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I went to a public high school in California, where my freshman year sex ed course emphasized abstinence. I remember pretty clearly that a woman came in to warn us that even masturbating too much would make it difficult to fall in love. I think they were expecting it to go like this.  Luckily, I have awesome parents, and by that time I had seen Never Been Kissed enough times to know how sex ed was supposed to be. Most of us knew our teacher was either wildly ... Read More
Lifelong best friends Tara Karsian and Andrea Grano, the writers and producers of this first independent film, came up with the idea for BFFs accidentally, when Grano asked Karsian "What if you realized how in love with me you are?" This wonderful accident turned into a feature film about two friends who blur the lines of friendship and relationship.  The film follows best friends Kat (Karsian) and Sam (Grano) who pretend to be lovers to go on a ... Read More
Wish you had a club where you could meet up and learn and inspire and collaborate with other awesome women? Are you an entrepreneur, business owner, or just someone looking for fellow ladies in your career to network with? The Lady Project was first founded by Julie Sygiel (founder of Dear Kate underwear) and Sierra Barter in Providence for this purpose. They have since expanded to branches in Boston and New Haven and have just announced new branches in Nashua, ... Read More
Remember last summer when there was a babe filibustering on the senate floor? Well that same babe is running for governor of Texas. Wendy Davis is known both for her pink sneakers and her support for reproductive rights in her home state. Wendy became a single mother at 19 and has publicly discussed having two abortions, leading her to be very supportive of reproductive rights. Now she has joined the gubernatorial race in the Lone Star State. A group of ... Read More
Jennifer Whalen, a 39-year old mother of three, was just sent to jail in Washingtonville, Pennsylvania because she is charged with the crime of ordering medical abortion pills online for her daughter to terminate her pregnancy. The daughter took the pills on her own accord, during her first trimester, and the pills worked. This is not a pro-life or pro-choice issue, because if it were, the daughter might be the one jailed (fortunately, an abortion in the ... Read More
Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann was just published this week so now I can hold it in my arms and sing and dance out of joy! Heppermann is no stranger to the book world, she is a long time reviewer and this is her second book, first of poetry. Although this YA poetry book is listed for ages 14 and up, it appeals to a greater mass of readers because it retells some of our favorite sexist and poorly cast fairytales, but also ... Read More
Mars Hill Church, a 15-location megachurch headed by Pastor Mark Driscoll (who infamously referred to women as “penis homes”) has, in the past few weeks, been facing a growing controversy over its power structure, bullying of attendees and staff, and Driscoll’s inflammatory online (and in-pulpit) statements regarding (among other things), the status of women within the church, and marriage. Attendance is way down; Mars Hill is firing staff and ... Read More
Since 1982, the dedicated people in the literary community have brought awareness to the glorious books that parents and administrators tried to hide from curious youth. Banned Books week is not just about embracing  those elementary school posters of authors and celebrities telling you to “READ” but also about fighting censorship, for the sake of diverse and vital literary content. The following authors created outstanding, controversial work ... Read More
California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed SB-1350 and SB-1358, sister bills which would have mandated that baby diaper changing stations be made accessible to both men and women in public restrooms. Despite bi-partisan support at the senate level, Brown said he vetoed the bills on principle.  “At a time when so many have raised concerns about the number of regulations in California, I believe it would be more prudent to leave the matter of diaper changing ... Read More
Last week, New York Magazine published a near-comprehensive list, “The Most Feminist Moments in Sci-Fi History.” As author Devon Maloney mentions, science fiction has always been a relatively safe space to explore outlandish ideas like alternative gender roles or anti-racism. So cheers to that!  We’ve pulled some of our favorites, but check out the original article for enough femspiration to get you through the rest of the work week. ... Read More
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