Today in the lovely land down under of Australia, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission is considering adding a third gender option to passports and government documents. This new gender status option, which will be labeled "intersex," seems like a progressive step forward for gender activists, but is it really? Read more and give us your thoughts after the jump.
Nick Friedman is the first male editor of Scholastic's Parent & Child, a magazine whose readership is 85% women the New York Times reports. Apparently, most magazines are run by the gender they intend to cater to (BTW, non-bitches need not apply!), and while homemaker mags have been run by dudes before (Good Housekeeping was founded by Clark W. Bryan in 1885), there seems to be a "mommy club" that men remain outside of.
Feminist bookstores have been closing their doors because of hard economic times. Here's an opportunity for activism to save In Other Words, a non-profit feminist bookstore in Portland, Oregon. If you've got a bit of change to spare, we can ALL help make a miracle happen this month.
If you haven't heard about While She Was Out, you're definitely not alone. This low-budget horror/thriller written and directed by Susan Montford opened in just a handful of theaters this weekend, and I was one of the two people who showed up to see it during an opening night showing in NYC. It's a pretty sure bet that this would have gone direct-to-DVD if it didn't have Guillermo del Toro among its ten (!) producers. But I'm glad it did make it to theaters, because despite its shortcomings, While She Was Out is actually worth a look.... (more after the jump).
B-word / Bitch Magazine is currently accepting applications for an Americorp
employee to work here in our office in NE Portland. The stellar
individual who takes on this job of "B-Word Outreach Coordinator" will
be responsible for ramping up our connectons with individuals in
Portland and around the country through our magazine, events and
activities, our website, Internet social networking and more.
The position runs January - August, is at 19 hours / week and could expand in length and hours afterwards!
Sound like fun? The deadline to apply is December 21st, so send in your application ASAP!
Turns out Versace is not just weird and sexually creepy in their print ads (see above), they're also weird and sexually creepy toward their employees! Or one in particular, anyway. Former Versace aide Fay Rodriguez sued the fashion giant on Wednesday for gender discrimination, saying she was
forced to relay sexually explicit voicemail messages and was fired when
The American Prospect is currently featuring an article with Andi Zeisler. The article talks about, among other things, the financial future of feminist publications in the current economy, in addition to analyzing taken-for-granted attitudes regarding feminism.