Feminism gold medals at 2012 Olympics

Every time the Olympics rolls around I can’t help but get a little excited. Ever since I was a kid, I’d sit in front of the TV and marvel at the amazing talent and skills demonstrated by people who seemed to defy the laws of physics — or at least have super-human powers. And it…

Feminist Files: No Damsels in Distress here

Real women save themselves: Did you catch the interview of Sigourney Weaver on NPR in which she declares that she doesn’t buy into the idea of the damsel in distress. “When I look around the world, I don’t see too many damsels in distress. If they’re a damsel in distress, they’re manipulating some guy to…

Feminist Bill of Rights

In honor of the Fourth of July*, and because these days the 19th Amendment and the promise of the ERA are not enough, I present to you The Sin City Siren’s version of a Feminist Bill of Rights (loosely based on the actual Bill of Rights): If the First Amendment guarantees us the freedoms of…

Mythbusters: Blame it on the wages

June is a lot of things… Gay Pride month; a time for Juneteenth celebrations; and it is the peak of the wedding season. But what I didn’t know was that, apparently, June is also throw-feminism-under-the-bus month. At least, that’s my take after a slew of stories have captured national headlines proclaiming that feminism (in all…

A look back at pre-Title IX days

Today’s post is part of the National Women’s Law Center blog carnival celebrating the 40th anniversary of Title IX, landmark legislation passed in 1972 that gender equity in every educational program that receives federal funding. Indeed, while Title IX is more famous for requiring gender parity in sports programs, it has several benchmarks of equity,…