Posts tagged "women news"

The Soapbox: Please, Can “Hipster Sexism” Not Be A Thing?

I have very mixed feelings about a piece on NYMag.com’s blog about “hipster sexism.” The authors Alissa Quart and Lauren Sandler author Alissa Quart described “hipster sexism” as:
Hipster Sexism consists of the objectification of women but in a manner that uses mockery, quotation marks, and paradox … ads, photographs, television shows, films, and T-shirts, which…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 31, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Reader Submission Edition

Hurricane Sandy has us all topsy turvy, which means Today’s Lady News will be a reader submission edition! Submit your own links to news articles and blog posts about women, girls, trans-identified people, gender roles, feminism or sexism in the comments. Just write a sentence or two summary explaining what the link is about and give everyone…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 30, 2012

Men Explain Why They Think Catcalling Works

“Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell” is a show I keep meaning to start watching, especially because of skits like this. Kamau hit the streets to talk to talk about street harassment, asking women how it makes them feel and asking men why they do it. Surprise, surprise, boys: Yelling “Check out that ass!” at…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 30, 2012

6 Accomplished Women Who Don’t Want To Be Called Feminists

Six accomplished women who don’t want to be called feminists. [The Jane Dough]
A feminist guide to horror movies (two different takes!). [Ms. Magazine, Bitch Magazine]
States’ efforts to defund Planned Parenthood are mostly failing. [Think Progress]
Conservatives think everyone complaining about the “war on women” should just stop whining…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 29, 2012

Planned Parenthood Files New Lawsuit Against State Of Texas

Planned Parenthood in Texas filed a new lawsuit today regarding a federal appeals court decision to not reconsider a ruling that allows TX to exclude PP from its low-income women’s healthcare funding. TX is expressly excluding PP because the organization provides abortions, even though the majority of the care it provides come in the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 26, 2012

Richard Mourdock Says “Whoopsies,” Backtracks On Rape Comments

Indiana Tea Party candidate Richard Mourdock has changed his tune a bit — you know, that “God intended” pregnancy resulting in rape to happen — and now wants y’all to know “God abhors rape.” [Newser]
CNN has taken down its story asking “Do hormones drive women’s votes?” after everyone kindly informed them it…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 25, 2012

NYPD Officer Arrested For Plot To Kidnap, Rape & Cook Women

New York City Police Department officer Gilberto Valle was arrested today for a failed plot to kidnap, rape, torture, and cook women. COOK them. This is so disturbing and disgusting that I almost don’t know what to say. Warning: Some of the details after the jump are graphic.

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 25, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Romney Campaign Says It Still Supports Richard Mourdock

Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign says it still supports the Tea Party’s Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who mind-bogglingly said that “God intended” pregnancies that result from rape. Mourdock is running a TV ad featuring Romney; the presidential campaign is apparently A-OK with continuing that endorsement. Keeeeeeep digging yourselves in a hole, boys. The election i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 24, 2012

Accused Rapist Blames It On Four Loko

Rapists will pretty much use any excuse to avoid taking responsibility for their rapes, usually by blaming it on their victim. She was wearing a short skirt. She was passed out drunk. She had flirted with him. A-n-y-thing to avoid responsibility for his own actions. So I should not be surprised that an accused rapist…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 24, 2012

Police Say Sharmeka Moffitt Set Herself On Fire In Alleged KKK Attack

Yesterday. we were aghast to hear that a 20-year-old Louisiana woman named Sharmeka Moffitt claimed she had been attacked by three men and set on fire, burning the majority of her body, in a hate crime.

Last night, police confirmed that Sharmeka Moffitt actually faked the “attack,” scrawled the n-word and KKK o…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 24, 2012

Madonna Strips Down In Support Of Malala

Madonna stripped off her and displayed a tribute to Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old girl shot by the Taliban for being a girls education activist. I love how she’s throwing her support behind Pussy Riot and Malala — as if you needed a reminder that Madonna is rad. Angelina Jolie has also spoken out o…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 23, 2012

UPDATE: Sharmeka Moffitt, 20, Set On Fire In Alleged KKK Attack In Louisiana

UPDATE: Police now say Sharmeka Moffitt set herself on fire and wrote “KKK” and a racial slur on her car herself. She is still in critical condition at a hospital in Louisiana. [MSN]

There are no words to really describe this: the FBI in Louisiana are investigating a possible hate crime attack by…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 23, 2012

Pussy Riot Singers Sent To Russian Prison Colonies

The two jailed members of Pussy Riot, the feminist punk band who were found guilty of “hooliganism” for speaking out publicly against President Vladmir Putin, have been sent to prison colonies, their lawyer has confirmed. A third member of Pussy Riot was released on appeal earlier this month. [Newser]
Texas continues to take

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 22, 2012

Taylor Swift Doesn’t Consider Herself A Feminist

The Daily Beast: Do you consider yourself a feminist?

Taylor Swift: I don’t really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life.
Are we surprised that…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 22, 2012

Swiffer Thinks Men Should Get A Damn T-Shirt For Cleaning

Yes, men cleaning. Who’d’ve thunk, right?!  Just a T-shirt, Swiffer? Not a Boy Scout badge? Or the Nobel Prize, perhaps?  I mean, men cleaning is obviously such a rare and uncommon practice that you think guys deserve a T-shirt bragging “Caution: Men Being Awesome” for wiping a Swiffer across the floor. (Which, as someone who…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 20, 2012

Study: Female Genital Mutilation Ruins Sex Lives

Today in No Duh News: women who are forced to have their genitals cut as young girls have more sexual dysfunction as adults, according to a new study in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. FGM or female circumcision removes all or part of a girl’s clitoris and labia for the purpose of…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 19, 2012

Paul Ryan: “War On Women” Like “War On Left-Handed Irishmen”

“Now it’s a war on women; tomorrow it’s going to be a war on left-handed Irishmen or something like that.”
— Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan in Florida yesterday handily dismissed the so-called “war on women” (as a left-handed Irishmen would say) as bollocks. So I guess this means tomorrow every left-handed guy across Ireland…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 19, 2012

Congressman Joe Walsh Says “Life Of The Mother” Never An Issue

Looks like Joe Walsh won’t be getting off Jon Stewart’s list of the craziest guys in Congress any time soon: Last night in a debate with his opponent, Democrat Tammy Duckworth, the Illinois rep and Tea Party favorite explained that he is “pro-life without exception.” He continued, “Understand though, that when we talk about exceptions, we talk about rape,…

By: Newser / October 19, 2012

RIP Society: Lady Senatorial Candidates Asked, “Have You Read ’50 Shades Of Grey’?”

I’m as disinterested in whether Joe Biden waxes his undercarriage as I am in whether Kirsten Gillibrand reads 50 Shades Of Grey. But someone — hopefully someone currently hiding under their desk in shame? — thought it would be a good question to ask New York Senator Gillibrand and her challenger Wendy Long during a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 19, 2012

Hillary Clinton: Stop “Whining” About Not Having It All

“I can’t stand whining. I can’t stand the kind of paralysis that some people fall into because they’re not happy with the choices they made. You live in a time when there are endless choices. … Some women are not comfortable working at the pace and intensity you have to work at in these jobs ……

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 18, 2012
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