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Fashion and Feminism: Jamie Balbuena of Bandida

  I used to think that if I was going to be a Serious Feminist, I would have to give up my eyeliner and outfits. It wasn’t until years later that I would come to realize exactly how misogynist that was, how deeply the devaluation of the artistic elements of fashion is actually due to [...]

People Are Assholes

[Content Note: Body policing; disablism; culture of judgment.]Going around the internetz today are pictures of actress Renée Zellweger at last night's 2014 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards. I'm not going to link to any of the articles featuring the images; they're easy enough to find if you really want to see them. Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Women in the US still spend three times as much time on housework as men do. “Men…just do the damn dishes.” Meet NYC’s first and only trans woman firefighter. “Plastic surgery is fake. So is the Hollywood fantasy where women over 40 just don’t exist.” The New Yorker profiles the president of the anti-choice group the [...]

Daily Dose of Cute

Zelda. ? October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. I have told the story of how Iain and I walked into the local humane society and fell in love with a little black-and-tan mutt who didn't even have a name many times, and I have advocated...Show More Summary

Australian state considers police body cams in domestic violence cases

One Australian state is considering legislation that would allow police to wear body mounted cameras when entering domestic violence scenes, and allowing for the use of the recordings they collect in court proceedings. New South Wales – the most populous state in the nation – is the first to consider this kind of legislation, under [...]

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...At ProPublica, Theodoric Meyer compiles "The Best Investigative Reporting on Campaign Finance Since 2012," and solicits suggestions for other pieces you'd recommend to add to the list.[Content Note: Illness; alarmism] Ebola debuts on Gallup's poll of "Americans' List of Top U.S. Show More Summary

Real Jobs

[Content Note: Class warfare; injury; death; abuse.]I just dropped this into comments, regarding the very common use of "low-skill work" to refer to fast food jobs, but I wanted to repost it on the main page and add some further thoughts:...Show More Summary

Online Misogyny Levels Up as Gamergate Targets Gawker

Gamergate, a diffuse but relentless online anti-feminist movement aimed at drubbing feminist women out of game development and criticism, continues to expand the scope of its attacks. First it started as a traditional anti-feminist campaign, targeting individual women in hopes that they'd quit the industry rather than suffer any longer. Show More Summary

Women Are Still Losing Jobs for Getting Pregnant

It's been one year since New York City passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which is supposed to prevent employers from pushing pregnant women out of their jobs by making physical demands that the women cannot handle. While some women have been helped by the new law, Rachel Swarns of the New York Times found that enforcement leaves much to be desired.

A Former FBI Agent On Why It’s So Hard to Prosecute Gamergate Trolls

For months, a slice of the gaming subculture has waged a campaign of online harassment against prominent women in the videogame industry, including game developers Zoe Quinn and Brianna Wu and feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian. The reasoning...Show More Summary

Republican Midterm Debate Strategy: Be Pro-Life, But Not Anti-Abortion

As the midterm campaigns hit their final weeks, a clear picture of the Republican strategy on reproductive rights issues has emerged: However anti-choice you are, downplay it.

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker plot_thickens: What is the most recent lovely moment you experienced?

A Thot Is Not a Slut: The Popular Insult Is More About Race and Class Than Sex

This spring, a lewd Instagram account sprang up in Louisa County, Virginia. Its anonymous administrators had collected dozens of nude selfies that local middle- and high-school girls had sent to friends and boyfriends, exposed them publicly...Show More Summary

How to Celebrate Halloween for Real Jesus-Loving and History-Hating Christians, by Kirk Cameron

[Content Note: Christian Supremacy.]Hey, remember how in his new movie Saving Christmas, former teen TV hunk and current peddler of nonsense Kirk Cameron introduced us to the FACTS! about how Christmas doesn't have pagan roots and something...Show More Summary

In Defense of Egg-Freezing Benefits

Earlier this week, Apple announced that it would join Facebook in offering benefits that cover egg-freezing for female employees who are not ready to bear children, but want to have some eggs in the freezer before their fertility starts to decline. Show More Summary

Quote of the Day

[Content Note: War on agency.]"It is ironic that personhood Measure 1 will eliminate the possibility of having a family for many North Dakota and Minnesota residents."—Dr. Kristen Cain, on North Dakota's Measure 1, a proposed personhood...Show More Summary

Watch Little Princesses Curse for the Feminist Cause

“What is more offensive? A little girl saying ‘fuck’ or the fucking unequal and sexist way society treats girls and women?” That is the premise of a new ad for progressive apparel company FCKH8, which recruited a group of little girls,...Show More Summary

South Carolina Says “Stand Your Ground” Law Doesn’t Apply to Abused Women

South Carolina has an expansive "stand your ground" law that paves the way for someone to get immunity from prosecution by declaring that they killed another person in self-defense. Liberals have been critical of these laws, arguingShow More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

Dudley, having a wee nap on Tuesday. Keeping on the theme of dogs who come from shelters, or rescue, having the undeserved reputation of being broken, Dudley was, as I've often mentioned, in bad shape when he came to us. He'd suffered serious injuries at the track, and he was profoundly scared of people. Show More Summary

The Male-Dominated Culture of Business in Tech Is Not Great for Women

A few weeks ago, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella put his foot in it at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women and Computing. He said women shouldn’t ask for raises because, “It’s not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having...Show More Summary

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