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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. Anna
    Anna February 26, 2012 at 3:57 pm |

    We posted a simple article on yeast infections — with tips for prevention.

    We also posted about an anti-choice bill that will be heard at the State Senate tomorrow. If you live in Arizona, please read this post and click on the link that will allow you to email members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and voice your displeasure!

    And lastly, one of our bloggers resumed her biweekly habit of rounding up the most inspiring and enraging pro-choice news stories on the ‘net.

  2. Jadey
    Jadey February 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm |

    Back to my obsession with BBC series this week – a well overdue review of Jekyll (2007) and the romanticization of abusers.

  3. Nancy Green
    Nancy Green February 26, 2012 at 4:01 pm |

    Rick Santorum promises to lecture ‘minorities’ about food stamps and the gummint dole. Will he tell Grandma to get a job? Elderly women of all races depend on food stamps. Was it better when they ate cat food? Does he think they should eat their cats?

    Is Grandma a Minority?

    Understanding children and self with archetypes…
    Learning About Archetypes With Homestarrunner

    ‘Man Suffers Heart Attack at Heart Attack Grill’ I hope one of the sexy nurse waitresses had the sense to call 911…

    It Was Bound to Happen

  4. Victoria Gaile
    Victoria Gaile February 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm |

    I started the week off by pointing out the Christianity fail that occurs when cardinals and other Christians use the word “atheist” as a generic term of opprobrium.

    After musing about the pros and cons of the Ashes to Go movement that has sprung up in some parts of the church on Ash Wednesday, I did a some cheerleading for Joan of Arc and Jerome for some Lent Madness silliness.

    I wrote about a Quaker practice that I admire as a model for discourse on controversial and divisive issues.

    And I reblogged a very important series that Women In Theology is hosting, that centers the voices and experiences of Catholic women who have faithfully tried to follow church teaching on contraception by practicing NFP (Natural Family Planning).

  5. Dominique
    Dominique February 26, 2012 at 4:08 pm |

    Georgia church thinks Virgin Mary is a stripper, due to nursing the baby Jesus.

    This is partly an Echidne signal boost (though she probably doesn’t need it). Chicks can play: Chilling out to Cotten style and Etta Baker blues.


    A look at Mary Ann Shadd, early Canadian publisher, abolitionist and suffragette.

    My homage to James Poulson. No, really. I couldn’t resist. What are men for?

  6. April
    April February 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm |

    I wrote about my experiences getting food stamps, and some thought about the people who judge what people buy with an EBT card:

    And some thoughts on how most of the people who complain about union benefits and wages, as well as certain government programs, are acting out of envy:

  7. JetGirl
    JetGirl February 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm |

    Diving into calculus, why the simplest concepts can make you stumble, and a possibly unsympathetic prof:

  8. Hannah
    Hannah February 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm |

    I have been to an enormous quantity of weddings recently. This has given rise to many Thoughts, of an amorphous and toddler-esque nature. The Daily Mail’s recent onslaught of transphobia has pretty much robbed me of the will to live. And I can’t remember if I’ve already shamelessly self-promoted this one, but Ken Livingstone’s seemingly homophobic remarks got me thinking about who we afford the benefit of the doubt.

  9. Alyssa
    Alyssa February 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm |

    Blood is Thicker than Water: A Different Sort of Racism

    About cultural fundamentalism in the Israeli anti-miscegenation movement. That is, the current-day movement of people who don’t want Jewish women to be in relationships with Palestinian men.

  10. Alexis
    Alexis February 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm |

    I started a blog this week! I want it to be a feminist community, especially in Pittsburgh but everywhere really. Give it a look! And I am always looking for guest posts, too, so I would love some contributions.

  11. Nancy Lynne Kanter
    Nancy Lynne Kanter February 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm |

    I’m excited about the upcoming release of my new book!: If Beauty Is Inside, Why Do We Hate Our Guts: Pop Culture, Sexism, & Body Image.

    You can check out most of the first chapter on my website, along with my blog.

    I’m also on Facebook and on Twitter @_BeautyIsInside.

