Beyonce Made Me A Feminist

If you're a male between the age of 18-28 you probably read the title of this post, let out some sort of disapproving sigh and assumed this entire post would be dedicated to praising her majesty King Bey, the Bey Hive and all that is leotard wearing-single-ladies-chanting-power-to-the-woman-man-hater-involved. If you're a woman, you probably read that title and wondered exactly where the hell I'm going with this. Stay with me here.  ...more

Gender Equity, Sports & Running Up That Hill

And if I only could,I’d make a deal with God,And I’d get him to swap our places,Be running up that road,Be running up that hill,Be running up that building....more

Nine Times Roxane Gay Was the ‘Bad Feminist’ We All Needed

At this point, we’ve pretty much all come to know and love Roxane Gay. Her book of essays, Bad Feminist recently became a New York Times Bestseller, her tweets are personable and often hysterical, and despite stating that she is in no way a leader, Roxane Gay is giving a voice to the lingering doubts and questions we all sometimes have about feminism and what it means. Gay delivered a book so full of hope and spot on observations about feminism and how it intersects in day to day life, that it’s hard not to see her as an inspiration....more

How Living In Another Country Made Me A Patriot

At the ripe age of 19, only a year out of high school and into adult life, I married. He was my high school sweetheart and had enlisted in the military. Although we were desperately in love the long distance was killing us. After a particularly hard month for our relationship I got an envelope in the mail that said “open only when I call.”I waited for that phone call with such fear and anxiety that I can’t even explain. I assumed this was a massive break up and I was about to be dumped. When I answered his call on it’s first ring he asked “is it there?” I said “yes” in a quick breathless kind of way quickly followed by “what is it.” He was simple matter of fact “open it.” As I tore into the envelope he started talking about how I was his other half, friend, and soul mate. How he was in another country and all he could think was how much I would love it there with him. He had sweet anecdotes from our friends and silly stories of our early dating. I wish I could remember every word but I was completely shocked. I don’t even know how I said yes, just that I was sure that he was the one....more

Have you seen it? F-Bombs for Feminism. What do you think?

Little girls dressed as princesses are dropping f-bombs (yeah, the real f-bombs) to support a good cause: feminism, gender equality. They make some powerful points and, of course, delivered by little girls, it gets our attention.If you want to see the video, watch here.What do you think? Going too far to make the point? Or finally getting pointed enough?I don’t know that I’d be gutsy enough to launch a feminism campaign like this. And, I’m glad they’re are getting people to think....more

Screw You, Men's Rights Movement

  When I first heard about the so-called “men’s rights movement” that has been swelling lately, I was skeptical.  Of course I was.  As a woman in this culture, that’s akin to hearing about the “white rights” movement or the “straight rights” movement.  ...more
mouseandboo Men absolutely have some legitimate beefs--and that's a huge one!  Thank you for ...more

Pro-Life IS Pro-Women

Perhaps I have finally discovered a label to describe myself – a pro-life feminist. At first glance these two terms seem to oppose each other but true feminism is not the antithesis of motherhood or a pro-life stance. Contrary to standard stereotypes, one is pro-woman  precisely when one is pro-life. My story is simply a witness of a woman who discovered liberation as a mother of a large family....more
Ms Juneau, You are not a feminist in any way...feminists respect their bodies and and those of ...more

The Reflex of Deference: What Keeps Male Privilege Going

Deference is the wee tiny rock that women carry in their pockets, the signal to tell them to get out of the way, sit down and be quiet, but who put that rock there?...more
Patriarchy is like air, the signals are everywhere. It can be overcome, but it isn't easy. It ...more

Que Linda!

Yesterday, while walking up 105th street, I encountered a man. He was middle aged, typically dressed and Hispanic. When I passed him, he stopped, fixed his creepy gaze upon me, produced a half smile/half sneer and muttered "Que linda!" ...more

How It Feels To Be A Feminist Atheist Liberal in Virginia

 Williamsburg, VA Rebuilt Colonial Capitol ...more