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Truthdigger of the Week: Homa Hoodfar, Expert on the World’s Muslim Women, Imprisoned in Iran

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard detained the dual Canadian-Iranian citizen for allegedly fostering a “soft feminist revolution” and are denying her her rights and even medical treatment.

Posted on Jul 23, 2016 READ MORE


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Future British Prime Minister Theresa May Is Not More Feminist Than Jeremy Corbyn by a Long Shot

The country that lived through Margaret Thatcher’s premiership should know better than to believe a female leader will protect women’s rights purely on the basis of her gender.

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 READ MORE


‘On Contact’ With Chris Hedges: The Exploitation of Women Is Rampant Worldwide

In his new show on RT, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges speaks with activists against human trafficking Suzanne Jay and Taina Bien-Aime about the effort to end the sexual exploitation of women and girls.

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: Jo Cox, British Parliament Member Who Was Slain

Cox, a progressive, fought hard for any cause that inspired her, such as the plight of Syrian refugees and keeping Britain in the European Union—two that may have inflamed her killer.

Posted on Jun 19, 2016 READ MORE



Shrill

With a kind of cultural jujitsu, feminist Lindy West has memorably taken on fat-shaming, rape jokes and men who harass women online under the guise of free speech. The lovely thing is that she’s funny about it.

Posted on Jun 17, 2016 READ MORE


We the People™









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Posted on Jun 12, 2016 ENLARGE


Grrl Power (Video)









Posted on Jun 9, 2016 ENLARGE



Truthdigger of the Week: History Professor Catherine Hall, Who Rejected Prize From Israel

The renowned British historian and activist in the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against the occupation of Palestine has made headlines recently for her refusal to accept a prestigious Israeli academic prize.

Posted on May 28, 2016 READ MORE


From the Archives: Michael Ratner on American Imperialism

The lawyer and human rights crusader, who died Wednesday, spoke on Truthdig Radio in 2013. To honor Ratner, we are reposting the audio of that interview.

Posted on May 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Thomas Frank on the Financial Feminism of Clinton Democrats

The historian and arch journalist spent 2015 studying the modern Democratic Party, and his new book, “Listen, Liberal,” is the result. An excerpt published exclusively at Harper’s Magazine finds in the career of Hillary Clinton “a performance of liberalism ... so realistic one could almost believe it lived.”

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 READ MORE



Does Hillary Clinton Care About the Gender Pay Gap? She Didn’t When She Was a Senator

Despite the belief that Hillary Clinton is a feminist candidate, she doesn’t always practice what she preaches. As a U.S. senator, Clinton paid female staff members 72 cents for every dollar that she paid males, according to The Washington Free Beacon.

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 READ MORE



Playing the Victim Card, Hillary Clinton Betrays Women

Clinton—who at one time had a big lead in opinion polls but now cultivates an underdog persona—is sending a harmful message about female voters and women in politics. Her defensive, faux-feminist comments imply that women are too weak to participate in meaningful debate, and she has been invoking sexism to avoid talking about the real issues.

Posted on Feb 15, 2016 READ MORE



Top 10 ‘Luxury Items’ to Tax in Addition to Tampons

Across the United States, tampons and other feminine hygiene products are being taxed as luxury items, an entirely appropriate idea when you consider what a luxury having your period is.

Posted on Feb 12, 2016 READ MORE



Liveblog: The Sixth Democratic Debate:  ‘Let Us Level With the American People’

Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off Thursday’s Democratic debate in Milwaukee with a few familiar lines from his campaign-trail greatest hits before getting down to business with a series of fiery salvos targeting his rival, Hillary Clinton. She was ready for him.

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 READ MORE


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VIDEO: The Millennial Squad









Posted on Feb 11, 2016 ENLARGE



No, I Won’t Vote for Hillary Clinton. And Yes, I Am a Feminist Millennial

Equating women’s support for Bernie Sanders with their not being true feminists is simply bunk. And many progressive millennials aren’t buying it.