  12. Nicci (FatFemPinUp)
    Nicci (FatFemPinUp) February 26, 2012 at 4:40 pm |

    Hey! I’m Nicci, I’m a college student and a blogger and lately I put out an entry called “Thin Privilege and Size Acceptance: An Exploration”
    the point was to give thin people an idea of what fat acceptance is really about and how their privilege has a hand in re-enforcing fat stigmas

    I also wrote a blog post about the comments made about Michele Obama’s size and how the attack on her body and assumptions on her health are more about her race then her body

    I’ve shamelessly self promoted! lol Thank you!

  13. Procne
    Procne February 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm |

    This is a very personal post, about rape culture, about how I personally have dealt with (and am still dealing with) sexual assault, and how it affects me in everyday conversation. It’s entirely my own experiences, and I don’t assume to make any generalisations about anyone else, but writing it has really helped me get some stuff off my chest.

    Trigger warnings for rape, of course.

  14. Clarissa
    Clarissa February 26, 2012 at 4:46 pm |

    Calling yourself a feminist as a way to self-promote:

    Male identity and sexual performance:

    The issue that makes my students abandon their customary indifference and rise in protest (it’s all about sex, of course):

    On divorce:

    Welcome to Illinois where women are cattle:

  15. Mike the Mad Biologist
    Mike the Mad Biologist February 26, 2012 at 4:48 pm |

    Some historical context about the anti-abortion movement: Changing Evangelical Views on Abortion and the Moral Majority’s Original Sin

  16. Amy
    Amy February 26, 2012 at 4:48 pm |

    I wrote a piece on the inherent hypocrisy of feminism – about how living in a world that we always disagree with is hard, and we shouldn’t beat ourselves up if we sometimes choose to participate in the patriarchy just to get by :

  17. IHeartNY
    IHeartNY February 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm |

    Genie wrote about how Mississippi legislators are trying to push through a personhood bill, even though it was soundly rejected by the same voters they claim to represent.

    I covered the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslim students, and Jesse added a story out of Mississippi that isn’t getting the same news coverage.

    Taking a political stand against prison rape (responding to Jill).

    Supporting domestic workers’ rights.

    Making at least some of New York’s State Senators finally take a vote on protecting basic reproductive rights.

  18. curtrice
    curtrice February 26, 2012 at 5:07 pm |

    I’ve done a couple of guest blogs lately.

    Over at, I wrote one called “Engaging CEOs in gender diversity.”
    In this one, I discuss the importance of engaging top leadership, and how to do it when they come up with well-intended but ultimately ineffective ideas.

    And at, where I’ll be guest blogging every so often, I wrote one called “Why universities need more women at the top.”
    It’s an overview of some of the basic issues in this discussion — a topic which I’m currently writing a book about.

    In other news, someone picked up on my “Equality targets as a leadership tool”, which suddenly had 100s of hits. Thank you!

    And the debate about “Why Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg must resign” goes on and on and on. Join us!

  19. Tori
    Tori February 26, 2012 at 5:09 pm |

    I wrote Walk Myself Thin about fat shaming, assholes, and used book stores.

    And reviewed Boost, a young adult novel about girls in sports, body pressures (both performance and aesthetic), and performance enhancing drugs.

    And in sheer fun stuff, my reaction to the Sh*t Barefoot Runners Say incarnation of the meme.

  20. Robin
    Robin February 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm |

    I’ve started a blog reviewing classic movies from the perspective of an ’80s-born progressive.

    An introductory post:

    And a review of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir:

  21. Alex S
    Alex S February 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm |


    I wrote a post about Alberta’s tar sands and the proposed Northern Gateways pipeline and why they are realllllllllly bad news for Canada. The Canadian government is engaging in some pretty awful propaganda against anti-pipeline activists and they are gunning extremely hard for the pipeline to be approved. It’s really bleak but nothing is set in stone yet!

    And, for any Torontonians or others interested in the train wreck that is our mayor, the other website I write for posted this article about Rob Ford’s war on facts.

    Have a great week!

  22. Jocelyn the Master
    Jocelyn the Master February 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm |

    I wrote a personal piece on the struggles about writing about pop culture and girl culture in the academy.

  23. Kathy
    Kathy February 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm |

    I made a list of some of my favorite female-penned books on the craft of writing, and after taking a year off, I resurrected my photo blog.

