An 18-year old Egyptian contestant on Middle Eastern hit series “Arabs Got Talent” recently took the stage and began to rap: “My body is only mine.” This brave young woman is Myam Mahmoud, and she uses her art to spur discussions on women’s lives in the Middle East. Although she did not win the televised contest, Mahmoud hopes to inspire other women to speak out against violence and harassment.
She tells The Associated ... Read More
On December 26th, eight brave young women photographed themselves as they mailed letters of complaint against companies that discriminated against women in the hiring process to governmental human resources organizations. Targeting companies based in Henan and Yunnan Provinces and cities like Beijing, Guangzhou, and Nanjing, the female activists hope to change the work environment that awaits them after college. Since the 1970s, the wage gape between ... Read More
For the past decades, women in Saudi Arabia have faced driving and working bans. But thanks to women’s rights activists fighting for what they call the “Feminization” of the culture, more women are entering the workforce and labor laws are beginning to change. Because women historically have not been allowed to participate in the public realm, working women are unaccustomed to working and speaking to men who are not family members or ... Read More
BY Nina K. Guzman in Movies on Dec 19, 2013 |
It's hard to believe that is was 2009 when a small gem called "Obvious Child," a short film starring Jenny Slate, went viral and stole our hearts. Finally, after four years of anticipation, "Obvious Child" is receiving the full-on movie treatment it deserves, but it needs your help to get there.
For the few who missed the short film the first time around, it's a romantic comedy centered around a stand up comedian who gets an abortion after a one night ... Read More
BY Nina K. Guzman in Feminizzle on Dec 10, 2013 |
Could it actually be happening? After more than a year of protests, photo montages, a documentary and a huge cultural uproar, could the phrase "Free Pussy Riot!" actually come to fruition?
Pussy Riot, a Russian feminist performance art group easily identified by their rainbow-colored ski masks, was pushed to the forefront of an international feminist revolt after a peaceful performance in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior to highlight the corrupt ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich in Feminizzle on Dec 06, 2013 |
Just when you thought humanity had reached its lowest point, a woman on a business trip to Britain was forcibly sedated so a c-section could be performed and her child could be taken from her. This came after she suffered a mental breakdown while on the trip and social services deemed her "unfit."
The woman was not allowed to spend time with her child following the non-consensual operation, as adoption proceedings commenced almost immediately. The woman ... Read More
BY Kat Hamilton in Feminizzle on Nov 14, 2013 |
Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been relocated to a penal colony in Siberia to finish out her 2-year sentence. Russian Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin confirmed her transfer to The Associated Press on Tuesday. Nadezhda is serving her sentence for “Hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” after the band staged an anti-government performance at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Since news on Nadezhda has been scarce ... Read More
Guess what?! A middle-aged white man said something stupid on Fox News! Yesterday, John Stossel of Fox Business News complained about ObamaCare, claiming that the Act’s insistence that health insurance companies not discriminate against women based on gender is unfair to him and his wallet.
Arguing that women should really be charged more for health insurance, Stossel explains to Steve Doocy, “When did you last go to the doctor? ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich in Feminizzle on Nov 01, 2013 |
Today, as the state of Texas wakes up, its citizens may find more than 1/3 of its abortion clinics suddenly shut down.
The worst part is, this ridiculous new measure wasn't even supposed to happen in the first place. Earlier this week, the Texas law that would potentially close many of the state's aforementioned abortion clinics was nixed by a federal judge. Now, just four days later, the decision has been reversed.
According to the New York Times' report, ... Read More
BY Adrienne Tooley in Feminizzle on Oct 25, 2013 |
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Luckily, that’s just what a few brave women in Saudi Arabia are doing in the hopes of finally lifting the ban against female drivers. According to NPR, Saudi women are continuously posting videos of themselves driving on YouTube, and have chosen Saturday, October 26th as a day for women in the country to rally together and drive.
Although women say that officials have lightened up on their ... Read More