Nearly 20 percent of Americans don’t know that first trimester abortion is legal

Truth-and-LiesAccording to a new study from the University of Cincinnati, residents of blue and red states are pretty much equally, scarily uninformed about abortion’s legality, risks, and prevalence. Here are the questions from the survey, followed by the percentage of respondents who answered correctly. Give it a shot and check the correct answers after the jump.

  1. What percentage of women in the U.S. will have an abortion by age 45? (Percentage who answered correctly: 41 percent)
  2. Which has a greater health risk: An abortion in the first three months of pregnancy or giving birth? (Percentage who answered correctly: 31 percent)
  3. A woman who has an abortion in the first three months of pregnancy is more likely to have breast cancer than if she were to continue the pregnancy. (Percentage who answered correctly: 37 percent)
  4. A woman who has an abortion in the first three months of pregnancy is more at risk of a serious mental health problem than if she were to continue that pregnancy. (Percentage who answered correctly: 31 percent)
  5. A woman having an abortion in the first three months of pregnancy is more likely to have difficulty getting pregnant in the future. (Percentage who answered correctly: 35 percent)
  6. Abortion during the first three months of pregnancy is legal in the U.S. (Percentage who answered correctly: 83 percent)

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Four feminist thoughts about fake fannies

Last night Nicki Minaj released the visuals for her new single “Anaconda”– the title a reference to the infamous Sir Mix-a-Lot line “my Anaconda don’t want none unless you got buns hon.” You might remember the “controversy” surrounding the cover art for the track a few weeks ago. In summation: Nicki Minaj posed in a g-string, it made people feel some type of way, she clapped back, then everyone forgot because she made a Flawless remix with Beyonce.

But the release of the video has everyone back on the A-train. As I type this, I’m sure that there are about 1,000 think pieces being written about the video. The memes started to pour in last night. And Black twitter already started #TwitpicYourAnacondaVideoReaction. The truth is that despite the controversy, we love big asses. Fatties are enjoying a moment of unprecedented mainstream popularity. They’re like the new Louboutin’s — we love to see who has them and where they go them from. Which reminded me of how much time I’ve spent thinking about another important feminist issue: buttock augmentation. Read More »

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90-year-old Holocaust survivor arrested at Ferguson protest

Image by Steven Hsieh via The Nation

Image by Steven Hsieh via The Nation

Ninety-year-old Hedy Epstein, who was one of several protestors arrested outside Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s office, is no stranger to state-sanction discrimination and violence. Epstein fled the Holocaust as a child. A true intersectionalist, she insists on applying the lessons of the past to the present, refusing to remain idle in the face of persecution, whether she’s protesting the demolition of Palestinians’ homes or police brutality and racism in Ferguson. Read More »

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Feministing Jamz: Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”

our mudflap girl, jammin on her headphones

If you spend most of your social media time on Twitter, your feed is probably mostly about what’s happening in Ferguson, MO, right now. If you spend most of your social media time on Facebook, however, it’s probably light on the racialized state violence and suppression of journalism, and heavy on the NEW TAYLOR SWIFT SINGLE (what’s up with that social media split? Buzzfeed explains).

That’s right, everyone’s favourite 25-year-old permateen has a new song out, and it’s poppy and upbeat and it’s all about not letting the haters get you down. Read More »

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