Come Saturday Morning: Joan Jett’s GOTV Video

By: Saturday November 1, 2014 6:45 am

Kudos for Joan Jett’s recognizing that the state level is where the battles are often the most intense.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things to Me

By: Saturday July 19, 2014 1:59 pm

When I received the invitation to host the book salon for Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me, I was sitting at a coffee shop listening to a white man I’d only just met explain the racial divide in St. Louis, Missouri. Full disclosure: I’m black and a native St. Louisan. As the man went on and on about some article on race that I just had to read and blah, blah, followed by another blah, I scrolled through my email and saw the book salon invite. And I laughed…hard…until my eyes watered. When the man asked what was so funny and I explained about the salon, he frowned and replied…wait for it…that not all men mansplain.

The Real “Orange is the New Black”: Women are the Fastest Growing Prison Population

By: Monday June 9, 2014 1:00 pm

I haven’t had time to binge watch the new season of Orange is the New Black, but the Sentencing Project has compiled some interesting statistics regarding the real subject of women in prison. Unsurprisingly, the US imprisons more women than any other place in the world, most of whom are low-level non-violent offenders, and many are there on drug related charges.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes, Melissa Gira Grant, Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work

By: Saturday May 3, 2014 1:59 pm

A worker bee by nature, Melissa Gira Grant is a busy woman. Primarily a freelance journalist covering sex, tech, and politics, in the streets and everywhere else, she came to reporting by way of writing creative nonfiction (for no money), labor organizing (for almost no money), and sex work (to make up for the no money). She writes true stories, mostly about living people, and only incidentally about her own life, although the media loves to construct her biography and make assumptions about her personal life due to her subversive subject matter.

Grant is very direct in her quest to create positive change regarding how sex work is viewed in society and what the work means in general.

The Struggle Continues … 41 years after Roe and Doe

By: Sunday January 19, 2014 7:15 pm

We are coming up to the 41st anniversary of Roe vs Wade and Doe vs Bolton. A couple of days ago, I received an email from the Center for Reproductive Rights entitled “Victory in North Carolina” saying that a federal judge (Catherine Eagles) struck down the North Carolina law forcing physicians to give an intravaginal ultrasound and discuss it with patients seeking an abortion.

This was seen as a victory. In the most obvious and narrow definition of the word, i.e., the defeat of the bill, it was a victory. However, the fact that we are facing increasing attacks on the ability of accessing a constitutional right 41 years after its being granted cannot be seen as a victory, it is demonstrable proof that patriarchy is still extremely powerful and has no intention of giving up the fight to control women’s bodies.

Who Runs the World?: Beyoncé Releases Essay on Gender Equality

By: Thursday January 16, 2014 2:45 pm

You read that right, Beyoncé has taken to the pages of The Shriver Report to offer her assessment on gender equality.

National Paid Family Leave May Finally Be on the Horizon

By: Saturday December 21, 2013 4:00 pm

According to the National Partnership for Women and Families (NPWF), just 12 percent of American workers can take paid leave time to tend to an illness in their household, and only about 40 percent can get time off for themselves through employer-sponsored disability coverage. This gap affects about two-fifths of the private sector workforce, or 40 million people—a vast deficit compared to many other industrialized countries, where paid leave is routine.

Now, though, some lawmakers are recognizing that taking a few weeks off to deal with a health challenge shouldn’t hurt your paycheck. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) have sponsored legislation to establish a nationwide paid family leave insurance program that would partially protect the wages of workers who take time off for the medical needs of themselves or their families.

“Separate but Equal” Shuts Down Women’s Health Care

By: Sunday December 1, 2013 5:20 pm

This week has a certain nostalgia for me. I am working the last four shifts in my home, Humboldt County. Nestled between pristine redwoods and dramatic cliffs overlooking the west coast of California, I want to stay here, but cannot. I am feeling the full force of the United States health care crisis. In the four years I have worked here eight of ten obstetricians in the southern half of the county have left, and now I find I am one of them.

Destroying The Princess Machine: Toy Company Remixes Beastie Boys Song, Advocates Toy Choices for Young Girls

By: Friday November 22, 2013 3:03 pm

Founder and CEO Debbie Sterling is a stunning example of practicing what you preach. She holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and sees the depressing statistic that only 11% of world’s engineers are women as an opportunity to, in her words, “disrupt the pink aisle”.

#MillionMaskMarch: Epic, Global — But Where Were the News Networks?

By: Thursday November 7, 2013 8:35 am

On November 5, 2013 tens of thousands of protestors marched in 477 locations around the globe. There were masks, chants, goofy signs, sincere view points, arrests, beatings, police opening up with non-lethal projectiles on protestors, flag burnings. There was lots of print/online coverage, but where were CNN, MSNBC and Fox News? And why weren’t they giving this global event any play?

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