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 READ MORE



Jane Fonda Shines a Spotlight on the Equal Rights Amendment

“How can one be an embodied feminist if, behind closed doors, you’re leaving the authentic part of yourself behind in order to please, in order to be a good girl?”

Posted on Feb 9, 2016 READ MORE



Dear Hillary, Madeleine and Gloria: Feminism Demands We Say No to America’s Deadly Imperial Wars

Hillary Clinton does not have a monopoly on feminism.

Posted on Feb 9, 2016 READ MORE



Madeleine Albright Declares a ‘Special Place in Hell’ for Women Who Don’t Vote for Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (pictured) and feminist icon Gloria Steinem scold female supporters of Bernie Sanders, while Clinton touts approval from war criminal Henry Kissinger.

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 READ MORE



Why Are Most Articles Written About Reproductive Rights Assigned to Male Journalists?

“The fact that men cover reproductive issues more than women isn’t just a matter of injustice in the newsroom; it’s a matter of injustice for their readers, and for the women whose voices won’t be heard,” Katherine Marrone of Bitch Media wrote.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Clinton vs. Sanders: Whom Do Socialist Feminists Choose?

Nation magazine contributors Liza Featherstone and Suzanna Walters—socialist feminists both—debate the question many progressives are asking themselves: Which candidate would do more to improve the lives of women in the United States?

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: Fatema Mernissi, a Founder of Islamic Feminism

The original research of the erudite sociologist, who died Nov. 30, showed that the subjugation of women in Muslim societies has no basis in the Quran and other Islamic scriptures. “Islam was not sent from heaven to foster egotism and mediocrity,” she wrote.

Posted on Jan 10, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Charlie Brooker Despairs at 2015, a Year of ‘Fascistic Demagogues’ Capitalizing on Tragedies

With dry wit, the British comedian looks back at the most notable events of 2015, including mass shootings in the United States and beyond, media reactions toward Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s election, and the ominous rise of Donald Trump.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



At 70, Baby Boomers Face a New Acid Test

Can a generation that turned the world on its ear in so many ways conquer the cancer of corporate domination?

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



Make America Great, as It Was ... When?

Donald Trump and his followers clearly don’t see the ugly parts of our nation’s past as problematic.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE



‘We Should All Be Feminists’ Manifesto to Be Distributed to Every 16-Year-Old in Sweden

The book is being distributed as part of a campaign to “open up conversation about gender” through Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s feminist call to arms.

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Bidhya Devi Bhandari, Nepal’s First Female President

Bhandari’s pro-democracy campaigning is helping to end the oppressive legacies of a monarchy that lasted 240 years in the country she now heads.

Posted on Oct 31, 2015 READ MORE



Meryl Streep Decries Income Inequality in Hollywood, Obliquely Identifies as a Feminist

C’mon, Meryl—even Beyoncé doesn’t shy away from calling herself a feminist. Or maybe therein lies part of the intergenerational quandary.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE



Rad American Women A-Z

Attention, parents and teachers: This is an alphabet book with a difference. A is for Angela Davis, Z is for Zora Neale Hurston. In between are scientists, poets, pilots and others, half of whom are women of color, who have long been left out of children’s history books.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Why Idealism Isn’t Just for Dreamers

In today’s political world, idealism is seen as the enemy of realism and getting things done. But, British journalist Gary Younge argues, idealism is absolutely necessary for society to continue progressing into the world we want to see. It’s what makes things that seem impossible today the reality of the future.

Posted on Sep 26, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Dalai Lama’s ‘Sexist’ Remarks Anger Equality Activists

The spiritual leader said in a BBC interview that a female dalai lama would have to be “very, very attractive” or be “not much use.”

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 READ MORE



Have Rich, White Feminists Made Matters Worse for Sex Workers?

Several famous actresses have signed a letter opposing Amnesty International’s proposal to decriminalize sex work. Veronica Bayetti Flores believes “their position is misguided in several ways.”

