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Breasts on TV news — to help women or ratings?

A Washington, D.C. TV news program is showing real topless woman to demonstrate breast self-exams in the late afternoon and early evening — when children are sure to see it. The 4-part series started at the very end of breast cancer awareness month (October), which happened to be ratings sweep week. Is the series designed […]

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Talking About Abortion and Refusing to Be “Wrong”

By the time I learned I was carrying my son, now eight years-old, I had had two miscarriages, and my husband and I had a lot of emotions riding on this latest pregnancy. Still, I was in my late thirties, and planned to undergo that battery of tests around the third month for possible birth […]

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Do You Speak Matriarch? Yoo-Hoo Mrs. Goldberg & Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Yoo–Hoo Mrs. Goldberg, film about the life and work of Gertrude Berg, who spoke Matriarch to a nation before the advent of I Love Lucy. Pray the Devil Back to Hell, film about the women’s peace movement in Liberia, led by Leymah Gbowee, who remembered her mother-tongue and used it. This morning, during my usual […]

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How A Feminist Found Her Sexism

Posted with permission from On The Issues Magazine It’s been a surprise to find out what a sexist I really am. I’ve been calling myself a feminist for two decades, and surely was one for the two decades before that. I’m a woman who found myself with a female husband – the man I married […]

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Sometimes I Feel As Thought I’m Going to Pull My Hair Out

Juliette’s story originally appeared as part of The NFCA Story Project. Juliette lives in Nashville, Tennessee. I’m Juliette and on February 28th I began the process of being a caregiver to my 75 year old grandmother, Lou. I’m 27, work full time and volunteer on the weekends through May. At the end of Feb., Nana […]

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The Antidote for Summer Fat Panic

As summer approaches, women’s magazines start the relentless "get ready for bikini season" drum beat, and millions of women succumb to fat panic. The usual response – a new diet – is actually the worst possible response. Diets don’t work, and leave you more miserable than ever. But there’s another way that does work. Beauty: […]

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Ambivalent Relationships – with feminism and with Twitter

Ambivalence about feminism Yesterday, we had the privilege of attending "Finding Your Voice," the opening session of the 2009 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL), an incredible yearly event presented by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA). "Finding Your Voice," led with skill, energy […]

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Fem2.0 Twittercast: Mommies and Feminists – The Great Divide

This week, we’re doing the Twittercast originally scheduled for Mother’s Day: Fem2.0 Twittercast: Mommies and Feminists – The Great Divide Sunday, May 18, 2009, 10 PM EST To join the Twittercast, see here Moderators: Veronica Arreola and Tifanei Moyer There is an apparent disconnect betweet mom bloggers & feminist bloggers. What lives at the intersection […]

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About that Nation article on moms, feminism & blogging….

Nona & I talked over the phone for a good 45 minutes about this article. I knew immediately that she got the issue as I was communicating it. Her prompt was simple – why aren’t young feminists connected to mother issues and vice versa?

 As someone who has been a feminist activist in some form […]

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Fem2.0: Sunday Tweetchat on Domestic Violence and Popular Culture

Topic: Domestic Violence and Popular Culture April 19, 2009, 10 PM EST To join Twittercast, see here. Heather Holdridge and Joanne Bamberger (aka PunditMom) will lead Sunday’s Fem2.0 Tweetchat on domestic violence and popular culture. Domestic violence is one of the most popular issues discussed in the feminist blogosphere and yet, it doesn’t seem to […]

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