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Chally is a student by day, a freelance writer by night, a scary, scary feminist all the time, and a voracious reader whenever she has a spare moment. She also blogs at Zero at the Bone. Full bio here.
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  1. JennieSue
    JennieSue March 27, 2011 at 3:05 am |

    I really loved the posts that I found on here last week. Hope these are of interest to some of you.
    This week I wrote about discrimination against men, and why instances of anti-men discrimination are actually anti-feminist.

    This led to me also writing about whether it’s time to move on from the word feminist.

  2. JennieSue
    JennieSue March 27, 2011 at 3:08 am |

    I’m really sorry, those links didn’t work. Trying again;
    anti-men examples are actually anti-feminist.
    time to move on from the word feminist

  3. Nora
    Nora March 27, 2011 at 3:31 am |


    Bisexuals aren’t necessarily attracted to just two genders.

    The Anatomy of a Slur” (the difference between being systematically oppressed and just insulted).


    Refuting “feminists just want to make all women victims” crap.

    This is how oppression works, Part 90998390837409873985793284958739:” using misogynistic slurs to shame women *gasp* perpetuates the patriarchy. Even if you’re a woman and a feminist.

    On the social justice community’s really frustrating tendency to use violent rhetoric: “Hey There, Can You Maybe Watch Your Language?

    This is How Oppression Works, Part 213948712309847129.” (“Oppression does not just systematically attack the oppressed, it endangers the oppressors. It makes your rights, your value as a person, and your safety conditional on how well you fit an arbitrary criteria. And that puts you in a pretty precarious situation, no matter how privileged you may be.”)

  4. Quiet Riot Girl
    Quiet Riot Girl March 27, 2011 at 3:55 am |

    I took on the neuroscientists and their essentialist views on sex and gender identity, via Lady Gaga’s Born This Way:

    <a href=”''Sex, Lies And Neuroscience:Fact checking Lady Gaga

  5. Quiet Riot Girl
    Quiet Riot Girl March 27, 2011 at 4:22 am |

    sorry bad link hope this works! My post on Neuroscience, essentialism and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way!

    Sex, Lies And Neuroscience:Fact checking Lady Gaga

  6. Rainicorn
    Rainicorn March 27, 2011 at 6:43 am |

    In which I read and review Susan Faludi’s “Backlash”: Backlash: 20 Years On

    In which I consider the emotional resonance of cheesy music, and confess my love of two extremely terrible songs: Cheesy Songs, Strong Emotions

  7. Rainicorn
    Rainicorn March 27, 2011 at 7:05 am |

    Sheesh, why can none of us do HTML today? I will try again.

    Backlash: 20 Years On

    Cheesy Songs, Strong Emotions

  8. Nancy Green
    Nancy Green March 27, 2011 at 7:40 am |

    Dr. Laura Gallagher, marriage expert from GLUM, tells you how to reupholster that tired old relationship, and make hubby look better with just three little words. Blame the Gays.

    Can This Marriage be Saved?

  9. Nancy Green
    Nancy Green March 27, 2011 at 7:45 am |

    Our local gay rights group, GLAD, made a commercial about marriage and I’m in it. I’m so excited!

    It’s Time

  10. Literata
    Literata March 27, 2011 at 7:47 am |

    This week, I wrote a three-part series that takes Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog as a starting point for examining ethics, health care, social policy, and compassion fatigue, especially in light of a new study which reveals startling disparities in the diabetes rate on a county-by-county basis.

    Act I: Dr. Horrible

    Act II: The Diabetes Belt is for Superheroes!

    Act III: Paging Nurse Empathy

  11. Consider the Tea Cosy
    Consider the Tea Cosy March 27, 2011 at 8:42 am |

    This week I wrote about the very real connections between genes, iron, the plague and me.

  12. Nahida
    Nahida March 27, 2011 at 8:50 am |

    This post is aimed at a Muslim audience. It’s debunking sexism and many methods of sexism that are “justified religiously” within the Muslim community in just two paragraphs.

  13. Nahida
    Nahida March 27, 2011 at 9:01 am |

    Messed up on the link, here it is.

