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Feministing Reads: Household Workers Unite by Premilla Nadasen

There are just a few people who have come to symbolize the American civil rights movement in the popular imagination — Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Rep. John Lewis.  We forget sometimes that a movement is built by thousands and thousands of remarkable people. And too few scholars or academic courses frame the movement for […]

How Television Continues to Normalize Eating Disorders

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_21wWPHQZI “Please don’t hurl too much, because if you get any thinner I’m gonna start looking fat,” Brooke, the head cheerleader in the show One Tree Hill, nonchalantly says to her best friend in an early episode. Show More Summary

Trap Feminism Vol. 3: Fetty Wap and the trap love song

Fetty Wap is a new trap artist of the singing rapper breed who has been killing the game and the charts. Currently, he is the first artist to have the first four of his chart entries hit the Top 10 on the Billboard Charts. Distinguished from his peers by his missing left eye, Fetty has confidently […]

Where is Bernie Sanders on Gender Justice?

Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site. I want to support Bernie. I really do. He’s right on the money to call for expanding Social Security, the most effective anti-poverty program in the United States. And I am more than down to fight alongside him against rampant inequality and for better […]

Seriously, America? Donald Trump?

Donald Trump Megyn Kelly has been widely praised for her skillful moderation of last Thursday’s GOP debate. Many noted that the Fox News host asked sharp yet substantial questions and took a no-nonsense approach to her delivery. ButShow More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Today Amnesty International voted to support decriminalization. This is a big win for sex worker organizers in the face of well-funded opposition, including from rich and powerful celebrities.  Alejandro Juarez, frustrated at the white-washing...Show More Summary

What’s feminist about women & queer folks in the Israeli army?

This post was originally published on the Community site. Last summer, Israel’s bombing campaign of Gaza set records for a few reasons. It was the longest of the three campaigns since 2008. It was the bloodiest. And it saw the highest number of women serve in combat positions of any Israeli military action in history. […]

It’s 2015. Why Is Male Nudity Still Funny?

http://mashable.com/2015/08/04/kevin-bacon-male-nudity-free-the-bacon/ “There’s a big problem in Hollywood today,” Kevin Bacon says at the start of a recently released video. “In so many films and TV shows we see gratuitous female nudity,...Show More Summary

Feministing Jamz: Cool for the Summer

Me and Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” came out the same summer. I know, fuck me, right? The non-Perry catalyst of this particular revelation was a graduating high school senior — I was a mere freshman — and we made out one night in my childhood bed after only semi-ironically going to the rolling […]

We Need To Stop Trying to Convince Girls They’re Beautiful

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYhCn0jf46U I was lucky enough to have a healthy body image for most of my childhood. I consistently played on various soccer and basketball teams, and between going to practice and scrambling to finish my homework, I did not have a spare moment to think about whether I was too skinny or not skinny enough. Show More Summary

Quick Hit: Megan Amram Explains Science to Ladies

Ever wanted to learn about science and then realized, whoops! I can’t understand science — I’m a lady! Comedian Megan Amram has your back. In her new series, “Experimenting with Megan Amram,” which premiered today, Amram explains important concepts like whether there is a Miami in England and what scientists ought to be doing in wind tunnels. It’s for […]

Why I Stayed In an Abusive Relationship — and How I Finally Left

Source: NDVHotline “Why doesn’t she just leave her abusive partner?” It seems like a simple question and it’s one that’s often posed when people learn others are experiencing abuse. Leaving seems like the most obvious solution to outsiders. Show More Summary

Macy Gray Has Written the Ultimate Song About Vibrators

Macy Gray is most well-known for her late-'90s hit “I Try,” but if there’s any justice in the world, she will go down in history first and foremost as the author of the definitive song about vibrators. “B.O.B,” which stands for “battery-operated better,” is an ode to the piece of machinery that “fits like a glove” and is “always up for love, steady as a caterpillar.”

Rihanna’s ‘BBHMM’ Video and Our Resistance To Black Women’s Subjectivity

Rihanna performing BBHMM live at the 2015 iHeart Radio Music Awards. As anyone even mildly interested in pop culture likely knows, Rihanna recently dropped a new music video for her song Bitch Better Have My Money. I found the video itself interesting, but honestly found the critiques of it even more so. Show More Summary

Feministing Jamz video of the week: Destiny Frasqueri’s “Soul Train”

Formerly known as Princess Nokia, Destiny Frasqueri has left behind the futuristic sounds we’ve known her for until now for a new name and a new direction and girl, we are feeling it!  The video for Soul Train is an aptly 70’s-inspired disco number — a black and brown New York City block party, where Frasqueri […]

“I will light you up!” Video shows traffic stop that led to Sandra Bland’s death

Waller County, Tex., officials released video yesterday from a dashboard camera showing Sandra’s Bland’s arrest in a traffic stop. She was found dead in a jail cell three days later.  The 52-minute video shows Brian Encinia pulling Bland over and then threatening to “yank her out” and “light her up” with a taser for refusing to get […]

Q&A: Avoiding the Friend Zone?

  Whether one believes the friend zone is real or not, today’s dating advice should have a positive effect on anyone’s love life. In this week’s episode, we even try to shoot for a bit more maturity, which you can … Continue reading...

Let's Talk About Crip Culture

This week on our podcast, I talked with a couple different people about the power of reclaiming language. One of those people is disabled writer and activist Caitlin Wood. In her work, Caitlin often uses the word "crip." In 2012, she...Show More Summary

Patricia Navidad calls out menstrual shaming

What a BAMF. Mexican singer Patricia Navidad, like a lot of people, menstruates. And, like many of those people, she uses pads. Unlike most people, she’s super famous, so when she has a menstrual gear malfunction while dancing, a ton of people see (celebrities — they are not just like us). This week, while performing […]

How did Sandra Bland die?

A couple days after she was violently arrested after a routine traffic stop, Sandra Bland was found dead in her jail cell.  On July 9, 28-year-old Sandra Bland of Naperville, Ill., drove to Texas to start a new job at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M. On July 10, police stopped Bland just outside the campus […]

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