  24. JC
    JC February 26, 2012 at 5:37 pm |

    This week at OK4RJ:

    We wrote about the revelation that law enforcement failed to alert us to the fact that a serial rapist was operating in our community for 20+ years:

    The Oklahoma Personhood Act and appropriate reactions to it:

    A preview of Dirt Chior, a group of slam poets who performed at Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice this weekend:

    And why criminalizing abortion and the passage of personhood acts will also be bad for women seeking to carry their pregnancies to term:

  25. MistressofBoogie
    MistressofBoogie February 26, 2012 at 5:38 pm |

    Idle musings on the fact I have a son, so some of it must be about teh menz…

  26. Feminema
    Feminema February 26, 2012 at 5:54 pm |

    I’m so perplexed by the fact that Rick Santorum is the GOP frontrunner that this week I resorted to satire:

    First, a brief letter recommending that he solve the problem of promiscuity by forbidding women from wearing shoes. I still think this one is pretty funny — and at the rate he’s going, he seems likely to pick up my suggestion.

    And second, a slightly longer piece that shows that although the personhood bill has been temporarily tabled in Virginia, the GOP/ Santorum plan to shame women and reduce them to silence is going along according to plan.

    Because when you think about it, aren’t we all feminists in part because we object to the way women are shamed — for their imperfect bodies, their sexuality, their victimhood — and because we’re frustrated by the silence surrounding this shame?

  27. alynn
    alynn February 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm |

    Among other things, this week I wrote about what I’m calling “sizesploitation.” I also wrote a little piece about a great Dolly Parton tweet.

  28. Rev Dr Sharon Jacobson
    Rev Dr Sharon Jacobson February 26, 2012 at 6:11 pm |

    I wrote three pieces this week — the first was called Mission Possible and was about having what we need to fulfill one’s mission in life. The second was called We want it to sell, not smell which was about a conversation with a friend regarding the book I am working on and what i learned about food and farting. The third is These are my vows to me which is about the new agreements I have committed to living by after doing some in-depth reflection my life and the things I am choosing to no longer agree to.

  29. Jo
    Jo February 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm |

    I’ve had a quiet last two weeks, but I did write a post on the pressures I used to feel about activism and being involved in groups and causes, and how it was tied to my sense of self-worth.

    And a piece on the new student services and amenities fee at Australian universities and how people complaining about how “they shouldn’t have to pay for services they personally don’t use” should check their privilege, damnit.

  30. Jem Bloomfield
    Jem Bloomfield February 26, 2012 at 6:28 pm |

    A piece on the power of “minor” characters and “lesser” stories, bringing in Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and Shakespeare:
    Hamlet and Harley Quin, or, “From Minor to Major”

  31. BalancingJane
    BalancingJane February 26, 2012 at 6:38 pm |

    Parenting Myth(o)s: Just You Wait- Is part of parenting complaining about it?

    How My View on Affirmative Action in Higher Ed has Evolved- I used to think that substituting race-based acceptance incentives with economic-based ones was a good idea. I don’t anymore.

    Gender Stereotyping with a Side of Product Promotion- I watched some TV ads while I was at the gym. It was disappointing.

    What Chrysler and Chipotle Tell Us About Ethical Consumption- An analysis of how two ads demonstrate the connection between what we buy and the world around us.

    Helpless Generation? A Response to Mickey Goodman- A HuffPo post declares Gen Y (my generation) a bunch of selfish kids ruined by helicopter parenting. I don’t think that’s the full picture.

  32. Meg
    Meg February 26, 2012 at 7:20 pm |

    Hey there!

    I’m from the F Collective, a Sydney (Aust) feminist collective. We’ve got a new blog series on Mondays, the F Collection.

    I interviewed Maeve of Lady Sings it Better, a femmo queer cabaret act, and wrote about women’s and queer visibility in the arts scene in Syd.

  33. Fangs For The Fantasy
    Fangs For The Fantasy February 26, 2012 at 7:25 pm |

    Paranormal Cinderellas : Looking at the tendency to turn female protagonists into Cinderellas who are nothing without love and are more than willing to give up everything for their male love interest.

    Cover Snark: Weapons Are A Girl’s Best Friend: Even when they give female protagonists weapons, they aren’t positioned to use them, instead they are delicately posed and this is somehow progressive?

    The Walking Dead Season Two, Episode Nine: Triggerfinger : A social justice look at the last episode of The Walking Dead

    Interview with Diana Rowland! : This week we interviewed author Diana Rowland author of Even White Trash Zombies get the Blues and The Kara Gillian Series.

