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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. Miriam
    Miriam December 4, 2011 at 12:37 pm |

    I wrote a really controversial post about why I oppose the Greek system. Should’ve known this would be a touchy topic. :)

  2. Autumn
    Autumn December 4, 2011 at 12:40 pm |

    I wrote about women’s fear of failure and how it relates to appearance-based anxieties. “Attempts at beauty can be seen as a mark of failure, and that if our sleight-of-hand fails, humiliation waits. … Our accomplishments—jobs, recognition, awards—are things we achieve. Beauty, we’re told, is both an achievement and who we are. It’s both our essence and our goal. We live in this awkward space between the effort of beauty and surrendering to nature’s assignment of it; as long as we treat beauty as both the essence of woman and her fundamental goal, its importance will fester in each of us like mold. The contradiction between achieved beauty and natural beauty sneers at us every time we put on a full face of makeup and still feel lacking, and every time we eschew makeup because it wouldn’t matter anyway. It’s damning to the woman for whom conventional beauty is an ‘achievement,’ and it’s damning to the woman for whom it’s a genetic gift.”

  3. accalmie
    accalmie December 4, 2011 at 12:40 pm |

    I have written two rather personal posts this week: Too Much Information? about male “fauxminists”, intimate heterosexual relationships and dating in the age of Google-Stalking, and why my recent experiences with all of that pissed me off. Second, Pass The Fries, about the long way down 20 years of fat shaming, dieting and very late realiziations.

  4. Tori
    Tori December 4, 2011 at 12:41 pm |

    Put Down the Chips [TW fat shaming] — An open letter to my neighborhood assholes. Also a short post neatly summarizing most of the (unwanted) diet advice I’ve ever received.

    Unwisely: Part 9 [TW relationship abuse] — Watching abuse become a pattern.

    And for folks participating in my Daily Dose of Yoga challenge, the latest installment of suggestions looks at the concepts of non-violence and heart opening.

  5. JetGirl
    JetGirl December 4, 2011 at 12:42 pm |

    High winds and loud snoring can really have an impact on one’s ability to do well on a math test:

  6. Heather
    Heather December 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm |

    I haven’t written a lot for a while, because I broke up with my boyfriend and moved into my first apartment. But I did write a little on moving.
    Hopefully there will be more on the way. I also wrote a little about Intuition through a skeptical lens, but I have bit of a unique viewpoint on it because I used to be Neopagan. Intuition was one of those deep-held beliefs that I had.
    Also last week, I wrote a little on the show Degrassi, I hear a lot of talk about Glee, but this Canadian show hasn’t been talked about.

  7. Marsha
    Marsha December 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm |

    Sometimes good intention has to be enough: an interview with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau:

    Natalie Warne: The power of anonymous extraordinaries:

    Taco Night:how NOT to teach children about “diversity”:

  8. Kathy
    Kathy December 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm |

    More stealthy feminism in pop music.

    I also wrote a short post about classism in liberal circles, specifically in the liberal blogosphere.

  9. Angelia Sparrow
    Angelia Sparrow December 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm |

    Been a quiet week,

    I had a question about character names that blossomed into a second post. Mainly because a certain person decided to mansplain to me about Muslims, because of reading a book with a character named David benEzra. The facebook discussion got interesting too.

    Yuletide Youtube
    is underway. This week’s videos: Soul Cake by sting, Do you Fear What I Fear from The Arkham Carolers and Riu Chiu by the Monkees.

  10. Rainicorn
    Rainicorn December 4, 2011 at 1:18 pm |

    Nobel Prizes vs. Friends – I made my choice…

    Bad Science, Bad Hermeneutics – on postmodernism’s most valuable contribution to intellectual endeavor.

  11. Clarissa
    Clarissa December 4, 2011 at 1:41 pm |

    I respond to a statement made by a reader that it’s so much easier to succeed in the US if you are an immigrant:

    Are people who play video games immature?

    On tolerating barbarity:

    Guilty of ageism:

  12. ABlogofTheirOwn
    ABlogofTheirOwn December 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm |

    VH1 debuted its tawdry new series “Baseball Wives” this week; I tried to even the playing field a bit by spotlighting five amazing women who are married to (or partnered with) big-league ballplayers:

    Further shameless self-promotion, because it was exciting for me: A national baseball writer linked this post and said it was a “breath of fresh air” with none of the self-loathing of watching “Baseball Wives.” Hee!


