D.C. activists fight back against violence targeting trans women

Another hate crime against trans women in the D.C. area, this one by an off-duty police officer no less, sheds a glaring flood light on the work ahead in challenging gender-based violence.

Last week, the off-duty District police officer allegedly fired a pistol at three transgender women and two male friends while the group was sitting in a car on a city street, after propositioning them for sex and being turned down. The police issued a statement saying three people “sustained non-life threatening injuries” and that the officer involved was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and driving while intoxicated. What the statement didn’t explain, but was clarified by Jeri Hughes of Transgender Health Empowerment, was that one of ...

Another hate crime against trans women in the D.C. area, this one by an off-duty police officer no less, sheds a glaring flood light on the work ahead in challenging gender-based violence.

Last week, the off-duty District police ...

Happy birthday Vanessa!


Once I get started counting the ways Vanessa Valenti rocks life, it’s hard for me to curb my heartsplodin’ love and admiration. First and foremost, she’s one of the kindest people I’ve ever encountered. She is the friend (or sister…or auntie…) that so many people call on–always ready with a listening ear, loyal without fail, and eternally down to throw a celebration party. But never fear, she’s not one of those really nice but not terribly witty or funny people. She’s f-ing hilarious and ridiculously smart and articulate. Her posts at Feministing consistently boil down a thorny issue to its most essential parts, then wrap up with some enviable zinger that only she could spit out on the ...


Once I get started counting the ways Vanessa Valenti rocks life, it’s hard for me to curb my heartsplodin’ love and admiration. First and foremost, she’s one of the kindest people I’ve ever encountered. She ...

The implications of Bey’s baby bump


That’s right y’all–Beyonce and Jay Z are having a baby. My first thought, upon hearing the news, is that this kid is going to be a) ridiculously cute and b) ridiculously enterprising. Then my mind started wandering down the lane of cultural implications…

Janelle Harris had an interesting take over at Clutch:

Even as Bey stood there drenched in her typical brand of flawless gorgeousness, cupping her cute little baby bump beneath a flowy Lanvin gown, something bigger than her obvious joy was in the works. Another Black couple is making marriage stylish, cool, obviously happy, and now they’re having a baby. Even as the brouhaha from the Will and Jada divorce dust-up tentatively settles, Beyonce and Jay-Z and Lala ...


That’s right y’all–Beyonce and Jay Z are having a baby. My first thought, upon hearing the news, is that this kid is going to be a) ridiculously cute and b) ridiculously enterprising. Then my mind started ...

Not Oprah’s Book Club: Half of a Yellow Sun

I have been intrigued by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ever since I saw her stunning TEDTalk about the “danger of the single story,” in which she warns that stereotypes are born, not from pure ignorance, but from knowing just one thing about a group of people.

Having just read her incredible novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, I have an even deeper understanding of the earned wisdom and complex truth of her warning. Will Blythe, reviewing it in Elle Magazine, described it better than I possibly could:

Anchoring the narrative in the doomed Biafran war of secession in 1960s Nigeria, Adichie entwines love and politics to a degree rarely achieved by novelists, who usually focus on one or the other. Where V. ...

I have been intrigued by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ever since I saw her stunning TEDTalk about the “danger of the single story,” in which she warns that stereotypes are born, not from pure ignorance, but from ...

Weekly Feminist Reader

I’m scheduling this post a day early, as the rain begins in Brooklyn and I obsessively refresh this page, in case by tomorrow morning I’m hunkered down with no electricity–but plenty of chili and wine–thanks to Hurricane Irene.

Hurricane Irene approaching the East Coast on Friday. Image credit: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

WTF. Despite being in the mandatory evacuation area, New York City’s Riker’s Island prison was not evacuated. A plan for evacuating the roughly 12,000 inmates there doesn’t even exist.

Depressing chart of the week: Student loan debt has grown by 511% since 1999.

Clutch puts together a list of 10 black women making moves in the film industry.

A review of the original

I’m scheduling this post a day early, as the rain begins in Brooklyn and I obsessively refresh this page, in case by tomorrow morning I’m hunkered down with no electricity–but plenty of chili and wine–thanks to ...

What We Missed

Today is Women’s Equality Day! Do you feel equal today?

On watching My Little Pony while feminist.

The Australian MP Bob Katter is virulently anti-marriage equality. His half brother Carl Katter is gay, and vehemently pro-marriage equality. Watch Carl speak out here.

On Dr. King’s gender politics.

Is this comedy monologue a rape confession?

Today is Women’s Equality Day! Do you feel equal today?

On watching My Little Pony while feminist.

The Australian MP Bob Katter is virulently anti-marriage equality. His half brother Carl Katter is gay, and vehemently pro-marriage ...

Yet another sexual violence scandal at the Australian Defence Force Academy

Earlier this year, as you might recall, a scandal broke at the Australian Defence Force Academy: several male cadets were disciplined for filming a consensual sex act between two of their peers and distributing, without the consent of the woman in question, via Skype.

Today news broke of yet another sexual assault or harassment scandal at the ADFA, and this one involves technology, too. The Herald Sun reported today that “ACT Police were called to the academy late on Thursday night after a 21-year-old female cadet found a mobile phone hidden in a vent above her shower cubicle. The phone’s video camera had been filming her.”

The Australian reported that the cadet has been charged with “an act of ...

Earlier this year, as you might recall, a scandal broke at the Australian Defence Force Academy: several male cadets were disciplined for filming a consensual sex act between two of their peers and distributing, without the ...

A farewell – and a new beginning – for the Feministing Five

I have an announcement to make: last week’s interview with Vera Farmiga was the last Feministing Five interview I’ll be conducting. As of tomorrow, Anna will be taking over the Feministing Five. It has been such a pleasure to run the Feministing interview series for the last two years, and it’s with great excitement that I hand the responsibility over to Anna, who I know will do great things with this series.

Over the course of the last two years, I’ve conducted about 85 interviews, with politicians, activists, writers, professors, comedians, and one fictional character. My first interview ran almost exactly two years ago, on August 29, and it was with Rachel Griffin and Josh Phillips, a team ...

I have an announcement to make: last week’s interview with Vera Farmiga was the last Feministing Five interview I’ll be conducting. As of tomorrow, Anna will be taking over the Feministing Five. It has been ...

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