Lori Adelman

Lori Adelman is Executive Director of Partnerships at Feministing, where she enjoys creating and curating content on gender, race, class, technology, and the media. Lori is also an advocacy and communications professional specializing in sexual and reproductive rights and health, and currently works in the Global Division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. A graduate of Harvard University, she lives in Brooklyn.

Posts Written by Lori

Global Dispatch: Ireland’s March for Choice

Ed. note: This is a guest post from Grace Wilentz. Grace is a feminist activist and writer based in Dublin, Ireland. She is also a member of the South-based feminist alliance RESURJ: Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice. View previous  coverage of Savita Halappanavar and abortion in Ireland here and here

The sound of rolling suitcases rumbled from Dublin’s main thoroughfare to the Parliament as abortion rights activists took to the streets in Ireland’s third annual March for Choice on Saturday.

Estimates of the turnout are as high as 5000, more than double last year’s numbers. Having been an activist in this movement for a while- long enough to remember when we got excited about 40 people showing up to a demonstration- it was surreal to find myself in the middle of a march whose beginning and end were too far away to be seen.

As the march passed a taxi rank, a few taxi drivers heckled, “Do you need a ride to the airport, love?” This was in response to the thousands of women dragging rolling suitcases behind them to highlight the hypocrisy of Ireland granting women the legal right to travel to seek abortion services, yet denying women access to safe and legal abortion in their own country.

The notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg on men’s rights, Hobby Lobby, and the ‘dream’ reproductive freedom case

Last night I made small talk with a friend as I sipped red wine and munched on a piece of raw radish plucked from an elaborate vegetable tray behind me. We were standing in a room full of mostly women, and we were waiting for Ruth Bader Ginsburg to arrive. It was the 30th anniversary celebration of the International Women’s Health Coalition, a great organization that promotes and protects the sexual and reproductive rights and health of women and young people — particularly adolescent girls — in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. (I would know — I used to work there.)

But the mood in the room was more anticipatory than celebratory. One woman looked over ...

Last night I made small talk with a friend as I sipped red wine and munched on a piece of raw radish plucked from an elaborate vegetable tray behind me. We were standing in a room ...

A female journalist attended a Men’s Rights Conference last weekend. This is her story.

The so-called “men’s rights” movement is a farce. Men’s rights activists (MRAs) hurt and kill both men and women. They make actual work on behalf of men harder. Fuck them.

Now that you know how I really feel about MRAs, you can fully appreciate my fascination with this account of one female, feminist-identified journalist’s time attending an entire conference last weekend specifically for MRAs to connect. Kelsey Miller is one brave feminist. She also comes to a few not-so-surprising conclusions during her time at the conference: namely, that, “there are real issues facing men today” but that, “in training their crosshairs on feminism, MRAs have chosen the wrong enemy.” Sounds about right. ...

The so-called “men’s rights” movement is a farce. Men’s rights activists (MRAs) hurt and kill both men and women. They make actual work on behalf of men harder. Fuck ...

Watch John Oliver obliterate the logic behind considering corporations as people

So, Hobby Lobby is a mess, y’all. When the Citizens United case was decided way back in 2010 I wrote about why categorizing corporations as people is bad for women. But I cannot say that I saw this coming. The complete othering of women’s health care in this country is pretty demoralizing.

John Oliver, for one, was able to nail the absurdity of this decision before it even came down. Oliver’s  new “Last Week Tonight” is great — an extension of his hilarious time with Jon Stewart, but a bit more global and maybe more cheeky, too. I am not just saying this because he is British. (Ok, maybe I am, a little. But I have really enjoyed the show: his segments ...

So, Hobby Lobby is a mess, y’all. When the Citizens United case was decided way back in 2010 I wrote about why categorizing corporations as people is bad for women. But I cannot say that I ...

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

“Women taking risks to advance the country’s interests… should not be treated worse than other federal employees.” The New York Times on why Peace Corps volunteers deserve fairness.

What’s wrong with New York Magazine‘s profile of Terry Richardson.

The mom of a girl who got sent home from high school on her last day of senior year because her dress was too short will wear her daughter’s dress to graduation.

The UN has released guidelines on reparations for victims of sexual violence.

The fashion statements of the women of Game of Thrones.

“Women taking risks to advance the country’s interests… should not be treated worse than other federal employees.” The New York Times on why Peace Corps volunteers deserve fairness.

What’s wrong with New York Magazine‘s profile of

The Savita Effect? How abortion policies really get liberalized

Ed. note: This is a guest post from Grace Wilentz. Grace is a feminist activist and writer based in Dublin, Ireland. She is also a member of the South-based feminist alliance RESURJ: Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice. View previous  coverage of Savita Halappanavar and abortion in Ireland here

At the start of this year, a new law went into effect in Ireland, signaling a small but significant change for access to safe abortion services in Ireland. Before introduction of the law, Ireland had no practicable framework for accessing safe and legal abortions, making these services virtually unobtainable. Introduction of the law was widely reported, particularly in international media, as a reaction by the government to ...

Ed. note: This is a guest post from Grace Wilentz. Grace is a feminist activist and writer based in Dublin, Ireland. She is also a member of the South-based feminist alliance RESURJ: Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice. View ...

The reality of being a black woman: A response to Ernest Baker

Ed. note: This is a guest post written by an anonymous woman living in New York City. 

In an essay on Gawker entitled “The Reality of Dating White Women When You’re Black,” Ernest Baker writes: “Let’s be real, blonde hair and blue eyes are fucking attractive.”

A friend of mine, a black woman, responded to the line in an email to me:

“I’m pretty sure if you get in your Delorean and go back to the point where any colonized people first encountered the white man, the thought was not “That’s fucking attractive!” It was more like “What is that yellow haired thing with the demon eyes?!”

Ed. note: This is a guest post written by an anonymous woman living in New York City. 

In an essay on Gawker entitled “The Reality of Dating White Women When You’re Black,” Ernest Baker writes: “Let’s ...

When there isn’t a case for debate: Black women speak on sexual violence and solidarity

Ed. note: This post featuring black women’s voices on sexual violence, rape, race, and solidarity, was organized by Brothers Writing to Live in response to a November 2013 essay that’s recently resurfaced, containing pernicious if not new ideas concerning sex, rape and black women. Here is a good description of the initial article and subsequent fallout. This post is re-published here with permission. 

Mari Morales-Williams:

Ed. note: This post featuring black women’s voices on sexual violence, rape, race, and solidarity, was organized by Brothers Writing to Live in response to a November 2013 essay that’s recently resurfaced, containing pernicious if not new ideas ...

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