GLAAD and HRC take out full page ad condemning new ABC “comedy” Work It

ABC is set to premiere a not at all funny sitcom called Work It about two men who dress as women to get jobs. If you are not sure how this has any comedic value and think it only serves to hurt the trans community then you are not alone. Ridiculing people for who they are is in no way funny.

And fortunately the folks at GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign have taken out a full page advertisement in Daily Variety, the industry newspaper, condemning the new show and also educating the public on the issues facing the trans community. It is all too rare that the media highlights something positive in the trans ...

ABC is set to premiere a not at all funny sitcom called Work It about two men who dress as women to get jobs. If you are not sure how this has any comedic value ...

Binge drinking, straw man arguments and rape prevention

In 2007, I went out to a party with my friends. It wasn’t a night where I was drinking more than usual but I had a few cocktails. It was a work night so by the end I was mostly tired more than drunk and just ready to go home.

When I got home, however, I was sexually assaulted. And this is when the term “victim blaming” became a part of my life.

The existence of “victim blaming” was always at arms length until then. It was always happening to someone else, not me. I’m smart. I took self-defense in college. I don’t walk through dark alleys at night. I make sure I’m aware ...

In 2007, I went out to a party with my friends. It wasn’t a night where I was drinking more than usual but I had a few cocktails. It was a work night so by ...

Why do the media and her supposed supporters continue to misgender Breanna Manning?

Rumors have been floating around since early in the two year imprisonment of WikiLeaks whistle blower Private Manning that she is in fact a transgender woman. Yet her supporters continued to ignore the mounting evidence, using male pronouns and a name that, quotes attributed to Manning suggested, she did not identify with.

Over the course of Manning’s trial, it’s become fairly clear that yes, Manning is a woman named Breanna.

Emily Manuel has a much needed post up at Global Comment asking why Manning’s supporters are still not respecting her gender identity:

Nevertheless, the media and the vast majority of Manning’s supporters continue to refer to her as male  (for instance, this Glenn Greenwald segment on Democracy Now  still using male pronouns, ...

Rumors have been floating around since early in the two year imprisonment of WikiLeaks whistle blower Private Manning that she is in fact a transgender woman. Yet her supporters continued to ignore the mounting evidence, using male ...

Thousands of Egyptian women march to protest military brutality


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Yesterday, several thousand women marched through Cairo in what historians described as the biggest women’s demonstration in modern Egyptian history.

From the AP:

Around 10,000 women marched through central Cairo demanding Egypt’s ruling military step down Tuesday in an unprecedented show of outrage over soldiers who dragged women by the hair and stomped on them, and stripped one half-naked in the street during a fierce crackdown on activists the past week.

The dramatic protest, which grew as the women marched from Tahrir Square through downtown, was fueled by the widely circulated images of abuses of women. Many of the marchers touted the photo of the young woman whose clothes were partially pulled off by troops, baring her ...


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Yesterday, several thousand women marched through Cairo in what historians described as the biggest women’s demonstration in modern Egyptian history.

From the AP:

Around 10,000 women marched through central Cairo demanding Egypt’s ruling ...

What We Missed

A man with a boot on his head glitterbombs Randall Terry. You’re welcome.

Hugo Schwyzer on “gaslighting,” the myth of male-bashing and why he resigned from The Good Man Project last night. Good on him.

Meet the hipster duo who are trying to make social conservatism cool — including “wifely submission.” Fucking scary.

Irin Carmon on the new Guttmacher study showing who — and why — people get second trimester abortions.

A man with a boot on his head glitterbombs Randall Terry. You’re welcome.

Hugo Schwyzer on “gaslighting,” the myth of male-bashing and why he resigned from The Good Man Project last night. Good ...

Wednesday Weigh-In: Pubic Hair Edition

According to the Atlantic, it’s time for another trend piece about pubic hair grooming habits. There’s some interesting history there, although its conclusion–that some young women, especially white college students, are waxing it all off these days–is probably pretty obvious to most real young people. It should also be noted that the answer to that alarmed question in the headline, “Has Pubic Hair in America Gone Extinct?” is, “no, it hasn’t.”

The author cites a new study as evidence that “more women lack pubic hair than ever before.” And while that’s no doubt true (although there haven’t been a lot of studies on this topic in the past to compare to), what the researchers themselves actually concluded was that ...

According to the Atlantic, it’s time for another trend piece about pubic hair grooming habits. There’s some interesting history there, although its conclusion–that some young women, especially white college students, are waxing it all off these ...

The Scholarly Feminist: Archiving with Kate Eichhorn

Welcome to the first edition of The Scholarly Feminist, a bi-weekly series featuring interviews with feminist academics.  The aim of the series is to bridge the blogging/academic divide by linking discussions in academia to those taking place online. Today’s interviewee is Kate Eichhorn, Assistant Professor of Culture and Media Studies at  The New School for Liberal Arts.  You can learn more about Eichhorn’s work on her website . You can email any comments or suggestions for future Scholarly Feminist interviewees here. Enjoy!

1) You are currently doing work on feminist archives, tell us about that, and how you became interested in the subject.

My current research reflects an ongoing interest in questions of temporality ...

Welcome to the first edition of The Scholarly Feminist, a bi-weekly series featuring interviews with feminist academics.  The aim of the series is to bridge the blogging/academic divide by linking discussions in academia to those ...

Feministing launches new column on feminism and academia

We’re thrilled to announce a very new exciting series starting today on feminism and the academy, The Scholarly Feminist!

As some of y’all may know, there are some amazing feminist academics out there making some serious headway in issues around feminist thought, so our dear Feministing friend and new contributor Gwendolyn Beetham is going to bring them out of their classes and into the blogosphere. A freelance researcher and writer for local and international organizations dedicated to gender justice, Gwendolyn blogs for the Gender Institute at the London School of Economics (where she received her PhD) and is involved in various queer, feminist, and food justice projects. And we’re pumped to have her aboard.

The Scholarly ...

We’re thrilled to announce a very new exciting series starting today on feminism and the academy, The Scholarly Feminist!

As some of y’all may know, there are some amazing feminist academics out there making some serious ...

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