What We Missed

File this under badass: Apparently Sarah Palin took notice of Jess’s Washington Post op-ed on fake feminists. She quotes Jess in her forthcoming book.

Recommendation letters may be costing women opportunities.

A sex worker speaks out about her experiences at Good Men Project Magazine: “The more men I talked to, the more sympathetic I felt. I was approaching the biggest epiphany of my life: men had as much anxiety and shame around sex as women did. We were all in this together, and any ideology that couldn’t admit as much was doomed to fail.”

Read about girls and women’s empowerment programs in India via this new report out by the American Jewish World Service.

UNIFEM (part of UN Women) ...

File this under badass: Apparently Sarah Palin took notice of Jess’s Washington Post op-ed on fake feminists. She quotes Jess in her forthcoming book.

Recommendation letters may be costing women opportunities.

A sex worker speaks ...

Subway flasher gets Hollaback’d

Via Hollaback comes this video of a woman confronting a man who had his penis out, in a condom, and was pressing up against her on an NYC train.

The woman in this video seriously rocks! She turns the tables on her harasser, making it clear she sees what he’s doing, sharing that with the whole train car, and insisting he will be coming with her to see the police. The video’s also a great example of using technology as a tool to fight harassment, as a group of people start taking video and photos of the flasher in question. And I think it’s a testament to the success of programs like Hollaback – I don’t know what inspired this ...

Via Hollaback comes this video of a woman confronting a man who had his penis out, in a condom, and was pressing up against her on an NYC train.

The woman in this video seriously rocks! She ...

Where’s the Burlesque in “Burlesque”?

Disclaimer: I generally enjoy cheesy dance movies. And although I don’t spoil a lot of this highly complex plot, I do give information about the movie’s narrative. Let me also say that I also love me some Cher. So be forewarned.

Now we have some context for this review of “Burlesque,” the new movie with Cher and Christina Aguilera coming out tomorrow.

At face value, the film is entertaining. It’s appropriately glitzy and gaudy. It’s the kind of movie where you have to ready to suspend disbelief for the sake of a good time or to escape from reality. The story is simple and formulaic, a small-town girl (Aguilera) moves to the big city (in this case Los Angeles) to follow her ...

Disclaimer: I generally enjoy cheesy dance movies. And although I don’t spoil a lot of this highly complex plot, I do give information about the movie’s narrative. Let me also say that I also love me some ...

Making a personal choice at the expense of other women

In a recent New York Times article, For Russia’s Poor, Blond Hair is Snippet of Gold, we learn about the international market for blonde hair:

…on a lane where geese waddle through muddy puddles, a brick building holds crate upon crate of this region’s one precious harvestable commodity: human hair, much of it naturally blond.

For the global beauty industry, this is golden treasure.

“Nobody else has this, nobody in the world,” said Aleksei N. Kuznetsov, the building’s owner. “Russian hair is the best in the world.”

Buyers of human hair, most of them small-scale Russian and Ukrainian itinerant operators who sell to hair processors like Mr. Kuznetsov, flock to poor regions like this. Cash in hand, they pay small sums for a ...

In a recent New York Times article, For Russia’s Poor, Blond Hair is Snippet of Gold, we learn about the international market for blonde hair:

…on a lane where geese waddle through muddy puddles, a brick building ...

What if we had stood up to the TSA before?

People are in an uproar about the new TSA full body scanners and invasive searches. And for good reason, as myself and many others believe they constitute an invasion of bodily autonomy and a form of sexual harassment. But I have to wonder if we would be here today if this much noise had been made about previous discriminatory and invasive TSA policies.

Here’s the thing: airport security has been problematic for a long time. Since 9/11 security checkpoints have become a major site for racial and religious profiling, something that is still very much going on today with rules that target Muslims. Transgender and gender non-conforming folks became a target when the Secure Flight program began ...

People are in an uproar about the new TSA full body scanners and invasive searches. And for good reason, as myself and many others believe they constitute an invasion of bodily autonomy and a form of ...

Women architects say, “Here we are.”

When you’re not a superhero on a special mission, it really sucks to be invisible. Young feminists know the feeling–exhausted as we blog, organize, and honor our elders, only to hear the  oft repeated lament of older women: “There are no young feminists out there! Why are they so afraid of the F-word?” Or how many times do we have to hear a conference planner explain that the reason there weren’t more people of color on panels was because s/he didn’t know where to find them (as if people of color are all hiding out in some obscure location)?

In any case, female architects know this strange state all to well and they’re collectively standing up to do something about it. ...

When you’re not a superhero on a special mission, it really sucks to be invisible. Young feminists know the feeling–exhausted as we blog, organize, and honor our elders, only to hear the  oft repeated lament of older ...

Not Oprah’s Book Club: Traveling with Pomegranates

This travel memoir, co-authored by mother and daughter, is undeniably beautiful, but also a few metaphors and flowery descriptions beyond authentic. It falls squarely in the new camp of writers following in Elizabeth Gilbert’s footsteps to take messy transition and reorder it into compelling, albeit disingenuous, narrative. Change, in my experience, doesn’t happen in three perfect acts, each one accompanied by delicious food, dancing gentleman, and perfectly timed epiphanies.

Not so says Sue Monk Kidd, of The Secret Life of Bees, and her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor, who interweave their twin stories of traveling to Greece, France, and home again, all the while processing big transitions in their lies. For Sue, it is menopause and her burning desire to switch ...

This travel memoir, co-authored by mother and daughter, is undeniably beautiful, but also a few metaphors and flowery descriptions beyond authentic. It falls squarely in the new camp of writers following in Elizabeth Gilbert’s footsteps to ...

What We Missed

The folks at Birthornot.com respond via twitter to Jaz’s argument that they’re an anti-choice stunt. Their response: No its’s not! Compelling.

The TSA responds similarly to the argument that the new body scan or pat down policies are invasive.

Our girl Lori asks whether Nicki Minaj cure hip hop’s misogyny? Over at The Grio.

Chloe and I helped a group of NYC high school students start a blog for their feminism class taught by Feminist Teacher. It’s since gotten a lot of attention! Check it out at F to the Third Power.

The folks at Birthornot.com respond via twitter to Jaz’s argument that they’re an anti-choice stunt. Their response: No its’s not! Compelling.

The TSA responds similarly to the argument that the new body scan ...

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