  14. Rebecca Kling
    Rebecca Kling March 27, 2011 at 9:08 am |

    Speaking to power – My experience lobbying for ENDA with the National Center for Transgender Equality

    Review: Bum Buddies ‘Tease My Tush’ – Silly name, fun toy!

    Fantasy and Reality – The world we live in is sometimes less scary than we imagine it to be

  15. Tinfoil Hatman
    Tinfoil Hatman March 27, 2011 at 9:10 am |
  16. Comrade Kevin
    Comrade Kevin March 27, 2011 at 9:30 am |

    I wrote about my own conflicted feelings about Geraldine Ferraro in
    Geraldine Ferraro’s Mixed Legacy

  17. Maureen O'Danu
    Maureen O'Danu March 27, 2011 at 9:41 am |

    At my “in between the rants” blog about home and books and culture, I wrote This is What a Happy Feminist Looks Like . Then, over at my feminist and political blog I posted Five Tips on Raising a Feminist Son. I want to say again how much I appreciate these threads for those of us just starting (or restarting) our blogs.

  18. AVS
    AVS March 27, 2011 at 10:01 am |

    Hi everyone! Just a couple new posts over at Once Again, to Zelda:
    We Need to Talk About Lolita
    Another installment of Friday Fiction: a list of books that make one glad not to be on vacation
    Have a great week!

  19. Denise
    Denise March 27, 2011 at 10:07 am |

    Okay, will where one of this week’s entries…

    Fried Day (not so) Funny


  20. Tori
    Tori March 27, 2011 at 10:24 am |

    I talked a little bit about why I practice asana.

    I finished up front core discussion with variations on a bridge and moved into oblique anatomy.

    Then my period came and is proceeding to kick my butt uterus, so I started an intermittent MenstroMonster series with dragon and some lateral bending.

  21. Serena
    Serena March 27, 2011 at 10:28 am |

    Lots of women’s history posts this week.

    Bio of Mary Robinson, poet, actress, and sexpot

    Bio of feminist auther bell hooks

    Bio of Congresswoman Barbara Jordan


  22. Jessica Isabel
    Jessica Isabel March 27, 2011 at 10:32 am |

    This week I wrote about why I always play the female character in video games.

  23. Jane (For Books' Sake)
    Jane (For Books' Sake) March 27, 2011 at 10:36 am |

    For Books’ Sake interviewed erotic fiction author Kristina Lloyd on BDSM, sexual fantasy, writing erotica and whether feminism is compatible with kink.

  24. ppazaction
    ppazaction March 27, 2011 at 10:47 am |

    Get interesting sex ed tidbits about herpes

    The last in our series about Margaret Sanger’s life in Tucson

  25. Quiet Riot Girl
    Quiet Riot Girl March 27, 2011 at 10:59 am |

    Final attempt at correct HTML link to my post on neuroscience, essentialism, and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way!

    Sex, Lies And Neuroscience:Fact checking Lady Gaga

  26. bad ass desi queer
    bad ass desi queer March 27, 2011 at 11:23 am |

    we are awesome.

  27. SnowdropExplodes
    SnowdropExplodes March 27, 2011 at 11:30 am |

    This week, I wrote about:

    Inspired by Maymay’s criticism, some of the ways in which kink social networking site Fetlife lets kinky folks down

    Some musings on various things abot how I go about writing fiction.

    Inspired by Clarisse Thorn’s post and subsequent comment thread, dating, Pick-Up Artistry and my personal standards.

  28. Molly Bandit
    Molly Bandit March 27, 2011 at 11:41 am |

    this week on Booster Pack:

    I take a look at ableism in the Outsider Music fandom.

    On a lighter note, here’s the curious case of Rebecca Black

  29. Suzan
    Suzan March 27, 2011 at 11:42 am |

    I spent a lot of time reading and writing about the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire:
    The Centennial Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

  30. JetGirl
    JetGirl March 27, 2011 at 11:43 am |

    Why did a student fail geometry? It’s not what one might think:
    And what happens when that problem gets resolved:

  31. Antoinette
    Antoinette March 27, 2011 at 11:46 am |

    Deficit Reduction Lies: The House GOP Leadership’s War on Women’s Health and Contraception.

