What We Missed.

Apologies if you had trouble with the site today, it was down for a while in the middle of the day, but should be working now. We are working diligently behind the scenes to come with a solution for our endless tech problems, so stay with us!
An interview on the Sexist with Jaclyn Friedman on “Fucking While Feminist,” and some more anecdotes from Jill Filipovic on “Dating While Feminist.”
Activists are putting pressure on the GOP to end Tea Party racism.
Yesterday was the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, the largest industrial disaster in NYC.
On Porn Addiction, Men and Misogyny from Megan Carpentier at Jezebel.
Kai ...

Apologies if you had trouble with the site today, it was down for a while in the middle of the day, but should be working now. We are working diligently behind the scenes to come with a ...

WAM-it-Yourself: Celebrating Women, Action and Media 2010

It is WAM weekend and for some pretty fantastic reasons, there is no WAM conference this year, however feminists all over the country are having WAM related events. See if there is an event in your area.
WAM was one of the first conferences I ever went to as a baby blogger. It is where I started, the first time I was asked to speak on a panel, the first time I was ever recognized for the work I do and the first time I met a lot of the people that are very important not only in my professional life, but also my personal life. WAM creates lasting bonds and brings passionate people ...

It is WAM weekend and for some pretty fantastic reasons, there is no WAM conference this year, however feminists all over the country are having WAM related events. See if there is an event in ...

Healthcare reform: Now serving students

Having witnessed my first ever tea party protest on the steps of the Capitol Sunday evening, and enjoyed a real-life Michele Bachmann sighting, I am mostly delighted that any form of healthcare passed.
College students will gain incredible new rights to healthcare and education after Sunday night’s vote on healthcare reform, and after Thursday’s signing of the budget reconciliation bill. The two biggest accomplishments are the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA), as part of budget reconciliation, and the extension of parents’ or guardians’ insurance coverage until one turns 26.
1. Students Over Banks (SAFRA)
SAFRA is landmark legislation. It will increase the Federal Pell Grant, offered to students from low-income families, from $5,350 to $5,530 ...

Having witnessed my first ever tea party protest on the steps of the Capitol Sunday evening, and enjoyed a real-life Michele Bachmann sighting, I am mostly delighted that any form of healthcare passed.
College students will ...

PETA Signs “Octomom” for Ad on Spaying, Proving They Have No Shame.


I very much support the end of discrimination in the United States based most specifically on class, race, gender and sexual orientation. That doesn’t mean that when met with the reality of other causes, I would throw those causes under the bus, to prove my point or make political inroads. I recognize the need to work collaboratively and through coalition in the world of social justice. I also support the ethical treatment of animals, but I can not support an organization that is so willing to humiliate, exotify and make fetish of marginalized communities in the service of creating a noise machine that, frankly, doesn’t change people’s minds about going vegan, vegetarian or to support any of ...


I very much support the end of discrimination in the United States based most specifically on class, race, gender and sexual orientation. That doesn’t mean that when met with the reality of other causes, ...

22nd annual Lambda Literary Award Nominees


Each year, the Lambda Literary Awards try to highlight the top books with LGBT content. It’s a great way to emphasize this field, which is often marginalized and relegated to the LGBT shelf at the bookstore.
It’s only the finalists who’ve been announced, not the winners.
I wanted to direct folks to the list, because there are some incredible books included. One that I reviewed for Feministing recently, The Nearest Exit Maybe Behind You, by S. Bear Bergman, was included in the Transgender category.
Which brings up my issue with the awards.
While the books are categorized both by genre (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc) they are also categorized by whether they are considered Lesbian, ...


Each year, the Lambda Literary Awards try to highlight the top books with LGBT content. It’s a great way to emphasize this field, which is often marginalized and relegated to the LGBT shelf ...

200,000 people march for immigration reform


Last Sunday, amidst the last minute shuffle to get health care reform passed, 200,000 people marched on Washington in the name of immigration reform.
You can read people’s stories about attending the march here.


Last Sunday, amidst the last minute shuffle to get health care reform passed, 200,000 people marched on Washington in the name of immigration reform.
You can read people’s stories about attending the march ...

What We Missed

Big news on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: The Pentagon has announced they’ll be “relaxing” the rules of DADT as a temporary solution until Congress can take further action. I agree with Pam that it’s merely a compromise to cease any forward movement on a repeal. We’ll have more on this.
Community poster KendallKat posts on CNN’s op-ed by Louann Brizendine on her new book, The Male Brain, where she contends that men look at women the way women “look at pretty butterflies.” Yep.
China has new requirements for women who want to be an astronaut: you have to be married and have children.
Our very own Jos was quoted in Newsweek for her ...

Big news on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: The Pentagon has announced they’ll be “relaxing” the rules of DADT as a temporary solution until Congress can take further action. I agree with Pam that it’s merely ...

The Disney Tittie Test: Casting Call Requires “Real Breasts” Only


Keira Knightley had to wear a bodice so tight to “enhance” her breasts, she could only have it on for 10 minutes at a time without passing out.

Oh, Disney. Via Big Hollywood, we find the company put out a casting call for the newest Pirates of the Caribbean flick not only explicitly banning fake breasts, but warning that actors will be forced to prove it:

The filmmakers sent out a casting call last week seeking “beautiful female fit models. Must be 5ft7in-5ft8in, size 4 or 6, no bigger or smaller. Age 18-25. Must have a lean dancer body. Must have real breasts. Do not submit if you have implants.”

And they warn that ...


Keira Knightley had to wear a bodice so tight to “enhance” her breasts, she could only have it on for 10 minutes at a time without passing out.

Oh, Disney. Via Big ...

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