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Feminist Killjoy

The Feministing Guide to Surviving the Holidays

The holidays are a glorious time of shiny baubles and delicious food and sepia memories — unless, of course, your life is even a tiny bit complicated, in which case there’s a 97% chance that the mere idea of the next month of celebrations makes you want never, ever to get out of bed.

Some of us have messy families or Republican uncles. Others, particularly survivors of violence and members of marginalized groups, face depression and unsafe gatherings. Luckily, there’s a lot of really good advice on the internet. Here’s some of the best advice we’ve found online for surviving the holidays. Add your own suggestions in the comments to support feminist in need of some help this season.

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The holidays are a glorious time of shiny baubles and delicious food and sepia memories — unless, of course, your life is even a tiny bit complicated, in which case there’s a 97% chance that the ...

California children can now have more than two legal parents

Big news in California: Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation on Friday that will allow children to have more than two legal parents.

Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said he authored the measure to address the changes in family structure in California, including situations in which same-sex couples have a child with an opposite-sex biological parent.

The law will allow the courts to recognize three or more legal parents so that custody and financial responsibility can be shared by all those involved in raising a child, Leno said.

“Courts need the ability to recognize these changes so children are supported by the adults that play a central role in loving and caring for them,” Leno said. “It is critical that judges have the ability ...

Big news in California: Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation on Friday that will allow children to have more than two legal parents.

Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said he authored the measure to address the changes in family ...

We all really need to stop caring about Lebron James’ mother’s sex life

Meet Lambo.

Lebron James’ mother is dating a rapper who is only three years older than him, and who likes to publicly express admiration for the two-time NBA champion. This apparently threatens the collective ego of basketball fans around the country.

Since the Internet uncovered this guy, fans and haters have gleefully pointed to comments on the rapper’s Instagram account big-upping Lebron, calling him a “role model” before declaring that “life is about being positive”. They openly mock photos where he displays LeBron’s championship ring and models it for the camera (Deadspin helpfully points out that he “has to use two fingers” because the ring is too big on him).

I wrote about Lebron, family honor ...

Meet Lambo.

Lebron James’ mother is dating a rapper who is only three years older than him, and who likes to publicly express admiration for the two-time NBA champion. This apparently ...

This is one father-daughter dance I can get behind


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Purity Balls ain’t got nothing on this father-daughter dance.

At TEDxWomen this year, Courtney and I had the pleasure of working with an extraordinary group of women whom we coached for a session we also curated, “The Mirror.” And one of these extraordinary women was Angela Patton, whose work with young girls at her organization in Richmond, VA  is one of the most inspiring — and simply impressive — examples of youth-empowerment and leadership I’ve ever seen. She created Camp Diva after Diva Mistadi Smith-Roane, the 5-year-old daughter of Angela’s friend, lost her life from a firearm accident in 2004, dedicating her life to connecting with and empowering girls since. And out of ...


See version with transcript here.

Purity Balls ain’t got nothing on this father-daughter dance.

At TEDxWomen this year, Courtney and I had the pleasure of working with an extraordinary group of women whom we coached for ...

Quick hit: You can have all the sexes, ultimately, it’s good parenting that matters

Yup, a new study released in Great Britain finds that children of same-sex parents are thriving. Via Think Progress, the study by the British Association of Adoption and Fostering released today has found that concerns about same-sex families are “unfounded.”

The report released by the British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) details the experiences of 130 adoptive families, 49 of which are run by heterosexual couples, 41 by gay men and 40 by lesbian parents.

Carried out by Cambridge University’s Center for Family Research into adoptive parenting, its release today (4 March) coincides with LGBT Adoption and Fostering week.

Professor Susan Golombok, director of the Centre for Family Research and co-author of the report, has said: ‘Overall we found markedly more similarities ...

Yup, a new study released in Great Britain finds that children of same-sex parents are thriving. Via Think Progress, the study by the British Association of Adoption and Fostering released today has found that concerns about same-sex ...

Watch this video on the impossible choice faced by many undocumented women

An important new campaign called #ImHere is highlighting the terrible choice millions of immigrant women face in the United States: between keeping themselves and children safe and keeping their families together. The human rights group Breakthrough made this heartwrenching video:

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Norma Ortiz, an activist and former undocumented immigrant, has a story like this. She explains:

I endured abuse by my partner, while worrying constantly about my then three-year-old son. But, because of my immigration status, I feared what would happen if I contacted the authorities. When I finally did make the decision to call, my fears turned out to be all too real.

Instead of helping us get away from my abusive partner, police arrested me. ...

An important new campaign called #ImHere is highlighting the terrible choice millions of immigrant women face in the United States: between keeping themselves and children safe and keeping their families together. The human rights group Breakthrough ...

A Queer and Pleasant Danger

Not Oprah’s Book Club: A Queer and Pleasant Danger

A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today is the new memoir from Kate Bornstein, author of Gender Outlaw and My Gender Workbook. The long subtitle outlines the narrative of the book. Kate takes us through a gender process from boy to girl to realizing she didn’t fit in either of these boxes. But the memoir is about so much more, including family trauma, and borderline personality disorder, the devaluing and ultimate power of cute, what the heck’s going on in Scientology, sex and sadomasochism, and staying alive. The book can be ...

Friday Feminist Fuck Yeah: queer family models

In this video, Shawnta Smith and Jas Cruz, who are are ex-wives or best friends depending on which one of them is doing the telling, talk about the home they’ve built together and what it means to them and their community. It’s wonderful. They have separate beds but their bookcase is merged. I mean, that’s just poetry.

The video is part of I’m From Driftwood, a project that brings together stories from LGBTQ folks around the world. This month, they’re spotlighting stories from the black LGBTQ community. Check ’em out.

Transcript after the jump.

In this video, Shawnta Smith and Jas Cruz, who are are ex-wives or best friends depending on which one of them is doing the telling, talk about the home they’ve built together and what it means ...

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