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FORCE Lays it out pretty clearly: 

"In a rape culture, people are surrounded with images, language, laws, and other everyday phenomena that validate and perpetuate, rape. Rape culture includes jokes, TV, music, advertising, legal jargon, laws, words and imagery, that make violence against women and sexual coercion seem so normal that people believe that rape is inevitable. Rather than viewing the culture of rape as a problem to change, people in a rape culture think about the persistence of rape as ‘just the way things are.’"

We found this photo HERE


Seen in Downtown Brooklyn/Brooklyn Heights.

Very Powerful.

(via iwriteaboutfeminism)

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The play also deftly considers the complicated relationship girls have with the word “slut.” The Slut Squad ultimately fails in its attempt to reclaim it as a tool of empowerment, because they can’t assert their sexuality using a word inextricably bound to implications of dirtiness and shame.

Bonjean-Alpart agrees. “[A] lot of people try to own the word [slut] in order to own their sexuality. And I’ve always thought that there should be a way for girls to own their sexuality without having to own the word slut, which is a degrading word … When I think of the word slut now, automatically what pops into my head is sexual violence and sexual aggression. I really hate the word.

"Slut" is a powerful word. Can women reclaim it as a tool of sexual empowerment? Is it inseparable from its original use as a tool of oppression? How is the word "slut," and the practice slut shaming perpetuating rape culture? 

Today, we read about a group of young women in NYC who are addressing these and other questions on a unique platform: theater.

SLUT: The Play  is currently playing as a part of the New York Fringe Festival. Learn more here


Paid family and medical leave is recognized as a pillar of the Women’s Economic Agenda. We all know that the protections under FMLA are not sufficient for many families. The availability of paid medical and family leave is an issue that has captured my attention. Today, I happened upon an article that outlines what the FMLA means for same-sex couples, married and unmarried, in light of the DOMA repeal. As someone who follows this issue, this brief but insightful article was a good starting point for considering family and medical leave through another lens. Check it out:

"What Married and Unmarried Same-Sex Parents Should Know About Family Leave" 

Do you have a zeal for cooking and a passion for sustainability?
Do you have an original recipe combining these passions into a mouth-watering concoction too good not to share?
The National Council of Women’s Organizations would love to hear about it!

We are proud to announce our first ever Nationwide Recipe Contest for our sustainability cookbook: A Greener Plate: for the Sustainable Appetite. This contest will be in conjunction with the launching of NCWO’s new Environmental Task Force.

Submit your favorite original recipes featuring local, organic, and/or environmentally friendly ingredients for a chance to be featured in our upcoming book.

Submit your favorite recipe to
Deadline for submissions is September 13th.

Categories for Submission:
Soups and Salads
Gluten Free

Limit of 3 recipe submissions per person.
(If you have more than that make your own cookbook!)

Recipes will be judged by NCWO staff and volunteers and winners who submitted recipes chosen to be included will be notified by September 20th.

Earlier in the summer the National Council of Women’s Organizations co-hosted an event with the office of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and filmmaker Angela Alford, director of the documentary “Granny’s Got Game”, a documentary film about the Fabulous 70’s, a 75+ women’s basketball team from Raleigh, NC. The event was an updeat celebration of the 41st anniversary of title IX, which included a screening of “Granny’s Got Game,” and a chance for attendees to meet with the team. The Fabulous 70’s were an inspiring group of women, and we were excited to get to meet them. 

Today, we got the message that the Fabulous Seventies have earned the bronze medal at the 2013 National Senior Games in Cleveland, Ohio. Wonderful news- a big congratulations to all of them!  

Below, we’ve shared some pictures from the Granny’s Got Game facebook page. 

Happy Monday, Everyone. 

I (intern Anney) was on vacation last week and missed some of the big news in the labor world. Fast Food workers are currently in the midst of their largest strike in US History. They are striking for a living wage and the right to unionize. and Democracy Now are expertly covering the issue. Remember, nearly 2/3 of minimum wage workers are women. 

On the Rachel Maddow Show, Melissa Harris-Perry puts the strikes in a broader perspective.  

This is something we will be keeping our eyes on, and invite you all to do the same.