International No-Diet Day Hits and Misses

In recognition of International No-Diet Day, I present you with a rundown of recently released diet- and weight-related books, including a bit of the good, bad and ugly. First up, Hungry Girl (it's as bad as it sounds...). More after the jump, including the light at the end of the dieting tunnel... Read more »

A HE-cession? I'm not buying it.

The folks at ABC World News released the second segment last night in a series they’re calling “The New Gender Rules.” Apparently, men are being hit harder by the recession than women (though many sources... Read more »

Gee's Bend Quiltmaker Collective

I first saw a selection of the Gee's Bend quilts at The Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco. I'd never had anything against quilts before that, they just never struck me all that much. I couldn... Read more »

Time's 100 Most Influential List, by the Numbers

Who is this woman? And why is she on Time’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World?  Read on for the answers and for my look at the list, by the numbers. Total women on the list: 29 Number of Leaders and Revolutionaries listed who are women: 5 Number of those who are women of... Read more »

Individualism Is Not Enough

After years of a successful law career left Nigerian Temituokpe Esisi frustrated at her country’s stagnant economy, she decided to switch careers to help empower other women by starting her own tailoring and fashion design business, Tuopsy’s Enterprises, that would not only employ... Read more »

I Love (an Idealized, Hypermasculine Version of) College: An Update

A few weeks back, Kelsey blogged about Asher Roth's heteronormative, hypermasculinized, fratboy-centric conception of college. Though Kelsey deemed Roth to be singing in a serious as opposed to satirical tone, I couldn't... Read more »

Conditions: Five

A few years ago, I found a book-length literary magazine, Conditions:Five, amongst the discarded and donated books on the shelves in a local coffeehouse.  I skimmed through it that day, just long enough to finish my cup of chai, before placing it back on the shelf.  At the time, I had no idea that... Read more »

Selena Roberts, Part One

So, Selena Roberts' Alex Rodriguez book, A-rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez, hit the shelves yesterday—earlier than its original release date, due to the jib-jab ratcheted up by the... Read more »

Bollywood Barbie

Barbie was all over the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai this year. The doll celebrated its 50th Anniversary by sponsoring the event. At first I thought it was the company's obliviousness to irony that prompted the fashion... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Mary Anning, Fossil Hunter

Lots of twelve-year olds are crazy about dinosaurs, and who can blame them? Dinosaurs are awesome. Rarely, however, does a twelve-year old come along who supports her entire family with her knowledge of dinosaurs, and then goes on to become one of the world's most influential fossil hunters.... Read more »


Why You Should Pay for Porn

If you’re a progressive middle-class individual, chances are you think about where your food comes from. Maybe you try to buy shoes that are... Read more »

The Feminist Power of Female Ghosts

The female ghost is an enduringly fascinating figure. Read more »

What I Learned About Gender and Power from Sailor Moon

My life began in 1995 — the year I turned eight and became a divorced kid.    Read more »

Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens

What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens... Read more »