What We Missed

Sad news of a supposed “honor killing” in Gaza.
An interview with Kate Clinton about her work, human rights and new media.
A round-up of places to see feminist art in NYC.
A discussion about women’s roles in movies or television. Could TV roles be better?

The NYTimes is reporting
that less than 400 women in France actually wear the full veil–which legislators there were recently considering banning in France.

Sad news of a supposed “honor killing” in Gaza.
An interview with Kate Clinton about her work, human rights and new media.
A round-up of places to see feminist art in NYC.
A ...

Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients announced


Billie Jean King, 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient
I don’t know how many of you remember Former President Bush’s picks, but Obama’s have a significantly different tenor.
A refresher of Bush’s picks from the AP (which included the anti-abortion advocate Henry Hyde in 2008):

Though recipients are typically applauded, President George W. Bush’s decision in 2004 to award them to three people central to his early Iraq policy were controversial.
Bush awarded medals to former CIA Director George Tenet, former Iraq administrator L. Paul Bremer and retired Gen. Tommy Franks. He was especially criticized for including Tenet, who came under fire for intelligence failures leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the Iraq war.

Among the 16 awardees ...


Billie Jean King, 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient
I don’t know how many of you remember Former President Bush’s picks, but Obama’s have a significantly different tenor.
A refresher of Bush’s picks from the AP ...

The Lorax coming to the big screen


News is out that Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment are joining forces to produce a new 3-D version of the Dr. Seuss classic The Lorax(warning: loud circusy music on that link!). From Variety:

“Though published in 1971, “The Lorax” has a timely “green” theme. It is narrated by a greedy entrepreneur who, despite warnings from the tree-loving Lorax, strips a forest of its stock of Truffula trees to manufacture clothing. The results are catastrophic as all the animals leave and nothing’s left.”

I loved that book, and it’s true that the green theme was before it’s time. With ever-increasing fears about global warming and environmental impacts the message of this book rings really true. “Unless someone like you ...


News is out that Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment are joining forces to produce a new 3-D version of the Dr. Seuss classic The Lorax(warning: loud circusy music on that link!). From Variety:

“Though ...

New study says feminists aren’t manhaters after all

I find it both deeply troubling and kind of awesome that this study in the Psychology of Women Quarterly was done. I mean, aren’t we past the whole feminists-hate-men thing yet? (I know, I know – that one will never get old.)
Three researchers from the University of Houston found that feminists aren’t “man-haters” and – get this! – anti-feminists are the ones who have more negative attitudes about men.
“Our work finds that, indeed, non-feminists believe in traditional gender roles such as men being breadwinners and women being caregivers. At the same time, these non-feminists actually appear to resent the confines of the traditional roles they advocate, which presents a paradox for women and men ...

I find it both deeply troubling and kind of awesome that this study in the Psychology of Women Quarterly was done. I mean, aren’t we past the whole feminists-hate-men thing yet? (I know, ...

Girls Rock (Stephanie/Green Day edition)

This is just too cool:

At one point during Monday night’s Green Day show at Madison Square Garden, Billie Joe Armstrong announced that he needed someone on stage who could play the guitar. And not just for a “three-chord song,” he added, “for one with four, five, maybe six chords” — “Jesus of Suburbia.” After rejecting a few wannabes he stopped and asked a girl in the mosh pit if she knew how to play, then looked unconvinced when she said she did.
…The girl — her name later was revealed to be Stephanie — was wearing jeans shorts, a torn Misfits t-shirt, and a head scarf over her pigtails. Mr. Armstrong handed her the guitar, conferred with her briefly, ...

This is just too cool:

At one point during Monday night’s Green Day show at Madison Square Garden, Billie Joe Armstrong announced that he needed someone on stage who could play the guitar. And not just for ...

One more reason feminists are awesome

They have a sense of humor.
You may remember a while back I wrote something about getting married for The Guardian. In it, I mentioned that some super cool dude online called me a “ball-cutting cybersuccubus” – and wondered if I could get that descriptor on a business card.
Well, thanks to the awesome Maia at Dandy Lion Press, I have the calling card I’ve always wanted.

Amazing, no?

They have a sense of humor.
You may remember a while back I wrote something about getting married for The Guardian. In it, I mentioned that some super cool dude online called me a “ball-cutting ...

Schwarzenegger eliminates funding for DV shelters


California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger – making last minute cuts to the budgeteliminated all of the state funding for domestic violence shelters. That’s right – all of it.

Although the state Legislature submitted a budget with a 20 percent reduction to the $20.4 million the state provides to agencies that offer domestic violence services, Schwarzenegger slashed the funding by 100 percent Tuesday.
For Catalyst, which relies on state funding for nearly 35 percent of its operating budget, the affect will be “devastating,” Executive Director Anastacia Snyder said.
“We’re still in shock,” Snyder said Wednesday afternoon. “We were bracing for the 20 percent cut, but did not believe the governor could, with a clear conscience, cut ...


California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger – making last minute cuts to the budgeteliminated all of the state funding for domestic violence shelters. That’s right – all of it.

Although the state Legislature submitted ...

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