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Mia McKenzie’s post about 8 ways not to be an ally is the must read article of the week. I’ve been thinking and writing notes about this topic a lot lately, and will probably post something about it myself, but Mia nailed a number of the issues that have been on my mind.

Do Something has launched a petition against the sexual assault how-to Kickstarter that we posted about earlier today.

Ugh. Serena Williams has issued a standard non-apology for the awful things she “supposedly said” (her words) about Steubenville in a recent interview.

Rep. Phil Gingrey thinks it’s important to teach young school children gender stereotypes. Like, “what a father does that is maybe a little different, maybe a little bit better” than what moms as a group supposedly do.

Ecstatic American Indians praise The Lone Ranger. (The Onion)

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Jos Truitt is Executive Director of Development at Feministing. She joined the team in July 2009, became an Editor in August 2011, and Executive Director in September 2013. She writes about a range of topics including transgender issues, abortion access, and media representation. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has written for publications including The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her "spare time" she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

Jos Truitt is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Development.

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

    Re: Mia’s post: While I definitely agree with some of the points, there seems to be a whole lot of “not a real ally” or “so-called male feminist” type of snark going around lately. Personally, I know I’ve felt some reluctance to identify as a feminist as a result. Perhaps that’s what people are going for, and perhaps there’s some bubble within which there are gaggles of people loudly and ineffectually wearing “ally” as a badge of pride that I’m not privy to, but that type of commentary seems counter-productive to me.

    I don’t think anybody is a 100% “real” feminist or ally – we’re all imperfect and mess up, and mocking that imperfection doesn’t really inspire improvement.

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

    Signed the petition to Kickstarter. Is their a how-to manual teaching people to NOT commit sexual assault and respect others’ consent and boundaries? I’d back that one.

  • http://feministing.com/members/pomosapien/ AJ

    I’d love to see Feministing mention Lynne Stewart, a lifelong fierce human rights advocate who has been punished for defending suspected terrorists in court, who was scheduled to have surgery for breast cancer the week she was sentenced, and as a result was forced to wait a year for treatment, during which the cancer metastasized. She is said to be fading now, yet has still not been released even though the prison warden, the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the probation board have all signed off on her release to spend her final days with her family — the hold-up lies with AG Holder and President Obama. A vigil for her outside the White House continues. One could scarcely pick a better person to treat more horribly.