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Grrrl on Film: Women Directors

In Monday’s post I asked if you could name five women directors off the top of your head and encouraged you to share some favorite females behind the lens. And WOW, between us we came up with nearly 70!

Since there are few things I enjoy more than compiling research and sharing information (Heck, it’s one of the reasons why I’m a writer) I’ve put together a...

Saturday Morning Toon Blues

It is a ritual of mine to flip through channels on a typical Saturday morning before I go off to work. While my adventures are less frequent these days than when I was eight years old, my curiosity is piqued as it still was. However, in my habits, I've encountered a frightening discovery that has sent a gross feeling in the pit of my stomach.

"Great Scotts!" I announce, mouth...

Page Turner-Rave On: Writer Nona Willis Aronowitz on Rubyfruit Jungle

“Rave On” is the Page Turner series that asks feminist writers, artists, musicians, activists, leaders, and scholars to talk about a book that completely rocked their world. Today we feature writer Nona Willis Aronowitz on Rubyfruit Jungle, by Rita Mae Brown.

I was in the midst of a family vacation when I flopped on my parents’ bed and gave my mom puppy-dog eyes. “I’m bored,” I...

What Would Buffy Do? Notes on Dusting Edward Cullen

This article was originally published on July 1 at WIMN’s Voices (don’t worry – they gave us permission to re-post it!)

By Jonathan McIntosh

I usually try to stay away from the forces of darkness, but last week I killed a famous vampire – and let me tell you, it was fun! Actually, I didn’t stake him myself — I used new media tools to allow one of the...

Karl Lagerfeld Calls Feminists Ugly -- FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE!

News in tired feminist stereotypes has taken a turn for the weird in this month’s issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Fashion designer (and future zombie-lookalike contest winner) Karl Lagerfeld is the author of an article wherein he interviews the long-deceased Coco Chanel, playing the part of both the interviewer and subject by channeling Chanel from beyond the grave. (Hey, you were warned...

Beaker Bitch: Inside the Bank of Breast Milk

One day's worth of breast milk from a new mother barely reached the first line on a four ounce vial. The freezer that held the thin, yellowish milk was nearly empty, too—the first breast milk donation bank in the Northwest was not officially open for business last week when I stopped in.

The still-humble milk bank, housed in a small room on the second floor of Adventist Hospital in...

Bed Bitch & Beyond (Not So) Good Vibrations: A Confession

Ladies, I have a confession to make. I don't like vibrators. Now, I have much respect for my feminist sisters at Good Vibrations and Babeland. If you love their products, and they get you off and make you happy and compensate for a lover with bad skillz or no lover at all, more power to you. I do not judge AT ALL. Unfortunately for me, vibes always fail to Get the Job Done. And believe me, I'...

When Oral Gets Aural (or Songs About Givin'/Gettin' Head)

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The other day I was alone in the car and, as you do, singing at the top of my lungs with the radio. The song that was the focus of this particular private performance happened to be Lil’ Wayne’s “Lollipop” and as I belted out the lyrics, Middle of the bed/ Givin’ gettin’ head my thoughts turned to oral sex. More specifically, my thoughts turned to songs...

Adventures In Feministory: Pat Benatar

This is not new information: Pat Benatar rocks. It's so obvious, I know. Yet I felt compelled to write this week's Adventures In Feministory about Pat because, frankly, I did not know as much about her as I thought. My recent renewed transfixion with all things Benatar formed because of her current tour with another ridiculously awesome '80s lady rocker, Debbie Harry. The Call Me Invincible...

When Mothers Hit the Bottle: reaching a gendered approach to alcoholism

A highly circulating AP article on the increasing number of women with DUI charges sends mixed messages about women who mix drinking and driving. In the wake of a tragic car accident that killed eight people, four of which were children, media attention has focused on women who drink and drive--especially if they're mothers.

Diane Schuler was found to have consumed alcohol and...

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