Heather Michon

Heather Michon
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MAY 7, 2013 11:07AM

Why I Support Keeping a Woman On British Banknotes



I’ve never visited England. As with so many things in life, this is not from lack of desire as much as lack of funds. Usually, my interest in British currency extends only to the current exchange rate, but last week I found myself signing a Change.org petition to theRead full post »






 Femen Protestors (via GlobalPost.com)


This week marks the fourth anniversary of the founding of Femen, the Ukrainian feminist group that has grabbed global headlines for their topless protests, and they’ve been celebrating in their trademark styleRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 10:51AM

What If Chris Stevens Wanted His Journal Made Public?

Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens 

Anderson Cooper devoted a large portion of Monday’s AC360 to defending the network against State Department broadsides for the use of portions of a document written by U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, discovered in the wreckage of the mostly unsecured diplomatic compound inRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 11:03AM

Is Monica Lewinsky Really Looking At A $12 Million Book Deal

Rumors have been swirling that ex-presidential ex-mistress Monica Lewinsky was not only shopping a “shocking” new tell-all book about her ill-fated Oval Office tryst with Bill Clinton, but that she had actually gotten a $12 million advance for the work from an unnamed publisher.

I… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 11:44AM

Breasts & Power: The Case of Adrienne Pine

 Professor Pine & Lee (Photo: Good Morning America)

 Professor Adrienne Pine & Lee

(Photo: Good Morning America)


There’s one inescapable conclusion to draw from the story of the professor currently making national headlines for breastfeeding during class: life would be a lot easier if women lactated through the elb/Read full post »

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JULY 10, 2012 11:16AM

Pussy Riot and the Vertical of Power

A Russian court yesterday ruled that three members of the feminist punk rock collective known as Pussy Riot will remain in jail - a crushing end to a day of rumors, reportedly out of the Kremlin, that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich be released on bail.

The thRead full post »

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JULY 5, 2012 1:57PM

What We Miss When We Talk About Home Birth



 "Mindy Bizzell decided to have her second son at home partly because of money and partly because of faith...."

This is the start of all home birth horror stories: pseudo-hippy or upper-class white mom-to-be wants to have an orgasmic birth experience and maybe save a little cash in
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JUNE 21, 2012 2:33PM

Making Thomas Jefferson Proud



It's been an amazing couple of weeks at Mr. Jefferson's University.

The usual summer somnolence of the University of Virginia's historic Grounds was broken on the afternoon of June 10, when Helen Dragas, a Virginia Beach real estate developer and current Rector of the U-Va's govRead full post »

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JUNE 14, 2012 8:48AM

Dirty Birds and Dingoes

In the Antarctic summer of 1911-12, British explorer George Murray Levick spent what must have seemed like the longest weeks of his life in the heart of a massive Adelie penguin rookery in Cape Adare. The only person to ever spend the entire breeding season with the Adelies, what he sawRead full post »
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MAY 10, 2012 9:46AM

"Evil Is Coming In Through The Woman"

One of the tricky parts about Blogging While Feminist is deciding which issues are worth tackling. Some days, it's far too tempting to be sidetracked by outrage...or the outrageous.

Other times, it's not so hard at all.

Submitted for your examination: Jesse Lee Peterson.

He’s a minister ofRead full post »

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MAY 4, 2012 10:51AM

Elizabeth Warren As Cherokee-American

Elizabeth Warren on the campaign trail this week

If you need proof to confirm campaign silly season is already in full flower, look no further than the Massachusetts Senate race.

Incumbent Scott Brown has jumped with glee on a Boston Herald report last week that his Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Warren, had listed herself as &lRead full post »

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APRIL 30, 2012 10:30AM

Can 'Slut' Be Reformed?

The Mudflap Girl"We might as well own it, right?"

This is the new battle cry of Sluts Across America, a crowdsourcing website that wants to take the steaming cowpies dropped by Rush Limbaugh and his fellow travelers and form a "collective voice of the women and men in this country/Read full post »

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APRIL 17, 2012 10:39AM

Audience for a Mass Murderer

Anders Behring Berivik In Court in Oslo, Photo by Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

The trial of confessed mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik had barely gotten underway in Oslo when debate erupted over the media's coverage of the event. 

