Tag Archives: Feminism

An open letter to privileged people who play devil’s advocate

Tweet You know who you are. You are that white guy in an Ethnic Studies class who’s exploring the idea that poor people might have babies to stay on welfare. Or some person arguing over drinks that maybe a lot of women do fake rape for attention. Or, recently, someone insisting that I consider the idea that [...]
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The One In Which I Share My Entry Point To Feminist Thought

Tweet I want to tell you an old story. During my first year at Columbia, it occurred to me during a brief reverie that something was odd about the literature we were reading and how it represented women. In the margins of my notebook, I began making a branch of every book we read in Literature [...]
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#TransHealthcareNow: Why now is the time for the most vital form of trans inclusion

TweetConferences tend to be rather staid affairs that are rigidly structured by lovelessly adumbrated agendas. Pre-planned panels and speeches dominate those agendas. Thus, when someone goes off-script somehow, the results are bound to be fascinating. Last Thursday the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) in New York City provided a happy off-ramp from the script of [...]
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A How to Guide for Male Feminists (with the caveat that I don’t know what I’m talking about)

TweetThe weirdest thing that has happened to me in my career as a writer is people asking me to talk. Churches, community groups, schools, organizations, TV/radio, birthday and bachelorette parties. For some reason, people want to hear words come out of my mouth, which makes me a little uneasy, because I became a writer in [...]
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Burning the single story: how modern Japanese art shatters relativist myths

TweetThe month-long retrospective of Japanese director Kenji Mizoguchi’s films at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York provides for a unique angle of vision on the role of women in both cinema and society—as well as an overdue consideration of whether or not feminism is truly a “Western” phenomenon. Watching them as a [...]
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