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Jill began blogging for Feministe in 2005. She has since written as a weekly columnist for the Guardian newspaper and in April 2014 she was appointed as senior political writer for Cosmopolitan magazine.
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  1. Clarissa
    Clarissa June 13, 2010 at 11:06 am |

    Spain Defends Women’s Rights: A Prison Sentence for Locking Up a Woman

  2. Eugenia
    Eugenia June 13, 2010 at 11:07 am |

    This week on Eugenia de Altura:

    1. A guest post at Womanist Musings on crimes surrounding motherhood in Bolivia, and the men that escape justice there.

    2. At the home site, a piece on the trickle-down effects of poverty in the poorest country in South America.

  3. Clarissa
    Clarissa June 13, 2010 at 11:08 am |

    I’m a Professor, Now What?: The First Year on the Tenure-Track Or As a Visiting Professor

  4. IrrationalPoint
    IrrationalPoint June 13, 2010 at 11:10 am |

    Light week at Modus Dopens this week. I wrote about the psychopathologisation of queer identities, opposition to the psychopathologisation, and some disability theory to go with it, in a post called Don’t have answers.


  5. Lance
    Lance June 13, 2010 at 11:26 am |

    I’m going to cheat a bit; if I had my own blog, I would have linked to this amazing interview with The Millionaire Matchmaker, Patti Stanger.

    The whole thing is blame-worthy, but this question & answer in particular has amazingly unfortunate implications:

    Q: How do you stay in business, considering love is so unpredictable and can go sour?

    A: I have a great track record, and I have never been sued. If I can’t find someone for someone, I refer them out. I have an affiliate division of matchmakers all over the world that I work with. Men like certain types of women, and I can subcontract that out to foreign countries.

    I suspect I’m happier not knowing what her clients want that needs to be subcontracted out to foreign countries. Seriously, the mind boggles.

  6. Oddmonster
    Oddmonster June 13, 2010 at 11:27 am |

    I reviewed Cris Beam’s amazing memoir of teaching teen transgirls in Los Angeles over at Three Dollar Bill Reviews.

    Transparent: Love, Family and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers. Harcourt Books, 2009.

    Then I yelled at Allen Steele for writing a misogynist racefail sea monster book without a sense of humor. Good times.

  7. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth June 13, 2010 at 11:39 am |

    This week at re:Cycling, we wrote about how Tampax’s “Outsmart Mother Nature” campaign is getting tired; teens using the rhythm method for birth control; soliciting support for Trixie Films’ current project about reframing virginity; a strange sign found in a bathroom; weekly recommendations; and the role of meat in early menarche.

  8. Cal
    Cal June 13, 2010 at 11:40 am |

    Not mine, but there’s a discussion of women writers in sci-fi and steampunk here.

  9. Marsha
    Marsha June 13, 2010 at 11:43 am |

    It’s estimated that more than 200 children worldwide are engaged in child labor – about half of those in dangerous jobs, and many of those children are girls. There are plenty of actions we can take as citizens to help end child labor. Here are 10 tips:

  10. Jay
    Jay June 13, 2010 at 11:46 am |

    ‘I really want some of what Cathy Young is smoking’: critique of Cathy Young’s odd misconceptions of feminism, of Sarah Palin’s politics, and of politics in general.

    ‘freedom of association’: open letter poking fun at Rand Paul’s politics, with a tongue-in-cheek appeal for him to support Red & Black Cafe’s recent decision not to serve a police officer.

    ‘the authoritarian’s trump card’: picking apart the ‘Look at Somalia!’ argument people often make when pooh-poohing anarchism.

    ‘Where is her mother?!”: my irritated reaction to common criticisms of the ‘Baby Gaga’ video.

  11. Julie Daley
    Julie Daley June 13, 2010 at 11:50 am |

    This week, I wrote about the question, “What is it to be female?” at

  12. Natalie
    Natalie June 13, 2010 at 11:52 am |

    Sex. New York City. Some shoes.

    Still talking about the second Sex and the City movie! Plus, the Bechdel Test. SATC2 passes. That’s a plus.

    No spoilers for the movies or the show, but a play on Carrie’s “I Couldn’t Help But Wonder…” line.

    Not every woman with a laptop wants to be Carrie Bradshaw.

  13. Rob F
    Rob F June 13, 2010 at 11:55 am |

    Twenty years ago June 11 or 12, someone died of an unsafe abortion.

  14. Natalia
    Natalia June 13, 2010 at 11:58 am |

    Hell yeah Germany.

