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Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Great State of Florida Has No Use For Your Potty Mouth

Last week, on the floor of the Florida House, Representative Scott Randolph used a word that earned him a rebuke from GOP spokesperson, Katie Betta: “The Speaker has been clear about his expectations for conduct on the House for during debate. At one point during the debate, he mentioned to the entire House that members [...]

Montana State Representative Alan Hale Rails Against DUI Laws

It should be noted that Alan Hale owns a bar. Last week Alan Hale voted yes on Montana’s HB 544 , a bill that would require a doctor performing an abortion to “screen” the abortion seeker an hour beforehand to make certain they aren’t being “coerced” into having a legal medical procedure. Hale has also [...]

Women’s Police Stations in Latin America and access to justice

I just came across a study, which was released at the end of 2010 about a phenomenon that, I believe is pretty specific to Latin America: Women’s Police Stations (WPS). The first WPS opened in São Paulo, Brazil in 1985 and now similar ones can be found in 13 Latin American countries. The study, Women’s [...]

Gun Registries Don’t Stop Suicide, Mental Health Services Do

[Note: This article has a trigger warning, for descriptions and discussion of suicide. Also, at the author's request, comments on this post have been turned off.] A young woman goes to the mall, buys a gun, and shoots herself in the parking lot. There are a lot of potential responses to this story; we could [...]

A Tale of Two Sexisms

“Progress ahoy!” I exclaimed when I came across some Spanish speaking media reporting of The Manual for the Non-sexist Use of Language recently distributed to government offices across Mexico. The manual seeks to reduce comments that enforce gender stereotypes, as well as the default use of the masculine form in the Spanish language. This pervasive [...]

Your Body Is A Murderland

Friends: I have a lot of interests. Feminism, chili cheese fries, talking about feminism while eating chili cheese fries… the list goes on! However, one of my interests is “blogs about tattoos.” They always brighten my day a little. Mostly because I get to judge people, which is really my function in this life. You [...]

Tiger Earplugs: Mal Blum

Yesterday I went to GayBiGayGay, the annual queer rock festival at the end of South By Southwest. This was their first year in a new location, it was a beautiful day, and the ZiegenBock was reasonably priced – so reasonably priced that I spent most of the afternoon trying to take a nap. But before [...]

Quick Hit: Girls Rock Camp Austin SXSW Day Party

I just woke up, so it will take me time to fight the 6 other people in this apartment for the one shower, but this is where I’m going to be all day.

“100 Best Female Characters” List Is Actually “Pretty Much Every Female Character Ever” List

Here’s a fun game for those at home: See how long you can click through, before you get too depressed to continue. Teenager, go-go dancer, hooker, teenager, “MILF”… yep, that’s enough for me! Who’s Number One? Ellen Ripley? Seems reasonable. And that’s when I clicked “close gender.”

I Haven’t Done This Much Notetaking Since College: A Report From #SXSW

Hello from vivacious Austin! I’ve just wrapped up two days of panels and events and already I’ve seen some amazing things. Here are the two best events I’ve attended so far: Clay Shirky’s “Why Would We Think Social Media is Revolutionary?” was absolutely engrossing. Shirky explained that social media tools can act as leverage in [...]