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A new line of consent-themed condoms from FORCE.

The “Tuition” parody of Beyonce’s “Partition” is the anthem of our generation.

Lambda Legal is suing a doctor and clinic for violating the Affordable Care Act for refusing care to a trans woman.

The upcoming documentary The Illusionists explores the global beauty industry.

X-Men director Bryan Singer has been accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy.

Consider donating to help Kate Bornstein fight lung cancer.

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Quick Hit: An online forum on Twitter feminism

At The Nation, Andrea Smith, Mariame Kaba, Roxane Gay and our own Lori Adelman respond to Michelle Goldberg’s controversial piece on feminism’s so-called Twitter wars, and reflect on the role of Twitter and intra-movement disagreement as feminism grows and evolves. Check it out.

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I love Outkast. I hate misogyny.

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I love Outkast. Everyone should. I don’t trust people who don’t love Outkast. If you don’t love Outkast, stop reading this. You aren’t welcome here.

(I’m not really kidding!)

So I, like many others, was incredibly excited to find out that the duo of Andre 3000 and Big Boi would reunite this spring/summer, after not performing on stage together in 10 years, to play Coachella. I was highly disappointed that I’m too poor to be able to actually go to Coachella and see them, but modern technology is great in that huge events like this get livestreamed on the interwebs and then saved for posterity.

I watched. Not live, but the next day. I got excited. I danced all by myself to “B.O.B.,” “Gasoline Dreams,” Skew it on the Bar-B,” “Elevators,” “Aquemini,” “Da Art of Storytellin’ Pt. 1,” “SpottieOttieDopaliscious.” All of it. And I was deeply disappointed.  Read More »

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Blood and Iron: The unacknowledged misogyny of the far right

This photo is famous; less well known is its context. Nazi footsoldiers are burning the library of Magnus Hirschfeld's Institute for Sexual Research-- one of the first places of its kind to employ trans women and advocate for what we would now call LGBT rights. Hirschfeld was also a feminist.

This photo is famous; less well known is its context. Many of the books Nazi footsoldiers are burning here are from the library of Magnus Hirschfeld’s Institute for Sexual Research– one of the first places of its kind to employ trans women and advocate for what we would now call LGBT rights. Hirschfeld was also a feminist.

Words are, as ever, but the meanest of replies to the enormous significance of a tragedy like that which befell three innocent people in Kansas this week. Not only for the crime itself, but also for the miles-deep social cancer that it is a spasmodic symptom of. We are reminded, of course, that anti-Semitism remains thrumming beneath the pulse of our society, and it is terrifyingly far from the ash-heap of history.

As I think of my Jewish loved ones, I also think of how my own fate as a Latina trans woman is inextricably yoked to theirs, and how Frazier Glenn Miller’s bullets could easily have targeted me instead.

These are not idle musings, for it is the dimensions of those ties that bind me to—in this case—my Jewish sisters, brothers, and siblings that are often elided in much popular coverage of tragedies like this. For Miller’s anti-Semitism was inextricable from his misogyny and anti-feminism, which was intimately bound up with his version of NazismRead More »

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Your Daily Poem: Warsan Shire

Ed. note: For National Poetry Month, we’re highlighting one feminist poem each day in April. See the whole series here.

Today’s poem is “UGLY” by Warsan Shire.

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