I love that feeling when two of your favorite things are suddenly merged into one beautiful internet meme (Arrested Westeros anyone?), so I was thrilled to find out about Feminist Harry Potter, a Tumblr that’s in the business of “feminist theory consciousness raising, one Harry Potter reference at a time.” One of the things that makes Harry Potter so much fun is the variety of female characters that are integral to the storylines. While the blog ... Read More
Though it's long overdue, this week we can celebrate the announcement that, after years of international pressure, Saudi Arabia will most likely send female athletes to the 2012 Olympic games in London. Furthermore, a female Saudi Arabian sports commentator, Reema Abdullah, revealed that she'll get to carry the Olympic torch. Saudi Arabia, which has never sent women to the Olympics, met with the International Olympics Committee (IOC) last week to present a list of ... Read More
You know the drill. You’re going on a date or to a party with someone new, so you overzealously tell your friends as much information as you can (name and phone number of your date, where you’re going) in case you end up in a sticky situation, and promise to text them when you get home safely. Since college, my friends and I have been using this system to keep us as safe as possible, but of course, this plan is far from foolproof. Nearly one in five ... Read More
Anyone who's walked through NYC in summer time knows that street harassment is a huge problem. Even being relatively covered-up seems to invite unwanted comments from the male peanut gallery. Of course, catcalling and whistling are just the most innocuous in a long list of nausea-inducing behaviors that plague women worldwide, when it comes to street harassment. To raise awareness of the issue, the people at Stop Street Harassment have organized International ... Read More
Apparently, even infamous terrorists aren't immune to petty familial drama. Last week, Shaukat Qadir revealed that Osama bin Laden’s capture could have partially resulted from betrayal by one of his wives, Khairiah Saber, because she was jealous that Bin Laden favored and shared a room with his youngest wife. Mr. Qadir, a former Pakistani Army brigadier, has spent eight months using his old contacts to gain access to official Pakistani interrogations, which ... Read More