“But what would it be like to be famous for being yourself if you didn’t know what your ‘self’ was? Imagine projecting and being projected into the world, on a massive scale, as someone who has no complex emotions, who is all persona, in this case a persona that is all about having one particular kind of sex with whomever. Because people liked the persona, it must’ve felt good at first, hell, it must’ve felt great. Some of the worst things in the world feel that way. At first.”—Mary Gaitskill on Linda Lovelace, Icon
Nadya Tolokonnikova spent 18 months in jail after Pussy Riot’s protests against Vladimir Putin. She is feted across the West but, finds Amelia Gentleman, she just wants to concentrate on the real work of reform in Russia
As I grew up, I began noticing some different things among the books I read and the characters I wrote about: the majority of them were told from the perspectives of white characters. Even the books I reviewed for publishers had a majority of white characters. Controversies of white washing covers were rampant. While I had always grown up with racism (even though I lived in a place where the majority of the people were not white), I never connected all of the pieces to the puzzle. Until I was about seventeen, at which point I had over 100 story ideas for books, did I realize that only about twenty of the main characters I wrote about were people of color.
At this point in time I was a young Indian-American girl in high school who was angry at a world that I didn’t fit in. For the first time in my life, the books I read couldn’t help me because none of the characters went through what I did. None of them looked like an outsider. How could they? They were mostly white characters living among other white characters. It was at this time in my life that I realized that diversity was not (and never going to be) a choice to be made but a change that had to be made. It was more than a simple cry for change; it was a plea for change.
This Woman’s Work Brooklyn Book Festival - September 21st 2014, 2pm
Critic and essayist Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist), Kiese Laymon, who has critiqued the failure to include Black girls in Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, and Leslie Jamison (The Empathy Exams) discuss the contradictory ways in which girls and women are perceived today, how feminism is a divided community, and how to provide a more inclusive and tolerant way forward. Moderated by Jennifer Baumgardner, Feminist Press.
Definitely try and check out this Brooklyn Book Festival panel Sunday at 2pm moderated by our Executive Director Jennifer Baumgardner. We’ll be at the festival all day, so you should come visit us regardless!
Do you like writing short stories? Last year we came up with a popular post, titled 10 brilliant reasons to write short stories. Now we’ve listed 10 Short Story Competitions that are still open for entries this year.
She was taught from her youth, “you are as good as anybody in this town, but you’re no better”, meaning that though she may be a brilliant mathematician, that was no reason to look down on anyone.
She lived in a time when “Computer” was a job title and she was instrumental in doing the maths responsible for putting men on the moon.
When she skipped through grades due to her brilliance, she did not see her gifts as a source of employment. Her professor believed in her, and made sure she was prepared to become a research mathematician.
She took up a teaching job until she noticed that they were looking for Computers in Langley.
She was instrumental in literally writing the book on going to space.
She did all the mathematics involved in landing the space capsules. She said, “'Let me do it. You tell me when you want it and where you want it to land, and I'll do it backwards and tell you when to take off.”
Even though the final calculations were done with electronic computers, NASA always came back to Katherine to check the math.
Knowledge is power, and we can promote a healthier relationship with sex. But first we need to stop perpetuating the following 17 myths about female sexuality.
Was anyone else’s sex ed experience a long painful, one-sided conversation full of awkward pauses? This would have answered a lot of my questions 10+ years ago, for sure. But, why not change the title to “Lies We Need to Stop Teaching About Sex,” period? A lot of guys believe these myths too.
If you live in the area, you should check out this awesome event featuring Gini Booth, executive director of Literacy Suffolk and radio/TV host for PBS and CBS affiliates; Wini Freund, former board president of the Women’s Fund of Long Island; Deborah Kooperstein, attorney and Southampton Town Justice; and Betty Schlein, past president of the Long Island National Organization of Women.
I'm a women's studies minor. I will have a graduate certificate in women's studies 6 mos after I graduate from college. How can I get involved with internships? I'm applying all over, because my social work degree requires a semester long internship.
Hi! If you look at our internship page you can get more info about interning at Feminist Press (it also has a link to the official internship page on our website). The deadline for applying for the Spring semester is Nov 1st!
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Every woman knows the word slut has power. Whether you love it or hate it, the word “slut” is an evocation of a gender double standard used to control women and no woman alive hasn’t thought about what it means to be labeled in this way. In some cultures, where honor killings take place, it is a matter of life or death.
If you’re a “good” woman, don’t kid yourself. It means you’ve spent your life and will continue to spend your life calibrating your appearance, speech and behaviour so that you are not a slut. By not acknowledging how the word is used you are embracing its power over you and other girls and women. And you will pass that corrupt and misguided abuse of power on to your daughters and mine. That’s because you know, deep down, that at any point that word can be used against you. Every woman is a slut waiting to happen. Women who abhor the word, find it vulgar, and fear it, the ones who slut-shame others, gain a little bit of power by participating in a system that denigrates them.
Other women, and their male allies, reject the power of the word and the social structures that perpetuate its harm. These women and men know it for what it is - a word used to control women and their bodies, and it is useless as a weapon against them.
The conversation is getting broader, deeper, and more diverse every year. And a good deal of the credit for this goes to… the Internet, of course! Young people, no matter who they are or where they live, can simply follow a link to a story at Jezebel or Clutch or Feministing or Crunk Feminist Collective, and maybe that story is about Beyoncé, or about a protest over a transgender student being stripped of the title of Homecoming King, or about abortion restrictions in their state, and they find themselves immersed in media that applies a gendered lens to the world they live in.
And because the media has become more participatory, they can enter the exchanges themselves. The result is raucous tussling over what feminism means in a contemporary context. Sure, sometimes it’s a maddening mash-up of activism and journalism, quick-tempered 140-character exchanges, and more huffing and puffing than action. But cacophony is endemic to social movements, and can be productive.
As a young woman in the 21st century, street harassment is a regular part of my life. On any given day, I can expect to be catcalled, touched by strangers, and even asked if I’m “looking for a good time.” I live in a very urban area, meaning that it’s almost impossible for me to walk anywhere without being seen by at least one guy looking to objectify whatever woman comes his way. I have been conditioned to be on constant alert from the time I leave my apartment to when I arrive at my desired destination. Though I know that most men aren’t out to get me, when walking anywhere alone, I view every man as a potential threat. It’s not that I don’t like men, because I most certainly do. It’s just that my experience as a woman has taught me that at some point I’m going to be sexually harassed, and I need to be ready for it when it comes.
Faking It, the MTV show about two girls whose classmates think they’re a couple, is breaking ground next season by featuring an intersex character.
In the show’s first season, the character Lauren, played by Bailey De Young, raises some questions for the “mysterious pills” she’s seen taking. Next season, it will be announced that she is taking hormones because she’s intersex.
"Part of the overall theme of Faking It is how hard it is to be your authentic self and how important it is to strive to do that," Covington told The Hollywood Reporter. “What I love about Lauren’s journey is that it’s so relatable. When it comes down to it she wonders: Will people know the real her or will they reject her? That’s something that everybody feels at some point. We all have worries that if we show someone else what’s going on inside that we’ll get rejected.”
This show is turning out to be a lot cooler than we originally thought (in some ways, at least). Have you seen it? What do you think?
My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.
And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.
A 14 year-old boy was recently raped at knife-point by a 20 year-old woman. When the story broke, it was primarily men who claimed he should have enjoyed it. It was feminists who validated his pain and spoke in support of him.