Happy birthday Mychal!

MychalHappy birthday to our own Mychal Denzel Smith!

Mychal is one of the newest contributors here at Feministing, and we’re so excited to have his brilliant perspective on issues of race, gender, and masculinity on the blog. In addition to his consistently incisive takes on everything from Mister Cee to street harassment to Orange is the New Black, Mychal has offered some really thoughtful reflections on his role as a dude in the feminist movement. He’s grappled with the emotional work of being a male feminist, challenged the concept of “allies,” and called for men to hold each other accountable

Here are some other fun facts about Mychal: His favorite movie is the Godfather, his dad chose his first name after watching then Los Angeles Lakers forward Mychal Thompson play, and on his 24th birthday, he got a tattoo of Malcolm X’s prison number on his chest. No word yet on what tattoo birthday #27 will bring…

Head off to the Twitters to give him some warm birthday wishes!

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Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like Cosmopolitan.com, TheAtlantic.com, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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