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Frisky Q&A: Authors Jennifer Armstrong & Heather Wood Rudulph Discuss “Sexy Feminism”

Supporting Women
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Taylor Swift, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler prompt dumb convo about feminism. Read More »
Unfashionista Blog
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Former UK politician Louise Mensch starts a blog with "man pleasing" tips. Read More »
She Founded "Bust" Mag!
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"Bust" co-founder Marcelle Karp on what it means to be a feminist. Read More »

It’s no big secret that one of the many battles the feminist movement fights against is its own poor PR. Many see feminism as the other “F-word” due to  stereotypes that paint feminists as mean harpies with no sense of humor who hate men, makeup, bras, and shaving their legs. Despite the majority of feminists falling way outside these parameters, there are still many people — women in particular — who write off feminism as “not for them,” without bothering to dig a little deeper and explore if that’s truly the case.

Enter: Sexy Feminism: A Girl’s Guide to Love, Success and Style by Jennifer Armstrong and Heather Wood Rudúlph. Their book, out this month, acts as a guide to help young women understand how feminism is not only great for the world, but for all aspects of their own lives as well. Keep reading »

Conservative Wackadoo Advises Society “Shame” And “Punish” People For Pre-Marital Sex

Fired For Premarital Sex
A teacher was fired for having premarital sex. Read More »
Sandra Fluke At The DNC
"It could easily have been any one of you." Read More »
Frisky Rant: Slut-Shaming
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Frisky Rant: slut shaming doesn't have a silver lining. Read More »

If you’re wondering where society went wrong, the uber-conservative, anti-gay Family Research Council has an idea: it was when the Supreme Court overturned a law that banned the sale of birth control to — gasp! — unmarried folks.

This week, FRC senior fellow Pat Fagan appeared on the radio show ”Washington Watch to blast premarital sex. “Society never gave young people that right,” he ranted. ”Functioning societies don’t do that, they stop it, they punish it, they corral people, they shame people, they do whatever.”  The right for single, consenting adults to have sex, that is.

Good thing this guy told us so now we know: we have no right to have sex out of wedlock. Whoopsies. [MediaiteHuffington Post]

Kathleen Hanna Gives Taylor Swift Her Feminist Seal Of Approval

Be More Like Beyonce
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Kathleen Hanna says Beyonce doesn't sit around reading mean comments. Read More »
Kathleen On Katy
She calls "I Kissed A Girl" a straight up offensive song. Read More »
Kathleen Hanna Rocks
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Kathleen Hanna of Le Tigre on being a feminist ambassador. Read More »

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 to a male audience and is writing music for other girls. I don’t care if she calls herself a feminist or not. There is something that she’s doing that feels feminist to me in that she really seems to have a lot of control over what her career is doing. She’s 23. People say she’s dating all these guys. Well, yeah, she’s a young person and is dating all these people ’cause that’s what you do when you’re young. John Mayer can fuck 84 people in one day and nobody calls him a slut. I think that’s the subtext of some of the things she’s said recently.

– Kathleen Hanna, patron saint of all things feminist and formerly of the bands Le Tigre and Bikini Kill, dips her toe in the most pressing social issue of our time: Is Taylor Swift a feminist? In an interview with The Daily Beast, Hanna makes a point that I hadn’t considered before: Taylor Swift definitely isn’t catering to a male audience — posing nearly naked in lad mags, performing sexually provocative dance numbers, tweeting scantily glad pictures of herself — in the same way that Katy Perry, Rihanna or Britney Spears do. That alone does not make Swift a feminist, of course. The content of the messages she’s sending to her female audiences are important. But I suspect part of the reason that Swift gets so much shit for being a girly-girl making music for girls is because she doesn’t necessarily have a legion of straight male fans wanking off to/supporting her. (And FWIW, Kathleen Hanna is also a fan of Beyoncé, so I think we can agree she’s more of a lover than a hater.) [The Daily Beast] [Photo: Getty]

