The Feministing Five: Nancy Schwartzman

Nancy Schwartzman is a filmmaker and activist, and the creator of The Line Campaign. The campaign, which is based on Schwartzman’s documentary The Line, promotes a healthy and nuanced conversation around consent – on a personal level and on a larger cultural level. Schwartzman has traveled the country screening her film on college campuses and facilitating those difficult but essential conversations.

One the hardest parts of the filmmaking process for The Line, Schwartzman told me, was convincing people, and particularly people who weren’t activists, that one woman’s story – Schwartzman’s own story – could change viewers’ minds about the issue of consent. But Schwartzman was right, and if you want to go see the film and the way ...

Nancy Schwartzman is a filmmaker and activist, and the creator of The Line Campaign. The campaign, which is based on Schwartzman’s documentary The Line, promotes a healthy and nuanced conversation around consent – on a ...

Friday Feminist Fuck Yeah: Texas State Rep. Senfronia Thompson

The Texas state legislature is in rare sexist form this year, and last night State Rep. Senfronia Thompson had enough. A group called the Texas Civil Justice League distributed a flyer showing a baby nursing on a breast with with words over it criticizing a bill they said would expand the “nanny state.” The bill’s actually about regulation of consolidated insurance programs – it’s not even related to reproductive health issues.

This was the final straw for Rep. Thompson, who went off on the disrespect for women in the legislature. And it’s amazing.


(I apologize I haven’t been able to find a transcript. If anyone finds one please post in the comments.)

h/t @jnbklyn

The Texas state legislature is in rare sexist form this year, and last night State Rep. Senfronia Thompson had enough. A group called the Texas Civil Justice League distributed a flyer showing a ...

What We Missed

Today is the birthday of Rachel Carson, a groundbreaking environmentalist.

The 23rd annual Lambda Literary Awards, which celebrate LGBT literature, were announced last night.

Over at GOOD (hi Ann hi!) a call for white men to boycott participating in panels made up of all white men.

Surprisingly good news – Senate Democrats push back against Indiana’s law banning federal funding to clinics that perform abortions.

Transgender ICE detainees are being cut off from their hormones.

New York City is proposing to cut off funding to rape units in hospitals.

Today is the birthday of Rachel Carson, a groundbreaking environmentalist.

The 23rd annual Lambda Literary Awards, which celebrate LGBT literature, were announced last night.

Over at GOOD (hi Ann hi!) a call for white men to ...

Friday Feminist Fuck Yeah: Texas State Rep. Senfronia Thompson

The Texas state legislature is in rare sexist form this year, and last night State Rep. Senfronia Thompson had enough. A group called the Texas Civil Justice League distributed a flyer showing a baby nursing on a breast with with words over it criticizing a bill they said would expand the “nanny state.” The bill’s actually about regulation of consolidated insurance programs – it’s not even related to reproductive health issues.

This was the final straw for Rep. Thompson, who went off on the disrespect for women in the legislature. And it’s amazing.


(I apologize I haven’t been able to find a transcript. If anyone finds one please post in the comments.)

h/t @jnbklyn

The Texas state legislature is in rare sexist form this year, and last night State Rep. Senfronia Thompson had enough. A group called the Texas Civil Justice League distributed a flyer showing a ...

Happy (slightly early) Birthday, Miriam!

This Saturday is Miriam’s birthday! I remember completely geeking out the first time I met Miriam – I was like, that’s Radical Doula! I’m so blessed to now count her as a great friend and colleague.

Miriam brings a depth of knowledge about reproductive justice and an ability to refocus issues on what’s important, as you can see in her recent, vital post on the debate about whether President Obama is pro-choice. She’s responsible for some incredible organizing and activism offline as well, helping to found the Doula Project and serving on the Board of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.

Miriam’s also been writing amazing longer form journalism, like her recent pieces at Colorlines on ...

This Saturday is Miriam’s birthday! I remember completely geeking out the first time I met Miriam – I was like, that’s Radical Doula! I’m so blessed to now count her as a great friend and colleague. ...

Protest the acquittal of NYC cops for rape TODAY!

A coalition of feminists and organizations, including our very own Lori, have organized a protest today in response to the acquittal of two New York City police officers for rape. The case was a disaster, hinging both on claims an officer did not rape the woman despite evidence to the contrary and assertions she was too drunk to remember the rape while also saying she was sober enough to communicate and consent.

Here’s the details:

WHAT: Protest against the acquittal of Officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata
WHERE: 100 Centre Street, in front of the Manhattan Criminal Court New York, NY
WHEN: Friday, May 27, 5pm

WHY: We deserve to be safe. This verdict, and the way the NYPD acted, sends ...

A coalition of feminists and organizations, including our very own Lori, have organized a protest today in response to the acquittal of two New York City police officers for rape. The case was a disaster, hinging ...

Man arrested for attempting to murder abortion providers

From RH Reality Check comes the deeply disturbing news of a man who was arrested Wednesday and will face federal charges for intent to murder providers at a Madison, Wisconsin Planned Parenthood.

Ralph Lang, 63, was arrested Wednesday night when his gun went off in his motel room not far from the Planned Parenthood clinic that he planned to attack Thursday. According to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court Lang said he had a gun “to lay out abortionists because they are killing babies.”


The image at right, which I found via @ClinicEscort and which was uncovered by @ucc3llina, shows Lang participating in a 40 Days for Life protest outside a Madison, WI ...

From RH Reality Check comes the deeply disturbing news of a man who was arrested Wednesday and will face federal charges for intent to murder providers at a Madison, Wisconsin Planned Parenthood.

Ralph Lang, 63, was ...

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