Why "Solidarity" is Bullshit

Photo: One Tumblr user’s contribution to the #Solidarityisforwhitewomen discussion.  When I spoke to Mikki Kendall on August 14, just two days after she started the nationally trending Twitter hashtag#SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen, she was tired. The discussion started on Twitter had spurred much-needed and long-ignored conversations about the treatment of women of color by Big Name Feminism.

On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

You’ve made it to the proverbial hump.  Here’s some of the latest news to get through it. With the prevalence and move towards “neat and tight” labia, women who don’t fit into this category and don’t care to are taking to the Internet to support one another... Read more »

On Our Radar: Intersections of Race and Feminism, Body Image, and the next Beyonc

This has been another week! Here’s what we’ve been reading. s.e. smith weighs in on the tragic shooting in Colorado this morning, asking why we blame “crazy”... Read more »

School's Out: Giving Our Schools Some Homework

I just read an article in the most recent Curve magazine issue (which was themed around the concept of lesbian families) called “Back to School: How to Choose an LGBT-positive school for your child.” This article was mostly written... Read more »

Double Rainbow: Erasure and Asexuality

The result of prevailing cultural attitudes is that autistic people are perceived as inherently non-sexual. Not as asexual—the mainstream paradigm erases the experiences of asexual autists right along with those of other queer people on the spectrum. Read more »

The H-Word: Reflections on Sex, Power, and Speaking the Truth

This weekend Sex, Power and Speaking the Truth: Anita Hill 20 Years Later convened to discuss women’s ability speak up against gender inequality and abuses of power, with a focus on the intersectionality of race, class and gender in defining a... Read more »

Push(back) at the Intersections: It's Been Swell!

The time has come, gentle readers, to say farewell, because every good contract must draw to an end, and this is the end of mine. I have really appreciated the opportunity to interact with all of you over the last two months, and I think we’ve had some excellent, if sometimes contentious,... Read more »

Tube Tied: Peggy Olson Enters Oppression Olympics, Falters

When I last wrote about Mad Men two weeks ago I mentioned the affinity I had for Peggy, and a commenter noted that they'd never really understood Peggy's appeal, that she... Read more »

Push(back) at the Intersections: Women in the Fall Television Forecast

We’ve got five new shows coming up with women on the creative team and I thought, as I wind up my time here, that I’d delve into them to see what we have to look forward to this fall/spring, and to see what kinds of women-led television make the brutal cuts of pilot season. Two of them... Read more »

Push(back) at the Intersections: But it All Feels So Personal

I think the best way to fight knee-jerk reactions to pop culture discussions, to resist the sense that one is being personally attacked, is to step outside the equation, and to step away from the keyboard to do some thinking. Remember that the writer probably doesn’t know you, isn’t... Read more »

Push(back) at the Intersections: It's Sexytime, So Let's Get It On

There’s an patronising narrative that happens with a lot of disabled characters. They don’t act out of free will, but because they are disabled. They aren’t allowed independence, because they are disabled and clearly incapable of acting on their own. Other characters do things ‘... Read more »


Sojourner Truth, Unveiled

The leaders of the [women's suffrage] movement trembled on seeing a tall, gaunt black woman in a gray dress and white turban,...

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