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No "Feminist" Blog
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Beliefnet wouldn't use the word "feminist" on a blog. Read More »
Men Quoted In Media
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Men overwhelmingly quoted in media about women's rights. Read More »
Women On Front Page?
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Be a male writer or one of the Middleton sisters to get on the UK's front pages. Read More »

Once upon a time, I was a spritely young newspaper reporter and got a very gross introduction to the way some men treat female journalists. My own dad would jokingly refer to me as the “girl reporter” and tell people my job was to run through the office yelling, “Stop the presses!” (It wasn’t.)  A reporter from another paper used to make sexually suggestive comments to me all the time. He once sent a Vermont Teddy Bear to my parents’ house as a gift to me. It was weird. Keep reading »

The NY Times Publishes Its Stupidest Piece About Feminism (And The Cannibal Cop!) Ever

Cannibal Cop
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NYPD officer arrested for plot to kidnap, rape, and cook women. Read More »
Abortion Rights
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Everything The Frisky has ever written about feminism! Read More »

Feminism has failed, you guys. Finished! Kaput! Dunzo! To what can we attribute this latest death knell? A writer for The New York Times thinks that feminists have not been sufficiently upset about New York Police Department Officer Gilberto Valle, aka the “Cannibal Cop,” who plotted to kidnap, rape and cook women, including his own wife. Part of the problem is that writer Ginia Bellafante’s thesis doesn’t seem to be very well flushed out: Bellafante fondly recalls the time in the 1980s when a woman stomped around the Upper West Side with a blown-up cover of Hustler featuring a woman shoved into a meat grinder, demanding people sign a petition (presumably against pornography).  From there, Bellafante segues into recapping Officer Valle’s creepy, cannibalistic plot and wondering why “there’s been more vocal outrage over Seth McFarlane’s distasteful Oscar jokes than there has been over the uncountable numbers apparently willing to think about women in the same terms as shell steaks.”

Um? Maybe because cannibals eating women isn’t really feminism’s most pressing problem? Keep reading »

Virginia Spa Bans Gays, Lesbians & Transgender Folks

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  • Spa World, a spa in Virginia, has forbidden LGBT folks from using their facility because their “abnormal sexual behaviors and orientation” are a threat to kids and recently asked a customer to leave. Spa World is now being investigated by the Better Business Bureau for discrimination. [Think Progress]
  • Brown University’s student health plan will begin covering 14 different sex reassignment surgery procedures next August. [Human Rights Campaign]
  • On how female veterans cope after experiencing military sexual trauma. [New York Times] Keep reading »

Connecticut Lawmaker Stripped Of Title Over Lewd “Snake” Comment To Teen Girl

Harassed At Work
Daley's friend is being harassed by her superior at her summer job. Read More »
Flirting? You're Fired
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Iowa says a boss can fire an employee he or she deems attractive. Read More »
Perv Problems
How do you stop a pervert from rampant perv-ing? Read More »

Rep. Ernest Hewett of Connecticut, a Democrat, was caught on audiotape making a lewd sexual comment regarding a 17-year-old girl who testified to the state legislature about her internship. The unnamed girl. who interned at the Connecticut Science Center, said the experience helped her overcome her fear of snakes:

“I am usually a very shy person, and now I am more outgoing. I was able to teach those children about certain things like snakes that we have and the turtles that we have… I want to do something toward that, working with children when I get older.”

Rep. Hewitt was heard on audiotape replying:

“If you’re bashful I got a snake sitting under my desk here.”

Keep reading »

South Dakota Flat-Out Being A**holes To Women Seeking Abortion

I'm A Pro-Choice Mom
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Avital is a mother who supports legal abortion. Read More »
Say What?!
Alabama politician says an abortion removes a woman's "largest organ." Read More »
Abortion Rights
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All of The Frisky's posts about reproductive rights. Read More »
north carolina advances anti-abortion bill

This is how anti-abortion extremists try to control women’s bodies: they use state legislatures to create bogus and medically unnecessary laws that make it very, very difficult for a woman to have an abortion.

Case in point? South Dakota, which already requires a 72-hour waiting period before an abortion, advanced a bill in its state Senate yesterday to remove weekends and holidays from those 72 hours, meaning women have to wait even longer.

