Weekly Feminist Reader

Or, “everything we didn’t have time to blog about.” A new Feministing feature!
Molly Ivins lays out the reasons she wouldn’t vote for Hillary.
Do not sit there cowering and pretending the only way to win is as Republican-lite. If the Washington-based party can’t get up and fight, we’ll find someone who can.
Legal Momentum compares (or, more accurately, contrasts) Alito and O’Connor.
The Associated Press reports the U.S. Army is kidnapping the wives of insurgents in Iraq and using them as bargaining chips.
During the pre-operation brief it was recommended by TF [Task Force] personnel that if the wife were present, she be detained and held in order to leverage the primary target’s surrender,” ...

Or, “everything we didn’t have time to blog about.” A new Feministing feature!
Molly Ivins lays out the reasons she wouldn’t vote for Hillary.
Do not sit there cowering and pretending the only way to win ...

Britain’s bloody pay gap.

A recent study has found that close to one in five of the UK’s largest employers are breaking the law by paying women lower wages than men, reports the Guardian.
The research was found by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), who took 870 employers and found that 16% discriminate against their female employees by paying them a significant amount less in salary than male employees with the same position. Additionally, because of the fact that the participating employers were willing to do the pay review leads the EOC to predict that the real proportion is likely to be even higher.
The Women and Work Commission is due to release a full report on the ...

A recent study has found that close to one in five of the UK’s largest employers are breaking the law by paying women lower wages than men, reports the Guardian.
The research was found by ...

When EC is Unavailable, Mexico is Plan B

You know our reproductive rights are in dire straits when teenagers from the U.S. are going to Mexico to get EC without a prescription. Scary.
Mexico— not exactly a bastion of reproductive freedom– approved EC for over-the-counter sale last year. Parental consent is not necessary to purchase the pill, and public health clinics are required to keep EC in stock.
The Mexican government has picked up on something that U.S. anti-choicers have yet to understand: If you want to reduce abortions, make EC widely available.
I hope this story gets broader coverage. Then perhaps the FDA will realize it’s better to improve EC access in the U.S. than force some ...

You know our reproductive rights are in dire straits when teenagers from the U.S. are going to Mexico to get EC without a prescription. Scary.
Mexico— not exactly a bastion of ...

Grand Theft Auto sued.


As an update to our posts on the sex “mod” that has been found in the popular Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, we find that LA is now suing the company for selling pornographic games to children.
While the video game was recently rated “Adults Only”, LA attorney Rockard Delgadillo (And possible former porn star himself? That name is crazy) is accusing the game publisher of failing to disclose the modification to retailers.
In result, the lawsuit is asking Take-Two and Rockstar Games (the subsidiary behind Grand Theft Auto) stop marketing the games to children, pay fines and return $10 million in profits. Consumers in New York are suing as well, seeking ...

As an update to our posts on the sex “mod” that has been found in the popular Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, we find that LA is now suing the company ...

Egyptian women fight for a place in politics.

Shortly after last month’s parliamentary elections in Egypt, women from around the nation and beyond are beginning to mobilize.
At a conference on Wednesday organized by the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR), women called for serious reforms from the government to allow a more representative political climate in Egypt.
Before the elections, the ruling National Democratic Party promised that they would fill 26 seats with female candidates out of 444. When the elections were done and over, only 6 seats were filled. (Those ladies were aiming way too high!) According to a report by the ECWR, all of the country’s major parties abandoned their pledges to support women candidacies.
In result, the ECWR is requesting ...

Shortly after last month’s parliamentary elections in Egypt, women from around the nation and beyond are beginning to mobilize.
At a conference on Wednesday organized by the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR), ...

The Period Wars: Our cups won’t runneth over


Searching for the perfect menstrual accoutrement wasn’t super high on my list of priorities. But when Popgadget pointed me to the DivaCup, the internal struggle began.
The DivaCup is a reusable menstrual cup made of latex-free, medical grade silicone. It markets itself as safer and more environmentally friendly than tampons.

The DivaCup is very sanitary, comfortable, reliable and convenient. It holds one full ounce (30 ml). Since the entire cycle is an average of 3-4 ounces (90-120 ml), most women find that the cup is not even half full after 12 hours…Depending on your flow empty the cup 2-3 times per 24 hour day, wash and reinsert. It can be worn up ...


Searching for the perfect menstrual accoutrement wasn’t super high on my list of priorities. But when Popgadget pointed me to the DivaCup, the internal struggle began.
The DivaCup is a ...

Kissing is good for you.

Another one of those kooky studies

Research showed a “long and passionate kiss” lowered blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of a stroke.
The study team concluded that kissing released a large quantity of bacteria, stimulating the production of antibodies which fight off infections.
And kissing is also good for keeping your face fit as it uses 25 facial muscles.
But the majority of men questioned in the study, carried out in Germany and Austria, said they felt kissing was “more of a duty and obligation”.
Women said they “considered it far more intimate and of a higher value than sex itself”.

What? Who are these people sleeping with?

Another one of those kooky studies

Research showed a “long and passionate kiss” lowered blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of a stroke.
The study team concluded that kissing released a large quantity of bacteria, ...

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