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“It’s OK to sit one out.”

Like many people I know, I’ve been consumed with the news coming out of Ferguson, MO over the past few weeks. It’s hard to look away when a Black child is killed in the streets and all signs point to the police officer responsible for his death getting away with it. Add to that a [...]

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

Carole King & James Taylor: "You've Got a Friend"

What If Men Weren't Allowed on Facebook?

The internet is an egalitarian wonderland where women are free to voice their opinions, dodge rape GIFs, meet new people, field rape threats, forge communities, and get asked to show strangers their boobs. What would happen if men weren’t allowed in?

Counterpoint: I don’t think Taylor Swift’s new video is racist

Last week, our very own Chloe Angyal took Taylor Swift to task over her new video, which features women of color twerking. She argues that these Black and brown twerkers are used as props in the video to highlight Taylor’s whiteness. She explains: “There’s lots I could say about this video, but I want to [...]

In Australia, Moms Are the Default Parent

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

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Racism] Charles Belk, a black film producer "who was in Beverly Hills to attend a pre-Emmy party Friday night, was handcuffed and detained for about six hours before authorities investigating...Show More Summary

Women of Color In Legal Education

Women of Color In Legal Education Carmen G. Gonzalez, Seattle University School of Law, has published Women of Color in Legal Education: Challenging the Presumption of Incompetence in the Federal Lawyer (July 2014). Here is the abstract. Female law professors of color have become the canaries … Continue reading ? Feminist Law Professors

Another Indiana woman is being charged with feticide after seeking medical help

A few years after Indiana tried to charge Bei Bei Shuai with feticide after she attempted suicide, the state is now going after another woman for the crime. Purvi Patel went to the ER with vaginal bleeding after delivering a fetus at home. Initially, prosecutors charged Patel with “felony neglect,” claiming the fetus was born alive and [...]

Defrosting the Women: For All the Ladies Who Deserved Better

After having spent the summer watching a lot of TV, I want to talk about women in refrigerators. First, a brief explanation for those who are unfamiliar with the term “women in refrigerators“: the phrase originates from an incident in...Show More Summary

John Crawford Update

[Content Note: Racism; guns; police brutality.]Earlier this month, I wrote about John Crawford, the 22-year-old black man in Ohio who was killed by police in a Walmart after another customer called 911 to report a man waving an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, even though Crawford was actually holding a BB/pellet rifle which is sold at the store. Show More Summary

Video Games!

In the spirit of our Books! thread yesterday: What video games are you currently playing? Anything you've played recently that you'd recommend?

Thank You Wednesday: The writers and readers of Feministing

I couldn’t wait until tomorrow and make it a Thank You Thursday. I am full to bursting with gratitude, and it could cause me serious bodily harm if I were to keep it in for an extra day just for the sake of alliteration. More than four years ago, at the 2010 Feministing annual retreat [...]

Ferguson

[Content Note: Police brutality; racism; white supremacy; lynching.]Here is some difficult but important recommended reading that sets what happened, and what is ongoing, in Ferguson in context, both currently and historically:Jelani...Show More Summary

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker RachelB: "What book / essay / article / poem that you read years ago are you still thinking about?"

Quote of the Day

[Content Note: Police militarization.]"Fusion has learned that 184 state and local police departments have been suspended from the Pentagon's [controversial '1033 program' program to equip local and state police departments with military surplus weaponry] for missing weapons or failure to comply with other guidelines. Show More Summary

AMAZING

[Content Note: Homophobia.]As I mentioned earlier, the three judges empaneled for the 7th Circuit review of Indiana's and Wisconsin's same-sex marriage bans were predicted to lean toward equality. But Maude Almighty they really let the...Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Vintage LOLz. What men can do to help achieve women’s economic equality. Rebecca Traister on Beyonce: “That this is what a woman looks like when she defines herself as a feminist in 2014 tells us that its steadily-published obituaries to the contrary, the women’s movement is not only thriving, but expanding.” A new fellowship prepares [...]

Good Grief

[Content Note: Christian Supremacy; anti-atheism.]Oh brother. Have y'all seen the trailer for God's Not Dead, the terrific new film starring Kevin Sorbo as a meany atheist professor who hates god? It actually came out in theaters (allegedly)...Show More Summary

Feministing Readz: Getting inside patriarchy’s head with Natsuo Kirino’s Out

What if The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo were about ordinary people rather than Jason Bourne-like superwomen and counter-conspirators? Oh, and, if it were actually written by a woman? Natsuo Kirino answered the question long before The Millennium Trilogy was even drafted. Her 1997 book Out is by no means new, but for a first-time [...]

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