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Does Comic-Con Condone Rape Culture?

Sexual harassment and assault are prevalent everywhere in our culture, including at public events. In some cases, though, the atmosphere of particular events actually seems to promote, or at least tacitly condone, harassment. San Diego's Comic-Con, the biggest convention of its kind, is one such event. In my piece, “Comic-Conned: Gender Norms in a Carnivalesque Atmosphere” at The Society Pages, I note that … [Read More...]

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Nicki Minaj: A Brown Sugar Sphinx Riddle

Who knew that after the demolition of Kara Walker's wildly popular "Marvelous Sugar Baby" art installation (see photo at left) at the old Domino sugar refinery in Brooklyn, the giant-sized booty of her 35-foot-high and 75-foot-long Sphinx would cast a long shadow this summer? At least that seems to be the case with the uproar this week over pop artist Nicki Minaj, who posed in a G-string revealing her ample-sized … [Read More...]

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Pro-Choice Battleground Shifts from New Orleans to Jackson

Activists who spent the last week defending abortion clinics, doctors and patients against anti-choice extremists in New Orleans have moved onto the next reproductive rights battleground: Jackson, Miss. There are currently defending the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only remaining abortion clinic in the state, and were a presence at the courthouse Monday where the trials of  several key anti-abortion … [Read More...]

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Empowering Femininity

Early on in my first book Whipping Girl, while discussing the tendency within some strands of feminism to discourage women from engaging in acts and pursuits that are considered feminine, I argued that “We should instead learn to empower femininity itself.” While many people who read the entire book appreciated my stance on femininity, I have found that those who disagree often take that particular quote out of … [Read More...]

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A New Generation of HIV/AIDS Activists is Born

I’m at the 20th International HIV/AIDS Conference in Melbourne this week. It brings together people from all around the world to join hands in continuing and expanding the fight against HIV/AIDS. For me, the conference has been a complete eye opener into a world I hadn’t previously known much about. I was born in 1996, the year antiretroviral medication began saving so many lives. But today's media coverage most … [Read More...]

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It’s Been 90 Years: Time to Pass the ERA!

Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jackie Speier (D-CA) gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court Thursday morning to demand that the Equal Rights Amendment finally pass. The congresswomen, along with Dr. E. Faye Williams, chair of the National Congress of Black Women, Feminist Majority president (and publisher of Ms.) Ellie Smeal, NOW president Terry O'Neill and other feminist leaders and activists, called on … [Read More...]

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NEWSFLASH: Virginia’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down

In a 2-to-1 vote, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond upheld a ruling that said Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. This is the first decision of its kind in a Southern state and follows in the steps of similar rulings by federal appeals courts in Oklahoma and Utah. Said […]

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We Spleen: Victim-Blaming by Vancouver’s Transit Police

Women passengers in Vancouver are voicing outrage this week over a sexual assault awareness campaign recently launched by the city’s transit police. The initiative urges victims of assault to report crimes using a new text messaging service, but instead of offering support to survivors, the campaign blames the victim. Update: TransLink, the organization that oversees the Vancouver Transit […]

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The American R/Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

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Nicki Minaj: A Brown Sugar Sphinx Riddle

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Lucy Is No Louise: Skip This Action-Packed Fail and Re-watch Thelma and Louise Instead

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This Summer in Comics: Thumbs Up for a Woman Thor, Down for a Patriarchal Labor Union

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Does Comic-Con Condone Rape Culture?

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Senate Considers Anti-TRAP Legislation

The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing Tuesday on the … ...

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California Seeks to End Gay-Panic Defense

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Pro-Choice Battleground Shifts from New Orleans to Jackson

Activists who spent the last week defending abortion clinics, doctors and … ...

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Pro-Choice Activists Hold Their Ground in New Orleans

The battle between pro-choice activists and abortion opponents rages on in … ...

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It’s Been 90 Years: Time to Pass the ERA!

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