Help a Blogger Out: What Are Your Favorite Feministe Posts of All Time?

For a project which I may or may not decide to work on: What are your favorite Feministe posts? What are the classics? Which ones do you remember? Let us know in the comments. Also: Are you a Feministe guest blogger? If you are, and you haven’t gotten an email from me this week, drop me a line.

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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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41 Responses

  1. Rob F
    Rob F November 25, 2012 at 11:58 pm |

    This one. It is one of the best blog posts anywhere.

    (It was also duplicated as a “Greatest Hits” post here, so I hope it’s not DQ’d from project Jill is considering.)

  2. Jadey
    Jadey November 26, 2012 at 12:58 am |


    Okay, just testing a basic comment with no links or html or anything to see if this one doesn’t disappear into the ether.

    1. Jadey
      Jadey November 26, 2012 at 1:01 am |

      Okay, I’m assuming there’s something about my original comment which is fundamentally being rejected by the commenting system here, but I was going to link to Little Light’s amazing “Lovers in a Dangerous Time”, from her 2009 summer guest-blogging stint (can be Googled). There are many more, I know, but that one has been on my mind a lot lately.

      1. Computer Soldier Porygon
        Computer Soldier Porygon November 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm |

        Yes! I vote for this one!

  3. Ben Greenberg
    Ben Greenberg November 26, 2012 at 1:51 am |

    Ohhhh. Duh. Feministe with an e. I thought it said feminist…. Sorry.

  4. Alexandra
    Alexandra November 26, 2012 at 3:30 am |

    For better or for worse, I’ve often learned the most from the posts that inspired controversy, even contention and real anger. Posts that lead to conversation; it’s in the back-and-forth between many people that I get a sense for the broadness of interests and perspectives that feminism tries (and sometimes fails) to encompass.

    An example: I Guess It’s a Jungle in Here Too, Huh?

    1. Andie
      Andie November 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm |

      link is broken.

  5. Iam138
    Iam138 November 26, 2012 at 5:45 am |

    I enjoy the “worst letter” (or worst commenter) awards voting. That brings out the humor in posters, as well as the sense of community spirit. Even typical lurkers (like me) who feel they don’t have the knowledge or experience to post on most subjects can contribute and feel a part of the group.

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  7. Renae
    Renae November 26, 2012 at 8:21 am |

    “The Oppressor Within” by Bint Alshasma changed my life.

  8. Sarah
    Sarah November 26, 2012 at 9:09 am |

    This piece on body image put words to feelings I’d never had the words to describe. It is why I started reading Feministe.

  9. BBBShrewHarpy
    BBBShrewHarpy November 26, 2012 at 9:24 am |

    I don’t want to make Jill sad, but I loved this piece on loving and losing Percival.
    Not just because I’m a cat person and was blubbing and sobbing as the words swam by, but because the experience of letting something/someone into your life and having them affect you so unexpectedly is very powerful.

    1. Kara
      Kara November 26, 2012 at 10:21 am |

      God, yes.

      1. AnotherTracey
        AnotherTracey November 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm |

        Yes indeed. I loved that it spoke to grief, but also the sometimes narrow definitions of love, and who and what, is family.

  10. debbie
    debbie November 26, 2012 at 9:34 am |

    I think these are all posts by guest posters (but not because I don’t love you, Jill). These are just posts that I found really memorable:

    Ain’t I a Mama

    Race, Class and Street Harassment


    Oscar Grant, Audre Lorde, Trungpa Rinpoche and the question of loving your enemies:

    1. debbie
      debbie November 26, 2012 at 9:35 am |

      Sigh. The links didn’t show up, except for the last one. Damn.

  11. Shanae
    Shanae November 26, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  12. Sheelzebub
    Sheelzebub November 26, 2012 at 10:21 am |

    A couple of these go back aways:

    Confronting Citizenship in Sexual Assault: (Brownfemipower)

    In fact, all of the stuff BFP wrote about Detroit/Michigan, ruin porn, and poverty in her last guest-blogging stint here (linked in her post):

    Trust, Mutuality and Co-creation Within Feminsm: The Art of Building a Movement: (La Lubu)

  13. White Rabbit
    White Rabbit November 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm |

    This one is easy for me – Autumn Whitefield-Madrano’s, “I Can Handle It,” which is an excellent essay about domestic violence, and how it can happen to anyone. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve shared this with people in my life.

    Here’s the link:

    1. White Rabbit
      White Rabbit November 26, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    2. mxe354
      mxe354 November 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm |

      This one, too!