  13. Nancy Green
    Nancy Green December 4, 2011 at 1:57 pm |

    A church so tiny it could fit on a bus goes nationwide for ‘back of the bus’ bigotry

    Getting 15 Minutes on Google</a

    Hate radio drafts my mother into the War on Christmas

    I Want Peace and Goodwill for Christmas

  14. Rachel
    Rachel December 4, 2011 at 2:17 pm |

    I kicked off the week by talking a little bit about some of the projects I’m hoping to work on in my spare time.

    Then continued the week by talking about being careful about the people you surround yourself with.

    And then wrapped it all up with some introspection into what constitutes an epic fail.

  15. Dominique
    Dominique December 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm |

    A post in which I imagine a job-hunting letter of application from the social media guy at Durex SA. Trigger warning for links.

    My own private zombapocalypse, “Oomblaug Day”. How I illustrated the sexist crappiness of the world without using or knowing the terminology I know today.

    Are boys behind in science? Quick, change the curriculum!

    Inspired by a troll. When other women put down feminism.

  16. Véronique
    Véronique December 4, 2011 at 2:29 pm |

    It’s time for my opinionated list of albums from 2011. And it just so happens that many of my favourite recording artists are women. Who knew?

  17. Hillary Rettig / The Lifelong Activist
    Hillary Rettig / The Lifelong Activist December 4, 2011 at 2:40 pm |

    A big one this week: someone translated Section III of my book The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way (Lantern Books, 2006) into Spanish.

    The Lifelong Activist is a self-help guide for activists and progressives. Part III discusses how to overcome internal barriers to success, including procrastination, perfectionism and blocks. Please tell all your Spanish-speaking friends about it – especially activists and artists and students.

    Download here:

    As a reminder, a Spanish-language version of my ebook It’s Not You, It’s Your Strategy: the HIAPy Guide to Getting Work in a Tough Job Market is available in my shop (pay $0, or whatever you want):
    You’ll find the English version of It’s Not You on the same page, also pay what you want.


  18. Ashley
    Ashley December 4, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  19. Meredith L.
    Meredith L. December 4, 2011 at 3:09 pm |

    This week, an open letter to Holiday Travel:

    Here’s the thing, Holiday Travel. The Holidays happen at the same time every year, and yet airline and airport employees act like they are completely taken by surprise. “What? Thanksgiving? When did this happen and why did no one warn me? IS THERE NO GOD???”

  20. curtrice
    curtrice December 4, 2011 at 3:20 pm |

    How to get more women professors: A success story from the northernmost university in the world!

    With focus and commitment, the University of Tromsø has become Norway’s leading university for gender balance. New statistics have arrived and they reveal that 27.4% of our full professors are women. […]

    We have acknowledged that structural impediments are part of the reason that fewer women than men reach the rank of full professor. As a consequence, we work to reduce the impact of those impediments with women who are currently in the system, and we work to change the system so that the impediments will be eliminated for future generations. […]

    It is possible to create a more fair system. Change can be achieved. With focus and commitment, universities can become better workplaces — workplaces with higher qualifications and with the conditions necessary to accomplish even more.

  21. Bethany Richard
    Bethany Richard December 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm |

    “Me vs. Feminism”

    “At what point do you stop emulating the people you admire and instead, stand next to them?” I call myself a feminist, but sometimes my human-ness makes me question what this all really means.

  22. DaisyDeadhead
    DaisyDeadhead December 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm |

    UPDATE: Rape apologist Rev Charles Phelps has resigned from the board of Bob Jones University, after bloggers and students dogged his ass relentlessly.

    Thanks to feminists, atheists, and victims of fundamentalism/religious abuse, for taking up the banner and helping! Atheists on Reddit spread the story to the four corners of the earth, and deserve a BIG ASS medal (kisses the atheists!) … until now, there was a total media blackout locally. Now that he has resigned, they will at last cover the story. But they certainly didn’t help get rid of him!

    To those who linked on tumblr, etc, copious kisses! xoxoxo.

  23. Jessica Isabel
    Jessica Isabel December 4, 2011 at 3:42 pm |

    I wrote a post about OWS and its impact on my mostly white, mostly privileged liberal arts college campus –

    The Color of Occupy Wall Street

  24. Transitionland
    Transitionland December 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm |

    I wrote about why an offer of asylum abroad is really the only hope for Gulnaz, the Afghan rape survivor who was imprisoned, coerced to agree to marry her rapist and then freed by president Karzai.

