What George Clooney said

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As if there weren’t already a million reasons for me to love George Clooney (I’m not the only one right?), Mr. Clooney has articulated clearly why for the 2012 election cycle there really isn’t another choice except President Obama.

We Are The 99%: O.U.R. Walmart

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This week, as Walmart hosted Wall Street analysts and investors for a week of discussion regarding the company’s financial health and outlook, nearly 100 members of the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart), part of the 99% returned to Walmart’s “Home Office” in Bentonville, AR to demand an “open door” meeting, per the company’s policy, with CEO Mike Duke.  In June of this year, OUR Walmart made its first visit to the corporate headquarters seeking a meeting with the CEO in order to deliver the organization’s Declaration for Respect, which members developed in order to identify priority concerns including: a desire for more respect and dignity on the job, more flexibility in scheduling, addressing rampant understaffing and excessive workloads at Walmart among others.

Topeka Misdemeanor Domestic Battery Cases to be Prosecuted by Law Student Interns

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In my last post about the Topeka imbroglio, I wondered how vigorously the County DA would prosecute misdemeanor domestic battery cases after the city of Topeka dicriminalized misdemeanor domestic battery and forced the County DA’s hand (by his own admission). My conclusion: Not very. My assumption was that in cases in which charges are actually brought, defendants were likely to be offered fairly favorable plea bargains.

Sex, Power, and Speaking Truth: Anita Hill 20 Years Later

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This Saturday, October 15th in New York City, Feministing will be co-sponsoring Sex, Power, and Speaking Truth: Anita Hill 20 Years Later. The conference will be held at Hunter College and will feature some amazing panelists and a keynote from Anita Hill herself. The conference is free for students and a suggested donation of $20 for others. Register here.

Is 2011 the Year of the (Television) Woman?

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For almost as long as television has been a part of our lives, the predominant voices in mainstream TV shows have belonged to men – they were the creators, writers, producers, and directors behind the shows watched by millions of people. There have been exceptions to this male-dominated reality – “I Love Lucy” and soap

Women on Wheels: A Group of Mexican Women Find Their Ferocity through Roller Derby

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The young Mexican women rollerblading in circles around the concrete basketball court at dusk don’t look a thing like Ellen Page. Or rather, they don’t look a thing like Bliss Cavendar, Page’s character in the indie movie Whip It. Bliss, a demure high school misfit in a podunk Texas town, finally finds her place when she joins a roller derby team, adopts the kick-ass name “Babe Ruthless” and starts throwing elbow jabs on the track.

Atheists Rejected By the American Cancer Society

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Greta Christina has written about it over at Alternet. What does this mean? Are Atheists that bad? Do we smell [sniffs armpits]? Its no big surprise that Atheists are a bit controversial, even when I say that I am an Atheist to another friend, suddenly we’re speaking in hush tones. I guess people are just as afraid of the word ‘Atheist’ than say the word ‘witch’ or ‘Satanist.’

Cthulhu!

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It’s sad really. The only way for me to come in contact with the Cthulhu Cult or H.P Lovecraft was through Satanism. And here I am no further than I was ages ago during my summer with Satan. I wanted to blog a little about Cthulhu and how he and his Cult can tie in philosophy or even religion [for that matter]. So if you haven’t read H.P Lovecraft’s story Call of Cthulhu I’ll give you a rough summary. Basically these out of this world beings have died off deep in the sea, but Cthulhu [the Priest according to the Cultists worshipping the Old Ones] is supposed to give a big announcement of the coming…through dreaming of course.

PMS: a square peg in a round hole?

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  Women who have Pre Menstrual Syndrome are seriously affected by a patriarchal system that often trivialises PMS. The majority of women of childbearing age have menstrual cycles of approximately 28 days. Up to 85% of women report changes in physiological and psychological symptoms for approximately one week immediately before menstruation. This is known as 'pre menstrual syndrome' or 'pre menstrual tension'. For 10% of these women, PMS seriously disrupts their everyday life. This means that 2 million, or 5% of women's lives are seriously disrupted every three weeks.

New feature: ‘Who is interested in old women?’

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It is through films that I became aware of the all-pervasive toxic combination of ageism and sexism in our visual culture. I had always loved the cinema and on my retirement 17 years ago I decided to study for an MA in film and television at the University of Westminster. I wanted to understand why, both in my teens and as I entered my 60s, I felt so at odds with film critics.

One woman is a total disaster; therefore, all women are total disasters

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  Dear God make this piece stop. Why, Cat Marnell, WHY? GET IT TOGETHER, GIRLS: Every Goddamn Pharmacy in New York is Out of Plan B! Every ONE!

Yep, Topeka, Kansas actually decriminalized domestic violence

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As I wrote last week, Topeka, Kansas has been weighing the idea of decriminalizing domestic violence to avoid footing the bill for prosecuting the cases. And last night, despite the protests from advocates and incredulous national headlines, the City Council voted to do just that.

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