    I wrote about theater, rape & my new play this week.

  15. Coca Colo
    Coca Colo June 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm |

    This week at femonomics:

    Mad Dr discusses “Toxic America,” and the responsibility of companies and the government to protect citizens from hazardous emissions before the fact.

    Mongoose6 gives a feminist review of a horror film where Dr Frankenstein and the monster are both female–Splice.

    I talk about the line between restrictive eating and disordered eating. When does improving our health through dietary changes come into conflict with taking care of ourselves as whole people?

    Mongoose6 celebrates the gains women made in the primaries this year, while I rain on the parade by pointing out the incredibly sexist coverage of Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman, including the NYT devoting a 1,000 word article to Fiorina’s off-hand comment about her opponent’s hair, and calling Whitman her “BFF”.

    Lastly, in response to the continual need of commenters to defend the “artistic” use of blackface, I write a point-by-point guide to determining if blackface is offensive, and challenge them to compare the instance they’re defending against my proposed criteria.

  16. K__
    K__ June 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm |

    Statistics and FSD (part 1of 2) – part 1 in a planned 2-part series in which I examine famously controversial journal articles about the prevalence of female sexual dysfunction.

  17. Laurel
    Laurel June 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm |

    I wrote about a news story on pinatas shaped as strippers and how the media framed it as problematic, not because images of barely clothed women were being beaten with sticks for sport, but because children were able to see the pinatas from their cars.

  18. Nancy Green
    Nancy Green June 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm |

    Don’t take it personal, but your kind is not welcome. It is better to turn away one customer than risk losing ten. The luxury of being in the majority is never dealing with these situations, it’s not their problem. What happens when you’re out with friends and you don’t want to be a bother? Just go home?

    It’s our own Yankee Mardi Gras, a celebration of nature in the middle of the city. Behind the strip mall is a hidden sanctuary, a poisoned pond.

  19. JG
    JG June 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm |

    This week on Imagine Today, I wrote:
    <a href=""&lt; Play Nice! A post about communicating effectivley within movements and with friends.
    The End of Something In response to The Atlantic’s piece entitled “The End of Men.”
    More than Just Semantics About the feminist label, and whether or not I felt comfortable claiming it.

  20. Renee
    Renee June 13, 2010 at 12:13 pm |

    Sunday Shame: It’s Not Waste if the Bottle is Empty Edition: If you are the type to put the milk back into the fridge with only a teaspoon of milk this post is for you.

    Dear White Feminists Stop Erasing my Womanism: Looking at the differences between feminism and womanism and why it is important to acknowledge womanism as a valid part of women’s organizing.

    My Disabled Body: Looking at why pieces about disability receive less commentary.

    Too Disabled To See Your Children: A woman loses visitation rights when her husband decides that her disability is too damaging for her children.

    Claudia Schiffer Makes Blackface Fashionable: Looking at how Blackface is once again being excused because the intent was not to be offensive.

    Kola Boof talks about how the term golddigger is attached to Black women by Black men in an expression of internalized racism and sexism, while not perceiving White women as non-threatening. She then goes on to examine the language women use to speak to each other.

    Helen Thomas Reties: Does a fight against injustice really mean the end of Israel?

  21. Dominique
    Dominique June 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm |

    The meaning of Debrahlee Lorenzana vs The Beauty Bias: “Ugly”? You’re fired. Too “hot”? You’re fired. Not you, sir: her over there.

    Don’t assume/how could you not know, in which you can’t possibly think you’re all that, but you should have known what he was thinking.

  22. Bianca Reagan
    Bianca Reagan June 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm |

    I wrote posts!

    “This should be on TLC!!” , about Marlee Matlin’s YouTube project.

    “Everything from China is tainted with communism”? , about learning Mandarin in California middle schools.

    It sounds like a older version of The Real World,
    , about Melissa Rycroft’s new show on ABC.

    Marky Mark needs to work on his apology skills. , about Mark Wahlberg’s appearance on the MTV Movie Awards.


  23. Amelia
    Amelia June 13, 2010 at 12:27 pm |

    I’m waiting to cheer on Germany, also. :)

    At Female Impersonator, I wrote a post about using women’s bodies to advertise/sell men’s sporting events (in this case, the world cup). I think this may turn into a short series, as I have another related post planned.

  24. Jesurgislac
    Jesurgislac June 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm |

    I wrote about the senior pastor of Colonial Hills Baptist Church, Indianapolis: Pastor Chuck Phelps has sincere love for rapists (One of the rape victims Chuck Phelps used to have blamed and sent away, finally had the courage to come forward and tell her story…)

    I wrote We are unarmed. We are no threat to you. Please do not shoot. about the many victims of the conflict in Israel, and how the many unarmed Palestinians who are killed by Israeli security forces are simply ignored by the Western media.