Posted on Aug 6, 2015 READ MORE



Marches Against Femicide and Domestic Violence Sweep Through Argentina, Uruguay, Chile (Video)

Latin America is alight with feminist movements. From Argentina to Paraguay, women are taking to the streets to demand human rights.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE



The Sex Industry’s Attack on Feminists

Advocates of porn and prostitution will stop at nothing to silence those who speak out against their interests, labeling them prudes, conservatives, oppressors and bigots. The war against these feminists has recently culminated in widespread efforts to no-platform dissenters, including Truthdig’s own Chris Hedges.

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 READ MORE



Actor Mark Ruffalo’s Sharp, Smart Response to ‘Ignorant’ Non-Feminists

The “Avengers” actor hits back at what he calls the “‘I am not a feminist’ Internet phenomenon.”

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE



Narkomfin: A ‘Six-Story Blueprint’ for the Emancipation of Women

Before the terminal interference of Stalinism, architects in Moscow were creating housing designed to allow newcomers from the countryside to enjoy and make full use of a “socially superior mode of life.”

Posted on May 11, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Amy Schumer Asks Priest, Boss Whether Birth Control ‘Is Right’ for Her

In a sketch that starts off as a spoof of pharmaceutical commercials, the feminist humorist highlights just how many hoops conservatives expect women to jump through (including going all the way to the Supreme Court) in order to exercise their reproductive rights.

Posted on May 5, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: Khalida Jarrar

The lawmaker, feminist and human rights activist was recently seized by Israeli forces for her leading role in Palestine’s accession to the International Criminal Court.

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 READ MORE


Comedian Akilah Hughes Explains Intersectionality Using Pizza

In a comical YouTube clip, writer and comedian Akilah Hughes enlists the help of a beloved Italian dish to get viewers to understand the sometimes maligned and often overlooked concept of intersectionality.

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Hey, Let’s Have Equal Pay for Women Instead of ‘Equal Pay Day’

Here’s an idea, people at the White House: Instead of tweeting righteous messages about the need to close the income gap between men and women, why don’t you press for laws to do away with that margin of baked-in gender bias in America’s workplaces?

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Margot Wallström

Sweden’s foreign minister has done what few Western officials have been willing to: denounce Saudi Arabia for its appalling human rights record. Now, Sweden has put its money where her mouth is, but will it cave in to pressure from Arabs and big business?

Posted on Apr 12, 2015 READ MORE



On Women Who Refused to Live in Silence and Be Consigned to Oblivion

In 1919 Rosa Luxemburg, the revolutionary, was murdered in Berlin. Her killers bludgeoned her with rifle blows and tossed her into the waters of a canal. Along the way, she lost a shoe.

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 READ MORE



Pleading Guilty (to Insubordination)

In the current age of “lean-in” feminism at one end of the spectrum and an “anti-respectability” discourse at the other, an essay by Howard Zinn reminds us of an earlier meaning of women’s liberation.

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE



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Laurie Penny’s Funny, Sexy, Feminist Reinvention of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

The feminist, socialist, hilarious writer, who also goes by the name Penny Red, has this smart and comic reading of the “Fifty Shades” brouhaha.

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 READ MORE



‘Pornography Is What the End of the World Looks Like’

“Fifty Shades of Grey” is part of a corporate capitalist onslaught that has seen women dehumanized, men desensitized, children damaged and violence and exploitation glorified.

Posted on Feb 15, 2015 READ MORE


An Irish Feminist Reads ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ so You Don’t Have To

The notoriously horrible yet best-selling book is infinitely more entertaining when read by Nell McCafferty.

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Why Did Wikipedia Get Rid of a Bunch of Feminist Editors?

Something bizarre happened on Wikipedia after what’s known as “Gamergate” took place; the Jewish journalist who broke the story of Alberto Nisman’s death in Argentina was forced to flee the country; meanwhile, a man in California reveals a hilarious new danger of walking while texting. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 READ MORE


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