Press turnout was impressive. Some 800 reporters were on hand for the opening day; pool video coverage of most of/Read full post »

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MARCH 27, 2012 11:20AM

No Table For Helen Thomas?

Helen Thomas at 2010 WHCA DinnerIn late February, Helen Thomas wrote a letter to the board of the White House Correspondents Association.

"As the first woman president to preside over the WHCA, and one of a few women who were instrumental in successfully convincing President Kennedy to boycott the dinner, it is very importRead full post »

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MARCH 19, 2012 3:26PM

Sixteen Names: Who Were the Victims in Kandahar?

For days, he was nameless. Staff Sargent X. 

Without a name, he was an abstraction:  A rogue U.S. soldier who walked out of his base in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday, March 11 and, it is alleged, systematically gunned down 16 Afghan civilians, the majority of them women and smallRead full post »

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MARCH 14, 2012 11:49AM

Native American Women Denied Plan B After Rape

After weeks of debate over personhood, Planned Parenthood funding, transvaginal ultrasounds, fetal pain, Fluke-fest, aspirin-between-the-knees, and the little matter of 130,000 economically disadvantaged Texas women losing access to basic health care starting today, discussions about the accessibilitRead full post »

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MARCH 8, 2012 10:11AM

The Somewhat False Equivalency of Bill Maher & Rush Limbaugh

Just as Rush Limbaugh has his many detractors, he has his many supporters, and almost in a chorus, those supporters have spent the last couple of days arguing that the other side says horrible things about women, too, but never seem to face this kind of tidal wave of public criticism./Read full post »

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MARCH 5, 2012 11:32AM

Should Rush Limbaugh Be On the Armed Forces Network?

rushlimbaughUntil his advertisers began departing in droves over the weekend, one imagines that Rush Limbaugh was having the time of his life.

His verbal attacks on Georgetown University law student and reproductive rights activist Sandra Fluke brought him the sort of attention he loves, the kind of ouRead full post »


Let's pause for a moment to reflect on this past week in American Womanhood.

All over this great nation of ours, legislators are hard at work giving a clump of sub-microscopic cells that may or may not ever develop into a baby the same legal rights as a full humanRead full post »

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JANUARY 30, 2012 7:26AM

The People's Action Committee: A Super PAC Bucks The Trends

With the presidential race looking like an un-dramatic Obama-Romney plod to November, the most memorable thing about Election 2012 may turn out to be anything but the candidates.

Instead, it seems poised to go down as The Year of the Super PAC.

Look the figures: Through last week, independentRead full post »

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JANUARY 23, 2012 9:48AM

Run, Stephen, Run

When all the ballots were counted on Saturday, the Stephen Colbert-Herman Cain Train walked away with 6,324 votes, giving them a fifth place finish with about 1.1% of the total vote. While that is forty times the votes for Cain over his non-Colbert affiliated New Hampshire tally (according to BaRead full post »

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JANUARY 6, 2012 11:01AM

Live Free, Die Dumb: War on Education in New Hampshire

The 2012 legislative season is barely out of the gate, but New Hampshire has sprinted to the lead in crazy, potentially destructive lawmaking.

On Wednesday, the state's Tea Party-dominated House voted 255-112 and the Senate 17-5 to override Governor John Lynch's July veto of H.B. 542, a law wh

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JANUARY 2, 2012 9:34AM

Campaigning While Female, 2012 Edition.



In the countdown to the Iowa caucus, the Associated Press has pulled Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann over for campaigning while female.

In an article that in hundreds of print and online outlets yesterday, it accuses the year's only female presidential candidate of, es

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Newt Gingrich is exploring the possibility of taking his battle to get his name on the Virginia primary ballot to the courts after failing to submit the required number of valid signatures ahead of the December 22 ballot - an event his national campaign director Michael Krull, with seemingly no sense… Read full post »

It wasn’t her first trip to Africa, but bumping along the red-dirt roads of rural Namibia this October, Amy Berman says she had “never seen such poverty. It was indescribable.”

Namibia has a population of 1.8 million - about the same as Kansas City - and oneRead full post »