Emmily Bristol

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Emmily is an award-winning journalist, having received the Nevada Press Association’s Outstanding Journalist of the Year award in 2005, as well as recognition for news and feature stories. She has been praised for her work as a community organizer and was nominated for a Margaret Sanger award in 2012. A survivor of sexual abuse, Emmily has worked to be a voice for other survivors through her blogs, The Sin City Siren and The Tired Feminist, as well as through lobbying and activist work. She is a fierce advocate for women’s rights, including serving as the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against a personhood initiative in Nevada in 2009/10. Her activism began when she was a student at the University of Oregon, where she graduated with a degree in English and minors in journalism and women’s studies. Her blog The Sin City Siren was nationally syndicated in 2011. Emmily lives in Las Vegas with her husband and daughter. She tweets from @TheSinCitySiren.

Recent blog posts written by Emmily Bristol

New York City’s Slut Police

Is carrying condoms a crime? In New York it might just stop being evidence of one, if a new bill passes the state assembly. Just as Rush Limbaugh’s outrageous slut-shaming was hitting the airwaves, a bill that may help a lot of sex workers — as well as any woman who carries condoms in her […]

March Madness: If we let Limbaugh yell “Slut!” the terrorists win

So, admitted drug addict and destroyer of “traditional” marriage Rush Limbaugh shouted “Slut!” into his microphone this week and the country has turned on a dime. (Cue: Sound of record scratch.) Well, well, well lookey what we have here, folks. We’ve got ourselves a good old-fashioned slut-shaming! Honestly, I feel a little disappointed in Rush. I mean, slut? That’s the best you […]

Mind the Gap: Three Years in on Lilly Ledbetter… Are We There Yet?

Yesterday was the third anniversary of theLilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. And it seems a sorry state of affairs that I can’t report that much has changed. Indeed, I can’t even report that President Obama is still interested in sending a message that the health and prosperity of women is one of his key concerns as he […]

Why Feminists and LGBT Activists Should Care About the UFC

In November 2011 I joined the fight to get the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to enact a code of conduct, following a rape joke tweet by fighter Forrest Griffin. But since then, there’s been a spate of offensive tweets and public comments joking about rape and the sexual abuse scandal at Penn State. Meanwhile, they […]

Reality Bites: Love and Marriage in TV Land

Whenever I’m sick I give myself license to watch whatever trashy TV I want. And since my toddler started daycare, well… I’ve had a lot of colds lately! And with all this bed rest has come a lot more time in the world of reality TV. It’s my guilty pleasure! While watching Kourtney & Kim […]

On Roe v. Wade Anniversary, Nevada Proposes Third Anti-Choice Initiative

On this 39th anniversary of Roe v Wade, the guiding question for NARAL’s Blog for Choice Day is this: What will you do to help elect pro-choice candidates in 2012? And this got me thinking about the famous JFK quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do […]

The Fat Bitch Syndrome

In an attempt to give myself some me-time, I’ve been trying to read more lately. I used to be a voracious reader and have a degree in English Lit. But after years working as a journalist and professional writer, which makes reading a little like work sometimes, and now in my perma-exhausted state of motherhood, […]

The Ultimate Fighting Championship Has No Problem with Hate Speech

The mantel of hero has always been heavy. In the comics, Spiderman is told that with great power comes great responsibility. And even though the web-slinger might not be a real person, the advice rings true for our flesh-and-blood heroes, too. In these modern times, heroes come in a variety of forms built up by […]

The Conspiracy of Silence

**TRIGGER WARNING for sexual assault and sexual abuse survivors** Sometimes you don’t get any warning about bad news. When I turned on my TV this morning it was already tuned to ESPN and the story in progress was that of former Penn State Defensive Coordinator Jerry Sandusky. In case you missed it, Sandusky, who is […]