When I got the news about the passing of Nelson Mandela, like everyone, I was overwhelmed with an extraordinary wave of sadness. Mandela was a legend to the world, freedom fighter and prisoner turned President and racial uniter. To both my parents who grew up in colonial Africa, he was their Martin Luther King Jr., […]
If you’ve ever picked up a copy of Bitch Magazine, or in recent years shared one of the many viral-worthy posts from its Bitch Blog, you can thank Andi Zeisler. The former Sassy intern — a legendary publication to many in my generation — started Bitch with co-founders Lisa Jervis and Benjamin Shaykin back in 1996 before the internet was […]
News this week has been filled with coverage of the Supreme Court’s announcement that it will hear two challenges to the HHS contraception mandate. Consider the possible outcomes in the context of this smattering of stories also from this week’s news: “Bad Eating Habits Start in the Womb.” “Woman Forcibly Sedated, Caesarian Performed Without her […]
This past weekend, full of pumpkin pie and enjoying a few days off, I watched one of my all-time favorite movies, Desk Set. Set in the 1950s, it features Katharine Hepburn as a librarian and Spencer Tracy as a representative from a computer company. Tracy is trying to install the new Emerac computer in Hepburn’s library to automate the library’s reference services. Fearing for their jobs and determined to show their worth, Hepburn and her team of librarians set out to prove that they can produce faster and more accurate results to reference questions than the Emerac can — the machine, by the way, is comically large enough to fill almost an entire half of the library. The Emerac tragically loses to Hepburn and her team’s efficiency.
Rape became politicized during last year’s election. Extreme conservatives favored the modifiers “legitimate” or “forcible” while feminists countered with the slogan, “Rape is rape.” When a woman is raped during an armed conflict, rape takes on a different character. Rape becomes a weapon of war -− a cheap weapon of war. Under any circumstance, rape […]
Editor’s Note: This Thanksgiving our bloggers say “Thank You” to their family, friends, heroes and to anyone who played an important role in their lives. I would like to Thank the amazing Fem2pto community for its support all these years and all the people who have been on my side since I moved to DC in […]
Yesterday was the first day of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence 2013 campaign and The Pixel Project is kicking things off with our 4th annual list of 16 female role models fighting to end violence against women in their communities. The intent of this list is simple: to highlight the good work […]
She was 14 when he raped her the first two times, 18 when he raped her the third time. He has since been arrested, charged, and convicted of his crimes. But a judge altered his sentence to include fines, probation, and community corrections for non-violent offenders – in other words, not a day of jail time. Now, his victim is speaking out, and thousands are calling for justice.
I thought a long time about sharing the photo on the left, but decided to because we have so many others that glorify violence against women and turn into a joke or a game – like the advert on the right, which is one of many similar ones where violence against women is glamourized. Sexy is […]