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Rape IS Serious

BY Web Intern in Feminizzle |

We all know that the way the criminal system deals with rape is inadequate, to say the least. But Nicholas Kristof's 'Is Rape Serious?' op-ed in The New York Times on April 29 opened my eyes to just how dismal the situation really is--and to the fact that we need to do something about it.When a woman reports a rape, she usually submits to an extensive examination, an ordeal Kristof describes like this: 'She is typically asked to undress over a large sheet ... Read More

Sex Worker Awareness PSA

BY Jenni in Feminizzle |

The video above is a PSA created by Audacia Ray and the participants of the first Speak Up media training workshop for current and former sex workers as part of New York's Sex Work Awareness, a media and public education advocacy organization. This is what Audacia has to say about Speak Up. 'Though talking to the the media is definitely not for everyone and should be approached with caution by people who work in the sex industry, I think it's important to ... Read More
GEMS - Girls Education and Mentoring Services - is turning 10! That's right, a whole decade of helping teenage girls of New York City who are victims of sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. They've been offering outreach, intervention, court advocacy, therapy, development and education to young women affected by exploitation. GEMS has caught the attention of celebs like Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, Ellen DeGeneres and Diddy (that's his name this week, ... Read More
Good news on the reproductive rights front - the FDA lowered the minimum age to buy OTC Plan B to 17. It was 18. One year may not seem like a big difference, but it would be to a 17-year-old who is panicking and wondering what she's going to do because she realized a condom broke or she had a moment of poor judgment and didn't use one.Now might be the time to keep on reminding people that Plan B is: -Not an abortion. It is not mifepristone (RU486) or even ... Read More
(image: vfa.us) Today is not only Earth Day, but also 'Celebrating Violence Against Women Act' day in D.C. Visit www.vfa.us for more info. ... Read More
Former president of the National Woman's Party Elizabeth Chittick passed away last week. She was 100 years old. Chittick was a revolutionary of many firsts for women: civilian administrator of the U.S. Naval Air Station in Seattle, Washington and Banana River, Florida, registered representative of the New York Stock Exchange, and revenue collections officer with the Internal Revenue Service. Chittick also became the first woman invited to speak at the House of ... Read More

Good for her, eh!

BY Web Intern in Feminizzle |

Reading through our BUST Myspace page invites can prove a daunting task for us 'terns at the mag; going through club flyer after club flyer...and bday invites from peeps who rented out a club for their party (no kidding, we get a LOT!), until, of course, there's an event that speaks to us enough to tweet , hot date, research and blog about. The Feminist Porn Awards was one such invite.Hosted by Good For Her, the annual Feminist Porn Awards (in their 4th year ... Read More
Remember our post about bush-trimming ads? Here's Sarah Haskins' take on it. As usual, hilarity ... Read More
I'll cover my mouth so I don't get rage all over my computer screen.This makes me so mad I can barely put words together. Fortunately, Kate Harding put plenty of words together on the topic that say everything I am thinking much better than I could.United is instituting a policy that would kick people off a full plane if someone on the staff decides they are too fat. Oh, and after they are kicked off and unnecessarily forced to wait, then they will have ... Read More

Amazon FAIL

BY Sarah J. in Feminizzle |

Amazon.com apparently hasn't gotten the memo that the culture wars are dead. They've stripped the sales rankings--and therefore, the search ratings--of books that deal with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, as well as feminist books like Full Frontal Feminism. It affects the search rankings for books. For small authors who depend on Amazon reviews and sales rankings, this is disastrous. Of course, it's also terrible for freedom of expression. ... Read More