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North Dakota Passes Anti-Abortion Law Saying Life Begins At Conception

I Had An Abortion
A mother writes about choosing to have an abortion. Read More »
I'm A Pro-Choice Mom
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Avital is a mother who supports legal abortion. Read More »
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All of The Frisky's posts about reproductive rights. Read More »
  • North Dakota passed the nation’s most restrictive ban on abortion today: the ND House of Representatives advanced a “fetal personhood” measure which declares a fertilized egg a human, thereby criminalizing all abortion. The bill now heads to the Republican governor’s desk.  [Huffington Post]
  • Smith College, a well-regarded women’s college which graduated the likes of Gloria Steinem, has rejected a trans woman as a student because Calliope Wong was born a male. (It’s actually the second time Smith has rejected Wong as a student for this very reason.) [Newser]
  • But in some good news, on her blog, Callio mentions a friend of hers, who is also a trans woman, has been admitted to Simmons College, another women’s college. Simmons even gave her friend a $20,000 scholarship! [CallioWong.Tumblr.com]
  • On Adria Richards, “Donglegate” and the ethics of public shaming. [Feminist Philosophers]
  • Speaking of Donglegate, Men’s rights activists (MRAs), AKA the scum of the universe, are raising money for the man who got fired.  [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Feminist Blogger Reveals Eating Disorder, Apologizes To Readers

My Eating Disorder
Katie struggled for an eating disorder in high school and college. Read More »
Feminist Joins WW
Jessica joined Weight Watchers, but felt kinda guilty about it. Read More »
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
One woman's experience battling this disorder. Read More »
Chloe Angyal

Living one’s values are difficult for any human. Living one’s values when those values are idealistic, compassionate, and come from a deep and open heart can be extremely difficult. Life throws “life” at you and you seek to respond in the way that would make you feel proud of yourself.

That doesn’t always work.

This morning, an editor from Feministing.com Chloe Angyal published an essay confessing that she’s been starving herself. You can read the whole essay here. The tl;dr is that Chloe (I’m calling her Chloe because I’ve known her socially for years and it feels weird to refer to her in the formal “Angyal”) became interested in eating disorders awareness after she became artistic director of her all-girls dance company in college. She made a mandate within the company to stop with negative body-talk and then became involved in a campus eating disorders awareness and prevention group. (Through that group, she met the lovely Courtney E. Martin, who brought her to Feministing.) She’s been reading, blogging and editing Feministing for several years.

And for the past two years, she’s also been starving herself. Keep reading »

Sexist Job Listing Only Wants You If You’re Female, Attractive & Under 25

Sexist Beer Marketing
Lady beer expert pens open letter letter to beer enthusiasts. Read More »
Sexist Parking Spaces
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German mayor helpfully allocates parking spaces just for dudes. Read More »
Sexism Vs. Pelosi
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Nancy Pelosi portrayed as the Wicked Witch of the West. Read More »
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Sexism in the workplace is manifested in a slew of ways: pay inequality, dress code regulations, getting hit on by your boss. In this case, on the site Australia InfoMine, sexism reared its ugly head before the job even started! According to News.Com.Au, the first requirement on a posting for the Korean coal company Pt. Karya Bumi Baratama is that receptionist applicants  be “female, single, max 25 years old.”

While the post does ask for appropropriate qualities such as an education “from reputable university” and “good interpersonal and communication skill,” it rounds itself out with the last bullet point asking for the candidate to be “good looking.”  Keep reading »

Starbucks CEO Shuts Down Marriage Equality Complainer

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  • At a recent shareholders meeting, a shareholder complained to Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz that sales dipped after the company publicly announced support for marriage equality. “You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company,” Shultz told the shareholder. “Thank you very much.” Baller. [Queerty]
  • Girls playing video games? Who’d've thunk! [Kotaku]
  • Also, a woman runs a science blog and everyone loses their marbles. [Guardian UK
  • The University of Tennessee pulled funding from a weeklong sex ed event for students after Fox News started harping about how a drag show and “lesbian bondage expert” were going to hurt these fragile kiddies’ minds. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Can Drop And Give You 20

Justice on Sesame Street
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talks princesses on Sesame Street. Read More »
All The Single Ladies
Quotable: All the single ladies on the Supreme Court. Read More »
Get To Know Justice Kagan
Who is our newest Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan? Read More »

Happy belated birthday to Supreme Court Justice Bader Ginsburg!  There are so many reasons to love the two-time cancer survivor Justice: from her stance on reproductive rights, to holding it down as the solo woman on the court for three years (post-Sandra Day O’Connor, pre-Sonia Sotomayor).

Yesterday March 19, The Washington Post revealed another endearing insight: the octogenarian sees personal trainer, Bryant Johnson, twice a week.   Keep reading »

Study: Single Mothers The Reason For The Decline Of Men?

A War On Men?
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Absurd allegations from a Fox News' scare piece. Read More »
Single Mom Speaks
Rick Santorum is super-freaking ignorant about single moms. Read More »
What To Know
... about single moms. Read More »

Nerd alert!  I feel very “Lord of the Rings” whenever I read about the “fall” of men: dramatic, old fashioned, and spoken in Cate Blanchett’s voice.  And the conversation (like the trilogy) seems never-ending.  From Hanna Rosin’s book The End of Men to Charles Murray’s Coming Apart, everybody must add their two cents about why male incomes as a whole are declining.

