It's Official: Your Birth Control Will Be Fully... →
Here’s a rare bit of excellent news: The Department of Health and Human Services has signed off on recommendations to include contraception in preventative care.
We shall punish the terrorist, and this will be his punishment: more democracy,...– http://blog.amnestyusa.org/waronterror/norway-democratic-defiance-amid-devastation/
At a time when the nation was trying to bury its flaws and ignore its deviants—the 1950s and 1960s—portrait photographer Diane Arbus captured and recorded outsider, freaky, quirky America. And now, when certain circles idealize the past and homogeneity is at a premium once again, her work reminds me that the U.S. was never as “normal” as some are inclined to insist it was.
Here’s to the history and legacy of cultural work in the throes of the...– http://theculturalworker.blogspot.com/
The Warmth of Other Suns, a history of the Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson, just might be the best nonfiction book I’ve ever read. Ever. And I’m only on page 25 or so.
Metalux=badassery. That is all. →
Pankhurst birthday celebrated with global art... →
fuckyeahgenderstudies: The iconic image of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst has become part of an online art project to mark the anniversary of her birthday tomorrow This is cool (points also to the Guardian for saying ‘anniversary of her birthday’). Artist Charlotte Newson has also created a range of tools to encourage women to take part in or support the project including a kit which is...
‘Jerry Lewis says women aren’t funny,’ or ‘Christopher...– -Tina Fey, Bossypants
What a Life. RIP, Jane Scott. →
Rarely do we see Hollywood films with black female stars, let alone child stars....– After about 10 years, I watched Spike Lee’s Crooklyn again. bell hooks is right—positively radical. And so good.
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn worked for the labor and women’s rights movements in the early to mid-1900s. She was a total badass; if you don’t know much about her, you should find out more. And by watching this video, you can listen to a kickass song about Flynn, written by labor activist and songwriter Joe Hill in the 1910s. “Yes, her hands may be hardened from labor, And her dress...
False Feminism: Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman «... →
It’s a problem with relying on a loosey-goosey definition of feminism. Feminism that focuses on defining women as autonomous individuals and centers on personal freedom OR feminism that focuses on equality with men are limited because they gloss right over the action-element that is KEY: as defined by bell hooks and many others, feminism is the struggle to end sexist oppression. It is an ACTION,...
So, the Princess Hijab posts led me to search for a Brazilian graffiti artist whose name I can’t remember. (Still can’t.) But poof, the Google machine led me to a great post about female graffiti artists.
Life shrinks or expands in direct proportion to one’s courage.–
I can become spellbound by smart graffiti. And there is no better graffiti artist than one who can keep me guessing, such as Princess Hijab. This article is from last year—but it doesn’t make him? her? any less fascinating. Oh, and you can read a Bitch article about the Princess here. Video to follow!
Whenever you hesitate to speak your mind, think of Bahraini poet Ayat al-Qurmezi. And then read the poem for which she was sentenced to prison.
Pointing out small-scale problems does not diminish one’s capacity for tackling...– @squintyoureyes (via pikitis) Because the little things we say and do are the foundation for the culture we create. (via sexisbeautiful)
Biting Back →
I haven’t yet read Jennifer Pozner’s Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV. But I do know she is a witty, insanely smart media critic and activist who crafts insightful and utterly arresting arguments—this time, about representations in reality TV.
Think of all the women you know who will not allow themselves to be seen without...– bell hooks
Philly's a Drag →
FIERCE and BELOVED poet CA Conrad interviews Les Harrison, the drag queen who desegregated the city’s drag stages.
The history of men’s opposition to women’s emancipation is more...– Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
She Rocks →
Feminist, wordsmith, rocker, revolutionary and cultural critic Ellen Willis deserves WAY MORE (mainstream) CREDIT for trailblazing than she tends to get. For a swift kick in the feminista pants, check out this NPR report on Willis and then read Out of the Vinyl Deeps, an anthology that’s as kickass as Willis was.
Femme Fatale →
If I had the means, I would volunteer as a blank canvas for the unbelievable tattoo artist and painter Angelique Houtkampf.
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GI Janes →
Bitch Media’s “Adventures in Feministory”—which introduces readers to different female historical figures from around the world—is probably my favorite recurring post on their blog. And this entry’s all seasonal, too.
Ask a Lesbian →
“A Lesbian’s Advice for a Straight Man” is that rare bird of a blog—one that’s witty AND practical—not to mention long overdue. And I’m not just sayin’ that because the femininja who writes it is my friend.
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