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  1. Balancing Jane
    Balancing Jane April 7, 2013 at 9:08 am |

    I’m really excited to announce a new blog project for developmental writing instructors. If you teach writing, developmental classes, or are just interested in these issues, please stop by!

    I use a lot of new media, but sometimes the old and new collide.

    I got some push back on a post I wrote saying students aren’t customers, so I rounded up some smart people saying smart things on the subject.

    I made the shocking discovery that a lot of the TV shows I watch (Weeds, Scandal, Buffy, Bones, and Parks and Rec) all have the same basic plot.

  2. BigSis
    BigSis April 7, 2013 at 9:10 am |

    This week I wrote about the pressures to remove even the slightest bit of pubic hair in order to be considered sexually desirable. And how that’s a load of crap.

    http://bigsisguide.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/the-big-sis-guide-to-hair-down-there/

  3. Nancy Green
    Nancy Green April 7, 2013 at 9:13 am |

    Would your husband marry you again today? Don’t worry, we have a pill for that…
    Hey Girls, the Female Viagra is Here!

    Escape from Fred Phelps’ hate cult…
    ‘Banished’ from the Westboro Baptist Church

    For just $2.97 you can be kissable…
    Love Can be Yours Again

    1. Ashleigh
      Ashleigh April 7, 2013 at 9:46 am |

      Hey Nancy I like your blog and want to follow but don’t see a link on it. Is there a way?

    2. The Kittehs' Unpaid Help
      The Kittehs' Unpaid Help April 7, 2013 at 10:50 pm |

      “Would your husband marry you again today?”

      Yup. No pills required. :)

  4. deb
    deb April 7, 2013 at 9:16 am |

    After I found local, organic, grass fed milk for a crazy expensive price this week, I wrote about the dilemma posed when the expense of sustainable food makes it unattainable in boutique milk, meet lessatarian.

    I hope it doesn’t seem off topic to share a link about our locavorian habits. For me, environmentalism and feminism are intimately connected, so thought I’d share for anyone else who feels the same. Thanks!

  5. Autumn Elizabeth
    Autumn Elizabeth April 7, 2013 at 9:20 am |

    My new project on feminist spiritual journeys published posts on love in washing dishes and equality on the streets on Germany. Check it out at http://sophiaspockets.wordpress.com/blog.

    Also, on my personal blog, I talk about grief this week.
    http://mylifeasherbst.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/permeated-with-grief/

  6. Jem Bloomfield
    Jem Bloomfield April 7, 2013 at 9:21 am |

    I wrote a piece on gender, illness and disability: “Is Man Flu A Feminist Issue?: The Gendering of Sniffles“, and got some interesting replies in the comments (as well as a surprising number of MRA trolls…)

    1. Maria Smilios
      Maria Smilios April 7, 2013 at 10:18 am |

      Hi,

      I think you raise an important issue, which is simply that these words are absurd–manny (for male nanny), manliner, man-clogs, etc, etc… By using gender specific language for words like “nanny” we continue to make the gender gap broader, and we continue to perpetuate cultural mythologies, for example suggesting that men are not sick or complain more than women.

  7. Ashleigh
    Ashleigh April 7, 2013 at 9:28 am |

    For national poetry month I wrote about Kay Ryan, U.S. Poet Laureate from 2008-2010.

    http://broadsspeak.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/while-i-was-out-kay-ryan-was-u-s-poet-laureate/

  8. Kathy
    Kathy April 7, 2013 at 9:34 am |

    This week I wrote a brief response to the Salon article declaring all contemporary literary fiction awful.

  9. Prof.LD
    Prof.LD April 7, 2013 at 10:04 am |

    I don’t normally do this, but I went to a debate in London this week entitled “What is the most important issue facing feminism today?” and blogged about it here.
    I thought the post might be of interest to UK feminists who missed the event or those from elsewhere who want to know what UK feminists are discussing.

