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Tit for tat? Nah! Tit for tit!


Male nipple


A little over two years ago, I was temporarily banned, or rather my Facebook page for was temporarily banned from Facebook for posting an image of a woman with her mouth taped shut and the caption: Don't Tap it and Wrap it, Tape Her and Rape Her.

You can see the image and the subsequent post about it at these links:

Yesterday, I ran into this story about artist Micol Hebron who's Facebook page was shut down three times last week (July 2015) by Facebook, first for posting the image above, and then for posting a link to an article about the fact that she had been banned.

The article says:

"Hebron has gotten some criticism from those who say that focusing on nipples is a small matter compared to larger issues of gender inequality. 'I certainly agree,' she says, 'but not valuing bodies equally is a fundamental issue and when you inherently value a certain demographic less, it leads to all of the other things. It leads to the wage gap, to domestic abuse, to rape. It’s at the core, when fundamental human respect doesn’t play out evenly on the field of images.'"

I agree.

This AWR post is in solidarity with Micol Hebron. Herr website is here.

you are more than enough already

Im enough The Mrs 

Austin Texas rock band The Mrs noticed  the same thing I did in 2005 when I first started

Many women don't think very highly of themselves. Many of us don't realize how truly amazing we are.

Each one of us, regardless of whether we know it or not contributes in a wonderful, magical, meaningful way to the world around us.

Like me, The Mrs decided to do something about the deficit they saw.

They wrote a song. And  then they experimented with a magic mirror in a mall.

Here's what happened:


Tags beauty feminism happiness health inspiration self-awareness self-esteem success

Should math and evolution be taught in school? Hmmmm. Tough question.

Miss USA on Math


I stumbled on a 2011 video that shocked me.

It purported to be of Miss USA contestants answering the question “Should math be taught in schools?”

I watched in horror as the first few young women gave their answers:



It didn’t take me long to realize it was a parody – a satirical piece poking fun at somthing else. "But at what?” I wondered. Where was the original?

I looked for more information.

Ah. A video by @mackenzief, @kevgot, Leslie Collins, @gracehelbig, @lorrainecink, @jencurran, @risasarachan, @FarynEinhorn, Corinne Donly, @sarajanetaylor, @ericmpearson, Elias Altman, @mclendaniel

They were dissing this:



The answers shook me. Evolution is a "theory" that should NOT be taught in schools?

Oh. My. God. 

Tags biology creationism education evolution math religion science

29 Amazing Women Rock TED 2015

Susan TEDx Ajman on stageI've been a TEDster for almost a decade, and have had the good fortune of attending TED Global not once but twice. Lucky me!

As a feminist, I have long advocated for more women on TED and TEDx stages worldwide.

For the past several years before each TED and TED Global conference I've compiled a list of the amazing women speakers who will take the stage. 

Here are links to past lists:

I've also created a list of 300+ TED talks by amazing TED women. It's here.

Here are the 29 amazing women who will be on the #TED2015 mainstage:

1) Marina Abramovic
Performance artist



The MOMA scene above is explained here.


2) Stacey Baker
Photo editor


3) Nathalie Cabrol
Planetary explorer



“We’re born explorers.”


4) Minna Choi
Music director, Magik*Magik Orchestra


5) Valerie Conn


6) Laurie Coots
Health advocate


7) Alice Goffman
Urban sociologist


8) Dana Goodyear
Journalist and poet


9) Elora Hardy
Sustainable designer


10) Sarah Jones
Polymorphic playwright


11) Lorraine Justice
Design scholar


12) Suki Kim


13 & 14) The Kitchen Sisters
Radio producers


15) Dawn Landes


16) Monica Lewinsky
Social activist


17) Fei-Fei Li
Computer scientist


18) Dame Ellen MacArthur
Circular economy advocate




19) Maryn McKenna
Public health journalist


20) Alisa Miller

CEO, Public Radio International



21) Neri Oxman
Architect, designer


22) Esther Perel
Relationship therapist


23) Pamela Ronald
Plant geneticist


24) Martine Rothblatt


25) Laura Schulz
Cognitive scientist


26) Sophie Scott
Neuroscientist, stand-up comic


27) Sara Seager
Exoplanet expert


28) Dame Stephanie "Steve" Shirley
Entrepreneur and philanthropist


29) Noy Thrupkaew
Global journalist


Thanks to all these AMAZING #TEDWomen and to #TED for bringing their voices to the mainstage!