Don’t Ms.: Black History Month, Skipping the Superbowl, Tweeting #DearJohn, And More!

As you may know, the recently introduced “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” threatens to redefine rape in order to deny some rape survivors health coverage. Speaker of the House John Boehner has labeled this bill a top priority and so I bring you a very important feminist event:

Everywhere: Tell John Boehner (and all of your representatives) that rape is rape and that you don’t support any bill that would place limits on women’s choices. You can take part in the Twitter campaign by tweeting at #DearJohn, contact your representatives the old fashioned way or adding your name to the petition at the bottom of this page. Let your voice be heard!

February 1st marks the beginning of Black History Month. President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, asking the United States to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Every Black History Month has a theme; 2010’s was black economic empowerment and this year’s theme is African Americans and the Civil War. Celebrate wherever you are!

San Francisco: The International Museum of Women is hosting its annual Celebrating Change benefit with art, music, cocktails, and fashion. February 3, 6-9 p.m.

New York: Your Health is Important–But Live a Little! Doctors Susan Love (author of Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book) and Alice Domar (co-authors of Live a Little! Breaking the Rules Won’t Break Your Health) talk about the serious, the silly and the superfluous in women’s health. January 31, 8:15 p.m.

Check out Into the Neon, an LGBTQ mixed media group exhibition, this week and next week for special nights of poetry readings, performance art and film screenings. January 31-February 12.

Apparently this weekend is Superbowl Sunday? I had no idea. If you’re looking for something to do that doesn’t involve cheering for sports, why not attend the Permanent Wave’s Feminist Performance Series and cheer feminism instead? The day will be full of music, poetry, art and baked goods to benefit the Center Against Domestic Violence in Brooklyn. February 6, 8-11 p.m.

Cambridge, Mass.: Come hear the first talk in The Gender & Security Seminar Series 2011 discussing the 10th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which underscores the importance of gender equality to peace and security efforts, and its applications. January 31, 5-6 p.m

Berate Boehner here:

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If you know of any other feminist events this week, post them in the comments. If you have an upcoming event to feature, email me at

Image by Niknaz Tavakolian from Into the Neon.


Dahlia Grossman-Heinze is a feminist, an avid viewer of every Real Housewives series and very into Britney Spears.