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The violence in Egypt is reaching its apex. Members of the Muslim Brotherhood, voted into power barely a year ago after the Egyptian revolution of 2011 that ousted Hosni Mubarak, are hiding out in mosques. History’s happening all over again in Tahrir square.  What Egypt needs, maybe, is a li’l inspiration.  My jaw literally dropped when I saw this video of 12-year-old Ali Ahmed explaining the problems with the Islamist constitution ... Read More
Oh mon dieu! C’est incroyable!  Ok, so my French is a lil' rusty, but that doesn’t stop me from loving Paris, France. I even have a tattoo of the Eiffel Tower because I love that city so much. So if you had seen my face when I found out that Paris’s upcoming mayoral race IS ALL FEMALE, you probably would’ve been floored. Yep, this year, four lovely ladies are running for mayor.  Previously in 2008, two female candidates ran for ... Read More
Nina Siahkali Moradi, a 27-year-old architecture graduate student, recently won a seat on the Qazvin, Iran, City Council. Moradi received 10,000 votes, making her the fourteenth most popular of the 163 candidates that ran.  However, the electoral candidate has been barred from taking her seat because of her good looks. Yep, I’m not making this stuff up; she was disqualified because of her looks. Here we go again with more sexist crap. Let’s ... Read More
The next stop on the Anthony Weiner crazy train – cough, campaign – is a very NSFW rant by his top aide against a former intern, the highlight of which seems to have twisted the Internet's collective knickers. A top Weiner aide (lol) called former intern Olivia Nuzzi, who wrote a bylined article for the New York Daily News about working for the mayoral candidate, a “slutbag,” which is apparently an insult we’re using now.  The ... Read More
  Ireland has passed the "Protection of Life During Pregnancy" bill into law - and thank (non-denominational) God(s), the "life" being protected here is actually the pregnant woman's. Ireland's zealously religious "pro-life" cultural climate pushed against this decision with protests and debates for months now. Even when Savita Halappanavar tragically died after being denied an abortion in Ireland last year, her widower Praveen had a straightforward ... Read More
Trigger Warning: This post includes strong language and disturbing content.  A viral video hailing from South Korea is making the rounds online – and it’s absolutely teeming with ugly implications of racism, imperialism, and misogyny. The video is one of the most awful things I’ve seen recently in terms of outright objectification of women, so please brace yourself. And also, maybe be kind to yourself and set up your Internet queue with ... Read More
Last December, Melissa Nelson lost a case at the Iowa Supreme Court in which she had filed for gender discrimination against her ex-boss. What were the charges? She was fired because she was simply too hot, and therefore, an obvious threat to her boss’s marriage.You might find yourself asking, "Wait, WTF?" Did Nelson ever fool around with her boss, or anything else inappropriate? No. This was simply…visual. That’s right: Nelson wasn’t ... Read More
  Filibustering? Protesting? How about turning the tables on men's reproductive rights to get your point across? In the endless parade of this year's badass women leaders taking a stand, let's talk about the bill that Ohio Senator Nina Turner (D) introduced this spring. SB 307 would essentially regulate men’s reproductive health in a more invasive way than ever before. The Cleveland Democrat compared the measure to men legislating “a woman’s ... Read More
If you never thought you’d hear the words masturbating and fetuses used together in a political statement, think again, because Texas Congressman Michael Burgess has just uttered the seemingly unthinkable phrase. We didn’t think there was much left to be surprised about when it came to right-wing assertions concerning women’s rights, especially after Romney’s binders full of women and Akin’s legitimate rape, but this week has been ... Read More
Living in the United States, it is hard to imagine what it would be like to have your rights strictly limited. We can’t fathom how it would feel if, during a peaceful protest, all forms of communication were disassembled and we were sprayed down with tear gas. We must try to place ourselves in that situation, or at least realize injustice when it is staring at us in the face. But it’s not.The human rights violations that are occurring in Istanbul, ... Read More