  34. Cellar Door
    Cellar Door February 26, 2012 at 7:28 pm |

    I responded to Tanehisi Coates’ take on the welfare state and poverty.

    The Myth of Self-Reliance

  35. Miriam
    Miriam February 26, 2012 at 8:14 pm |

    This week I wrote about:

    Why hookup culture sucks and what can be done to fix it:

    My delayed reaction to the dad who shot his daughter’s laptop:

    These two are more personal:

    A reflection on turning 21:

    And, the day after that, a reflection on stopping my antidepressants:

  36. Dr. Gupta
    Dr. Gupta February 26, 2012 at 8:26 pm |

    Parental expectations are related to bulimia in African-American women

    Posted on Binge Eating and Bulimia: The latest psychological research

  37. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth February 26, 2012 at 8:55 pm |

    We had a couple of great guest posts this week at re:Cycling, the blog of the Society of Menstrual Cycle Research:

    Saniya Ghanoui wrote about all the wrapping sold with disposable products and the menstrual shame wrapped up with them: All Wrapped Up.

    Lisa Leger wrote a guest post about how sex education for teens should include more about ovulation and fertility: Sex Ed for Teens: Where’s the Mucus?

    Also, the birth control calculator published at Mother Jones prompted me to write about all the calculations left out (like non-hormonal birth control, and side-effects of hormonal birth control): What’s missing from Mother Jones’ birth control calculator?

    As usual, we finished the week off with our round-up of women’s health links, most about the outrageous anti-woman, anti-birth control U.S. politics of late, including Second City’s response to the all-male hearing on women’s health.

  38. Katherine
    Katherine February 26, 2012 at 9:43 pm |

    A post all about bar jokes, Hustler, Hugh Hefner, Condoms, Brave New World, 1984, Planned Parenthood, Abortion, Strippers, Whores, Frat Boys, and Troll Faces:

  39. from two to one
    from two to one February 26, 2012 at 11:39 pm |

    Why do we need femininsm if women and men are equal now? What if we stopped believing the lie that we live in a post-feminist world? Or would that be too disturbing knowing that the Penn State ordeal, Herman Cain allegations, gendered violence during the Arab Spring, and so on are all connected?

    Home Birth, Part II. On considering home birth and its connection to feminism.

    Inward Change, Outward Manifestation. My husband and I legally changed our names upon marriage to a completely new name. Here’s the aftermath.

    I’m a bad wife and feminist because… A discussion on how my identity, personality, and faith intersect between these two loaded terms.

    The Politics of Nostalgia. Why nostalgia is a powerful emotional and political force in society, and why we need to set the record straight.

  40. Bellatrix Savino
    Bellatrix Savino February 27, 2012 at 12:41 am |

    I am really proud of myself this week. I had two belly dance performances, on Thursday and Friday, and I hosted our monthly WomynFolk Clothing Swap. Today was Karma Yoga at the Kosmic Trading Post, and planning meeting for this year’s Beltane festival. All this and I still posted 5 pieces!

    Amazons to Know – weekly round up of the fight for all women’s rights and equality

    Transphobia from within the Pagan World – A short reactionary piece on the Z Budapest “genetic women only” ritual at PantheaCon last week. It’s been the topic of conversation in the Pagan world this week and a unique chance to educate the community on gender equality.

    Witch Hunter…again – This is practically a weekly post, not because I want it to be.

    Spaghetti Taco Camp – A brief update on my Burning Man theme camp, complete with our current camp map.

    D is for Diversity – Written for the Pagan Blog Project, this post was inspired by the discussions around gender inclusivity in the Pagan communities. It is a broad look at diversity and its benefits in that community specifically.

  41. Havlová
    Havlová February 27, 2012 at 12:45 am |

    This week, I became aware of Tamara Ecclestone, a billionaire 27yo heiress. She loves to promote the fact that she exists and is fabulously wealthy, and did so with this cutting edge photo shoot, where she apes being poor while wearing $1000s of designer clothing!

    Quelle horreur!

  42. ABlogofTheirOwn
    ABlogofTheirOwn February 27, 2012 at 12:57 am |

    Southern California lost an incredible equality activist in a very difficult way last week:

  43. Bake Up, Little Suzy
    Bake Up, Little Suzy February 27, 2012 at 2:22 am |
  44. Canbebitter
    Canbebitter February 27, 2012 at 3:06 am |

    I am ok with splitting the acting awards by sex at the Oscars.

