Politics

MTV Pulls the Punch. But why?

While MTV originally planned to band-aid the episode of Jersey Shore featuring Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi getting punched--hard--in the face by by airing a PSA cautioning "Violence against women in any form is a... Read more »

Bitch Popaganda: Douche's Not Dead Edition

It’s like The View, only we won’t call you a hooker. Welcome back to another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Lend your ears as Briar, Jonanna, Danny, and Kelsey try to... Read more »

Bunk Documentaries (1 of 2): The Right to Confuse

What's wrong with this picture? (Hint: it's not the competing fonts). This still, taken from the trailer of the film South Dakota: A Woman's Right to Choose might be the first time I've seen "a woman's right to choose" accompanying an in utero photo. Those are both articles of rhetoric from... Read more »

On the Map: Because I am a Girl, I Call Bullshit

The 411 Initiative for Change and Plan Canada are touring Canada to screen a new documentary film for students in middle and high school that features... Read more »

Adopt-ation: A feminist take on the state of the adoption industry

Do a quick search on the Internet and you'll see that there are lots more people waiting to adopt a healthy newborn these days than there are babies out there ready to be adopted. Gone are the (ahem) "good old days" when a pregnant woman finding herself in less than optimal circumstances could be... Read more »

Open Thread: Health Care Reform and the Stupak Amendment

On Saturday night the House of Representatives narrowly passed a health-care reform bill, changing the way Americans will access health insurance. Included in the bill was an amendment from Bart Stupak (D-MI... Read more »

To Be A Title IX Dad

Matt Schmitt offers a love letter to Title IX--and the social transformation it ignited, far beyond what was originally envisioned. Schmitt's eight-year-old daughter catches on a Little League baseball team; she's the only girl on the team, she was voted Most Valuable Catcher by her coach last year... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Misog-edgy

Urban contemporary art magazine Juxtapoz's November issue is the Robert Williams issue, a big-hitter in the underground comics scene and the magazine's founder. Oh, and he... Read more »

Swine & Dandy: What if we did as much to prevent rape as we do to prevent H1N1?

I spent most of this past spring and summer rolling my eyes every time I heard a news story about the swine flu. Almost every day local reporters got hysterical about 5 or 10 or 20 confirmed cases. Entire schools closed in response to a handful of kids with... Read more »

Five Reasons to Attend Girl Fest 2009

Girl Fest Hawaii is now in its sixth year of combating violence against women through a week of art, music, and workshops. This year’s festival, which runs from this Saturday, Nov 7th until the 14th in... Read more »

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Douchebag Decree: Anti-Choice Hidden Camera Edition

Tool-in-pimp's-clothing James O'Keefe's laughable costume and douchebag seduction methods have mostly discredited his conservative... Read more »

In a Bizarre 1976 Comic Book, Spider-Man Fought the Villain of Misleading Sex Education

Last week, I came across a very strange comic book: in 1976, Planned Parenthood teamed up with Marvel to publish a one-off comic in which... Read more »

Films and TV Portray Abortion as More Dangerous Than It Is

Films and television shows tend to present a skewed portrayal of abortion—when fictional movies and TV shows include a plotline about abortion... Read more »

Sojourner Truth, Unveiled

The leaders of the [women's suffrage] movement trembled on seeing a tall, gaunt black woman in a gray dress and white turban,...

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