Lives of girls and women

(Thank you to Alice Munro for the title of this post - her book 'Lives of Girls and Women' is 40 this year and so am I.)...more

Happy Women's Equality Day! Reflections on Feminism from Isabel Allende, Margaret Cho, Annie Lennox

I was introduced to the concept of feminism in my mother's copies of Ms. Magazine. I was a curious teenager who understood the basic premise of feminism: political, social, and economic equality for women. But it was never something that seemed relevant to my life. While I supported feminist principles in theory, when I reflect back I realize in some ways I wasn't living them, valuing my own voice and power. ...more
Historically important day, and a historically important issue. We have barely begun working for ...more

Is That a GOOD Naked?

Randy and I got together nearly five years ago. (By "got together," I suppose I mean that we started spending time together and couldn't stop talking, so decided to make the conversation lifelong. It has been an awesome idea!)  At the time he owned a fairly large house, and I lived in a small apartment but was renting a storage space for the belongings I had kept from my previous ownership of a larger home....more

My Husband Is a Bigger Feminist Than I Am

My husband may be even more of a feminist than I have turned out to be. In my defense, I am concerned and offended that our society is drenched in overly sexualized images of girls and women. I oppose the seemingly dominant idea, the lie, that youth and rail-thinness are essentials for female beauty and sexuality. I am bewildered that women “earned” the right to vote only 90 years ago; concerned that only 75 out of 535 members of the U.S....more

The Sacred Feminine

“The Sacred Feminine is a term we use for the mysterious source of all life, the wellspring of creation. The Big SHE. The Feminine Force that births both male and female forms. The Circle that contains both yin and yang” (The Sacred Feminine)....more

How I Decided to Start Blogging

My husband really wants me to do a Mom-Blog. Perhaps he is worried that otherwise I will fade into oblivion. Not that I was whatever the opposite of oblivion is – terribly relevant?...more

Gloria Steinem for Miss Representation: What's New Is Old

Last night HBO premiered a new documentary, Gloria: In Her Own Words, on the life of visionary feminist leader Gloria Steinem. To celebrate the film and Gloria herself, we thought we'd share this clip from the set of Miss Representation....more

A boy is a man and not a girl: The power of circumcision.

Last week, July 16th 2011, Sharon and I had this enriching discussion. Sharon is a friend I recently met in June 2011, during one of my ‘residence’ tour in Kenya. Often, when we meet, we always have new stories to share.  It was almost evening, the usual time Sharon and I would always sit for our storytelling.  Our conversation is never defined. We talk on all sorts of issues....more

Direct Line Advert infantalises women

As reported earlier on WVoN today, a patronising advertising campaign by the US company Got Milk has been pulled after complaints from feminists, not least from WVoN’s own Do It campaigning arm....more

When public schools don't teach our kids the whole truth it hurts their success rate.

As we move through another campaign year for the U.S. presidency, there’s bound to be a lot of talk about our ailing public education system. The question “should we set aside more money for education or defund it?” will certainly bubble up. While I know it’s important that our education lobbyists’ struggle for a larger piece of the general budget, money is not the only thing we should be discussing.  ...more