Feminism and Gender in the Aughts

The last ten years have been nothing if not a roller coaster ride when it comes to feminism and gender. I found the lows to be more plentiful than the highs, but the surprises kept coming. So, in no particular order, here's what stuck out to me: ...more

Choice, Conscience, and Christmas

For the past several years, I've reflected during the Christmas season on what The Annunciation says about women, self-determination, and pregnancy. I've read the story many times - basically an angel comes to Mary to tell her that God chose her to give birth to His son, then the angel gives her some time to think about it, and Mary agrees to do it. There's nothing in there about anyone being forced to give birth to a child that she did not plan for. What's beautiful about the story is that Mary voluntarily says yes, risking serious social ostracizing and other problems. ...more

Does a Male Name Mean More Success as a Writer?

Women have done some remarkable things over the years to feed their kids and keep a roof overhead. Not a few women have pretended to be men in order to advance in their chosen field. It's a particular temptation for a writer, because writers are represented by paper (or pixels) and not present in the flesh. Think George Sand, George Eliot, PD James, and Taylor Caldwell. ...more

Apparently you've got to be misogynist and male to get any attention in this system. Like ...more

From Sotomayor to The Cost of Being Female: Feminism in 2009

The end of the year is for reflection.  I like to take a look back at all the feminism & gender issues I covered for BlogHer.  Since it's hard for me to remember what happened an hour ago, let alone in July or, heaven forbid, January, this is an important exercise for me. It reminds me what feminists accomplished, what still needs to be done, and what I'll can only laugh about or else I'll be curled up in the fetal position whimpering.  This year, I sorted stories by topic. 1sts ...more

Given how much I missed and my own personal biases on the issues, I would love if people ...more

Whoring Out Hanukkah

OK, so it's not really whoring anything but women for alcohol sales (business as usual, I suppose), but this poorly written press release for Agave99 Tequila made me embarrassed to be Jewish: ...more

Yeah!  I love your afterlife scenario for Mr. Silver.  Even better is that he gets ...more

Support Women: Say No to the Bo-Tax!

I am an idiot. For almost five months now, I have been worrying that any national health plan that was passed by Congress would not cover abortion services. It turns out that I have been wringing my hands over the exact wrong thing. What really, really, really scares American women - including the president of NOW, Terry O'Neil - are proposals levy an "almost 5%" tax on critical women's health services: breast augmentations, facelifts, tummy tucks and other procedures. Gasp!!!! ...more

Ultimately, I think this means that unless there are more people in elected positions with ...more

Objective Science Is Gender-Biased

The week before Thanksgiving, I was lucky enough to meet author and history professor Julie Des Jardins for a cup of tea to discuss her forthcoming book, The Madame Curie Complex. (The name - and picture - might seem familiar to BlogHer members. That's right: Julie is the sister of awesome BlogHer co-founder Jory Des Jardins. ...more

"We coud probably cure cataloging people purely on basis of what reproductive organs they ...more

Israeli Women Forced to the Back of the Bus

I've been so depressed lately by the news (Afghanistan, health care reform denying women reproductive rights, New York State Senate defeating gay marriage, etc., etc.) that it is almost hard to get my blood boiling these days. An email I received from the New Israel Fund changed that. When I learned that some public buses in Jerusalem force women to enter through the back door, sit in the back, and "dress modestly" in order to board I immediately wanted to go there, get on a bus in my sluttiest outfit (which is actually pretty modest to everyone but religious fanatics), and protest. Of course, I'd then be subjected to verbal and physical abuse by evil men who like to think that they are God, when really they are just oppressors who misinterpret their religious texts to benefit themselves. ...more

Thanks Suzanne ...more