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Quick Hit: Interview with Fucking Trans Women author Mira Bellwether

Fucking Trans Women #0 is an incredible resource. It’s the only text I’ve ever come across that’s real about ways of having sex with a body like mine. There’s a lot of misconceptions about trans women’s bodies and sexualities. Zine author Mira Bellwether tears all that down simply by talking about sex in a grounded, useful way. Do you know what muffing is? I didn’t until I read this zine, and I’m a trans woman.

Kennedy Nadler interviewed Mira over at Autostraddle about the first issue of the zine. Here’s an excerpt:

What’s your briefest synopsis of Fucking Trans Women?

Fucking Trans Women is, at its heart, a how-to manual, and the finished product is good sex.
I wanted to stress ...

Fucking Trans Women #0 is an incredible resource. It’s the only text I’ve ever come across that’s real about ways of having sex with a body like mine. There’s a lot of misconceptions about trans women’s ...

The Feministing Five: Bonnie McFarlane

It’s 2013 yet the ever-pervasive myth that women aren’t funny persists. Men like the late Christopher Hitchens, who wrote the piece “Why Women Aren’t Funny” in Vanity Fair, and comedian Adam Carolla (if you could call what he does comedy) have ensured that this absurd notion has remained throughout time.

Thanks to Bonnie McFarlane’s new documentary entitled “Women Aren’t Funny,” we now have not only an interesting perspective on the debate, but a hilarious one. And from a woman! Bonnie and her husband Rich Vos, both comedians, tackle this question by asking various comedians, club owners, and writers for their thoughts on the matter. They feature everyone from Wanda Sykes, Joan Rivers, Sarah Silverman, and Dane Cook. ...

It’s 2013 yet the ever-pervasive myth that women aren’t funny persists. Men like the late Christopher Hitchens, who wrote the piece “Why Women Aren’t Funny” in Vanity Fair, and comedian Adam Carolla (if you could ...

The Feministing Five: Reshma Saujani

“We live in a society ashamed of failure.” Those are words from Reshma Saujani, who’s fighting to change that norm and leading by example. She’s founder of Girls Who Code, an organization helping girls in low-income neighborhoods succeed in technology and engineering. She was also the first Indian-American woman to run for Congress, with her 2010 bid for a seat in the House of Representatives in New York’s 14th congressional district. She didn’t win, but she’s not taking “no” for an answer. She believes: “If you haven’t failed yet, you haven’t tried anything.” And they’re not empty words. She’s running in this year’s race for New York City Public Advocate.

Did I mention she’s also a Next MAKER? It’s ...

“We live in a society ashamed of failure.” Those are words from Reshma Saujani, who’s fighting to change that norm and leading by example. She’s founder of Girls Who Code, an organization helping girls in low-income ...

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The Feministing Five: Dregs One

Dregs One is a rapper, activist, and community worker born and raised in San Francisco, CA. Dregs has been rapping since he was 14, and his music has always been deep. After studying ethnic studies at UC Riverside, however, his music took a turn for the political.

His latest album, The Wake Up Call, is a jolting, metaphorical alarm clock, meant to stir the apathetic masses into action. With tracks like “Letter to the President,” “Feels So Good,” and “Individuality Pt. II,” Dregs’ hip-hop poetically addresses hard-hitting issues such as Obama’s continuance of the war in Afghanistan, the beauty industrial complex perpetuated by the narrow standards of beauty facing women, and capitalism’s entrenched hold on our individuality. In ...

Dregs One is a rapper, activist, and community worker born and raised in San Francisco, CA. Dregs has been rapping since he was 14, and his music has always been deep. After studying ethnic studies ...

The Feministing Five: Merle Hoffman

Merle Hoffman is a legendary women’s rights activist, journalist and health care pioneer. Since the early 1970s, she’s fought on the front lines of the war against women, standing up against anti-choice activists since before Roe v. Wade was passed. In 1971, Hoffman helped found one of America’s first ambulatory abortion centers: the Flushing Women’s Medical Center in New York, since renamed Choices Women’s Medical Center.

Under Hoffman’s leadership, the center has expanded to offer a comprehensive range of both reproductive and primary care services. The medical center is founded under the vision of “Patient Power,” a term Hoffman coined, which is a philosophy grounded in knowledge and education, empowering all patients in the health care system.

She is also the ...

Merle Hoffman is a legendary women’s rights activist, journalist and health care pioneer. Since the early 1970s, she’s fought on the front lines of the war against women, standing up against anti-choice activists since before Roe ...

The Feministing Five: Zerlina Maxwell

If you haven’t noticed, we’ve had quite a few new additions to the Feministing crew over the past year. Zerlina Maxwell, who also writes for Ebony, The Grio and Loop 21, is one of these new contributors. When she’s not writing her amazing commentary on the presidential debates and much more for this site, she also attends law school at night.

Zerlina got into political writing after taking a leave of absence from law school and working on the Obama campaign in Virginia (which you’ll read more about in the interview below). She wanted to continue political work after the campaign so she started a blog with a few friends, attended Netroots Nation where she met some of ...

If you haven’t noticed, we’ve had quite a few new additions to the Feministing crew over the past year. Zerlina Maxwell, who also writes for Ebony, The Grio and Loop 21, is one of ...

Coming next week for The Feministing Five…

Apologies we won’t have a Feministing Five for this week (you know how the holiday season can be!) but Anna will be back next week with a special interview series featuring who has been called, “the mother of authentic midwifery” — none other than the amazing Ina May Gaskin.

Have a great weekend, folks!

Apologies we won’t have a Feministing Five for this week (you know how the holiday season can be!) but Anna will be back next week with a special interview series featuring who has been called, “the ...

The Feministing Five: Layel Camargo

Layel Camargo’s involvement with activism and social justice work began when ze was in high school. From a very early age, Layel recognized the differences between the community ze grew up in, which was predominantly low-income people of color neighborhoods, and the white, wealthier neighborhoods around heir. Layel saw a lot of people close to heir (relatives included) in and out of jail. It wasn’t until a classmate named Donna was shot and killed that ze realized how close to violence and injustice ze was. It was at this moment that Layel and other classmates began a small campaign to restore and increase lighting at the park were Donna was shot.

Layel expanded heir intersectional analysis working at the UC Santa Cruz Engaging ...

Layel Camargo’s involvement with activism and social justice work began when ze was in high school. From a very early age, Layel recognized the differences between the community ze grew up in, which was predominantly low-income people ...
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