Women & Gender

In ‘Women, War & Peace’s ‘I Came to Testify’ Brave Bosnian Women Speak Out About Surviving Rape as a Weapon of War

Posted on October 13, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

When we discuss war and security, we don’t often explore its ramifications on women. Rape and sexual assault are common threats women face globally. But of all the artillery and tactics soldiers use, we rarely think of rape as a … Continue reading →

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I Want the World to Know, I’ve Got to Let It Show: Happy National Coming Out Day!

Posted on October 11, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Today is National Coming Out Day, an international day to celebrate the LGBTQ community coming out about their sexual orientation and gender identity. It’s about proudly embracing and declaring your identity to your family and friends. It’s a day of … Continue reading →

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Why We Need to Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, Not Columbus Day

Posted on October 10, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Most people in the U.S. think of today as Columbus Day. But I refuse to celebrate this asshole. A shitty explorer (who refused to admit that he wasn’t even in Asia), Columbus kidnapped, colonized, maimed and committed genocide to the … Continue reading →

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Warriors & Peacemakers: Innovative PBS Documentary Series ‘Women, War and Peace’ Explores Women’s Role in Conflict

Posted on October 4, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Cross-posted at Fem2pt0. As crystallized in the coverage of the North African revolutions, journalists, media pundits and the public often forget women’s participation in conflict and security. When people discuss war, they often don’t take women or gender into account. … Continue reading →

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On Race, Crime & Human Rights: 10 Lessons I Learned From Troy Davis

Posted on September 29, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

When I was a tween, my mom worked at a prison in Connecticut. She calculated the payroll for the correctional officers at a facility imprisoning male inmates. Listening to my mother talk about her job, my thoughts often wandered to … Continue reading →

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The Feminist / Sexist See-Saw Ride of the 2011 Emmys

Posted on September 20, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Cross-posted at Fem2pt0. Some assert women fare better on television than in films; more complex roles, feminist issues explored. With some feminist series receiving nominations – Parks & Rec, Mad Men, The Killing, Friday Night Lights, The Good Wife – … Continue reading →

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HPV Day and How Bachmann & Perry HPV Vaccine Debate Proves Neither Candidate Gives a Shit About Women’s Health

Posted on September 16, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

While I’m a novice political wonk, I’ve been resisting writing about the presidential campaigns of conservative douchebags Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Governor Rick Perry. Listening to their sexist, racist, ignorant rants makes me want to claw my ear drums out. … Continue reading →

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Emmy Week 2011 at Bitch Flicks: Why Steely Homicide Detective Sarah Linden of ‘The Killing’ Is So Refreshing

Posted on September 15, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. Who killed Rosie Larsen? This is the pivotal question that motivates The Killing. While a murder mystery, the true catalyst of the show resides in the nuanced characters, particularly steely homicide detective Sarah Linden. Often … Continue reading →

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Emmy Week at Bitch Flicks!

Posted on September 8, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Awards shows often overlook women’s contributions in media and the arts. Except of course for the categories specifically designated for them, such as Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress. That’s why I’m thrilled Bitch Flicks is currently showcasing an Emmy … Continue reading →

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‘Mad Men’ Week at Bitch Flicks!

Posted on August 30, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

I don’t know about you, Mad Men Fans, but I’m not sure I can wait until 2012 for the stellar show’s return! While we ache for Peggy’s feminist badassery, Don’s incessant “What’s?,” Pete Campbell’s douchebaggery and Joan’s all-around awesomeness…you can … Continue reading →

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No Such Thing As Bad Publicity? A Feminist Vegan’s Opinions on PETA’s Latest Porn Stunt

Posted on August 25, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Earlier this week, I found out from Feministe that PETA will launch a porn site. Wait, don’t they do that already what with their marketing campaigns chock full of nude women and scantily clad celebs?? Nope, folks…this time they’re pushing … Continue reading →

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Appalling New Children’s Book Aimed at Girls Losing Weight Sends Wrong Message

Posted on August 23, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Yesterday, I discovered something horrifying. In October, a children’s book will be released called Maggie Goes on a Diet. Yep, a diet book. For kids. Lovely. We need that like I need a hole in my head. With media swarming … Continue reading →

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The Warrior Princess and the Beast: A Look at Two Strong Female Dancers & Their Feminist Repertoire on SYTYCD

Posted on August 12, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Last night, I watched the Season 8 finale of So You Think You Can Dance. After weeks of battling it out onstage, it all came down to the two best dancers of the season, Sasha and Melanie. As I previously … Continue reading →

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Guest Post: “#140 Reasons Domestic Violence Is Not a Joke” Battles “#Reasons To Beat Your Girlfriend” on Twitter

Posted on August 9, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Written by Abigail Collazo. Originally published at Fem2pt0. Reprinted with permission. It was a Sunday like any other.  I had gotten brunch with a girlfriend, done my grocery shopping, and was throwing some laundry in when my phone pinged.  A … Continue reading →

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Best Picture Nominee Review Series for Bitch Flicks: ‘The Reader’

Posted on August 8, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

This post is written by The Opinioness, originally published at Bitch Flicks as part of their “Best Picture Nominee Review Series.” When we read books or watch movies, we often do so to feel inspired, educate ourselves or escape our … Continue reading →

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Guest Post: Straight Girl on Girl: How Fetishizing Woman on Woman for Men Objectifies Women & Trivializes Lesbians

