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India is Raped

It wasn’t bad enough that a 23-year-old woman was gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi last December and later died of her injuries. That alone, besides setting off worldwide protests, seemed to open a box of secrets about how women are too-often treated in India. But now, the news out of India is even […]

Public Memorial for Mary Thom — And New Award in Her Name

Mary Thom closeup

The Women’s Media Center in New York, where Mary Thom worked as editor-in-chief, has announced a public memorial celebration to be held Monday, May 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center. Thom was killed in a motorcycling accident on April 26. If you’re interested in attending, […]

Mary Thom, 1944-2013


We were all shocked and saddened this weekend to learn of the passing of Mary Thom, an editor for decades at Ms. magazine, a historian of the first 30 years of Ms., and most recently editor-and-chief for the Women’s Media Center. Thom was riding her motorcycle on the Saw Mill Parkway in Yonkers, N.Y., when […]

We Heart: Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims

“I’m not sure how I find myself in this room of all rooms as one of the men who respects women the most, but as is so often the case, I see that respect for the person and personal responsibility is clearly more of a slogan than a reality,” said Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims […]

Not Good Enough, Boy Scouts


The Boy Scouts of America just don’t get it. Since last July, the Ms. Blog has been noting the BSA’s push-pull decision-making about its anti-gay policy (which was rubberstamped by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 2000 decision. Exactly nine months ago, we published this post about how the Boy Scouts’ leadership had plenty to […]

We Heart: Actor-Turned-Humanist Politician Glenda Jackson


From the late 1960s through the 1980s, Glenda Jackson was one of the most respected actors of her time. The British thespian won two Academy Awards, one for a drama (Women in Love in 1969) and one for a comedy (A Touch of Class in 1973). She won an Emmy for portraying a shaven-head Queen […]

“Ew, Pervy!”


One of our favorite political cartoonists, Jen Sorensen (whose work regularly appears in Ms. magazine), was inspired to create her latest four-panel by regular Ms. blogger Audrey Bilger’s post on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s well-documented “moral” aversion to gay people. Sorensen takes Scalia’s thinking, well, just a little further. Enjoy:         […]

NEWSFLASH: A New Style of R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Immigrants


Those of you in journalism are quite familiar with The Associated Press Stylebook–it’s literally our bible for correct form and usage. But it’s definitely a “living bible,” not some petrified, unchanging dictum. And today it announced a big correction: It suggests that publications no longer use the expression “illegal immigrant.” In updated “AP Style, “illegal” […]

Shocked Apology: Too Little, Too Late


Three nights after making homophobic remarks at the San Francisco club Yoshi’s, singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked finally offered an apology. Of sorts. She insisted that she did not say, nor does she believe, that “God hates homosexuals (or anyone else). I said that some of His followers believe that.” She added, “And my statement equating repeal […]

After the Steubenville Trial: Pity the Poor Victimizers


If you’ve spent any time on social media today, you’ll have heard about the dreadful coverage of the Steubenville rape verdict by some news outlets and TV networks. The prime target of ire has been CNN, which focused attention right away on the two perpetrators who were found guilty of raping a 16-year-old young woman […]