“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-Kandei 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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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Jon Stewart destroys the conservative response to Michael Brown’s death.

LGBT women are poorer and less healthy than other Americans.

The life of a woman lumberjack.

Personhood advocates in Colorado are trying yet again to get voters to accept the measure — this time using a new tack.

Women on scales in stock photos.

The NRA launches a sexist attack against the leader of Moms Demand Action.

The true cost of birth control.

A new report by the Girl Scouts Research Institute shows that South is the worst region of the United States to raise girls.

UPS workers say “Hands up, don’t ship.”

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Meet Zephyr Teachout, the only feminist running for governor in New York

photo by Katie Halper

photo by Katie Halper

There’s only one New York gubernatorial candidate who is progressive and a feminist. And that’s Zephyr Teachout. The National Organization for Women’s New York chapter has the common sense and the spine to actually back her, while other organizations sell out and make deals behind closed doors with current governor Andrew CuomoRead More »

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“It’s OK to sit one out.”

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(Photo credit: AP Photo/Sid Hastings)

Like many people I know, I’ve been consumed with the news coming out of Ferguson, MO over the past few weeks. It’s hard to look away when a Black child is killed in the streets and all signs point to the police officer responsible for his death getting away with it. Add to that a city under siege for exercising its right to assembly, and this is perhaps the biggest news story of the year on American soil. It demands our attention.

And not just our attention, our outrage. Our support. It demands that we show up and let the family of Michael Brown and the community that held him dear know that they are not alone. It demands that we show other Black children that, yes, their lives do matter. We do care.

But if I can confess something: it’s really hard to keep doing that.

At any given moment, the number of injustices that could similarly demand our attention are too many to count. And for all of us committed to certain ideas around justice/freedom/equality and ensuring we live in a world that reflects those principles, there exists a desire to join the fight wherever it lives. But it’s draining.

I’ve attended a couple rallies/marches in support of Michael Brown, and each time I’ve found I couldn’t fully participate. Every time the chant “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” overtakes the crowd, I’ve gotten quiet. There’s something unsettling about knowing that won’t save me.

Moreover, we have been here before. Undoubtedly, we will be here again.

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