“Some people ask, ‘Why the word feminist?”

Some people ask, ‘Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?’ Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general – but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. It would […]

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#womenslives: Women on the Run – @msmagazine

“Women on the run” is how the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees describes the population of Central American mothers (and children) at the U.S. / Mexico border. In a recently issued report, UNHCR describes the “surging tide of violence in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala,” both domestic and gang-related, that is forcing thousands of mothers and children to escape to […]

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#guestpost: advancements in the sex industry that should concern women by @kateharveston

Guestpost by Kate Harveston, Political Journalist & Blogger. Kate writes at onlyslightlybiased.com and tweets @kateharveston. It seems like there are articles in the news every other day about changes and advances in technology — and they’re happening across industries, even in the sex industry. The sex industry has almost exclusively been dominated by the desires of men, and women seeking the same were often […]

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#capitalismwilleatitself: Defanged and sprinkled with glitter, what does modern feminism offer girls today? – @feministcurrent

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Today’s girls still grow up surrounded by male contempt. The pornification of mainstream culture, of popular music and videos, and the constant scrutiny of social media sees their sexual objectification intensify. The conversation around their right to access abortion rages on. Cuts upon cuts are made to women’s domestic and sexual violence services, and astronomically expensive childcare costs inhibit their […]

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#maleficentmisogyny: women as incubators: How US law dehumanizes pregnant women -@broadly

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Today, many American women find themselves the subject of intense surveillance during pregnancy. Even as pregnant women happily anticipate the birth of a healthy child, families, friends, health care providers, and government officials often scrutinize their actions for behavior that could potentially risk the health of the developing fetus. Increasingly, widely held beliefs about how the “good” pregnant woman should […]

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#patriarchiesrealign: what does it mean when we call women girls?

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Tackling the “girl” trend has become a bit of a trend in itself, but often these pieces elide a meaningful distinction between two kinds of “girl” book: those whose plots revolve around actual, underage girls and those whose titles describe adult women. Conflating the two makes sense if you’re wondering how girly the market has gotten (answer: very), but—as any […]

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#research: medical abortions online safe and effective

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[Though still illegal for the women of Ireland.] A study into women who seek abortion pills online in the face of strict laws against terminations has found that almost 95% safely ended their pregnancy without surgical intervention. Experts say the study underscores the safety of medical abortion, and highlights that women who go on to experience symptoms of possible complications […]

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