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Must-read articles re: Steubenville

Henry Rollins comments on Steubenville rape verdict

Steubenville: this is rape culture’s Abu Ghraib moment

Why are we supposed to have sympathy for rapists? (Contains links to lots of other relevant information as well.)

Sign this petition to tell the media directly that their coverage sympathizing with rapists is not okay. 

So you’re tired of hearing about “rape culture”?

Toxic Masculinity by the amazing Jaclyn Friedman

Prevent another Steubenville: what all mother’s must do for their sons


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A list of feminist TED Talks (besides TEDxWomen)

When I tried to find feminist TED Talks, my search proved more tedious than I had expected.  Of course there are videos from the wonderful TEDxWomen, an annual conference “highlighting leading-edge innovators and powerful ideas from women and girls around the world – and a few men too.”  But this conference has only happened twice and I thought surely there are feminist Talks from before TEDxWomen, as well as outside the conference. There certainly are. And there are localized TEDxWomen events. I encourage you to seek all these videos out. 

Here’s my list of feminist TED Talks. This list is not comprehensive and I may add to or alter it over time. There are, after all, so very many TED Talks and not nearly enough time to watch them all.  I enjoyed some of these videos more than others – I imagine you’ll have a similar experience – so they’re in a very rough order based on how highly I recommend them.  Have anything to add? Do let me know in the comments! 


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Election Results Round-Up

Women in the Senate

A new record was set in the November 6, 2012 election with 20% of the U.S. Senate now comprised of women leaders (the previous record was 18%). The year 2010 saw the first net loss of women Senators since 1976, but they’re on the rise again. It’s important to see women in these positions because it will only encourage and inspire more to run for office. Here’s a list of the women Senators; click their names to learn about them.

  • Mazie Hirono (D-HI) new elect
  • Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) new elect
  • Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) new elect
  • Deb Fischer (R-NE) new elect
  • Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) new elect. first openly gay senator.
  • Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
  • Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
  • Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
  • Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
  • Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
  • Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
  • Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
  • Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
  • Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
  • Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
  • Susan Collins (R-ME)
  • Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
  • Kay Hagan (D-NC)
  • Patty Murray (D-WA)
  • Maria Cantwell (D-WA)

Also, as of the election, New Hampshire is represented in the U.S. Congress only by women. They also have a woman governor.

Legal Status of Same-Sex Marriage

Four states (Maine, Minnesota, Washington, Maryland) voted to legalize love. In other words, same-sex marriage is now allowed in a total of eight states and D.C. Click here to find an interactive map with some history of same-sex marriage since 1990. Highlights:

  • Between 1996-97, 22 states banned it by statute.
  • An Alaskan judge was the first to legalize it in Feb. 1998; by Nov. a constitutional amendment overturned that.
  • Massachusetts legalized in 2004.
  • The same year in Nov, 12 states made marriage and/or civil unions illegal under the constitution. Seven more did the same in 2006.
  • 2009 saw a lot of activity: IA, VT, and CT legalized, several others gave some or all civil union rights.

And the current standings:

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