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Pantene to Women: Feel Insecure About Your Insecurities

Guardian columnist Jessica Valenti blasts the beauty product manufacturer for “giving themselves a pat on the back for ‘empowering’ ” women to feel better by “imploring [them] to stop apologizing for everything.”

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 READ MORE



#YesAllWomen Isn’t Just an American Thing

Although the shooting near UC Santa Barbara sparked the #YesAllWomen trend mostly among an American audience, the call is resonating with women all over the world.

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#YesAllWomen Changes the Story

The Isla Vista murderer took out men as well as women, but blowing away members of a sorority seems to have been the goal of his rampage. He evidently interpreted his lack of sexual access to women as offensive behavior by women who, he imagined in a sad mix of entitlement and self-pity, owed him fulfillment.

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#YesAllWomen Are Speaking Up: How the Hashtag Has Started a Much-Needed Conversation

In the aftermath of the horrific Isla Vista slayings, which some have speculated were fueled by misogynist extremism, women in the Twitterverse have decided it’s about time they talk about male privilege.

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What the Isla Vista Killings Have to Do With ‘Misogynist Extremism’

When violent eruptions like the killings in Santa Barbara on May 23 happen, discussions in the news often—as they have in this case—focus on individual culpability as well as the assumed (and often substantiated) mental illness of the perpetrator.

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Pandora’s Box and the Volunteer Police Force

You can abolish the reproductive rights women gained in 1973, with Roe v. Wade, when the Supreme Court legalized abortion—or rather ruled that women had a right to privacy over their own bodies that precluded the banning of abortion. But you can’t so easily abolish the idea that women have certain inalienable rights.

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Canada Is a Terrifying Place to Be HIV-Positive

Arrests and prosecutions of Canadian residents who don’t disclose they’ve been infected with the HIV virus are commonplace; Nigeria’s first lady condemns those protesting her government’s ineffectiveness in dealing with the abduction of 236 schoolgirls by the Boko Haram group; meanwhile, a smartgun’s been developed that will work only for its owner, but a New Jersey law is keeping it off the market. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Open Systems and Glass Ceilings

Take a look at gender and the Web comes quickly into focus, leaving you with a vivid sense of which direction the Internet is heading in and—small hint—it’s not toward equality or democracy.

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 READ MORE



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The Sochi Olympics, From Putin and the Plutocrats to Pussy Riot

The Sochi Olympic Games are rightly highlighting the constellation of abuses that have become standard in Russia under Vladimir Putin.

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Cybersexism Reviewed

Rather than engaging “a transgressive subculture that embodies many of the internet’s most celebrated radical qualities,” New Statesman editor Laurie Penny in her new book “blames the misogyny of geek counterculture on a host of unhip and easily mocked caricatures: conservatives, jocks, tabloids and traditional mainstream masculinity.”

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 READ MORE


Facebook Is Work, and You Should Get Paid for It

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Internet as we know it could soon disappear, we remember the radical Martin Luther King, the mega rich and Citizens United 2, and why Facebook’s 1.3 billion users should think of socializing as work.

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Facebook Is Work, and You Should Get Paid for It

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Internet as we know it could soon disappear, we remember the radical Martin Luther King, the mega rich and Citizens United 2, and why Facebook’s 1.3 billion users should think of socializing as work.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 READ MORE



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If You Still Want to Be an Activist After Reading This, Prepare to Be Hated

Do activists such as feminists, environmentalists, pacifists and others have an image problem?

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Spanish Feminists Say %$&#* to Best-Seller ‘Get Married and Be Submissive’

A Catholic archbishop-published book runs up the Amazon best-seller list—and infuriates most of the rest of the country that didn’t buy the book. Among its gems: Women “like humiliation because it is for a greater good.”

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A Theory of the Young-Girl

A slim, shattering book by a French collective called Tiqqun shows us the “Young-Girl” in everyone in consumer society—experiencing ourselves almost entirely as commodities to be valorized and marketed.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Pussy Riot Singer No Longer MIA

Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, whose whereabouts were a mystery for 26 days, has been found.

