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Meet The 83-Year-Old Lesbian Taking On The Defense Of Marriage Act

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  • Meet 83-year-old Edith Windsor, the widower whose fight against the Defense of Marriage Act is headed to the Supreme Court (Windsor vs. United States). Windsor had a 40-year-long relationship with Thea Spyer, whom she married in Canada. But because her marriage to a woman was not recognized in New York State, Windsor was required to pay $600,000 in taxes that she would not have owed if she had been married to a man. DOMA allows states not to recognize same-sex marriages from other states and therefore Windsor was not treated as the surviving spouse. [New York Times, Feministing, Ms. Magazine]
  • Civil rights activist Angela Davis Activist Michaela Angela Davis is launching a campaign called “Bury The Rachet” to take negative focus off black women in the media, especially on reality shows, and instead focus on black women’s professional accomplishments. [Madame Noire, The Grio]
  • Hey, even Colin Powell supports the removal of abortion restrictions on military women! [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Pregnant Woman Fired Over Bathroom Breaks

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  • A woman named April Roller is suing her former employer for unlawful termination after it fired her for taking too many bathroom breaks while she was pregnant. Roller was also given a person trash can to barf in at her desk rather than go to the bathroom to puke. I bet that increased workplace productivity! Is this company serious? For less than nine months, they couldn’t deal with a pregnant woman puking and peeing? [The Gloss]
  • North Carolina’s decision to issue “Choose Life” anti-abortion license plates is unconstitutional because NC doesn’t offer similar plates in support of reproductive rights, a judge ruled on Friday. [WRAL]
  • Two retired military women, one a former Air Force flight nurse and another an Army Colonel, were among the first people to be married last week after Washington State’s law legalizing same-sex marriage went into effect. [Washington Post] Keep reading »
A War On Men?
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The most absurd allegations from Fox News' scare piece. Read More »
"Nice Guys" Who Rape
Intent isn’t everything, but it does matter. Read More »

True Story: How To Reclaim Your Sex Life After Surviving Sexual Assault

It Got Better
Don't despair. Tough times do pass. Read More »
How To Deal
Life is hard. Sometimes we all need help dealing. Read More »
I Was Raped
An account of sexual assault at Amherst College. Read More »

One in every five women has been sexually assaulted. And most of those assaults happen before the age of 25. I am a woman. I’m 25 years old, and I am part of the 20 percent of women who have been raped.

It’s one of the hardest things I’ve had to accept about myself, and it’s one that’s not frequently talked about. Keep reading »

Send This To Your Friend Who Says “I’m Not A Feminist, But …”

Taylor Not A Feminist
Taylor Swift appears on 'Good Morning America', NYC
Taylor Swift doesn't consider herself to be a feminist. Read More »
Katy's Not A Feminist
... but she says she believes in the strength of women. Read More »
Mayer Not A Feminist
Why I'm disappointed Yahoo's Marissa Mayer doesn't call herself a feminist. Read More »
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Mindy Nettifee
Mindy Nettifee Spits Some Truth

We all have one: that girl friend or coworker or cousin who says things like “I’m not a feminist, but I think women should be paid as much as men and make medical decisions about their own bodies.” You have probably had many, many patient conversations informing them they actually are a feminist and must now stop shaving their legs to free up more time for our ritualistic Male-Bashing And Baby-Eating Ceremonies.

Save your breath next time and send them this righteous rah-rah girl power poetry performance from the slam poet  Mindy Nettifee. It’s about a year old, but well-worth hearing. Who wants to be president anyway? [Upworthy]

Women In Military Shouldn’t Disrupt “Band Of Brothers” By Serving In Combat Roles, Retired General Writes

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  • A male retired Army general penned an op-ed for the Washington Post about why women should not openly serve in combat roles, which apparently seems to stem from wanting to “protect” lady-soldiers from rape and not breaking up the “band of brothers.” [Washington Post]
  • Here’s why the Violence Against Women Act is stalled in Congress. [Huffington Post]
  • Check out critic Anita Sarkeesian’s TEDxwomen talk in which she discusses the crazy trolls who bombarded her with death threats after she tried to do a feminist critique of video games. [Kotaku] Keep reading »