    I also wrote Privacy Matters, about Yahoo’s making their new social network opt-out rather than opt-in (so that anyone who has a yahoo mail account may find that things they think they’ve posted privately are in fact being broadcast across the Internet).

  25. Kjen
    Kjen June 13, 2010 at 12:34 pm |

    Coming to Terms with Your Date Rapist
    In which I review a media representation of the after math of attempted rape which does not result in arrests, trial or jail time for attacker.

  26. Kjen
    Kjen June 13, 2010 at 12:50 pm |

    Notes on a [Chris Brown] Scandal
    where i contemplate a count down to forgive r&b singer Chris Brown, basically i consider when or if the public will ever “forgive” Chris Brown for his crime.

  27. Clara
    Clara June 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm |

    This week at f/law: “Honey, I poked holes in all the condoms”

  28. Dina
    Dina June 13, 2010 at 12:54 pm |

    A look into whether or not interfaith marriages have a greater likelihood of divorce.

  29. Comrade Kevin
    Comrade Kevin June 13, 2010 at 12:57 pm |

    A post which somehow manages to link Feminism, personal anecdote, religion, and love into one concise package.

    Standing Knee Deep in a River and Dying of Thirst

  30. A.I.R. Gallery
    A.I.R. Gallery June 13, 2010 at 1:17 pm |

    A.I.R. Gallery would like to share our participation on

    The majority of women artists in the late 1960’s had few places to exhibit their art. In response to this problem, a group of women artists founded A.I.R. (Artists in Residence) in 1972. It was the first cooperative for women artists in the United States. The goal of the gallery has been to provide a professional and permanent exhibition space for women artists to show work of quality and diversity.

    We are promoting our Open A.I.R. program which gives all women artists and art professionals the chance to have their curatorial vision realized at A.I.R.
    Please visit our site at
    and consider donating to this wonderful cause.

  31. April
    April June 13, 2010 at 1:17 pm |

    Me and Danny debunk some idiotic lists found on Cosmo and AskMen.

  32. AaronJM
    AaronJM June 13, 2010 at 1:36 pm |

    “This Month in Abortion,” “Screw Change, We Want Revolution!” and “Dismantling the War Machine: Queer Eye for the War Guy” and many more!! Join us at for the most clean and crisp queer feminist marxist news & culture analysis on the web today! Peace, all.

  33. RMJ
    RMJ June 13, 2010 at 1:56 pm |

    This week at Deeply Problematic:

    Recently ordained trans rabbi Reuben Zellman.

    The danger and promise of first person in feminist discourse.

    A sexist ad for a beer/wine festival in my area.

    Positive portrayals of women with disabilities in the webcomic Questionable Content.

  34. TwistedMusing
    TwistedMusing June 13, 2010 at 2:00 pm |

    I wrote about the HSS Advisory Committee and their vote to continue the ban on gay men giving blood.

    I also wrote about Arkansas Mayor Al Kreiger comments about DADT.

    These are some of my first blog posts, so please be forgiving if I made any glaring errors.

  35. JetGirl
    JetGirl June 13, 2010 at 2:01 pm |

    A question of ethics: can a math instructor really expect students to give him an honest evaluation if said evaluation is stapled to the final? And both final and eval are handwritten?

  36. EvilSlutClique
    EvilSlutClique June 13, 2010 at 2:11 pm |

    This week in Evil Slutopia:

    We discovered a great way to legitimately hate Twilight without actually having to read it: Alex Reads Twilight So We Don’t Have To.

    We apologized to our readers for never writing about vajazzling: Alas, we have failed you.

    In anticipation of the True Blood season premiere, we took a look a some of our favorite Vampire Love Triangles and gave tips on How to Kill a Vampire.

  37. whatsername
    whatsername June 13, 2010 at 2:12 pm |

    This week at The Jaded Hippy I wrote a “take-down” in response to an article in Bitch magazine about Dan Savage by self-describe “gender whiz” Bree Kessler: Love It/Shove It?: Dan Savage Can Shove It.

  38. Daniel
    Daniel June 13, 2010 at 2:15 pm |

    Partially in light of the hubbub around the Lynn Hirschberg interview, I wrote about M.I.A.’s controversial video “Born Free” and what it means to take her politics seriously:

  39. Gender Across Borders
    Gender Across Borders June 13, 2010 at 3:11 pm |

    This week on Gender Across Borders:

    Roundup of the Women Deliver conference on maternal and women’s reproductive health.