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No News About Pussy Riot Member’s Whereabouts

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of the feminist punk band arrested last year after an outspoken performance, has been kept “out of sight” since she was moved from a penal colony in Mordovia, Russia, to an unknown location.

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AP/Peter Dejong

‘I Really Hope Malala Doesn’t Win the Nobel Peace Prize’

Though Malala Yousafzai has “stood up and given voice to a cause that needs it,” giving her the prize this early in her campaign to bring education to girls around the world may corrupt her attempts to do just that, Dhiya Kuriakose, a young woman from India, writes at The Guardian.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Sweden’s (Nearly) Egalitarian Work and Family Lives

Sweden has a reputation for being some sort of equal-opportunity paradise where men and women’s responsibilities are doled out equally. But how egalitarian is it really?

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE



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WikiLeaks Lawyer on American Imperialism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Julian Assange’s attorney, Michael Ratner, has a front seat to history. Also: Is this the golden age of the black quarterback? And a feminist explains why women can love Eminem. Plus: Robert Scheer on the pope.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE


WikiLeaks Lawyer on American Imperialism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Julian Assange’s attorney, Michael Ratner, has a front seat to history. Also: Is this the golden age of the black quarterback? And a feminist explains why women can love Eminem. Plus: Robert Scheer on the pope.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE



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There’s Just No Way Patriarchy’s Dead

Writer Hanna Rosin’s new epilogue to the recently released paperback edition of her 2012 book “The End of Men,” claims that misogyny is defunct and begs feminists to accept this supposed fact, because obviously things have improved enough. In other words, quit your whining women and get with the program: Feminism is futile.

Posted on Sep 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Not Too Big to Jail: Eliot Spitzer Is Wall Street’s Worst Nightmare

Before his infamous resignation as governor of New York in March 2008, Eliot Spitzer was one of our fiercest champions against Wall Street corruption in a state that had some of the toughest legislation for controlling the banks—and by extension, an advocate for women.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Note to All Men: Feminism Is About Choices

In the modern-day discussion about misogyny, women are often accused of “reverse sexism.” This is usually because they apply their arguments about gender bias to “all men” and it hurts some people’s feelings. What if that’s the point?

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Prominent British Female Journalists Receiving Bomb Threats

Many women deal with verbal abuse their whole lives—at home, at work or merely walking down the street. Now, some U.K. writers are meeting with a deluge of Internet threats for speaking their minds in public arenas.

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Francois Mori, Pool

French Stamp Inspired by Topless Feminist Protester Under Fire

Controversy has erupted in France after the creator of a new stamp featuring the country’s revolutionary symbol Marianne says his work was inspired by a topless Ukrainian feminist protester who was granted political asylum by the French government.

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 READ MORE


‘I Think I’m an Interesting Woman’

An older Dustin Hoffman interview making the rounds online shows the actor tearing up over his regret at not having known more “interesting women” because they did not “fulfill, physically, the demands that we’re brought up to think [they] have to have in order for us to ask them out.”

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Gerald Penny, File

Margaret Thatcher: A Swashbuckler on the Grandest Stage

Thatcher, who died Monday at 87, was a towering but polarizing figure. Many aspects of her legacy—the transformation of Britain into a postindustrial society—will long be debated. But one of her greatest contributions is beyond dispute.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 READ MORE


Revenge of the ‘Dirty Girls’

Back when I was a freshman in high school, a senior made a short documentary about a group of extremely young feminists in my class who were dismissed as “dirty girls.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 READ MORE



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You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby (or Have You?)

On Aug. 27, 1970, 50,000 women marched down New York City’s Fifth Avenue, announcing the birth of a new movement. They demanded three rights: legal abortion, universal child care and equal pay. Those three demands, and a fourth one that couldn’t yet be articulated, have yet to be met.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 READ MORE


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Women Now ‘Given the Opportunity to Succeed’ in War

Mark this as a moment of progress in the struggle for gender equality in America. The Pentagon has announced its plans to let your mother, girlfriend and daughter kill and be killed on a battlefield.

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 READ MORE



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A Rape a Minute, a Thousand Corpses a Year

We have an abundance of rape and violence against women in this country and on this Earth, though it’s almost never treated as a civil rights or human rights issue, or a crisis, or even a pattern.

