Monthly Archives: November 2011

TLC’s Virgin Diaries comes to the US

TweetTLC is debuting a new reality TV show that showcases the lives of 30-something virgins. Alternative tagline: Adult virgins kiss on wedding day; looks like bird feeding. Fetishization of the myth of virginity is an ongoing theme in conservative politics. (Check out Jessica Valenti’s book on the topic). It’s frustrating and harmful when reality TV [...]
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Quick Hit: Mona Eltahawy talks about being sexually assaulted and beaten by Egyptian police

TweetLast Wednesday, Twitter erupted with the news that Eqyptian-American feminist journalist Mona Eltahawy was being beaten, sexually assaulted, and detained for 12 hours by Eqyptian security forces. Back from Cairo, with her broken arms in casts, she spoke to Democracy Now about the assault, the recent clashes between protestors and police that have left 40 [...]
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Miley Cyrus supports Occupy Wall Street with new music video

TweetCue the inevitable eye-rolling. But I like this video. While Alyssa Rosenberg thinks it needs more context to take it “beyond generic teenaged stick-it-to-the-manism in a way that would be useful and specific,” I disagree. For many of Miley Cyrus’s devoted teen and pre-teen fans, seeing footage of police brutality at peaceful protests and hearing [...]
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What We Missed

TweetRep. Barney Frank (D. MA) announced today that he will not seek re-election in 2012. Scott Olson, the Iraq veteran who was seriously injured by police at Occupy Oakland, has given his first interview since the incident. December is AIDS Awareness Month. At Salon, Irin Carmon explains why Mississippi is the worst place in America [...]
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Friday action highlights intersections in #OWS

TweetLast Friday, while some intrepid warriors were pushing, shoving, and pepper-spraying their ways to Black Friday deals, another group of brave people were pushing forward for a slightly different cause. Friday saw an exciting and important action¬† organized by CLAW (Clear Action by/for Women) Coalition (made up of AF3IRM, A.N.S.W.E.R, Black Women’s Blueprint, SisterSong NYC [...]
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