Why Cosmo Is Getting Serious About Its Reproductive Rights Coverage | ThinkProgress

“It all comes down to one core value, which is that we are unequivocally for women’s rights. It’s that simple,” Cosmopolitan.com’s editor, Amy Odell, told ThinkProgress when asked about the apparent editorial shift. “We believe every woman should have access to safe, affordable health care, and when that right is threatened, we’re not afraid to tackle those threats head-on.”

"Women from all walks of life have told me … ‘even when we’re at the table we’re not at the table because of what you said—it’s about not listening, not being valued, not being respected,’” she said.

“My mom thinks this ‘War on Women’ is not just about women’s health, it’s really about control,” Van de Putte continued. “Now, maybe that’s the perspective of her generation but I have to believe when something violent is done against women, whether it’s sexual abuse or discrimination, it’s never about the violence, it’s about the control."

Leticia Van de Putte’s Lite Guv Bid Assures One Outcome: She will be heard - News and Politics - San Antonio Current

awritersruminations:

Nobody’s going to save you.
No one’s going to cut you down,
cut the thorns around you.
No one’s going to storm
the castle walls nor
kiss awake your birth,
climb down your hair,
nor mount you
on the white steed.

There is no one who
will feed the yearning.
Face it. You will have
to do, do it yourself.

—Gloria Anzaldúa, “Letting Go”

"When you’re bossy, you’re explicit. You know what you want and you say what you mean. It’s my dream, my goal in life, to be surrounded by unrelentingly bossy women, and I think it’s far more effective to encourage girls to be bossy so that they might one day be the boss."

Ban Bossy? I Don’t Think So. Be Bossier. | Slog

"Many bourgeois living-room feminists—from Susan Brownmiller to Jill Filipovic—believe that all rape is about power and not about sex. Contrarians, like Paglia, argue back that it is a primitive sexual act. Rape may be a sexual act, but much of consensual sex, too, is about power, and in any case I am not interested in what motivates a rapist. I am interested in what permits him."

Your Friends and Rapists — Medium


"The Guardian Princesses, they are more like, go there and do it for yourself," Marco says. "You can do anything you put your mind into it. You don’t have to wait for anybody. You can work together with Prince Charming and do stuff for the world, but you don’t have to sit there and wait for him to rescue you."
[New Princesses Rescue Girls From A Distressed Damselhood : NPR]

"The Guardian Princesses, they are more like, go there and do it for yourself," Marco says. "You can do anything you put your mind into it. You don’t have to wait for anybody. You can work together with Prince Charming and do stuff for the world, but you don’t have to sit there and wait for him to rescue you."

[New Princesses Rescue Girls From A Distressed Damselhood : NPR]

fygirlcrush:

The incredibly talented and super smart Evan Rachel Wood called out the MPAA on their misogynistic, sexist crap after seeing the new cut of her movie and she ain’t wrong. 

(via drawmelikeoneofyourmexicangirls)

To People on Twitter calling me a whore:

jessicavalenti:

Being called a ‘slut’ as a young person is part of the reason I became an activist. So keep it up, assholes: every time you call a girl a whore, a feminist gets her wings. 

Boston Recap

stoptellingwomentosmile:

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When I first had the thought to travel with this project, I was hoping that I’d learn about street harassment from a different perspective by hearing the experiences of varying women that are specific to the city they live in.

That happened with Boston. 

The first day there I met with a small but diverse group of women at a coffee shop in Dorchester. Instead of having separate conversations with each woman, we all sat as a group and had an open conversation.
I learned that Boston has a huge number of students in one city due to the amount of colleges in and around the city. Elizabeth thought it was important to address that - how the culture of drinking in college impacts street harassment. She talked about being harassed during the day - in quiet, sober atmospheres. But also noted that if it were at night and the student men harassing had been drunk, the harassment would be much worse.

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I asked about the racial dynamic of Boston and if or how that affected how they were treated. Kristen talked about being a black woman, and how being well aware of how her black body is perceived makes her take into account what she decides to wear. She talked about seeing white women on the street wearing short or tight dresses, and how as a black woman, she wouldn’t be able to wear the same thing without being treated differently. 
Brandie, from Hollaback Boston, also spoke on being a black woman and the way people seem entitled to invade her physical space by touching her hair.

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We talked more and many other perspectives were discussed: 
Kristen is originally from the south and never experienced street harassment before moving to Boston. 
Rachel, a Harvard student, touched on how what she wears sometimes determines what’s said and how it’s said to her. 
Britni, also from Hollaback Boston, was particularly bothered by the entitlement men feel to interrupt her and not allowing her to just move about freely. 

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I worked with Karin Goodfellow of the Boston Art Commission to find wall spaces to wheat paste. She secured a few walls for me before I got to the city, and I reached out to more contacts to find more spaces while I was there. The walls that were secured were bigger spaces than I’d previously pasted in Brooklyn which was exciting. I could go larger. Most of the wheat pastes that I did in Boston were 3-4x larger than any I’d done in NY. To do this, I printed the posters out in sections, and put them together on the wall.

Boston was very beautiful. It’s a quaint, conservative city with lovely houses and golden leaf scattered streets that went up and down hills. 
I didn’t, however, notice much street art. Because of that, I’m glad I had walls to paste already in place. Finding them on my own would have been difficult because there didn’t seem to be many open walls to just paste on.

There were a few spaces that I didn’t get to wheat paste due to scheduling with the building owners. I’m planning to come back to the city.
But thanks for a good first run, Boston.

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harikondabolu:

My Conan standup debut from last October. Race, gender and chocolate. The usual. Notice how I’m courageously battling a cold!

Such a crush I have on this fellow, I tell ya.