Sweden’s Feminist Party Nearly Gets Into Parliament — And Pharrell Helps!

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On Saturday, September 13, the day before the Swedish general election, the leader of the Feminist Initiative (FI) party, Gudrun Schyman, joined U.S. music superstar Pharrell Williams on stage in front of nearly 10,000 people. It was the last big political stunt in what has been called a “super election year.” For the past eight […]

Sochi Watch: Fighting Homophobia With Smooches and Pooches

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There was a lot of excitement this week when what was thought to be an act of defiance came out of Russia: Two women athletes locked lips on the winners podium after winning a 4 x 400 meter relay in Moscow. Russian runners Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova were believed to be taking a symbolic […]

Historic All-Woman Race For Mayor of Paris

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Four women, one seat. So far, the 2014 mayoral election in Paris is a single-sex contest. The two biggest parties have chosen their candidates: Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, of the center-right Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP), and Anne Hidalgo of the Parti Socialiste (PS). Two other women are also widely expected to fight for the mayor […]

Face-Veil Ban Sparks French Riots

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The debate on the ban of face veils in public places in France has intensified since July 18, when police in the Paris suburb of Trappes arrested a man in connection with authorities’ efforts to check the identity of his veiled wife, triggering at least two nights of youth rioting and confrontations with police. The […]

Should You Have To Opt In for Internet Porn?

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Last week, UK prime minister David Cameron announced the introduction of an opt-in filter for online pornography on all British Internet providers. Currently the UK has an opt-out system, meaning that people must make an active effort to install a filter on their Internet to block pornographic content in their households. With the new system, […]

We’re Not Putin Up with It: Russia’s Anti-LGBT Agenda

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In California, many LGBT couples have now jubilantly exchanged vows since Prop 8 was finally overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. Over in Russia, though, Putin is attempting to eradicate every right for LGBTs across the nation. On June 30. Putin signed a bill banning “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations.” On July 3 Putin signed another bill […]

Bank of England Sees Sense (and Sensibility)

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The Bank of England has announced that British novelist Jane Austen will be replacing naturalist Charles Darwin on the £10 note ($15.36). This news comes after people were outraged at the announcement in April that social reformer Elizabeth Fry would be replaced by former prime minister Winston Churchill on the £5 note, causing a total […]

Women’s Tour de France Gains Speed

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Across the pond, women in sports have been making quite a splash in the media as of late. What with the Wimbledon debacle, followed by Muirfield’s sexist club membership policies, it’s about time we had some good news regarding sports in Britain. Luckily, this is looking likely to be the case. Ironman Triathlon legend Chrissie […]

Irish Feminists Still Fighting Church’s Political Influence

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SEE UPDATE AT BOTTOM. When I walked into Dr. Katherine O’Donnell’s Dublin flat, the first thing I saw was a weighty-looking tome resting in the middle of her dining table: Impure Thoughts: Sexuality, Catholicism and Literature in Twentieth-Century Ireland. It’s exactly the kind of book you’d expect to find in the home of a women’s […]

“Lose the Lads’ Mags” Campaign Causes Stir in U.K.

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A campaign, Lose the Lads’ Mags, has been launched against supermarkets in the U.K. that stock magazines featuring naked women in sexually explicit poses on their covers. Lawsuits are being threatened under the U.K.’s Equality Act of 2010. Lads’ mags such as Nuts and Zoo are much more explicit than their American counterparts, Playboy or […]