The best Tumblr ever created: Feminist Ryan Gosling

Nothing like some “[f]eminist theory flashcards from your favorite sensitive movie dude-turned-meme.” on your Tuesday morning.

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Getting out of our own way: How much is too much?

Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site.

One recent evening while taking the subway home, in the same week the reprehensible “slap her” video surfaced, I witnessed a minor but bothersome exchange between strangers. As two young women boarded, an older gentleman who had taken the only open seat at the previous stop, gestured to one, asking her to sit beside him in what was no more than scarcely a few inches of space. “Please,” he said. The young woman responded simply and matter-of-factly, “No.” The man was taken aback—as was I, briefly. He flapped his palms in the air and snapped, “You’re welcome.” To which the young woman, after some consideration, replied flatly, ...

Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site.

One recent evening while taking the subway home, in the same week the reprehensible “slap her” video surfaced, I witnessed a minor but bothersome exchange ...

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Feministing Reads: Beatriz Preciado’s Pornotopia

Late one night in 2001, philosopher and occasional insomniac Beatriz Preciado was watching TV to fall back asleep when suddenly Hugh Hefner — also in pajamas, also lying in bed — appeared on the screen. He was giving an interview from bed, which seemed strange. Even stranger, though, was his explanation for founding Playboy, ostensibly the most influential magazine of the Cold War. Hefner described his efforts to escape suburban domesticity by alluding to Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. What, wondered Preciado, did Hefner’s erotic and lifestyle publication have to do with Woolf?

This curiosity led Preciado to weeks of reading through the entire Playboy archive in a New York library. “Nothing was what I expected,” s/he ...

Late one night in 2001, philosopher and occasional insomniac Beatriz Preciado was watching TV to fall back asleep when suddenly Hugh Hefner — also in pajamas, also lying in bed — appeared on the screen. He ...