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Monthly Archives: May 2011

California Prisons: Really, Really Inhumane, Says the Supreme Court

Big news for California last week, with a decision in Brown v. Plata, an important case for prisoner rights. This case is primarily being reported in the media as a mandate for prisoner release, which to some extent, it is; it affirms a decision to mandate a reduction in California’s prisoner population to address prison [...]

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Please Come To This Event, I Will Be There, And There Is A Stage

Oh, hey! How was your weekend? It was full of fighting injustice, I’ve no doubt! And also, potentially, some hot dogs! WELL. Do I ever have some good news for you! Now that your weekend is over, your fun need not cease. For tonight, for ONE NIGHT ONLY, I will be reading at the Housing [...]

NARAL Virginia: This Saturday, jazz, cupcakes, activism and pro-choice advocacy

A friend who is organizing this event sent me a notice and I thought that given the current attacks on Reproductive Justice, our US based readers might be interested. From the event’s notice: Join us of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia to enjoy champagne, cupcakes, and a jazz trio in the beautiful Arlington Arts Center as we [...]

It’s like rain on your wedding day

I’m sure most of you are aware of the fauxtreversy surrounding Canadian couple’s decision to keep the phenotypical sex of their child Storm a secret.  From the BBC: Kathy Witterick and David Stocker have been widely criticised for imposing their ideology on four-month-old Storm. The family were the subject of a recent profile in the [...]

The ethics of feminist solidarity

Oh yes, if you thought I was going to beat the agonizing pony once more, you thought right. Because I am here to continue inflicting this nearly dead horse with some more pounding. I am, of course, talking about Dominique Strauss-Khan and the rape allegations which seem to be a never ending tale of misconducts, [...]

Rape: Surprisingly NOT Like Having a Flat Tyre, Actually

Meet Representative Pete DeGraaf of Kansas, if you haven’t already. Pete apparently believes that rape is 1. Inevitable and 2. A lot like having your car break down by the side of the freeway. In a debate on the House floor discussing a proposal to ban abortion coverage in health insurance policies, when another representative [...]

For Your Reading Pleasure: Sexual Inadequacy

In March the basic television musical Glee, site of so much critical dissection, had a show about sex and sex education called “Sexy.” It was a bold move for Fox to give airtime to an untried commodity like sex. The question on everyone’s mind was, of course, would it sell? In one scene the Glee [...]

Which Lady Is Saving Comedy Now?

Welcome, reader! As you well know, we have entered the era of Women In Comedy. Oh, sure! You could argue that women were always in comedy! Some scientists have traced evidence of these “comediennes” as far back as 1997. But this summer, what with the Bridesmaidsplosion, it seems eminently clear that ladies are (a) making [...]

Liberty, equality and fraternity for some; miniature French flags for others!

Most people barely know what exactly the International Monetary Fund does. At least here in Europe, it is seen as an institution that does “stuff”, related to banks? Economy? Corporations? The perception most people have of the IMF is, at best vague if not completely ignorant of its workings. It just doesn’t register much in [...]

Blame It On the Aspiration Gap: Creating a Youth Underclass

The Office for National Statistics in the United Kingdom released new unemployment figures last week, showing that approximately one million, or one in five, young people are unemployed. This is not a problem restricted to the United Kingdom; it’s a global issue, as evidenced by rising unrest in Spain, Greece, and other regions. Unemployment rates [...]