Women on TV Making Headway? Not So Much

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If you think that there’s a gender disparity between women and men characters on TV, you’re right—and Martha Lauzen, Ph.D., can prove it. In her 17th annual Boxed In report, Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, shows that on broadcast networks, cable […]

Will the NFL Ever Get it Right About Violence?

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TRIGGER WARNING: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. Today, the Baltimore Ravens professional football team terminated the contract of running back Ray Rice. Soon after, he was suspended indefinitely by the National Football League (NFL). We would be cheering heartily for these actions—because Rice punched out his soon-to-be-wife, and such off-the-field violence should have serious consequences. But we’re […]

Joan Rivers, Paragon of Feminism?

Since her death a week ago, a number of tributes to Joan Rivers have called her a “feminist icon“—mainly, it seems, because she was a trailblazer and door-opener for women who wanted to make it to the major leagues of comedy and because she was so unstoppably driven in her own ambition. On the other […]

Mo’Ne Mo’Ne!!! Don’t Miss Her Pitching Today!

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UPDATE: Mo’Ne Davis pitched the first three innings in a losing effort by her team yesterday, but the Taney Dragons have a second chance today against a Chicago team. If they win, they’ll play Las Vegas again, for the U.S. championship, on Saturday–and Davis would probably be the pitcher. You can tune in for today’s […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Strikes Down Clinic Buffer Zones

In a deeply disappointing decision this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that allowed reproductive-health clinics to maintain a 35-foot buffer zone for doctors, staff and patients. We will have more on this shortly.

Five Years Later: We’ll Never Forget Dr. George Tiller

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On May 31, 2009, the world lost one if it’s bravest and most caring physicians, Dr. George Tiller of Wichita, KS. The abortion provider, who was one of the few to perform late abortions, was murdered at his church by the extremist Scott Roeder. Here, we reprint a tribute to the good doctor from the […]

#StopTheSultan: Live-Blogging the Rally Today in Beverly Hills!

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UPDATE: The rally is over, but the protest against the Sultan of Brunei’s draconian new penal code continues! Tweet with the hashtag #StopTheSultan and sign the petition here. TODAY!! At noon in Beverly Hills, in the park at the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Beverly Drive! Come protest against the Sultan of Brunei and condemn […]

10 Years Ago Today, We Marched in Numbers Too Big to Ignore!

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Ten years ago today, I marched through Washington, D.C., past the White House, with my sister (and Ms. Blogger) Melissa and my 8-year-old nephew Isaac. OK, young Isaac didn’t make it the whole way, but my sister was determined that her son’s first experience supporting women’s rights and social justice be a big one. And […]

NEWSFLASH: Supremes Disarm Domestic Abuser!

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Back in January, we reported on the case of United States v. Castleman, in which James Castleman of Tennessee argued that he should not be banned from having guns, even though he had pled guilty in 2001 to misdemeanor domestic assault against the mother of his child. Under the 1996 Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban—known […]

Blowing the Whistle on Campus Rape

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This is an excerpt from the cover story of the latest issue of Ms. magazine, now available on newsstands and by subscription digitally or in print. During her second weekend as a freshman on a California campus, Kerri accepted an offer from Mitch, a popular senior who held student office, to walk her back to her […]