Lesbian Couple Of 35 Years Finally Obtains Washington State Marriage License

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  • A lesbian couple who’s been together for 35 years got the first-ever marriage license for a same-sex union as soon as it became legal in Washington state at midnight last night. So cute, hooray for marriage equality! [Queerty]
  • Congress is inching closer towards ending the ban on women in the military from using their health insurance to cover abortions in cases of rape and incest. [Washington Post]
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a highly favorable pick for a hypothetical 2016 presidential run, according to a Washington Post poll. [Feministing]
  • This very afternoon, Michigan state senate politicians could be reviewing five pieces of anti-abortion legislation. [Think Progress] Keep reading »
On Kasandra Perkins
Is her death not being taken as seriously because she's black? Read More »
Obama Supports Gay Marriage
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The president comes out in support of same-sex unions! Read More »
On Abortion In Ireland
She is from Ireland and she's grateful she had her abortion in the U.S. Read More »

“American Psycho”‘s Bret Easton Ellis Makes Sexist Asshat Comment About Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow
10 reasons to love the director of "The Hurt Locker." Read More »
5 Women To Watch
Five funny female screenwriters to watch. Read More »
Jodie On Female Directors
Jodie Fosters says studio execs see female directors as a risk. Read More »

“Kathryn Bigelow would be considered a mildly interesting filmmaker if she was a man but since she’s a very hot woman she’s really overrated.”

That’s a tweet from Bret Easton Ellis, the author of American Psycho and other books and movies. I guess someone is a little butthurt because Kathryn Bigelow won an Oscar for Best Director (making her the first-ever woman to do so) while Ellis’ latest film project stars a can-barely-walk-straight Lindsay Lohan? [IndieWire]

Anisa, A 10th Grader In Afghanistan, Murdered For Attending School

Meet Malala
5 things to know about Malala, the 14-year-old girl shot by the Taliban. Read More »
Update On Malala
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On Monday, Malala was airlifted out of Pakistan to a UK hospital. Read More »
Frisky Feminism!
Everything The Frisky has ever written about feminism! Read More »
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Anisa, a young Afghani Afghan woman who had just completed the 10th grade, was murdered outside her home on Sunday, hit by six or seven bullets in her stomach. She had already survived a previous assassination attempt one day prior — likely for being a young woman who dared to make a life for herself. Keep reading »

On Men As Victims Of Domestic Violence — From A Prosecutor

Prosecutor Speaks
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A prosecutor's professional point of view on domestic abuse. Read More »
I Witnessed DV
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Jessica saw a man commit domestic violence in public. Read More »
On Abused Women
Facts about Rihanna and other abused women. Read More »
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Last week an anonymous prosecutor who has prosecuted a domestic violence caseload explained to us, from her professional point of view, how we should respond when we have friends or family members in abusive relationships. Some of the comments objected to her use  of the pronoun “he” as the aggressor and “she” as the victim. Here the prosecutor, who requested anonymity, is back to respond. 

Absolutely, men can be and are victims of domestic violence. The choice to use the pronoun she exclusively was a choice that I made as the author because the majoriy of reported domestic violence victims are women. The data also shows that women are more likely than men to report incidents of domestic violence, according to Measuring Intimate Partner Violence by National Institute of Justice. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: On Kasandra Perkins And The Color Of Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Advice
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... from a prosecutor who has seen it all. Read More »
Helping DV Victims
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Should we ask victims of domestic violence why they stay? Read More »
Kasandra Perkins Murder
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NFL player Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend and then killed himself. Read More »

On December 1st, the sports world was in shock as reports came in that Jovan Belcher, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, died in a murder-suicide, killing himself at the Chiefs training facility after murdering the mother of his three-month-old child in their home. Most people tried to figure out what would make a good kid like Belcher, who appeared to “have it all,” end his life in this way. But I found myself asking, “But what about the girlfriend? Does she even have a name?”

Her name was Kasandra Perkins. The 22-year-old mother had given birth in September and now she was dead. Gone. Keep reading »

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