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Rad Ladies Who Draw Comics: Annie Murphy

Annie Murphy is a Portland-based artist whose new comic is making waves in the self-publishing world. Murphy discovered the title of her historical/biographical/autobiographical comic "I Still Live" written on the tombstone of 19th-century spiritualist Achsa Sprague. At the age of 20, Sprague... Read more »

Jock Bitch: Because a Pun about Balls was too easy

Hi there, sports fans. My name is Jonanna Widner, and for the next couple months I'm going to be doing the guest-blogging about the nexus of sports and feminism. Said guest blog will fall under the name "Jock Bitch." To start, I thought I'd just sort of spell out my relationship to/with sports,... Read more »

Michelle Obama, Mom-in-Chief

“Sexism subjects women to many tyrannies, but intersectionality ensures that all women are not subjected to the same ones. That America recognizes Michelle Obama as the black mother of black children, that she is comfortable and able to make the personal decision to choose motherhood for a time, I... Read more »

Orgasm, Inc.

“Forty-three per cent of American women suffer from female sexual dysfunction. Or do they?” Is “female sexual dysfunction” a real disease? Or is it just a marketing ploy invented by Big Pharma in hopes of profiting from “female Viagra”? These are the questions documentary filmmaker Liz Canner... Read more »

Runway Robot Debuts Old Stereotypes

There’s a new brand of supermodel in town, and, good news for the fashion industry, hunger-fuelled temper tantrums aren’t part of her coding. It’s the HRP-4C fembot, who... Read more »

Booby Trap

Thank you, Lynn Harris, for saving me from writing the much longer post that's been percolating in my head. In an opinion piece published yesterday at NPR, "Bottle or Breast: Which Is Best," Harris takes precise aim at the latest volleys in the (mostly manufactured) Mommy Wars: Feeding the Baby... Read more »

Deirdre Does Burlesque

An opera singer with stage fright, a stay-at home mother who's tired of seeking societal approval, a dark and twisty virgin, and a young woman who has struggled with body hatred and bulimia are among the ten women who seek out Miss Indigo Blue's Academy... Read more »

French Elle Goes Au Naturel

While the April Issue of French Vogue features a somewhat creepy spread of model Lily Donaldson equipped with a pretend pregnancy, baby doll, and high-fashion look, this... Read more »

Sex and the Seniors

Monday night’s Daily Show had a segment wherein Jason Jones traveled down to Florida to find out about senior citizens’ sex lives. Here’s the video, in case you missed it: </ br> </ br> I found this video to be pretty interesting (although WTF is up with the sexual assault... Read more »

The Souls (and Hair) of Black Girls

“The average age of entry into prostitution today in the Untied States is 13 years old.” The stories of some of the girls whose lives bear out this disturbing statistic are told in Very Young Girls, one of three documentaries in recent years that examine the lives of black girls and women. Very... Read more »

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Oh Joy Sex Toy: How I Realized I'm Asexual

Artist Kiku H shares her personal experiences learning what it means to be asexual. Read more »

No Disrespect: Black Women and the Burden of Respectability

Hollywood still filters (and distorts) the lives and histories of minorities through the eyes of the majority. Read more »

Eat, Pray, Spend: Priv-Lit and the New, Enlightened American Dream

Even as reports on joblessness, economic recovery, and home foreclosures suggest that no one is immune to risk during this recession, the popularity of women’s wellness media has persisted and, indeed, grown stronger.  Read more »

All Hail the Queen?: What Do Our Perceptions of Beyoncé's Feminism Say about us?

The policing of feminist cred is the real moral contradiction. Read more »