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

Malala Yousafzai Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Committee announced today that 17-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, exactly two years one day after the Taliban attempted to murder her for advocating for the education of Pakistani girls. She's the award's youngest ever recipient. » 10/10/14 9:00am 10/10/14 9:00am

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

LGBT Undocumented Latino Groups Need More than Same-Sex Marriage Laws

Carolina Drake, November 4, NYC- Apparently gay people are fairing better than their non-gay counterparts in the Latino Community, but how does citizenship play into this equation? And where do the undocumented LGBT Latinos fit in? » 11/05/13 5:46pm 11/05/13 5:46pm

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

'God, Use Me in Whatever Way': Meet the 24-Year-Old Who's Willing to…

"I'd die to protect another human life," Lila Rose tells me over chicken tenders and french fries. "I'm all in for this cause. Let me do whatever I can do, God, like, use me in whatever way." » 8/08/12 3:30pm 8/08/12 3:30pm

So How Did the Kony 2012 Poster Party Go?

Soooo...what did you guys do last night? It was April 20th and there were so many options: get baked, celebrate Hitler's birthday, celebrate my mom's birthday, plaster the town with all those Kony 2012 posters you bought after you watched some viral video... You probably didn't engage in that last activity (and I'm… » 4/21/12 2:45pm 4/21/12 2:45pm

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

When You Drag The Butter Cow Into It, You've Crossed A Line

A group of animal rights activists broke into the refrigerated room housing the Iowa State Fair's butter cow sculpture on Sunday morning, and hung a small sign on it that read "Go Vegan." They explained in a statement, » 8/15/11 4:00pm 8/15/11 4:00pm

International Women's Day: What You Can Do

Today marks the 100th International Women's Day. Here, some of the many events to help you get involved — today and the other 364. » 3/08/11 12:35pm 3/08/11 12:35pm

You can hear IWD-themed audio programs from around the world — both specific to International Women's Day or simply celebrating the accomplishments of a diverse group of women — …

Is Undercover Police Sex Abuse?

About 35 women protested today in front of London police headquarters, targeting undercover police officers who had sex with women in the left-wing groups they were infiltrating. "These women were not able to give informed sexual consent," said a protester. » 1/24/11 10:06am 1/24/11 10:06am

RAINN Raises Cash, Lobbies For SAFER Act

The Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry (SAFER) Act would allocate some $10 million to targeting the rape kit backlog which, in the words of RAINN president Scott Berkowitz, is "a crazy situation." And that's why RAINN is lobbying for it. » 11/22/10 1:57pm 11/22/10 1:57pm