Feministe Book Review 2: The Diary of a Shirtwaist Striker

If you are a leftist, a feminist, or an enthusiastic lover of NYC history, the 1909 Shirtwaist Strike is or should be an event of major importance on your historical radar. If, like me, you’re all three, it’s practically one of the most important events of the twentieth century. In 1909, the mostly immigrant, mostly Jewish and partly Italian, almost entirely female workers in the shirtwaist manufacturing industry went on strike ....more

Super-angry guy shoots up Planned Parenthood for totally unknowable reason

On Friday, a man armed with a long gun and several propane tanks* killed three people and injured nine more at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. The shooting guy** said to police, “No more baby parts,” and made rambling, hostile comments about Planned Parenthood, which we can only assume are unrelated to the Planned Parenthood clinic he was shooting up. Indeed, we have absolutely no idea why he committed this horrific crime, and we may never know ....more

White men with guns

White cis Christian men with guns are simply too big a threat to the rest of us. They gun down black church-goers. They shoot up Planned Parenthood, injuring several cops (and still get taken alive, because apparently that’s not as big a threat as a 12-year-old black kid with a toy gun) ....more

Day of Thanksgiving/Mourning

Tomorrow, many people in the U.S. will gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, a sanitized version of a fictionalized account of an encounter between English settlers and the Wampanoag people already living on the land that was being “settled” that was the beginning of centuries of murder, abuse, and outright genocide. And while being thankful for what you have is good, celebrating it by dressing children up in construction-paper feathers and decorating with dried “maize” is a not-good, and in fact bad, way of doing it. Tomorrow in Plymouth, Massachusetts — home of that first cross-cultural dinner party — a National Day of Mourning, organized by the United American Indians of New England, will draw attention to historical and current attitudes, treatments, and issues facing Native Americans ....more

Open Thread with Royle’s Pika

This month an adorable Ochotona roylei from Tungnath, Rudraprayag district, Uttarkhand state, India features...more

REVIEW: The New Order (2014)

After months in development hell, the first instalment of our feminist game review series has arrived! Was it worth the wait, and work? We hope so, but we ask you to judge – after all, we’ll be uploading stuff like this for the next few months, and we’d prefer it not suck ....more

Betty Peters hates Common Core, PowerPoint, and “counting up”

Alabama School Board member Betty Peters really, really hates Common Core. Like, a lot. A lot ....more

Q&A: Why Girls Join ISIS?

In our final instalment, we somehow ended up talking with a 12-year-old about Muslim women’s role in geopolitical affairs. And shockingly, it did not turn out horribly… IGNORANT KID EXPLAINS “WHY GIRLS JOIN ISIS” A.K.A. TWO BROTHERS CHATTING WHILST PLAYING VIDEOGAMES SKiDROW: Hello, I’m SKiDROW. TK-576: And I’m TK ....more

Speaking of women and pain…

…turns out, anesthesiologists now say yes, women and anyone else giving birth can eat during labor. Apparently, making sure one has access to nutrients when engaging in difficult physical activity can actually be beneficial! Who could have imagined? ...more

Women’s pain, who cares?

This article in the Atlantic, about how medical professionals take women’s pain significantly less seriously than men’s, is interesting. It combines a quite chilling personal story with statistics. For instance, did you know that in the US, men wait an average of 49 minutes before receiving painkiller for acute abdominal pain while women wait an average of 65 minutes? ...more