Texts to Emma Stone

Hey Emma

It’s alexandra sry don’t know if you have my number saved

Sorry to do this over text but

I’ve been reading a lot about your movie with Woody Allen recently and honestly I want to be happy for you but I can’t

Didn’t you read his daughter Dylan’s article this year about his abuse? havent you read all the articles?

Didn’t you read Dylan call out the actresses who worked w him for their complicity?

She called you out

“What if it had been you, emma stone?”

Of course you’ve read it

Look I get that I’m not texting colin about this right now

but 1) I will, he should know better too and it doesn’t matter hes a guy

and also 2) I guess I’m just particularly disappointed in you because you’ve been such a great feminist voice in other ways

Like that time you called out andrew about his outdated ideas of femininity

And also yea I get that just because yr a woman actress doesn’t mean you’ve volunteered to be seom feminist activist

But no one’s asking you to give up your day to job to go work for planned parenthood or w/e

Not working with a rapist and pedophile isn’t the burden of the devoted organizer

It’s just the right thing to do based on the lowest level of unavoidable human responsibility to other humans

Whether or not you mean to you’re condoning his behavior

Things don’t not matter just because we didnt choose for them to have meaning


Call me if you want to talk

Or just text

AlexandraAlexandra Brodsky is a Feministing editor, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX.

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Jane Doe and Connecticut’s Carceral Crisis, Part II: The Office of the Child Advocate Lives Up to Its Name


When I last wrote about Jane Doe, I condemned the Connecticut State Department of Children and Families (DCF) for waging a PR war on her back, trying her through press-releases rather than in a fairly adjudicated court of law. Last week, the Connecticut State Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) formally agreed. In the words of a New Haven Register report,

Child Advocate Sarah Eagan’s office called the July 13 announcement by the Department of Children and Families about the fight the previous day involving the 16-year-old, identified as Jane Doe, and four other girls a “public shaming.”

Eagan’s statement is forthright in its analysis of Jane Doe’s situation and the larger carceral mess in which both she and the state find themselves in. She condemns the DCF for its failure to live up to what she calls its “parental” role for Jane, noting with restraint that “DCF’s rush to publicize a fraction of an incident is difficult to reconcile with [this role],” and that the much-publicized fight that saw Doe transferred to isolated confinement in a boy’s facility did not result in transfers for any of the other three girls involved in the incidents in question. Eagan notes that “[o]ne of the girls was restrained on five separate occasions during the same night—including being placed in hand cuffs and prone restraint–long after the initial incident had ended.” Read More »

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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Some very ’90s advice on how to have cybersex on the internet.

A new study finds that men are more attracted to women who listen to them.

Rolling Stone profiles CeCe McDonald.

Alexandra and Elizabeth Deustch on why we need a new ERA.

“I won’t presume to speak for all women of color so I will speak for myself: I don’t care about that. I don’t want your pity, and I can’t use your guilt. I don’t want my white female colleagues to “check” their privilege. I want them to use it—their networks, their assets, their relationships—to form a united front with women of color, and to help improve things for all of us.”

An ESPN short film on Brittney Griner.

Katherine on the ”male gamer terror dream” that leaves them permanently afraid someone will take their games away.

Meet Carolina, a mother who brought her daughters 1,500 miles to the US so they wouldn’t be raped.

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#KnowYourHistory: Women of color have been moving beyond “pro-choice” for decades

A group of black women holding signs at the Free Marissa march in Jacksonville, FL last weekend

Marching for Marissa Alexander’s freedom. Photo credit: First Coast News

On Tuesday, the New York Times published a feature on reproductive health advocates moving away from the language of “choice.” An important and interesting topic, the potentially illuminating piece instead served to obscure the history of the move away from choice language, completely erasing women of color’s crucial role in developing the reproductive justice framework that set the stage for this move by the larger and more well-funded (and, ahem, white-lady-led) reproductive health organizations. Since then, women of color in the reproductive justice movement have been hollering a collective WTF.  Read More »

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Quote of the Day: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on her SCOTUS colleagues’ blind spot

In an interview with Katie Couric, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses her amazing dissent in the Hobby Lobby case and the blind spot of the boys’ club of the Supreme Court.

Affirming that contraception is something women must have “to control her own destiny,” she said she didn’t think the five male judges who ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby really understood the ramifications of their decision. They seem to have the same kind of (suspiciously woman-shaped) “blind spot” the court had when it ruled against Lilly Ledbetter in 2007.  Read More »

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