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A Vagtastic Voyage Through Etsy

Etsy, as we all know, is a "female ghetto" – appropriately, there are a lot of vagina-themed products for sale. A lot of people are grossed out by vaginas, women included (I know of a girl who literally vomits at the sight of one and grows nauseous at the mere thought); if you're in the opposite camp and want a way to promote body-positive images that doesn't involve Eve Ensler, read on for a...

Real Housewives, More Problems

You'd think from the opening credits that Real Housewives of Atlanta was a show about some of the most successful women in the country.

  • NeNe Leakes: "I don't keep up with the Joneses, I am the Joneses."
  • Lisa Wu-Hartwell: "If it doesn't make me money, I don't do it."
  • Sheree Whitfield: "People are intimidated by my success."...

Top Ten Reasons Why This Feminist is a Sports Fan: #10


I get quite a bit of surprised responses when folks find out that I'm an avid sports fan. An incredulous "You really know your shit," says someone, or maybe, more derisively, "Where did that come from?" Or else, I get a well-meaning affirmation that I'll make some guy very lucky (presumably because the guy will get to share his presumed sports fandom...

No Blood for Book Reviews!

Crime novelist and book reviewer Jessica Mann isn't going to take it anymore. In yesterday's Guardian she was quoted as saying that she will no longer review crime fiction that features "sadistic violence" against women. And guess what? That seems to eliminate a sizable chunk of the genre.

Oh, and it doesn't stop there. The New Yorker posted a piece on this topic as well yesterday,...

Adventures in Feministory: Lois Jenson and sexual harassment

The success of Senator Al Franken's anti-rape amendment is one step towards greater culpability for sexual assault and sexual harassment on the job. This week's Feministory is another case involving labor, sexual harassment, and Minnesota: the first sexual harassment class action lawsuit.

The Bitch Stays in the Picture: Photo Contest!

Psst! Hey you! In the Bitch gear! Yeah, you. What if we told you that you could go down in history as a feminist-merchandise wearing legend? You'd be into that, right?

Good. In the interest of spreading the gospel of Bitch as far and wide as possible, we're holding a monthly Bitch Mart photo contest and YOU, with your snappy Bitch gear (you have some of that, don't you?), could...

The Body Electric: Tattoo Part VII--Bats!

In yet another entry in my one-person attempt to override the portrayal of women/queers/everyone else in dumb tattoo magazines like "Inked," I present Ana Maria Ventura, a totally awesome San Francisco high school teacher who has many incredible tattoos. The description that follows, in her own words, is in regards to a fantastic piece on her arm and involves Spain, big questions...

She Pop: Which Lady Gaga Will You Be For Halloween?

So, Halloween is upon us once again. Or, as I like to call it, "The Night of a Thousand Gagas."

You guys! SO MANY PEOPLE are going to be Lady Gaga! You can find tips on how to be the Gaga of your choice; you can design your own Gaga; a close friend of mine is getting into the spirit by manufacturing multiple Gaga costumes for a Gaga-themed party. 

The appeal of the Gaga...

"In the Name of First Ascents and Cultural Connection"

Meet Majka Burhardt. She is a professional climber and writer who is especially committed to seeking out "first ascents and cultural connection." A guide for nearly a decade, Burhardt has led a range of climbing disciplines, from high-altitude mountaineering expeditions to multi-pitch alpine rock climbs. She lives (most of the time) in Boulder, Colorado.

And boy, does she have...

The Body Electric: New Normal--More Reasons to Love Radiolab


I am a teaching artist, and I work every year with high school creative writing students at the San Francisco School of the Arts. The unit I've designed this year is on the topic of hybrid text, which really is a way to talk to a bunch of brilliant young people about more than just that. This week, we explored questions collectively like: why are people afraid--rather than curious--...