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does abortion belong in popular films? a response

Recently, Jaime Keiles (of the Seventeen Magazine Project) asked some great questions about films and abortion: why do so few films depict abortions? Should we see them in films more often? Jaime had just finished watching Enter the Void, which includes a pretty realistic abortion scene. She noted that the scene made her uncomfortable, but […]

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The State of (Women in) the Union: Tonight’s Speech

The very first exchange in Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues is as follows, “I bet you’re worried.” “We were worried.” “We were worried about vaginas.” I’ll admit it, after being a fervent Hillary Clinton supporter for years (and not just because I’m a New Yorker or a Seven Sisters College graduate), when Barack Obama won […]

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what about this weekend

Reading Materials: The book “Girls are Mighty Fine” by Amy Martin is her newest collection  of cartoons, following The Single Girls and Bachelor Girl’s Mother Goose. Martin takes on female friendships and lifestyles in a way that’s gritty, honest and relatable — and it’s great to see a female cartoonist out there! (via Ms. Magazinee). […]

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“Bhutto”- A Woman and Her Country

Cross-posted with permission from Marcia G. Yerman With the assassination of Salman Taseer, the Governor of Punjab Province in Pakistan and an outspoken opponent of religious extremism, the divisions within Pakistani society are once again in the news.  Perhaps there is no better time to see the documentary Bhutto, which not only tells the story […]

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Saving a Mother’s Life: The Case for Abortion

It used to be that most politicians, even those calling themselves “pro-life”, would allow for abortion for rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. That’s been the case for a long time. I can recall as a young woman, in the days before the Roe v. Wade decision January 22,1973, hearing of […]

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Catcalling and Gang Rape: The Manifestations of Global Gender Discrimination

Angelique’s village was invaded in the middle of the night.  She was tied up and suspended between two trees, her legs spread wide apart.  Seven men violently plunged themselves into her before she passed out from severe, torturous pain.  Later, they shoved sticks up her ruined and ravaged vagina.  She developed a medical condition that […]

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what about this weekend

Reading Materials: Her Place at the Table: A leadership guide from women for women. Judith Williams, Deborah M. Kolb and Carol Frohlinger Jossey-Bass give us generally realistic and practical advice for this modern work environment. For more information, click here. Correspondence Course: An Epistolary History of Carolee Schneemann and Her Circle is a book of […]

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Hard Wired for Traditional Gender Roles

A light went on over my head the other day.  My boyfriend and I have had various conversations over the years about what might take us to another city.  I suddenly realized my general assumption was if he took a job elsewhere, that would be where we move.  It never occurred to me that were […]

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Working for Men vs. Working for Women: First Thoughts

In one of my previous posts, I mentioned the joys of working at an organization where the majority of employees were women. I enjoyed my work there, but, unfortunately, it was a temporary position, so I am on to something new. I made a big change: from a non-profit focused on women’s issues to a […]

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Women, Security, and the Sudan Referendum

This week, voters are flooding the polls in Sudan to vote on a referendum to allow the South to secede and form its own, independent country.  Despite concerns of violence and unrest, the vote has been largely peaceful and is expected to yield a victory for the independence movement.  However, despite the success so far, […]

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