Stand #withMalala for Girl’s Education

 

I have a very special announcement to share with you, feminist felines:

 

Tonight at 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT the National Geographic Channel is playing a COMMERCIAL-FREE premiere of He Named Me Malala!

 

You may know Malala Yousafzai as the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize. But do you know her full story?

 

In 2013 Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban for daring to stand up for girls’ education. Now, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient TruthIt Might Get Loud) is telling Malala’s story about her incredible journey and her work to ensure every girl has access to 12 years of free, quality, safe education.

 

Check out the trailer below:

 

I am super pumped to be hosting a watch party tonight with my kitties in the comfort of my own home. I hope that you all will join me too!

 

 

BONUS: Tweet #withMalala!

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‘Shoot Down the Wendy Bird’ Asks the Most Important Question of Our Generation (Plus a GIVEAWAY!)

Kat asked me simply, “What’s your favorite Disney character?” I answered immediately, Tinker Bell.

I’ve forever been drawn to the feisty fairy that goes after what she wants despite all obstacles. No little girl was going to come in and take her love away, or ruin the good thing she had going in Neverland. Nope, she’d secure her happy ending, no matter what.

That is how Shoot Down the Wendy Bird was born. It’s about the fire that makes you unstoppable on the journey to get what you want. It is permeated with the drive to make the most of opportunities and situations, and to empower yourself to take an active role in your destiny. It is what these short stories and poems all share, even if they are all so very different. At the core of this book is the inherent passion to live a better, happier, and more magical life.

 

The first lines of Julie Zantopoulos‘ debut book, Shoot Down the Wendy Bird: A Collection of Short Stories & Poetry ask what is arguably the most important question for people of the Millennial generation: “What’s your favorite Disney character?” If you don’t have an immediate answer … Read more

Single Cat Lady and Proud

“I don’t think this is going to work. Good luck with things.”

That’s a real text I received from a guy I never even went on a date with.

“I didn’t realize there was a ‘this’,” I replied. “Bye.”

I’ve been on both sides of rejection. I’ve stopped hearing from guys I went on dates with and I’ve told guys that I didn’t feel a spark. But this most recent experience was new to me.

This guy – let’s call him Al – and I never actually went on a date. We met at a bar where we spent the entire night dancing and making out. I gave him my number, not sure if I would ever hear back, but four days later he texted me to invite me to happy hour with a bunch of his friends. It was hardly a date at all and we went our separate ways at the end of the night. We didn’t even kiss goodbye. I had a great night with what I thought was a new group of friends and I was looking forward to hanging out with them again. I thought Al was cute and all but since we had yet … Read more

Sex Toys Are Fun!

I think we can all agree that sex toys rock. There’s a lot of stuff out there – big, small, even handmade…

Sex toys are fun, but you don’t always need to spend money to spice up your sex life. I’m delighted to share an infographic today from Carvaka Sex Toys. It describes the little known natural aphrodisiacs you can find right in your kitchen!

 

Everyday Aphrodisiacs – An Infographic Guide

Romance is wonderful but sometimes it can be difficult to keep it going especially in a long term relationship. With so many outside distractions in today’s world, predominantly smartphones, it can be difficult to break through the noise and find some time for that special someone.

A great way to reconnect is to cook a meal for your partner plus that way you can incorporate some aphrodisiacs in the mix to bump up the loving feeling. This infographic from Carvaka Sex Toys aims to pinpoint some of the aphrodisiacs that you might not already be aware of – some that might even already be in your fridge or store cupboard…Check it out!

Everyday-Aphrodisiacs


 

Even cats like to pleasure themselves.

Even cats like to pleasure themselves.

Header image via Etsy.

Why Are We All so Obsessed with Witches?

By Alex Miller

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It’s no secret that Americans are fascinated by witches. The amount of witch-related popular culture that we as a country produce is so great it could easily be its own genre. Chances are that at some point in their lives, most of the readers of this post will have had at least one witchy guilty pleasure, and in my experience that is particularly the case for women and queer men. Why, you ask, are we so in love with witches? Maybe up until this point you’ve been unsure or never considered the query. Well buckle up kiddos, because I, Alex J. Miller, self-proclaimed witch expert (and possible witch myself), am about to take you on a rollercoaster ride of witchcraft in American popular culture, at the end of which you’ll be able to proudly proclaim, “Yes, I did watch Witches of East End for nine hours straight last Saturday, and I loved every minute of it!”

Some of the first permanent European settlers arrived on our Atlantic shores in the early 17th century, and with them they brought all their hopes, dreams, smallpox, complete disregard for indigenous cultures, shoe buckles, and ideas about witches. The contemporary … Read more

Don’t You Dare Defund Planned Parenthood

Over three years ago, my friend Taylor Kuether​ wrote this editorial in her school paper about signs she saw at a pro-life rally that read “Defund Planned Parenthood.” Unfortunately, it’s 2015 and Republicans in Congress are now threatening to shutdown the government in order to do just that. It’s disgraceful that women’s health services are such a point of contention in America. Since when did body autonomy become a political issue? In honor of Planned Parenthood’s #PinkOut Day, this piece is being republished on The Feminist Feline to show just how grave of a situation women’s health is in in America.


