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Meanderings on Miss Moral Beauty

For the judges of Miss Moral Beauty, beauty is something that is (and should be) located beyond a woman's physicality, and instead of focusing on a woman's body, they believe one should determine beauty by a person's thoughts and actions. Pretty feminist-y... right?

Attack of the Mommy Bloggers!

This past weekend was Blogher 2009, the largest gathering of women bloggers. And I believe that is the key to the many tensions that hovered over the otherwise amazing conference. Women are not one cohesive entity. While there might had been 1500 different visions for Blogher, a few key issues did surface over the weekend. First...Not all women are moms and not all moms are mommy bloggers: The...

Adventures in Feministory: Anna Elizabeth Dickinson

If you think politics today is a boy's club imagine 1860s America. The Civil War was beginning, slavery was not yet illegal, and women were still a good eighty years from receiving the right to vote. Yet one fiery young woman was able to become a national celebrity through her impassioned speeches on social reform. Anna Elizabeth Dickinson had her first anti-slavery piece published at...

Douchebag Decree: Deadspin and Will Leitch

Alert the office manager: We need to order some new parchment from the office supply company, cuz there were so many sports-related Douchebag Decrees to be handed out this last week, we can't keep up. You'll be glad to know, for instance, that gamblers aren't getting all bent out of shape about Ben Roethlisberger's rape accusation. But what really brought out the douchebag in people was the...

The Twilight (Parody) Zone

One of my secret favorite things about the internet is the abundance of fan and homemade videos. I can spend hours watching low-budget versions of musical routines, celebrity reaction videos, and home movies featuring animals. As you may know, I am also a self-taught student of the Twilight craze, so fan-made Twilight videos are like the frosting on my internet cake. There are SO MANY. Here is...

Whiteout and Women On Screen


The trailer for the long-awaited movie adaptation of Greg Rucka's and Steve Lieber's Whiteout premiered last week, and the crime-thriller starring Kate Beckinsale looks pretty damn good. But why, oh why, did they need to include a shower scene in the freaking trailer?

I Can Has Feminizm?

Time for some more weekend fun with feminizt LOLz!

This kitteh is subverting gender norms the old fashioned way (with ill-advised guerrilla warfare). Doant try dis at home!

And it looks like this ostrich disagrees with Joanna Angel. Feminizm is not ugly in college or in the real world!

And this kitteh might be a bit misguided, but she doesn't like glass...

A Hairy Situation for Women's Aid

When a group of hairdressers called The Hair Bares phoned the Scottish Women's Aid (SWA) to inquire about making a £600 donation (that's nearly $100 USD), they received something of a shock. The organization refused to take it.

Intimate Oppression: An Interview with Danzy Senna

Where Did You Sleep Last Night?: A Personal History is a memoir about one of the the more melancholy aspects of Danzy Senna's childhood: her relationship with her father. Senna's parents, an interracial couple, married in 1968 with dreams of being a part of an idyllic, multicultural family. This book is a complex blend of remembrance, internal exploration, and detective work, as Senna...

Six Questions for Jessica Hopper on Girls' Guide to Rocking

There may be no one better to teach girls how to rock than music and culture critic Jessica Hopper. She's clocked massive amounts of hours as a tour manager, band publicist, DJ, touring bassist, Girls Rock Camp booster, and fanzine publisher. Her "music-is-my-life" credo and infectious passion for young women and feminism are evident from even a split-second glance at her work.