    Check out the new NARAL Pro-Choice WA online newsletter: A Few Choice Words – NARAL Pro-Choice Washington and our Health Care Reform Anniversary Edition:

  32. Suzan
    Suzan March 27, 2011 at 11:47 am |

    Well my attempt at making it look nice didn’t work out. I’ll study my html book a bit more and try to figure out what I did wrong.

    I spent a lot of time reading and writing about the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire:

  33. KateC
    KateC March 27, 2011 at 12:09 pm |

    I Stand with Planned Parenthood I attended the Planned Parenthood rally in Ann Arbor yesterday, and here’s the blog post I wrote about it.

  34. Everett Maroon
    Everett Maroon March 27, 2011 at 12:13 pm |

    I wrote about the very big trans fail from Equality Maryland as the state looks at gender identity or expression protections:

    …and the broader scope of how marriage equality and trans protections have been hurting queers overall:

  35. K__
    K__ March 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm |

    Shorties II – A series of short, mostly unrelated posts that on their own were not long enough to constitute blog entries of their own. Divided we are weak, together we are strong! The common theme of all the shorties is female sexual dysfunction.

  36. Marsha
    Marsha March 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm |

    Help your children explore issues of war and peace with picture books like these:

    How can we teach our kids to think critically & independently when that’s “not allowed”?

  37. Miguel Bloomfontosis
    Miguel Bloomfontosis March 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm |

    I discuss “Pick Up Artists” in ethical pick up artistry and the shit test.

  38. Faith
    Faith March 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm |

    Vetting Men Series #4: Common Values Trumps Race

    AA Legacy Series Spotlight: Betty Davis & Alice Coltrane

    Jalen Rose Is An Idiot: Two Parent Black Families Are Not “Uncle Toms”

  39. Carla Fran
    Carla Fran March 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm |

    This week I took on Sucker Punch, and the Privilege Denying Dude logic that protects its makers from needing to explain themselves.

  40. Faith
    Faith March 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm |

    Travel And Teach In Spain

    Channeling The Wisdom Found In Jane Austen’s Books

    If Some Of Our Elders Wish To Speak Again We Are Ready To Listen

  41. RenKiss
    RenKiss March 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm |

    I did a post on female camaraderie within the yaoi fan subculture, after coming across a thesis on how it’s a place for female bonding.

    Boys Love Fandom and Female Camaraderie

  42. Maggie
    Maggie March 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm |

    My favorite new blog is by a feminist freelance writer living in Beijing. She explores a lot of topics but my favorite post this week is about raising three Hapa girls in China.

    “The Script Offered to Little Girls: “You are here to take care of other people, be pretty, demonstrate worth through aristocratic complexion, and oh yeah your body is like money in the bank.”

  43. figleaf
    figleaf March 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm |

    On gender myths and feminism for men
    If Oxytocin is the “Love” Hormone, and Only Women Have Oxytocin, Why Do Men So Often Get Sticky After Even One-Night Stands? | Figleaf’s Real Adult Sex I’m welcoming answers to two questions in comments. Also, while I may not have time to post about it this week but I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that the whole macho “you poke her you own her” meme is a really terrible coping mechanism for male mawkishness in the face of the social construction of masculinity. That post would either enhance or supersede… If Men Are Great Hulking Indifferent Brutes Why Do They Want Partners Who’ll Make Them Feel Special… The Wrong Way

    My bogus Two Rules of Desire post continues to attract links. The latest entry in the series is The No-Sex Class and Paying For Sex By Paying For Dinner and Flowers

    I didn’t self-promote shamelessly last week so I’m embarrassingly promoting it this week: Why I Prefer Feminist Mormon Housewives to Man-Hating, Anti-Feminist Laura Schlessinger Any Day (It picked up a lot of links, retweets, and a Stumbledupon.)


  44. Amber
    Amber March 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm |

    A review of the documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, a look at a woman whose drive keeps her in the spotlight.

    A preview of the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, which premieres tonight!

    A guest post on “The Most Insulting Movie Ever Made” – The Blind Side – from the blog Rage Against the Man-chine.

  45. Angus Johnston
    Angus Johnston March 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm |

    The Good Men Project, which has been getting a lot of link love in the feminist blogosphere recently, has been ginning up traffic this week with a fake, racist map of world penis sizes. When the ickiness of this was pointed out to them, they responded by putting up a link to the penis-enlargement scammer who made up the numbers.


