Congressional candidate sends “prevent abortion” condoms to anti-choice group

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Count me as an ardent supporter of Arizona congressional candidate James Woods. When the pro-choice Democrat received a survey from the National Pro-Life Alliance asking him to pledge his support for the “sanctity of life,” he send back a box of condoms that read “prevent abortion“ along with this letterRead More »

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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

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Mourners arrived at Michael Brown’s funeral today with their hands up. Meanwhile, students staged a #HandsUpWalkOut on their campuses, and The New York Times is the worst.

A new study finds hospitals in Black neighborhoods are less likely to encourage breastfeeding.

California says health insurance companies cannot refuse to cover the cost of abortions.

The lies conservatives tell about Black women and reproductive health.

Adult women are now the largest video-game-playing demographic in the US.

The Obama administration has issued a new tweak to provide contraceptive access to women whose employers object to their insurance plans covering birth control.

An ex-cop who sexually assaulted a woman with his gun gets to own a gun again.

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Some questions about Undercover Colors anti-rape nail polish

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The creators of Undercover Colors nail polish.

Thanks to four male college students from North Carolina State University, you may soon be able to buy some nail polish that detects date rape drugs to go with your anti-rape underwear. Throw in your rape whistle and pepper spray camera, and you might be able to delude yourself into believing you’re 100% safe from sexual violence.

The students came up with the idea because they’ve all personally known someone who’s experienced sexual assault, and I applaud their desire to put their engineering skills toward combating rape. But after reading Undercover Colors’ product description, I have a few questions…

In the U.S., 18% of women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. That’s almost one out of every five women in our country. We may not know who they are, but these women are not faceless. They are our daughters, they are our girlfriends, and they are our friends.

While date rape drugs are often used to facilitate sexual assault, very little science exists for their detection. Our goal is to invent technologies that empower women to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime.

Actually, date rape drugs, like Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB, are not used to facilitate sexual assault all that often. While exact estimates vary, it’s safe to say that plain old alcohol is the substance most commonly used in drug-facilitated rape. Are you at all worried that by overstating the prevalence of date rape drugs, your product might give its users, who are no less likely to become victims of other kinds of sexual assault, a false sense of security? And given that your product only addresses a relatively tiny subsection of the sexual violence in this country, do you have any plans to donate your profits to help protect the remainder of the 18 percent?  Read More »

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Photo of the Day: Beyoncé the Feminist

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But don’t be fooled, folks — feminism is still dead.

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The Academic Feminist: Zala Žbogar

-1Welcome back, Academic Feminists! Today is the final installment of our student series, where undergraduate and masters students discuss their work on gender and sexuality.  Today’s interview is with Zala Žbogar.

Zala is a recent graduate of the Mst in Women’s Studies at the University of Oxford. She holds an MA in International Relations and Spanish from the University of St Andrews. Her previous work has included examinations of post-conflict gender mainstreaming, rape in the military, and sex work. Tweet her @blablazala with any questions or comments!

Gwendolyn: What is your thesis about?

Zala: My thesis took a feminist institutionalist approach to examine why, despite the extensive provisions in the Rome Statute under which the International Criminal Court (ICC) was established, the ICC has failed to prosecute for gender-based crimes. It focused on the trials of The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo and The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga. My research questions sought to uncover the embedded gender norms of formal and informal institutions (embedded gender norms), how the ICC addressed or challenged them, the relationship between the two, as well as the gaps and silences. I found that, in both the Lubanga and Katanga cases, there were consistent failures in the prosecution of gender-based crimes. In both cases, embedded gender norms were made visible through actions, such as the treatment of witnesses and the verdict, as well as through silences, such as the failure to gather sufficient evidence and the failure to amend charges.  Read More »

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