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Feministing Jamz: Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”

If you spend most of your social media time on Twitter, your feed is probably mostly about what’s happening in Ferguson, MO, right now. If you spend most of your social media time on Facebook, however, it’s probably light on the racialized state violence and suppression of journalism, and heavy on the NEW TAYLOR SWIFT [...]


[Content Note: Police brutality; images of aimed weapons; racism.]Yesterday, the National Guard arrived in Ferguson, adding another layer of militarism to the scene of protests advocating for justice. The National Guard set up to defend...Show More Summary

Why I Need Feminism: Overcoming My Self-Loathing

As a kid I was very chubby and sturdy, but that all changed once puberty kicked in. People wondered if I went on a diet to lose weight when I was younger, but my eating habits hadn’t changed. This complacency didn’t last for very long, though. Show More Summary

An Interview with #NMOS14?s Feminista Jones

In response to Mike Brown’s murder and continued police brutality in Ferguson, the latest example of national state violence, organizers across the country will be coming together today at 7 PM EST / 4 PM PST for a silent vigil. The National Moment of Silence 2014 (or as you’ll see on Twitter, #NMOS14) will honor the [...]

Talk the Talk: On Being A Role Model

Lately, I have been swept up in the flurry of beautiful videos detailing why what we say to young girls matters – videos from companies like Always and Verizon. Videos that remind me why I am thankful every day to have attended an all-girls school that planted the seeds of early feminism. I am, perhaps, more attuned to these videos right now. Show More Summary

“Ferguson Police just executed my unarmed son.”

Stacia L. Brown has a powerful piece on the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb while walking unarmed down the street on Saturday afternoon.  I don’t want to think of who will go out on her hands and knees to scrub what’s left of the boy’s blood from the [...]

Jenny Lewis’ The Voyager Is a Feminist Experience

“I’m just another lady without a baby.” Jenny Lewis’ delivery of this line in “Just One of the Guys,” the third song on her new album, The Voyager, is quiet, yet powerful. She seems almost to be taunting the listener, or possibly to be imitating someone she once heard describe her. Show More Summary

April O'Neil Finally Gets Some Turtle Power of Her Own

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles started as an elaborate joke. In 1983, comic artists Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird drew up some anthropomorphic, nun-chuck-toting, adolescent turtles, named them after Renaissance artists, placed them...Show More Summary

Hide & Seek: A Film About Polyamory, Love, and Society

Thu July 31, 2014 Hide & Seek: A Film About Polyamory, Love, and Society By Padmini Parthasarathy Marriage has problems. Monogamy is hard. Gender roles constrict us all like unisex spanx. Polyamory fixes those problems for some people. Show More Summary

Feministing Readz: Dorothea Lasky’s Rome

These days, it seems like wound talk is everywhere. Throughout the blogosphere, feminist writers have explosively reopened public discussions of how to articulate and theorize their pain. In April, Leslie Jamison sketched an expansive...Show More Summary

Why do we still insist women share responsibility for “provoking” their abuse?

There’s a particular kind of irony when Whoopi Goldberg, who 19 years ago starred in a film that featured intergenerational domestic violence, makes comments in support of ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith regarding the very lenient two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens Running Back Ray Rice for knocking his then fiancee unconscious and dragging her into an [...]

Gender Role Reversal in Music Videos Can Only Be Achieved By Objectifying Women

The video for “Girl In A Country Song,” Maddie & Tae’s catchy critique of female objectification in country music, begins with a shot of two lithe young women in cowboy boots, cut-off jean shorts, and bikini tops, tousling their hair as they strut down a country road. Show More Summary

Sarah Palin to Sell Her Real American Lifestyle For $10 A Month

On Sunday, Sarah Palin announced on YouTube that she is starting a new venture for those who can't get enough right-wing misinformation packaged in a chirpy Midwestern accent. (See also: Glenn Beck’s The Blaze). For a mere $10 a month,...Show More Summary

Steps Tech Companies Can Take to Increase Gender Diversity

Thu July 17, 2014 Steps Tech Companies Can Take to Increase Gender Diversity By Ann Lehman, JD  Suddenly, we're talking about diversity in the tech industry. Google released its diversity data recently, as did Facebook, Yahoo and Linked in. Show More Summary

Weekly Open Thread with Norwegian Blue

He's just pining for the fjords! A massive sculpture tribute to Monty Python features for this week's Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything you like over this weekend and throughout the week. with a few netiquette exceptions

“Las Libres” film on Mexican women convicted for homicide for abortions is coming to a theater near you

Las Libres, a Mexican documentary about the struggle to free women convicted for homicide and thrown in jail for having abortions is coming to a theater (possibly) near you. And you’ll want to see it. We’ve written about Las Libres before, but in case you missed it, the documentary focuses on how Las Libres, a women’s human’s rights organization [...]

Orange is the New Black‘s accurate portrayal of men in a story about women

A few weeks ago over at The Atlantic, Noah Berlatsky wrote about what he sees as “Orange is the New Black‘s Irresponsible Portrayal of Men.” Very early in the essay he admits “This may seem like a silly complaint,” because it is. But he continues anyway because… I’m not entirely sure. Oh, wait. He explains [...]

Seven Studies That Prove Mansplaining Exists

Remember when Kanye West cut off Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs? As Swift launched into her acceptance speech for Best Female Video, West ran onstage and grabbed the mic away from her and said, “Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’m gonna...Show More Summary

Madeleine Albright Explains Her Pin Collection—and Support Groups

Tue July 01, 2014 Madeleine Albright Explains Her Pin Collection—and Support Groups By Amy-Willard Cross Saddam Hussein drove former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to collect costume jewelry. Right after he called her an "unparalled serpent," Albright bought a snake pin—then stocked up on more. Show More Summary

The Feministing Five: Andrea Cristina Mercado

Last week, domestic workers in the state of Massachusetts celebrated a huge win when Governor Deval Patrick signed into law the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights on July 2nd. The Bill of Rights strengthens the state’s protections for workers by providing, among other things, clarification on what is working time, freedom from sexual harassment, and, for [...]

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