Street Harassment USA

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Hey, baby! Oh mami, come over here. Smile for me, sweetheart! Chances are, most of us have heard some variation of these catcalls. In fact, 65 percent of women and 25 percent of men in the U.S. have encountered street harassment, according to a recent study. Of the women surveyed, 57 percent experienced verbal harassment […]

Protest Saturday: Misogynistic MRA Conference in Detroit

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This Saturday, a group of protesters in Detroit will rally in Grand Circus Park and march to the Doubletree Hotel, demanding that the hotel cancel the upcoming Conference for Men’s Issues. The conference, hosted by well-known men’s right’s organization A Voice For Men (AVfM) is set to take place at the hotel from June 26th-28th, […]

#StopTheSultan: Live-Blogging the Rally Today in Beverly Hills!

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UPDATE: The rally is over, but the protest against the Sultan of Brunei’s draconian new penal code continues! Tweet with the hashtag #StopTheSultan and sign the petition here. TODAY!! At noon in Beverly Hills, in the park at the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Beverly Drive! Come protest against the Sultan of Brunei and condemn […]

Why We Can’t Support Hotels Owned by the Sultan of Brunei

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Much of Hollywood’s money goes to the Beverly Hills Hotel as it’s a popular spot for conferences, galas, award ceremonies and fundraisers. However, the tony hotel is part of the Dorchester Collection, a hotel group owned by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, dictator of the Southeast Asian nation, Brunei. It has recently come to light that the […]

10 Years Ago Today, We Marched in Numbers Too Big to Ignore!

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Ten years ago today, I marched through Washington, D.C., past the White House, with my sister (and Ms. Blogger) Melissa and my 8-year-old nephew Isaac. OK, young Isaac didn’t make it the whole way, but my sister was determined that her son’s first experience supporting women’s rights and social justice be a big one. And […]

Celebrate International Anti-Street Harassment Week!

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Amy-Louise had her first experience with street harassment at the age of 13 when a boy groped her while she was walking home from school. She, like many women, has been so traumatized by a lifetime of sexual harassment that she struggles with severe anxiety and only feels safe in public when accompanied by her […]

25 Reasons We Love Gloria Steinem on Her 80th Birthday

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1. She co-founded Ms. magazine 2. She said, “A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.” 3. She used her skill has a journalist to explain and fight for women’s rights. 4. She went undercover as a Playboy Bunny not to write a sexy story but to expose harsh, […]

Forgotten Heroes and Incomplete Victories

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Nancy Pelosi isn’t the only one who’s been visited by the suffragists. In fact, they came to see me first. While I was writing a paper late one night, they appeared in my dining room. Tell our story. Don’t just do an academic exercise, they insisted. “That’s not what the professor assigned,” I argued, rubbing […]

Gloria Steinem: Why Our Revolution Has Just Begun

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If I had to pick a couple of myths about the women’s movement that are most wrong, I think two might be tied for worst place. One is that this movement—also known as women’s liberation, feminism, womanism, mujerista!, grrrls and more—is only for white middle-class women. The second myth is that women of the ’70s […]

How Many of These Early Black Feminists Do You Know?

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Though black feminists have wielded social media to make willful strides into public consciousness, black feminism is nothing new. The challenge of being doubly oppressed as a black woman has always colored feminist conversations, and minority women rarely have the luxury of fighting solely on behalf of their gender. The question of intersectionality predates hashtags […]