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“Best of” Ashley Lauren Articles on GAB

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Today we're going to start off the category of the "Best of Editors" series with GAB Senior Editor Ashley Lauren (to read more about our "Best of Series," click here). She joined GAB as a Senior Editor back in May of this year, but has been connected with the feminist blogging world for quite some time. Read her bio below.

Blogging as a Feminist (Unpaid) Method

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Author extraordinaire Courtney E. Martin writes at The Nation (here) about the challenges of feminist blogging and online organizing:

Men in the “creative class” make nearly twice as much as women

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Now, members of the “creative class” have it pretty nice. They have jobs that pay 60% more than average and that they’re less likely to lose during this unemployment crisis. Women in the creative class, who make an average of $48,077, are doing a lot better than many other people. But they are also making a whole $33,932 less on average than their male counterparts. Even controlling for differences in hours worked and education, men out-earn women by $23,700 or 49.2 percent in the creative class.

Anita Hill on sexual harassment, Ginny Thomas, Slutwalks, and more

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Last week, I interviewed Anita Hill for our Feministing Five series to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her famous testimony before the U.S. Senate. The interview was filled with so much goodness that I had to write a follow-up post with more of her insights, which you’ll find below.

The Consequences of “Feminizing” Latin America’s Drug War

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It has been well documented that women have been victims of war, enduring violence, rape, and even murder. Yet recently, in Latin America, mainly in high areas of drug crime such Mexico, Brazil and Colombia, women have shifted from being exclusively victims, to becoming an active and a growing percentage of criminals in drug related activity. They are in fact “feminizing” many components of the Latin American drug war in both sheer numbers and leadership.

Too much glee? Are the cuts only about the economy?

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Does this government have it in for women and other minorities? Official line, of course, is not - though as a woman with much cause to be cynical once very cynically put it: "they would say that, wouldn't they". There are, of course, already some pretty big signs that the cuts that have scarcely even begun to bite will affect women disproportionately. A range of economic experts, from Labour's Yvette Cooper, to the TUC, to the BBC's own Mark Easton all tell much the same story.

Australian Army opens combat positions to women

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Yesterday, the Australian Army announced that it will become the third army in the world to allow women to fight in combat positions. The policy change is expected to be implemented within five years. The change is especially notable because it’s apparently the last thing standing between Australia and complete adherence to the UN convention on discrimination against women.

New feature – Young women: unemployed and on the shelf?

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I'm writing this from my flat in Japan where the footage of the London riots and the subsequent polarising sentencing has made my home country appear strange and post-apocalyptic. Without my usual grounding calmness of the tractor-speed Somerset countryside to provide context, it looks from here as if the UK is falling into a pit of despair. Perhaps living in a country that has seen fully fledged disaster should put everything into perspective, but in the long term it doesn't.

No Service: Women in Combat and Military Policy

From: discoverfeminism.com |

It’s been a big month for military news. In the United States, the discriminatory ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy was finally rescinded, putting the LGBQ in the US military. People no longer need to remain closeted to serve, although many servicemembers are still nervous about being out, for very understandable reasons. And yes, that was a deliberately dropped T; the US military continues a formal policy of discrimination against trans service members. Australia also announced a major policy shift, pledging to lift gender-based restrictions on combat roles in the next five years.

White men win big at the Emmys

From: discoverfeminism.com |

The Primetime Emmys aired last night, and it was another big win for white dudes (and not just because of the appearance of every feminist’s favorite person, Charlie Sheen). Out of 25 categories presented last night white guys won all the individual awards that weren’t in lady-only categories (they swept writer/director awards but failed to capture Best Supporting Actress).

Your startup is inferior to that guy with the mobile app for golfers

From: discoverfeminism.com |

  In case you needed a reminder that ventures traditionally associated with women are inherently inferior to things that are manly and such, tech reporter Jolie O’Dell is happy to remind you via Twitter.

Court drops mic

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Today marks my last day officially editing at Feministing. I’m not planning to leave cold turkey–I’ll always be part of the Feministing family, contributing posts from time to time, steering great new voices this way, doing whatever I can to support the ones that are already here, and working behind the scenes on a Big Idea I’ve been incubating regarding the future of feminism and online work (stay tuned for more on that).

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