Feel-Good Feminism

This is an excerpt from the article “Feel Good Feminism” in the current issue of Oregon Humanities. Nineteen years ago, two friends and I sat around... Read more »

The VMAs Cemented Feminism as Beyoncé's Brand. What Comes Next?

A confession: I wasn't going to write about The Thing. Everyone else, it seemed, had their think pieces written this past Sunday night, and I couldn't imagine what else... Read more »

Applauding the Bootylicious Feminism of Beyonce and Josephine Baker

When Beyonce’s fifth studio album dropped late last year, she nearly broke the Internet. It was an epic reconnaissance commissioned by a pop queen determined to flex her might as a self-... Read more »

On Her Surprise New Album, Beyoncé is a Cultural Chameleon

This has not been a great year for women mega-pop artists. Lady Gaga’s Artpop fell flat, as well as Britney Spears’s Britney Jean. Sure, there was Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz but one could argue that her on-and-offstage antics suggest that she was more focused on getting press... Read more »

Seven Great New Songs Released This Month

Photo: Ebony Bones and friends (via Myspace).  My favorite songs released this August are tinged with the mellow, warm sounds of summer. They make me want to roll down the windows and enjoy the last set of tunes before... 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 »

On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Good morning, folks! Here’s all the feminist and feminist-adjacent news on our radar this fine morning. • Who says online activism doesn’t get results? Reebok has dropped Rick Ross as a spokesperson in the wake of his... Read more »

Beyoncé’s Life Is But a Dream: A Look into Bey's Life on Her Terms

We live in an era where anyone can increasingly curate their own personas, even us “normals” as 30 Rock’s Jenna Maroney would say. Any nobody with the... Read more »

If You Haven't Heard Solange Knowles' ‘True’, Listen Now.

We all love Beyoncé. It’s practically engrained in our cultural fabric at this point. But what about Beyoncé’s incredibly talented, sorely underappreciated younger sister, Solange? While Beyoncé crafts incredible mainstream pop, Solange... Read more »

Ms. Opinionated: All the Advice You Asked For, and Some You Didn't

Welcome to the latest installment of Ms. Opinionated, in which readers have questions about the pesky day-to-day choices we all face, and I give advice about how to make ones that (hopefully) best reflect our shared commitment to feminist values—as well as advice on what to do when they don’t... Read more »