  10. Maria Smilios
    Maria Smilios April 7, 2013 at 10:08 am |

    This week I wrote a piece that discussed the “like” button on facebook and religion: “Like If You Believe: When Jesus Came to My Facebook Page.”

    I’m also going to repost my piece from last week, because the link didn’t work.

    In “Girls Don’t Drive,” I explore an experience of gender inequality between my 2-year old daughter and a 6-year old boy.

  11. eteokretan
    eteokretan April 7, 2013 at 10:14 am |

    I wrote about a little Cycladic sculpture (c. 2400-2300 BCE) in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC that has both breasts and a penis. And it turns out it’s not the only Cycladic figurine with both male and female characteristics.

    Cycladic art historians are a bit mystified. Of course, all the Cycladic figurines are a bit mysterious. We don’t know what they meant to the people who made them and owned them and were buried with them.

  12. Aydan
    Aydan April 7, 2013 at 10:26 am |

    I continued my asexuality literature series with a third summary/review, of Asexuality: Classification and Characterization, by Prause and Graham, from the Archives of Sexual Behavior, 2007.

  13. Thomas MacAulay Millar
    Thomas MacAulay Millar April 7, 2013 at 10:34 am |

    This week at Yes Means Yes Blog:
    Lots of people are now saying, in the wake of Steubenville, that young people need to learn more about consent, and that consent ought to be taught as part of sex ed in schools. There’s even a petition to the White House. This might seem at odds with the things many of us say about most rapes being the work of a committed small population of rapists and not the result of any confusion or miscommunication. In Teach Consent (But What Good Is Teaching Consent?) I attempt to explain how those things are not actually mutually exclusive, and how teaching consent can strip away the “social license to operate” necessary for the predators to operate.

  14. bleh
    bleh April 7, 2013 at 11:04 am |

    I wrote about how other people’s children are not a favor to you. #5 in the living child-free series.

  15. Katharine
    Katharine April 7, 2013 at 11:09 am |

    I maintain and serve as editor for my university’s Women’s Studies blog – http://etsuwomenstudies.wordpress.com . I recently suffered an accident which horribly scarred my face, which I wrote about on my personal blog, and the head of the program asked me to crosspost it there. At the time it was merely catharsis, but it allowed me to begin to reflect on the scars and come to terms with them the past few days. The response I have gotten from others who have read it has inspired me to raise more awareness about beauty standards and how they relate to bodies that deviate from socially prescribed norms.

    That post is here.

    1. khw
      khw April 7, 2013 at 11:55 pm |

      Very moving and powerfully written – thank you so much for sharing.

      (by the way, and I’m sorry for the silly comment, but, In all my life as a Katharine, I’ve only heard of two others who spell their names that way! I’m happy to see another!)

      1. Katharine
        Katharine April 8, 2013 at 11:50 pm |

        Thank you! And likewise. *middle a Katharine fist bump*

  16. Tori
    Tori April 7, 2013 at 11:10 am |

    Bowling for Abortion Access & Awkward Yoga Haikus — If you make a donation, I will write ridiculous poetry for you.

    For Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, I wrote Too Little to Matter, on how we do (or don’t) teach and reinforce the importance of bodily autonomy and consent.

    And Yoga Bodies [note: fat and body image issues] — When someone in class commented, “Now I understand why people who really do yoga have the bodies they do.”

  17. Nine
    Nine April 7, 2013 at 11:12 am |

    My friend recently published issue 3 of Juggling The Rainbow, a zine full of personal stories about non-monogamy. I contributed to it. It’s available as a PDF here: https://jugglingtherainbow.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/jtr_3.pdf

  18. A. Lynn
    A. Lynn April 7, 2013 at 11:34 am |

    This week I wrote about…

    Obama’s comments on Kamala Harris’ looks…

    http://www.nerdyfeminist.com/2013/04/check-your-privilege-mr-obamaa-country.html?m=1

    In defense of Kristen Stewart’s face…

    http://www.nerdyfeminist.com/2013/04/in-defense-of-kristen-stewarts-face.html?m=1

    And some mansplaining on my blog…

    http://www.nerdyfeminist.com/2013/04/mansplaining-monday.html?m=1

  19. Andie
    Andie April 7, 2013 at 11:55 am |

    An open letter to the guy who insulted me as I went for breakfast.

