Rise of the Penis Piñata: The big business of bachelorette parties.

Image via venassa A few weeks ago, I attended a friend's bachelorette party. In the days preceding, my kitchen morphed into a workshop dedicated to constructing penis-shaped objects to eat and to hit. Resting atop my kitchen table like a prize pig at a state fair was a large pink papier-mâché... Read more »

Gaming the System: Are women-led games D.O.A.?

“'We had [some companies] tell us, 'Well, we don't want to publish it because that's not going to succeed. You can't have a female character in games. It has to be a male character, simple as that.'” That's what game developer Jean-Max Morris was told when he tried to... Read more »

Sized Up: Why Fat is a Queer and Feminist Issue

Is fat what queer was a generation ago? Read more »

Artist Statement: Don't call Favianna Rodriguez a political artist.

When I saw images of artist Favianna Rodriguez's “Slut Power” series circulating on Facebook, I was already familiar with her bold silkscreened posters, which often feature people of color tackling subjects as varied as immigration and sustainability. The Slut Power posters, however,... Read more »

House of Pain: The latest blow to the Violence Against Women Act

This article went to press in January 2013. A February 2013 update is at the bottom. 2012 marked the year that violence against women became a partisan issue. The Violence Against Women Act, passed in 1994, was the first comprehensive federal effort to combat such violence. The landmark law... Read more »

Forty Years in the Hustle: A Q&A with Margo St. James

During the fever pitch of the 1970s sexual revolution, Margo St. James, the flamboyant matriarch of the national prostitutes'-rights movement, burst out of San Francisco's bohemian scene with an infectious enthusiasm for her cause: to make prostitution “palatable for the public.” On Mother... Read more »

It Was a Dark and Snowy Night: How heroes became heroines in Nordic noir fiction

Illustration by Zejian Shen. Film noir used to be personified by the lone detective in a trench coat, chain smoking in rain-dotted lamplight. But 70 years after The Maltese Falcon flew into Tinseltown, that hero has been replaced. Now, standing in that same lamplight, smacking gum in the same misty... Read more »

Wide Stance: Marianne Wex's timeless exploration of gender and space.

We've all seen it. The guy on the subway or bus who reclines into his seat and luxuriously spreads his legs as if no one else were there. In fact, there's a woman on either side of him, and both of them twist and tuck their legs away, bunch their handbags into their laps, squeeze their arms... Read more »

Co-opting the Coop: What's the real cost of homesteading's new hipness?

The last several years have seen an explosion in urban homesteading. According to the American Community Gardening Association, there are currently more than 18,000 community gardens throughout the United States and Canada. This figure alone speaks to the number of people interested in moving... Read more »

Family Practice: A Q&A with Victoria Law and China Martens

Whether you organize at national conferences or around the kitchen table, you should pick up the new anthology Don't Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities (PM Press). Seven years in the making, this book is full of tales,... Read more »


House Proud : The troubling rise of stay-at-home daughters

“Daughters aren’t to be independent. They’re not to act outside the scope 
of their father. As long as they’re under the...

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Game Changer: Why Gaming Culture Allows Abuse... and How We Can Stop It

You're a Bolshevik feminist jewess that hates white people… and you expect to be taken seriously when you're “critique-ing” ...

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Mad Science: Deconstructing Bunk Reporting in 5 Easy Steps

British scientists have uncovered the truth behind one of modern culture's greatest mysteries: why little girls play with pink toys. Is it...

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Know & Tell: The Literary Renaissance of Trans Women Writers

For so long, the people who wrote about us were not us. Finally, that is beginning to change. Read more »