From Katie, some of the countless best of the year

1)Up with Chris Hayes drops systemic analysis on Penn State

Because the post highlights a much-needed critical, thoughtful perspective, which challenges the sensationalism and irresponsible journalism which dominates our media and manages to focus on2) because Jos becomes the 438th person I know to claim Chris Hayes as her boyfriend.

Chris Hayes, my morning talk show boyfriend, dedicated an hour of his Saturday show to the Penn State sexual abuse scandal. Hayes is joined by a great panel: The New Yorker writer Rick Hertzberg, University of Texas visiting scholar Victoria M. Defrancesco Soto, former Brooklyn District Attorney and Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman, MSNBC political analyst Michael Eric Dyson, and The Nation‘s sports writer Dave Zirin. They look at the way powerful institutions breed this sort of corruption and evil, drawing links with ...

1)Up with Chris Hayes drops systemic analysis on Penn State

Because the post highlights a much-needed critical, thoughtful perspective, which challenges the sensationalism and irresponsible journalism which dominates our media and manages to focus on2) because Jos ...

Feministing Year in Review: Eesha’s Faves

There was some brilliant feminist analysis on the blog in 2011. I’m delighted to be a (newish) member of this fierce team, and here are a couple of my faves from this year:

“I need more evidence,” and other things that probably make you a mansplainer – By Samhita

I love tools, resources and how-to guides. And I love them doubly if they help us challenge common social norms where folks use “logic” and “rigor” as arguments against feminism and feminist practice.  In this post, Samhita calls out covert sexism in dance music culture and gives us a handy  list of how to spot “mansplaining in the wild–when we are out of our feminist circles, in places where we feel comfortable ...

There was some brilliant feminist analysis on the blog in 2011. I’m delighted to be a (newish) member of this fierce team, and here are a couple of my faves from this year:

“I need more evidence,” ...

Feministing Year in Review: Vanessa’s top picks

Way too many favorites of incredible content this past year, but thought I’d highlight these. Jos Truitt really encompasses what it means to be a “thought leader” to me — one of many examples was in, “I am not your tragic trans narrative”:

Here’s the thing: we’ve all got our own experiences, but in mine being trans is not tragic. It’s incredible. In fact, I’m fucking amazing. And my transness has a lot to do with that. I’ve broken one of the most absolute rules handed down by our culture, and that gives me a vision that goes beyond what seems possible to what’s needed and desired. Coming out may have felt like a ...

Way too many favorites of incredible content this past year, but thought I’d highlight these. Jos Truitt really encompasses what it means to be a “thought leader” to me — one of many examples was in, “

Weekly Feminist Reader: Open Thread

To all who celebrate, merry Christmas! May your presents be gender non-conforming, your bellies full, and your lives filled with love. [Via]

What have you been reading/writing/watching/learning this week?

To all who celebrate, merry Christmas! May your presents be gender non-conforming, your bellies full, and your lives filled with love. [Via]

What have you been reading/writing/watching/learning this week?

The Feministing Five: Rose Lyn Castro

Rose Lyn Castro is the Project Director for S.P.E.A.R. (Samahang Pilipino Education and Retention) at the University of California, Los Angeles. After attending four years at UCLA as an undergraduate and doing two years of Teach for America, she got hired back to the same organization where she started doing campus organizing. Samahang Pilipino is the main Filipino student group at UCLA and S.P.E.A.R. is the retention part of that organization.

Filipinos are notoriously underrepresented in higher education, constantly getting lumped into “Asian and Pacific Islander” statistics, therefore minimizing the specific struggles our community faces. S.P.E.A.R. seeks to solve that by offering free, peer counseling services for all Filipino students on campus along with a variety of other academic services. ...

Rose Lyn Castro is the Project Director for S.P.E.A.R. (Samahang Pilipino Education and Retention) at the University of California, Los Angeles. After attending four years at UCLA as an undergraduate and doing two years of Teach ...

My Student Debt Story – At the Intersections of Rape, Class, and Money

I read Natalia’s own story about student debt and it got me mad. It reminded me of my own story and I thought I could share to show why good sexual assault policies matter. How rape changes lives. Why schools need to act responsibly and be held accountable for their reaction to rape survivors. The impact can go way beyond academics.

Setting the stage.

I was fortunate enough to be able to go to prep school for grades 8 through 12. My family did not pay full tuition; I was one of those A Better Chance alums who got a good education thanks to a good dose of financial aid. I struggled during ...

I read Natalia’s own story about student debt and it got me mad. It reminded me of my own story and I thought I could share to show why good sexual assault policies matter. ...

What We Missed and Holiday Housekeeping


Hey Girl, I’m Sheriff Joe.

The gay and lesbian community of Minnesota apologizes to recently resigned Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch for ruining the institution of marriage and causing her to commit adultery.

The Crunk Feminist Collective has a solution to the Black marriage crisis: teach white boys to dance.

Rick Santorum: “I’m for income inequality.”

5 Christmas things gays have ruined.


Or may I suggest the Feministing Store if you’ve still got last minute shopping. Hoodies and shot glasses and thongs, oh my!

Posting will be slower over the next week while the Feministing crew takes some much needed vacation time (read: works on behind-the-scenes projects we never have the time for). There will ...


Hey Girl, I’m Sheriff Joe.

The gay and lesbian community of Minnesota apologizes to recently resigned Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch for ruining the institution of marriage and causing her to commit adultery.

The Crunk ...

The temp from Chiswick: why I love Donna Noble

*Major Spoilers for the relaunched Dr. Who*

Nerds like me know Christmas is Dr. Who season (I guess the UK doesn’t even pretend with “Happy Holidays”). I’m a huge geek for the show, one of those rare popular scifi/fantasy properties that (anecdotally speaking) has a more vocal female fanbase than male one. Which makes a lot of sense to me given the show’s format – the lead is male but an often inaccessible character, and usually accompanied by a woman who’s role is just as large and who’s much easier to identify with.

Some people prefer the last couple series’, overseen by show runner Steven Moffat. From what I can tell, most of those people are dudes. The current Dr. Who has ...

*Major Spoilers for the relaunched Dr. Who*

Nerds like me know Christmas is Dr. Who season (I guess the UK doesn’t even pretend with “Happy Holidays”). I’m a huge geek for the show, one of those rare popular ...

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