Once and For All: No Bras Were Burned in the Making of Feminism

The 1968 Miss America protest where, contrary to popular belief, no bras were burned. Photo via Media Myth Alert.  In this excerpt from his new book Pranksters: Making Mischief in the Modern World author Kembrew McLeod challenges some rosy visions of 1960s progressive movements.

Remembering Writer Doris Lessing: “Whatever You're Meant to Do, Do it Now.”

On Sunday, November 17th, the British author Doris Lessing died in her home in London at age 94. Lessing’s writing and life were exemplary—she held herself and society to a high standard—and if you were... Read more »

The Illustrated Adventures of Vaginal Davis

Artist Ali Fitzgerald reports from the home of Berlin-based Vaginal Davis, the influential performance artist whose shows... Read more »

Veronica Franco, History's Favorite Renaissance Prostitute Poet

In a time when prostitution and female education were both considered unwholesome, professional courtesan Veronica Franco established herself a leader in the 16th Century literary arts. Although initially known among the Venetian literati for her iconic beauty and razor-sharp wit, Franco... Read more »

Who Was Anne Boleyn?

Susan Bordo is one of the most acute and lively chroniclers of our time. Whether she takes to task the male body (in her aptly named book The Male Bodyor female body image (... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Law Professor Patricia J. Williams Opens Up

Patricia J. Williams, James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University, published these words twenty-five years ago in her renowned essay on slavery, race, gender, and rights called “On Being the Object of Property”: There are moments in my... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Jean Rhys

  In 1966, when Jean Rhys was 76 years old, her novel Wide Sargasso Sea was published. The novel, a prequel to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, is told from the perspective of the Caribbean Creole “... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Domitila Barrios de Chungara

Domitila Barrios de Chungara was a labor rights leader and political activist from Bolivia. In addition to advancing the status of the working class of Bolivia, Barrios de Chungara was also an advocate for women’s rights. Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Simone de Beauvoir

  You probably know her as the French intellectual who penned the feminist tome The Second Sex. But did you know that in addition to writing this 800-page (in English translation—the French is shorter) classic of feminist theory, Beauvoir was also a journalist, essayist, novelist,... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Margaret Tucker

Margaret "Marge" Tucker was a 20th-century Australian Aboriginal activist, organizer, and writer. Born on the Moonahculla Reservein 1904, Tucker (at the age of 13) and her sister (who was 11) were forcibly separated from their mother and sent to Cootamundra Girls' Home, where they were trained to... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Filmmaker Lourdes Portillo

Lourdes Portillo has a decades-long film career. Her films, which tend to focus on Chicano and Latino culture and identity, range from realism to avant-garde, fiction to personal narrative, with every kind of genre-bending in between. Portillo continues her work today as a member of Xochitl... Read more »