  46. z
    z March 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm |

    I just wrote a post about why I’m in favor of efforts to expand definitions of beauty even though they can reinforce the problematic emphasis on beauty as source of self-worth.

  47. Anna Louie Sussman
    Anna Louie Sussman March 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm |

    Perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I was still taken aback by the repulsive callousness and victim-blaming of the Libyan government spokesman after Eman al-Obaidy escaped government custody and attempted to tell reporters about her experience there.

    Assclown of the Day: Victim-blaming Libyan govt spokesman

  48. Millicent
    Millicent March 27, 2011 at 3:27 pm |

    I wrote a long (but worthwhile, I promise!) post on Lady Mary Wortley Montagu for the History Carnival. She was the first European woman who went to the Turkish Empire and wrote about how the Turkish baths were like a “woman’s coffee-house.” She wrote extensively in defense of the veil, eyebrow-shaping, etc. She brought back the smallpox vaccine. She is delightful, she is awesome, and everyone should know about her.

  49. Reader Question #27: The intern is pregnant and doesn’t want to tell the bosses, which would be cool, except we work with toxic stuff in a chemical research lab. «

    […] safety | Leave a comment » Normally about this time I’d be posting links to the Shameless Self Promotion Sunday thread, but it looks like that won’t be necessary this week. Welcome Feministe and Manboobz […]

  50. Annalytica
    Annalytica March 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm |

    Sally Outen on the Lashings of Ginger Beer bloghas written a post responding to some common defences of the right to use slurs:
    Watch your language

  51. Michael Hussey
    Michael Hussey March 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm |

    I posted this picture of Florida Gov. Rick Scott. I have never seen a more cartoonishly evil looking person in my life.

  52. Michelle
    Michelle March 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  53. Dominique
    Dominique March 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm |

    Does the corner office need a makeover more than women do? Redefining success.

  54. Women's Voices for Change
    Women's Voices for Change March 27, 2011 at 5:40 pm |

    I always love looking at the links people post – definitely some great ones, also can’t wait to catch Mildred Pierce at some point soon!

    This week, WVFC:

    – chose a video to remember Geraldine Ferraro by
    – wrote a book review recommending Shit My Dad Says for moms
    – and a guest post from dancer Nina Haft

  55. Delilah
    Delilah March 27, 2011 at 6:01 pm |

    In London, we marched in our thousands, protesting against government cuts. Wonderful moments for solidarity among women and people!

  56. Femin Ijtihad
    Femin Ijtihad March 27, 2011 at 6:57 pm |

    At Femin Ijtihad, we praise the New York Times’ special feature on the perspectives of young Muslim activists:, highlight the efforts of Indian Muslim women to achieve greater legal equality: and proudly announce that we are to be represented by Marge O’Leary at the Clinton Global Initiative:

  57. Simplejewel
    Simplejewel March 27, 2011 at 7:01 pm |

    I took on rape culture for all the haters and naysayers out there.


  58. Natalie
    Natalie March 27, 2011 at 7:32 pm |

    Good evening, fellow feminists!

    I’ll be honest: It was nearly 80 degrees (26 C) and sunny this week in Charlotte, NC. There was afternoon boozing in the sunshine. The weather was lovely and has already turned back to cold. So this week? This week blogging over at Flâneur in the City was light, short and sometimes fluffy. Here’s a few quick hits:

    (TW for mention of victim blaming) A visual reminder: Amazing protest poster making the Internet rounds this week of a checklist against blaming victims of rape.

    Did you know there’s a print magazine on blogging? Seriously.

    David Bowie was all over the place this week. And I do love that lad insane. You know you do too.

    Women make less then men. This is not new, but it still pisses me off. Especially at 1 a.m. when I am grouchy.

  59. MissaA
    MissaA March 27, 2011 at 7:50 pm |


    This week I ranted at My Fellow Privileged Feminists

    I posted some quick thoughts on the upcoming Canadian election, and on women partisans being totally ignored by a BBC documentary.

    Also, “The Harper Government” is now a meme! Check it out!

