On Domestic Workers’ Day, A Call to Action

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Outside of the busy Vermont Metro station in Los Angeles today, dozens of domestic workers and supporters rallied to call for the passage of the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. “Behind many successful households there is a strong domestic worker,” said Altagracia Garcia to cheers. She and others spoke out for domestic workers’ legal […]

No Comment: March Madness, A Guide for Girls

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It’s that time of year again, gals. The time of year when we sit down, furl our lady brows, and try our darndest to take part in that gee-whiz-tough office tradition, the March Madness pool. I know it’s hard, what with the estrogen-fuddled brains and all, but thanks to winemaker Seven Daughters’ March Gladness table, […]

Feminist Backlash, Then and Now

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In August 1982, the No Comment section of Ms. magazine decried a decade of premature media eulogies for feminism and the women’s liberation movement. But the women’s movement wasn’t dead, it was under attack. In the 1980′s, feminist gains of the previous decade were turned upside down, shaken by the ankles and mutilated by conservatives […]

On March 8 in Italy, A Man Gave Me Flowers

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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” […]