  45. Ollie
    Ollie February 27, 2012 at 4:02 am |

    I’m busy thinking about social justice work and the terms we use to help ourselves do it …

    Thanks for this space, Feministe, I’m too cowardly to promote in other ways!

  46. Disorientated Graduate
    Disorientated Graduate February 27, 2012 at 7:42 am |

    A dicussion of immigration rights in a same-sex relationship, and a plea for help:

    Why taxpayers money paying for ‘work experience’ schemes at enormous companies is a tremendously bad idea:

  47. Julia
    Julia February 27, 2012 at 9:19 am |

    Okay, it was a little over a week ago — but I posted about the anger that Greeks are feeling right now on my travel blog, Plus, if anyone is going to the NY Times Travel Show in NYC next weekend, I would love to make some feminist friends there!

  48. Larkin Callaghan
    Larkin Callaghan February 27, 2012 at 10:48 am |

    I wrote about the new Wodka’s ad:

  49. ozymandias42
    ozymandias42 February 27, 2012 at 12:32 pm |

    We talk about a piece on rape at Feministe. This I am pretty much linking for SHEER META VALUE.

    On the idea that men all want to have fun and it is women’s job, as humorless killjoys, to prevent this horror.

    Suffolk County, Virginia, bans cross-gender clothing.

  50. ozymandias42
    ozymandias42 February 27, 2012 at 12:32 pm |

    bans cross-gender clothing IN SCHOOLS, I should say.

  51. DaisyDeadhead
    DaisyDeadhead February 27, 2012 at 1:59 pm |

    Woman-killing song acceptable for use in Volkswagen commercial, and nobody seems to care:

    And don’t forget, its your *political duty* to eat Girl Scout cookies this year! yeah!

  52. Jessica Isabel
    Jessica Isabel February 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm |

    I wrote about The Hunger Games and how it deals with systems of oppression.

  53. Rachel
    Rachel February 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm |

    All across the country, through legislative proposals, government
    regulations, and political rhetoric, war is being waged upon women,
    their bodies, their private interests, and their right to
    self-determination. This is occurring without, and in spite of, the
    participation of the same women being affected …by these actions,
    and whose futures, and those of their families, are being unilaterally

    In this modern era of limits, people in power are in a race to divide
    the spoils of power, and the means being used are becoming more and
    more shortsighted. Saturn has devoured his son, and now looks to his

    Our organization is determined to see that this race to the bottom
    does not claim the rights and liberties of over one half of the
    populace. We will not suffer the burdens of those whose ambitions
    would be fulfilled by the destruction of the human worth of the
    mothers, sisters and daughters of this great nation.

    Enough is enough.

    While the logic of the disaffection of the majority of the electorate
    is impossible to understand, we cannot afford to wait and see how this
    all works out. This war on women must be resisted, and won, before the
    toxic effects of the current national conversation become irrevocable
    reality. We have been denied a seat at the table, but will not be
    denied our humanity.

    Please join us in changing the dialogue and refocusing attention
    toward the very serious issues this nation faces, and away from the
    disingenuous and perversely pornographic focus upon the sexual organs
    of our mothers, sisters and daughters, and their relationship with
    their physicians and their own bodies.

    The issues include:

    Reproductive rights
    Woman’s health issues
    Safety and wholesomeness of food supply
    Crimes against women and children
    Workplace equality

    There is a very real and growing non-partisan concern that women are
    being sacrificed upon the altar of ambition, and we are determined to
    deny Saturn his second course.

    Thank for your help and support. Your mother, and your mother’s
    mother, and all women everywhere would be proud.

  54. Susanna Dvash
    Susanna Dvash February 27, 2012 at 5:18 pm |

    Last week, I wrote a response blog to a “new” feminist’s ideas of how women should live their lives (it includes getting plastic surgery and marrying young…she is serious):

    Today I posted a Reflections piece of well-being:

  55. Sylena Smith
    Sylena Smith February 27, 2012 at 11:34 pm |

    I know it’s a day late. But I’ve been contemplating some personal questions of late.

    Namely, atheists are protected by the U.S. Constitution, right? Or maybe we’re just godless bantha pudu?

    And my Opinion on another atheist’s Opinion: What Atheists Can Learn From Religion

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