Yearly Archives: 2011

On Change and Accountability

This was written for and originally published at Role/Reboot.
Do we actually believe that people can change? If so, how do we want them to show us they’ve changed? Is absolution possible? Who decides the answers to these questions? Continue reading

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Orgasms Aren’t My Favorite Part of Sex

My latest piece at the girl-power site Off Our Chests: A month or two ago, I published a piece called A Unified Theory of Orgasm. In that piece, I talked about my own history, and how long I took to … Continue reading

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No Touching: Boundary-Setting and the Holidays

This is a very good article about allowing kids to set their own physical boundaries, and using the holiday season as a chance to work on that practice: As a mother, I can relate to the embarrassment that a parent … Continue reading

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Snakes on a Plane

A reader asks Slate, what’s the appropriate response when someone is watching porn on a plane? Continue reading

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It’s fun for a girl or a boy: Conspicuous consumption edition

Anyone engaged in consumerist big-box shopping this season (which ideally would be avoided, although particularly when dealing with Tinkerbell-obsessed four-year-olds it can be hard to find an acceptable Etsy substitute. Merry frigging Mithras) has probably walked into a toy store, … Continue reading

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Can commodification save reproductive justice?

This is a guest post by Echo Zen.

“It sounds ludicrous. Let’s try it.”
“Good. I’m down for anything involving karate and contraception.”*

As Feministe readers may have noticed lately, my crew of summer film students and I have been making short films on kung fu condoms over the past few months. Continue reading

Posted in Celebrity, GLBTQ, Popular Culture, Reproductive Rights | Tagged , | 19 Comments

Fall Into the [Reverse Gender] Gap

This is a guest post by Jessica Mack.

One of the concepts that I hope fades out as we enter 2012 – along with flash mobs and marshmallow vodka – is the “reverse gender gap.” Somehow, in the American obsession with doom and gloom, small but important gains for women have become a reason to worry. They’ve become a reason to claim that the gender gap is not just closing, but – worse – it’s reversing. Continue reading

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Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

Do your thing.

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Sex, Drugs, Theology, Men & Feminism: Interview with Hugo Schwyzer

Role/Reboot regular contributor Hugo Schwyzer has an extremely controversial history that includes four marriages, substance abuse, and sexual behavior that he has since described as compulsive and destructive until he got clean and sober and turned his life around, beginning in 1998. Continue reading

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Jerry Sandusky showered with boys to teach them “basic hygiene skills.”

Of course he did. And if that explanation isn’t offensive enough, the boys needed to be taught hygiene because they were poor. And poor people are dirty: Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Sexual Assault, Sports | Tagged , | 64 Comments

Die-In tonight; Tomorrow is International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers

I’ve got some links to some event locations, great links and 101 materials about sex workers’ rights – feel free to link to your own posts about sex work, the International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers, and relevant events in the comments. Continue reading

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Interview with a sex-positive feminist

Recently, I received an email from a student who is writing a paper about sex-positive feminism. He asked a bunch of questions; while I was reviewing those questions, I decided to just go ahead and post them plus my answers publicly (with the student’s consent, of course). Continue reading

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