Don’t Mess with Texas’ Women’s Rights

We wrote about Wendy Davis on our sister blog, all things e last week and the importance of her 11 hour filibuster to prevent a vote on strict new abortion laws during a special session of the Texas Senate. “Over 120,000 tuned in to the livestream and comments abounded on Facebook and Twitter in support. When the vote seemed eminent spectators caused such frenzy that the gallery had to be cleared in order for a vote to occur. The clock struck 12:02 in the process and the special session was over. That act took many voices but the result was …read more

Facebook’s About-Face

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As someone who has consistently received emails asking me to report images on Facebook depicting and encouraging violence against women – only to receive a form reply when I did that Facebook did not agree that these were hate speech – I was particularly happy to see the recent success of Women, Action & the Media (WAM), the Everyday Sexism Project and author/activist Soraya Chemaly this week.

On Tuesday Facebook acknowledged that its systems to identify and remove hate speech “have failed to work as effectively as we would like, particularly around issues of gender-based hate.” …read more

Apps to Prevent Sexual Assaults and Domestic Abuses

One in four women (25%) has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime.[1] Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.[2] One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.[3] One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.[4]

The statistics are overwhelming; and it’s clear that preventing and reporting abuse and assault needs to be …read more

A FORCE to End Rape Culture

If you haven’t heard of the group FORCE, you are about to hear a lot more about them. In December 2012 they gained notice for their ingeniously timed mock Victoria’s Secret ‘Pink Loves Consent’ campaign during the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, which raised awareness about the importance of consensual sex. As a result, the campaign went viral.

Now FORCE has started a new multi-year campaign called FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. As part of this campaign the group is raising money for various projects including The Monument Project on Kickstarter. Their goal is to raise $25,000 to create a highly visible …read more

The Post-Mystique

As a female born on the cusp of Generations X and Y, I grew up firmly believing that women and men are equal. I’ve visited different countries and developed relationships with people who were not raised in in an environment that reinforced gender equality. Yet, I have always considered myself an advocate for women, never fully understanding why there would be any grey area on the issue.

Then, I started reading Betty Friedan’s The Feminist Mystique for a book club – thinking that this would be an interesting relic of the past – and it blew my mind. Here were …read more

Media Missteps in Steubenville

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There is a lot to be disappointed about when it comes to the Steubenville rape case. I think it goes without saying that the actions of the perpetrators that resulted in this trial were abhorrent, as well as the inaction of so many witnesses to their crime.

Post-conviction, the disappointment seems to be continuing, if not growing. The peanut gallery of professional and amateur commentators in the media and on social media who have openly attacked, showed careless regard for her privacy, or indirectly blamed the victim for the fall of her perpetrators is truly revolting. …read more

How to Celebrate Women for National Women’s Month

Women’s History Month

Did you know March is National Women’s Month? I didn’t, until this article was brought to my attention. Unfortunately the draw of the article was not that it was National Women’s Month, but yet another embarrassing example of how women are marginalized in the media. A local news organization in Connecticut was announcing an event celebrating National Women’s Month at the Capitol and it had a video clip of women that went with it. It wasn’t footage of women scientists, senators, teachers, or CEOs, but rather breasts. Just a long line of decapitated women walking. Perhaps …read more

FYI Street Harassment is not Smile Inducing

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If there is one thing that annoys me pretty much more than anything it’s being told to smile. Just to be clear I am in fact a human and not a robot. Thus I have been endowed with the ability to think and feel on my own. So if I feel like smiling I do. What definitely makes me not want to smile? Being told to by total strangers on the street.

This may sound weird to some readers but I’m willing to go out on what I predict is a pretty sturdy limb and say most females have …read more

Let’s Talk About Sexism

English: Seth MacFarlane at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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In my previous life, I was an actor. I wasn’t ever Jennifer Lawrence famous, but I worked enough to be self-sufficient and sign the occasional autograph. Perhaps because of my 20-year experience in “the biz,” – or perhaps because I am a woman – I found Seth MacFarlane to be sexist – and perhaps slightly racist – during Sunday’s Oscar telecast.

For the most part, people agree with me. Some are even likening his now infamous “We …read more