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An NYU/UNM prof doesn’t want fat PhD students.

Five reasons you should love Brittney Griner.

A powerful narrative of responding to rape with power, not violence.

Are you thinking of running for office?

Jessica on why we should stand up to misogynist trolls.

The UChicago Clothesline Project was denied funding. Sign here to support their appeal.

Why can’t Johnny Storm be black?

The New Republic takes down an irresponsible anti-Obamacare argument.

Four woman-created comics you should buy.

Should the media gossip more about gay athletes?

Let’s talk about how rape jokes affect rapists.

Fire Lou Dobbs.

You may think you want equal pay laws, but Republican congresswoman Blackburn knows you really don’t.

Support a Hackathon for Transgender Empowerment.

People ask some ridiculous things about race.

College guy advises admitted students not to worry about campus anti-violence activism because not EVERYONE gets raped.

Reddit discusses how to street harass a woman into bed. Least surprising trigger warning ever.

Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina ended her hunger strike.

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Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at Feministing.com, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX, a national legal education campaign against campus gender-based violence. Alexandra has written for publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Nation, and she has spoken about violence against women and reproductive justice on MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, and NPR. Through Know Your IX, she has organized with students across the country to build campuses free from discrimination and violence, developed federal policy on Title IX enforcement, and has testified at the Senate. At Yale Law, Alexandra focuses on antidiscrimination law and is a member of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic. Alexandra is committed to developing and strengthening responses to gender-based violence outside the criminal justice system through writing, organizing, and the law. Keep an eye out for The Feminist Utopia Project, co-edited by Alexandra and forthcoming from the Feminist Press (2015).

Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at Feministing.com, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/andejoh/ John

    “A powerful narrative of responding to rape with power, not violence.”

    I respect her position. She has the right to cope with her experience the best way she can and I wish her the best, but I would have gone with violence. That’s why I’m not a masculist. They believe all men are redeemable. I think there are some that just need to be put down.

    “Jessica on why we should stand up to misogynist trolls.”

    I agree, but I think she is either misunderstanding misogynist or troll. Maybe I have a higher (or possibly lower) opinion of people or maybe I’m just more hopeful about a person’s nature, but the two examples she cited didn’t seem like trolling to me. “(“Why do you have to be for abortion to be for women’s rights? How can it be a part of your body if it is a male?”)”. The first seemed like someone who didn’t agree with her position and the second one seemed like a person who is just uninformed.

    “Let’s talk about how rape jokes affect rapists.”

    I was just on a discussion about rape jokes on facebook discussed on pandagon. One commentor asked why should we ban rape jokes because rape victims wont actively search them out so won’t be affected anyway. Another commentor pointed out that it’s not just the affect on the victims that we should be concerned about. The first commentor may not have been a misogynist troll, but simply someone who hadn’t considered the affect on the rapist or in fact even a 3rd party bystander or “on the fence” potential rapist. Thank you for the article. It’s something that needs to be talked about more.

    “Four woman-created comics you should buy.”

    None of them were super hero, zombie, war / scifi type comics. The stuff that grabs contemporary popularity. I remember reading an article that said that women did not give up rom coms. Rom coms gave up on women, but Hunger Games and Twilight had female protagonists and they were very popular. I know Twilight was very popular among girls.

    There were always “girlie” comic books like Archie. Those had never really been popular with collectors at least when I was collecting comics. I didn’t have a lot of those because my sister stopped reading comics long before I did. I’m just wondering if women / girls just like the same things that men / boys like and so maybe get tired of the gender proscribed comics / movies that they’re expected to like. I’m also concerned that we have more girls playing sports, but it’s not translating to becoming fans of women’s professional athletics.

    “Indie” type comics are cool, but if women want to be popular, they have to create for the populace.

    • http://feministing.com/members/diablitaratoncita/ Jenny G-B

      Not all women cartoonists (or all cartoonists period) seek “popularity” in the sphere of mainstream (in the comics world actually means “superhero”) comics. Some people prefer the work done in the the indie, alternative and underground spheres, are moved to create that kind of work, and for artists like us to “go cape” when that doesn’t interest us in the least would create forced, disingenuous art and stories.

      Furthermore given how it’s become more common to see write-ups like the one here, or indy comics reviewed in varied sources such as Publisher’s Weekly or NY Times Book Review etc. I’d say that these types of creators DO now serve the populace, it’s simply a somewhat different target group than the mainstream fandom group. That’s fine. I don’t think you can find anything in existence that appeals to every kind of person across the board.

      P.S. – Archie bored me, and though I’m a bit old for Twilight, from what I know of it I don’t think it would have appealed to me either. A vampire who doesn’t do anything scary. The Hunger Games sounds cool though.