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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet: Ferguson Grand Jury Edition

“You motherfuckers will not own tomorrow.” – rapper Killer Mike “This system you have admonished us to believe in has consistently, unfailingly, and unabashedly let us down and kicked us out, time and time again.” – an open letter from the protestors in Ferguson  Why it’s impossible to indict a cop. And just how unlikely it is. “To […]

Photo of the Day: 7-year-old girl unimpressed by sexist advertising

Seven-year-old Maggie’s expression perfectly sums up how we all feel about gendered toy advertising. When she spotted this sign at a Tesco, she told her mom, “Well that’s wrong! Anybody can like superheroes, they’re being stupid aren’t they?” Indeed they are, Maggie. (h/t Buzzfeed)

The Drastic Overreach of the "Rape By Fraud" Bill  

Here is some legitimate overreach when it comes to prosecuting sexual abuse: New Jersey state Assemblyman Troy Singleton has drafted a "rape by fraud" bill that would make it illegal to lie your way into someone's pants. From NJ.com...

The UVA Gang Rape Allegations Are Awful, Horrifying, and Not Shocking at All

Between the time I walked into Old Cabell Hall, which houses the Music Department at the University of Virginia, where I work as a professor, and the time I got to my office Wednesday morning, I heard the word “rape” seven times. Wednesday was the day Rolling Stone published the story of a UVA student who says she was gang-raped in a fraternity. Show More Summary

What Obama’s silence on Ayotzinapa says about the War on Drugs

Last week Obama announced an executive order that offers temporary legal status for over 4 million undocumented people living in the United States. This has been a long time coming, and though the order leaves out 6 million other undocumented people, it is a step in the right direction, and a pretty big deal. Yet Obama […]

New favorite meme: Feminist Hacker Barbie

Last week, the internet was disappointed to discover that, countary to the title, Mattel’s illustrated book Barbie: I Can be a Computer Engineer sends pretty much the opposite message. Instead, Barbie says things like: “I’m only creating the design ideas. I’ll need Steven’s and Brian’s help to turn it into a game.” She infects her sister’s computer with […]

A night of heavy hearts: Reflections on the Darren Wilson grand jury verdict

As if they were extras in a perfectly framed shot from a post-apocalyptic horror movie, a faceless row of heavily armoured riot police stood guard beneath a glowing “Seasons Greetings” sign hung between telephone poles, backlit by streetlamps and heedless traffic lights. This was Ferguson; as political leaders urged calm from a besieged and powerless […]

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

The Washington Post summarizes the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby. Meanwhile, journalists like David Carr and Ta-Nehisi Coates offer apologies for looking away, and a former NBC employee talks about helping Cosby pay off multiple women and standing guard when young models were “delivered” to his hotel room. Show More Summary

Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday Monday

Promote yourself. (Apologies for lateness!) N.B. remember your netiquette.

Dear Sweden, Can I come over? A intellectual exercise in asking for asylum

Ed. note: This is a guest post. Sometimes I get tired of being a black woman in America. Countless times I’ve threatened to move somewhere else. I’ve even recently joked that maybe I’ll just move to Sweden and ask for asylum.  This is an intellectual exercise (mostly). And I realize that many people risk their lives […]

Students stage walkout over Oklahoma high school’s treatment of three rape survivors

In an inspiring show of solidarity — and a depressing indictment of both their fellow students and their school’s administration — a group of students is staging a walkout at a Norman, Oklahoma high school this morning to protest the way the community has treated three girls who were raped by a classmate. ThinkProgress reports: Student organizers are […]

The Problem With Gender Psychology

Before I took a gender psychology class, I assumed that the field was pro-feminist. I was not so pleasantly surprised to learn how little the field has done to promote gender equality. For example, the once often-perpetuated idea that...Show More Summary

Quote of the Day: “They don’t wake up and say, ‘I’ll brush my teeth and go have an abortion.'”

  “These women who come to us are not idiots. They know what they are doing. People can’t get that. Women take this seriously. They think about it. They don’t wake up and say, ‘I’ll brush my teeth and go have an abortion.'” – Dr. Curtis Boyd  Texas abortion providers Curtis Boyd and Glenna Halvorson-Boyd have worked in […]

The Feministing Five: “Saying Abortion Aloud”

Last week, the organization Sea Change released “Saying Abortion Aloud,” an extensive report examining how we can better support those who speak out for reproductive justice. We spoke with its creators to learn more about the research and what steps we can start taking today. “Saying Abortion Aloud” is built out of two main sections — one for folks […]

Open Thread with Alligator Hatchlings

Teeny tiny alligators feature 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

Read the Letter Outraged UVA Faculty and Students Are Sending to Their President

The University of Virginia community is reeling from horrifying accounts of sexual violence and rape detailed in a Rolling Stone piece published earlier this week. The story painfully details a campus culture that allegedly silences victims, disregards offenders, and fails to keep the students informed about sexual assaults on the grounds. Show More Summary

The Friday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by dirt.Recommended Reading:Tracy: [Content Note: Transphobia; violence] TDoR Is Forever, but Transphobia Doesn't Have to Bestavvers: [CN: Sexual assault; rape culture] On Ched Evans, Rehabilitation, and...Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Harvard’s student daily has created a searchable database of Title IX complaints filed between 2002 and 2014. Roxane Gay on Bill Cosby: “One accuser should be more than enough.” Rights groups offer software to detect government spying. On anger and strength. Continually baffled that The Onion does some of the best writing on campus gender-based violence…  

What Happened When One Canadian Dad Took a 37-Week Parental Leave? (Nothing Bad.)

The state of American child care is pretty abysmal. Day care is not well-regulated, the quality is often poor, and it’s expensive: In 35 states and Washington, D.C., it costs more than a year’s in-state college tuition. We are the only...Show More Summary

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