Interview: The Activist Survivors of “The Hunting Ground”

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It’s strange to think of Annie Clark and Andrea Pino as “stars” of the new documentary The Hunting Ground, since their “stardom” arose from traumatic real-life experiences. But they’re indeed the main protagonists of this game-changing film about campus rape, which opened yesterday today in New York and Los Angeles (and, in two weeks, in Boston, […]

Alterna-Oscars 2015

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As many of us get ready to attend Oscar viewing parties tomorrow and throw a few bucks into a betting pool—hoping to pick the most winners and take home the pot—we still have a nagging sense about those who were not nominated. So here are some suggestions of Oscars that should be given out tomorrow. Best Director […]

Angelina Jolie and the Courage to Resist Child Marriage

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A 14-year-old girl runs joyfully across a field, celebrating her advancement to 5th grade at her rural Ethiopian school. Suddenly she’s surrounded by a half-dozen men on horseback, one of whom grabs her and lifts her onto his horse. As the men gallop away, the girl’s face turns to terror. Left behind in the grass […]

A Feminist Ode to Bobbie Gentry

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It was the 3rd of June, another sleepy dusty delta day I was out choppin’ cotton and my brother was balin’ hay … In the summer of 1967, there wasn’t anyone listening to AM radio who wasn’t familiar with these opening lines to the #1 hit record “Ode to Billie Joe.” Sung by long-dark-haired Bobbie […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court to Decide (Once and for All?) on Same-Sex Marriage

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The U.S. Supreme Court today has decided it will take up four consolidated cases on same-sex marriage. According to the order it issued [pdf], the Court will consider only the following two questions: 1) Does the 14th Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? 2) Does the […]

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The 2015 Oscar nominations, announced this morning, loudly echo Martha Lauzen’s most recent report on the “celluloid ceiling” for women in Hollywood. What Lauzen said about her findings can equally be said of today’s nominees: [They] drive home the point that men continue to construct the vast majority of the visual and aural worlds featured […]

We Spleen: Famous Footwear’s Non-Consent Ad

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With all of the horrible news about rapes on college campuses and the development of “enthusiastic consent” policies to ensure that sex is a mutually agreed-upon activity, what does this new holiday TV ad from Famous Footwear teach young boys? As far as we can see, it teaches them that kissing girls requires no consent […]

Study Shows HPV Vaccine DOES Lower Rates of Cervical Cancer

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If you didn’t believe that vaccinating young girls against certain strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV) is worthwhile, a new study may convince you otherwise. The study, presented last week at a conference on “The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved,” shows that states with the highest incidence […]

Columnist Says Ladies Are Missing the Point About Street Harassment

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OK, the Ms. Blog and others had some problems with the racial disparity in the Hollaback catcalling video that’s traveled through cyberspace this couple of weeks. But there’s one thing we’d never dispute: the extreme unpleasantness of being sexually harassed while walking down the street. It’s an experience shared, a recent study showed, by 65 […]

The Day That Men’s Sports Got It Right

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We’ve been inundated with bad news about men’s sports lately, from domestic-abusing football players to backside-protecting sports leaders. So imagine our surprise and pleasure yesterday when we read that the National Hockey League (NHL) did the right thing about a domestic-abuse accusation, and that a football player showed off his feminist credentials by decrying misogyny. […]