Posts Tagged Interviews

Anita Hill on sexual harassment, Ginny Thomas, Slutwalks, and more

Last week, I interviewed Anita Hill for our Feministing Five series to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her famous testimony before the U.S. Senate. The interview was filled with so much goodness that I had to write a follow-up post with more of her insights, which you’ll find below.

And don’t forget, if you’re in the New York area, come hang out with Feministing writers/editors and hear a great lineup of speakers (including Anita herself, of course!) and performances at Hunter College’s “Sex, Power and Speaking Truth: Anita Hill 20 Years Later” conference, which Feministing is sponsoring!

Anita Hill on…

How far she thinks we’ve come in the past 20 years regarding sexual harassment:

We’ve come far because now women can ...

Last week, I interviewed Anita Hill for our Feministing Five series to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her famous testimony before the U.S. Senate. The interview was filled with so much goodness that I had to ...

A farewell – and a new beginning – for the Feministing Five

I have an announcement to make: last week’s interview with Vera Farmiga was the last Feministing Five interview I’ll be conducting. As of tomorrow, Anna will be taking over the Feministing Five. It has been such a pleasure to run the Feministing interview series for the last two years, and it’s with great excitement that I hand the responsibility over to Anna, who I know will do great things with this series.

Over the course of the last two years, I’ve conducted about 85 interviews, with politicians, activists, writers, professors, comedians, and one fictional character. My first interview ran almost exactly two years ago, on August 29, and it was with Rachel Griffin and Josh Phillips, a team ...

I have an announcement to make: last week’s interview with Vera Farmiga was the last Feministing Five interview I’ll be conducting. As of tomorrow, Anna will be taking over the Feministing Five. It has been ...

The Feministing Five: Vera Farmiga

Vera Farmiga is an Academy Award-nominated actress who is about to make her directorial debut with the movie Higher Ground, in which she also stars. Her portrayal of a hard-driving, brook-no-bullshit businesswoman in Up in the Air, for which she garnered an Oscar nomination and with which she nearly stole the show from co-star George Clooney, forced viewers to confront the question of what a female version of Clooney’s character might look like – and how our beliefs about gender, work and love might make us view that female version differently than the male version.

Higher Ground, will be released in theaters next week. Farmiga plays Corinne, a woman struggling with her Christian faith in the face of sickness, inequality ...

Vera Farmiga is an Academy Award-nominated actress who is about to make her directorial debut with the movie Higher Ground, in which she also stars. Her portrayal of a hard-driving, brook-no-bullshit businesswoman in Up in the ...

The Feministing Five: Justin Vivian Bond

Justin Vivian Bond is a cabaret artist and author who has performed all over the world. Bond’s new album is called “Dendrophile,” and v is currently on tour performing songs from it on the East Coast. Bond’s first book, Tango, which will be published later this year through the Feminist Press, chronicles the experience of growing up queer in suburban America in the 1970s.

In the short memoir, Bond, who is trans and uses the prefix “Mx” (pronounced “mix”),writes about the sexual relationship Bond had with a neighbor, a boy v hated but was attracted to all the same. The story begins with the news that the boy, now a man, has been arrested under the code name “Tango” ...

Justin Vivian Bond is a cabaret artist and author who has performed all over the world. Bond’s new album is called “Dendrophile,” and v is currently on tour performing songs from it on the East Coast. ...

The Feministing Five: Tavi Gevinson

Tavi Gevinson is a fashion and style blogger whose great eye for clothes and youthful but preternaturally mature voice have taken the fashion world by storm.

Tavi started blogging about fashion and style at the age of 11. Now 15, she still writes about those things, and in a thoughtful and entirely un-frivolous way, but she’s also begun blogging about gender, and culture, and what it means to be a young woman both inside the fashion world and out. Last month, she reflected on how people’s perception of her has changed – and how, in turn, her self-perception has changed – since she switched from glasses to contact lenses. Reflecting on beauty privilege, something that those who move in the fashion ...

Tavi Gevinson is a fashion and style blogger whose great eye for clothes and youthful but preternaturally mature voice have taken the fashion world by storm.

Tavi started blogging about fashion and style at the age of 11. ...

The Feministing Five: Jana Leo

Jana Leo is an artist, architect, teacher and author of the book Rape New York. The book, which came out earlier this year, is a monologue about her experience of being raped in her New York apartment, reporting the crime, and processing the emotional trauma of what was done to her. The books is alternately inspiring and nauseating, as Leo describes the fear and frustration and myriad other feelings she experienced during and after the attack.

Leo, who is Spanish, is also the founder of two think tanks in Madrid that study urban spaces. For Leo, the connection between urban planning, gentrification and personal safety is an important one, since her rapist was able to attack her in part ...

Jana Leo is an artist, architect, teacher and author of the book Rape New York. The book, which came out earlier this year, is a monologue about her experience of being raped in her New ...

The Feministing Five: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has represented the great state of New York in the US Senate since 2009. Gillibrand entered politics in 2006, running for Congress in upstate New York, and after two terms was appointed to fill Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vacated Senate seat.

Gillibrand is an outspoken supporter of reproductive rights and of LGBT rights. She has campaigned for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the extension of marriage rights to same sex couples, and in March of this year, along with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), she introduced a bill to repeal Defense of Marriage Act.

Recently, Gillibrand launched Off the Sidelines, a project that aims to get more women involved in politics. Gillibrand ...

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has represented the great state of New York in the US Senate since 2009. Gillibrand entered politics in 2006, running for Congress in upstate New York, and after two terms was appointed to ...

The Feministing Five: Hanne Blank

Hanne Blank is a historian and author of several books including Virgin: The Untouched History, Unruly Appetites and the forthcoming Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality. Virgin, which came out a few years ago, is one of the most thoroughly-researched and readable books about sex, culture and history that you’ll ever find, and I highly recommend you pick up a copy. Straight will be out in February 2012 and I suspect it will be just as rigorous and equally riveting.

Blank is also the author of Big Big Love: A Sourcebook on Sex and Relationships for People of Size and Those Who Love Them. This book flies in the face of the idea that sex is only for ...

Hanne Blank is a historian and author of several books including Virgin: The Untouched History, Unruly Appetites and the forthcoming Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality. Virgin, which came out a few years ago, is ...

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