Last week marked the 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s highly controversial ruling in Roe v. Wade, in which abortion was made permissible with a few stipulations including protecting prenatal life, protecting women’s health, and regulating the trimester in which abortions could be carried out.

Yearly, thousands participate in the “March for Life” protest in Washington, D.C. on the anniversary of the famous ruling. This year, when glancing over photos from the event, one sign caught my eye: “Defund Planned Parenthood.”

I saw similar signs last summer as I drove down Menomonie Street right here in Eau … Read more

What About the Intersection of Religion?

Feminists are quick to dismiss the Catholic Church, but do they realize how important faith is in many women’s lives?

As we welcome Pope Francis to America, many people are wondering if he will speak about abortion during his visit. His recent comments on the subject have put the media in a frenzy. On September 1 he released a letter to the public on his goals for the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Church has called a Jubilee Year every 25 or 50 years since 1300, according to the National Catholic Reporter. The Mercy Year starts on December 8.

Among other provisions, the Pope said he was opening a special, temporary “mercy” window allowing priests to forgive women and doctors who have had or performed abortions. Typically, a bishop has to give priests permission to forgive abortions, but Pope Francis’s letter opens up permission for all priests.

This decree shouldn’t be shocking for the United States, since most U.S. bishops have allowed their priests to forgive abortions. However, the Pope is much more than just the pontiff, he is an international public figure, and what he says about abortion can make a huge impact on public policy, especially Read more

‘The Sex Myth’ Will Make You Question the Way You Think About Sex

Fifty years after the sexual revolution, we are told that we live in a time of unprecedented sexual freedom; that if anything, we are too free now. But beneath the veneer of glossy hedonism, millennial journalist Rachel Hills argues that we are controlled by a new brand of sexual convention: one which influences all of us—woman or man, straight or gay, liberal or conservative. At the root of this silent code lies the Sex Myth—the defining significance we invest in sexuality that once meant we were dirty if we did have sex, and now means we are defective if we don’t do it enough.

~ The Sex Myth, by Rachel Hills

When I was in high school I hated not having a boyfriend. To get my mind off my relationship woes, I imagined what life would be like for me in college. I figured I’d have a huge sexual awakening, that boys would be fawning all over me and I would have a new boy every weekend. The boys in my high school were just too dumb to pursue the smart, quiet girl from the drama club, right? I didn’t have my first kiss until the day before my … Read more

Can’t Miss #WomenStreetCinema Screening on August 26!

Shira Hereld, contributing writer at The Feminist Feline, works at Street Sense, an organization that elevates voices on poverty issues and creates economic opportunities for people experiencing homelessness in Washington, DC. She wanted to share this exciting event with readers: 

In DC, at least 7,000 individuals have no place to stay on any given night.
The experience of homelessness is traumatizing, dehumanizing, and
terrifying, particularly for women trying to remain safe on the street and
in shelters. But every so often, some of these talented women manage to
break the cycle of homelessness and speak their truths.

On August 26th, two African-American female directors will present short
films documenting their struggles to survive and elevate themselves above
homelessness in Cinema from the Street, Part 2.

Join a courageous mother as she struggles to protect and raise her daughter
in one of D.C.’s most infamous and inhospitable shelters. Then, journey
alongside a survivor of homelessness and sexual assault as she reflects on
her past trauma and present path to recovery.

Here’s the incredible trailer:

Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Place: Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20004Read more

Real Issues Are Scary so Here’s a Distraction: Alpha Phi and the Art of Changing the Subject

By Sierra O’Mara Schwartz

When I first saw the Alpha Phi chapter at the University of Alabama’s recruitment video pop up on my news feed, I figured it was posted by some guy in a frat I went to college with or by an Alpha Phi I’d met during my undergrad. I went to a fairly Greek school, so my timeline being flooded with recruitment videos is nothing out of the ordinary. But when I discovered this clip was not from a Facebook friend, but rather ABC News, I was a little confused.

Here is the video:

It seems pretty standard: pretty girls throwing glitter, laughing, mugging for the camera, gyrating in slow motion. But this particular recruitment video, for whatever reason, has stood out enough to warrant significant backlash. Alpha Phi’s seemingly harmless, fairly standard sorority recruitment video has gone viral after an op-ed was written criticizing it’s lack of diversity and blatant “anti-feminist” message. As expected, media outlets are eating this story up. The entire internet has bandwagoned and is now on a death mission to take down the University of Alabama’s Alpha Phi chapter for being “worse for women than Donald Trump.” The author claims that these … Read more

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