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The Academic Feminist: Amber Hathaway

Welcome back, Academic Feminists! The final two interviews in our Academic Feminist Student Series feature masters students who work on gender and sexuality themes. In addition to highlighting some pretty amazing work, these interviewees also offer some advice for those who might be making the transition to graduate school this fall (or who may be [...]

Four feminist thoughts about fake fannies

Last night Nicki Minaj released the visuals for her new single “Anaconda”– the title a reference to the infamous Sir Mix-a-Lot line “my Anaconda don’t want none unless you got buns hon.” You might remember the “controversy” surrounding the cover art for the track a few weeks ago. In summation: Nicki Minaj posed in a [...]

The Trial That Made Rape a War Crime

Fri August 15, 2014 The Trial That Made Rape a War Crime By Padmini Parthasarathy Soldiers have raped and pillaged since the concept "soldier" and the act "war" have existed. However, using rape systematically as a tactic to destroy a population is a more recent invention. Show More Summary

Street harassment is a compliment, says writer we pray is joking

Now it's time for that beloved and time-honored game, "Satire (Please, God, Let It Be Satire) or Not Satire": Doree Lewak in the New York Post. [W]hen I know I'm looking good, I brazenly walk past a construction site, anticipating that whistle and "Hey, mama!” catcall. Works every time -- my ego and I can’t fit through the door!

South Carolina: Where Men Murder Women and Legislators Don't Care

Tuesday evening, the Charleston Post and Courier released a massive seven-part series on South Carolina’s failure to take domestic violence seriously—a failure that has resulted in the state leading the nation in the murder rate of women at the hands of men (currently the best measure we have for domestic homicide). Show More Summary

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Racism] I don't even know, y'all: "Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, the highway patrol captain placed in charge of security in Ferguson Missouri, was photographed making hand signs that some quickly thought were gang signs. Show More Summary


Mo'Ne Davis covers this week's issue of Sports Illustrated. At Mashable, Sam Laird notes:Davis is the first Little Leaguer — male or female — to make Sports Illustrated's iconic cover, while her youth puts her in good company. Former tennis prodigies Tracy Austin and Jennifer Capriati also made it as 13-year-olds, in 1976 and 1990, respectively. Show More Summary

90-year-old Holocaust survivor arrested at Ferguson protest

Ninety-year-old Hedy Epstein, who was one of several protestors arrested outside Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s office, is no stranger to state-sanction discrimination and violence. Epstein fled the Holocaust as a child. A true intersectionalist, she...Show More Summary

An Open Letter to Adults: What Young Activists Need From You

Dear Adult, So, you have teens in your life that you want to support and encourage to be the best, bravest, raddest activists they can be. But teens are a little scary, confusing and intimidating. I know the feeling. I once taught a class of seventh graders and was totally intimidated by the girls with shiny hair and nice clothes. Show More Summary

RIP James Foley

[Content Note: Death; description of violence; terrorism.]US journalist James Foley, who went missing in Syria in November 2012, is thought to have been killed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) after they released a video of their members beheading a man thought to be Foley. Show More Summary


[Content Note: Police brutality; racism; image of aimed weapons.]Here is a description via Reuters of the goings-on in Ferguson last night:Police in riot gear ordered demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, to disperse late on Tuesday,Show More Summary

Feministing Jamz: Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”

If you spend most of your social media time on Twitter, your feed is probably mostly about what’s happening in Ferguson, MO, right now. If you spend most of your social media time on Facebook, however, it’s probably light on the racialized state violence and suppression of journalism, and heavy on the NEW TAYLOR SWIFT [...]

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker Grey: "What is the best thing you've purchased for under $10?"

Baby Goat + Indifferent Pig = WIN

Here is just a terrific video of an adorable baby goat playing with on an adorable huge pig: Video Description: The small brown and white baby goat hops on top of the large pink pig, who is lying sleepily on the ground. The pig is completely indifferent to the baby goat hopping on hir. Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

The Trayvon Martin’s mother writes a letter to Michael Brown’s family. On speechlessness, racism and respectability in #Ferguson. “Please disabuse yourself of the notion that my purpose on earth is to tuck ignorance in at night.” The New York Post explains that catcalling is actually flattering. Now you know. The power of peers in preventing campus rape. Women [...]

Daily Dose of Cute

Matilda. That face. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

Fatal Hypothesis: How Belief in a Just World is Killing Us

If prejudice is a structure, as it has now become popular to say, what are its girders made of? What holds it up and what makes it endure? Certainly a great many scholars have ventured indispensable answers to these questions, but in the wake of Michael Brown’s murder and the ongoing tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri, [...]

70 percent of voters say the government should not restrict access to abortion

A new poll confirms that, contrary to the persist framing of abortion as a “polarizing” issue in the media, Americans are actually pretty united in their support of abortion rights.  Seven in ten Americans don’t think the government should enact any new laws to further restrict abortion, according to a new national poll commissioned by NARAL Pro-Choice [...]

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