Posted on August 3, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Written by Seren Pendleton-Knoll. Originally published at Bright Light Thinking. Re-printed with permission. A few days ago, NBC’s show “Community” posted a picture on their Facebook fanpage of their two female leads being featured in GQ. An incredibly sexy photo, … Continue reading →

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My Contraception Don’t Cost a Thing: Eliminating Co-Pays for Birth Control & Reproductive Healthcare Victory

Posted on August 2, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Fabulous reproductive justice news!  Just a mere few weeks ago, I wrote about the possibility for free birth control and reproductive health services if the government passed the recommendations released last month by the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of … Continue reading →

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Dancing Queen: How Dance Evokes Feminism and Female Empowerment

Posted on August 1, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Do feminism and dance go together? Film, literature, sculpture, paintings and music can all be feminist or reveal a feminist message. Can artists convey feminism through the power of dance? I’ve been mulling over these thoughts when I watch So … Continue reading →

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Guest Post: Proponents of Anti-Choice Race-Baiting Billboards Speak to NPR

Posted on July 28, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Written by Morgan Hopkins.  Originally published at Hay Ladies!.  Reprinted with permission. The Texas-based anti-choice group, Life Always, has placed billboards in Chicago that read “Every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted,” featuring a picture of President Obama. … Continue reading →

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Guest Post: This is the Movement of Our Generation: SisterSong “Let’s Talk About Sex” Conference

Posted on July 26, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Written by Nicole Clark. Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the Let’s Talk About Sex: Love, Legislation, & Leadership Conference, put together by the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective in beautiful Miami Beach, Florida. I was invited … Continue reading →

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V Does Not Mark the Spot: How Summer’s Eve’s Sexist & Racist Ads Get Female Empowerment Wrong

Posted on July 25, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

I am more than my vagina.  Yep, it’s true.  While my va-jay-jay is pretty fabulous, the power I feel in being a woman doesn’t come from what’s between my legs.  But if you’ve watched the latest Summer’s Eve feminine care … Continue reading →

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Not So Jagged Little Pill: Why Women Need No-Cost Birth Control for the “We’ve Got You Covered” Blog Carnival

Posted on July 21, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Birth control free of co-pays!  In a landmark decision yesterday, the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended all insurance plans offer contraceptives and other preventive services, free of charge under the new health care law that went … Continue reading →

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The NeverEnding Story: Abortion Restrictions Onslaught Continues with Historic Number of Anti-Choice Bills

Posted on July 19, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

I feel like I’ve stepped into a time warp, to a time when women had to struggle to get abortions. When women couldn’t afford to have them. When women don’t have complete control over their bodies. Sadly, I’m talking about … Continue reading →

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Start a !WAR: Documentary “!Women Art Revolution” Unveils Convergence of Feminism, Activism and Art

Posted on July 12, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. Let’s play a game.  Name three artists…go on.  Now who comes to mind?  Picasso?  Monet?  Michelangelo?  Now what if I asked you to name three female artists.  You probably would think of Frida Kahlo or … Continue reading →

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Why We Need Planned Parenthood: My Post for the “My Planned Parenthood” Blog Carnival

Posted on July 7, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Imagine you needed medical treatment.  Let’s say you needed insulin or heart surgery.  But no one in your state offered either medical service.  You’d be horrified, right?  Well now let’s imagine that same scenario only it’s for an abortion, or … Continue reading →

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Pride (In the Name of Love): Gay Marriage Legalized in New York State

Posted on June 27, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Too often, I have something to complain about: sexism, the ongoing assault on reproductive rights, having to wait until next year for the return of Mad Men. So I’m elated that I have some good news to celebrate. As June … Continue reading →

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Here There Be Sexism?: ‘Game of Thrones’ and Gender

Posted on June 20, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

When I watched the premiere of Game of Thrones, I almost choked on all the rampant misogyny.  I kept watching, lured by the premise and intrigued by the complex plots, curious if things for women would improve.  Throughout the first … Continue reading →

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We Need More Female Politicians Not Because Women Are More Moral, But Because Diversity Helps Us All

Posted on June 16, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

So there’s been a lot of Weinergate talk.  A LOT.  On the heels of Schwarzenegger’s infidelity, Congressman Anthony Weiner shocked many with his oh so charming penis bulge photos…especially since he’s married to the fab Huma Abedin (and no, douchebag … Continue reading →

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The Feminine Mystique? A Feminist Flashback Review of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Posted on June 14, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. When I was young, my mom raised me on classic films: Gone with the Wind, Casablanca, The Great Escape, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  I fondly remember watching Elizabeth Taylor on-screen.  Hollywood royalty, we often think of … Continue reading →

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Sexism and the City: VS Naipaul’s Offensive Comments on Gender & Female Writers

Posted on June 7, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Oh yay…another sexism watch alert.  Nobel Laureate for Literature winner and royal asshat VS Naipaul said in an interview last week at the Royal Geographic Society that he didn’t consider any female writer his literary equal. Wow.  In particular, he … Continue reading →

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Frogs, Snails & Puppy-Dogs’ Tails vs. Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice?: “Genderless Baby” & Policing Gender

Posted on June 6, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

When I was a young girl, I scoffed at dresses, proudly donning T-shirts and corduroy pants and my Wonder Woman costume.  I played with My Little Ponys as well as Matchbox cars.  When I was 3 years old, I changed … Continue reading →

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Guest Post: So This Feminist Walks Into a Bar: On Feminism and Humor

