Is America Ready for Madam President? Yes!

The first race I ever managed was to elect a woman president. That race was my own--for Butte High School class president. I ran many times, and I lost many times. So, my junior year I decided that I should run for student body president, because it wasn’t just my class voting but the entire school. ...more
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The Other Double Standard: On Humor and Racism in Feminism

Last week, The Onion published a piece satirizing Chris Brown and Rihanna’s recent break-up. The “joke”: Brown still has “abusive feelings” for Rihanna and is devastated because he “always thought the 25-year-old singer was going to be the woman he’d beat to death one day.” Cue creepy details of his imagined methods of assaulting and murdering Rihanna. ...more
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The Stigma of Abortion, and How It Connects Chris Evert and Kermit Gosnell

We’ve had two major stories this week around abortion. As wildly different as they are, they both share an important thread. ...more
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What Kermit Gosnell's Murder Conviction Means for Abortion Rights

What does the conviction of Kermit Gosnell mean for abortion rights? There's the surface result, that already polarized comment sections, news reports, Twitter feeds, blogs -- pretty much anywhere an opinion can be shared -- split even further on how this horrific incident can be tagged as central in the abortion debate. ...more
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Thank You, Angelina.

Thank you, Angelina. Because the first thing I thought, after hearing the news story about her elective double-mastectomy, was “if she can do it, I can do it.” When I found out, back in November of 2011, that I have the BRCA-1 mutation, the  decision to opt for a preventative double mastectomy, followed by an oopharectomy, was pretty much a “no-brainer.”...more
Thank YOU, Dvora, for this insightful post. I didn't realize that Angelina's mother died due to ...more

Assata Shakur First Woman on FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists List: Why Now?

The FBI recently added the first woman, 65-year old Assata Shakur, to its Most Wanted Terrorists list. The addition of Shakur to this infamous list isn’t shocking simply because she is female or black, but because of the timing -- 40 years after her involvement in a police shoot-out....more
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New Merida: WTF, Disney?

Okay, I am calling shenanigans. Disney has decided Merida, the heroine of Pixar’s movie Brave, wasn’t quite “Princess-like” enough so they have decided to market her with a new look. She is now a "hotter," more girly version of herself. ...more
yEs yes I heard many people talking about the redesigned Merida and just blogged about it but ...more

Pseudonyms, Real Names, Science and Going Braless

Scicurious has been writing under the pseudonym Scicurious for some time at her blog Neurotic Physiology. I recommend her recent post Weird Friday Science: Are Boobs Better Braless? as a great introduction to both her scientific perspective and her sense of humor. ...more
I've met scicurious in person twice and wouldn't have picked bethany to put on a list of top 50 ...more

Dear Mike Jeffries, “Abercrombie Kids” I Knew Wouldn’t Call You Cool

When I was a teenager, we didn’t have Abercrombie & Fitch in my mall. I lived in a small town and the best we had was Bluenotes jeans, where my friends and I drooled over “name-brand” jeans in sizes that squeezed the tiny bit of fat on our stomach and thighs, and overpriced T-shirts that were made of cheap cloth and bore an expensive logo. But we wanted Abercrombie clothes. We wanted them because the kids on TV wore them. We wanted them because they looked cool....more
Has Mike Jeffries looked in the mirror lately? Who is he to talk about how someone looks? If his ...more

Learning from Mary Thom: Editor of Women's Words and Lives

The New York Times obituary headline dubbed Mary Thom, who died April 26 in an accident while riding her beloved 1996 Honda Magna 750: "a chronicler of the feminist movement." But Mary didn’t just chronicle second wave feminism. She lived it, she epitomized it, she shaped how we think about it with her graceful editing and insightful writing. ...more