Who hearts Rachel Maddow?

Because I certainly do. And my crush was re-established last night when I got to see her in action (along with Paul Rieckhoff) at Lizz Winstead’s Shoot the Messenger. It was bad-ass. Since a video of the show won’t be up right away, I figured I’d get my Maddow-fix elsewhere for now. Above is a somewhat recent video of her take on McCain’s birth control stumble, which also features the super cool Nation editor (and fellow outer borough native) Chris Hayes. Enjoy!

Because I certainly do. And my crush was re-established last night when I got to see her in action (along with Paul Rieckhoff) at Lizz Winstead’s Shoot the Messenger. It was bad-ass. ...

The Rise of the Gamma Woman

Yesterday the Meredith Corporation-responsible for some of the most gendered marketing on the block (Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, Parents, Ladies’ Home Journal, More, Fitness, etc)-released a study discussing a new demographic of women, Gamma women. These are women that are different from alpha women in their desire for success, money and stature. Gamma women thrive on sharing, changing the world around them and social networking, online and off.

The Gamma woman is one of 55 million American women* creating a groundswell in today’s new media and marketing landscape. Using multiple media–both online and off–she shares ideas, information, and recommendations with her vast network. The Gamma woman stands in the center of a web of positive personal connections: she ...

Yesterday the Meredith Corporation-responsible for some of the most gendered marketing on the block (Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, Parents, Ladies’ Home Journal, More, Fitness, etc)-released a study discussing a new demographic of women, Gamma ...

Keira Knightley Says Get Your Digital Mits Off My Body

The second highest paid actress in Hollywood is telling the publicists for her latest movie, The Duchess, to keep their airbrushing hands off her breasts. In previous films she was stunned to find her breasts digitally enhanced, but this time she’s insisting it be different. I was asked to comment on this and related issues (body image, media etc.) on Good Morning America, which is supposed to air tomorrow morning for those of you with fancy television recording devices.
I’ll probably be on screen for all of two seconds, but what I would like to say is this: Keira isn’t telling young women anything they don’t already know. We’ve watched Next Top Model. We’ve taken media literacy classes. ...

The second highest paid actress in Hollywood is telling the publicists for her latest movie, The Duchess, to keep their airbrushing hands off her breasts. In previous films she was stunned to find her breasts digitally enhanced, ...

Turns out girls are good at math. Who knew?

A new study, the largest of its kind, shows that girls are equally as skilled in math as boys. (And the anti-feminists cry.)

Sixteen years after Barbie dolls declared, “Math class is tough!” girls are proving that when it comes to math they are just as tough as boys.
In the largest study of its kind, girls measured up to boys in every grade, from second through 11th. The research was released Thursday in the journal Science.
Parents and teachers persist in thinking boys are simply better at math, said Janet Hyde, the University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher who led the study. And girls who grow up believing it wind up avoiding harder math classes.
“It keeps girls and ...

A new study, the largest of its kind, shows that girls are equally as skilled in math as boys. (And the anti-feminists cry.)

Sixteen years after Barbie dolls declared, “Math class is tough!” girls are ...

Quick Hit: The Other Home Equity Crisis

Judith Warner at The New York Times writes about Congress’ new report, “Equality in Job Loss: Women are Increasingly Vulnerable to Layoffs During Recessions,” and says,

Women left the workforce when the cost of child care ate up their entire after-tax salaries, or when family-unfriendly workplaces pushed them out. Or when, like women without children or men with and without children, they were laid off in a bad economy.
But these naysaying voices have been largely shouting in the wind. No one has really wanted to hear that the much-vaunted new “choices” weren’t really choices at all. No one’s been scouring obscure academic journals for the real skinny on women’s progress. No one’s been too eager to embrace grim ...

Monday Feminist Fuck You: Fat Princess Video Game


I know we generally reserve our “fuck you”s for Fridays, but this one can’t wait till the end of the week. (Especially since I’m already coming late to this one!)
From Mighty Ponygirl at Feminist Gamers:

A new game about to be released for the PSN called Fat Princess is a TF2-like capture-the-flag game where the point is to feed your princess enough cake so that she grows really fat so that the opposing team can’t carry her back to their castle.
…Instead of running out into the forest to find cake to fatten up the princess with, why not go out and find gold (which is a lot heavier than cake) to stuff into a treasure chest. ...


I know we generally reserve our “fuck you”s for Fridays, but this one can’t wait till the end of the week. (Especially since I’m already coming late to this one!)
From Mighty Ponygirl at ...

Native American child banned from kindergarten

Jessica Yee, who has occasionally contributed posts to Feministing, writes on Racialicious (original post at Shameless) about 5 year old Adriel Arocha who is being banned from his Houston-area kindergarten class. Why, you ask?

As an Apache, he has long hair that he has been growing in his Native cultural tradition that “violates” this school’s dress code rules.
The kicker though is that the school board is willing to make exceptions on religious or other “proven” moral grounds, but doesn’t think that being Native American cuts it.

Yee points out that growing your hair is a tradition in many Indigenous cultures: “Long hair carries our life experiences and reminds us about the teachings we’ve received ...

Jessica Yee, who has occasionally contributed posts to Feministing, writes on Racialicious (original post at Shameless) about 5 year old Adriel Arocha who is being banned from his Houston-area kindergarten class. ...

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