Posted on June 3, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Written by Christina Black.  Originally published at Fem2pt0.  Reprinted with permission. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the role of humor in feminism – and feminism’s role in the face of offensive humor. Rebecca Traister made an interesting point in … Continue reading →

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Under Siege: Two Years After Dr. Tiller’s Murder Reproductive Rights at the Federal & State Level Still Under Attack

Posted on May 31, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Today marks the 2-year anniversary of the tragic death of Dr. Tiller, the courageous physician in Kansas who provided late-term abortions.  Risking his life, Dr. Tiller bravely helped women in need when they had nowhere else to turn.  Sadly, a … Continue reading →

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Wear Your Passion: A Little Inspiration to Do What You Love

Posted on May 24, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

So you may have noticed that I haven’t been blogging as much as I normally do.  While The Opinioness has oodles of ideas for posts and has still been typing away, I just haven’t been able to muster up the … Continue reading →

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Bye-Bye to Questioning Bi

Posted on May 13, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Okay, it’s time to do a little myth-busting: bisexuality is NOT a myth.  In an interview with Esquire Magazine a few weeks ago, actor Evan Rachel Wood shared that she’s bisexual and dates both women and men.  As a response … Continue reading →

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Even Angels Fall: ‘Something Borrowed’ Reduces Women to Stereotypes of Good Girls & Bad Girls

Posted on May 10, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. I’m usually no fan of chick flicks romantic comedies or chick lit women’s commercial fiction (god I hate the infantilizing term “chick”). While I enjoy romance, I cringe over the vapid dialogue, shallow characters, the … Continue reading →

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Guest Post: The Grass is Not Always Greener

Posted on May 6, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Written by Amber Leab.  Originally published at I Will Not Diet.  Reprinted with permission. People have often told me—throughout a lifetime of being underweight—how great I look. I confidently wear a bikini. I’m one of those people you might love … Continue reading →

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Bowling for Dollars: Raising Money for Abortion Access in Supposedly Liberal Massachusetts

Posted on May 6, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

I’m pissed off.  The House passed H.R. 3 and I’m tired of the bullshit.  I’m exasperated with white men (and some women) trying to tell ALL women what they can and cannot do with their bodies.  Governments don’t belong in … Continue reading →

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Guest Post: On Rape, the Media, and the New York Times Clusterfuck

Posted on May 5, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Written by Stephanie Rogers.  Originally published at Bitch Flicks.  Reprinted with permission. On Tuesday, March 8, the New York Times published an article by James C. McKinley Jr. titled, “Vicious Assault Shakes Texas Town.” Eighteen men held down an 11-year-old … Continue reading →

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If At First You Don’t Succeed…: GOP Restricting Abortion and Still Attempting to Redefine Rape

Posted on May 4, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Today, the House votes on H.R. 3, the douchebag misogynistic legislation that would restrict abortion coverage and redefine rape.  Now for those of you who’ve been following the onslaught of anti-choice legislation (although I’ve gotta admit it’s been a nightmare … Continue reading →

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Voices Carry: The Role of Women in North African Revolutions

Posted on May 2, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Originally published in the April 2011 edition of Italianieuropei. Civil uprisings exploded across the Middle East and North Africa in the past few months. Protests in Tunisia spurred a chain reaction. Ignited by the suicide of Mohamed Bouazizi, an unemployed … Continue reading →

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Happily Ever After?: The Royal Wedding, Princess Culture & the Fairy Tale Myth

Posted on April 29, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Let me tell you all right now…I am so not a royal wedding watching type of person.  I’m not even sure I want to get married myself.  So imagine my surprise when I woke up at 3am today…all to attend … Continue reading →

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The Weight of Words: How Ashley Judd’s Hip-Hop Comments Opened the Door to Discuss Rape Culture

Posted on April 26, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

As you’ve probably heard by now, actor Ashley Judd ignited a firestorm of controversy over her condemnation of rap and hip-hop from her new memoir All That is Bitter & Sweet.  Here is the passage that caused the furor: “YouthAIDS … Continue reading →

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Celebrating Earth Day: 10 Tips for Going Green

Posted on April 22, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

As today marks Earth Day, it always makes me reflect on the world I want to live in.  I want to live in a world free from sexism, misogyny, racism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, ageism, animal cruelty, hunger, poverty, pollution and … Continue reading →

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Happy Birthday to Me: The Opinioness Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary with Not One But Two Giveaways

Posted on April 16, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Yay it’s The Opinioness’ 1st Birthday!!!  Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedules to read my posts…you have no idea what it means to me.  I still can’t believe one year has passed since I … Continue reading →

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Snow White Meets The Terminator: ‘Hanna’ is a Modern-Day Fairy Tale Featuring a Fearless Female Assassin

Posted on April 14, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Once upon a time, I anxiously awaited to see the film Hanna.  I’ve been eager to see it ever since I read about it at Women and Hollywood almost a year ago.  I’m often excited to see films featuring women and … Continue reading →

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CLPP Reproductive Justice Conference: Bringing the Revolution Home

Posted on April 10, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Well, Everyone, this is my final post on the CLPP’s Reproductive Justice Conference at Hampshire College.  I can’t believe it’s over already!  I made it home and quickly passed out, exhausted yet rejuvenated from all of the amazing and inspiring … Continue reading →

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CLPP Reproductive Justice Conference: Politics of Population Control

Posted on April 10, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Hello, Everyone!  I’m here at the last day of CLPP’s Reproductive Justice Conference at Hampshire College.  I’m live-blogging the Politics of Population Control workshop.  The panelists challenged “the resurgences of population control as a response to global economic crises, climate … Continue reading →

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CLPP Reproductive Justice Conference: Written on the Body – Body Politics and the Media

Posted on April 9, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

So I’ve been SO overwhelmed by all of the awesomeness at CLPP’s Reproductive Justice Conference.  There are a ton of workshops happening simultaneously that I wish I could go to.  So I skipped out early on the Abortion Access in … Continue reading →

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CLPP Reproductive Justice Conference: Abortion Access in the U.S.

