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Which State Was the Worst for Women This Week?

The legislative season grinds on, and so do the Worst State of the Week honors, in which DoubleX recognizes the member of the Union showing the most vim and vigor in its assaults on women's basic rights.

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

The ACA’s anti-discrimination provision could mean big things for reproductive care access. Should the labor movement support universal basic income?  The entire USC School of Art and Design first year class dropped out in protest. Student survivors of assault, abuse, and harassment: what was the financial impact of the violence? A remarkable NYT story on […]

Female Staffers on the Hill Are Being Shut Out Of One-On-One Meetings with Bosses

The National Journal conducted a study of women congressional staffers on the Hill and has been releasing some of the findings in a series of articles. On Thursday, Sarah Mimms highlighted how women are still held back from certain networking and career opportunities. Many staffers, she writes, are "not allowed to spend one-on-one time with their male bosses."

Feministing Reads: What We’re Reading

After three weeks of final exams, I’ve finalized emerged from under the rock that was my second year of law school. The first item on my to-do list? A drink. The second? Catching up on all the reading I’ve missed when buried in textbooks. For some ideas, I turned to the Feministing crew. Here’s what we’re […]

Sorry, Evo Psych Fans. Our Caveman Ancestors Probably Practiced Gender Equality. 

It's a sad week for evolutionary psychology buffs. A new paper out in Science, by a group of scientists led by University College London anthropologist Mark Dyble, suggests that despite widespread claims to the contrary, early hunter-gatherer societies likely practiced equality between the sexes.

Fucking with Feministing: Non-Monogamy

We’re back with another installment of Fucking with Feministing! This is Feministing’s monthly sex advice column where we answer questions from you. I’m Sesali and I’ll be your resident sexpert with the help of our friends at the Center for Sex & Culture (CSC) who have partnered with us to make sure that we have […]

Hawaiian sex workers deserve protection, too!

The weekend of May 3rd, there was a sting operation in Honolulu, and over a dozen workers at several massage parlors were arrested. Massage parlor arrests are not out of the ordinary in Hawaii. What makes this particular operation unusual, however, is that the women were all taken in to custody charges of 4th degree […]

Margaret Keane and the Countless Invisible Female Artists

A Keane painting Our generation may not be too familiar with the haunting “Keane Eyes” which were ubiquitous in the 1950s and 60s. Those dark, doe-eyed figures found their way into print and media, living rooms and coffee shops countrywide. Show More Summary

Watch young filmmakers take on domestic violence, sexuality, and courage

Three engaging and exciting  movies by young filmmakers premiered at New York City’s legendary Angelika Theater Tuesday night. I was thrilled to be there and see the films on the big screen. Luckily, even if you couldn’t be there, you can still watch the films online. Since its founding in 1999, Scenarios USA has worked to empower young people […]

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

A high school student who wore a halter dress to school got detention for being a “sexual distraction.” How local law enforcement is preventing immigrant domestic violence victims from getting the protection they need.  The US military’s sexual assault problem is so bad the UN is getting involved. We stand with Saida. Catch me on Talk Poverty […]

Before Olivia Pope there was Miranda Bailey

Tonight marks the end of the first year of ABC’s Thank God It’s Thursday (#TGIT), three consecutive shows on Thursday evenings run by the now legendary Shonda Rhimes. Grey’s Anatomy is the rock upon which Shonda Rhimes built her church. The foundation of her success, however, does not lie with the titular character. Rather it is […]

On feminist pedagogy, physics, and basketball

Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site. There’s a ton of discussion these days about diversifying science, technology, engineering and math fields, but not all STEM pipelines are as in need of drastic improvement as others. Biology, for example, has a much larger percentage of women than, say, physics.  Why is […]

UCSB student activists tell university: “It’s not on us. It’s on you.”

Joining efforts of student activists at the University of Chicago and elsewhere, students at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) are turning their university’s watered-down “It’s On Us” PR campaign on its head with a radical new statement: “It’s not on us. It’s on you, UCSB.” Led by survivors Melissa Vasquez and Alejandra Melgoza, […]

Feministing Reads: Caroline Fredrickson’s Under the Bus

With her book Under the Bus: How Working Women are Being Run Over (The New Press, May 2015) Caroline Fredrickson joins a growing cadre of writers who are analyzing the precarious economic status of women workers in the United States. Like writers Sarah Jaffe, Michelle Chen, Kathy Geier, Melissa Gira Grant, and many others, Fredrickson […]

The Wednesday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by corn.Recommended Reading:TLC: New Fed Guidance: Insurers Can't Deny Gender-Specific Care to Transgender People!Tressie: [Content Note: Misogynoir; white privilege] Everything But the Burden: Publics,...Show More Summary

Jay Smooth on Harriet Tubman Twenties

[Content Note: Misogynoir; slavery; class warfare.]Via Fusion, Jay Smooth addresses the complicated symbolism of replacing Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, and he's brilliant as always: Jay Smooth, a thin black man,...Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

After deciding against it earlier this year, the House passed an unconstitutional 20-week abortion ban today. WAM! has released a report on Twitter’s harassment problem and their recommendations for change.  A California judge ruledShow More Summary

House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban With Exciting New Hassles For Rape Victims 

Back in January, a handful of Republican women in Congress stopped a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. The women, led by Rep. Renee Ellmers, didn't object to the ban, but were worried that it was unduly hard on rape victims, forcing them to produce a police report in order not to bear a rapist's child. Show More Summary

Hillary Sexism Watch, Part Wev in an Endless Series

[Content Note: Misogyny; dehumanization.]Sometimes, when in one of the many posts I write as part of this series I note that Hillary Clinton is routinely dehumanized as a monster, someone pops up to accuse me of being hyperbolic.It is...Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

Olivia is exhausted from a busy day of being supercute. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

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