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The Feministing Five: Sarah Deer

Professor Sarah Deer is one of the newest MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellows who were announced earlier this week. She is an incredible legal scholar and community advocate for Native women’s safety and health. Sarah is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma and teaches at William Mitchell College of Law in Minnesota. Native [...]

Open Thread with Basset on a Beach

This pensive Basset Hound is your host for this week's Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything you like over this weekend and throughout the week. with a few netiquette exceptions

Why Do We Protest?

A change climate protest before Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Photo by Adam Welz via If I were making a list of things that felt absolutely futile to protest, I'd put climate change at the top. And if I were making a list of organizations...Show More Summary


By popular demand (and thank you to everyone who sent this to me!), here is a terrific video of a pitbull puppy greeting the man who'd rescued him the day before: "Joey Wagner, who is an animal rescuer from Nova Scotia, came across the...Show More Summary

Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)

Did you follow the Steubenville rape case and think, “Eh. Needs more firepower”? The Lifetime original movie The Assault is for you.

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

The White House unveiled their new “It’s On Us” sexual assault prevention campaign today. We’ll have more coverage next week. Terrible Oklahoma state Rep says Muslims are a “cancer that must be cut out of the American society.” “We talk about a glass ceiling? These women don’t even have a secure floor.” – Hillary Clinton [...]


[Content Note: Misogyny.]For a very, very long time, I have been following and documenting media coverage of Hillary Clinton. I've been paid to write articles about misogyny used against Clinton, and I've been mentioned in a book as a key observer of misogyny used against Clinton in the media during the 2008 election. Show More Summary

Everything Is a "Women's Issue"

Matt Yglesias at Vox reports on an interesting development out of an all-female panel of Democratic luminaries on Thursday: Hillary Clinton kept using feminism to frame her arguments, particularly when talking about the concerns of working class women.

White House Rolls Out "It's On Us" Campaign

[Content Note: Rape culture.]Today, President Obama officially rolled out the "It's On Us" campaign, which is part of his administration's focus on preventing sexual assault on college campuses. The President gave an introductory address...Show More Summary

How about everyone who isn’t a black woman just stops writing about black women

After reading the New York Times story about television producing mogul Shonda Rhimes that starts by saying “When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called ‘How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman,’” I have a modest proposal. No one who isn’t a black woman should be allowed to write about the cultural [...]

The Friday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by the sea.Recommended Reading:Nyasha: He. She. Zhe.Squinky: [Content Note: Misogyny] Slut, Friend Zone, and BitchAngry Asian Man: [CN: Racism; antisemitism] Oops. Joe Biden Refers to Asia as "the Orient."Ragen:...Show More Summary

You stan like a girl: The problematic feminization of the Beyhive

Today I came across a headline from The Root about a potential Jay-Z and Beyonce collaborative album. The headline was as follows: The Beyhive’s Hysteria Over News of a Possible Beyonce and Jay Z Album. Thus far, I’ve kept pretty much quiet about my theory that the Beyhive has been unnecessarily feminized. It’s something I [...]

Why Men Never Remember Anything

This article originally appeared in Science of Us.

Daily Dose of Cute

Look! Up in the air! It's a dog... it's a plane... it's WONDER DOG riding in the invisible plane! As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

Barbra Streisand: "A Piece of Sky"This week's TMNS have been brought to you by Barbra!

Planned Parenthood Is About to Make It a Lot Easier to Get Birth Control

We've all become accustomed to buying everything from books to clothes to even furniture online, but for many people, getting birth control still means taking the time to go to the doctor and sit through a consultation before getting a prescription, then schlepping that prescription to the local pharmacy. Show More Summary

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: War] Welp: "The U.S. Congress gave final approval on Thursday to President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State, a major part of his military campaign to 'degrade and destroy' the militant group. Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: The pay gap for women of color

Earlier this week we got the terribly exciting news that, according to the latest Census numbers, the average American woman now makes 78 cents, instead of 77 cents, to the average dude’s dollar. But, as we know, the gap–which hasn’t improved in a decade–varies a lot by race. Here’s a chart from ThinkProgress showing how [...]

My Non-Feminist Sister

I like to think that feminism is becoming a topic of household discussion now. Celebrities are increasingly claiming the feminist label, sexist media depictions are causing more of an uproar and feminism itself seems to be appearing in the news now more than in recent years. Show More Summary

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