Legalizing abortion in Ireland.

This is from the Safe and Legal (in Ireland) Abortion Rights Campaign’s new online efforts to spread awareness about the current status of reproductive rights in Ireland. Here the first of a three-part video they’re featuring on their youtube channel, where you can check out the others.

Thanks to Alisa for the link!

This is from the Safe and Legal (in Ireland) Abortion Rights Campaign’s new online efforts to spread awareness about the current status of reproductive rights in Ireland. Here the first of a three-part video they’re featuring ...

YA Fiction: Sarah Dessen


I saw one of my favorite writers this weekend at Politics and Prose in DC. She’s a Young Adult fiction writer named Sarah Dessen, and she happens to be from the town where I grew up. We even went to the same high school (although a lot of years apart). When I was a kid I read a lot–and much of it was young adult fiction. There are a lot of books in that genre, but what I love about Sarah Dessen is that her books have substance. Her characters (almost all of whom are young women) are strong, independent, smart and interesting. She tackles real issues, like divorce, intimate partner violence and substance abuse, but without ...


I saw one of my favorite writers this weekend at Politics and Prose in DC. She’s a Young Adult fiction writer named Sarah Dessen, and she happens to be from the town where I ...

What does your “figure” have to do with the funny?

A review of Baby Mama (whose problematic title is being discussed here) in The New Yorker gets a little…well, sexist.

Kate [Fey] stalks around bare-legged in skirts that lurch to a halt two inches above the knee, which is a length that Christy Turlington would struggle to carry off. It’s possible that Fey, like other television stars, is unused to being framed in full length, and, though in complete command of her delivery—dry, spiky, but unthreatening—she hasn’t yet made up her mind how funny her body is meant to be. She isn’t big enough to make a joke of her ripeness, like Bette Midler, but she’s no Lily Tomlin, either. She could do worse than steal a trick ...

A review of Baby Mama (whose problematic title is being discussed here) in The New Yorker gets a little…well, sexist.

Kate [Fey] stalks around bare-legged in skirts that lurch to a halt two inches above ...

Monday Monty Blogging (mud mustache edition)


Monty had a grand old time running around in Woodstock this weekend, playing with his brother. A big part of this playing was digging – nose first – in the mud. Though as you can see, he looks pretty pleased with himself.
The downside, of course, is that the boyfriend and I have found five ticks on him (not attached, just crawling). He’s had a bath and brushing since we got back, but if anyone has any tick-advice, it would be much appreciated.


Monty had a grand old time running around in Woodstock this weekend, playing with his brother. A big part of this playing was digging – nose first – in the mud. Though as ...

Shaving my legs is such a drag

Contributed by Julia Serano
I had about seven different conflicting thoughts/emotions upon viewing this video:

1) Oh my god, I *cannot* believe that companies are actually using personal endorsements from transgender-spectrum people to help sell their products to non-trans women. How groundbreaking!
2) And at the same time, how disturbing! I think I am experiencing the same queasy feeling right now that old-school gay/queer rights activists most certainly felt when beer companies first began offering to sponsor pride parades and queer events.
3) Great, just what we need: more fodder for feminists who insist that those of us on the trans feminine spectrum are all merely “parodies� and “caricatures� of women and that we propagate sexist stereotypes.
4) Haven’t ...

Contributed by Julia Serano
I had about seven different conflicting thoughts/emotions upon viewing this video:

1) Oh my god, I *cannot* believe that companies are actually using personal endorsements from transgender-spectrum people to help sell their ...

Weekly Feminist Reader

What Danica Patrick’s victory means to young girls who aspire to be racecar drivers.
Last week, coincidentally the Global Action Week for Education, UNICEF released a study showing Afghan girls are excluded from the country’s education system.
The awful Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now adding to his resume of “shaming” male inmates by forcing them to wear pink underwear and denying female inmates abortion access by throwing a few immigration raids into the mix. Last week he rounded up 150 immigrants against even the wishes of the mayor , who said, “That’s not acceptable behavior for anyone, let alone someone whose job is to help make our community safer.”
A good ...

What Danica Patrick’s victory means to young girls who aspire to be racecar drivers.
Last week, coincidentally the Global Action Week for Education, UNICEF released a study showing Afghan girls are excluded from the country’s ...

Coco Fusco: A Field Guide for Female Interrogators


From a recent performance at The Whitney Biennial. Photo by Eduardo Aparicio.
Coco Fusco is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist and writer. She is the author of English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas, and editor of Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas, and Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self (with Brian Wallis). Her work on military interrogation was selected for the 2008 Whitney Biennial.
“In the guise of a CIA manual, Coco Fusco’s provocative A Field Guide for Female Interrogators offers an unflinching look at women’s role in the military and at America’s use of torture in the War on Terror”– (from the book’s back cover copy).
Here’s Coco…


From a recent performance at The Whitney Biennial. Photo by Eduardo Aparicio.
Coco Fusco is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist and writer. She is the author of English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion ...

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