Hester Prynne's scarlet explosion of letters

Hester Prynne's blog, La letra escarlata, is possibly the best blog I've come across so far in the Spanish-speaking blogosphere. I'm not content with summing it up, talking about Hester's ideas, or quoting little bits - I wish I could give you her whole blog in the most careful, loving translation. ...more


She writes beautifully, your translation is flawless. Brava! Enjoyed meeting you at ...more

If You're Pro-Choice and Not FURIOUS Today....

Ladies, if you're pro-choice and not outraged by South Dakota... ...then read today's press. Start here at the Washington Post. ...more

It makes me angry too. Who are these people that they think that they can legislate what we do ...more

The shit has hit the fan...

Earlier this morning, several major newspapers published articles revealing South Dakota to be the first state to challenge Roe V. Wade head-on. The Mount Rushmore State Senate voted last night to pass a bill that outlaws all abortions, even those intended to end a pregnancy caused by rape or incest. ...more

wow. in what year are we living again?

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Tragedy or Comedy

So I was browsing a new blog today and I came across a funny lady trying to make it in a man's world. The comedy industry in the past has been dominated by men. I could drop a few famous ladies of comedy that have made it; Lucille Ball, Rosanne Barr and Ellen Degeneres, however men really have maintained much of the spotlight and revenue where comedy is concerned. Do men really want a secret boys club for comedy just for themselves? ...more

Around the Dial: "And so it begins..." The Supreme Court will review a late-term abortion procedure - Part 1

This three-part series will cover the response to the latest political news that the Supreme Court will review the constitutionality of banning a late-term abortion procedure. A mix of well-known and not so well-known feminist blogs will be included. Shakespeare's Sister, And so it begins...: "The big question, of course, is what is the point of ramming through this legislation without a provision that allows it in cases where the mother's life it as risk? And the obvious answer is that anti-choicers don't trust women and their doctors to make that decision honestly-a position which pulls back the curtain on their 'pro-life' Emerald City and reveals the contempt for life they actually have, in spite of their claims to the contrary. Only a person who has no respect whatsoever for human life could assume that women would invoke this rationale to terminate a pregnancy for no good reason, that expectant mothers who carry a pregnancy nearly to term would suddenly and randomly change their minds, with as much forethought as one might give to rearranging the living room furniture." ...more

You're welcome Suzanne. Thanks for sharing your experience and thoughts, especially as someone ...more

Around the Dial: The Olympics

What are feminist bloggers talking about? The Olympics, of course! One "T. Comfyshoes" who blogs at Woman in Comfy Shoes is thoroughly enjoying the Olympics: "Canada has three medals so far. All women. Go Canadian women!" Visit her blog for some good reading and a swerve towards a feminist textual lashing. ...more

Does Size Matter?

Diet! Diet! Exercise! Diet! DIET! I can't tell you how often I hear those words or say those words everyday. Well I could but then you'd want to kill me. We spend an awful lot of time thinking about diets, going on diets, going off diets, complaining about exercise and worrying about what our diets are (or aren't) doing for our bodies. ...more

I agree with 99% of what you just said, MeL, and I think you make a great point: it would be ...more

... And Justice For Some

Take two intelligent women (who each blog) - combine them in convivial surroundings - wait for them to discuss how to put the world to rights - and for one of them to mention (in a comment on a third woman's blog) part of their discussion. Result? Sheer genius (in my humble opinion). ...more

TW and I were sort of talking about this in regards to military ID cards and the 'dependent ...more

Drawing The Line Across Butt Cracks and Boobage

Bluefly.com -- an online retailer -- ran a television commercial last fall called "The Dinner Party." Did you see it? No? Perhaps the fact that the ad -- featuring a woman frantically searching her closet for something to wear -- was labeled "indecent" by three cable stations and a few print magazines might have had something to do with it. ...more

Seems pretty tame. It's ok to kill a thousand people in 48 minutes or whatever of showtime, but ...more

Living Single: Buy or Rent?

Single women are buying homes. According to the National Association of Realtors, in 2005 21% of buyers were single women versus just 9% for single men. Jane Dough at Boston Gal's Open Wallet has two posts looking at the home-buying-and-the-single-gal phenomenon. Read the first post and be sure to read the second post which has a link to a fascinating New York Times article that examines some reasons why this disparity between men and women has developed - it's really an interesting read. ...more