Yes, Pharrell, You’re Allowed to Be a Feminist!

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Back in May, Pharrell Williams was asked by Britain’s Channel 4 News if he considers himself a feminist. “I don’t think it’s possible for me to be that,” he said. “I’m a man. It makes sense up until a certain point. But what I do is—I do support feminists. I do think there’s injustices. There are […]

NEWSFLASH: Walmart Workers to Strike on Black Friday

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Scooping up bargains will be a little more difficult this Black Friday (November 28) when workers at an estimated 1,600 Walmart locations strike for a living wage. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) and OUR Walmart have partnered to help workers demand a $15/hour minimum wage and guaranteed full-time hours. The organizations are using the Black […]

The Beauty Industry’s Invisible Victims

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Getting a manicure or a blowout is a regular part of many women’s grooming routines, and we’re all familiar with the risks those treatments can sometimes involve. But we don’t always consider the consequences of hair and nail pampering on the women providing those services. A new report from Women’s Voices for the Earth, “Beauty […]

We Heart: Students Fighting Victim-Blaming With #MyAntiRapeFace

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Here’s one way to offend students (and, you know, women who reside on planet Earth): Tell them their facial expressions cause sexual assault. That’s exactly what one violence-prevention advocate did recently at Ramapo College in New Jersey. According to campus newspaper The Ramapo News, Cory Rosenkranz, a psychological counselor at the school, put the responsibility for preventing sexual assault squarely […]

We Heart: HuffPost Canada’s Tribute to Rape Survivors

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On Sunday, The Huffington Post Canada offered up a haunting tribute to rape survivors. Using tweets shared with the trending hashtag #BeenRapedNeverReported, HuffPost filled its landing page and the front page of its Living section with truth-telling revelations. The hashtag was created by former Toronto Star reporter Antonia Zerbisias and Montreal Gazette writer Sue Montgomery in support of […]

All About That Catcalling Video

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By now you’ve probably heard about the catcalling video co-created by anti-street-harassment group Hollaback! and Rob Bliss Creative. The video features a woman who, while walking around New York for 10 hours, gets harassed by men more than 100 times; it’s been making its way speedily around the Internet and think-pieced in high volume. While some have come out in […]

NEWSFLASH: North Dakota Court Restricts Medication Abortions

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The North Dakota Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a state law restricting medication abortions will be allowed to take effect, severely limiting women’s access to a safe, legal medical procedure. Said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which first filed a lawsuit challenging the bill in July 2011: Today’s decision […]

Baby North West Gets Gender-Policed

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Little Miss North West is not even 2 years old and already she’s stirring up trouble with the gender police. Her father, Kanye West, claims he invented the leather jogging pant, so it was no surprise to see little North sporting a pair of the slick trousers on her mother Kim Kardashian’s Instagram last week. What was surprising, […]

Fox News Host to Young Women Voters: “Go Back on Tinder”

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It seems that conservatives are determined to quash the millennial vote before the midterms next month: they’ve moved polling places off college campuses, introduced unnecessarily strict voter ID laws and now they’re advising young women to skip the polls and “go back on Tinder or Match.com.” In a segment of Fox News’ “The Five” earlier this week, co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle […]

Victory! Thrift Store Pulls Sexy Halloween Costumes for Girls

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If you’re a Halloween enthusiast, you may know that one of the best places to pick up inexpensive pre-fab costumes is the local thrift store. What you probably wouldn’t expect to see are skimpy, sexed-up outfits for little girls—but that’s exactly what one Canadian thrift store had on offer recently. Mom and writer Raina Delisle penned a […]