Posted on April 9, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Hi Everyone! This time I’m live-blogging from CLPP’s Reproductive Justice Conference at the Abortion Access in the U.S. workshop.  The panelists discussed the obstacles to reproductive services. Megan Shalvoy discussed crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), which serve as fronts for anti-choice … Continue reading →

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CLPP Reproductive Justice Conference: Sex Positive Feminism

Posted on April 9, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Bonjour!  Live-blogging once again at CLPP’s Reproductive Justice Conference at Hampshire College.  I’m participating in the interactive Sex Positive Feminism 101 workshop organized by staffers from HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive). We kicked things off by confronting stereotypes.  Audience members … Continue reading →

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CLPP Reproductive Justice Conference: Moving Beyond the Blog – Advancing Abortion Rights Online

Posted on April 9, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Hola!  As I’m live-blogging at CLPP’s Reproductive Justice Conference at Hampshire College, I’m listening to speakers at the Moving Beyond the Blog: Advancing Abortion Rights Online panel with activists and online reproductive justice advocates Michelle Kinsey Bruns, Steph Herold and … Continue reading →

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CLPP Reproductive Justice Conference: Live-Blogging Speaking Out for Reproductive Freedom

Posted on April 9, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Good Morning, Everyone! I’m back, live-blogging at CLPP’s Reproductive Justice Conference at Hampshire College.  I’m listening to speakers at the Speaking Out for Reproductive Freedom event.  There are reproductive justice activists here from 38 states! One of the first speakers … Continue reading →

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CLPP Reproductive Justice Conference: Live-Blogging International Reproductive Rights Panel

Posted on April 8, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Hi Everyone! I’m here live-blogging at CLPP’s Reproductive Justice Conference at Hampshire College.  I’m sitting in on an International Reproductive Rights Roundtable.  The anthropologist in me always wants to look at issues cross-culturally. The panel consists of: “Activists from different … Continue reading →

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And Justice For All: Off to CLPP’s Conference “From Abortion Rights to Social Justice”

Posted on April 8, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Well The Opinioness is off to another conference this weekend.  Road trip!!  Yep, headed back to my old stomping grounds of Western Mass for the 3-day Reproductive Justice Conference at Hampshire College.  Sponsored by the Civil Liberties and Public Policy … Continue reading →

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Awakenings: Realizing Your Inner Activist at Soapbox Feminist Winter Term – Day 4

Posted on April 8, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

So I recently shared with all of you my amazing day hobnobbing with feminists in NYC at Soapbox Feminist Winter Term.  On our fourth day, we had lunch with the fab feminist activist Shelby Knox. For those who don’t know, … Continue reading →

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Do What You Love: Career Development at Soapbox Feminist Winter Term – Day 3

Posted on April 7, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

How many of us can say we work at our dream job?  Who actually does what they love?  Last time in my feminist escapades in NYC at Soapbox Feminist Winter Term, I told you about our “Media Day.”  For our … Continue reading →

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Why Women’s History Month Matters

Posted on March 31, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Today marks the last day of Women’s History Month.  Now you might be thinking, why do we even need a history month for women?  Something I certainly heard quite often growing up.  And in theory, you’d be right.  Women’s history … Continue reading →

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Valley of the Dolls: The Faux Feminism of ‘Sucker Punch’ Turns Women into Fighting Fuck Toys

Posted on March 31, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Once again, I fell for the siren song of a Zack Snyder movie.  He lured me with a provocative, eye-catching trailer, all with the hopes of a great film; this time, a potentially feminist film!  But just as in times … Continue reading →

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Boys vs. Girls?: Reducing the Decision to Attack Libya to Sexist Gender Wars

Posted on March 28, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

A gender war broke out last week in the media when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice and National Security Council Special Director Samantha Power all advised President Barack Obama to use military force … Continue reading →

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As the World Turns: Lack of Women Filmmakers Often Leads to Female Film Characters Revolving Around Men

Posted on March 25, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Think of some of your favorite films.  Now envision the plot and the characters.  Is there a female character?  Are there more than one?  And if so, do they talk to one another?  You might be saying why is The … Continue reading →

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A History of Violence: Why We Don’t Care About Charlie Sheen’s Violent Treatment of Women

Posted on March 14, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

TigerBlood. Winning. Warlock edict.  These words, derived from Charlie Sheen’s frenetic rants have seeped into our lexicon.  He even has a new tour (WTF?!) entitled (wait for it) “Violent Torpedo of Truth,” which set a new record selling out in … Continue reading →

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Her Girl Friday: Media Panel with Jodi Kantor, Ariel Levy & Latoya Peterson at Soapbox Feminist Winter Term – Day 2

Posted on March 10, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve shared with you all my feminist escapades in NYC participating in Soapbox Feminist Winter Term.  Blame it on the bullshit anti-choice legislation, wine drinking and the Oscars.  But I want you to get … Continue reading →

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I Want the World to Know, I’ve Got to Let It Show: Happy Feminist Coming Out Day!

