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On Netanyahu’s speech and gendering Israel’s occupation of Palestine

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave his highly anticipated diatribe against Iran’s “tentacles of terror” yesterday morning before a joint meeting of Congress.  The GOP-orchestrated address — composed of roughly equal parts war-mongering and fabrication — has driven a partisan wedge between Democrats and Republicans. Show More Summary

The problem with calling for demilitarization “of the police”

Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site. “This is not to say there aren’t vast differences and nuances that need to always be named, but our oppressors are literally collaborating together, learning from one another – and as oppressed people we have to do the same.” – Cherrell Brown The outrage […]

In Oakland's Radical Brownies, Girls Collect Merit Badges for Activism

Radical Brownies logo by Julio Salgado Say hello to the Radical Brownies, a troop of a dozen East Oakland girls who are learning about the merits of activism. With a tip of their brown berets to the Black Panthers, the original Oaktown...Show More Summary

Feministing Jamz: Black Girl Genius Music

In November I wrote a profile about the magic that was Black Girl Genius Week, a week of events, creation, and celebration of Black girlhood. This week-long event was presented by SOLHOT (Saving Our Lives Hear Our Truths) as an anti-conference and represented an opportunity to engage in SOLHOT sessions at middle and high schools […]

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

“From Ferguson to Palestine the struggle for freedom continues.” Stanford students and community members shut down the San Mateo-Hayward bridge. 68 arrested. Old but good: Gary Younge’s “The Misremembering of ‘I Have a Dream'” Maya Schenwar on Marissa Alexander, house arrest, and the evolving nature of state surveillance: “Like the plans of the early reformers, […]

The Feministing Five: Charlene Carruthers

For this week’s Feministing Five, we spoke with Charlene Carruthers, the national director of the Black Youth Project 100 and a co-organizer of this past week’s #ReclaimMLK. After an MLK weekend of actions in support of justice across the country, we were honored to speak with Charlene about her activism, her views on leadership, and […]

Feministing giveaway: tickets to How to Lose Your Virginity screening

Virginity. It’s complicated. So complicated that the great Hanne Blank wrote a whole book about it (haven’t read it? You really, really should).  The question of what virginity is, and what it means to “lose” it – where did you last see it? It’s always in the last place you look! – is the subject […]

Tylenol’s holiday campaign puts a blended same-sex Jewish family front and center

Yes, it’s designed to make you feel good about Tylenol so that you’re more likely to buy Tylenol. But it’s also transgressive, and touching as hell, and there is power in visibility like this. And we’ll know just how much power if conservative “pro-family” groups call for a boycott of Tylenol in response to this commercial […]

New survey shows the gender leadership gap in the non-profit world

The corporate world is famous for its all-too-often shatter-proof glass ceilings and old-boy network sexism. But, as a new study of Jewish non-profits highlights, the non-profit sector isn’t exactly a beacon of gender equality either. Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Toni Morrison is releasing a new novel this spring! The NYT Magazine looks at the sexual assault crisis in the military. As she nears age 100, activist Grace Lee Boggs is in hospice care — and needs our donations to help pay for it.  “I have a dream…that one day I’ll see as much outrage over […]

“How did these human beings last that long before they reached their human limit?”

Ferguson solidarity protests continued across the country over the holiday weekend. Here’s what we’re catching up on… The great Jay Smooth on pushing people to their human limits. Apparently, the prosecution initially told the grand jury to judge Wilson according to a fake, unconstitutional state law on the police use of force. Show More Summary

Australian Army chief to men: Stop being bystanders to violence against women

Last year, as you might remember, Australian Army Lieutenant General David Morrison — the top ranked man in the Australian armed forces — made a video addressing sexual violence in the ranks. He famously urged men in the armed forces to stop being bystanders to sexual abuse among their colleagues, and told them that “the standard you […]

Why Did the AP Suppress the Sexual Assault Portion of Its Bill Cosby Interview?

On Nov. 10, the Associated Press released a video featuring Bill Cosby and his wife Camille, chatting about the collection of African-American art the couple had recently loaned to the Smithsonian. More than a week later, the AP published additional footage from the Cosby sit-down that hadn’t make the original cut.

The History of Women in Geek Culture Should Not Be Overlooked

A still from the The Doubleclick's music video "Nothing to Prove." There is a strange and pervasive cultural myth that geek girls are like unicorns—we’re rare and mythical creatures who can’t possibly be real. This anxiety over gender...Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Speaking of online harassment, in this new video modeled after Jimmy Kimmel’s celebrities read angry tweets, a number of feminists give us a taste of the kinds of angry tweets they receive on a regular basis. Watch for our own Lori!  “Bill Cosby raped me. Why did it take 30 years for people to believe my […]

Feministing Chat: On street harassment

Editor’s note: It’s been a couple weeks now since the anti-street harassment organization Hollaback! released that video of a woman getting catcalled 100 times during a day walking the streets of New York City. The video has now been...Show More Summary

Feministing Jamz: A fall playlist featuring women & queers of color

Sometimes when I go a bit without writing about music, it’s because I’ve been too busy to find something new to post. But most of the time I have the opposite problem – there’s just so much cool new stuff, I don’t even know where to start. I get overwhelmed, kinda like when you’re at [...]

HeForShe or SheForHe?

On September 20th, 2014, Emma Watson made a now viral speech at the UN HeForShe event.  The HeForShe campaign was set up by UN Women to activate and emphasize the importance of male involvement in the fight for gender equality. Watson’s speech was undoubtedly the most noted part of the event. Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

In this great TEDx talk, international development scholar Ananya Roy talks about combating patriarchy–both in our institutions and our own personal relationships. ”When the rules create inequality, disobey the rules.” Debunking the myth that Latinos are anti-choice. Show More Summary

Subway: Please Don’t Use Halloween To Make Women Feel Fat

Whether it’s the annoyingly catchy five-dollar footlong jingle or Jared Fogle’s promise that you will lose weight by eating sandwiches, Subway commercials are abundantly recognizable in our culture. These advertisements have ranged from...Show More Summary

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