    A woman’s murder at the University of Virgnia and the damaging attitude that “boys will be boys”

    A bittersweet farewell to columnist Helen Thomas

    The global feminism of imprisoned U.S. activist Sarah Shourd

  40. WoodTurtle
    WoodTurtle June 13, 2010 at 4:10 pm |

    In my area, religious observance of the veil and the rights of the accused arebeing debated in a sexual assault case, and I talk about some of the perceived challenges of breastfeeding in public while wearing hijab that I’ve experienced.

  41. Chally
    Chally June 13, 2010 at 4:54 pm |

    Now, Germany-Australia. Who are you cheering on? (I will alienate half of the Feministe blogging team when I admit: GERMANY!!).

    Oh, Jill. Ohhhhhhhhhh, Jill.

  42. twistedpyxie
    twistedpyxie June 13, 2010 at 5:02 pm |

    I wrote about not using the word ‘bisexual’ because being out is nothing to do with my sex life.

  43. Melanie Klein
    Melanie Klein June 13, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  44. Chally
    Chally June 13, 2010 at 5:58 pm |

    *runs off and cries* Cara, where are you when I need yoooooooouuuuuu?

    1. Cara
      Cara June 13, 2010 at 8:38 pm |

      Oh god, someone wants me to talk about soccer? WOOOOOOOO AUSTRALIA!!!! I lived there, so I’m biased! Also, Australia is better, so IN YOUR FACE!

      Does that help?

  45. SnowdropExplodes
    SnowdropExplodes June 13, 2010 at 6:03 pm |

    This week, I wrote about another round of frustration in challenging patriarchy – this time homophobic language. (The mods and acceptable use terms of that online space may technically have been on my side, but it didn’t help much!)

    I also celebrated Diane Abbott’s nomination for Labour Party Leader – she may be the rank outsider in most people’s reckoning, but I like having hope in the meantime. I’m almost tempted to join the party just so I can vote for her!

  46. sexgenderbody
    sexgenderbody June 13, 2010 at 6:33 pm |

    This week at SexGenderBody:

    Beyond Meds takes issue with left’s neglect of people who have been psychiatrized in Attention liberals and feminists.

    Two South African bloggers address attempts to institute censorship, install theocracy and repeal human rights. ptaguy addresses using Porn as justification in Fundamentalist Christians & Your Porn and Christina Engela goes after theocratic intolerance in Puppet Electorate.

    James Turnbull returns, posting The Gender Politics of Smoking in South Korea: Part 2.

    LaPrincipessa posts a great send-up on political correctness in Feminist Rules – A Recap.

    jolie du pre addresses the overlap in misogyny, racism and religious intolerance in Teacher Let Go For Having Sexual Intercourse Out Of Wedlock; What’s the Real Reason?.

    the gay love coach talks about moral and choices in dating in Getting Down & Dirty With Your Dating Values.

  47. queerunity
    queerunity June 13, 2010 at 6:33 pm |

    Arizona Mayor Doesn’t Want “Lacy-Drawered, Limp-Wristed” Gays in Military

    Ban Left-Handed Marriage

    St. Pete’s Florida Gay Pride Ads Rejected by Major Billboard Company

    Will Part of the Trans Community Go Extinct?

  48. Spilt Milk
    Spilt Milk June 13, 2010 at 7:04 pm |

    At my blog: Blaming the Mother and Other Plot Devices and also on motherhood, a guest post on yummy mummies (and those who are not) as well as some navel gazing reflections on blogging about feminist motherhood and fat acceptance: What is a blog?

  49. MeghanElaine
    MeghanElaine June 13, 2010 at 7:15 pm |

    Hello y’all, I wrote a sort-of analysis of gender in the new Alice in Wonderland just because I thought it was intriguing. I’d love it if people would give me their takes on the subject. The post is here:

    I also link to Gender Without Borders’ post on the subject within. :)

  50. Guy's Guide
    Guy's Guide June 13, 2010 at 7:33 pm |

    We just had an amazing series on safewords and antiviolence! Check out how we apply BDSM protocols to everyday prevention of violence and trigger management here.

  51. Sally Jordan
    Sally Jordan June 13, 2010 at 8:27 pm |

    Hello! My name is Sally Jordan, I’m 17, and I started a blog about feminism/other social issues and my take on them as a young feminist. I’d REALLY like some feedback from experienced bloggers!

