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Nov 13

MPH: The Dangers of Shame


If you haven’t already watched Melissa Harris-Perry and bell hook’s illuminating discussion on Black Feminism at The New School (video here), then get your butt over there right now and let their wise and inspiring words wash over you.

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10
Mar 13

Hugging It Out In The Workplace

Tina Fey at a table, waving hello.

I’m a young professional in a semi-casual field; most of the time, I’m the only women in the room. From this position, I occasionally entertain myself with the observation of strange intra-office social behavior.

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09
Mar 13

How Google Can Spread Feminism

Tweet: @courtwrites: how can we use Google & search engines to draw non-feminist minded ppl to feminist content? #femfuture

Tools like Google Trends or AutoComplete are useful ways to find out what the general population is searching for. Usually, the most popular searches are rooted in some form of anxiety, often relationships, but also health and conformity. These are obviously great topics to to add feminist discussion to, especially because they are often rife with anti-feminist advice.

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16
Jun 12

Poses: A Physical Vocabulary

Two ads: Woman goofily jumping in underwear, Man in boxing pose in underwear

Ever since I saw Yolanda Dominguez’s photo-project Poses (above), I can not un-see. Her photographs point out how ridiculous women are posed in advertising; poses that are coded as feminine (i.e. beautiful, sweet, sexy, etc.) are absurd in real life. Now every time I see a contorted female body (which is all the damn time), I suppress an insane urge to snap a pic posing next to it.

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02
May 12

Review: “White Heat” (BBC2)

Cast photograph

White Heat on BB2 is a “six-part drama series about the interwoven lives of seven people whose relationships are forged in the white heat of the 60s through to the present day.” Jack, an anti-establishment liberal trying to reject his bourgeoisie roots, hand selects six strangers to be his college flatmates in the early 1960s. He chooses the following six students: Lilly, a white painter; Charlotte, a white burgeoning feminist; Orla, a low-income North Irish woman; Victor, a Jamaican law student; Alan, a white suburban computer scientist; and Jay, a gay Indian doctor. In choosing such a host of people, Jack (and the show creators) intentionally ensures all kinds of drama and tension, often speaking to issues of social justice.

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29
Apr 12

Artemisia Gentileschi: Painting Sexual Politics

Susanna and the Elders (1610), Artemisia Gentileschi

In 1916, an important Italian critic described Artemisia Gentileschi as “the only woman in Italy who ever knew about painting”. The problems what that assertion are many, but it does belie the popularity, if not notoriety, of Italy’s most high-profile 17th century women painter.

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28
Apr 12

United Against The War On Women

Today, April 28th 2012, United Against The War On Women Rallies were held in all 50 states across the nation. I’ve been Desperately Seeking Feminists™ in Los Angeles so I was ecstatic to attend this rally (my first!) in Pershing Square.

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01
Feb 12

Noone In The Little How Town

Writing on staircase reads "Down they forgot as up they grew"

The poem tells the story of a man (“anyone“) who lives in a little, anywhere town. The people of the town are consumed with their negative, if-only attitudes (“they sowed their isn’t they reaped their same“), while the children leave behind the enlightenment of youth (“down they forgot as up they grew“). A women, “noone”, falls in love with “anyone” and they eventually marry (“someones married their everyones“). One day, “anyone” dies and “busy folk buried them side by side”.

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29
Jan 12

Lifestyle Feminism and Vag Magazine

Three young white women raise their hands in support of the Indigo Girls

The series, centered around the creation of a feminist quarterly, parodies Third Wave Feminism gone off the tracks. When Meghan, the show’s straight-woman, states that the meaning of Feminism is equality between women and men, her over-the-top third-wave hipster-feminist co-workers quickly correct her, “No! Feminism is about women doing whatever they want!”

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19
Jan 12

Interview: My Mom On Hospital Birth

Photo of a mother and toddler holding shovels in 1990

When originally writing The Hospitalization of Childbirth, I casually interviewed my mom about her experience delivering her three children. For context, the three of us were delivered in suburban American hospitals during the late 80s and early 90s.

I think it’s interesting to read about childbirth from someone who isn’t trying to spin a story (though I admit my questions were leading…) and it made me realize how far I had gotten in my own life without asking my closest reliable source about an experience that is usually so shrouded in speculation.

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