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 gun violence are connected.” [Think Progress, USA TodayWhite House]
  • Survivors of military sexual violence testified before the Senate this week. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Anna Wintour got a promotion within Conde Nast and already people are “concerned” about what this powerful woman is going to do. [Madame Noire] Keep reading »
Domestic Violence Advice
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... from a prosecutor who has seen it all. Read More »
I Witnessed DV
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Jessica watched a man commit domestic violence while bystanders did nothing. Read More »
I Was Abused
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Judy McGuire was physically abused by a boyfriend. Read More »

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

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  • 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 “confuse and deceive the children of God.” [Queerty]
  • Ever wonder why women have no say in the papal vote? All 115 of the cardinals who vote on the new Pope are men. [CNN]
  • The rape trail of two Steubenville High School football players began today. The 16-year-old young woman at the center of the assault, who was raped, peed on, and photographed by the student partygoers, may testify. [Cleveland.com, Seattle Times] Keep reading »

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

Military Ban Lifted
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The military has lifted the ban on women in combat roles. Read More »
Women In Combat
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Rick Santorum frets your ladylike "emotions" are bad for combat. Read More »
After Sexual Assault
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Tips for reclaiming your sex life after being sexually assaulted. Read More »

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 General to dismiss all charges against an officer who had been convicted of sexual assault.

Lieutenant Colonel James Wilkerson, a fighter pilot, had been charged with aggravated sexual assault on former colleague Kimberly Hanks at Aviano Air Base in Italy. Hanks had been socializing with Wilkerson and his wife at their home and stayed the evening in their guest bedroom; in the middle of the night, she woke up to find Wilkerson on top of her. He was found guilty and sentenced to a year in the brig (AKA military prison). But he never served any time in prison because his superior, Lieutenant General Craig A. Franklin, dismissed the jury’s conviction and reinstated him. Senators Boxer and Shaheen and others are rightfully concerned that a troop charged with sexual assault was let off scot-free. 
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Today Is “No More” Day: Take A Stand Against Violence Against Women

Domestic Violence Advice
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... from a prosecutor who has seen it all. Read More »
Vawa Passes!
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The violence against women act passed in the Senate. Read More »
After Sexual Assault
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Tips for reclaiming your sex life after being sexually assaulted. Read More »
The Status of Women
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The UN's Commission on the Status of Women is happening now! Read More »
NO MORE 3.13.2013

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 blue. Keep reading »

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

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  • 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 boys and “didn’t affirmatively say no.”  [Jezebel]
  • Colorado’s House of Representatives have advanced a bill legalizing civil unions in the state, which now heads to the governor to be signed. [Denver Post]
  • Former First Lady Laura Bush says Republicans “scared” women in 2012. Terrified is more like it. [Politico] Keep reading »

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

Cain Getting Handsy?
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Herman Cain was accused of sexual harassment by two women. Read More »
Citibank Sex Harassment
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A banker says her employer, Citibank, told her she was "too sexy." Read More »
Sexist Politician
Ernest Hewett 3.6.2013
"No female interns" is strike two for this sexist politician. Read More »

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 thought his 14-year-old intern was “sexy.”  The intern in question had only been working there six days and is the daughter of a Brooklyn judge he helped elect.  There is currently a police probe into whether any criminal actions were committed.

Alas, this is not the first accusation of sexual harassment against Vito Lopez. (Sadly, it usually isn’t.) Keep reading »

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

Meet Malala
5 things to know about Malala, the 14-year-old girl shot by the Taliban. Read More »
Angelina On Malala
Angelina Jolie says to use Malala's shooting as a teachable moment. Read More »
Malala Leaves Hospital
After four months in the hospital, Malala is well enough to leave. Read More »
  • 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 cartoon on his web site, Zen Pencils.  [Clutch Magazine]
  • Celeste Greig, head of the California Republican Assembly, suggested that pregnancies resulting from rape are rare “because it’s an act of violence, because the body is traumatized.” It’s like Todd Akin 2.0! [Feministing]
  • New York City’s City Council Speaker Christine Quinn official announced her candidacy for mayor. If elected Quinn would be NYC’s first openly gay mayor, as well as its first female mayor. [Gothamist]
  • South Dakota’s governor signed that awful anti-abortion bill into law which extends waiting periods to not include weekends or holidays. [Feminist.org] Keep reading »
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