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Feminspire | April 25, 2014

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How a Pope Became One of the World’s Biggest Superstars

February 17, 2014 | Kristy Pirone

Rolling Stone’s February cover star has never had a hit single. He hasn’t won an Olympic medal or established a trillion-dollar tech empire. But over the course of just one year, Pope Francis has touched the hearts and minds of … Read More

The Gross Imagery From NYT Mag Makes a Female Prez Seem Out of This World

January 27, 2014 | Emily Vrotsos | 2 Comments

Since Obama beat out Hillary for the Democratic nomination in 2008, Hillary’s supporters have been hoping she’d take another crack at the presidential election in 2016. We’re more than two years out from the election, and there’s already a … Read More

Michelle Obama: Superwoman, Feminist Nightmare, or None of the Above?

November 25, 2013 | Rhiannon Payne | One Comment

In an article published on Politico, writer Michelle Cottle claims that First Lady Michelle Obama has become nothing more than a “feminist nightmare.”

Referencing the controversial book by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Cottle’s piece is titled “Leaning Out.” In it she derides … Read More

Sex Debate: Will Lowering the Age of Consent Help or Hurt Young People?

November 20, 2013 | Emmy Fisher | 8 Comments

This week, the media in the UK was inflamed by a proposal by a leading health professional that the age of consent should be reduced from 16 to 15. Professor John Ashton, president of the Faculty of Public Health, suggested … Read More

If We’re Doing All The “Right” Things, Why Are We Still Unemployed?

November 13, 2013 | | 7 Comments

I am not an economist. But it doesn’t take an economist to realize that something is wrong with the economy. It doesn’t take an economist to realize that high unemployment is becoming a new standard, five years after the … Read More

Meet Tony Abbott: PM Now Stands For “Prime Misogynist”

September 17, 2013 | Kristy Pirone | 3 Comments

Australia’s newly elected prime minister, the Liberal party’s Tony Abbott, will soon be sworn in after a landslide victory on September 7 against the Labour party’s Kevin Rudd. A little over a year ago, Abbott was arguably best known throughout … Read More

Thanks, Canada: Bill For Equal Rights to Trans* Citizens Dies in Parliament

August 22, 2013 | Sherrie Silman | 2 Comments

In March, Bill C-279 was proposed to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to include ‘gender identity’ as a protected status alongside “race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability” (3.1). Bill C-279 would … Read More

Reflecting on the Past a Month After Striking Down Prop 8

July 30, 2013 | Carly Janine

Proposition 8 is GONE! The proposition limiting marriage to a man and a woman in California has been struck down. Gay couples in California will be issued marriage licenses and may continue the nuptials that were halted when Prop. 8 … Read More

5 Realistic Steps to End the War on Reproductive Rights

July 17, 2013 | Emily Vrotsos | 3 Comments

Let’s be real about the state of things. In the U.S. alone, we have multiple social civil wars raging in the government, in our communities, and even in our own homes. Our bipartisan government system has become increasingly … Read More

Why Including LGBT People is Changing the Definition of Marriage – For the Better

June 24, 2013 | Genie Leslie

I don’t know when I’ll get married, or who I will marry, or if we will have children, or where we will finally settle down. But I do know, and have always known, one thing: I don’t want to change … Read More

Do ‘Forced Fathers’ Get the Short End of the Pregnancy Stick? … No.

June 14, 2013 | Sherrie Silman | 15 Comments

Laurie Shrage’s recent opinion-piece in the New York Times Is Forced Fatherhood Fair? caused a lot of uproar this week. Reporting on suggestions from Jane Murphy (“legal scholar”) and Elizabeth Brake (“political philosopher”), Shrage’s piece argues that forcing biological fathers to … Read More

Julia Gillard, Australian Prime Minister, Faces Onslaught of Sandwiches

June 6, 2013 | Amanda Duncil | One Comment

The weather has been nice except for a hint of sandwich-related drizzle for Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who had to dodge the flying food items on two separate incidents last month during her tour of area high schools. One of the … Read More