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“What your skirt length says about you.” [Via]

On the “invisibility of white masculinity” in an age of white male mass shootings.

The National Women’s Soccer League divvied up players among the eight clubs that will make up the new league in the spring.

A trans teacher in NYC was fired for being “worse than gay.

Polls show Americans dissatisfied with the labels “pro-life” and “pro-choice” and Planned Parenthood hopes to move beyond them.

Simone de Beauvoir’s birthday was this week.

Women and people of color were disproportionately discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

“You know, equality is a myth, and for some reason, everyone accepts the fact that women don’t make as much money as men do. I don’t understand that. Why do we have to take a backseat?” -Beyoncé

Tech genius and internet activist Aaron Swartz died at age 26.

I like this piece on how we can reclaim the moral high ground in the debate about abortion by framing abortion as a gift or blessing.

Virginian’s AG says opponents of the contraception coverage mandate should be willing to “go to jail” to fight the law.

States that want to defund Planned Parenthood can follow Texas’ lead: “Give up hundreds of millions of free federal money, launch their own state-run health care apparatus, and steel themselves for the cost of all the unwanted pregnancies that result.”

Old men might be annoyed, but the fact is young women are linguistic trailblazers.

The author of the “Feminist and the Cowboy,” a romance memoir about a man who taught her to enjoy submitting, now says the relationship was one of abuse.

Walking while female.

Cool new blog alert: The Master’s Tools.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/frolicnaked/ Tori

    I wrote about the idea of Getting a Better Body, now that I’m surrounded by weight loss and fitness ads.

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

    Thank you for bringing up the Feminist and the Cowboy abuse story.

    From the Beyoncé interview:

    “You know, equality is a myth, and for some reason, everyone accepts the fact that women don’t make as much money as men do. I don’t understand that. Why do we have to take a backseat?” she says in her film, which begins with her 2011 decision to sever her business relationship with her father. “I truly believe that women should be financially independent from their men. And let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value. They define what’s sexy. And men define what’s feminine. It’s ridiculous.”

    So it’s something she says in the film, not something she said to the interviewer.

    If equality is a myth, then why did she propagandize that girls (not women) “run the world” in her 2011 track? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBmMU_iwe6U

    Why did she suggest that we replace feminism with “bootylicious”? http://jezebel.com/5828798/the-catchy-new-word-for-feminism

    I wish Beyoncé would stick up for feminism more than she does. I’m glad her film makes feminist-supportive comments, but her previous track record on the subject has not been stellar.