New Tumblr crush: “Is This Feminist?”

Spoiler alert: The answer is almost always PROBLEMATIC.

Doing science? Sorry. You’re “reinforcing a masculine-supremacist view of intelligence.” Reading? Nope. After all, “the Western canon is white and male-dominated.” Watching sports? Please, that’s a “sort of miniaturized warfare.” Yep, it’s hard being a marginally acceptable feminist full-time. But it’s still feminist to watch Friday Night Lights. So that’s a relief.

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Riding two dolphins in a magical moment of pure joy? “Read ‘The Sexual Politics of Meat’ some time!”

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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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 ...