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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.

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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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The Supreme Court Has Us Guessing

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Just like a doctor, the Supreme Court keeps the nation waiting; Trayvon Martin and the law; remembering Adrienne Rich; Hawaiian sovereignty, and a tortured journalist speaks out.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 READ MORE


The Supreme Court Has Us Guessing

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Just like a doctor, the Supreme Court keeps the nation waiting; Trayvon Martin and the law; remembering Adrienne Rich; Hawaiian sovereignty; and a tortured journalist speaks out.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 READ MORE



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‘The Iron Lady’: Power in Spectator Pumps

Do we learn anything about Margaret Thatcher from Abi Morgan’s screenplay? And more important, will anyone born after Thatcher’s 11 years in office learn anything about her brand of conservatism and its effects?

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 READ MORE



Maggie Osama (CC-BY)

Questioning ‘An Unreal Government’

A brutal and resilient junta. The myth of prevailing revolutionary secularism. An exhausted liberal class that risks capitulation and oblivion. In this uncommonly thoughtful reflection published at The New Inquiry, journalist Matt Pearce shines light on the flies in the ointment of the Egyptian uprising one year after its inception.

Posted on Dec 24, 2011 READ MORE



The Evolution of Feminism

Jennifer Baumgardner’s new book of essays and interviews, “F ’em! Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls,” connects generations of women thinking about women, from the suffragettes to women’s libbers, from riot grrrls to Lady Bloggers.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE



What Does Your Feminism Look Like?

In this excerpt from “F ’em! Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls,” author Jennifer Baumgardner lays out a history of feminism in “waves”: from the rights of citizenship and equality to transgenderism, male feminists and sex work.

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Damian Dovarganes

‘Pacific Standard Time’: L.A. Comes Into Its Own

Perhaps above all, these exhibitions reveal Southern California to be an authentic rival to New York as a world arts center. “Pacific Standard Time” should cause critics and scholars to revise their sectarian outlooks and broaden their geographic horizons.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr/mckaysavage (CC-BY)

Seven Billion Reasons

These are daunting numbers, almost as unfathomable as that looming 7 billion figure. But there’s no need to turn away because the scope of the problem is simply too large to comprehend.

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Flickr / Weave

Washington: Still a Boy’s Town

Women’s lib hasn’t made it through Washington yet. Micah Zenko at Foreign Policy magazine looked at the percentages of females holding leadership roles related to foreign policy and national security and found that women remain vastly underrepresented among our nation’s policymakers. (more)

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE



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DSK and French Sexual Politics

If former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is found guilty, his sexual assault case could have an impact on French culture vis-à-vis relations between men and women, The New York Times has found in speaking with women in France.

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Civilization and Its Malcontents

Staring open-mouthed at 17 in my Buddy Holly glasses, chinstrap beard, espresso-stained insides, putrid Chuck Taylors and newsprint-smudged fingertips, I wondered what had happened to the world into which I was hoping to enter so well rehearsed.

Posted on May 26, 2011 READ MORE    


Why ‘False Choices’ Still Matter

The idea that “false choices” are distorting our politics is under attack. I want to defend the concept for both substantive and personal reasons.

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / anitasarkeesian

American Apparel Uses the B-Word

Troubled clothing maker American Apparel—its racy ads and its CEO under fire—has announced that it may be forced to file for bankruptcy.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

In Defense of Naked Women

I used to be 11. Occasionally, I am 11 again. I’m OK with that. I have a theory that by the time people reach 13 they’ve experienced every age they will ever experience in their lifetimes; 14 does not exist.

Posted on Mar 10, 2011 READ MORE    



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Spanish Vote Ad Steamy, ‘Misleading’

Spanish officials have criticized a Catalan campaign video in which a woman becomes flush and simulates an orgasm as she casts her vote, claiming the advertisement to be “misleading” and ultimately disrespectful to women.

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 READ MORE


Playing the Mommy Card

Excuse me, Mary Fallin, did I just hear you say, “Woman up”?

Posted on Oct 27, 2010 READ MORE



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Congressional Women Looking Over Their Shoulders

The upcoming midterm elections may be a regressive event on two key fronts. One, the GOP tide of conservative Republicans could make large strides in picking up seats in the House and Senate. And, two, the number of women in Congress could actually drop for the first time in a generation.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 READ MORE


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Sarah Palin and the Suffragettes

Hey, it’s the 90th anniversary of women’s suffrage! What better way to commemorate this important date than by drawing divisions between various camps within the sisterhood and inventing bizarre terminology for the occasion? Take it away, Sarah Palin.

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 READ MORE


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Hegemonic Pretzel Ad Provokes Subversive Repurposing

One would think that advertisers would be done remixing American aristocrat Wallis Simpson’s highly problematic old saw, “You can never be too rich or too thin,” but then one would be mistaken. Updated

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Penthouse Offers to Buy Playboy

Is it media concentration if no one reads the articles? The owner of Penthouse magazine has offered to buy rival Playboy for $210 million in a move that would bring two of the largest men’s magazines under the same ownership umbrella.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 READ MORE


Obama’s Feminist Touch

The Kagan nomination reminds us that Barack Obama is the first president raised on feminist principles.

Posted on May 12, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Amber B Mcn

Happy Birthday, the Pill

Fifty years ago on Sunday, U.S. authorities announced the release a contraceptive device for women in the form of a swallowable tablet. The pill, as it has come to be known, has revolutionized sex, as well as given women control over their bodies when it comes to reproductive health.

