- Here’s the (predictably) smart thing iconic feminist Gloria Steinem had to say about Miley Cyrus: “ I wish we didn’t have to be nude to be noticed. But given the game as it exists, women make decisions. For instance, the Miss America contest is in all of its states, forms … the single greatest source of scholarship money for women in the United States. If a contest based only on appearance was the single greatest source of scholarship money for men, we would be saying, ‘This is why China wins.’ You know? It’s ridiculous. But that’s the way the culture is. I think that we need to change the culture, not blame the people that are playing the only game that exists.” [Yahoo]
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- California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill yesterday which authorizes nurse practitioners and physician assistants to perform first-trimester abortions. It’s the only bill in the country this year that improves access to abortion, not restricts it. [Ms. Magazine]
- Disney whine: animating female characters is harrrrrd. [Slate]
- Pink-ifying breast cancer makes women take the disease less seriously, according to research. [Sociological Images]
- Between Christine Lagarde and Janet Yellen, the two top jobs in global finance will soon be filled by women. [TIME] Keep reading »
What a load of chickenshit. Conservative French politician Philippe Le Ray has been fined $1,700 for making chicken noises at a female colleague while she spoke before the National Assembly on Tuesday. Oh, yes, he did this in front of everyone. Green Party MP Veronique Massonneau, an ecologist deputy, was speaking before the government about pension reform when Le Ray began loudly clucking. (In France, the word for “chicken” is used as a slur against women.) Massonneau stopped speaking and addressed him: “That’s enough! I’m not a chicken.” The leader of the National Assembly then temporarily suspended the parliamentary session and publicly chastised Le Ray when they returned. I guess it’s sort of a relief that politicians are juvenile sexist douchebags the world over? [Guardian UK, Belfast Telegraph UK] [Image of a chicken via Shutterstock]
- President Obama announced today he has nominated Janet Yellen as chairman of the Federal Reserve. She currently serves as vice chair of the Fed and is a professor at University of California, Berkeley. If confirmed by the Senate, Yellen would be the first woman to run the Fed. [Politico]
- On Yellen and the scarcity of women at central banks. [New York Times]
- How the “bro” became an entitled white — specifically white — dude. [The Atlantic Wire]
- Condoleezza Rice was selected to serve on a college football playoff committee and everyone is losing their marbles. [Slate]
- This woman was sexually assaulted as a teen by two little boys she babysat — and worse is that the boys’ mother didn’t seem too surprised. [xoJane] Keep reading »
A sophomore at Emerson College in Boston said the school discouraged her from reporting her off-campus sexual assault by a fellow student and took months to conduct their own investigation, which ultimately concluded in the alleged assailant being found “not responsible.” Sarah Tedesco filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights last week.
According to Huffington Post, Tedesco was sexually assaulted off the Emerson campus on October 12, 2012, by two people, including a fellow Emerson student who lived in her residence hall. In an article published in February 2013 for Isis Magazine, an Emerson feminist online magazine, Tedesco wrote about the specifics of her rape: Keep reading »
- Almost 10 percent American young adults between ages 14 and 21 admitted to committing sexual violence at least once, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. We’ve still got a long way to go, everyone. [Los Angeles Times]
- Melona Clark, a student at Hampton University in Virginia, carries a letter from her mosque and her chaplain giving her permission to wear her hijab, a Muslim headcovering veil, on campus. [Huffington Post]
- The owners of Gorz Haus Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa, have filed a lawsuit against the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, claiming their religious beliefs are being persecuted after they refused to host a wedding for a same-sex couple. That couple sued the owners under violation of the Iowa Civil Rights Act. [Think Progress]
- Is American Apparel’s “Period Power” T-shirt a “useful controversy”? [The Week] Keep reading »
This Video Of A 10-Year-Old Girl Making A Virginity Pledge To Her Father On His Deathbed Creeps Me Out
I’m just going to say it: a 10-year-old girl making an abstinence pledge to her dying father on his hospital bed is all kinds of emotionally manipulative.
I thought this YouTube video would be a touching, if extremely sad, occasion for Johnny, a gravely ill father, and his 10-year-old daughter, Nakeol. Gathered by family, they shared an approximation of the little girl’s wedding day that Johnny will not live to see; according to the YouTube description of the video, he is suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nakeol felt “sad knowing he would never be there to walk her down the aisle when she gets married one day.” So the family arranged a small ceremony at the father’s hospital bed. Sweet, right? Grab the tissues.
But then it got uncomfortable on multiple levels. Nakeol’s father didn’t just give her away; the 10-year-old Nakeol promised her dying father in his hospital bed that she will won’t have sex until marriage. Keep reading »
“I was raised by a feminist mother. And yes, she said never be frightened about using the ‘F’ word. So I’m not. She believes in the sisterhood, and so do I. And she planted the seed in me early to speak out against the fact that women are so often treated differently than men. … No matter how long I devote my time to this I still cannot comprehend that one in three girls in their lifetime will be beaten, abused, or raped. It’s just an unbelievable statistic.”
Here’s Nicole Kidman speaking at Variety‘s Women and Power luncheon on Friday afternoon revealing she’s totally OK using the “F” word — feminist, that is. I never got a huge activist vibe from Nicole before, I suppose because she’s fairly private. But she has played writer Virginia Woolf and photographer Diane Arbus on film and both of those women are instrumental to women’s history. It’s important to have people in the streets fighting for women’s rights, it’s also important to bring complex, important female characters to life on film. Welcome to the club, Nicole! [USA Today] [Image via Fame/Flynet]
- Last week, Chris Brown told the UK’s Guardian he “had sex” at age eight with an older girl who was 14 or 15. Here’s Mychal Denzel Smith saying everything that needs to be said about how what happened to Brown was sexual abuse, not just “losing his virginity really young.” No matter how odious Chris Brown might be, it’s disturbing that he was a victim of sexual trauma — and that it’s not a bigger deal in the media because a female victimized him. [Feministing]
- How Catholic bishops pushed for a shutdown — and even a default — over birth control. [RH Reality Check]
- Facebook says a page about murdering a feminist isn’t harassment. [SkepChick] Keep reading »
“I have to say that I’m disturbed and dismayed by the recent spate of overtly sexualized performances and videos. You know the ones I’m talking about. It seems obvious that certain record companies are peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment. As if the tidal wave of sexualized imagery wasn’t already bombarding impressionable young girls enough. I believe in freedom of speech and expression, but the market forces don’t give a toss about the notion of boundaries. As long as there’s booty to make money out of, it will be bought and sold. It’s depressing to see how these performers are so eager to push this new level of low.Their assumption seems to be that misogyny — utilized and displayed through oneself is totally fine, as long as you are the one creating it. As if it’s all justified by how many millions of dollars and YouTube hits you get from behaving like pimp and prostitute at the same time. It’s a glorified and monetized form of self harm.”
’80s British singer Annie Lennox from The Eurythmics wrote a post on Facebook this Saturday clearly directed at Miley Cyrus (“You know the ones I’m talking about”). A skeptical Lennox hopped aboard the same bandwagon as Sinead O’Connor, who last week alleged that Cyrus is being exploited by the record industry and needs to have better handlers. Cyrus was rudely dismissive of O’Connor’s open letter last week, comparing the singer who has struggled with mental illness to Amanda Bynes.
It was classy of Lennox to write these comments without calling out the twerking singer directly — but nevertheless, she found herself adding more commentary on Sunday: