For women, one little word – “no” – can be very dangerous. Janese Talton-Jackson, 29 and the mother of three, is dead because she said that word to a man who was interested in her. He followed her out of a Homewood club early Friday morning and pumped a round from a shotgun into her… Read More For Women, “No” is a Dangerous Word
Instead of counting down the days in December until the 25th as my kids do most years, last month our household was counting down to the 18th – the day of the new Star Wars release, of course. Without spoilers, here’s a one word summary: AWESOME. Now with spoilers: Really, it was epically awesome. On… Read More It’s a Whole New (Old) Star Wars
Corporations and their gender policies seem to be all over the news these past two weeks. First, the good news. Last week, Netflix announced that it is starting a new family leave policy giving mothers and fathers unlimited paid time off for the first year after the birth or adoption of a child. [New York… Read More Corporate Gender Policies
Another week, another shooting, and another incident of a hate-filled man walking into a public place with a gun to enact his revenge … on women. Except this last part of the story seems to be missing from much of the reporting on the most recent shooting in a Lafayette movie theater. Last Thursday, police… Read More R.I.P. Sandra, Jillian, and Mayci
Woohoo! Soccer! World cup champions! Congratulations to the U.S. women who beat Japan, 5-2, in yesterday’s final game. We haven’t seen this much excitement about women’s professional sports since 1999, the last time team USA won the World Cup. But remember back then when all the talk was about ladies underwear? Specifically, everyone seemed to… Read More Women’s World Cup Champions!
Lots of people in my social media streams are talking about Bree Newsome, the community organizer who scaled a pole last Saturday and removed the confederate flag flying over the South Carolina state capitol. Her action was clearly about resisting racial oppression and racial justice, as she herself eloquently explained earlier this week: “For far… Read More Gender and Removing the Confederate Flag
This article in today’s Post-Gazette revisits an old debate in feminist circles about the sex industry: does sex work always victimize and exploit women? Or do women have agency and independence, and potentially gain economically and otherwise, from this labor? The problem is that a reductionist approach like this (“all sex trade work harms women”… Read More Is the Sex Trade Always about Victimizing Women?