30 Awesome Women Making History

March is Women's History Month. March 8 is International Women's Day. March is also March Madness, but I believe that the use of the word "madness" in a month dedicated to women is unintentional. Right? ...more

It's so important to have inspiration like this... especially when facing situations where ...more

If Nudity is Artistic Expression, Who Owns the Body Used as Art?

Although the news is frequently disturbing, I still read the newspaper while I eat breakfast. On Friday morning, a news item caught my eye: an art gallery in New York's West Village is displaying a live naked woman. The title told me everything that I needed to know: Hey, Look! She's Naked! But It's Art, So It's All Right. ...more
oh, and with regard to this particular showing... I don't know the artist's intent with this ...more

President Barbie: Tool of the Patriarchy Now Teaches Girls to Aim for the Oval Office

Every once in a while, something causes me to take a deep breath and turn down the heat on my boiling cauldron of seething cynicism. The latest campaign by The White House Project, who work to advance women in leadership with the project mission "add women, change everything," is causing me to step back and think. The organization is teaming up with Barbie to inspire girls to aim high - as high as the Oval Office if that interests them. ...more

sometimes there's no logical explanation, no clear-cut formula of what impact any given ...more

Did You Like the Superbowl Commercials? We Won't Make You Turn in Your Feminist Card.

Amongst the ladies of BlogHer, a bout of semi-secret self-flagellation seems to have broken out in regards to enjoying various commercials that ran during the Super Bowl. Sure, the comments are full of self-confident women standing up for their opinions, explaining why they liked an ad or found it offensive. Behind the scenes, though, e-mails have been flying. For example, Mir at Would Coulda Shoulda gave me permission to share her thoughts: ...more

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How Feminism Has Ruined the World

Recently, I google blog searched the term feminism. I decided to this after looking for feminist perspectives on a specific topic that I planned to write about. When I put in various search terms and included the word feminism or feminist, many blogs spewing vitriol about the horrible things that feminists have done to what was otherwise a perfect world came up. I thought a search on just the word feminism might prove illustrative. Oh, how right my hunch was! ...more

Seriously, to everyone who commented, I am very glad that you are all taking your role as ...more

The Religious Great Equalizer: Devaluation of Women

Three recent stories from the Middle East reminded me that people may use religion and culture against women in different ways, but at the end of the day, they are really the same. If we look at these stories and see the threads of commonality rather than casting one culture/religion as "bad for women" while others are "good," I think feminists can find new ways to work together to solve global problems. When women and girls are abused anywhere in the globe - be it the U.S. or Pakistan or Russia or Bolivia - because she transgressed against some social norm, the roots of the violence turn out to be the same (patriarchal control), as these stories show. ...more

Thanks Mata.  I love that quote and I'd never heard of The Elders before.  The ...more

Sex Education That Works

I always thought that I was pretty old when I had sex for the first time (19), but Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that I was completely average. It turns out that 70% of unmarried teens in American have sex by the time they are 19. (OK, fine I was on the older end of the spectrum, but whatever.) I waited, despite intense pressure from a boyfriend in high school, because I wasn't ready and I knew it. It was a good decision for me. Other girls may be ready earlier, and those are their decisions, too....more

You often write about what I am thinking/reading/talking about... Thanks for ...more

Valentine's Day for Feminist Lovers

I know that some people believe that "feminist" and "lovers" do not belong in the same sentence, either because feminists are horrible people incapable of love (especially heterosexual love, which is why we never shave our pits or legs or bikini lines) or because feminists are horrible people that no one else is capable of loving (because we never shave our pits or legs or bikini lines).Pat Robertson famously opined that, "Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians." Obviously anyone who engages in feminism must be terrible....more

(I'm making the gesture Mr. Burns uses when he's excited.) 

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Paycheck Equity

I swear that I will one day get over the miserableness that was the previous ensuing decade, but for now I will continue to harp on yet another failure of the previous decade. In January 2009, President Obama started the year off right by signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law. The Act righted a serious offense committed by the Supreme Court, which had ruled that discriminating against women by paying them less than men for doing the same (or even better work) was perfectly fine as long as companies kept it secret for a really long time. ...more

How Will the World Change for Women in the Next Decade?

At the end of 2009, I breathed a sigh of relief. I was too young in the 1980s to experience the wrath of the backlash against feminist achievements, but the revival (and worse, implementation) of Reagan-era policies and ideas in the first decade of the 21st century shattered my faith in humanity. I know that the arrival of a new decade and political cycle doesn't mean that progress is back in terms of feminism and gender (history is a pretty good indication that another anti-woman, anti-gender equality shit storm will hit again), but at least the attack on women's rights and gender issues is not relentless right now. ...more

That line jumped out at me from a talk given by Kathy Schaaf describing her "Gather the ...more