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School's Out: Giving Our Schools Some Homework

I just read an article in the most recent Curve magazine issue (which was themed around the concept of lesbian families) called "Back to School: How to Choose an LGBT-positive school for your child." This article was mostly written from the perspective of queer parents choosing a school for their child of whatever gender or orientation, based on the priority of finding an...

Required Reading: Aya de Yopougon

Although she has some great comebacks for street harassers, our hero Aya is otherwise as problematic as your typical Disney heroine. Luckily, the graphic novel "Aya of Yopougon" is really about Aya's lying, fighting, partying friends: Bintou and Adjoua. They're not role models; they're just teens in the Cote d'Ivoire, where virginity is paramount, but so is being "saved" by a man. A...

On Our Radar

Links for your weekend!

  • Bitch contributor Alyx Vesey explores trash talk in Azealia Banks' "212."
  • The postfeminist notion that female empowerment can be achieved through any choice a woman makes—no matter what it is—gets the Onion treatment.
  • Feminist conference hoppers! The submissions deadline for both the Allied Media Conference and Geek Girl Con are...

Project Runway All Stars: Not Quite Ready-to-Wear

It was penny-pinching time last night as our All Stars took on a ready-to-wear challenge with budget constraints—and Nanette Lepore!

Actual attitudes not shown.

#BlogforIWD: An International Women's Day Round-Up!

The sun still hasn't set on International Women's Day here in Portland. Here's a brief round-up of some blog reading from around the web celebrating IWD and this year's theme, "Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures." Make sure to leave any more recommended readings in the comments!

  • Monica Roberts reflects on the achievements of trans women worldwide at TransGriot.
  • Al Jazeera...

Visi(bi)lity: Cynthia Nixon and the Politics of Labels

As I've read through the comments on my first two posts (thank you for those, by the way!), I've noticed an interesting trend that relates to what I want to talk about today: A lot of folks seem to have mixed feelings about the word "bisexual." Some are uncomfortable using it because of the way others react to hearing it; some prefer other words to describe non-monosexual attraction, such as...

School's Out: Frank Sex Talk

Discussions around sex and sexuality can sometimes be dignified by being medicalized or being couched in the terms of education. But sometimes that very frankness makes these discussions culturally unacceptable, even alongside completely normalized images of sexualized bodies, themes of promiscuity, and genres of "romance" that serve as thin excuses to repeat a hackneyed story about sexual...

Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival Starts Today!

 

The Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival, aka POWFest, begins today and goes until March 11th at the Hollywood Theater. From animated, experimental, or "mature themed" (my favorite!) shorts, a local and international showcase, and more than a few powerful documentaries, you'll find a wealth of independent and underrated female filmmakers (I hope you're paying attention, Academy!). ...

Political Fictions: The Personal (Life) is Political

It's something of an understatement to say that politicians have spent a lot of legislative and stump speech time this year talking about women. More specifically, about women's personal lives. If anyone thought that we'd hear about jobs and the economy, or the pressing need to roll back "Obamacare," there may have been some level of surprise when decades-old settled matters like contraception...

Visi(bi)lity: Bi the Way and the Realities of Bisexuality

In 2005, Brittany Blockman and Josephine Decker took a road trip across the United States and interviewed people about bisexuality. The result of their project was a documentary film: Bi the Way. In order to understand the fictional images of bisexuality that fill our cinema and television screens, it's important to take some time to analyze the ways in which bisexuality is depicted...

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