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School's Out: The Bathroom Debate

One of the most troubling anxieties of the public bathroom is one that purports to care about the safety of women and youth, but really only ends up further marginalizing, and perhaps sometimes outing, trans* people and other gender-variant folk. This space of the illicit—a place where we perform excretory functions, inextricable from all their associations with sexual functions—has all kinds...

Political Fictions: Behind the Scenes in DC

If the fictional representatives, senators, and political wannabes we've looked at so far in this series have been limited by sexist stereotyping—emotional instability, petty greed, and weakness among these ideas—some of the women who are portrayed working outside of the spotlight come off a bit better. I want to take a look at a few shows, anticipating Shonda Rhimes' new series, Scandal...

Visi(bi)lity: Isn't it Bromantic?

What's the line between friendship and romance? This is a big question that we'll address throughout this series, but today, I want to explore it in the context of heterosexual male friendships. Specifically, I want to explore it in the context of the 21st century's offshoot of the buddy comedy—the "bromance."

Phone a Friend with the Circle of 6 Violence Prevention App

The Circle of 6 iPhone app, designed to prevent sexual assault and dating violence among young adults, launched today—just in time for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. And it's free!

Users of the app select six trusted friends—Circle of 6 provides tips on choosing them—to form a "circle." The app then allows you to send pre-programmed messages to your circle like "Come and get me. I need...

B-Sides: Iyadede

Iyadede starts off her album, The Demo, saying, "If you have this record in your hand most likely you are an eclectic individual and I salute you for that." The word eclectic could not be more appropriate for Iyadede; she has lived all over the world and uses these experiences as fuel for awesome electropop music. 

Visi(bi)lity: Glee

I used to be a regular Glee viewer. For the first two seasons, it was possible (though not necessarily easy) for me to look past the cringe-worthy storylines and enjoy the musical sequences. But as each new episode aired, it became harder and harder to not feel angry about the one-dimensional characters and Ryan Murphy's obvious lack of ability to write for women, people of color, and...

B*tches in Bookshops! Read So Hard.

This Watch the Throne parody video about books by La Shea Delaney & Annabelle Quezada is AMAZING. Read so hard!

Lyrics available here.

School's Out: The Real World?

Apparently, we have to get an education in some land of make-believe shot through a vaseline-covered lens in order to get a "real" job, and then endure the "real world" where we won't have it so easy, and then, at some undisclosed point in the future, "it gets better"? If we don't expect the level of community and political engagement that is growing all the time at all educational levels to...

Open Thread: Does Feminism Really Need "the Next Gloria Steinem"?

The New York Times ran a profile of Gloria Steinem by Sarah Hepola on Friday that asked the question, "Where is the next Gloria Steinem, and why—decades after the media spotlight first focused on her—has no one emerged to take her place?"

How could one person speak for all of capital-F Feminism at this point? Why would anyone want to? Of course, I can't speak for everyone...

Adventures in Feministory: Mary Elizabeth Bowser and Elizabeth Van Lew, Co-conspirators Against the Confederacy

Mary Elizabeth Bowser and Elizabeth Van Lew, a former slave and a wealthy white woman in Richmond, Virginia, might seem unlikely members of a successful espionage ring. Thanks to Hollywood, the typical images surrounding spies include scantily clad women, technological gadgets, and Pierce Brosnan—but this equation would hardly have gone unnoticed during the Civil War. Bowser and Van Lew used...