  14. DouglasG
    DouglasG November 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm |

    I’ve felt I could have written some of the cat posts myself.

    Also, sorry I’m too technologically limited to be able to link, but, as a card player, I’ll support the post about the woman who dated the Magic world champion and then tried to humiliate him.

  15. mxe354
    mxe354 November 26, 2012 at 1:50 pm |

    I liked the post about the high school that had an unreasonable dress code (I forgot what it was called). Not only did I like the article itself, but I also liked the fact that a few students from that school commented on that post. I thought that was pretty cool.

    1. Echo Zen
      Echo Zen November 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm |

      I reckon you’re referring to “Students at Stuyvesant Take Issue With Dress Code”, where the dress code was blatantly designed to target female students rather than males:

      1. mxe354
        mxe354 November 26, 2012 at 6:08 pm |

        Yep, that’s the one.

    1. Lucy
      Lucy November 29, 2012 at 1:45 pm |

      Came to say this. Really brilliant.

  16. Toni
    Toni November 26, 2012 at 3:20 pm |

    I want to thank you for bringing attention to Lindsay Zoladz’s article Never Said Nothin’ for teaching me cunt is a reasonable word to use for female sexuality and introducing me to so many expressive women musicians.

  17. Lisa
    Lisa November 26, 2012 at 3:32 pm |

    I was a guest blogger a few years back, and I thought the best stuff came from BFP and Maia Williams, especially her brilliant badassery ex-pat writing about motherhood was simply divine.

  18. La Lubu
    La Lubu November 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm |

    Delurking to cosign to bfp’s series on the Rust Belt and Maia Williams’ guestblogging.

    I also dig Lauren’s “Tammy and the Switchblade Lilies” (which isn’t online anymore) and other stories of teen mother struggle in the Rust Belt (detecting a theme here? yeah. basically, anything that features nontraditional perspectives on feminism, ‘specially if it centers working class and/or rust belt folks.)

  19. Thomas MacAulay Millar
    Thomas MacAulay Millar November 26, 2012 at 6:26 pm |

    There are a lot. I’ll have more. I’ll start by noting what could almost be called the founding post, though it literally was not, back when this was the solo blog of a never-married single mom working her way to a degree at in West Lafayette, Indiana: <a href=""Rape As I Know It.

    BTW, most of the early archive pages won’t load for me.

  20. Li
    Li November 26, 2012 at 6:37 pm |

    Thomas’s Predator Theory post competes with Derailing For Dummies for my most-linked piece of writing on the internet.

    1. BBBShrewHarpy
      BBBShrewHarpy November 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm |

      Wow! It reminds me of the piece I read on child molester Jerry Sandusky in the New Yorker. Predation is predation, and so very calculated and adaptive.

  21. Kristen J.
    Kristen J. November 27, 2012 at 12:31 am |

    There are so many. In addition to the ones others listed I love this post by blue milk:

    Or the series on Home by Chally (starting here):

    This post by Lauren made me cry and then curl up in a ball and then do some healing:

    This series by amandaw was amazing:

    There are so many more. But I have to go to sleep!

    1. White Rabbit
      White Rabbit November 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm |

      Thanks for sharing the link to Amanda’s post! I had seen some of the earlier posts cited there, but I missed this one and it’s fantastic.

      1. White Rabbit
        White Rabbit November 27, 2012 at 12:55 pm |

        Whoops – I meant Lauren’s post (the one about gaslighting/abuse). It seems my morning coffee hasn’t kicked in yet!

  22. offfwhite
    offfwhite November 27, 2012 at 10:26 am |

    I still recommend this one to people…

    My Sluthood, Myself

  23. Miss S
    Miss S November 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm |

    La Lubu’s “What color are the holes in your parachute” was amazing. I also loved Maia’s post on motherhood, so both of those are my favorite. And there was a guest poster, blue milk I think, who wrote on capitalism. Loved hers too.

    ………..I can’t pick one.

  24. gratuitous_violet
    gratuitous_violet November 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  25. miga
    miga November 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm |

    One powerful story I can’t find anymore was with the guest poster talking about her experiences being assaulted by her older female partner, and the dual stories that arose from the situation.

  26. INotI4
    INotI4 November 27, 2012 at 8:12 pm |

    Not really “the best”, but I think the ones I remember most are Zuzu and Pliny’s posts on the Twisty Blowjob Brouhaha back in 2006.

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