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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 READ MORE

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

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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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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


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 READ MORE

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

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Feminist Joke About Amal Clooney’s Achievements Was Hilarious and Spot-On

As writer and transgender activist Janet Mock eloquently put it, the comedians’ presentation of George Clooney’s lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes ceremony Sunday night was pure “feminist genius.”

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE

On Nerd Pain

In response to a vulnerable personal comment on “nerd trauma and male privilege” published by MIT professor Scott Aaronson, New Statesman editor and columnist Laurie Penny wrote a compassionate and highly desirable essay on the experiences of pain, frustration and loneliness common to both nerdy males and females in general.

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 READ MORE

The Year in Review in ‘Daily Show’ Clips

It’s been a bit of a crazy year for news, but thankfully Jon Stewart and the Best F#@king News Team Ever helped us get in a few laughs as we came to terms with the world as it was in 2014.

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 READ MORE

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Turkey’s President Says Women Should Stick to Making Babies

Speaking to a conference on women and justice Sunday, possibly having teleported from the 1930s, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said women are simply not equal to men.

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 READ MORE

There May Be a Quick Fix to the Gender Pay Gap, but Some of You Won’t Want to Hear It

As we learned last week, it’s projected that we still have the better part of a century to go before women earn the same as their male counterparts. So what can we do today to address this imbalance?

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 READ MORE

Feminism: The Men Arrive! (Hooray! Uh-Oh!)

The prime minister of India, retired NFL punter Chris Kluwe, and superstar comedian Aziz Ansari (pictured) all spoke up for feminism this year, part of an unprecedented wave of men actively engaging with what’s usually called “women’s issues.” The arrival of the guys signifies a sea change, part of an extraordinary year for feminism.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE

Dark Money and Poll Taxes: Coping With Our Crazy Democracy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The 2014 midterms are upon us, Rebecca Solnit says women’s issues are men’s issues, and “FOIA terrorist” Jason Leopold tells us about Michael Hayden’s finances.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE

Dark Money and Poll Taxes: Coping With Our Crazy Democracy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The 2014 midterms are upon us, Rebecca Solnit says women’s issues are men’s issues, and “FOIA terrorist” Jason Leopold tells us about Michael Hayden’s finances.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE

The Missing Women of Afghanistan

On Sept. 29 Ashraf Ghani was sworn in as president of Afghanistan. What he had to say in his inaugural speech about his wife, Rula Ghani, sent his nation’s progressive women over the moon. (At right, an Afghan.)

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 READ MORE

Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights

What was lost during the endless battles over abortion, Katha Pollitt writes in her new book, was not only the right to abortion, but a larger feminist claim for sexual freedom, economic equality and social independence.

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 READ MORE

Feminist Gaming Critic Threatened With ‘Montreal Massacre Style Attack’

Feminist gaming critic and blogger Anita Sarkeesian chose to cancel a Wednesday speech at Utah State University after an anonymous email purportedly sent by a student promised to violently attack her and her audience if she went forth with the event.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 READ MORE


No Women Invited to Iceland’s Conference on Gender Equality

In case you missed it, Iceland and the South American country Suriname announced last week a “barbershop” gender conference that intentionally excludes women.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE

Seriously, Where on Earth Is Kim Jong Un?

The North Korean leader hasn’t been seen in public since early September, which one writer describes as “curious”; Uruguay’s José Mujica may be the most radical and generous president around; meanwhile, is the “Yes Means Yes” law an “ill-conceived detour” for feminism? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 READ MORE

Emma Watson Gives Moving Feminist Speech at U.N. HeForShe Campaign Launch (Update)

When actress Emma Watson gave a strong-willed, poignant speech Saturday at the United Nations headquarters, it was reported that she received threats from users of online bulletin board 4chan for being a “feminist bitch.” Turns out, the nude photo leak warning was none other than a “viral marketing hoax.”

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE

John Oliver Stages Beauty Pageant to Show Why It’s Troubling That Miss America Is a Scholarship

The “Last Week Tonight” team does some investigative reporting about Miss America’s alleged annual $45 million in scholarships for women and, with the help of comedian Kathy Griffin, highlights why beauty pageants are “horrible” and should cease to exist immediately.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE

Madonna and Manchild: Is Adulthood in America a Relic of the Past?

What does Mark Twain’s classic outsider hero Huck Finn have to do with the small army of affable manchildren that actor Seth Rogen has played in Judd Apatow films?

Posted on Sep 14, 2014 READ MORE

Robert Scheer on Iraq War II

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Truthdig’s editor on IS, al-Qaida and another mess in Mesopotamia. Also: Bill Blum on beheadings, Deborah L. Rhode on the women’s movement and Sangamithra Iyer on vital vegans.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE

Robert Scheer on Iraq War II

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Truthdig’s editor on IS, al-Qaida and another mess in Mesopotamia. Also: Bill Blum on beheadings, Deborah L. Rhode on the women’s movement and Sangamithra Iyer on vital vegans.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE

The Purpose of Argument Online

The “public face of social liberalism” is synonymous with “an endless list of things that you can’t do or say or think, and with the constant threat of being called an existentially bad person if you say the wrong thing,” journalist Freddie deBoer writes.

Posted on Aug 23, 2014 READ MORE

Pussy Riot Duo Strikes Back Against Kremlin With Lawsuit

They’re known for their guerrilla tactics and public displays of punk protest, but now two members of the Pussy Riot collective, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, are using the tools of the system to their advantage.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 READ MORE

#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.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE

#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.

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on May 25, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE

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