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Oprah Winfrey To Receive Presidential Medal Of Freedom

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  • Oprah Winfrey is among this year’s honorees to receive the Presidential Medal Of Freedom, the nation’s highest honor for civilians. Winfrey will be one of four Black recipients of the medal. Astronaut Sally Ride, the first woman in outer space and the first known gay astronaut, will posthumously receive a medal. [The Root, LGBTQ Nation]
  • One in three young women are using withdrawal as their contraceptive method, according to a new study in the Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. LADIES! Do y’all want to get pregnant? NOT A RELIABLE METHOD! [US News & World Reports]
  • Comic bros says sexism is no big deal. [Think Progress]
  • Here are some possible new rules the Pentagon has come up with to curb sexual assaults in the military and hold perpetrators accountable. [New York Times] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: On The Forgotten Women Of “Fruitvale Station”

Privilege In "OISNB"
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Piper in "Orange Is The New Black" is the poster girl for privilege. Read More »
Marissa Alexander
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Marissa Alexander of FL sentenced 20 years for firing warning shot. Read More »
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How to help the Black woman jailed for firing a warning shot at her ex. Read More »
The Soapbox: On The Forgotten Women Of "Fruitvale Station"

Everything you’ve heard about “Fruitvale Station” is true. The biopic, which won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at Sundance, explores the final day in the life of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Black man from Oakland who was shot and killed by a BART officer on New Year’s Day in 2009.

The movie flashes between the past and the present, exploring Grant’s relationship with his four-year-old daughter, his mom, and his girlfriend, who was with him on the night he was shot. After a scuffle on the BART, Grant and his friends, who are all people of color, were detained on the platform. Numerous witnesses filmed the incident with their cell phone cameras, including the moment when Grant, who was unarmed and being restrained by several officers, was shot in the back. That cop claimed he had meant to reach for his Taser; he served less than one year of prison. My three friends and I legitimately bawled for the last 10 minutes of the film. Keep reading »

PETA Wants Teens To “Go All The Way”

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PETA is launching a softcore porn site. Read More »
Brooke Hogan For Peta
Brooke Hogan got naked in a dog cage for PETA. Read More »
Court Loves PETA
Courtney Stodden shills for PETA, makes us feel weird about animal rights. Read More »
Chad Strips For PETA
"Ink, not mink!" says Chad Ochocinqo. Read More »
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Hey. Get your head out of the gutter! PETA means “go all the way vegan” instead of just vegetarian, obviously. Obviously. Is it really that obvious, though, when PETA’s new “Vegans Go All The Way” ad features Samia Najimy-Finnerty, who is just 16 years old? Keep reading »

Republicans Put Out “Game” In Which The Purpose Is To Slap Hillary Clinton

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  • An anti-Hillary Clinton Republican Super PAC called The Hillary Project put out a Flash-animation “game” on their website in which the player slaps Clinton across the face. When did America start turning into a real-life version of “Idiocracy”? [Raw StoryUltraViolet]
  • The National Institute of Health has finally made good with the family of Henrietta Lacks, the low-income Black woman who died of cancer in 1951 and whose cells have been used for scientific research ever since. [NBC News]
  • Check out this apology letter that American Airlines sent a woman after a member of their air hostess staff hassled her for breastfeeding her baby on a flight. (They realize hungry babies scream, right?) [Jezebel] Keep reading »

The GOP Is Now Trying To Lure Women Out Of The Kitchen

Small Breasts, Huge Thighs
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Australian PM Julia Gillard humiliated by sexist menu. Read More »
Female Political Study
Study says Republican woman are more feminine than Democrats. Read More »
Love & Politics
Why don't more online daters care about politics? Read More »
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The GOP is worried about the lack of Republican women in Congress. This issue became a priority when the Republicans realized that they needed a friendly female face to put on their late-term abortion bans and ladies-can’t-be-trusted-with-their-own-bodies legislation. It doesn’t exactly look great when you can only find dudes that will vouch for the pro-life agenda. Thus, as the National Journal reported, Project GROW (Growing Republican Opportunities for Women) was born. Keep reading »

The New York Times Piece Following Up On “The Opt-Out Generation” Will Scare The Crap Out Of You

Wanting To Stay Home
Jess wants to be a stay-at-home mom someday if she can. Read More »
Who Takes The Lead?
Mom versus dad: who takes the lead on parenting? Read More »
Stay At Home Dads
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Do they really parent that differently from stay-at-home moms? Read More »
Feminist & SAHM?
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Breaking news: you can be a feminist and a stay-at-home-mom. Read More »
new york times opt out revolution

In 2003, The New York Times Magazine published an article by Lisa Belkin about the “opt-out revolution” — highly-educated women with prestigious jobs who left the workforce for full-time parenting.  Was this, it seemed to ask, what our feminist foremothers had fought for?

The article was trashed from here to the moon with good reason: it focused on the wealthy elite who are able to leave the workforce to be stay-at-home moms (SAHMs) with no major dent to the family’s way of living. Pre-recession, some of these women assumed they would be able to transition easily back into the workforce. Others threw themselves into volunteering, putting their skills as go-getters to work elsewhere.

Now, Judith Warner from the Times Magazine has followed up with another piece about women (not the same group of women) who “opted out” of their high-powered jobs to be SAHMs … with varying degrees of personal happiness and professional success 10-15 years on. Keep reading »

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