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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. Nancy Green
    Nancy Green December 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm |

    You don’t want to consider an actual born infant– they need things. The Pope wants us to look elsewhere… Forget Baby Jesus- It’s About Gay Marriage

    Surreal that Fox magnate Rupert Murdoch lectures US about gun control, but there’s a reason… Australia Stopped Mass Shootings– Yes, It’s the Guns

    The Solar System is the reason for the Season… Blessed Solstice

  2. JetGirl
    JetGirl December 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm |

    Taking one’s calc final in a rage? Not recommended.

  3. jemima101
    jemima101 December 23, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  4. jemima101
    jemima101 December 23, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    1. Anjasa
      Anjasa December 23, 2012 at 1:51 pm |

      I read this this morning! Lovely interview :)

      1. jemima101
        jemima101 December 23, 2012 at 5:31 pm |

        Thanks :)

  5. G Love
    G Love December 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm |

    I wrote my first in a series of posts making legal or academic feminist subjects clear and accessible. This one is about how abortion law in the UK works to control women’s bodies whilst appearing liberal amd permissive. Tune in next week for the next part!

    Beyond Abortion Law

    1. jemima101
      jemima101 December 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm |

      The link doesnt work and that sounds really interesting :-) Could u repost it?

      1. Dawnbreaker
        Dawnbreaker December 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm |

        – try just deleting the bit before thenameoflove…, it worked for me!

      2. Dawnbreaker
        Dawnbreaker December 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm |

        – try just deleting the bit before thenameoflove…, it worked for me!

        1. jemima101
          jemima101 December 23, 2012 at 5:25 pm |

          Thanks, it is working now

      3. Dawnbreaker
        Dawnbreaker December 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm |

        – try just deleting the bit before thenameoflove…, it worked for me!

  6. Suzanne F.
    Suzanne F. December 23, 2012 at 1:36 pm |

    I wrote a post about Adam Lanza and the stigmatization of mental illness: On Not Being Adam Lanza: Why Dialogue on Mental Health Must Include People with Mental Illnesses

  7. Lasciel
    Lasciel December 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  8. Tori
    Tori December 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm |

    Pizza on Fire — The last Christmas I spent with my grandfather and the, erm, deviation from our usual holiday meal.

    The Biggest Loser & Internet Vitriol [notes for online harassment, misogynist insults] — Apparently something about objecting to teens on TBL makes people respond vehemently and irrelevantly.

    And over at the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona blog, I wrote about what goes on during a colposcopy.

  9. Anjasa
    Anjasa December 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm |

    TW for sexual harassment. Normalizing And Desexualizing Kinks – I ran into someone on Fetlife looking to join a guild where they harassed her for being a woman, and having them be unaware that she wanted it.

    TW for rape/mental illness. Empathy And Depression – People have difficulty understanding when others have trouble with something that they think they have experienced.

    Eat In Public – It took me a long time to be able to eat in front of others, and I still don’t like to do so in front of people I don’t know.

    I also recently renovated my WoW Fanfiction section of The Keep and added in some GW2 fiction.

    I also really don’t know if anyone here would be interested, but my partner and I now own Darknestfantasyerotica, a site that is dedicated to erotic fanfiction, fanart, and roleplaying. We’re especially dedicated to the above in MMORPGs like WoW, SWTOR, etc.

  10. Thomas MacAulay Millar
    Thomas MacAulay Millar December 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm |

    I returned again to the subject of Royse’s awful piece at Good Men Project. I noted as an aside in a previous post that it read as if it were made up of flashcards from opposing positions, shuffled together. That was more than a facetious aside, so I decided to demonstrate it by actually splitting much of the text of the Royse essay into two separate essays built from the text of her original, that take opposite positions. The post is Good Men Project: Royse Versus Royse.

  11. Clarissa
    Clarissa December 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm |

    Russia bans US adoptions. Why this is a positive development:

  12. DaisyDeadhead
    DaisyDeadhead December 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm |

    Assortment, contains a bit of gun discussion in comments:

    Everybody is ignoring General Petraeus’ neocon connection… by contrast, his extramarital affair got nonstop coverage (sigh). This is far more important, and its getting ignored:

    A Voice for Men (men’s rights blog) got mad at some unseemly feminist demonstrators yelling at guys that they are “fucking scum” and went after them in (what I feel are unsavory ways). Discussion in comments.

