“Female voters in the US have been called “soccer moms” and “security moms”. In 2004, single women were “Sex and the City voters”. Now – because apparently women can’t ever just be “citizens” or “voters”, or more likely because conservatives prefer to call us names instead of delving too deep into women’s issues – we are “Beyoncé voters”. Bow down, bitches.

Most single ladies would generally be thrilled with a comparison to Queen Bey in any way, shape or form, but the cutesy nicknames for politically-engaged women need to stop. Surely pundits and the political media culture can deal with the collective electoral power of the majority voting bloc in this country in some better way than symbolically calling us “sweetheart”, complete with head pat.”
Jessica Valenti: Nick-naming women ‘Beyoncé voters’ is exactly why we don’t vote Republican

This portrait was removed from a major gallery after it was deemed ‘pornographic’. Why does women’s pubic hair cause such outrage? asks Rowan Pelling

It seems retrogressive, bordering on insane, that any corner of the art crowd should view a lush lady-garden as offensive at a time when celebs such as Gwyneth Paltrow talk about sporting a 70s vibe, while the writer Caitlin Moran writes about “finger-combing” her “Wookiee”. Read more

Portrait of Ms Ruby May, Standing by Leena McCall.

Wonder Woman’s feminism matters. So why would the comic industry reject it? 

If feminism can be re-packaged to sell Sheryl Sandberg’s neoliberalism, feminism can remain one of Wonder Woman’s heroic traits – and a fight for what is just and fair and right. 

Read more here

Photo: Everett Collection / Rex

“From boardrooms to the streets, women’s anxiety to keep our body mass as low as possible is based on legitimate fears that we will be punished if we attempt fully to enter patriarchal space. No wonder so many of us are starving.”
— In this exclusive extract from her new book, Laurie Penny talks about her eating disorder, the pressure on girls to be beautiful and why weight is a political issue. Read it here
“While street harassment is just one of many violations that American women endure, its prevalence is a clear message to women and men: there are no safe spaces for women. We need to be able to walk the street and simply be in public without fear. Not just for equality, but because, one day, I’d like my daughter to take the subway to school.”
Jessica Valenti: The end of hisses, whistles and stares: we need to walk the streets without fear
“Do we live in a society that’s simultaneously sex-obsessed and puritanical? Why, yes. Could the United States stand to work on some of these issues? Sure! It would be great if the virgin/whore dichotomy would just realize it’s drunk and go home.”
Jamie Peck: Scout Willis’s topless Instagram protest draws more eyeballs than action

World leaders have added their voices to the campaign to lift the death sentence given to Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman sentenced to hang for apostasy. They join her husband, Daniel Wani, in calling for the sentence to be dropped. Full story here 

Photo: Gabriel Wani

A group of American students have watched each episode of the new version of Doctor Who to check whether it passed the Bechdel test. The test passed if two female characters talk to each other about something other than men. Both characters must also be named. Get the data 

Pregnant woman beaten to death by family outside Pakistani court

A pregnant woman was beaten to death by her own family members on the streets of one of Pakistan’s most refined cities on Tuesday after marrying against their wishes.

The “honour killing” happened in front of a large crowd of witnesses outside Lahore’s grand high court building where Farzana Parveen, 25, had been due to appear in a case brought by her family. Full story here

“Elliot Rodger’s California shooting spree is further proof that misogyny kills”
Jessica Valenti: Attributing the deaths of six people and wounding of several others in Isla Vista to ‘a madman’ ignores a stark truth about our society