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Action update on the birth-control-as-abortion thang

NARAL's letter-writing link is here (goes to Congress). Planned Parenthood's is here (goes to the White House). And, courtesy of commenter softpieces on yesterday's post, Department of Health and Human Services contact info: Secretary Mike Leavitt's office: 202-690-7000 Secretary Mike Leavitt's... Read more »

Our government wants to define some forms of birth control as abortion

Someone on my favorite feminist- and media-related listserv just pointed me to this article, by the ever-knowledgable Cristina Page, about a new Health and Human Services Department proposal that would define the pill, the patch, the shot, the IUD, the ring, and Plan B as abortion rather than... Read more »

Ms. Pac Man: Feminist Icon?

As a child of the 80s, I couldnt resist this. Have a look at this video and decide for yourself if Ms. Pac Man was a feminist or not! Read more »

A Friday funny

A good Friday afternoon laugh. Never fails to crack me up. Especially the flyer part. I have actually seen some of those flyers on the streets of Portland, OR. Read more »

Why the love for Oprah?

Okay, so maybe it is the heat of the office making me unusually cranky on this Friday afternoon but I just have to write and ask, what is the deal with the Oprah phenomena, and particularly the magazine? Now I know these may not be popluar thoughts to have these days, but I've got two questions (... Read more »

There are no words

I don't know whether to thank my friend Elise for bringing this to my attention, or gently curse her: High heels. For babies. That is all. Also, when Fox News's Megyn Kelly starts sounding hard-hitting and feminist, the apocalypse is clearly nigh. Read more »

List-less: Nerve takes on strong women in film

Maybe I'm being too way too picky, but there is something deeply underachieving about Nerve's "Girl Power Top Ten," a list of the ten most—oh yeah, here it comes—empowering movies of all time. Now, I would never come right out and suggest that perhaps having three dudes be the ones to make both of... Read more »

Oh Tila Tequila, how can we gays ever thank you enough?

Apparently all y'all gay folks in California who can now get married have Myspace/MTV reality assclown Tila Tequila to thank. From Us Magazine's website:  "It is because of me — I definitely think [my show] has helped the movement," she told Usmagazine.com at the Hollywood premiere of The Love... Read more »

More conference bitching

I was back in Minneapolis this weekend for the National Conference for Media Reform, an annual event organized by the folks at Free Press, a nonpartisan group focused on media reform and... Read more »

Resisting and organizing through creative media

I’m back in Portland, still processing and reflecting on my trip to the Midwest. I’ll be posting more about that soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to share this video about displacement/gentrification in Detroit, featuring Detroit-based female hip-hop artist, Invincible. It’s a... Read more »

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The Dramatic History of American Sex-Ed Films

In 1948, in a seventh grade classroom in Eugene, Oregon, a teacher dimmed the lights and flipped on 16mm projector. A film called Human... Read more »

Game Changer: Why Gaming Culture Allows Abuse... and How We Can Stop It

You're a Bolshevik feminist jewess that hates white people… and you expect to be taken seriously when you're “critique-ing” ...

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The Feminist Power of Female Ghosts

The female ghost is an enduringly fascinating figure. Read more »

What I Learned About Gender and Power from Sailor Moon

My life began in 1995 — the year I turned eight and became a divorced kid.    Read more »