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Daily Show vet stumps for Planned Parenthood

Lizz Winstead has a cold. The New York–based comedian is speaking with me from her home town of Minneapolis, where she has been working on a book due out later this year — and where she caught a heckuva bug.
No More Bargains
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 02, 2011

Too big to sue: Wal-Mart versus women

Getting screwed just isn't enough. Stripped of all the legal mumbo-jumbo, that's what the five Republican-appointed justices on the Supreme Court decided when they threw out claims that Wal-Mart's 1.5 million female workers were systematically discrimin
When the Supreme Court disallowed a discrimination case against the giant retailer, it hurt workers across the nation
By EDITORIAL  |  June 24, 2011

Orange alert for women in Maine

In the wake of cuts to both Title X, the federal family-planning funding mechanism that provides more than $300 million for health screenings, birth control,...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  March 01, 2011

More on the up-to-five-mornings-after pill

Doesn't really have the same ring to it, huh?As we wait for the FDA to issue its ruling on Ella, the emergency contraceptive that can...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  July 14, 2010

Happy Birthday, Birth Control!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the birth-control pill (or at least, of FDA approval of the Pill), and you can read its history...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  April 26, 2010

Diagnosed with breast cancer? Keep an eye on Anthem...

A Reuters investigative report today reveals that Wellpoint, the parent company of Anthem Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Maine, has had a practice of targeting women...
By Jeff Inglis  |  April 22, 2010


"Misandry": the hatred of males, an unacknowledged but underlying socio-cultural, economic, political and legal phenomenon endangering the well-being of both genders. (Via anyone from...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  April 09, 2010

Heroine chic

One of the more satisfying moments in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) occurs when 13-year-old Hermione (Emma Watson) unloads a right hook that staggers the villainous Malfoy. “That felt good,” she says, pleased with herself. “Not good,”
Hollywood cashes in on girl power
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 09, 2010


Mysterious announcement on the West End News' Web site about "Portland's First Ever Female-Bodied and Allied Topless Adventure," about which I am struggling to find...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  March 22, 2010

Playing the woman card

Someone's already playing the woman card in the Maine gubernatorial race, but it's not either of the female candidates running for governor (Rosa Scarcelli and...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  March 16, 2010

The news from No Place

Saya Woolfalk first grabbed people's attention around 2005, with playful-serious installations and videos in which performers masked in bright, patchwork fabric costumes of cartoon leaves and long swinging dreadlocks jumped around small rooms decorated
Saya Woolfalk and the feminist 'heretics'
By GREG COOK  |  March 12, 2010

ted face list

Public and private affairs

Philandering, like heavy drinking, traditionally has been one of those activities that the boys in the press keep mum about when reporting on the boys on the Hill, or the boy in the White House, or any boy, for that matter. The rationales for this sile
The case for making a campaign issue of Teddy's reputation for philandering
By SUZANNAH LESSARD  |  August 28, 2009

Review: Speech Debelle | Speech Therapy

It's unfortunate that there's a glass ceiling in the US market for British hip-hop — but for the lovely, clipped London accent that gives truth to Speech Debelle's delivery, this release would be huge stateside.
Big Dada (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  August 07, 2009

Today's dose of feminist theory

Portland Phoenix staff writer Deirdre Fulton has a post up today commenting on a piece of feminist-theory criticism that is worth checking out. She addresses...
By Jeff Inglis  |  July 10, 2009

Today's dose of feminist theory

Scholar and author Christina Hoff Sommers, who works for the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, has a piece on the Chronicle of Higher...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  July 10, 2009

Jailed HIV-positive pregnant woman released - for now

Quinta Layin Tuleh, the HIV-positive pregnant woman a federal judge in Bangor, Maine, ordered jailed until her baby was delivered, has been released on bail while her appeal of her sentence makes its way through the courts.
Judicial Discretion
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 26, 2009

Focusing on Female Vets

House Prepares to Pass Bills to Help Togus VA Medical Center; Improve Care for Women VeteransJust go...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  June 23, 2009

The Ch-Ch-Ch-Change

If men had menopause, going postal would be the rule rather than the exception, and we'd have to get our mail from carrier pigeons.
Menopause The Musical at Trinity
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 19, 2009
menopause list

Hot ticket

Here's a hot flash for you: dying is easy (in the theatrical sense of bombing onstage); producing a successful show is hard.
Menopause the Musical  summers at Trinity 
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 05, 2009

Domestic violence in the news

Portland activist Jill Barkley, who works for Caring Unlimited, a York County DV awareness and suppo...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  March 11, 2009

Making lemonade from some serious lemons

The Maine Family Planning Association has 56 pledges so far in its "Pledge-A-Picketer" campaign. Bas...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  March 11, 2009


Mother courage

The 2008 Toronto International Film Festival last September proved hospitable to Agnès Varda.
Agnès Varda in Toronto
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 10, 2009

Art beef

Carlson/Strom at the DeCordova, Jonathan Torgovnik at Brandeis, Kenji Fujita at Samson Projects
Carlson/Strom at the DeCordova, Jonathan Torgovnik at Brandeis, Kenji Fujita at Samson Projects
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  February 20, 2009

Fest raises awareness, celebrates women

Maria Mendes found her voice last spring, at a gathering to prepare for a trip to New Orleans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues . Standing before a group of women, she finally got the courage to talk about being a
Come together
By MARION DAVIS  |  February 18, 2009

Ask Dr. Lovemonkey: Politenessman

Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  January 28, 2009

Beauty for beauty's sake

For several years, Cristin Searles of Providence has been stitching together soft sculptures that catchily evoke natural forms.
Feminist art
By GREG COOK  |  January 28, 2009


Thoughts on the 36th anniversary of Roe V. Wade

To commemorate that anniversary, the Maine Choice Coalition, along with the Maine Civil Liberties Union, the League of Young Voters, and the Portland Phoenix, are teaming up to screen the film I Had An Abortion at SPACE Gallery on Wednesday, January 2
 Woman rights
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 21, 2009

Looking Back

Since Barack Obama’s election, there have been many congratulatory essays — verbal and written — about the greatness of Americans being able to elect a person of color to our highest office.
America didn’t become colorblind in 2008
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  December 29, 2008

The problem with liberals' dislike of Rick Warren

The need to be consistent in the defense of the rights of all in our country — even those whose views we may find abhorrent.
Uncivil Liberties
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  December 23, 2008


By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  December 10, 2008