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WHEN MY FRIEND TELLS ME SHE’S NOT A FEMINIST BUT

Editor’s note: Welcome to our newest column, being launched by Feministing Editor Emeritus and noted gif expert Ann Friedman. Check out more of Ann’s gif commentary at #realtalk from your editor.

WHEN MY FRIEND TELLS ME SHE’S ...

What We Missed

Our very own Zerlina tackles women and the future of Medicare over at Ebony.

The Log Cabin Republicans claim that the anti-gay planks in the GOP platform were retaliation for their presence at the convention.

We’re a bit late on this, but Grameen Bank, the organization that won the Nobel Peace Prize for extending small loans to impoverished village women, has come under renewed attack— from the government of Bangladesh, no less.

Is the U.S. better on gender-based violence abroad than at home?

An Orthodox feminist organization is pursuing a $104 million class-action suit against a Haredi radio station, saying it does not interview women. [Article requires subscription.]

A suspect in the horrendous Cleveland Texas gang rape case

Our very own Zerlina tackles women and the future of Medicare over at Ebony.

The Log Cabin Republicans claim that the anti-gay planks in the GOP platform were retaliation for their presence at the convention.

We’re a ...

ACLU: Dividing classes by sex promotes harmful stereotypes

A recent report by the ACLU confirms what many of us feminists/gender advocates/smart people might already suspect: that single-sex education programs, often based in ridiculous, unfounded, and outdated gender stereotypes, don’t help kids learn and in fact can be detrimental to their social and educational experience. According to the ACLU, administrators and educators are increasingly constructing single-sex classes and curricula based on the unfounded theory that boys and girls are “hard-wired” to learn differently, leading to boys and girls across the U.S. being separated into different classrooms for all their academic classes and  taught using radically different methods.

The scenes they describe are right out of a gender essentialist nightmare: the boys’ classroom “is brightly lit and cool, and ...

A recent report by the ACLU confirms what many of us feminists/gender advocates/smart people might already suspect: that single-sex education programs, often based in ridiculous, unfounded, and outdated gender stereotypes, don’t help kids learn and ...

More than an “aw” moment: German dad supports gender non-conforming son

You may have seen this image making the rounds on the internet: a father and son, wearing a skirt and a dress, respectively, walking hand-in-hand down a public street.

It’s an adorable image depicting an even more heartwarming story about a father who started wearing skirts to support his son, because his son liked to do so. But even more than “adorable” and “heartwarming,” it’s a potential blueprint for how all of us, cis and trans, straight and queer, parents and friends, can do more to be supportive of the gender non-conforming folks in our lives.

The story was popularized on Gawker but was able to break into mainstream American media via steegeschnoeber, who took the liberty to translate the text of the ...

You may have seen this image making the rounds on the internet: a father and son, wearing a skirt and a dress, respectively, walking hand-in-hand down a public street.

It’s an adorable image depicting an even more heartwarming ...

Australia to make the abortion pill easier to get

Yesterday, Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration announced that RU486, the abortion pill, will soon be more widely available. RU486 has been legal in Australia for six years, but until now very few doctors – about 187 physicians in a country of 22 million people – could import or prescribe it.

Thanks to Marie Stopes International, that’s about to change. The ABC reports:

… an application by reproductive health group Marie Stopes International was successful, meaning it will now be more widely available.

The TGA says Marie Stopes International will be introducing the drug in a controlled way.

It says only medical practitioners recognised by the group as having completed appropriate training will be able to prescribe the medicines.

Yesterday, Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration announced that RU486, the abortion pill, will soon be more widely available. RU486 has been legal in Australia for six years, but until now very few doctors – about 187 physicians in ...

Thank You Thursdays: Every single SYTYCB contestant

Holy shit, you guys are amazing.

Next week, we’re going to announce which of the more than hundred and fifty contestants made it to the next round of So You Think You Can Blog. Right now, we’re still sorting through the more than three hundred blog posts that you submitted, and we’re taking our time because we want to make sure you all get the attention and consideration you deserve.

But before we announce anything, I want to say this: thank you. Thank you to every single person who took the time to write their two blog posts and throw their hat in the ring. There are some amazing entries, some funny, brave, snarky, angry, incisive entries, and that’s ...

Holy shit, you guys are amazing.

Next week, we’re going to announce which of the more than hundred and fifty contestants made it to the next round of So You Think You Can Blog. Right ...

What We Missed

More on the gender breakdown of election coverage from the 4th Estate.

Here’s a pretty adorable video about kids unlearning stereotypes and learning they can be anything they want.

Mitt Romney’s sister, Jane, assures us her brother’s “not going to be touching abortion.” Too bad she’s not the Republican nominee.

An Israeli religious women’s rights group is suing an Orthodox radio station for barring women from working as broadcasters or appearing as interviewees.

More on the gender breakdown of election coverage from the 4th Estate.

Here’s a pretty adorable video about kids unlearning stereotypes and learning they can be anything they want.

Mitt Romney’s sister, Jane, assures us her ...

Notes from a bitch…what Todd Akin believes…

On Tuesday another Todd Akin story began working through the Twitterverse.  As a Missourian, I felt compelled to investigate the report claiming Todd Akin said he believed breast milk “cures” homosexuality.

Yeah, yeah…I know that sounds too bizarre for folk to think it is true, but we’re talking about Todd Akin here!

The GOP candidate for Senate from Missouri who, up until a couple of weeks ago, legitimately thought that pregnancy could not result from “legitimate rape.”

The Akin breast milk story turned out to be news satire, but I understand why so many people gave it a retweet. Faux claims that Todd Akin thinks breast milk cures homosexuality are in line with Akin’s actual beliefs.

Akin thinks federal student loans are ...

On Tuesday another Todd Akin story began working through the Twitterverse.  As a Missourian, I felt compelled to investigate the report claiming Todd Akin said he believed breast milk “cures” homosexuality.

Yeah, yeah…I know that sounds ...

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