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  At just before 7 PM on Saturday evening, a friend and I arrived at the Nuyorican Poet’s Café.  We were left in no doubt that we’d reached the right place: a huge mural of a man’s face before a microphone stretches across the façade. We bought tickets at the door and hurried into the café, wanting to get seats before the lights dimmed and “Call Me Crazy: Diary of a Mad Social Worker,” the one woman play ... Read More
I knew my day was going to be good when, immediately upon my arrival to work, I learned that I could spend three minutes and 44 seconds of my morning watching Kelly Hogan (A.K.A. Chewbacca) and Neko Case (a Princess Leia/Spock fusion) sing to me and Ellie Kemper about “a revolution to your hairless post-apocalyptic constitution”—a new vision of the future fueled by “girl power… an actual fuel source with zero carbon ... Read More
The pill.  IUDs.  Spermicides.  Diaphragms.  There are many, many forms of contraception.  And, let’s be honest, they can be a total pain.  Lucky for us, even the current anti-contraceptive political climate hasn’t stopped researchers from continuing to pursue an effective, easy, and worry-free form of birth control.  MicroCHIPS is working to develop a contraceptive chip which can be activated, deactivated, and ... Read More
The rape awareness group FORCE has recently launched a new campaign for rape awareness called The Monument Quilt.  The most important thing about The Monument Quilt is that it is a platform for survivors of rape and abuse to tell their stories. Or maybe it’s that the Quilt is community-built. Or maybe it’s that, as the survivors stitch their stories together, they embark on a healing journey with thousands of other survivors and supporters. Or ... Read More
Street harassment is nothing new. Kat, of the Youtube vlog TheeKatsMeoww, totally nails it in her recent vlog about why women can’t even eat on the street without their actions being sexualized. Isn’t that ridiculous?  There is literally no reason why eating food, something which every human being on the planet does to stay alive should be sexualized.  Way to go, Kat, for making another amazing and totally on-point ... Read More
Wonder Woman pretty much epitomizes the ‘strong, female character’ that is sadly rare in current media. She battles bad guys (and gals), she is confident, and she is a powerful person. Basically, she is a wonderful feminist role model.  Or not.  David Finch, the artist who is taking over the drawing of the DC Comics hero, recently said that he wants the heretofore feminist icon to be “strong.”  But ... Read More
Last month, feminist group The Kilroys released THE LIST.  There are three qualifications which a play must fulfil in order to be eligible for THE LIST. It “must have been 1.) unproduced or have had only a single professional production 2.) by an author who identifies as female and 3.) among the most excellent seen or read by the industry professional within the previous twelve months.”  Released last month, THE LIST offers a positive ... Read More
The 4th of July is right around the corner. Americans across the country are breaking out the barbecues, stocking up on red, white, and blue paraphernalia, and trying to find the best vantage point from which to view the fireworks. (I recommend finding a friend who lives in a tall apartment building and hanging out on their roof.)  Now, I love a celebration as much as anyone, but I think it’s important that we remember that, much though we’d like ... Read More
Last weekend, A Voice For Men, an online male activism site which was mentioned in the 2012 Southern Poverty Law Center intelligence report about misogynistic sites, hosted the first ever International Conference on Men’s Issues. Yep. Activists of all genders gathered to talk about the oppression of males in our society.  I’m honestly not sure how to react to this. I spend all day every day blogging about the oppression that women face on a ... Read More
Justum Mateen, the co-founder and chief marketing officer of the company behind the popular dating app Tinder, has been suspended pending further investigation of the sexual harassment lawsuit filed on Monday by Whitney Wolfe, the former vice president of marketing for the app.  Wolfe states that she endured more than a year of inappropriate comments from Mateen and CEO Sean Rad before they finally drove her from the company.  According to the suit, ... Read More