Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Mono Lake, California

Mono Lake, California (Photo credit: Mark Cote)

Today is Earth Day. Check out some beautiful photos of our world and then read The Nation‘s series on climate change. I especially liked Naomi Klein’s piece on how saving our planet/ourselves will require a whole new way of thinking.

Folks have lots of thoughts on the rape scene in this past weekend’s Game of Thrones episode.

The Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in higher education.

New, unsurprising study shows long-term psychological harm of childhood bullying.

Cardinal Dolan thinks women can just “walk into a 7-11” for birth control.

NPR looks a research on racial and gender bias in academic mentoring.

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GOP candidate claims she can’t be fighting a war on women because she’s…a woman

In a hilarious painfully awkward campaign ad, Michigan senate candidate Terri Lynn Land argues that her simultaneous female and Republican identities disprove the claim that she’s engaged in a “war on women.” But her whole opposition to the equal pay thing reveals that she is definitely a soldier and she’s definitely not fighting for equality. Read More »

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Watch this perfect parody of Dove’s “Real Beauty” campaign

As we’ve written before, Dove’s “Real Beauty” campaign, which tells women they’re prettier than they think they are, has always been bullshit for a few reasons — a main one being that it is “cementing a whole slew of beauty standards even as it pumps up self-esteem.”

And this spot-on parody from Above Average Productions highlights another of the particularly annoying things about it. While purporting to be empowering women to be more confident, Dove’s ads actually promote feminine humility above all else. In Doveland, Alexandra has explained, ”the only confidence that’s acceptable is halfhearted: ‘Don’t worry, I don’t think I’m pretty, but I’ve been told I’m wrong, so maybe I am a little.’”  Read More »

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Chart of the Day: Life expectancy for poor US women is declining

life expectancy gap chart

According to a new analysis from the Brookings Institute, the life expectancy gap between the rich and the poor in the US is growing, especially among women.

Comparing life expectancy at age 55 between folks born in 1920 vs. 1940 found that men, overall, have gained an additional five years — with the richest men gaining six years and the poorest gaining less than two. On average, women still live longer than men, but their life expectancy has increased by less than one year overall during this time. While the richest women have gained a few years, life expectancy among the poorest 40 percent has actually declined from the previous generation. The WSJ sums it up in the chart above.  Read More »

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Your Daily Poem: Victoria Lynne McCoy

Ed. note: For National Poetry Month, we’re highlighting one feminist poem each day in April. See the whole series here.

Today’s poem is “On the Day It Became Legal to Rape Your Wife” from Victoria Lynne McCoy.

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