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Once, I Was A Leggings Activist

April 7, 2014


In 1989, leggings were everything. We wore them under giant college sweatshirts. We wore them under jean skirts. Leggings weren’t problematic in the way they’ve become for middle-school girls in Evanston, Ill.. who have been told by their school that leggings are against the dress code.  According to Slate: “Sophie Hasty, 13, told the Evanston […]

What’s Wrong With Being Bossy?

March 12, 2014


Maybe it’s because Lean In didn’t quite work (you know, the whole career, family, I’m-having-a-nervous-breakdown thing), Sheryl Sandberg, the queen of bossy pants is now trying to take the word bossy off the girl vernacular. In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal this weekend, Sandberg suggests that the word bossy is a girl-only word, […]

Where’s Miss America’s Voice?

September 17, 2013


Women are told to find their voice…seldom do we discuss what that means. After all, we speak, therefore we have voice, no? We are outraged and rightfully so that America has rejected our Indian-American Miss America. In fact, when leaving nasty comments raging against the newly crowned Miss America, internet trolls mostly cite the wrong […]

Dear Disney, Can You Just Make A Princess Like Punky Brewster?

September 12, 2013


You have to hand it to Disney. They continue to sell the princess concept with games like the Pretty Princess Board Game and create new princess characters like Sofia The First (an adorable princess with a great heart, even though she’s surrounded by characters who bow to gender stereotypes), all while churning out inspirational commercials […]

Mean Girls: We Hate Them, Yet, Why Are We So Attracted to Them?

April 23, 2013


  If you are friends with me on Facebook, you will know that my header is a photo of Winona Ryder’s character, Veronica, from Heathers. Veronica was my anti-hero in high school. She stood up to the mean girl, the meanest of them all, Heather “Fuck me gently with a chainsaw” Chandler, by accidentally icing […]

‘Dirty Girls’ Documentary: Feminist Teens Are Target Of Bullying (Yes, They’re Fine)

April 1, 2013


If you haven’t seen the mini-documentary “Dirty Girls” about a group of teenagers from the 90s who are bullied for being different, for “not taking showers,” shopping at thrift stores and writing riot grrrl ‘zines about sexual abuse and how women should be treated–you’re going to be truly surprised by their peers’ critical reaction. (“They’re […]

Did White Feminists Drop The Ball On Defending Quvenzhané Wallis? Did I?

March 1, 2013


I’ve been asking myself this question since I read this article last night in The Clutch. Kirsten West Savali writes that white feminists not only rushed to slam Seth McFarlane’s We Saw Your Boobs song, but forgot to–or worse, chose not to–come to the rescue of The Onion calling Quvenzhané Wallis a “cunt” in a live […]

Adventure Time’s Fionna, Your Daughter’s New Alter Ego

February 21, 2013


You know how you’re watching Cartoon Network with your son, it can be any show at all, and you’re thinking, Gawd, Cartoon Network, can you just try and make a show where girls kick some ass so not everything has to be testosterone and pizza-fueled, Star Wars-crazed and so utterly marketed to boys and only […]

Please Don’t Play The Tomato-Tomahto Game With The Steubenville Rape: All Rape Is Brutal

January 14, 2013


Oh the linguistics of rape. On Twitter Saturday night, Eve Vawter of Mommyish argued over whether or not it’s correct to call the Steubenville Jane Doe‘s rape “brutal”. But she had a dissenting view. Lee Stranahan who is described as a “former leftist activist” would like to make the point that not all rape is brutal […]

Anyone Remember The Glen Ridge Rape Case? The Steubenville Rape Case Is A Lot Like That.

December 19, 2012


Here’s what happened in Steubenville, Ohio on August 11 after a neighborhood party. An unconscious girl, a teenager, drunk out of her mind and completely blacked out, was raped repeatedly. Pictures were taken, then passed around, just as she was recklessly passed around that night. According to the New York Times, some folks in Steubenville […]