Yearly Archives: 2011

On Change and Accountability: A Response to Clarisse Thorn

This is a guest post by Maia.

Dear Clarisse

Towards the end of your post On Change and Accountability you asked a question.

Did you expect your readers to answer no? Continue reading

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Filming Against Odds: Undocumented Youth “Come Out” With Their Dreams

By Anne Galisky, cross-posted at On The Issues Magazine.

“Papers”is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status. More than two million undocumented children live in the U.S. today, most with no path to obtain citizenship. These are youth who were born outside the U.S. and yet know only the U.S. as home. The film highlights five undocumented youth who are “American” in every sense but their legal paperwork. Continue reading

Posted in Art, Class, Discrimination, Feminism, Immigration, Media & Media Literacy, Popular Culture, Poverty, Race & Ethnicity, Racism | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Well this is terrifying.

Even as they advocate for limited government, many of the Republican presidential candidates hold expansive views about the scope of the executive powers they would wield if elected — including the ability to authorize the targeted killing of United States citizens they deem threats and to launch military attacks without Congressional permission.

Sure, yeah, kill whoever with no oversight or rule of law. I don’t see what could go wrong. Continue reading

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The Gap Between the Rich and the Poor Grows Larger

This is not new, but it’s disturbing: The SSA said 50 percent of workers made less than $26,364 last year — and most Americans have fewer job opportunities available to them. But the wealthiest Americans are relatively unscathed, with those earning $1 million or more jumping 18 percent from 2009. Continue reading

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Ideological zealots: Usually bad news.

The latest battleground in Israel’s struggle over religious extremism […] has the unexpected public face of a blond, bespectacled second-grade girl. She is Naama Margolese, 8, the daughter of American immigrants who are observant modern Orthodox Jews. [She has] become terrified of walking to her elementary school here after ultra-Orthodox men spit on her, insulted her and called her a prostitute because her modest dress did not adhere exactly to their more rigorous dress code. Continue reading

Posted in Discrimination, Gender, Religion | Tagged , | 59 Comments

Vaccinate, please.

Because it’s not just about you: I HAVE chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Three months ago, I underwent an allogeneic stem-cell transplant, in which my wise, 52-year-old white blood cells were replaced by bewildered, low-functioning cells from an anonymous European donor. For the next seven months or so, until those cells mature, I have a newborn’s immunity; I am prey to illnesses like chickenpox, the measles and the flu. Continue reading

Posted in Health | 174 Comments

Manarchist Ryan Gosling

Girl, if you’ve been in progressive politics for long enough, you’ve met this guy.

Posted in Feminism | Tagged | 80 Comments

Merry Christmas!

To all who celebrate, I hope your holiday is very merry. Here is my gift to you.

Posted in Holidays & Celebrations | 9 Comments

A different take on accountability

We screwed up in allowing the interview with Hugo Schwyzer to be published. This was a mistake not because guest bloggers on Feministe aren’t allowed to have differing opinions or even differing values than the rest of the crowd–hell, that’s part of the value of bringing in new voices. But we don’t see Feministe as an appropriate venue for the rehabilitation of a figure with Schwyzer’s history (and, for that matter, present). His professed reformation notwithstanding, his history of abuses, his treatment of women in general, his treatment of women of color in particular, and numerous other deeply serious offenses that he himself attests to have created an environment around him that many women–Feministe bloggers included–find threatening, triggering, and/or flat-out despicable. Continue reading

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Maybe you’re better off outside.

Long before I understood concepts like consent or feminism, I understood creepy, and the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” qualified. It’s meant to be a fun, flirty little song, but listen to the lyrics and it’s wrong. “No means no” is clear and classic, and when a guy is that insistent about ignoring boundaries, it’s a sign to get the hell out of there, cold outside or not. Continue reading

Posted in Music | Tagged | 60 Comments

A Goodbye

It has been so long since I’ve produced original content at this blog that you could certainly be forgiven for not realizing I was still here. A goodbye may seem somewhat redundant, but I’m the kind of person who likes closure. Continue reading

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Remembering

This selection of photos of people who passed away in 2011 is beautiful, and will make you cry.

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