A Texas protester rallies against the state's recent abortion rights restrictions. Photo by Mirsasha.
Is it possible to advocate for fetuses and babies without advocating for pregnant women?
Such a question might not even have been possible a generation ago. But over the past few decades a trend to treat fetuses as if they exist separately from pregnant women has reverberated throughout our culture and legal system, resulting in all sorts of illogical, surprising, and decidedly unfeminist positions.
Two weeks ago, women incarcerated at Estrella Jail in Phoenix, Arizona staged a hunger strike. Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who runs the jail, told media that the women were striking over the all-vegetarian meals being served. His direct quote was actually: "They ought to shut up and eat what they have, they happen to be in jail and I'm the sheriff and I'm the chief chef I decide what they eat.” Spinning the women's actions as just a knee-jerk response to having to eat vegetarian food helps turn a serious hunger strike into a punchline.
It's well known that female artists are underrepresented in art museums, but what about in our more modern and malleable institutions?
Next week, groups of artists and tech-savvy folks around the country are taking aim at gender imbalance in representation of female artists on Wikipedia. The "Art + Feminism Edit-a-Thon" being held in New York on February 1st has inspired simultaneous editing marathons in 17 other cities, all focused on adding more female artists to the public encyclopedia and fleshing out the meager entries of existing women artists.
Million of Indians took part in anti-rape protests this year, including this protest in Delhi in April. Photo by Ramesh Lalwani.
This past year has been a turning point for media discussion of sexual assault in India, with last December’s high-profile gang rape in Delhi generating unprecedented public interest in the treatment of women and unleashing extensive news coverage of sexual violence in the country. But despite this recent spike in reporting on issues of gender inequality, India’s media industry continues to be overwhelmingly male-dominated. Recent studies show that women make up only 2.7 percent of India’s local journalists.
A victim of sexual assault should be able to get a fair investigation without having to plead her case on national media.
But after prosecutors in the Missouri town of Marysville dropped rape and sexual exploitation charges against two locals, a teen girl and her mom are speaking out with the hope that media pressure will lead the state to reopen the case
"Yes, we believe that a partner-track attorney can be passionate about world affairs and celebrity gossip. On the same day. During the same coffee break. And there is nothing wrong with that. Welcome to the year 2013."
As we near this blog series on feminism and comedy, I think it's time I started getting honest with all of you. Uncomfortably honest. And here's the uncomfortable truth about me: I can't stop looking at Pinterest.