    This week I wrote about Buffy, ‘no homo’, and the Lady Gaga penis rumors!

    Please let me know what you think!

  52. Chally
    Chally June 13, 2010 at 8:53 pm |

    Yes. Yes, it does. :P

  53. BookishBeemer
    BookishBeemer June 13, 2010 at 8:53 pm |

    Period A post about periods. It’s a series of statements about having a menstrual cycle. (Potentially NSFW)

    How to be a feminist, generally good roommate.

    Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter!

  54. Dominique
    Dominique June 13, 2010 at 9:05 pm |

    Being a reward is not so rewarding (inspired by a “Is sleep the new sex?” article, with the answer “yes”): Women as the opiate of manhood

  55. MandyV
    MandyV June 13, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  56. Feminist Review
    Feminist Review June 13, 2010 at 10:08 pm |

    The makers of The Killer Inside Me know their anti-hero is a personality void, so they accentuate violence, like real misogynists. This can’t hide the littleness of the man, or how empty the movie is.

    In Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists, editors Courtney E. Martin and J. Courtney Sullivan present twenty-nine essays by young feminists from all walks of life with the intention “to collage together a picture of contemporary young feminists…to discover what it is that still brings a diversity of young people to try on the feminist label despite the obvious risks.” The collection they’ve compiled is inspiring, insightful, and funny in all the right places, and I had to resist the urge to shout, “Preach on!” as I read it.

    I went to the launch event for Catherine Redfern and Kristin Aune’s book Reclaiming the F Word at The University Women’s Club…I discovered it is a private members club in Mayfair, and perhaps an unusual place to host a gathering of rowdy young feminists! Slightly pleased I’d worn a nice frock for the occasion, I set off from work to catch the tube to Green Park and finally meet a woman I’ve admired for a long time.

  57. queen emily
    queen emily June 13, 2010 at 11:05 pm |

    Oh Cara, barracking for the Australian football team only leads to heartache. The only sports we’re good at are cricket, rugby, swimming and of course women’s aerial skiing.

  58. Becky
    Becky June 13, 2010 at 11:26 pm |

    This week at Happy Bodies:

    No Woman No Cry: In the United States, we have our own shameful statistics: we rank 41st in the world in maternal mortality, despite spending more than any other country on health care.

    How We Survive: A student-created survivor support publication.

    Manly Men (lol): Why is traditional masculinity so funny sometimes?

  59. Matt
    Matt June 13, 2010 at 11:32 pm |

    Australian or not: They’re called the “socceroos.” That’s simply unsupportable cheese.

  60. Angelia Sparrow
    Angelia Sparrow June 13, 2010 at 11:49 pm |

    Hypericon a writer-heavy convention was last weekend. I dressed as my own character from Kerlak’s upcoming Dreams of Steam steampunk anthology.

    I am asked an interesting question.

  61. Tasha Fierce
    Tasha Fierce June 14, 2010 at 12:57 am |

    Feminist Does Not Mean “Strong Woman” – an essay on why the conservative feminist movement needs to find its own language

    Tiptoeing Around Helen Thomas – why we need honest and open conversations about Israeli policy.

  62. Helen
    Helen June 14, 2010 at 1:33 am |

    According to the Australian national broadcaster, a professor in the Deep North of Australia reckons feminism is to blame for a rise in female violence. I blog about it. Then the professor states on a different blog that he never said anything about feminism being to blame for violence, in other words, that was a beatup by the journalist. I emailed the news outlet responsible, but no-one is answering so far.

  63. Atheling
    Atheling June 14, 2010 at 12:03 pm |

    Day late, but I had family stuff this weekend, so: a post talking about ways we approach cooking; and one about a disturbing advert I saw on a bus.

  64. Charlotte
    Charlotte June 14, 2010 at 12:11 pm |

    This isn’t shameless self-promotion, but I guess maybe the shameless promotion of someone who isn’t good at promotion: a blogger, Cluegirl, who I read regularly, mostly posts personal stories etc. but often has some great observations on gender and particularly sexual practice. This week she wrote a great little article called “Vanilla Privilege” about the tendency of others to make some weird distinctions between their sex and her sex. This was an eye-opener for me, who had long looked at BDSM as just a space for rape fantasies and fake empowerment.

  65. Heather
    Heather June 14, 2010 at 6:37 pm |

    A post comparing how queer teens are represented in Dawson’s Creek and Glee…

  66. Heather
    Heather June 14, 2010 at 6:40 pm |

    Sorry if I double post.

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