    Relevant because street harassment and policing appearances

  20. Anna
    Anna April 7, 2013 at 12:02 pm |

    For Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action — which was last Tuesday — we shared a post about the many ways you can support a friend who’s been sexually assaulted.

    When a friend confides in you, you can help in their healing process: believe, empower, understand, and don’t second-guess. We also include links to Arizona resources for survivors of sexual assault.

    * * *

    Did you know that cold sores are caused by the same virus that can cause genital herpes? Unfortunately, this incredibly common virus can be passed from the face to the genitals during oral sex. And because of this, herpes simplex virus is surrounded by a cloud of confusion and misinformation.

    Learn to separate fact from fiction when it comes to oral herpes.

  21. genderhash
    genderhash April 7, 2013 at 12:34 pm |

    I started a new blog Not Her Fathers Son talking about: Gender, adoption, disability, feminism, queerness, and religion

    I am currently doing the 30 day genderqueer challenge

  22. Clarissa
    Clarissa April 7, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
  23. delagar
    delagar April 7, 2013 at 12:42 pm |

    Over on my blog, delagar, I write a post asking whether we are fighting the battle for marriage equality on the wrong front: They Call It A Yoke For A Reason.

  24. Sheiler
    Sheiler April 7, 2013 at 1:48 pm |

    My partner and I created an Indiegogo fundraiser to write an illustrated kids book on science / water and shoot a pilot TV program – called the Professor Blue Super Duper Nerd Village Project.

    We want to use Professor Blue to create awareness by children and the general public that not all scientists are men. We also want to add more information about the physical world to the PSAs admonishing us to turn out the lights when not in a room (this is good, but it’s not enough).

    We are using our abilities as artists to create something scientifically accurate (in collaboration with researchers/scientists but of course) and also fun and cool to watch and read with children.

    We need help in getting the word out. Any comments and or contributions much appreciated!

  25. Aoife
    Aoife April 7, 2013 at 2:21 pm |

    Transport, disability and Ireland signal-boosting a friend’s experience of being left stuck on a train when the assistance she needed to get to the platform didn’t arrive.

    A new video and request from Marriage Equality.

    Irish doctors this week compared pregnant women to Nazis (no, seriously) and rejected a proposal to allow dying women to have abortions.

    And a lovely, lovely thing happened when I asked for help getting to the Empowering Women Through Secularism conference in Dublin this summer. By the way, the conference promises to be fantastic- if you’re anywhere around this part of the world, do think about going!

    1. khw
      khw April 7, 2013 at 7:57 pm |

      Ahhhh Ireland and the struggle for common sense and abortion. It never ceases to amaze me.

      Great news about the sponsorship – please blog as much as possible as after all “ya WHAAAA!” produced by the debate, I enjoy reading common sense!

  26. scopophilia
    scopophilia April 7, 2013 at 2:32 pm |

    I reviewed Michael Haneke’s classic ‘Benny’s Video': http://film-nut.tumblr.com/post/47280580464/cult-cinema-bennys-video-1992

    and chose 5 interesting weekend links: http://film-nut.tumblr.com/post/47358169296/the-weekend-5

  27. Nuclear Grrl
    Nuclear Grrl April 7, 2013 at 3:25 pm |

    My own take on the Obama-Kamala good-looking debate: The Feminist Double Standard

  28. wtfsexism
    wtfsexism April 7, 2013 at 4:31 pm |

    Thanks to this site and a few others, I’ve finally had the courage to start my own feminism Tumblr. It’s a space for all women of all backgrounds to share their stories and have a place to vent and support each other. It’s still a baby blog so I only have a couple followers, but come by and submit anything you want. If your story’s not just about sexism–e.g., racism, homophobia–I’ll probably post that too. wtfsexism.tumblr.com =)

