real talk” to teens with statistics about teen parents. The ads have been derided as “terrible” and “horrible” for shaming teen moms and focusing mostly on the girls’ choices and not the boys. You ca…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 6, 2013

A Pill You Only Take When You Know You’re Getting Laid?

While there are many positive side effects from taking a once-daily birth control pill — no more heavy periods, no more acne, less intense menstrual cramps — the main purpose, as the name suggests, is to prevent pregnancies.  It is just one of many forms of contraception used by those who are not ready to have children.

By: Sarah Gray / March 6, 2013

Minnesota Advances Anti-Abortion Bill

Minnesota’s House of Representatives advanced a bill that would end access state insurance covered abortions unless it was necessary to save the mother’s life, or if the pregnancy was caused by a sexual assault was reported within 48 hours of occurring.  A strange turn for a state that generally protects a women’s right to choose. [RH Reality Check]…

By: Sarah Gray / March 5, 2013
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