Posted on March 8, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Happy 2nd Annual Feminist Coming Out Day!!  So here’s a pic of me coming out in my fab new “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like” T-shirt!  Started by a queer student group and a feminist club at Harvard, who … Continue reading →

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How Equal Access to Education Impacts Women’s Rights on “Blog for International Women’s Day”

Posted on March 8, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Happy International Women’s Day (and the 2nd Annual Feminist Coming Out Day!)!!!  Today marks the 100th Anniversary of honoring women’s rights globally.  First celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland in 1911, “over 1 million women and men attended IWD … Continue reading →

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Roll Out the Red Carpet: It’s Time for The Feminist Oscars!

Posted on March 3, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

As I’ve shared with you all before, I’m absolutely addicted to awards show.  As the film fanatic that I am, I of course tuned in for The Opinioness’ Super Bowl aka The Oscars.  But as I watched, I was dismayed … Continue reading →

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These Boots Are Made for Walking: Walk for Choice Day Tomorrow to Stand Up Against Anti-Choice Legislation

Posted on February 25, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Just wanted to remind you all that tomorrow (Sat. 2/26) is Walk for Choice Day!  Across the country, people will stand up for reproductive rights by walking in cities such as NYC, Boston (my city hoowah!), Chicago, DC, Dallas, Atlanta, … Continue reading →

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Standing in the Way of Control: Why the GOP’s Ongoing Attacks on Planned Parenthood Affect Us All

Posted on February 22, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

For most of my working life, I’ve lived paycheck to paycheck.  As someone who worked full-time while putting myself through college, I never had a dime to spare.  I’d often forgo health insurance in order to have money in my … Continue reading →

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Best Picture Nominee Post at Bitch Flicks: The Kids Are All Right

Posted on February 21, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

This excerpt is from a post written by The Opinioness, originally published at Bitch Flicks as part of their “Best Picture Nominee Review Series.” I was so excited to see The Kids Are All Right.  I mean a film with … Continue reading →

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Attack of the Anti-Choice Clones: Federal & State Legislators Wage War on Women & Reproductive Justice…It’s Time to Fight Back

Posted on February 17, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World
Okay, this fucking batshit lunatic douchebaggery has GOT to stop!! You probably already know what I’m talking about.  And if you don’t, you’re in for a nightmarish awakening.  I’m referring to the assault on reproductive justice; the war being waged … Continue reading →
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(Not) Everyone’s a Critic: Why the Lack of Female Literary Critics, Magazine Writers and Women in Media Matters

Posted on February 11, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Tomorrow morning, I’m headed off to NYC (my fave city in the whole world!) to eagerly attend the 1st Annual Athena Film Festival, featuring documentaries and fictional films revolving around women and leadership.  If it’s a feminist event…you know I’m … Continue reading →

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Taking It to the Streets: Egyptian Women Protest the Government Alongside the Men Yet Few Images of Women

Posted on January 31, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

As I’m sure you all know, Egypt has erupted in civil unrest a civil uprising.  The largest anti-government protest in Egypt in 30 years, civilians are protesting President Mubarak’s regime, calling for his resignation.  People have poured into the streets … Continue reading →

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Fit to Print: Bust Magazine, The Feminist Press & Feminism in Media at Soapbox Feminist Winter Term – Day 2

Posted on January 28, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m obsessed with the media.  Films, TV, books, pop culture…I devour it all.  As an aspiring writer, I love to read (I feel uneasy if I don’t have a book in my purse at … Continue reading →

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No Woman’s Land?: Lack of Women’s Issues in President Obama’s State of the Union

Posted on January 26, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

As the wannabe politico that I am, I was excited for the State of the Union address last night.  Although I knew I would miss Nancy Pelosi bouncing out of her chair and clapping every 2 seconds.  President Obama always … Continue reading →

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Hands Off My Womb: Looking at New Legislation Aiming to Restrict Abortion Access on “Blog for Choice Day”

Posted on January 21, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

If you’ve been a loyal reader of my blog (a big thank you if you have!!), you probably know that I passionately believe in protecting abortion access and a woman’s right to choose.  With the 38th anniversary of Roe v. … Continue reading →

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Giving Up the Gun: How Misogyny, Hate Speech & Violent Political Rhetoric Played a Role in Rep. Giffords Shooting

Posted on January 20, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

As the film freak/pop culture junky that I am, I try to watch all awards shows.  The Oscars, SAGs, Tonys, Emmys…I’m addicted to them all so of course I watched the Golden Globes on Sunday night.  I mean drunk celebs … Continue reading →

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Let’s Talk About Sex: Tackling the Taboo Topic of Sex & Sex Workers at Soapbox Feminist Winter Term – Day 1

Posted on January 16, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Yay it’s Sunday…so let’s talk about sex!  Okay not the best segue, but I do want to talk about it but not in the conventional way we’re used to discussing the topic.  As I shared with you all last week, … Continue reading →

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This is What a Feminist Looks Like: Discussing Our Journey to Feminism at Soapbox Feminist Winter Term – Day 1

Posted on January 12, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

As I previously posted, I spent last week in NYC. I told you all briefly what I’d be doing so you wouldn’t think I had run away.  Well now I’m ready to debrief and discuss the details of Soapbox Feminist … Continue reading →

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Getting on Their Soapbox: At NYC Workshop, Young Feminists Changing the World

