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New Jersey school bans trans girl from school unless she dresses as a boy

A New Jersey middle school is refusing to allow 13-year-old Rachel Pepe to return to her school unless she dresses and identifies as a boy. As reported by the Asbury Park Press, Thorne Middle School in Middletown, New Jersey informed Rachel’s mom, Angela Peters, that she must come back to school prepared to dress like and act like [...]


Last Monday, I mentioned that 13-year-old Mo'Ne Davis would be "only the 17th girl to play in the Little League World Series in 68 years" after the pitcher led her Philadelphia team to series. On Friday, Mo'Ne pitched a shutout in her team's first game in the series against Nashville. Show More Summary

Why I Need Feminism: Overcoming My Self-Loathing

As a kid I was very chubby and sturdy, but that all changed once puberty kicked in. People wondered if I went on a diet to lose weight when I was younger, but my eating habits hadn’t changed. This complacency didn’t last for very long, though. Show More Summary

Perry | Handcuffs 2016

(This is definitely one of my favorite Photoshops I've ever done, and I would like to thank Governor Rick Perry for giving me so many occasions to use it.) Friday afternoon, Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry was indicted on two felony counts of abuse of power:A grand jury indicted Gov. Show More Summary


[Content Note: Police brutality; description of shooting; racism.]Here are some of the things that happened over the weekend in Ferguson:1. Friday night, a few people, whom many Ferguson residents asserted were not local, damaged some property and did some looting. Show More Summary

Teens create new app to hold police accountable

As Ferguson continues to reel after Michael Brown’s death and the police threaten to shoot journalists and tear gas children, three badass teenage coders from Georgia have developed a timely mobile app to hold police accountable. Five-O,...Show More Summary

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 [...]

Open Thread

Hosted by the quadratic formula.This week's Open Threads have been brought to you by the letter Q.

The Feministing Five: #FreeMarichuy’s Olga Tomchin

Marichuy Leal Gamino, 23, has been detained at the for-profit ICE center in Eloy, Arizona for over a year. A trans woman forced into a men’s facility, she has faced sexual harassment and threats from men. Despite her efforts to report these threats to the facility guards, she has no received protection and was recently [...]

Open Thread with Flying Fish Tail Trail

The pattern made by this Pink-wing flying fish's tail as it leaps from the water features 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


[Content Note: Misogynist violence/sexual assault; infanticide; religious intolerance.]Today is Independence Day in India, and the nation's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi used the occasion of his first Independence Day address to challenge...Show More Summary

Quote of the Day

[Content Note: Carcerality; indefinite detention; racism; classism; disablism.]"Hartfield asked a court to order him freed because his speedy trial rights were violated by the fact that Texas imprisoned him for more than three decades without trial. Show More Summary

Statement from Brown Family

[Content Note: Police brutality; victim-blaming; racism.]The family of Michael Brown, via their attorneys, released the following statement earlier today, following Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson's press conference: Michael Brown's...Show More Summary

Employers Now Making It Impossible to Be a Poor Working Mom  

Jodi Kantor published a devastating expose in the New York Times this week, detailing the latest fresh hell visited upon low wage workers by their corporate bosses: erratic work schedules created by “software that choreographs workers...Show More Summary

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

Eddy Grant: "Electric Avenue" I remember loving this song when I was a kid, and dancing on my bed when it came on the radio. I just thought it was a great pop song, and it was only years later I really heard the lyrics and understood what it was about.

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Police militarization] Democratic Representative from Georgia Hank Johnson is "drafting legislation to limit a Pentagon program that provides surplus military equipment to local law enforcement....'As the tragedy in Missouri unfolds, one thing is clear. Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

  Youth were heard during #NMOS14. On the front lines in Ferguson. New Student Nation on campus organizing around the country. A history of firsts. Columbia University survivor-activists respond to new policies. Very cool: California organizations form a Title IX Coalition. Lerricompoop. Congrats to the Hairpin and its new editor, Haley Mlotek!

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