  29. Gretchen
    Gretchen April 7, 2013 at 4:54 pm |

    Stuff I’ve written this week:
    He didn’t even win the girl: On cyclist Peter Sagan “playfully” pinching the behind of a “podium girl” during an awards ceremony in Belgium

    Forward Thinking: What is the purpose of marriage?: My offering in response to Dan Finke and Libby Anne’s current Forward Thinking question

    10 ways the opposition to gay marriage insults all of us: Self-explanatory

  30. Damiane
    Damiane April 7, 2013 at 5:04 pm |

    This week I reviewed All Men of Genius, a steampunk mystery-comedy about a woman disguising herself as a man to study science. It falls down a little in its understanding of gender roles and oppression, but it also has some smart commentary and is a lot of fun to read.

    I also wrote about my experience editing middle-grade fantasy fiction if anyone’s curious about what it’s like to be behind the editing desk.

  31. Holly
    Holly April 7, 2013 at 5:29 pm |

    I wrote about black playwright Tazewell Thompson’s new play about Mary Todd Lincoln’s friendship with her seamstress, former slave Elizabeth Keckly: Mary T. and Lizzy K.

    You can also read more of the interviews with the artists about dealing with race in the rehearsal room and on stage.

  32. Vicki
    Vicki April 7, 2013 at 7:11 pm |

    Today I have been updating my website and have started adding the biographies of the women artists of the past, whom I have based my own work on.

  33. Pissed Off Woman
    Pissed Off Woman April 7, 2013 at 8:54 pm |

    This week, I attempt to decode the recent US employment statistics. Relevant because women work. I’m not a trained economist, or even a university student majoring in economics, but as a trained low-wage worker, I have the fresh perspective that Henry Ford recognized as being so vital to innovation in all fields.

  34. Sid Kettle
    Sid Kettle April 7, 2013 at 11:26 pm |

    I’ve been working on a feminist, queer-oriented personal blog, Talking Teakettles. My most recent posts have been about common feminism-fails I run into in my own life, gay marriage, and violence.

    I’d say I’m proudest of my post talking about the use of jargon in exploring identity. I’d love to have people take a look and discuss it with me!

  35. Hannah
    Hannah April 8, 2013 at 10:19 am |

    First thoughts on the the death of Margaret Thatcher, whether it’s okay to celebrate, and the argument that she ruined my life.

  36. Chivas Sandage
    Chivas Sandage April 8, 2013 at 12:49 pm |

    “The Clerk Says You Are Not” was inspired by recent marriage counter protests in numerous cities across the nation. I wrote this poem to read for Marriage Equality Rally (CT) which I recently started and co-organized as part of the United for Marriage: Light the Way to Justice coalition. The rally took place at the federal courthouse in Hartford, Connecticut on March 25, the eve before SCOTUS heard arguments regarding Proposition 8 and the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). ”The Clerk Says You Are Not” is partly about my life now, partly about the visit I paid to a marriage counter before same-sex marriage was legal in Massachusetts, and partly about the next visit I’ll be making to a marriage counter in Houston. The New Civil Rights Movement published it alongside photographer Vivian Felten’s photograph.

  37. Logan
    Logan April 8, 2013 at 3:58 pm |

    This week on DDP:

    1. Abortion access
    2. Consent 101
    3. Omg let me open my own door
    4. More on gender bias=bad science
    5. Autism, dating and feminism

  38. FYouMudFlaps
    FYouMudFlaps April 9, 2013 at 4:14 am |

    Care about injustices from an LGBT-oriented standpoint? Like this page:

    Live in Tampa Bay and love going out? Here ya go:

    Have a lovely patriarchy-fighting week everyone.

  39. FYouMudFlaps
    FYouMudFlaps April 9, 2013 at 4:15 am |

    ^How did that happen? Uh well link one is a cool page about lgbt issues, link two is a page about events and outings in Tampa Bay.

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