Posted on January 6, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

So I wanted to let you all know where I am this week.  If you follow me on Twitter (and all of you should damnit!!) then you know I’m in my FAVE city in the world…yep NYC at Soapbox Feminist … Continue reading →

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Raise Your Glass: Top 10 ‘Opinioness of the World’ Blog Posts of 2010

Posted on December 31, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

New Year’s Eve is here and you know what that means??  2010 is almost a faint memory with 2011 looming over the horizon.  So how will The Opinioness be ringing in the New Year??  Celebrating it with the BF, eating … Continue reading →

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Something Wicked This Way Comes: Spellbinding Helen Mirren Can’t Save the Film ‘The Tempest’ From Sinking

Posted on December 31, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Like many on the planet, I adore Helen Mirren.  I mean c’mon the lady kicks ass!  I’ve loved her ever since I watched her in the film 2010 in which she played an astronaut captain.  She was so strong and … Continue reading →

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There Ain’t No Easy Way Out: MTV’s “No Easy Decision” Features Teens Choosing Abortion & Bravely Sharing Stories

Posted on December 29, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

People feel a range of emotions and hold a wide swath of opinions when it comes to abortion.  But even amongst some who consider themselves pro-choice, they may not wish to discuss teens and abortion.  While we’re starting to see … Continue reading →

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The Mirror Has Two Faces: In ‘Black Swan’ Natalie Portman Gets in Touch with Her Darker Side

Posted on December 19, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Much like the White Swan and the Black Swan in the film Black Swan, there’s the film critic Opinioness and the feminist Opinioness.  One loved the film; the other had a few problems with it. Black Swan, a frenzied allegory, … Continue reading →

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Not Just Telling Stories: Women Speak Out About Their Abortions on Twitter as a Form of Activism

Posted on December 17, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

If you had an abortion, would you tell anyone?  Would you talk about with your friends or family?  Or might you discuss it online with strangers? A media frenzy soon followed after Steph Herold, an amazing pro-choice activist, tweeted the … Continue reading →

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Rape By Any Other Name…: Why We Need to Stop Slandering Assange’s Rape Accusers

Posted on December 10, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

By now I’m sure you’ve all heard about Mr. Wikileaks Julian Assange and his arrest.  He’s charged with alleged rape and sexual assault.  The women involved claim the sex began consensually and then when they told him to stop due … Continue reading →

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She Still Works Hard for the Money: Chronicling Women’s Battle for Equal Pay, ‘Made in Dagenham’ is a Must-See Film

Posted on December 6, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Equal pay for equal jobs…seems like a no-brainer, right?  But of course not all have shared that view throughout history…or even today for that matter.  If you’ve read my previous posts, you know I talk a lot about the importance … Continue reading →

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow: “For Colored Girls” Reveals Power of Sisterly Solidarity & Women Finding Their Voice

Posted on November 15, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

I was excited to see For Colored Girls.  A film about 9 women, as a feminist, how could I not be?  But I have to admit, I questioned whether or not I should even be writing this review.  Writing about … Continue reading →

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Enemy of the State: Heroine Lisbeth Salander Fights Back in ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’

Posted on November 10, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

I am usually not a fan of trilogies; the third film often pales in comparison to the crescendo of emotion and suspense built in a series.  And while the occasional exception exists (Return of the King), most (Godfather 3, Alien … Continue reading →

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Choose or Lose: Vote Today and Make Your Voice Heard

Posted on November 2, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Okay, everyone…it’s that time of year again…time to vote!  I know, I know, I keep harping on the fact that we all need to participate in the political process.  But I strongly believe in the power of choice; choosing our … Continue reading →

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Courage Under Fire: Documentary of Dr. Tiller’s Assassination Shows Violence Abortion Providers Must Face

What would you do if every day, going to work was maneuvering through a war zone?  How would you feel if just doing your job meant facing constant threats, harassment and violence?  For many doctors, nurses and staff who work … Continue reading →

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Guest Post: Let’s Get This Straight: A Perm vs. A Natural

Posted on October 21, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

This post was reprinted with permission and originally posted on the blog Cocktails and Cognac: Candid Conversations About Love and Relations. I’m sure all of you have seen this because it has been EVERYWHERE on the net but it’s worth … Continue reading →

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It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World: Is ‘Mad Men’ the Most Feminist Show on TV?

Posted on October 20, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

So I’m arriving very late to the ‘Mad Men‘ party.  But due to the urgings of my boyfriend Jeff and my girlfriends Lauren and Sarah H., I finally succumbed to its siren song and watched the show.  Beginning an extended … Continue reading →

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I’m Coming Out: A Day to Celebrate & Support LGBTQ Individuals

Posted on October 12, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

As someone who hasn’t been in high school for 15 years, I still remember those horrible years.  A mouthy, nerdy outcast, I loathed high school.  I survived it remembering that one day it would all be over and I would … Continue reading →

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Smells Like GOP Spirit: Republican Candidates Wage Battle Against Reproductive Rights

Posted on October 8, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

I will never forget the conversation I had with my mother during the 2008 presidential election.  My mother instilled in me a love of politics.  She took me with her whenever she went to vote.  Every night, she and my … Continue reading →

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The Undomestic Goddess: Is Cooking Anti-Feminist?

