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An infographic shows just how under appreciated teachers are

“I chose to be fat”

Paula Deen wanted black staffers to dress in Aunt Jemima outfits. Why am I not surprised?

Jailed Pussy Riot punk singer denied parole

What’s the deal with sex addiction?

Colombia legalizes its first same-sex union

*Trigger Warning* Rape Joke: A Poem By Patricia Lockwood.

AG Eric Holder announced plans to mandate voting pre-clearance for Texas through the federal court. Last week, Syreeta wrote about why the VRA is a feminist issue.

Rand Paul doesn’t “think there’s anyone in Congress who has a stronger belief in minority rights than I do.” Who knew Rand had such a great sense of humor? He’s HILARIOUS! Great self-denigrating deadpan delivery.


Born and raised on the mean streets of New York City’s Upper West Side, Katie Halper is a comic, writer, blogger, satirist and filmmaker based in New York. Katie graduated from The Dalton School (where she teaches history) and Wesleyan University (where she learned that labels are for jars.) A director of Living Liberally and co-founder/performer in Laughing Liberally, Katie has performed at Town Hall, Symphony Space, The Culture Project, D.C. Comedy Festival, all five Netroots Nations, and The Nation Magazine Cruise, where she made Howard Dean laugh! and has appeared with Lizz Winstead, Markos Moulitsas, The Yes Men, Cynthia Nixon and Jim Hightower. Her writing and videos have appeared in The New York Times, Comedy Central, The Nation Magazine, Gawker, Nerve, Jezebel, the Huffington Post, Alternet and Katie has been featured in/on NY Magazine, LA Times, In These Times, Gawker,Jezebel, MSNBC, Air America, GritTV, the Alan Colmes Show, Sirius radio (which hung up on her once) and the National Review, which called Katie “cute and some what brainy.” Katie co-produced Tim Robbins’s film Embedded, (Venice Film Festival, Sundance Channel); Estela Bravo’s Free to Fly (Havana Film Festival, LA Latino Film Festival); was outreach director for The Take, Naomi Klein/Avi Lewis documentary about Argentine workers (Toronto & Venice Film Festivals, Film Forum); co-directed New Yorkers Remember the Spanish Civil War, a video for Museum of the City of NY exhibit, and wrote/directed viral satiric videos including Jews/ Women/ Gays for McCain.

Katie is a writer, comedian, filmmaker, and New Yorker.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/skjaere/ Skjaere

    I was listening to my local NPR station (KUOW FM in Seattle) at 9:00 AM today, and they were doing a bit on Seafair, a local celebration which takes place here every summer. Specifically, they were talking about the Seafair Pirates, a charitable organisation who dress in pirate costumes and collect donations during the festival. They interviewed a spokesman for the organisation (I did not catch his name) who made the argument that the Seafair Pirates doesn’t allow women in their organisation because they never have, and it’s traditional. He said it would weaken the organisation and make it less fun for the people involved. Because women who enjoy dressing up in pirate costumes are no fun at all, I guess. Or something.

    I wish I could find a link to the audio so that I could pass it on for you to verify, but I’m having no luck. All I know is that it was on this programme this morning at almost exactly at 9:00 AM. I just needed somewhere to talk about it and do something other than scream “FUUUUUUUUUUCK YOUUUUUUUUU!!!!!” at my radio over and over again. Because that was some condescending bullshit right there.

    • http://feministing.com/members/skjaere/ Skjaere

      I got NPR to email me the audio clip. If y’all feel like sharing it, is there some way I can email the clip to you?

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

    The link for the Rape Joke Poem does not work, Is this the correct url:

    • http://feministing.com/members/baxter/ Courtney Baxter

      Thanks – should be fixed now!

  • http://feministing.com/members/iknowpolitics/ iKNOW Politics

    On behalf of iKNOW Politics, we love your blog!

  • http://feministing.com/members/threeeye/ 3-I

    Do NOT read the comments on the Pussy Riot article. Just. Don’t.

    I’ve never seen so many people saying “Desecrate a church and you deserve life imprisonment.”