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No Más Bebés Premieres on Independent Lens

No Más Bebés tells the story of a little-known but landmark event in reproductive justice, when a small group of Mexican immigrant women sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were sterilized while giving birth at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the late 1960s and early 1970s. This moving (seriously, have tissues at hand!) documentary about the human rights abuses inflicted on Latinas in the 1960s and 1970s will have you up in arms. My friend and colleague, Elena R. Gutiérrez did a lot of the research work to help put together this puzzle. In a blog post about the film she says: “No Más Bebés” also shows that socially grounded attitudes relating to ethnicity and gender can play a role in the provision of reproductive health care services; a message that is important for us to hear today. In my own research I show that the abusive practices that occurred at LACMC were not only shaped by debates on population control, but also by co

Review: Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon

When we last discussed this book I wasn't done with it . I finished it and loved it. In many ways her tale is depressing. She gives us a fair number of peeks behind the grunge curtain. Her observations of the music industry is certainly depressing. But how her story unfolds makes you want to turn the page and know more. At one point, Gordon muses about women's sexuality being used in music, particularly Madonna and her own use of her sexuality. In the end she seems ok with women using their sexuality on stage as part of their act. For herself, Gordon grew into this comfort and ends up stating that "In the middle of the state, where I stand as bass player of Sonic Young, the music comes at me from all directions. The most heightened state of being female is watching people watch you....being a girl in Sonic Youth makes me forget about being a girl. I like being in a weak position and making it strong."She seemed to be talking herself into moving into the main attr

EVENT: Love Her, Love Her Not at Women & Children First

Please join LHLHN's editor Joanne Cronrath Bamberger as she moderates a reading and discussion with myself and Emily Zanotti Skyles on Wednesday, January 27th at 7:30 pm. I am so excited and nervous to finally be reading at my favorite bookstore. I hope we have a great and respectful conversation about our love or not of Hillary Clinton. No purchase required for the event, but we hope you will purchase from Women & Children First .

Review: South Texas Experience: Love Letters by Noemi Martinez

Noemi Martinez is an old school zinester who was also part of the first wave of feminist bloggers. She is also someone who never traded in her zines for a purely digital format. In South Texas Experience: Love Letters Martinez takes us for an emotional peek into her life. Illustrated by photos her son took, it is a beautiful ode to a part of the country that normally only gets negative media mentions, if ever thought of at all. This zine is a lovely addition to anyone's zine or poetry collection. I purchased a copy myself. It was well worth it. You should find out yourself!

Sesame Street in Chicago this weekend

As many of us know, Sesame Street has moved to HBO for its first run episodes. To mark this occasion there's a road show and it is coming to Chicago. And we're all invited! Join Elmo and friends to the Chicago Children’s Museum, on Saturday, January 24th

#365FeministSelfie in 2016

Were you wondering if #365FeministSelfie was still a thing? It is! Yup, we've kicked off our third year of selfies, fun and feminism. Feel free to jump over to our blog to read up on the project and the spin off hash tag. It may be January 3rd, but as a social media friend's kid said to the idea of New Year's Resolutions, "You can always start a new year every day!" So start your year of selfies any day you want. We'll be here for you.