Category Archives: Feminism

Bernie Sanders: Self-Appointed Progressive Gatekeeper.

I really wish I could not write about Bernie Sanders. I would love for the self-aggrandizing not-a-Democrat to just crawl back up to Vermont. He’d do a lot less damage to the Democratic Party and, more broadly, the progressive movement, that … Continue reading

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March… sanity.

Odd bits and pieces of the San Jose Women’s March: Proud parental moment of the day: when you text your eldest son about being at the San Jose March,  and he texts back pictures of where he is in the … Continue reading

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A world of Hermiones.

Scene: early 70s classroom. Actors: Mr. Lindsay, my beloved seventh grade civics teacher, the first person to take me seriously; me. Mr. Lindsay: Okay, when we’re discussing mountains, Mt. Everest is the tallest mountain in the world. Me, raising hand: … Continue reading

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Oh, well.

I saw John Scalzi in conversation with Tad Williams tonight. Scalzi was funny, and charming, and gave one of the better explanations of the Puppies phenomenon I’ve heard or read (namely, jealously, but it’s a lot more than that) and … Continue reading

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Hollywood has got to stop sending these messages.

Spoiler Alert: This concerns the movie The Age of Adeline. I will be going into specifics, so if you are planning to see the movie, you may not want to read this. Last Friday, I saw The Age of Adeline. … Continue reading

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The Mists of Avalon reconsidered.

A few months ago, a friend was over for dinner, and among other things we discussed revelations about the abuse Moira Greyland suffered at the hands of her mother, Marion Zimmer Bradley.  “I tried to read The Mists of Avalon, because … Continue reading

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Last month, when the pictures of naked female celebrities were leaked online, I read a chorus of “What did she expect? She should have taken better precautions!” My position, articulated in the several comment threads which I deemed to participate … Continue reading

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Note to the jerk who insisted on blocking my driveway, and refused to move when I told him to, saying I needed to “ask nicely”: You would not have said that to a man. You’re the one breaking the law … Continue reading

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When heroes fall.

I call it the Frank Lloyd Wright axiom: sometimes geniuses are horrible human beings. Most of the time, I can separate the person from their creation: I can look at the Robie House and admire its beauty.  The fact that … Continue reading

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Feminists can’t write? News to me.

Charlotte Allen, guest blogging in the L.A. Times, doesn’t understand feminist writers today, because they can’t write. Poor baby. As evidence, she produces a sentence by Rebecca Traitser,in a piece that appeared in the New Republic: “I wish that every woman … Continue reading

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Sheesh, people.

I am working on a post on rape culture, and the way in which society aids and abets abusers and harassers, but it is slow going, primarily because I want to be thoughtful about the way that I approach the … Continue reading

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Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying.

There are times when the jokes are just too easy. Except for the horrible impact on women’s reproductive rights, of course.

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Two more posts from Chris Kluwe

Panem et Circenses: about the moral bankruptcy of our current economic system; and Matthew 22:39: an open letter to the Archbishop Neinstedt and Pope Benedict about acceptance and tolerance of lesbians and gays, using actual quotes from the New Testament … Continue reading

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Nobody’s going to die….

I was planning this morning to blog about the BP oil spill, and my reaction to it. But you know what? It is a lovely day here in Northern California (albeit with a promise of serious heat later) and blogging … Continue reading

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A Debt We Owe.

On August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment was certified as having been ratified, and signed into law. Three years earlier, in October, 1917, Alice Paul was sentenced to seven months in the D.C. Jail for obstructing traffic on sidewalks. She … Continue reading

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Little known heroes of American history, #37592

On August 18, 1920, the Tennessee legislature engaged in a fierce debate over the Anthony Amendment, which would give women the right to vote. Thirty-five other states had ratified the amendment, and if Tennessee followed suit, it would be enshrined … Continue reading

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Sigh. You would think that people would have better things to do with their time. I am referring to the flap over at Live Journal about the use of breastfeeding pictures as default icons. I was thinking it was an … Continue reading

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March 8 is International Women’s Day. Therefore, it is also Blog Against Sexism Day. (Who decides these things, anyway?) I have already written about feminism when I wrote about the death of Betty Friedan. And there are a great many … Continue reading

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Love and marriage…

I spent the last weekend at a niece’s wedding. This particular niece reminds me of Bubbles, the Powerpuff Girl: blonde hair, blue-eyed, pretty, and with superpowers — she has a mind like a steel trap, one bachelors’ in math, another … Continue reading

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‘Night, Sister.

On Saturday, Betty Friedan died. She was 85. It is hard to overestimate the impact she had on the nation’s psyche. She destroyed some of the myths we held about who we were: all to the good, as those myths … Continue reading

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