Amelia Bonow Explains How #ShoutYourAbortion 'Just Kicked the Patriarchy in the Dick'

On September 19, in reaction to Congress’ vote to defund Planned Parenthood, Seattle-based activist Amelia Bonow decided to start publicly talking about her recent abortion. “Like a year ago I had an abortion at the Planned Parenthood on Madison Ave, and I remember this experience with a nearly inexpressible level of… »9/25/15 4:10pm9/25/15 4:10pm

Here's 'KYBM,' a Gritty, Grooving Introduction to Your New Fave Tunde Olaniran

One of the most unnervingly multi-talented, interesting new artists working right now lives in Flint, Michigan, and works a day job at Planned Parenthood. If you’ve ever listened to Tunde Olaniran, you know what I’m saying—it sounds like you’re listening to 15 different artists flex their particular gifts at once.… »8/27/15 11:30am8/27/15 11:30am

Teens Post Doughnut-Licking Selfies in Solidarity With Ariana Grande

Who among us can stand by when one of our most cherished heroes has been wrongfully maligned? Not Ariana Grande’s young fans, that’s for certain. Because now they’re taking pictures of themselves licking doughnut emojis and, in some cases, actual doughnuts to post on the Instagram account @Lick_Donuts_With_Ari. »7/14/15 4:45pm7/14/15 4:45pm

Ten Men Sentenced to Life in Prison for Shooting of Malala Yousafzai

A Pakistani court has sentenced ten men to life in prison for the attempted assassination in 2012 of Malala Yousafzai. All ten men are affiliated with the Pakistani arm of the Taliban. Yousafzai was shot three times as she rode a bus home from school, part of the Taliban’s campaign to frighten and intimidate girls… »4/30/15 9:40am4/30/15 9:40am

Punk Queen Vivienne Westwood Holds Mad Max-Style Anti-Fracking Protest

Fashion designer/punk icon/lifelong activist Dame Vivienne Westwood half-asses nothing, so when she staged her brilliant protest against fracking in London yesterday, it was replete with post-apocalyptic zombie models on stilts, presumably examples of what we will become in a fracking world. She also carried a… »4/28/15 12:30pm4/28/15 12:30pm

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 10:50am2/23/15 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 5:50pm1/29/15 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 8:45pm1/13/15 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 6:10pm6/13/14 6:10pm

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

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 10:00am6/17/13 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 3:30pm5/26/13 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 1:00pm5/26/13 1:00pm