Why do anti-abortion extremists do this? Because South Dakota only has one abortion clinic and it’s a medium-sized state, meaning many women have to travel in order to get the procedure. And traveling means finding childcare, taking time off work, and dealing with other responsibilities. Waiting periods  — especially loooong waiting periods which require at least two trips to the doctor — are intended to make it hella difficult for women to get to the clinic. If the governor signs this bill into law, South Dakota would have the longest waiting periods for abortion in the country.  Keep reading »

Teen Girl In Maldives To Be Flogged 100 Times For Premarital Sex

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Last week, a 15-year-old girl in the Maldives was sentenced to being flogged with 100 lashes for having consensual sex outside of marriage. Now the Islamic ministry and judiciary are being pressured to halt the public flogging or at least wait to carry it out until the youngster turns 18. If the criminalization of a woman’s sexuality is not bad enough (and yes, the AP confirms that it is usually the women who are flogged), it actually gets worse: the Muslim teen complained about sexual abuse by her stepfather and another man. In other words, she is allegedly the victim of sexual abuse by older men and now could be physically punished for having consensual sex. This is completely disgusting. [Seattle Times]

Not Doing Housework Is Making Ladies Fat, Sez Study

Housework & Divorce
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Wait, what? Housework equality can lead to a higher divorce rate. Read More »
Choreplay
What is choreplay? It's the new foreplay! Read More »
Who Does Housework?
Who does the work in your house? Read More »
  • Women might be overweight because we’re doing less housework and living more sedentary lifestyles, according to a new study published this month by PLoS. Hmm, but how does that explain why dudes — not known for doing housework 50 years ago — have gotten overweight as well? [New York Times]
  • HBO’s Mike White on why women will watch shows or movies about both men and women, but men supposedly won’t watch anything that’s just about women. [Slate]
  • Teen girls who are at a high risk for pregnancy are more likely to use contraception if they’ve taken a teen pregnancy prevention program, according to a new study in JAMA Pediatrics. [US News & World Reports] Keep reading »

Mexican Town Bans Slutty, Slutty Miniskirts & Gay, Gay Cross-Dressing

Miniskirt Ban
Indonesia to thoughtfully ban miniskirts so women don't "invite" rape. Read More »
On Slutshaming
It's about controlling women through guilt and shame. Read More »
Another Miniskirt Man
Italian town considers a miniskirt ban to "restore urban decorum." Read More »
Cops Warn Vs. Skirts
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NYC police warned women not to wear skirts to avoid a serial rapist. Read More »
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Because no man in the history of the world has ever been able to control his rape-alicious sexual urges, a Mexican town has banned women from wearing slutty, slutty miniskirts.

And they’ve also banned crossdressing. Because, you know, gays. Keep reading »

Taylor Swift Gets Parodied For A Good Cause!

Senators Against VAWA
These guys didn't even want to bring VAWA to a vote. Read More »
Vawa Passes!
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The violence against women act passed in the Senate. Read More »
Politics Vs. Love
Can you ignore someone's politics in love? Read More »
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"Taylor" Sings!
  • There is a great parody of Taylor Swift’s “22″ floating around the interwebz.  Rather than finding inspiration from ex-boyfriends this song takes aim at a different set of pathetic men: the 22 Senators who did not vote “yes” on the Violence Against Women Act.  The bill will come up for a vote in the House of Representatives.  Show your support and call your Congressmember. [Upworthy]
  • Oh how I wish I’d never have to post about this, but yet another politician has made a “foot in mouth” comment that I can’t not call out.  New Hampshire State Representative Mark Warden said people might “like being in abusive relationships.”  He is in favor of a bill that would reduce simple assault from a misdemeanor to a violation. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Conservative Writer Compares Ashley Judd To Todd Akin

Senate Run?
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Ashley Judd is serious about a Senate run. Read More »
Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
Ashley On Feminism
Ashley Judd discusses the patriarchy and misogyny like a pro. Read More »

Ashley Judd was compared to Todd Akin by conservative writer for The Daily Caller, Alex Pappas. Seriously?

Ashley Judd’s name has been floated around as possible Democratic candidate to run Senator Mitch McConnell in Kentucky in 2014. But haters have already come out swinging, with a writer for conservative blog The Daily Caller comparing the actress/humantarian/women’s rights activist to Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin. No, seriously. He did:

“Judd runs the risk of being portrayed as a Todd Akin-esque candidate — meaning voters simply decide she’s unqualified to serve as a senator, because her comments are so outrageous.”

They both have the initial “A” in their names and when people talk about them the word “senate” is thrown around, but that’s where the similarities end. Judd’s comments may be on the liberal end of the spectrum, but they are not “outrageous” in the way that Akin’s uneducated comments were. Last I checked, Ashley Judd understands actual biology. Keep reading »

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