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Amber Rose and Black Women's Sexuality

Amber Rose, in a selfie from her Instagram. Tabloid favorite Amber Rose’s personal and political commitments are perhaps best summed up by her Twitter bio. Rose describes herself as a “badass,” a “MILF (Mom I’d Like to Fuck),” a “sweetheart,” and surprisingly, a feminist and a women’s empowerment advocate. Show More Summary

Dove’s “Campaign for Real Beauty” enters its teen years

Toward the end of January, Dove's "Campaign for Real Beauty" celebrated its tenth anniversary. Ten years of raising women's self-esteem and/or just telling us we're not as ugly as we think we are (mileage varies).

Modcloth spotlights transgender comedian Rye Silverman

Since I outgrew my stars and stripes two-piece that I wore pretty much every day of the summer when I was 8 and 9, I’ve never found a bathing suit that made me feel comfortable and fabulous and willing to be photographed. Which means that, for 15 years, any time I was at the beach […]

What Hillary Clinton Learned from No-Drama Obama

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign started with great media fanfare over the weekend, although the announcement itself was notably anti-fanfare. The two-minute video, in which Clinton only appears toward the end, strikes a noteShow More Summary

Intersectional feminism, brought to you by pizza

Writer and comedian Akilah Hughes has created a brilliant explanation of intersectionality, using the ever timeless metaphor of pizza. That’s right. Pizza. Using a creative key of burgers, deluxe pizzas, and cheese pizzas, Akilah breaks down Kimberlé Crenshaw’s theory in an easy to digest video. (That pun was absolutely intended) While obviously we would all love to […]

Video of the Day: “Are you or anyone you know under the spell of WAW?”

Over at conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute (AEI) this week, resident gender scholar and (not so) “Factual Feminist” Christine Hoff Sommers warns us about a new form of gender-based oppression that prevails today — an issue so common, social scientists have given it a name: the Women are Wonderful phenomenon (WAW for short).  You can watch the […]

On Monica Lewinsky, Patricia Arquette, #BoycottIndiana, and public shaming

Monica Lewinsky is back in the public eye, and not for the affair for which she became infamous. She delivered a TED talk, which has since blown up the internet, about the public humiliation she experienced during the fallout from her relationship with former president Bill Clinton. Her talk centered on the idea that what she experienced was the first […]

Feministing Jamz: “Yoga” – Janelle Monáe ft. Jidenna

Janelle Monáe is one of those artists whose equal parts visionary and fun music has me rushing to listen every time she releases a new song. The second single off of the upcoming Eephus compilation of artists from Monáe’s Wondaland Records does not disappoint — and with a line like “you can’t police me so get off my areola,” how […]

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Historically accurate Disney princesses. Hannah Gioris has an excellent piece about why women of color don’t report their sexual assaults to a racist criminal justice system — and shouldn’t have to. Aisha Moodie-Mills is becoming the first woman and first person of color to lead the major LGBT organization The Victory Fund. Why aren’t we all […]

Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling and the Importance of Live Panels

I’m a fan of both Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling. Yet I found myself somewhat surprised by just how impressive I found both women while recently watching their contributions to a Sundance live panel moderated by Emily Nussbaum via YouTube. Show More Summary

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Planned Parenthood and Sea Change teamed up on this video explaining how abortion stigma affects both patients and providers. Alex Rosenblat on mental health, mobility, and state surveillance.  “Heeding the Call: Black Women Fighting...Show More Summary

Selfless Signal-Boosting – International Women’s Day

It's been too long since I put up a Signal-Boosting thread - so here's one for collecting links for IWD 2015. I've found a few to get you started on recommending someone else's writings/events!

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Colorado politicians debate whether IUDs are contraceptives or abortions. Which is a waste of time because we actually know the answer already: they’re contraceptives.  This crop of women farmers steps up to sustain the land. Sotomayor may have saved Obamacare. Show More Summary

Friday Feminist Fuck Yeah: Refuge Restrooms is available on App Store and Google Play

Refuge Restrooms, a developing app we clued you in on last year that links transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming folks with safe places to use the restroom, has just become available for download! Despite what some conservative groups and Republican politicians want you to believe – that transgender folks are criminal predators who see restrooms […]

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 […]

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