  13. Kat
    Kat December 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm |

    Is science sexy? Why would we try to promote sexiness with science?

    I wrote about my response to a talk given by Ira Flatow at a large science conference.

  14. Kathy
    Kathy December 23, 2012 at 3:36 pm |

    This week I wrote a couple posts about violence and masculinity, and a brief piece about the NRA’s call for a national database of people with mental illness.

  15. Anna
    Anna December 23, 2012 at 3:40 pm |

    Planned Parenthood Arizona treats epididymitis. Epididy-WHAT? It’s an infection of a small tube inside the scrotum, and is commonly caused by sexually transmitted bacteria, such as those that cause gonorrhea and chlamydia. Because it’s so common not to have symptoms, it’s important for sexually active people to be regularly screened for STDs!

    What’s a colposcopy? No, it’s not a colonoscopy — a colposcopy might be recommended after an abnormal Pap result, and it will check for cancerous or precancerous cells on the cervix. This life-saving procedure is one of the many preventive health care services offered by Planned Parenthood Arizona. Our blogger Tori answers these questions (and more): What does a colposcopy do? How do I prepare? Does it hurt? What are the risks? What’s next?

    Lastly, for those of you seeking yet more links, our blogger Stacey put together a collection of choice-related headlines — fully half of which are good news! (The other half is a mixture of bad and weird news.)

  16. Ryan
    Ryan December 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm |

    I continued my chapter-by-chapter series on The Feminine Mystique with Chapter 5, which is all about Penis Envy!

  17. BalancingJane
    BalancingJane December 23, 2012 at 4:59 pm |

    One of my students compares me to an elephant, and it’s awesome.

    A confusing billboard leads me to conclude that the jewelry industry is tangled in its own webs.

  18. alynn
    alynn December 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm |

    This week I wrote about…

    Speaking up online.

    The Biggest Loser picking on kids.

    and a reflection on Sandy Hooks Elementary and calling for more guns.

  19. Feminist Friends
    Feminist Friends December 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  20. canbebitter
    canbebitter December 23, 2012 at 5:37 pm |

    It’s Christmas Eve here so I totally forgot about Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday… oops!

    This week I wrote a feminist analysis of [500] Days of Summer. You might be surprised by my conclusion!

    Happy holidays everyone :)

  21. Vanessa
    Vanessa December 23, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
  22. Curtrice
    Curtrice December 23, 2012 at 7:40 pm |

    I was thinking about role models, what works, and what doesn’t.

    Why not just any old role model will do: what early career men and women need.

    If you enjoy it, download my free ebook, 6 steps to gender equality at

  23. Wordwizard
    Wordwizard December 23, 2012 at 8:02 pm |

    I enjoy reading Feministe posts as they come out, but being showered with scores of them on one day [Shameless Self-Promotion Saturday-/Sunday-s] is too much to handle! Moderation in all things!

    1. Jadey
      Jadey December 23, 2012 at 8:47 pm |

      It’s tremendously supportive of Feministe to offer itself as a platform for blogs that incur less traffic. If that’s got your knickers in a twist though, fortunately it’s not compulsory to read it. So quit whining and just skip the post already.

      1. Wordwizard
        Wordwizard December 23, 2012 at 10:19 pm |

        If everyone who is overwhelmed by the unwanted flood of email takes the obvious step of taking themselves off as followers of Feministe’s posts, how does that benefit the shameless self-promoters OR the other CAREFULLY SELECTED posts?

        1. Jadey
          Jadey December 23, 2012 at 10:57 pm |

          Well, we have fewer irritating people visiting our blogs. Always a plus in my book. Seriously, this site doesn’t exist to cater to your whims.

          If you really like the site and hate these posts, you can always take yourself off the mailing list and visit the site periodically to see what the new posts are.

        2. jemima101
          jemima101 December 24, 2012 at 5:21 am |

          I have to say I am rather confused, you only get every Shamless Sunday post if you subscribe to the comments, so clearly the poster chose to do that.

          I like SS because whilst I do not have time to check every post there is always something good which I would have never seen any other way, so i tick the notify new comments box after I post. If you dont want that, don’t tick the box, or am I missing something?

        3. Andie
          Andie December 23, 2012 at 10:58 pm |

          I don’t understand how one extra post a week is a flood of email?

