What We Missed

On Monday, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced Senate Bill S. 658, The Support for Survivors Act, which requires the DOD to establish a unified system to permanently store and retain digital records in all cases of military rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment, and allow lifetime access to these records by the survivor.

From the slightly way back machine (at least in blog terms), an important story about voting rights.

My brilliant friend Molly on utopia.

Dowser on community rebuilding and risk-taking with the founders of St. Bernard Project.

Check out the upcoming REVEAL conference for young women interested in the intersections of spirituality, feminism, and activism. I’ll be speaking there with the amazing Jamia Wilson.

On Monday, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced Senate Bill S. 658, The Support for Survivors Act, which requires the DOD to establish a unified system to permanently store and retain digital records in all ...

Older women, blacks unhappy with their portrayal in films

Some new research provides definitive proof of what many media watchdogs and feminists have been saying for awhile: media representation matters, and especially in regards to portrayal of sex and sexuality, certain groups seem to continuously get the shaft (NO pun intended, I swear). In this case, older women and black people expressed the most discontent, with most women aged 50-75 saying they wanted more focus on their sexual desire, and most black people desiring less.

From the Guardian article:

Sixty-one percent of women between the ages of 50 and 75 questioned for a UK Film Council survey of 4,315 people said women of their age were portrayed on the big screen as not having sexual needs ...

Some new research provides definitive proof of what many media watchdogs and feminists have been saying for awhile: media representation matters, and especially in regards to portrayal of sex and sexuality, certain groups seem to ...

This is what a young feminist sounds like

Want to see what real “punditry” looks like? Want to see what it looks like when a smart, young woman is given enough airtime to really comment on what she cares and knows about? Check out this clip of Ellen Paige, explaining the disappearance of bees, and its connection to our unsustainable food system, in such a wildly articulate, broad-reaching, and intelligent way on Bill Maher. (FYI, the “wussy” talk is annoying and an obvious example of defensive masculinity, but just focus on Paige.)

Learn more about the film she’s narrated here.

Want to see what real “punditry” looks like? Want to see what it looks like when a smart, young woman is given enough airtime to really comment on what she cares and knows about? Check out this ...

Advice on “how to get a job as a woman” misses the mark

Susannah Breslin, the writer who once called feminism “cultural roadkill” and has also mocked rape victims by criticizing trigger warnings is at it again.

This time, she’s giving advice on ‘how to get a job as a woman.” Her main points?

1) “Women’s blogging is a ghetto,” so you should 2) “sell your womanhood” to 3) “get out of the ghetto”.

Breslin has attacked Feministing bloggers as self-victimizing, angry man-haters in the past, so it should come as no surprise that she paints the feminist blogosphere with a similarly dismissive and broad stroke.

Katie J.M. Baker has written an incredibly thoughtful response to Breslin’s piece, which I recommend checking out. She boils Breslin’s argument down to its core: ...

Susannah Breslin, the writer who once called feminism “cultural roadkill” and has also mocked rape victims by criticizing trigger warnings is at it again.

This time, she’s giving advice on ‘how to get ...

Indiana lawmaker: Women will fake their own rape or incest to get an abortion

Hey ladies! Are you “desirous of an abortion” but unsure of how to get one (since extreme anti-choice provisions might make access illegal) or pay for it (since of course it’s not covered under your health insurance plan)? Well then BOY do I have the LOOPHOLE for you!!

It’s “simple” according to Rep. Eric Turner, a [male] Republican from Indiana who introduced an anti-abortion bill in the Indiana House that “would put some of the tightest abortion restrictions in the nation into Indiana law.” All you have to do is lie about being raped.

According to Think Progress, Turner took to the podium to defend against an amendment by state Rep. Gail Riecken (D) that would have created a ...

Hey ladies! Are you “desirous of an abortion” but unsure of how to get one (since extreme anti-choice provisions might make access illegal) or pay for it (since of course it’s not covered under your ...

Not Oprah’s Book Club: Blessed Unrest

In Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Say it Coming, environmentalist and journalist Paul Hawken, admits, “In a world grown too complex for constrictive ideologies, even the very word movement to describe such a process may be limiting.” He goes on to map this “movement” as having three basic roots: environmental activism, social justice initiatives, and indigenous cultures’ resistance to globalization. Through his impressive grasp of systems theory, scientific research, and activism efforts worldwide, he goes on to pain a picture of a paradigm shift in our world, one where “the goal is to create a more resilient social and economic understory in what is basically an oligarchic world, ...

In Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Say it Coming, environmentalist and journalist Paul Hawken, admits, “In a world grown too complex for constrictive ideologies, even ...

On intersectionality and toxic body culture

This guest post comes from Sayantani DasGupta, an incredible woman working at more intersections than most of us wrap our minds around in a given day. A short bio can be found after the jump.

Is toxic body culture a white women’s issue? (The answer is no, but read on…)

I recently was invited to attend the Endangered Species Summit in New York, one in an international series of summits organized by Courtney Martin, The Women’s Therapy Center, and others. Although I knew I was to speak with a powerhouse panel of women on globalization and medicalization, and I also knew Courtney’s commitment to diversity and a feminist intersectionality (thinking about gender oppression in the context of race, class, sexuality, ...

This guest post comes from Sayantani DasGupta, an incredible woman working at more intersections than most of us wrap our minds around in a given day. A short bio can be found after the jump.

Is toxic body ...

Teen soccer star Indi Cowie is amazing

At the height of my soccer career, I could juggle the ball 107 times in a row. Indi Armstrong Cowie, the 16 year-old-soccer star profiled in the recent New York Times Magazine, could juggle 2,000 times straight by the time she was 10.

Cowie is the shit. In addition to being an amazing soccer player who’s on her way to playing at the University of North Carolina in a couple years, Cowie is also the best female freestyler. If asked to choose between being the best soccer player or the best freestyler in the world, she says, “I can’t. Both.”

Of course, this being a profile of an exceptionally talented female athlete, ...

At the height of my soccer career, I could juggle the ball 107 times in a row. Indi Armstrong Cowie, the 16 year-old-soccer star profiled in the recent New York Times Magazine, could ...

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