    Here’s a bit:

    In Afghan society, a woman in Gulnaz’s position is essentially enslaved in her new household. She is not treated as a wife, even a second or third wife. Instead, she is forced to do the most back-breaking chores, grudgingly given meager food and clothes, and subjected to incessant ridicule and physical and sexual abuse. She becomes a literal punching bag for multiple generations of men and women from her husband’s bloodline. Often, after a few years of torture and confinement, she is quietly murdered by her new “family.” Rural Afghanistan abounds with such horrific stories.

    These crimes become the stuff of gossip whispered between neighbors meeting on narrow lanes and drawing water at communal wells, but almost never result in police investigations. They are deemed “family affairs” in a country that privileges the privacy of its men over the fundamental rights of its women.

  25. Coca Colo
    Coca Colo December 4, 2011 at 3:54 pm |

    I wrote an article about a Western doctor bragging about participating in an involuntary sterilization in Tanzania, and describing why forced sterilization is a horrific crime perpetrated by people who pretend they’re helping. He commented on the post, calling me a Colonialist! Join the conversation! Involuntary Sterilization, Cowboy Doctors, and the West in Africa

  26. Dionne
    Dionne December 4, 2011 at 4:20 pm |

    I wrote a small apology to my Gender Politics and Public Policy class for my cranky reactions to their presentations sexism in the media and for calling male news anchors “hobbit-like.” It turned out that their silence had more to do with being overwhelmed by the material rather than an overall boredom with the topic, so I am relieved (at least where from where that is concerned).

  27. Mike the Mad Biologist
    Mike the Mad Biologist December 4, 2011 at 4:22 pm |

    Two posts:

    Racial Differences in IQ Only Manifest at Age 2: with Andrew Sullivan reigniting the race-IQ wars (again. ugh), this neglected paper seems relevant

    <a href=""You Can’t Defeat the Elephant Shrew Cuteness: You just can’t (everyone needs some elephant shrew ridiculousness).

  28. Dionne
    Dionne December 4, 2011 at 4:23 pm |

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  29. Mike the Mad Biologist
    Mike the Mad Biologist December 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm |

    Ack. You Can’t Defeat the Elephant Shrew Cuteness link is this:

  30. Fangsforthefantasy
    Fangsforthefantasy December 4, 2011 at 4:29 pm |

    Cover Snark: The Sideways View: T&A for Everyone! : Looking at the way women are posed on the covers of books as sexual objects though the characters in the book are meant to be examples of strong womanhood.

    Enter to Win Rise of The Governor : This month we are giving away one hardcover hope of The Rise of the Governor, the fist book in The Walking Dead seriess. Pop by for a chance to win.

    Review of Cold Magic by Kate Elliot Book One of the Spiritwalker Trilogy

    Urban Fantasy’s Guide to an Authenic British Vampire : Tired of all the Dick Van Spike trops we discuss how a modern British vampire should sound. There is so much bloomin and bloody one can take.

    Finally a review Being Human U.K. pilot , episode one and episode two

  31. Janelle
    Janelle December 4, 2011 at 5:02 pm |

    @Miriam (1)–Awesome post! I linked it on my fb page–I really hope my friends read it!

  32. Chally
    Chally December 4, 2011 at 5:02 pm |

    Sponsor me to support the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia. Go read about why it’s an important cause.

    Why I’m not an anthropologist: this post just got me called an ‘anti-White left wing extremist kook,’ which is probably everything you need to know.

    Check out the latest Down Under Feminists Carnival!

  33. H.D. Lynn
    H.D. Lynn December 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm |

    Duquense doesn’t allow a secular group on campus. Why? Because it doesn’t follow their strict policy of believing in something.

    A humorous post on all the things the NSF could do with their budget increase:

  34. Ashley
    Ashley December 4, 2011 at 5:13 pm |

    I am, most definitely, mad – In which I discuss how I’d really like to have children and a career, but just don’t feel like I can do both well. And it makes me mad that I live in a society where I, and most women, have to choose between the two.

    Book Review: He Said What? – My review of He Said What?: Women Write About Moments when Everything Changed. A great book for any woman who has ever interacted with men. So, everyone.

  35. wl
    wl December 4, 2011 at 5:18 pm |

    CoverSnark:TheSidewaysView:T&AforEveryone!:Looking at the way women are posed on the covers of books as sexual objects though the characters in the book are meant to be examples of strong womanhood.

    You can’t be a sexual object AND a strong woman?

