Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

yates_arrest_130901c-615x345A woman is arrested for playing a banjo at a protest against attacking Syria. Did I mention she is a veteran of the Iraq War?

Surgery can empower female genital mutilation survivors to feel sexual pleasure.

The New York Times mentions abortion… in a wedding announcement.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd schools marriage equality critics. When a pastor asked him, “If you call yourself a Christian, why don’t you believe the words of Jesus in the Bible?” Rudd replied: “Well mate, if I was going to have that view, the Bible also says that slavery is a natural condition. Because St Paul said in the New Testament, slaves be obedient to your masters. And therefore we should have all fought for the Confederacy in the US Civil War.” In case anyone missed the take away message, Rudd explained, “If we get obsessed with a particular definition of that through a form of sexuality, then I think we are missing the centrality of what the Gospel… is all about.”

Shorter judge [to woman trying to sue police for not enforcing a restraining order against her abuser, who wound up shooting her]: STFD.

Two Muslim teenage sisters are arrested by the NYPD for being Muslim doing absolutely nothing wrong. Disturbingly, but not, unfortunately, surprisingly, the cops tackle one girl, put another one in a choke-hold and remove both of their hijabs.

Russia’s anti-gay propaganda legislation is emboldening homophobes and increasing hate crimes. That’s so surprising, said no one ever.

Scary statistic: one Indian woman is killed each hour over a dowry.

Americans don’t want to attack Syria. But that doesn’t matter to the politicians who are supposed to represent us.

A 14-year-old girl goes shopping without her mother for the first time. And a store employee tells her she needs to leave because she’s “too big to be in this store.”

Our own Courtney Martin on philanthropy and radical humility.

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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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