So here’s mine.  I personally find this male-centric view frustrating.  Yes, according to a 2010 USA Today article, women are entering institutions of higher education at record-high rates, surrpassing that of men. Though I may think, Who cares?  Men have been dominating for millennia!, economists are worried about employment eligibility and opportunity for men. As reported by The New York Times, a new study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor David H. Autor, takes a stab at explaining this puzzling societal problem. Keep reading »

Rush Limbaugh Thinks Beyoncé’s Song “Bow Down” Is About Submitting To Jay-Z

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  • Today in Things Rush Limbaugh Grossly Misunderstands About America in 2013: he raved on his show about how Beyoncé’s new song “Bow Down” is an ode to wifely submission, praising her for doing a “total 180,” marrying her “rich” husband Jay-Z and “she now understands it’s worth it to bow down.” Now, had this four-times-married conservative shock jock actually listened to the song, he would know that “Bow Down” is not about wifely submission at all and is actually about jealous girls. Or that the title is not called “Bow Down Bitches.”  [Think Progress]

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Mommie Dearest: NYC Failed On Its Teen Pregnancy Campaign

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NYC's new teen pregnancy PSAs are pissing everyone off. Read More »
Ab Only Sex Ed Sucks
Every teenager in Mississippi is pregnant, basically. Read More »
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Some NYC schools administer the morning after pill to students. Read More »
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New York City’s Human Resources Administration (HRA) has recently launched a new ad campaign aimed at teen pregnancy that has caused quite a stir — and rightfully so. The campaign employs some of the most shameful tactics I have ever seen in the name of preventing teen pregnancy. These offensive ads (pictured after the jump) feature crying babies and blaming language that the HRA hopes will turn teenagers off from becoming parents.

Much of the wording places the onus of teen parenthood directly on the mother. Only one ad talks directly to young men (focusing on how much money he’ll have to pay in support), while the rest weigh heavily on the shoulders of young women, with one specifically focusing on how it’s highly likely a teen mom will end up raising her baby alone.

Is becoming a teen parent ideal or easy? No. Nobody is saying it is. But the way to go about preventing teen pregnancy isn’t by shaming and blaming those who already are young parents. The money that was spent on this horrible (and most likely ineffective) ad campaign could have been put to better use in more widespread comprehensive sex-education programs within the city. Keep reading »

Feministing’s Zerlina Maxwell Challenges Sean Hannity About Teaching Men Not To Rape

Teach Boys Not To Rape
On Steubenville High School and teaching boys not to rape. Read More »
Soapbox: Abuse & Kink
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Jessica talks about abuse within the kink community. Read More »
Rape Sensitivity Training
Teaching members of the GOP that rape =bad. Read More »
Zerlina Maxwell Fox 3.19.2013
Zerlina Speaks Out!

Feministing blogger Zerlina Maxwell is a survivor of rape. Last week, Maxwell appeared with Sean Hannity on Fox News and what she said on the show generated some racist, misogynist comments and both rape threats and death threats. Her “controversial” comment? She said, “I think we should be telling men not to rape women and start the conversation there with prevention.”

That’s not OK to say, apparently: it poked the hornet’s nest of our society’s long held, deeply flawed ideas about rape as well as squeamish attitudes when it comes to discussing it.

Zerlina Maxwell, we at The Frisky stand with you.  Men should be taught not to rape. Here are three misconceptions about rape that she schooled Sean Hannity and his viewers on in the exchange: Keep reading »

UFC Host Slams Trans Fighter Fallon Fox, Says She’s Not Really A Woman

Trans MMA Fighter
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Fighter Fallon Fox comes out as trans. Read More »
Trans Kids & Identity
Some transgender kids have it more figured out than the rest of us. Read More »
Straight Guy, Trans Rights
Dan on why a straight guy like him cares about transgender rights. Read More »
  • Joe Rogan, the voice of the UFC fighting league, says that Fallon Fox, the MMA fighter who recently came out as a trans woman, should not be allowed to fight with cisgendered women (i.e. people who are born female). Most offensively, Rogan said Fallon Fox is not really a woman. “I don’t care if you don’t have a dick anymore,” said Rogan, in a long, crass commentary. “You’re a man without a dick.” [TMZ]
  • Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani teen who was shot by the Taliban for advocating on behalf of girls’ education, has returned to school, now in the UK, today. [Reuters]
  • Employers in Missouri are no longer allowed to deny contraceptive coverage in their employees’ insurance based on their own beliefs following a ruling by a federal judge on Monday. The law is an unconstitutional violation of the Affordable Care Act. [Feminist.org]
  • An Air Force instructor from Joint Base San Antionio-Lackland has been sentenced to four years in prison for raping a female trainee. [ABC News]
  • Last week, a mother in New York City attempted to commit suicide with her baby strapped to her body. The child survived, but Cynthia Wachenheim did not. She seems to have been suffering from postpartum psychosis, which brings up the question of whether new mothers are getting the mental healthcare support that they need. [Slate] Keep reading »
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