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Why the NWLC’s video featuring Sarah Silverman “getting a penis” to avoid the gender pay gap fails

This week, the National Women’s Law Center, an organization that does good work, released a video starring Sarah Silverman, a comedian we often love, to highlight the injustice of the gender pay gap, a worthy cause indeed. Unfortunately, it seems that at some point in the creation of the video, everyone involved forgot that trans [...]

How To Deal With Insults About Your Body

I must say for a teenage girl I have always been pretty confident about my body. I have never been a twig but am also not overweight and have never felt bothered by my appearance. Every year, I fly to Germany to spend two months with my slightly crazy family – especially my grandma, the boss of the family and a woman who inspires me deeply. Show More Summary

The Misogyny Tax

[Content Note: Misogyny; fat hatred; harassment.]I've spoken before about the misogyny tax—the personal cost to being a woman in the public eye (or any sphere); the cost to one's emotional resources to be expected to weather all manner...Show More Summary

Good News

[Content Note: Voter suppression; racism; classism; disablism.]Courts have struck down voter ID laws in both Wisconsin and Texas:The Supreme Court on Thursday evening stopped officials in Wisconsin from requiring voters there to provide...Show More Summary

Quicklink: The Terrible Sea Lion

Something about this intrusive sea lion seems awfully familiar.

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker catvoncat: Inspired by yesterday's QotD from Brenda A.: "Tell about a time (or more than one!) when you have helped a random stranger."When I lived in Chicago, I lived on the far north side, and, when I took the El home from work, by the time it got to my neighborhood, the train was usually almost entirely empty. Show More Summary

Number of the Day

[Content Note: Disablism; carcerality.]356,368: The number of people with severe mental illness who were imprisoned in the US in 2012. (And, personally, I'm guessing that number is an underestimate.)The state of mental health services in this country is unacceptable. Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Daily Show on Facebook   The Daily Show’s Kirsten Schaal munches on a bowl full of birth control pills and explains the GOP’s new outreach strategy to female voters. An affirmative consent bill was introduced in New Hampshire. White men have historically relied on government to give them [...]

Who Ya Gonna Call?

[Content Note: Misogyny.]Yesterday I mentioned that the all-female Ghostbusters reboot IS GO. And I've pretty much been vibrating with excitement like Beavis on too much soda ever since. Now this interview with the director and co-writer...Show More Summary

An Observation

[Content Note: Silencing technique.]Virtually every time I am speaking about hating the patriarchy, or male privilege, or some narrative or behavior or cultural tradition that is born of male privilege, I am accused of hating men.Very...Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

I don't even know why we don't just live in a studio apartment, since all five of the furry residents have to be sitting right next to me at all times, lol. Video Description: It's evening, and I'm sitting in the living room on the couch. Show More Summary

This is what it takes to get an abortion if you’re a minor and afraid to tell your parents

At Mother Jones, Molly Redden has a must-read piece on the judicial bypass process that thousands of teens navigate each year to get an abortion without telling their parents in the 37 states that have parental notification or consent laws. While the process is supposed to be simple, in practice, thanks to anti-choice efforts to make [...]

Quote of the Day

[Content Note: Misogyny; ageism; racism.]"I love Meryl Streep. She's such an incredible actress. But I feel like she's the only one in her age group who gets those parts. I'd like to see Jessica Lange in a movie again, you know? Or Susan Sarandon. Show More Summary

“Sit back and shut the fck up”: On taxis, gender, and power

Ed. note: This is a guest post by Jeanann Verlee. Jeanann is an author, performance poet, editor, and former punk rocker based in New York City. A few years ago, sharing a cab with a male friend of mine, I asked the driver to make two stops. The driver dropped my friend first and scarcely [...]

Feministing Readz: Land of Love and Drowning

If I were to derive a formula for character development from Land of Love and Drowning, I’d return to watch Eeona rework a central myth in sleep: “She dreamed about a school of women walking out of the ocean. Then she dreamed it again. And again. Until in the dream she was finally one of [...]

New Anti-Choice Tactic: Pretend to Be Pro-Choice

Anti-abortion centers known as "crisis pregnancy centers" work by trying to lure in unsuspecting women who are seeking abortions and then using guilt and stalling tactics to keep them from getting the abortions they want. The centers often do this by posing as if they offer actual abortion services. Show More Summary

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: War] IS fighters are overwhelming the Syrian border town of Kobane, and the US and Turkey are at odds over intervention strategies, because US airstrikes aren't enough, but Turkey doesn't want to conduct a unilateral ground operation on its own. Show More Summary

I Have a Problem with This

[Content Note: Coercion; hostility to consent.]Despite the fact that Senator Elizabeth Warren has now repeatedly said she does not want to run for president in 2016, there are a bunch of people who want her to run so badly that they quite literally won't take no for an answer:The Massachusetts Senator says she'll sit out 2016. Show More Summary

Fracking company honors the victims of the breast cancer they help cause with pink drill bits

No… this isn’t The Onion. It’s an unbelievable case of pinkwashing, greenwashing and whitewashing. As we mentioned yesterday, the Susan G. Komen Foundation–which you’ll recall tried to pull funding for cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood a couple years ago–is teaming up with the fracking company Baker Hughes to distribute 1,000 drill bits around the world. Fracking [...]

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