  60. Sarah
    Sarah March 27, 2011 at 11:05 pm |

    This week I wondered whether asking for help to move pianos made me a bad feminist.

  61. Feminist Headbanger
    Feminist Headbanger March 27, 2011 at 11:29 pm |

    Bystander Racism

    I wrote about the politics of being a person of color in the metal scene, and how white folks can’t just sit back and think of racism in the scene as someone else’s problem.

  62. Melanie
    Melanie March 28, 2011 at 12:18 am |

    This post inspired Sheby Knox to start a petition + Gearbox CEO, Randy Pitchfor, responded to RachelO, the author of this post at Feminist Fatale:
    Rants of a Gamer Girl: Duke Nukem – Smack My Chick Up

    The Gap Vows to Be “Always Skinny”:

  63. April
    April March 28, 2011 at 12:18 am |

    I posted a few videos I’ve come across that I really enjoyed, like: Ralph Nader being interviewed by Riz Khan, and one called Washington Burger, which is pretty funny. Also, my absolute favorite I’m-Really-Pissed-Off song.

    I went on an epic Facebook rant around 4 AM this morning. I pasted it on the blog, since it was certainly long enough.

    Also, after reading that short and stupid “obesity is like shortness and so it’s not offensive” story, or whatever, I had to respond. Ugh.

    An open thread/link roundup (I love link roundups!)

    And finally, how do you differentiate between punishment and justice?

  64. Alex Leidy
    Alex Leidy March 28, 2011 at 1:45 am |

    Dammit, Scott Adams

    Dilbert was a big formative influence for me, so I couldn’t help responding to Scott Adams’ recent misogynistic spree.

  65. Samantha
    Samantha March 28, 2011 at 10:02 am |

    Nalo Hopkinson spoke at a science fiction symposium at the University of South Florida this past week. She spoke about the low numbers of female science fiction writers, which I structured my posting for the week around, though I also question whether we ourselves are propogating our absence from the genre by writing under male pseudonyms.

    USF Sci-Fi Symposium: Women Who Write Science Fiction

  66. transfeminisms
    transfeminisms March 29, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
    (the goal of this site is to provide a visibility space for writings on Transfeminism and Feminism.)

  67. Inspiritual
    Inspiritual March 29, 2011 at 11:15 pm |

    So until I start my new spiritual writing intensive on april 1  — I am just doing the two entries per week – so in Inspiritual Reflections I wrote about how we stop needing to performing and acting in other people’s roles for our lives and be ourselves in No more casting calls —
    In the Zenful Kitchen, I wrote about how things like classes and cookbooks are awesome teachers, but that is just that – at some point we become brave enough to step forward in faith and build on what we have been taught by our teachers. So I ask the question — Are you ready to go through the door —
    feel free to join in on the inspiritual conversations and if you write anything spiritual and would like to share it, you can do so at
    in the words of meg christian — great wisdom through painful experience is an inside job

  68. Hannah
    Hannah April 3, 2011 at 3:15 pm |

    I finished up my series on class & culture in England (parts 1 and 2) – this time on how the welfare state, and the unprecedented social mobility it allowed, confuses how we think about class. (Series soundtracked by Frank Turner, PJ Harvey and Billy Bragg, because if you want to talk about Englishness you are contractually obliged to bring Mr Bragg into it somewhere.)

    And complained about my colleagues assuming that mental illness = punchy violence. And talked about getting felt up on the tube.

  69. Queering The Feminist Lens
    Queering The Feminist Lens April 4, 2011 at 2:15 am |

    A little late but: On performing in The Vagina Monologues, and being inspired to look and touch.

  70. Antoinette
    Antoinette April 5, 2011 at 3:41 am |

    Check out “The Military’s Rape and Sexual Assault Epidemic”

    at RH Reality Check

  71. Antoinette
    Antoinette April 5, 2011 at 3:43 am |

    Check out “The Fiscal Irresponsibility of Anti-Choice Politicians: More Lies about the Budget”

    NARAL Pro-Choice Washington’s Blog – A Few Choice Words:

  72. Antoinette
    Antoinette April 5, 2011 at 3:46 am |

    Antiwar radio with Scott Horton


    You can listen to the program at:

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