Posted on October 1, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

I read cookbooks, the way most people read novels.  I watch cooking shows, dreaming of their glorious stainless steel kitchens.  I love to cook but that wasn’t always so.  Growing up, my mother hated cooking, a result of being forced … Continue reading →

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Working Girl: Why Women Still Aren’t Paid or Treated Equally in the Workplace

Posted on September 24, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Do you think work and wage discrimination are a thing of the past?  Think women and men are treated equally at work?  Well, if you answered yes, events of late should change your mind.  One of the perks of my … Continue reading →

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Lady in Red…Meat: Should We Condemn Lady Gaga for Wearing a Meat Dress?

Posted on September 18, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Okay…the meat dress.  As we all know by now, Lady Gaga donned a raw meat dress (yes, folks it was real) for the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs).  As the resident vegan at work, my colleague Nai exuberantly asked my … Continue reading →

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Primary Colors: Voice Your Choice and Rock Your Vote

Posted on September 14, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

So I’m a not-so-secret political junky.  Politics is fascinating as it touches our lives on a daily basis.  Primary elections are being held today in Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.  They’re important as they … Continue reading →

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What Women Want: Marketing Books to Women & Revisiting the Women Writers Gender Feud

Posted on September 14, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

As summer comes to an end, I’m struck how literary heroine Lisbeth Salander dominated the season.  She’s a cunning kick-ass survivor penned by the late Stieg Larsson.  Each of the three books in the Millennium Trilogy eclipsed other books on … Continue reading →

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I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar: Celebrating Feminist Icon bell hooks

Posted on September 12, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

This week, Ms. Magazine celebrated the life of feminist theorist bell hooks.  All week-long on their website, writers reflected on the imprint hooks’ legacy left on their lives.  I discovered the fab fierce icon in college as a cultural anthropology … Continue reading →

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War of the Words: Gender Feud Over Lack of Recognition for Women Writers

Posted on September 4, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

I love to read; I’m an obsessive bibliophile.  I began working part-time at a bookstore 5 years ago for the obligatory discount to feed my addiction of nearly 400 books jammed into my tiny apartment.  Now, I readily admit that … Continue reading →

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The Princess and the Pee: Bathrooms and Gender Roles

Posted on September 2, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

At the bookstore I work at part-time, my co-worker Deb discovered a lecherous pervo skulking about in the women’s bathroom last week.  Apparently, this was not the first time he had done so.  This naturally led to several of us … Continue reading →

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Iron Jawed Angels: Women’s Equality Day Celebrates Battle for Women’s Suffrage

Posted on August 26, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Happy Women’s Equality Day, Everyone!  Designated by Congress in 1971 and initiated by Congresswoman Bella Abzug (D-NY), Women’s Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th amendment, women’s suffrage, which the U.S. government ratified on August 18, 1920.  Last week … Continue reading →

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Vacation, All I Ever Wanted: Film ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ Shows One Woman’s Journey Around the World To Find Happiness

Posted on August 19, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

I’ve been looking forward to watching Eat, Pray, Love ever since I saw the trailer during Sex and the City 2.  I had read the book a couple of years ago as its popularity piqued my curiosity.  The prospect of … Continue reading →

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Lost in Translation: Texas School Board’s Sexist & Conservative Rewriting of History Affect Entire U.S.

Posted on August 13, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

My fab friend Sarah H. recently posted an eye-opening article on Facebook: “Is the Texas School Board Rewriting History?”  The piece, including a video clip, aired in March on PBS’ series Need to Know.  It outlines the Texas School Board’s … Continue reading →

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8 is Enough: As Prop 8 Gay Marriage Ban is Overturned, It’s Time to Recognize LGBTQ Couples’ Equality

Posted on August 5, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

In a landmark decision yesterday, Proposition 8, the ruling in California that deemed gay marriage illegal, was deemed unconstitutional. In Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker’s historic ruling he wrote, “Proposition 8 singles out gays and lesbians and legitimates their … Continue reading →

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Papa Don’t Preach: Is Forever 21′s New Maternity Line Glorifying Teen Motherhood?

Posted on July 30, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

At work the other day, my pregnant co-worker looked up from her computer aghast and cried, “Did you know that Forever 21 has a maternity line?!”  Although women far older than 21 (ahem…me!) certainly shop at the trendy clothing store, … Continue reading →

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Man, I Feel Like a Woman: Angelina Jolie Goes on the Run in Her Gender-Bending Role in ‘Salt’

Posted on July 24, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Never one to pass up a film where a woman kicks ass, my bestie John (blogger at Latest Issue) and I headed out to the midnight showing of Salt on Thursday night.  I’ve been writing a lot about tough women … Continue reading →

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Black Eyes, Blue Tears: Surviving Domestic Violence

Posted on July 22, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Domestic violence has dominated the headlines lately. Mel Gibson spewed a sexist and racist violent verbal tirade on ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, telling her she deserved to be hit. Last month, Feministing posted an article on how texting contributes to dating … Continue reading →

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Happy Birthday to Me! My 3-Month Anniversary

Posted on July 16, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Today marks my three-month anniversary blogging!  I posted my very first blog entry three months ago.  It’s crazy how time flies.  I want to take this opportunity to thank you all from the bottom of my heart (and wine glass!) … Continue reading →

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Girls Just Want to Have Fun: Can the Lack of Women in Comedy Be Attributed to Sexism?

