Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Amy Poehler speaking truth.

A woman was punched in face for telling a man to stop groping her.

Fox News hosts defend street harassment: “Let men be men.”

In Spain, hundreds of protesters decked city hall with bras after the city’s mayor warned men to be wary of false rape accusations.

Australian model Meaghan Kausman slams Fella Swim for photoshopping her: “My body is a size 8, not a size 4. That’s my body!”

Faculty Against Rape is working to get “more faculty involved in sexual assault issues on campus, and to protect faculty members who experience retaliation for doing so.”

Let’s hope the era of the post-clinic abortion is right around the corner.

The cookstove-rape prevention myth and the problem with simple solutions.

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Women being deported back to life-threatening conditions in Latin America are fighting back

For months now, we have been hearing about the “immigrant crisis” that is causing thousands of women and children to flee the violence that is wracking parts of Central America (and that is rooted in U.S. interventions in Latin America). This crisis has increased human rights violations in the detention system and given the U.S. government the excuse to deny women and families the due process they deserve in seeking asylum. But these women and the civil rights groups and volunteers supporting them aren’t having it, and it seems that politicians just might be listening.

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Do you know your Nose Punching Limit?

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“Without making the victims responsible for what happens, one of the groups that have to be trained not to drink in excess are women. They need to be in a position to punch the guys in the nose if they misbehave. And so part of the problem is you have men who take advantage of women who drink too much and there are women who drink too much. And we need to educate our daughters and our children in that regard.”

– Dr. Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, President Emeritus and current Professor of Public Service at George Washington University

Got that, ladies? You need to remain sober enough at all times to be capable of punching a dude in the nose. If they “misbehave.” (Can you think of a word that more thoroughly diminishes the seriousness of sexual assault than “misbehave”? I cannot.) And obviously they will misbehave because boys will be boys, amirite?  Read More »

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“I like my girls chubby.” And other comments male colleagues made to Senator Gillibrand about her body

SenatorGillibrandpicSenator Kirsten Gillibrand decided to give us a little taste of some of the comments about her body that she’s received from her colleagues — who are, might I remind you, elected officials given the privilege of representing the people in our great nation’s governing legislative body — during her tenure. An interview with People, along with some additional examples from her new book, reveals these gems:

“Good thing you’re working out, because you wouldn’t want to get porky!” – an older male colleague

“You know, Kirsten, you’re even pretty when you’re fat.” – a Southern member of Congress, while holding her arm

“When I first met you in 2006 you were beautiful, a breath of fresh air. To win [the special election], you need to be beautiful again.” – a labor leader

“Don’t lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby.” – one of her favorite members, while squeezing her waist

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Feministing Jamz: Artist you need to know – Ibeyi

our mudflap girl, jammin on her headphones

Ibeyi are French-Cubana twins Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz. The daughters of accomplished Afro-Cuban percussionist Anga Díaz (of Buena Vista Social Club fame), they put out their Oya EP a few weeks ago, and I’ve had their gorgeous melodies and sparse beats in my head nonstop.

Two brownskinned women, one with an afro, the other with long and curly hair, wearing gold accessories.

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