The Maleficent Rape Scene That We Need To Talk About

June 4, 2014



Imagine you’re drugged by someone you thought you trusted. You wake up in the morning with your face down in the dirt. You’re aching. Your appearance has changed and you can feel that you’re different as you try to stand through the pain. Beyond the physicality of it, your power was stolen from you. Your [...]

Posted in: Rape Culture

The Abortion Game

May 22, 2014


Abortion barbie

“It’s hard to imagine why women don’t want to get into politics,” wrote journalist and political activist Jessica Luther on Twitter yesterday along with this photo. It’s hard to imagine why women would want to subject themselves to the kind of disgusting politics–but this is exactly what the “pro-life” people want you to believe. This [...]

Sexism in Big Newspapers and Little Newspapers

May 15, 2014


Jill Abramson

In 1998, I won a first place award for “Best Entertainment Writing” from the New Jersey Press Association for this article. It was the first “first place” award that the weekly paper had seen in years. Before mine, there was one lonely plaque hanging up on the wall. When you win an award, they want [...]

Posted in: Women, work

#BringBackOurGirls: Where Is The Outrage? Where Are The Girls?

May 2, 2014



Why is a story about 234 girls who have been kidnapped by Islamic militants only finding it’s place in the news 2 weeks after it happened? You can thank social media for not letting go of this, because it’s certain that the US media doesn’t feel the need to cover such a thing as missing [...]

Posted in: abuduction, Abuse, Girls

Life Without Birth Control (And A Post-Mirena Update)

April 28, 2014


PMS horror story

I last left you all with my panic about a Mirena Crash. I was worried about a hormonal explosion. A fiery inferno of emotions. A disaster of cramps and hair falling out. Of Godzilla literally erupting from my mouth and eating my husband alive. It didn’t happen. I’m not saying it couldn’t happen. But because [...]

Nurse Jackie, Is She So Different From Anyone Else?

April 23, 2014



      WTF Nurse Jackie, I was believing in you. I had you all good for always and ever. I had you making your way clean and sober toward the finish line and last night I looked down to read a text and the next thing I knew you were having your hoo-ha munched [...]

The Problem(s) With Straight A’s

April 21, 2014



    During the current school year, three teenagers have killed themselves in Newton, MA schools. The working theory goes something like, “too much pressure on kids, leading to overwhelming feelings and worry” — the response to the worry of the teens has been to teach their parents relaxation techniques.  Now, before I go any [...]

Female Pals Cartoon Network Should Make A Series About

April 18, 2014



Cartoon Network has never pretended to be a channel for girls. With it’s boy-heavy programming since it’s inception in 1993, it catered to the testosterone-heavy superhero world of boys–The Clone Wars, Ben Ten, The Transformers–with advertisers pushing Nerf guns and other Styrofoam battle axes. In it’s 20-year run, there has been exactly one show about [...]

Posted in: Celebrities, Girls, Kids

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 [...]

If You Build It, She Will Come (The Feminist Version)

April 3, 2014


clinton warren

A feminist can dream. You can buy this dreamy t-shirt and other great t-shirts at Feminist Apparel.