        4. Wordwizard
          Wordwizard December 24, 2012 at 12:42 am |

          Andie: I have counted 13 posts today (so far), not just one, EACH with the SAME non-descriptive title “Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday”, so one couldn’t pick out one from another if one wanted to look back at something in particular.

        5. Lurker
          Lurker December 23, 2012 at 10:59 pm |

          You’re assuming that everybody react as you do. Not everybody will feel overwhelmed by the self-promotion posts. Personally, I like them. I discovered quite a few interesting blogs that way I might never have heard of otherwise.

  24. Jadey
    Jadey December 23, 2012 at 8:45 pm |

    It’s already a bit out of date because there’s been a lot more activity over the last few days, but I posted a quick overview of the Idle No More Aboriginal protest movement in Canada. Lots of informative links!

  25. Alcharisi
    Alcharisi December 23, 2012 at 8:54 pm |

    I’m on State of Formation, talking about Women of the Wall and the false dichotomy between “sincere” prayer and “just making a statement”: “Just Making A Statement”: Power, Sincerity, and the Women of the Wall.

    1. Donna L
      Donna L December 24, 2012 at 12:00 am |

      Thank you. I very much liked what you had to say.

  26. NuclearGrrl
    NuclearGrrl December 23, 2012 at 9:09 pm |

    It’s “the holidays.” It’s weird celebrating a holiday that means something completely different to you than it does to other people. But there are some things we can all celebrate. Which had me contemplating occasions that would actually require me to go to church. Atheists In Church

    1. Wordwizard
      Wordwizard December 23, 2012 at 10:26 pm |

      The link doesn’t work.

      1. Anna
        Anna December 24, 2012 at 2:17 am |

        It’s probably this:

        Remember the http://, y’all!

  27. A.Y. Siu
    A.Y. Siu December 23, 2012 at 11:07 pm |

    Very little to do directly with feminism, but I also didn’t see anyone else writing about this:
    This American Life: Racial Slurs Okay, Swearing Not Okay

    1. EG
      EG December 23, 2012 at 11:25 pm |

      Wow. I’m not in the targeted group, but I find myself as offended by presenting the desire to “kill as many J–s as possible” as good old nostalgic American culture as I am by the racist slur. Would NPR run a segment about how great it’s been to go out there and kill [insert racist slur for Iraqis] during the more recent wars?

  28. djiril
    djiril December 24, 2012 at 1:15 am |

    I wrote about a ballad in which a bride is murdered on her wedding day because the groom forgot to ask her brother for her hand:

  29. Angelia Sparrow
    Angelia Sparrow December 24, 2012 at 2:14 am |

    Having it both ways. My thoughts on arming teachers.

    A sample of my February release CN: apocalypse.

    Yule sermon

    Yuletide Youtube continues

    Free books! and you don’t have to have a LiveJournal. Comments are screened, so your email is safe.

    Free steampunk anthology that I’m in. A little adventure story set during the draft riots in New York.

  30. kittenofthebaskervilles
    kittenofthebaskervilles December 24, 2012 at 5:50 am |

    This week on the Secret Histories Project, meet Giovanni Bordoni/Catterina Vizzani, an 18th century female-assigned-at-birth person who lived as male from the age of fourteen (and caused no end of trouble with his Lothario-like ways!), and learn Ten Interesting Facts About Alfred Kinsey.

  31. kittenofthebaskervilles
    kittenofthebaskervilles December 24, 2012 at 5:54 am |

    This week on the Secret Histories Project, meet Giovanni Bordoni/Catterina Vizzani, an 18th century female-assigned-at-birth person who lived as male from the age of fourteen (and caused no end of trouble with his Lothario-like ways!), and learn Ten Interesting Facts About Alfred Kinsey.

  32. Rachel
    Rachel December 25, 2012 at 1:36 am |

    My most current post is about practical feminist parenting:

  33. Divine Oubliette
    Divine Oubliette December 26, 2012 at 3:55 pm |

    I was the source for some of this awesome article –
    The Rise of DIY Abortions,1

  34. Manyaa
    Manyaa December 27, 2012 at 6:43 am |

    Participating a tad bot late – I currently am putting up this fabulous You Tube channel Toy Tasting. Check it out and if you like it, hit the subscribe button

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