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If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you consider yourself a feminist. There’s also a good chance when you tell someone you’re a feminist you then have to launch into a pre-packaged spiel about what exactly that means (“No, it doesn’t mean I think females deserve more rights than men, it’s about equality blah blah blah...” )  Sound familiar? Then please read on! Abigail Rine, a college professor ... Read More
Here’s a Facebook page that’s worth liking: The Kurd Men for Equality campaign. Kurdish men in Iran started the campaign in response to what they believed to be misogyny in a local court case. A man who was convicted of domestic abuse was forced to parade the streets in a dress and hijab, the traditional women’s clothing, as public humiliation. To express their disapproval of the judge’s degradation of women, local men began posting ... Read More
In a progressive and unprecedented move, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has sworn 30 women into the Shura Council.  The Council, a previously all-male body, is in charge of advising the king on issues that affect Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah amended the council’s statute last month by requiring that 20 percent of the 150 members be women.  King Abdullah’s female appointments mark the first time in Saudi Arabia’s history that women ... Read More
  Academy Award-winning documentarian Freida Mock’s new film Anita premiered at Sundance on Saturday, January 19. The film revolves around one of the most famous senate hearings of the late twentieth century, in which attorney Anita Hill accused Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. Over twenty years later, it's easy to forget the controversy of the Thomas  hearings; I was totally unprepared for the gale-force emotions that came from ... Read More
Najat Vallaud-Belkacem   Maybe the US should take a page out of France’s book. The French government has recently made what the Global Post calls “a series of sexist blunders” – pretty much everything Dominique Strauss-Kahn has ever done or said, male legislators catcalling the entire time a female government minister spoke in July, and, in October, the agriculture minister’s statement that, “I’ve tried to promote ... Read More
  Imagine a land where boys play with dolls and girls want to grow up to be firemen – and nobody makes fun of them for it. A land where girls don’t worry about being pretty and happily proclaim, “I like what I look like.” A land where boys know that it’s alright to cry. A land where “you’ll do what you like, and be who you are.” This is the land imagined in the album, book, and TV special Free To Be…You ... Read More
The recent shooting of Malala Yousafzai has torn me up. Deeply. You’d have to be an automaton to feel anything but grief. But she continues to hang on, and along with the rest of the world, I'm hoping that her doctors' most recent predictions--that she'll make a "decent recovery"--will turn out to be true.    I mourn the disruption, if not the destruction, of a young and very promising life. But violence is often a response to fear, and it gives ... Read More
How many times have we all heard the contradictory phrase, "Well, I believe in gender equality, but I wouldn't say I'm a feminist." Girl, no. To this day, the feminist movement is derailed by people's unexplained allergy to the word. Students in a Duke University course called Women in the Public Sphere were disturbed by society's widespread misconceptions about the feminist movement, so they decided to launch a campaign aimed to challenge existing stereotypes ... Read More
Driving is one of my favorite things to do. The feeling of freedom I get when tearing down the highway at 60 MPH with the window down, and screaming along to my favorite tunes is amazingly exhilarating. That’s why feeling safe in my vehicle is super important to me.                        The Washington Post reported that Crash Test Dummies have traditionally been built like men, so when cars ... Read More
The Guerrilla Girls have been raising hell in the art world for 27 years now, but despite their nearly three decades of feminist activism, not much has changed. In a conversation facilitated by Interview Magazine, the activists field questions from 21 female artists, including Yoko Ono, Marina Abramović, and Miranda July. The Guerrillas bring up a famous 1989 statistic from their posters and billboards that states "Less than 5% of the artists in the Modern Art ... Read More
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