Mary Thom dies at 68

Former executive editor of Ms. Magazine and current editor-in-chief at the Women’s Media Center, Mary Thom died suddenly in a motorcycle accident on Saturday April 27th. Julie Burton, president of the Women’s Media Center writes, “Mary was one of the great writers, editors, and visionaries of the women’s movement, and the heart and soul of Women’s Media Center’s feature writing. From her work in the early days of Ms. Magazine right up until this week, hers was a clear, strong voice for equality—and her editorial talents lifted so many other voices as well.”

The NYTimes writes that Thom joined Ms. in 1972 and went on to become executive editor in 1990. While Thom was known within our community, ...

Former executive editor of Ms. Magazine and current editor-in-chief at the Women’s Media Center, Mary Thom died suddenly in a motorcycle accident on Saturday April 27th. Julie Burton, president of the Women’s Media Center writes, ...

Weekly Feminist Reader Open Thread

We’re leaving today’s Reader to you all. Here’s my new favorite song for inspiration. What have you been reading/writing/watching/learning this week?

We’re leaving today’s Reader to you all. Here’s my new favorite song for inspiration. What have you been reading/writing/watching/learning this week?

The Feministing Five: Krystal Ball

Krystal Ball is someone that we can all learn from. At 29, she ran for Congress in Virgina’s first district. She would have been the youngest woman to serve in Congress ever, if elected. She didn’t win though. During her election, she faced a sexist smear campaign by her opponents on the right who leaked salacious college photos of Ball. (We covered this 2010 edition of sexist double standards here too.) Throughout the whole thing, she held her head high. When others might’ve crawled away from the spotlight, Krystal used that moment to shed light on the inequalities women face in the public sphere. In her response, she wrote:

I don’t believe these pictures were posted with ...

Krystal Ball is someone that we can all learn from. At 29, she ran for Congress in Virgina’s first district. She would have been the youngest woman to serve in Congress ever, if elected. She didn’t ...

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Oh FFS. For sadly not the last time, it is not acceptable to threaten to rape a woman when she says something you disagree with. And if that’s happening on the campus you run, it’s not acceptable to sit by and let it happen.

Three big myths about dating while plus size.

Seven of the ten nominees for Britain’s prestigious Desmond Elliott prize are women. Oh my god it’s the end of men in literature!

Jessica Valenti on why the Politico piece about Jill Abramson was sexist.

Cosmo magazine: “What make-up do you think guys like on a girl?”
Emma Stone: “I could care less.”
Bless you, Stone.

And last but not least, congratulations to our own ...

Oh FFS. For sadly not the last time, it is not acceptable to threaten to rape a woman when she says something you disagree with. And if that’s happening on the campus you run, it’s not ...

Video: Obama addresses Planned Parenthood

President Obama addressed Planned Parenthood’s national conference today. He reassured them that he stands with them in the fight to keep safe and affordable healthcare accessible.

 “Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere. It’s not going anywhere today. it’s not going anywhere tomorrow.”

Which is a relief because I’m due for my annual! But anyway…

He also shamed anti choice laws that have been aggressively limiting women’s access to abortions in several states across the country.

“In North Dakota, they passed a law that outlaws your right to choose starting as early as six weeks, even if a woman is raped. A woman may not even know she’s pregnant at six weeks. In Mississippi, a ballot initiative was put forward that would not only outlaw ...

President Obama addressed Planned Parenthood’s national conference today. He reassured them that he stands with them in the fight to keep safe and affordable healthcare accessible.

 “Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere. It’s not going anywhere today. it’s ...

Survivors dishonored: A response to SVU

This is a guest post from Angie Epifano. Angie is a 20-year-old Survivor of rape who formerly attended Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Since leaving Amherst she has begun to finally heal and find herself, and this summer she will finally be traveling to West Africa.

At the beginning of every Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (SVU) episode, there is a disclaimer: “The following story is fictional and does not depict any actual person or event.”

On April 24th, SVU premiered it’s latest episode entitled “Girl Dishonored,” which followed the story of a girl on a college campus who was gang raped while at a fraternity party (Lindsey). SPOILER ALERT: While investigating her rape, the SVU team uncovers that the ...

This is a guest post from Angie Epifano. Angie is a 20-year-old Survivor of rape who formerly attended Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Since leaving Amherst she has begun to finally heal and find herself, and this ...

Friday Feminist Fuck Yeah: Black female lawmakers walk out over racist anti-choice comments

 

White male lawmakers in Florida’s are playing the race card about abortion, again, and their black female counterparts are not here for it.

According to the Grio, as many as five black female representatives among a group of African-American lawmakers walked out of the Florida House in response to factually incorrect comments made by Republican Rep. Charles Van Zant in defense of an abortion bill that passed the Florida House of Representatives. The bill requires doctors to sign an affidavit proving that an abortion is not being performed based on the race or gender of the fetus.

Van Zant claimed:

“In America alone, without the Nazi holocaust, without the Ku Klux clan, Planned Parenthood and other abortionists have ...

 

White male lawmakers in Florida’s are playing the race card about abortion, again, and their black female counterparts are not here for it.

According to the Grio, as many as five black female ...

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