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Fox News Touts Ridiculous ‘War on Men’

Ladies—especially you, feminists—listen up: If you want to know the real reason men don’t want to get married these days, you have only yourselves to blame. That’s according to anti-feminist and ardent Michele Bachmann defender Suzanne Venker.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 READ MORE



Oops, Time to Adjust the Christian Calendar

Pope Benedict XVI claims that, thanks to a sixth-century monk’s mistake, the most commonly used calendar is off by several years; topless feminists disguised as nuns protest anti-gay marriage in Paris;  meanwhile, mainstream media pile on the same cliches about Israel and Palestine we’ve been hearing for 40 years. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Michael Dwyer

The Gender Gap in Congress

Women will make up 19 percent of Congress when new members are sworn in in January. But given that females make up more than half of the population in this country, why isn’t that number higher?

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Michael Dwyer

Truthdiggers of the Week: Women in the U.S. Senate

Tuesday’s election saw women take a record number of seats in the U.S. Senate. One-fifth of the legislative body no longer belongs to the good old boys.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 READ MORE


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Doctors Optimistic for Girl Shot by Taliban

Malala Yousafzai, the Pashtun teenager and women’s rights activist who was shot in the head in early October by Taliban gunmen in northwest Pakistan, could make “pretty much a full recovery,” her doctors in Britain said.

Posted on Oct 19, 2012 READ MORE


Limbaugh Makes Outrageous New Claim About ‘Feminazis’

An Italian study found a man’s penis size, on average, is 10 percent smaller than it was 50 years ago. According to Rush Limbaugh, the shrinkage must be because of feminism. Obviously.

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Activists Strip Down to Mark Opening Up of Paris Office

Radical feminist group FEMEN on Tuesday christened its new European headquarters with a topless march through Paris’ 18th Arrondissement, a predominantly Muslim neighborhood.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE



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The Brain-Vagina Connection

In the course of writing her new book, “Vagina: A New Biography,” author and activist Naomi Wolf discovered research in neuroscience that strongly suggests that “the vagina is not just a sex organ at all, but a powerful mediator of female confidence, creativity and the sense of the connections between things.”

Posted on Sep 8, 2012 READ MORE



Female Official in Costa Rica Fired for Racy Video

Karina Bolanos, a vice minister in Costa Rica, was let go after a video of her claiming her longing to her lover while clad in underwear was made public on YouTube; Americans apparently throw away nearly half of their food; meanwhile, a 15-year-old used the Internet to create an advanced cancer test. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 25, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Markus Schreiber

Russian Punkers Are Convicted

A Moscow judge has convicted three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot of hooliganism in a verdict that amounts to a defense of the Russian Orthodox Church’s apparent right to be shielded from criticism within its own walls.

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Cosmopolitan Editor Dies at 90

Helen Gurley Brown, the woman who remade Cosmopolitan magazine in the early 1960s to peddle advice on sex and landing the perfect man to female readers, died at age 90 in Manhattan on Monday.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Russian Rockers Denounce Putin in Trial’s Closing Statements

“If this political system throws itself against three girls ... it shows this political system is afraid of truth,” a member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot said as a judge set a verdict date on charges that the musicians engaged in hooliganism against the Russian government.

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Anti-Putin Feminist Punk Rockers Languish in Jail

Three members of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot face up to seven years in jail for seizing the pulpit of Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral in mid-February and mocking Vladimir Putin, then a candidate for the Russian presidency.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Catlett: An Appreciation

The impact of her sculpture Target extends to the thousands of anonymous people of color, mostly but not exclusively younger males, who are routinely subjected to racist harassment and attacks by police and others throughout the United States.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Pregnancy at Conception? Nope, Says Arizona

Gov. Jan Brewer and the Arizona Legislature performed a biological miracle Thursday when they decided that pregnancy begins at menstruation—not the moment of conception—in a pack of adjustments to abortion regulations that will ban most of the procedures 20 weeks after the start of a woman’s last period.

Posted on Apr 14, 2012 READ MORE


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