Middle School Students Push for a Gender-Neutral Dress Code—and Win

Policing the length of shorts and skirts takes girls out of class. But Portland Public Schools just passed a student-written dress code they hope will be a model for the nation.  Read more »

Spoken Word Duo DarkMatter Talks Race, Gender, and Imperialism

“We didn’t consent to being underground; we were forcibly submerged.” Read more »

What's Your Gorgeous Hair Secret? Feminism.

Actress Connie Britton stars in a satirical video for  #AskHerMore, an effort to push reporters to ask actresses about more... Read more »

Backtalk: Abercrombie vs. Hijabs, the Fashion Police, and Moodiness

On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss top pop culture stories of the week, offering snappy feminist analysis on the issues, people, and media that are making headlines right now.  This week, we debate the ... Read more »

Four Trans* Teens Talk About Fashion

Rainbow socks and beat-up Converse are all the rage at Portland Pride Parade. Photo by Katrina Cole.  I’ve noticed over my teaching career that kids possess a keen insight into the phenomenon of... Read more »

Instead of Banning Yoga Pants, Schools Should Crack Down on Harassment

Yoga pants and leggings are increasingly being banned by school dress codes. Photo by Matt Madd I was driving by one of the high schools here in Portland the other day and the... Read more »

How Fat Bodies Queer Fashion

A new collection of essays about fatness came out this spring: Queering Fat Embodiment is an academic book that looks at numerous perspectives on fatness, culture, and identity. We’re publishing an... Read more »

What Does “Femme” Look Like?

“It shouldn’t be assumed that just because you wear skirts you’re straight.” – Kathleen, from the Femme Project.  Artist Toni Latour’s The Femme Project is an exhibit of 64 photographs... Read more »

Girl, Uninterrupted: A Q&A with Feminist Fashion Writer Kim France

There are women in this world who, when they hear the name “Kim France,” literally gasp because they are so. Damn. Excited. And rightly so: As a writer, editor, and blogger, France has had a dreamworthy career in zeitgeisty print... Read more »

Fabulous, Opinionated, and Feminist: An Interview with Tom and Lorenzo

Feminism and fashion might not always seem like the perfect fit, but after checking out Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez’s eponymous site, you may come away with some new ideas. Read more »