One of these things is not like the other…


Iran has banned foreign films promoting
secularism, feminism, unethical behavior, drug abuse, or violence. The ban was approved by the Supreme Cultural Revolutionary Council headed by Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. It is still not clear how strictly the ban will be enforced and how it will affect the film industry inside the country.


Can you guess which one?


Iran has banned foreign films promoting
secularism, feminism, unethical behavior, drug abuse, or violence. The ban was approved by the Supreme Cultural Revolutionary Council headed by Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. It is still not clear how ...

Three women awarded for courageous journalism.

Three female journalists recieved awards for bad ass journalism. via AP…
An Associated Press war photographer from Germany, a crime reporter from Bangladesh who was stabbed and beaten, and the founder of a magazine threatened with closure by Iran’s government because of its coverage of women’s rights all received Courage in Journalism Awards Tuesday from the International Women’s Media Foundation.
The foundation’s 15th annual awards were presented to Anja Niedringhaus, Sumi Khan and Shahla Sherkat at a luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria attended by more than 500 people who support its belief that “no press is truly free unless women share an equal voice.”

This is bad-ass.
Sumi Khan, of the Samakal daily, is one of only a ...

Three female journalists recieved awards for bad ass journalism. via AP…
An Associated Press war photographer from Germany, a crime reporter from Bangladesh who was stabbed and beaten, and the founder of a magazine threatened with ...

The Gender-ation Gap at Work

Despite all of the negative comments about Salon’s new Broadsheet, I’m loving it. This interview with Nan Mooney, author of “I Can’t Believe She Did That! Why Women Betray Other Women at Work,” is especially interesting:

There was a time when women were just breaking into these professional areas, when, yes, it was important that they give the appearance of supporting each other. It was an us-against-them setup. But one of the great victories of the feminist movement is that now we form an impressive, powerful professional body and we can start looking within that body at what the dynamics are.

True, it’s not fun to talk about women making things difficult for each other. But it happens. ...

Despite all of the negative comments about Salon’s new Broadsheet, I’m loving it. This interview with Nan Mooney, author of “I Can’t Believe She Did That! Why Women Betray Other Women at Work,” ...

Angling for equality



The Houston Chronicle had a great piece yesterday
on the Women’s Bassmaster Tour (WBT). Of course, I immediately thought of the lovely Vanessa (above). When we were kids, she was terrifyingly gleeful as she stuck dirt-covered worms on fishing hooks while I cowered in the corner of our cousin’s boat. Ew.
My fishing-fear aside, seems like women are making great progress in pro bass fishing. While the top men in the sport still earn much more than the women, author Doug Pike believes that this could change:

Maybe this time, maybe in this sport, there’s a chance that women and men will compete on equal ground (or water, as the case ...



The Houston Chronicle had a great piece yesterday
on the Women’s Bassmaster Tour (WBT). Of course, I immediately thought of the lovely Vanessa (above). When we were kids, she ...

(Fucked up) Word of the Day

Anyone notice something a bit screwy about today’s word of the day from Dictionary.com:
virago \vuh-RAH-go; vuh-RAY-go\, noun:
1. A woman of extraordinary stature, strength, and courage.
2. A woman regarded as loud, scolding, ill-tempered, quarrelsome, or overbearing.
What the hell?
Thanks to contributor Jess Wakeman for sending this along!

Anyone notice something a bit screwy about today’s word of the day from Dictionary.com:
virago \vuh-RAH-go; vuh-RAY-go\, noun:
1. A woman of extraordinary stature, strength, and courage.
2. A woman regarded as ...

2000 Too Many


From Code Pink Women for Peace:

The sad day is here when the 2000th US soldier has died in Iraq. As we mourn for the 2000 dead and over 25,000 wounded U.S. troops, we must also consider the more than 100,000 dead and wounded Iraqis.
HOW MANY MORE MUST DIE? We must again remind people of the human cost of this war and call for the troops to come home now.

Join Code Pink in today’s call for action.


From Code Pink Women for Peace:

The sad day is here when the 2000th US soldier has died in Iraq. As we mourn for the 2000 dead and over 25,000 wounded U.S. troops, ...

Anti-choice is the new black

Who would have thought that Orlando Bloom and Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline would ever have something in common? Both the actor and the anti-choice litigator are featured in the November issue of GQ magazine. (Orlando has better hair though.)

The nine-page article carries the headline, “This man will do anything to stop abortion.”
The author of the article is GQ correspondent Andrew Corsello, who focused much of his attention on a lengthy dinner conversation he had with Kline and Kline’s wife about abortion.
The second page of the piece bears an image of a fetus with a subhead that says “Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline says he wants to get people talking honestly ...

Who would have thought that Orlando Bloom and Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline would ever have something in common? Both the actor and the anti-choice litigator are featured in the November ...

In defense of Barbie

Check out this review from Bookslut:

Some recent books highlight girlhood’s splendor, and with them comes an increasing awareness surrounding two very important facts. The first is that our preparation for womanhood and the formation of ideas about being female begins long before its actual onset. The second: Barbie is an absolute slut.

Wait, so my Barbie wasn’t the only one who slept with Ken and never married him?
Having been raised by decidedly non-feminist parents, Barbies were a major part of my childhood. And even though there are a slew of reasons for feminists to detest Barbie, I really don’t think I was warped by her. Sure, my Barbie wore bikinis and miniskirts. But she also wore Ken’s ...

Check out this review from Bookslut:

Some recent books highlight girlhood’s splendor, and with them comes an increasing awareness surrounding two very important facts. The first is that our preparation for womanhood and the formation ...

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