Laughing our way to liberation

Check out cartoonist Liza Donnelly’s awesome TEDWomen talk on the use of humor and art in service of gender liberation.

http://www.ted.com/talks/liza_donnelly_drawing_upon_humor_for_change.html

And don’t miss her latest book, When Do They Serve the Wine?

Check out cartoonist Liza Donnelly’s awesome TEDWomen talk on the use of humor and art in service of gender liberation.

http://www.ted.com/talks/liza_donnelly_drawing_upon_humor_for_change.html

And don’t miss her latest book, When Do They Serve the Wine?

What We Missed

The Ms. Foundation asks, “What happens when poor women are denied access to safe abortions?” And David Crary’s got a frightening exclusive about the FBI investigation into the newest and strangest anti-choice tactic.

Liliana Segura wonders what it would have been like had President Obama mentioned prisons in last night’s SOTU.

The always smart Dana Goldstein on TFA founder Wendy Kopp.

Ileana on reclaiming her mother tongue.

My girl, Emily Abt, on what gets her up in the morning: “My love of visual storytelling and a never-ending supply of curiosity about people.”

Mama Spanx. Seriously?

Strategic partners at annual World Economic Forum meeting must bring one woman in every five senior executives. And check out this awesome ...

The Ms. Foundation asks, “What happens when poor women are denied access to safe abortions?” And David Crary’s got a frightening exclusive about the FBI investigation into the newest and strangest anti-choice tactic.

Liliana Segura ...

This is what racism looks like

“I did this for them, so there it is. I did this for them.”
Ohio mother Kelley Williams-Bolar on her motivations for sending her children to a school in a neighboring district, where she thought they would receive a better education in a safer environment.

I can’t seem to get this story out of my head since it’s been making its round on the interwebs this week.

For those who haven’t heard, a woman in Ohio was convicted of lying about where she lived in order to get her daughters into a better school district. Her sentence? 10 days in county jail, three years of probation, community service, and payment of up to $30,000 in back tuition she could be ...

“I did this for them, so there it is. I did this for them.”
Ohio mother Kelley Williams-Bolar on her motivations for sending her children to a school in a neighboring district, where she thought they ...

What do second graders know about oral sex?

Parents and community members in Oakland, California are outraged about two incidents in the same elementary school classroom in which second graders ran around partially disrobed and two students performed oral sex on each other.

The story came to light when one of the second-grade students reported the incident. The district spokesman, Troy Flint, says that they think this event “evolved from curiosity.” Okay, kids are definitely curious about their bodies, but how do these children know about oral sex? This story challenges my ideas about children and sexuality. I think children should not be shamed for exploration because it’s natural for kids to experiment with their bodies and with their peers. However there is a fine line between natural ...

Parents and community members in Oakland, California are outraged about two incidents in the same elementary school classroom in which second graders ran around partially disrobed and two students performed oral sex on each other.

The story came ...

Unrest in Tunisia and now Egypt is youth-led

The always sharp and spirited Mona Eltahawy has a great piece at The Washington Post about the recent protests in Egypt, which followed a four-week uprising in Tunisia that resulted in the fall of President Zine el-ABidine Ben Ali, who had been in office for 23 frickin’ years. It was the first time Arab people ousted one of their own leaders through mostly peaceful protest. Eltahawy writes of the Egyptian protests that have followed:

It was no accident that the protests coincided with Police Day, as youthful activists sought to focus attention not on a sham holiday but, instead, on the systematic brutality associated with Mubarak’s security services. Egyptians in Mahalla in particular have smarted since three people were killed ...

The always sharp and spirited Mona Eltahawy has a great piece at The Washington Post about the recent protests in Egypt, which followed a four-week uprising in Tunisia that resulted in the fall of President Zine ...

Reclaiming first feminist memories

In this guest post, my dear friend and mentor, Kristal Brent Zook, reflects on her own feminist “click” moment. Kristal is a groundbreaking journalist and author of Black Women’s Lives, among other amazing books. See her full bio after the jump.

I was inspired by Courtney’s book, Click, to think about my own moments of recognition.  When did I know I was a feminist?

I would have thought it was in college – obvious stuff like reading The Bluest Eye and The Color Purple and becoming conscious of parallels in so many women’s lives. Take Back the Night marches, fundraising for National Action Against Rape, even helping to form my own student group, You Can’t Keep A Good Woman ...

In this guest post, my dear friend and mentor, Kristal Brent Zook, reflects on her own feminist “click” moment. Kristal is a groundbreaking journalist and author of Black Women’s Lives, among other amazing books. See ...

Faith & Feminism: Sobriety through feminist spirituality

This courageous guest post from Karina Keeley continues our Faith & Feminism series. See Karina’s full bio after the jump, and be in touch with Courtney_at_feministing.com if you’d like to contribute a future column.

I wasn’t raised religious, or spiritual, atheist or agnostic—I was raised ‘indifferent’, as I like to call it.  Not to say that my parents did me a disservice; I think, in the long run, it has actually granted me space to organically and sincerely figure out what works for me in the deistic realm.  As an angsty, bewildered teenager, I often flirted with a variety of god-like notions, different forms of prayer, and even a gothic-inspired foray into paganism. Nothing seemed to resonate, however, and with ...

This courageous guest post from Karina Keeley continues our Faith & Feminism series. See Karina’s full bio after the jump, and be in touch with Courtney_at_feministing.com if you’d like to contribute a future column.

I wasn’t raised ...

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