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CNN host mansplains to Bill Cosby accuser how she could have avoided being raped

Today in victim-blaming wrapped up in an outrageous load of mansplaining: In an interview with Joan Tarshis, one of the latest women to come forward with rape allegations against Bill Cosby, CNN’s Don Lemon had some advice for how she could have avoided the whole thing: just use your teeth as a weapon. I thought […]

Dear Dad: Let’s Try This Again

The author and her father This article is a response to Pippa Biddle’s call to action in her piece “Dear Sisters,” published last week on To whom it may concern (hey, Dad): The summer after my freshman year at Exeter, you slammed me into the fridge by my neck because I mouthed off to you about doing dishes. Show More Summary

Size, stigma and shaming: Toward a new politic of solidarity

Like many gender-related issues, body politics is deeply personal, and many people feel passionately about their stances. For something that inspires so much rage and discordance, many don’t delve particularly deep into this topic. If we don’t look beyond discussions of the pros and cons of the Dove campaign for real beauty, how will we […]

TIME Magazine Suggests “Feminist” Should Be Banned In 2015

On November 12, 2014, TIME magazine published an article called Which Word Should Be Banned in 2015? Previously, they “banned” words like “twerk,” “YOLO,” and “OMG,” because they thought it would make the reader “seek out the nearest...Show More Summary

Facts Don’t Lie: Teens Need Sex Ed and Access to Contraception

the IUD Access to education is a fundamental right. But are all American students learning everything they need to know? The use of abstinence-o nly education in schools is archaic and absurd, and yet it’s a commonplace policy. According...Show More Summary

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Extreme weather; death] At least five people have died as a result of a terrible snowstorm hitting the eastern US: "The first snowstorm of the season has resulted in five deaths in this area so far and possibly set an all-time U.S. Show More Summary

Finish This Sentence

The number one issue I wish my government would more effectively address insecurity. For so many reasons. But chief among them is that people can't thrive, in any way, in the ways that are important to them, when they are hungry. Show More Summary

Don Lemon Asks Cosby Rape Accuser Why She Didn't Just Gnaw Her Way Out of Danger

Don Lemon, whose reputation for obtuseness generated the only light moment to come out of the Ferguson protests, has struck again. Tuesday night, in an interview with Joan Tarshis, the fifth named woman to accuse Bill Cosby of drugging...Show More Summary

Balkan women make inroads in peace and politics

Cross-posted from UN Women With support from UN Women, women leaders in the Balkans are putting gender issues at the centre of politics and fueling women’s empowerment in order to bring peace and stability to the region. Through the cracks of a tragic history, decades after the disintegration of Yugoslavia and the subsequent conflicts that […]

Cultural tourism and its discontents: A personal essay on the ethics of travel

Probably not many people can say that they bought an international airline ticket to Bali, Indonesia in a state of blissful ignorance towards the island’s mythic image as a timeless and exotic Eastern paradise. A place just waiting for Western visitors to lose themselves along the white sand beaches of Sanur and rediscover their true […]

Let them be who they want to be

Once upon a time, sometime in the spring, I visited one of my favorite art museums in the city. There was an interdisciplinary exhibit exploring the changing meaning of pink in art and fashion. Here I am thinking that this exhibit would showcase the evolution of color associated to gender, however, it did not. It […]

Braving dust storms, women plant seeds of hope at the Dadaab refugee camp

Cross-posted from UN Women Turning dry lands into fertile fields, a livelihood project is helping Somali women refugees in Kenya make a living and prevent sexual and gender-based violence. Women take part in a business management training workshop at the Ifo 2 camp in the Dadaab refugee complex. Photo: UN Women/Tabitha Icuga In the world’s […]

Women business grads earn almost $15,000 less than their male counterparts in their first year out of school

That’s according to a new analysis that pretty thoroughly debunks the myth that the gender pay gap is entirely, or even primarily, due to women’s career choices. At ThinkProgress, Bryce Covert explains: Bloomberg Businessweek looked at nearly 10,000 of this year’s male and female MBA graduates, who are usually young and childless, ambitious, and all […]

Senate Defeats Keystone Bill by One Vote

This, of course, is while they still hold the majority: Senate Democrats, by a single vote, stopped legislation that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, one of the most fractious and expensive battles of the...Show More Summary

New Favorite Tumblr: Lady Parts highlights sexist casting calls

The Lady Parts Tumblr features actual casting notices for female roles. At HelloGiggles, the actress behind the blog, Katrina P. Day, explained that after years of seeing sexist, stereotypical calls for auditions, she decided to highlight the...Show More Summary

‘Orange Is the New Black’ actress remembers coming home from school to learn that her family had been deported

Actress Diane Guerrero experienced our draconian immigration policies first-hand when she was 14 years old, and came home from school to an empty house. Hours later she would find out her family had been taken to a detention center and would be deported. Guerrero is using her voice to speak out for humane, fair, and […]

Why isn’t the government protecting employees from discrimination?

Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site. Women and minorities who face workplace discrimination or harassment ordinarily receive vital legal services from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)....Show More Summary

Open Thread

Hosted by a sand sculpture of the Cheshire Cat.

Good Morning! Or Whatever!

Let us all take a moment to enjoy this video of three bull terriers taking a nap together. Piled on top of one another in the same chair, lol. Video Description: Two white bull terriers nap in a chair, one sleeping on top of the other. Show More Summary

Question of the Day

What's for dinner? Or whatever the next meal of the day is in your part of the world.Since it's cold as a very cold thing with lots of little cold bits all over it, I've got a chicken stew cooking in the crockpot. There's nothing better than warm stew on a frigid day.

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