Blog Roundup: Editor’s Picks, July 12-16


This week, Ms. learned from the blogosphere that gay parenting is better parenting; MAC is marketing maquiladora makeup; Vaseline launched a Facebook skin-whitening app; abortion hit primetime; and more. Gloria Feldt, The Real L Word, Bristol Palin and Angelina Jolie are all part of the best discussions of identity, politics, and identity politics on the […]

Is Lilith Fair Feminist? Sarah McLachlan’s Not Sure


After a decade of silence, Sarah McLachlan rallied another troupe to make a nationwide pilgrimage in the name of the goddess Lilith. Not old enough to drive a car the last time Lilith Fair came around, I thought I had missed my opportunity forever back in 1999. Even so, McLachlan’s “Mirrorball” was the soundtrack to my teenage angst and I knew the collaborative Lilith version of the Indigo Girl’s “Closer […]

Think You Know Your Herstory?


Before Women’s History Month, there was the first Summer Institute for Women’s History. Today marks the 31st anniversary of academics and organizers collaborating to reserve a place for women in the history books. They spent weeks drafting a plan to draw national attention to herstory, and even longer trying obtain government recognition on the local, state and federal levels. Winning Women’s History […]

Spared from Stoning, Iranian Woman Still Set to Die


Yesterday, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning, appeared to be safe, thanks to a flood of international attention. Since Ms. brought you her story earlier this week, many have spoken out against Iran’s archaic punishment as a human rights violation, from Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) to Lindsay Lohan. Knowing that the whole world […]

Newsflash: You Win Some, You Lose Some


Two Supreme Court rulings were decided today, each by a 5:4 majority. First, the bad news: The Chicago gun ban, in place since 1982, was overturned by McDonald v. Chicago. The Supreme Court found that the Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms for the purpose of self-defense. Though there are pro-gun feminists, others note that firearms are the […]

Youth Survivors Host NY Anti-Trafficking Day


This Saturday, the Girls Educational Mentoring Service (GEMS) will host New York’s 5th annual End Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Day in Central Park. From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., this event will celebrate the strength and leadership of youth survivors of domestic sex trafficking, while spreading awareness about the ongoing tragedy, which our nation has a […]

Quiz: Know Your New York City Feminism


June’s Feminist Summer Camp in New York City has come and gone (tear) and it’s time to reflect on what we learned. As you remember, Ms. introduced everyone to camper Sara Myles and her blog documenting her exciting week-long experience. Leaders Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards led campers on a fantastic feminist voyage across the […]

U.S. Finally Includes Itself in Human Trafficking Report


The U.S. State Department just released the tenth installment of the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. What’s new in 2010? The removal of one little asterisked disclaimer: “*does not include the United States,” which indicates a very big deal. That message, which appeared on each report from 2001 to 2009, is gone; the United States […]

Emergency Contraception Education: Here We Go Again


Emergency contraceptive Plan B was first approved by the FDA in 1999, yet many women are still unaware of this safe and effective way to avoid unwanted pregnancy on the “morning after.” That’s why House Rules Committee chair Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) have introduced a bill that would authorize an education campaign to […]

Feminist Summer Camp Begins!


Hooray! Feminist Summer Camp 2010 has begun! The week-long activist bootcamp led by the writers of Manifesta, Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, includes hands-on adventures in New York City to learn different approaches, strategies and skills of social justice organizing. Baumgardner and Richards started the project with college students and recent graduates in mind. Feminist Summer Camp provides an opportunity to practice your […]