On March 8 in Italy, A Man Gave Me Flowers


Seven years ago, on March 8, I was standing on a cobbled street in Milan when a man ran up from behind me shouting, “Bella donna! Bella donna! Momento!” My Italian was negligible, but I understood the request for a moment of my time. When I turned I saw a middle-aged Milanese man kneeling in […]

Wearing a Tube Top Does Not Equal Consent


In a disgraceful judgment by the provincial court of Manitoba, Canada, Justice Robert Dewar allowed a convicted rapist to walk away with nothing but a curfew and a mandatory letter of apology to his victim. The reason? She was wearing a tube top, high heels and make-up the night of the rape–and she was drinking […]

NEWSFLASH: Good News for Same-Sex Nuptials and Unions


In a move eagerly anticipated by gay rights advocates since his election in 2008, President Obama has ordered the Justice Department to cease its defense of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)–bringing federal marriage equality one step closer to reality. The 1996 act defines marriage as a legal union between a man and woman and allows […]

NEWSFLASH: Mubarak is Ousted, Egypt is Free!

Image: A mother carries her daughter on her sho

Joyful screams–”Allahu Akbar!” “God is great!”–tears and hugs erupted in the streets and in homes across Egypt this morning as the 30-year reign of former president Hosni Mubarak at last came to an end. Protests began on Jan. 25 and have continued for nearly three weeks. Following three devastating speeches to the contrary, Mubarak finally […]

OK, Piers Morgan, That’s Enough


CNN recently replaced long-time host Larry King with British TV presenter Piers Morgan, and Piers is a real gift to the ladies. He’s a hard-hitting, thought-provoking “journalist” who gets right to the heart of things–like the time he asked former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice if she’s “high maintenance” or “romantic,” and if she “dreams […]

Startling Stats on Transgender Discrimination


We’ve all heard the expression: “Kids can be so cruel.” Now we have stats to back it up, at least in terms of their treatment of gender-nonconforming children. A new study shows that the non-conformers face rates of cruel harassment and discrimination far higher than cisgender kids–and that discrimination has palpable effects in adulthood. According […]

Vintage No Comment: Young and Innocent, 1977


This ad for New West magazine, a short-lived California version of New York magazine, appeared in the January 1977 No Comment section of Ms. Coincidentally, New York magazine published the first-ever edition of Ms. as a one-page insert in 1972. Do you think the same sort of advertising geniuses are behind this campaign that “pretends” […]

Abortion at Risk: Where Does Your State Stand?

Anti-Abortion Bills

In the wake of Republican victories in the November midterms, abortion rights have taken a pummeling. On the federal level, as mapped out in the latest issue of Ms., the Republican takeover of the House presents a massive threat to reproductive rights. Already, the House has introduced a “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” While […]

What’s That Silver Ribbon You’re Wearing?


When Barack Obama was on the campaign trail, running for Senator of Illinois, he met Dr. Sophia Yen–a pediatrician and women’s health activist–who had one very important question: “Where do you stand on reproductive rights?” To which Obama simply replied, “I trust women. Period.” That one simple phrase ignited a movement to make reproductive rights […]

Vintage No Comment: Missing the Boat, 1977


This advertisement appeared in the No Comment section of the Nov. 1977 issue of Ms. This one’s dedicated to you, Hugh Hefner–congrats on your latest engagement. Can we interest you in renting a yacht?