Columbia Anti-Rape Protesters Threatened with Disciplinary Action 

The anti-rape activists who crashed an admissions session at Columbia University say the school is threatening them with unspecified disciplinary action. Members of No Red Tape say several of their members were sent letters from the school's Office of Judicial Affairs and Community Standards, warning them that their… » 2/23/15 10:50am 2/23/15 10:50am

Will You Bravely Take a Lipstick-Smeared Selfie to Support Pap Smears?

So I'm not some kind of animal here to argue with the idea that there are women out there who need to be more regularly screened for cervical cancer. These statistics are from England, but so is the related bullshit (at least so far, but it threatens to spread!). At any rate, here are the numbers: in England, about a… » 1/29/15 5:50pm 1/29/15 5:50pm

Now Streaming: VESSEL, A Doc About the Law-Defying Abortion Ship

Here's a great new documentary for anyone interested in activism and reproductive rights! VESSEL centers around Dr. Rebecca Gomperts's law-bending campaign to bring—via a very statement-making boat—medical abortions to women who live in countries where abortion is illegal. The story of Women on Waves is fascinating… » 1/13/15 8:45pm 1/13/15 8:45pm

Why Don't College Students Give a Shit About Sweatshops Anymore?

There's no better way to change people's shitty behavior than to convince them that the shitty thing they're doing is uncool. Everybody wants to be cool! And when I graduated from high school in Seattle in 2000, anti-globalization and human rights activists had pulled off a major branding coup—sweatshops were… » 6/13/14 6:10pm 6/13/14 6:10pm

Saudi Ministry Warns Women Not to Defy Driving Ban

Activists in Saudi Arabia have planned an organized action this coming Saturday to protest the ban on female driving, and the government is NOT PUMPED. "It is known that women in Saudi are banned from driving and laws will be applied against violators and those who demonstrate in support," said an interior ministry… » 10/24/13 8:30pm 10/24/13 8:30pm

People Don Their Skivvies to Push for Body Diversity at Victoria's…

Last weekend, a group of San Francisco body positive activists wore their Sunday best undergarments, and stood proud and tall (and short) (and skinny) (and fat) in front of a Victoria’s Secret store. Their message? Love your body, even in the face of the photoshopped-to-hell-and-back photos we see in the media. » 6/17/13 10:00am 6/17/13 10:00am

Icelanders Try to Restrict ‘Unfettered Misogyny’ of Internet Porn

There’s a campaign afoot in Iceland to seriously restrict underage access to hardcore porn, and it’s drawing the typical outcries of free expression curtailment. Those arguments — that Iceland would turn into some kind of North Korea Lite, or literally explode from all the thwarted orgasms a porn ban would surely… » 5/26/13 3:30pm 5/26/13 3:30pm

Fuck for Forest Chronicles Activists’ Frustrating Naïveté (NSFW)

The trailer for Fuck for Forest, a documentary about a group of environmentalists from Berlin who descend in naked whirlwind of public sex in the Amazonian rainforest, has been making the Internet rounds for quite a while. Somehow, a documentary about dreadlocked white European twenty-somethings creating eco-porn as… » 5/26/13 1:00pm 5/26/13 1:00pm

What Does It Mean To Protest Like A Girl?

Depending on who you ask, Occupy Wall Street is either the inevitable outpouring populist outrage resulting from decades of corporate greed and abuse or a goalless collection of spoiled unemployed hippie sex fiends who just want to complain about something. Regardless of what you think about the protesters, the cause… » 10/11/11 3:40pm 10/11/11 3:40pm