Posts Tagged Feminism

“I don’t fucking care if you like it.”

Read this cathartic piece by Rebecca Traister — on that Esquire piece on 42-year-old women, on Jada and campus sexual assault, on Hobby Lobby and buffer zones, on jailed Tennessee mothers, and all the many large and small ways our fates “rest in the hands of empowered committees on the general value and status of womanhood in America.”

Read this cathartic piece by Rebecca Traister — on that Esquire piece on 42-year-old women, on Jada and campus sexual assault, on Hobby Lobby and buffer zones, on jailed Tennessee mothers, and all the many large and ...

Jack Halberstam’s Flying Circus: on postmodernism and the scapegoating of trans women

 

With mainstream discussion around trigger warnings circling the drain of bad faith and broken ethics, Jack Halberstam’s article on the matter was as inevitable as it is unhelpful.

It belongs to the peculiar species of toxicity that activists produce when we struggle manfully against the Jungian shadows created by our work: we stridently accuse others of what we ourselves are, in fact, doing.

This is not to say that Halberstam’s piece is entirely wrong. Trigger warnings are overused in a way that condescends to the traumatised, creating an activist tic that serves primarily to signify fealty to a norm rather than do real community work around the issue of trauma. It is also true that we have indeed built an ...

 

With mainstream discussion around trigger warnings circling the drain of bad faith and broken ethics, Jack Halberstam’s article on the matter was as inevitable as it is unhelpful.

It belongs to the peculiar species of toxicity ...

The Feministing Five: Louise Melling

I don’t know about you, but I can easily say that I have had better Mondays than I did last week. After the  Supreme Court struck down buffer zones around abortion clinics,the Hobby Lobby decision only further disappointed and frightened us about the future of reproductive access in this country.

So for this week, the Feministing Five will be provide expert answers from a leading authority on reproductive rights and freedom, Louise Melling, a Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU and the Director of its Center for Liberty — which houses the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project. The RFP provides critical resources for folks across the country to help realize what their rights are and how to advocate ...

I don’t know about you, but I can easily say that I have had better Mondays than I did last week. After the  Supreme Court struck down buffer zones around abortion clinics,the Hobby Lobby decision ...

The Feministing Five: Elrod

Coming to you in a glitter-covered portrait of low riders and the big-haired ladies who ride ‘em, Elrod and the Femme Cartel present “VaVa Vroom!” at the Betti Ono gallery  in Oakland, CA, opening on Friday, July 4th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The exhibit, which will be open until August 9th 2014, displays Elrod’s newest creations that place a feminist lens on this subculture, presenting lowrider women holistically with their deep gazes and bold personalities.

While doing research for this interview, I was really excited to learn more about the women who are a part of the lowrider scene (watch the trailer for “The Unique Ladies,” a documentary about the first all-woman Low Rider club, here) and ...

Coming to you in a glitter-covered portrait of low riders and the big-haired ladies who ride ‘em, Elrod and the Femme Cartel present “VaVa Vroom!” at the Betti Ono gallery  in Oakland, CA, opening on ...

Feministing Follow Friday: Inanimate objects and a bird

Yesterday was a pretty rough day for anyone who cares about abortion access. So, for this week’s Feministing Follow Friday, in honor of self-care and in recognition of the fact that everything is the worst, here are Twitter accounts by/about four inanimate objects and one bird. They make me feel a little better.

Yesterday was a pretty rough day for anyone who cares about abortion access. So, for this week’s Feministing Follow Friday, in honor of self-care and in recognition of the fact that everything is the ...

Intergenerational feminism and the path ahead

“So, what brings you to this luncheon?”

I smile. “I’m a writer with Feministing.com, a blog for young feminists.”

“Oh,” the woman raises her eyebrows. “How interesting! So are you a lawyer?”

I look around at the room full of human rights lawyers and smile again. “No, Feministing is a blog, like a website? Anyways, I’ll be live-tweeting the event today.” The woman gave me a politely confused look.

This was one of many funny learning moments I had at this event organized by Equal Rights Advocates, a national organization fighting for women’s economic and educational access and opportunities. The crowd at the event included a lot of feminists who might still measure the movement in “waves” and plenty who knew very little about the ...

“So, what brings you to this luncheon?”

I smile. “I’m a writer with Feministing.com, a blog for young feminists.”

“Oh,” the woman raises her eyebrows. “How interesting! So are you a lawyer?”

I look around at the room full of ...

Not Oprah’s Book Club: Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals

I first came across Patricia Lockwood’s second book of poetry, Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals, through this week’s internet buzz. The buzz is everywhere: a New York Times Magazine profile, condescending New Yorker and square Slate reviews, and an article in The Toast on the unsubtle heterosexism of said all male-authored reviews. Even after reading the book twice in private, it was difficult to experience her work separate from its online reception.

Perhaps this is fitting. Lockwood is arguably most well-known for her poem “Rape Joke,” which traveled meme-like across the web last year like no poem ever has, and anticipated its own hype: “The rape joke is if you write a poem called ...

I first came across Patricia Lockwood’s second book of poetry, Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals, through this week’s internet buzz. The buzz is everywhere: a New York Times Magazine profile, condescending New ...

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