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28 Most Iconic Feminist Moments of 2013: Featuring Zerlina Maxwell as #19

Zerlina was featured on as one of the most iconic feminist moments of 2013!

19. Zerlina Maxwell Took Down Rape Culture Like a Boss

During an appearance on Fox’s Sean Hannity Show, Zerlina Maxwell was invited to speak about guns, rape, and violence. As a rape survivor, she had a lot of notable reasons to shame conservatives who believe the solution to ending rape resides in giving out more guns.

“I think the entire conversation is wrong. I don’t want anybody to be telling women anything. I don’t want women — I don’t want men to be telling me what to wear, how to act, not to drink. And I don’t, honestly, want you to tell me that I need a gun in order to prevent my rape,” she said during her appearance.

After the segment, she was attacked with a slew of racist online rape and death threats, but still managed to keep her cool. She’s a troll pulveriser and if you try and mess with her, you should watch out.

Read the rest of the list here. Right-wing media turns on George Zimmerman

The GrioCheck out my latest for on how George Zimmerman defenders have suddenly gone quiet.

It looks like the right-wing media has finally turned on George Zimmerman.
The conservative media outlets and personalities that once defended Trayvon Martin’s killer appear to have changed their tune this week, after Zimmerman was arrested yet again for domestic violence. In August, Zimmerman was acquitted of second degree murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of Martin.
Zimmerman’s history of domestic violence is nothing new. In fact, feminist writers pointed to his history of domestic abuse as evidence of his propensity for violence in the hopes that it would help crystallize his actions and put his actions the night he killed Trayvon Martin in the appropriate context.

Read the rest here. Marissa Alexander and why gun rights don’t apply to women

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Stand Your Ground” laws are now something most Americans have heard of. The killing ofTrayvon Martin at the hands of George Zimmerman made “Stand Your Ground” a part of the national conversation and the continued fascination with the conservative backed laws, continue to be debated as Marissa Alexander languishes in prison awaiting her new trial next March.
Marissa Alexander is a 32-year-old mother who fired a warning shot that hit no one during a dispute with her abusive husband, Rico Gray, in 2011. Alexander had no criminal record and had given birth to a baby just nine days prior to the incident.
Alexander fired a warning shot at her abusive husband during a confrontation and was charged, tried and convicted for aggravated assault. The “Stand Your Ground” defense — which allows a person to use deadly force to defend themselves from serious bodily harm — did not work for Alexander and as a result she was sentenced to 20 years under Florida’s mandatory minimum sentencing laws. 

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BET: Why Is So Much Relationship Advice So Bad?

In my latest for I analyze the connection between bad relationship advice and violence against women.

It’s 2013, but if you were to pick up a recent issue of the New York Post or a new book by one of the New Jersey housewives, you might think you took a ride in a time machine and ended up in 1953.

For every step of progress women have made in their professional lives, it seems the personal lives of women take several steps back. The idea that women should simply think like men or be submissive and give into the desires of their boyfriends or husbands is setting women back decades.

The New York Post recently ran a story about a woman who literally makes sandwiches for her boyfriend in the hopes that he will eventually put a ring on it. Not only does this “I’m 124 sandwiches away from an engagement ring” story seem like the worst kind of trolling, it makes a relationship seem transactional.

It is evidence of a played-out narrative that women are single or not in long-term partnerships because they aren’t catering to their men enough. It’s never the male behavior that needs to change, or a little bit of balance between two equal partners that is suggested by the mainstream media. It is a constant narrative that women are the problem and need to change.

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theGrio: Rubio blocks gay judicial nominee

My latest for discusses the fall of Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) as the tea party darling.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) needs to have a sit down with the Pope.

The Catholic senator needs to review the “love thy neighbor” portion of the Bible that Republicans love to quote so much, because he just withdrew his support for Miami-Dade circuit judge William Thomas an openly gay black nominee for the federal bench.

Nominees for the federal bench must have the approval of both of the senators from their state for their nomination move forward and on to the senate confirmation process.

Last week, the Pope made headlines “It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently. We have to find a new balance, otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.” The Pope was of course referring to the church’s obsession with social issues like contraception, abortion, and gay rights that infects our domestic political debate.

Rubio’s often cites his catholic faith as guiding his political positions and yet the Pope’s comments will likely have no effect on how the tea party Senator from Florida views the issues of equal rights for gays. That’s because Senator Rubio was really responding to politics, not morality, by withdrawing his support for Judge Thomas.

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