When You Marry an Ally

As I previously mentioned, Election Night was rough in our house. The past few days have been getting better, but I keep waking up hoping it was all a nightmare, quickly cycling through the stages of grief a la Leslie Knope–denial, bargaining, anger, no I won’t accept this. I also previously mentioned how inspired and … Continue reading

International Women’s Day 2014: Activities

Happy International Women’s Day! This morning I watched Girl Rising for the first time in a year and was just as moved as I was when I saw it in theaters. I’m spending the rest of my day doing edits on an essay about the feminicide and my dissertation prospectus about American schoolgirls in narratives … Continue reading

Nice Girls at the Party

When did Smart Girls at the Party become Nice Girls At the Party? If you know me, you know that I admire Amy Poehler and the work she does as a comedian and a TV feminist. I’ve also been a fan of Smart Girls at the Party for a few years. I like the idea … Continue reading

Pinterest, Feminism, and a Museum of the Weird

Last year Amy Odell at Buzzfeed posted an article, “How Pinterest is Killing Feminism,” which spawned related articles such as this one at Feminspire. I’m going to sidestep how annoying it is that everyone wants to say feminism is dead or dying all the time. (It’s alive and well, thanks. And online. #Femfuture) The articles, … Continue reading

Gender Matters: Girl Up and Inclusive Feminism

Today I am headed to the Gender Matters Conference at DePaul University in Chicago. I am super excited, because this conference looks fantastic. Highlights include a keynote by J. Jack Halberstam about Gaga Feminism (see explanation of Gaga Feminism), there’s also going to be a one-woman comedy, “Booby Trap,” about surviving breast cancer, and a … Continue reading

Steubenville Trial Reactions and Rape Culture

File under: Why We Need Feminism. Badly. Earlier this week, the verdict in the Steubenville, OH rape trial was handed down and the two teenaged, football playing boys accused of the crime were found guilty. Surprisingly, many media outlets focused not on justice or on the victim, or on how we can raise young people … Continue reading