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Betty Ford has died. You can read about her on our Community site.

Update from New Hampshire: the Executive Council could reconsider defunding Planned Parenthood tomorrow. Here’s hoping the public reaction to the whole “not paying for your party” thing has an impact.

In the wake of the baby Storm media frenzy, a primer on gender diverse parenting.

Scandal! Michelle Obama indulges in a burger, fries, and shake. Let the illogical fat shaming food policing commence.

Some tips on choosing language to refer to folks in the sex trade. Hint: asking is good.

What’s next after same sex marriage, polygamy? Not just an anti-equality argument, actually.

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Jos Truitt is Executive Director of Development at Feministing. She joined the team in July 2009, became an Editor in August 2011, and Executive Director in September 2013. She writes about a range of topics including transgender issues, abortion access, and media representation. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has written for publications including The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her "spare time" she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

Jos Truitt is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Development.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/mutengene/ camer

    um, the issue with Michelle Obama is about fat shaming. It’s about pointing out perceived hypocrisy with her stance on fighting obesity and eating a high calorie, unhealthy meal. while i know one can eat poorly on occasion (say on cheat days) and still hold fast to the idea of eating well generally, pointing out her meal is fair political game and has nothing to do with fat shaming

    • http://feministing.com/members/magpie/ Magpie

      “…pointing out her meal is fair political game”

      Uh, while I have to say I think the policies and views Michelle Obama promotes regarding food and weight are invasive and oppressive, and so criticism of her own food choices has a ring of poetic justice to it, it most certainly does not constitute any feminist idea of “fair political game.” Unless you happen to consider the way this country obsesses over and polices what women do with and put into their bodies a good thing.

      When Michelle Obama shames people for eating “poorly” (I’m not even going to touch that), it’s gross. When people shame Michelle Obama for eating “poorly”…it’s also gross.

      • http://feministing.com/members/jos/ Jos


      • http://feministing.com/members/mutengene/ camer

        michelle’s policies are hardly directed at women or females generally, so i don’t see the feminist angle on this. what does the statement “Unless you happen to consider the way this country obsesses over and polices what women do with and put into their bodies a good thing” have to do with her work on getting all kids to eat well? and why is it oppressive for one to point out that having eats eat to the point they get diabetes at 16 isn’t a good thing?

        • http://feministing.com/members/mjameson/ Matthew T. Jameson


    • http://feministing.com/members/jennip/ Jenni P.

      There is no “issue” beyond some people trying to score political points with a terrible argument that would not convince a smart kindergartner.
      Eating a less nutritious meal on a given day has virtually no effect and doesn’t show any kind of hypocrisy if the same person has an overall healthy eating scheme going on. Just knowing they ate a burger and fries doesn’t even tell you whether they gained or lost bodyfat that day.
      Now if she was on record saying every single meal has to be nutritious or you are a bad person/parent, I’d think a little bit differently.

  • http://feministing.com/members/mutengene/ camer

    i meant to say the issue with Michelle Obama is NOT about fat shaming

  • http://feministing.com/members/toongrrl/ toongrrl

    Once in a while you can have trans-fatty foods, my Mom was a nurse and told me this. Also: I love you Feministing Editors for linking to the article I wrote! To quote the great Sally Field: “You like me! You really like me!”

  • http://feministing.com/members/nikka215/ nikka215

    I thought this was a really interesting story as well: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/13/137681070/for-stanton-all-women-were-not-created-equal