  36. hld6
    hld6 December 4, 2011 at 5:21 pm |

    I wrote about the ways I’m using history to make a play about poverty and homelessness, and the tools I use to make sure I’m telling women’s side of the story.

  37. Victoria
    Victoria December 4, 2011 at 5:21 pm |

    I considered the question Is implicit bias sinful? and reflected on similarities between methods of handling assholes in the Occupy Movement and church discipline.

  38. Chelsea
    Chelsea December 4, 2011 at 5:29 pm |

    This is my response to Rolling Stone’s dude-centric 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time issue. My post is named Twelve Amazing Guitarists Who Didn’t End Up On Rolling Stone’s Stupid List, although the post really includes about twenty women.

  39. Jo
    Jo December 4, 2011 at 6:17 pm |

    This newbie blogger has written about personal thoughts onAsexuality, and on Speaking up against racist comments (and trying to learn how to in certain situations.

    Also, for anyone in Australia, I wrote about Food Shopping ethically when the market is so dominated by two chains and you really don’t have much money.

  40. alynn
    alynn December 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm |

    I wrote about my personal struggle w/ this particularly consumerist time of year:

  41. ellid
    ellid December 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm |

    My weekly diary for Daily Kos on bad books focused on two “classics” of anti-feminism, Modern Woman: The Lost Sex and The New Chastity and Other Arguments Against Women’s Liberation.

    Here we go!

  42. Melanie
    Melanie December 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm |

    Let Her Eat Cake! Breaking Free From Private Gorging with awesome VIDEO, “Over It.” Originally posted at NEDA’s new teen body image site,

  43. Feminema
    Feminema December 4, 2011 at 7:21 pm |

    After reading a lot about the phenomenon of gaslighting — and after going to see the excellent film Martha Marcy May Marlene, I’ve begun to think about how women as a group are being gaslighted vis-a-vis rape, abortion, sexual harrassment, and so on.

    Take a look and tell me what you think: “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” “Gaslight,” and our collective sanity.”

  44. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth December 4, 2011 at 7:58 pm |

    This week at re:Cycling, the blog of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, we wrote the persistence of TSS; the advantages of menstrual cups (they really aren’t as big as they look!); the bleeding of women boxers; and our weekend links featured Siri and the new ACOG guidelines for better treatment of transgender patients.

  45. SnowdropExplodes
    SnowdropExplodes December 4, 2011 at 8:29 pm |

    I started the week with a telephone interview for a job working on the London Olympic Games next year; the experience was interesting, in that I found myself in a frame of mind that was quite unfamiliar – after the interview ended I was left with the weird feeling, “Was I just flirting?” (obviously, I didn’t actually flirt with the interviewer, because that would be inappropriate in the extreme – it was the frame of mind that felt as though I had been somehow in “flirt mode”)

    I also went to the inaugural General Assembly of Occupy Tunbridge Wells, which seemed shambolic to start with, but did result in a camp being set up later that night.

  46. Autodidactpoet
    Autodidactpoet December 4, 2011 at 8:39 pm |

    On Being The Ugly Friend, or, the one in which I remember how gender stereotypes are harmful

    My first time shamelessly promoting…it’s a little nervewracking! I would love it if you would check out my blog, and particularly my post today exploring being “the ugly friend” and gender stereotypes.

  47. BalancingJane
    BalancingJane December 4, 2011 at 8:45 pm |

    I wrote a post about the visual rhetoric in the images on news stories about the 200-pound child custody case.

  48. brittany
    brittany December 4, 2011 at 9:54 pm |

    This is my blog right here.

  49. Anne
    Anne December 5, 2011 at 1:20 am |

    Sluts vs Virgins – basically a reiteration of feminist sentiments on virgin/slut-shaming towards a Filipino audience.

  50. Captain Awkward
    Captain Awkward December 5, 2011 at 3:32 am |

    I wrote about derailing, and how we do it to each other without meaning to in interpersonal relationships.

    Derailing: How not to talk to someone who is telling you something sad.

  51. hahayourefunny
    hahayourefunny December 5, 2011 at 4:09 am |

    I video blogged about gender issues at Occupy Honolulu:

    Light, Love and Solidarity xoxo

  52. Sarah Harper
    Sarah Harper December 5, 2011 at 2:30 pm |

    Why did my post not go through last night?

    I write about:

    9/11 trauma and the Occupy Wall Street movement


    the SEC’s failure to do its job

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