Yearly Archives: 2013

“High velocity bitterness” shuts down Ani DiFranco’s racist plantation party

Ani DiFranco’s “Righteous Retreat” songwriting camp was originally scheduled for next June at Nottaway Plantation in White Castle, Louisiana. It’s a charming, verdant resort with luxurious rooms, fine dining, and expansive event facilities, all built on the back of a “wiling workforce” (per the resort’s website) of hundreds of slaves used as physical labor and, on occasion, currency. Continue reading

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Cosmo and positive body image: When a stopped clock is right

I’m not a Cosmopolitan reader. There are endless reasons to leave it on the magazine rack. And then there’s Cosmo fashion editor Charles Manning, who is both a dude and the fashion editor for Cosmo. In an editorial on the magazine’s site, Manning points out that teaching women to “fix their figure flaws” and camouflage their bodies to fit traditional standards of perfection doesn’t exactly promote a positive body image. Continue reading

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Weekly Open Thread with Pool Eagle

This poolside osprey has dropped by to host this weeks Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over this weekend and throughout the week.
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Shameless Self-Promotion Sundays

Promote yourself.

N.B. remember your netiquette.

NB: this thread will cover two Sundays over the holiday period. Continue reading

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Weekly Open Thread with Surfing Swans

These black swans were having too much fun surfing the waves at Queensland’s Gold Coast to be here on time for hosting this week’s Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over this weekend and throughout the week.
* with a few netiquette exceptions Continue reading

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A Portrait of Jane Austen

I am a serious fan of Jane Austen’s books and of her ironic observers’ take on women and Regency society. She did not describe her characters very much, and was far more interested in their personalities and interactions than their looks. Continue reading

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Best of 2013

Crowdsourcing all of your favorite pieces of writing for 2013. Leave ’em in the comments. They can be feminist-related or not; blog posts, magazine articles or reported pieces; written by women or not by women (but maybe let’s try to focus on great pieces written by women). Looking forward to reading all your favorites. Continue reading

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Keeping Saturn in Saturnalia

Hot on the heels of Arizona news that one Christian woman was assaulted by another Christian woman in Phoenix because she said “Happy Holidays” rather than “Merry Christmas” (!) comes a New Jersey report that two men attempted to burn down a “Keep Saturn in Saturnalia” billboard put up by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (to counter a “Keep Christ in Christmas” banner hanging over Pitman’s main thoroughfare). It’s not the first attempt to deface/destroy the FFRF billboard since it was unveiled last week. Continue reading

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Invisible Child

This long-form feature and photo essay on Dasani, a homeless girl in New York City, is a phenomenal piece of journalism. And it sheds important light on the many dysfunctions of this grossly economically unjust city. Continue reading

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Selfless Signal-Boosting Wednesday

Recommend someone else’s writings/events! Continue reading

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Beyoncé’s Break from the Shell of Respectability

As one blogger asked, where were you when Beyoncé’s self-titled album was dropped on December 13, 2013? The world was shell-shocked when the Beytomic bomb exploded on the musical landscape. After this initial shock and awe, fans of her music have been able to digest her masterpiece in all its glory. We can surely talk for days about her more explicit sensuality. Or her refined ratchetness. Or how this coincides with her shift in musical expression. I’d like to explore the latter of these two. And what it means for her as black woman who grew up middle class in the south. They are these intersections of race and class—not to mention gender, which has already been talked about a good bit in feminist spaces—that make Beyoncé so fascinating and, as one of my homegirls and Melissa Harris Perry (my homegirl in my head) put it, will doubtless be the album that launches a thousand woman’s studies papers. Continue reading

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“All of the things we were told to never talk about” #NotYourAsianSidekick

Writer and activist Suey Park has sparked a cluster of conversations about race, stereotypes, feminism, privilege, intersectionality and more with the #NotYourAsianSidekick hashtag which trended globally for over 24 hours. Continue reading

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