Posted on May 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / mckaysavage

Tracking the Status of the World’s Women

To mark International Women’s Day, Ms. magazine has helpfully broken down some femme-focused reports from the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, detailing how the global group’s Platform for Action empowerment program is faring after 15 years and describing the challenges and gains that women around the world are facing in 2010.

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 READ MORE


Women

I am time-traveling these days because on Jan. 1 I’ll be ending my tenure as a syndicated columnist. During the last four decades, I’ve tracked one story more than any other.

Posted on Dec 23, 2009 READ MORE


Lipstick on a Rogue

You have to hand it to Sarah Palin. I don’t mean you have to hand her the 2012 nomination. Nor do you have to hand her the $24.64 I overpaid for “Going Rogue.”

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE


In Pursuit of Happiness

Women are now less likely than men to report that they are “very happy,” despite the achievements of the women’s movement. Let the predictable debates begin.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s White House Is Woman and Girl Crazy—in a Good Way

From the creation of the White House Council on Women and Girls to the State Department’s global focus on women’s rights, President Obama is scoring points with feminists who worked against him in the primaries.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 READ MORE



State Department

Hillary Aims for the Global Glass Ceiling

Hillary Clinton’s presidential run thrived on her appeal to women. Now the secretary of state wants to give something back to the finer sex—and not just in America. Women’s rights will top her agenda everywhere she goes, and, in order to elevate them, everywhere she goes she’ll meet with women who “may not even be known by their own leaders,” she explains to
The Washington Post.

Posted on Aug 17, 2009 READ MORE


Onion Puts the Bite on PETA for Being Beastly to Women

It’s feminists versus animal lovers in this Onion advocacy sendup.

Posted on Aug 17, 2009 READ MORE


Afghan Women
blogspot.com

New Afghan Law Castrates Women’s Rights

Remember all that malarkey about how the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan would result in a remarkable push for women’s rights? Well, the Afghan government has passed a law that allows Shiite men to deny food to their wives if they refuse their husbands’ sexual demands. Oh, and a rapist can effectively avoid prosecution by paying “blood money” to his victim.

Posted on Aug 14, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / J. Scott Applewhite

A Judge With a View

The struggle over Sonia Sotomayor’s viewpoint and voice has important ramifications for legislative politics and identity politics in our country.

Posted on Aug 6, 2009 READ MORE


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bbc.co.uk

Abracadabra! Orthodoxy

An obvious Photoshop job in Israel has hilariously tried to make Israel’s inaugural Cabinet a bit more Orthodox. In one ultra-Orthodox Jewish newspaper, two female Cabinet members were cropped out of an official picture and replaced with two non-Cabinet men.

Posted on Apr 3, 2009 READ MORE


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Posted on Feb 18, 2009 READ MORE    


Fonda Colbert

Stephen Colbert, Feminist Icon

Gloria Steinem. Jane Fonda. Arianna Huffington. Stephen Colbert. Here we have feminism’s greatest hits. You’ve been warned.

Posted on Feb 16, 2009 READ MORE


Work Hard, but Pray for Luck

The standard male narrative about flying solo to the top, bootstraps in hand, energized only by your own talents, always seemed a bit cockeyed to me. The female narrative was not so much self-effacing as it was realistic.

Posted on Jan 8, 2009 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
AP photo / Jose Luis Magana

Clinton to Take On Palin?

In Friday’s New York Times article about whether Hillary Clinton will go to the mat against Sarah Palin, a woman delegate at the GOP convention says, “I just bet Hillary was watching Sarah’s speech on TV Wednesday night and cheering, ‘You go, girl!’ ” Really?

Posted on Sep 5, 2008 READ MORE


Gov. Palin
gov.state.ak.us

Who’s That Lady?

Mother of five, one-time Miss Congeniality, caribou hunter, pro-lifer, proponent of creationism: Alaska’s Gov. Sarah Palin is all of these things, rolled into one strategically advantageous package—at least in the eyes of the GOP higher-ups who backed her rise from relative obscurity to sudden political stardom as John McCain’s running mate.

Posted on Aug 29, 2008 READ MORE


The Equal Rites Awards of 2008

Once more we prepare to honor our foremothers by celebrating the anniversary of the passage of women’s suffrage. Each year, in advance of Aug. 26, our one-woman committee gathers to hand out the Equal Rites Awards to those stalwarts who have done the most in the past year to set back the cause of women.

Posted on Aug 21, 2008 READ MORE


Sam Bee smoking

‘Is America Ready ...’ Fatigue

The “Daily Show’s” Samantha Bee investigates whether America is ready for a woman president, “Sex and the City” style.

Posted on Sep 19, 2007 READ MORE


The Year for Women

The columnist honors the anniversary of women’s suffrage by recognizing those who have done their worst to turn back the clock on women’s rights.

Posted on Aug 23, 2007 READ MORE


The Way-Paver Makes Waves

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the only woman left on the Supreme Court, has been forced to watch as a pack of ideologues undoes her life’s work. Once dismissed as a moderate, Ginsburg is ready for a fight.

Posted on Jun 28, 2007 READ MORE


Shrouded women

Under the Shroud: Women and the Taliban

The Feminist Majority’s Lorraine Sheinberg created the 1999 documentary that first focused attention on the Taliban’s brutal oppression of women in Afghanistan. It’s worth another look now.

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Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


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Sowing the Seeds of Fascism in America

Author Stan Goff, a retired 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces, sounds a warning call that many of the historical precursors of fascism—white supremacy, militarization of culture, vigilantism, masculine fear of female power, xenophobia and economic destabilization—are ascendant in America today.

Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


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