Posted on July 16, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Why are there fewer women than men in comedy?  Where are all of the female comedians and writers?  Is comedy a sexist industry?  When talking about comedy, comedian Wanda Sykes once said, “…I think it’s harder for women because comedy … Continue reading →

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Good Girl Gone Bad: Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander Burns Up the Screen in ‘The Girl Who Played with Fire’

Posted on July 15, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

I shared with you all last week that I’ve been utterly consumed by Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s gripping Millennium Trilogy (I’ll be reading the third book soon…so excited!).  I loved the first film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, entranced … Continue reading →

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Rebel with a Cause: A Feminist Hero Emerges in Film ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

Posted on July 8, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the international phenomenon that is Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  As I often lament the lack of strong female characters … Continue reading →

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Mean Girls: Cattiness in Media Pits Women Against Each Other

Posted on June 24, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Catfights have always garnered TV ratings and box office dollars.  Last week, Bravo aired the Real Housewives of New York City reunion in 3 parts (I mean seriously, did they really need 3 episodes?!) dishing and rehashing their verbal catfights … Continue reading →

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Kiss Me Kate: Singer Kate Nash’s New Album “My Best Friend is You” is a Feminist Anthem

Posted on June 18, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

I am a huge fan of Kate Nash.  I loved the first album from this spunky, outspoken Brit.  She’s the kind of woman you want to grab a beer with and whose closet you want to raid.  Starting out by … Continue reading →

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Gone with the Rue: A Look Back at Actress & Activist Rue McClanahan & ‘Golden Girls’

Posted on June 7, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

A child of the 80s, I grew up watching TV shows like Murder She Wrote and Love Boat.  Living with my grandparents for 6 years clearly influenced my viewing pattern!  But my favorite show of all was Golden Girls.  Humorous … Continue reading →

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Queens of the Desert: ‘Sex and the City 2′ a Fun, Campy Ride

Posted on June 1, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Sex and the City is one of my all-time fave shows.  I simply adore it.  As a result of watching it over and over, I can and do quote lines from each episode.  I’ve even been on the SATC tour … Continue reading →

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Wonder Women?: The Myth of Action Heroines in Film Shattering Gender Stereotypes

Posted on May 27, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Does watching powerful women fight crime and kick ass on-screen inspire other women?  Does it shatter barriers of gender roles? Last month, my fave blogger Melissa Silverstein at Women & Hollywood explored this very question: do women in action films … Continue reading →

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Mommy Dearest: Guest Interview with Author of ‘Bad Mother’

Posted on May 22, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

As my last post discussed the supposed battle between single women and mothers, from my own perspective as a single lady, I thought I would provide the opposite view…that of a mom.  My fellow blogger Sarah Hudson (My Ideas is … Continue reading →

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All the Single Ladies vs. Putting a Ring On It: The Supposed War Between Single Women & Mothers

Posted on May 19, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

My mother, who lives in Florida, faces a daily barrage of questions from her friends regarding my marital status.  They want to know when I’m going to settle down, get married and have children.  Apparently to them, as a single … Continue reading →

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Shaking the Tree: Film ‘Lemon Tree’ Unites Two Women from Palestine & Israel

Posted on May 12, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Arab culture has always captivated me.  In college, I took classes on gender and Islam, Arab women’s movements and Middle Eastern History; classes which opened my eyes to diverse cultures and perspectives.  People possess passionate opinions about the ongoing conflict … Continue reading →

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Jagged Little Pill: The Birth Control Pill Turns 50!

Posted on May 9, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Happy Birthday, Pill!  On this day in 1960, the FDA approved the birth control pill for public consumption, forever changing the way we view fertility.  After two years, 1.2 million women in America were using the contraception.  Today, approximately 12 … Continue reading →

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No Sweet Child O’ Mine: Film ‘Obvious Child’ Features Pro-Choice Message

Posted on May 5, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

So there’s been a lot of dialogue here at Opinioness of the World about abortion lately.  And I plan to keep it going!  But this time, in a more lighthearted way. My fellow blogger (and dear friend!) Sarah at My … Continue reading →

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: M.I.A. & Erykah Badu’s Controversial Music Videos

Posted on May 4, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Art continually pushes the boundaries of convention.  In singer & rapper M.I.A.’s new 9-minute video for her song “Born Free,” she showcases explicitly graphic, violent images and nudity.  Scenes show U.S. armed forces barging into houses, brutalizing civilians, raiding and … Continue reading →

Posted in Music, Race, Women and Gender | 6 Comments

Fight for Your Right: Choice Undermined by New Legislation

Posted on April 28, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Last night, I did my good deed for the week and volunteered at Chocolate Madness, the annual fundraiser for NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, an organization that lobbies for pro-choice legislation and legislators and advocates for increased access to the full spectrum … Continue reading →

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Bringing Up Baby: TV Celeb’s Adoption Comment Controversy

Posted on April 23, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Jillian Michaels, the feisty fitness trainer for TV’s Biggest Loser, stirs up controversy in this month’s issue of Women’s Health.  In her interview, Michaels discusses her desire to have kids.  But she wants to adopt rather than give birth to … Continue reading →

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She Works Hard for the Money

Posted on April 20, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Happy Equal Pay Day…or rather (Un) Equal Pay Day as Linda Hallman on Huffington Post called it.  And she’s right; nothing could be further from the truth. Women earn 77 cents to every dollar a man makes.  African American women … Continue reading →

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I Don’t Give a Damn About My Reputation: Is Hit-Girl from ‘Kick-Ass’ a Feminist’s Friend or Foe?

Posted on April 18, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

This past Saturday night, I went on a date to see Kick-Ass, the new film based on Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.‘s comic books about superheroes with no superhero powers.  As a self-proclaimed nerd and comic-book lover, I chose … Continue reading →

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