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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. canbebitter
    canbebitter April 28, 2013 at 9:09 am |

    This week I wrote an analysis of Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation”, as part of my “Songs I Listen To While Running” series, which I know some people are following (but probably not that many :) )

    Thanks again for this forum every week!

  2. Ashleigh
    Ashleigh April 28, 2013 at 9:13 am |

    This week on broadsspeak, a thought experiment on benevolent sexism:

  3. Aaliyah
    Aaliyah April 28, 2013 at 9:20 am |

    This week, I wrote about feminism and normative ethics.

  4. Laura (dusty_rose)
    Laura (dusty_rose) April 28, 2013 at 9:20 am |
  5. Liz Wilczon
    Liz Wilczon April 28, 2013 at 9:21 am |

    I started a new blog to tell stories about kickass women:

    The first two entries are about Black Agnes, who defended her castle against a siege, and Tomyris, who slayed Cyrus the Great in battle.

    I also wrote about Agnes Hotot, who took her father’s place in a duel and dominated her opponent, at my existing blog.

  6. Jem Bloomfield
    Jem Bloomfield April 28, 2013 at 9:21 am |

    I wrote a quick piece on feminism and the so-called “death of chivalry” (citing, erm, this site at one point) called “Sticky Gifts and Poisoned Chalices” using gift theory to think about how “chivalry” attempts to put women at a social disadvantage in public.

  7. scopophilia
    scopophilia April 28, 2013 at 9:25 am |
  8. Feminema
    Feminema April 28, 2013 at 9:35 am |

    As a great lover of dark mysteries — by Scandinavian writers like Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbo, and Steig Larsson — I have a great appreciation for those stories that wrangle with the scary, existential tension between chaos and order.

    But as I show this week, Jane Campion’s series Top of the Lake (now streaming on Netflix) takes the procedural in a new direction: it positions the mystery at the center of a battle between gods and monsters, in which children lose. It’s terrific.

    1. IndianFeminist101
      IndianFeminist101 April 28, 2013 at 10:47 am |

      I am a huge fan of dark scandi mysteries too. I also find them to be far more aware of gender based issues than American pop fiction. Love Karin Fosum, Helene Tursten, Asa Larsson and of course Henning Mankell.

      1. Nadine
        Nadine April 29, 2013 at 1:58 am |

        New Zealand is in Polynesia not Scandinavia. Tho you wouldn’t know it from watching top of the lake, it has 1 Polynesian character and he is a violent drunk who abuses an old white woman.

        The ridiculous fake Maori mythology they made up for the lake is revealing, it isn’t gods vs monsters its white settlers vs the memories of the people they wiped out and try to ignore. They blame the evil on the lake but it comes from them.

        It might be a great example of feminism though, a non-white girl is in trouble and she doesn’t appear on screen for most of the series, her story is all about the heroic white women and the white town and their battles with white men.

        BTW, I hated this show a lot!

  9. Kathy
    Kathy April 28, 2013 at 10:00 am |

    I wrote a slightly longer (and anecdote-laden) response to the piece about internalized misogyny that Caperton posted earlier this week.

  10. Nancy Green
    Nancy Green April 28, 2013 at 10:19 am |

    Why is ‘I Ate The Bones’ so creepy? Visions of boneless, beakless, naked things that once were chickens growing silently in tanks?
    KFC’s New Scary Ad Campaign

    Rhode Island will legalized same-sex marriage by August! 20 years and more of dedicated activism. One ‘no’ vote is my Bible-waving Senator, and here is my answer to him. Gays Are the New Samaritans

  11. Gill
    Gill April 28, 2013 at 10:31 am |

    I recently read a comment on a blog post that argued that intersectionality is not an ‘intellectually sound’ concept and that there is no basis for it in academia.

    This is the most ironic comment in the history of comments.

    Here, I explain why:

  12. Niall
    Niall April 28, 2013 at 10:39 am |

    Here’s two entries into from my blog. This one is about an article from NPR, about people on the autism spectrum and careers in IT engineering and programming.

    This is one I was motivated to write about after hearing some asshole rape apologist give his unsolicited opinion about SlutWalks, and the tragic and heart breaking story of Rateah Parsons…and Stubenville.

  13. IndianFeminist101
    IndianFeminist101 April 28, 2013 at 10:44 am |

    Hi from India. I quit a lucrative but soul sucking media job after 12 years to focus on writing and conservation.

    I, like many young women in India, am pissed at the woman hating Indian society. I want to kick some butt, lierally and figuratively. The book I am writing is a thriller about how being a woman sucks across sections of Indian society today.

    I started blogging couple of weeks ago. I intend to focus on depiction of women in Indian pop culture and media.

    My website is veeeeerrrry basic but I want to sex it up after I am free from corporate machinary in a month or so!!


  14. Maria Smilios
    Maria Smilios April 28, 2013 at 10:52 am |

    This week I wrote “It’s in the Details: Etsy’s Bows & Handwritten Notes” which explores how the often forgotten details can have a lasting impact on us.

  15. DaisyDeadhead
    DaisyDeadhead April 28, 2013 at 10:57 am |

    I used Glenn Greenwald’s recent column about the SF Gay Pride march controversy (over Bradley Manning) as an occasion to muse about whether the gay rights movement is being ‘bought off’–the whole cultural assimilation argument (warning: from a decidedly leftist POV). Would enjoy comments/observations from anyone who has worried about the same phenomenon…

  16. GeorgeSands
    GeorgeSands April 28, 2013 at 11:18 am |

    This is the end of sexual assault awareness month and what women have seen isn’t good. We have seen Steubenville extending the contract of a coach that many believe, and evidence is being looked into, tried to help cover up a rape.
    We have seen the US Air Force overturn a sexual assault conviction and move the offender to the same town as his victim.
    We have seen a girl kill herself in Canada after being harassed after being raped, and more stories like this are coming forward.

    Women need more than a month to fix the problem of rape culture that is so prevalent. Women need to support other women who are fighting for justice.

    Please pass along this website that shows the story of a military rape that has gone ignored for three years. These men should not be called hero’s.

  17. Paulina
    Paulina April 28, 2013 at 11:24 am |

    Inspired (ie. infuriated) by a recent conversation with a female friend, I wrote this post: Harassment is not my fault.

    Yesterday I talked about a very dispiriting (and misguided) article at The Atlantic.

    Tomorrow… who knows? :D

  18. Paulina
    Paulina April 28, 2013 at 11:26 am |

    Oh, and I almost forgot. I also wrote about the “Post Modern Prudes” article yesterday (which I found thanks to Jill!).

  19. Tiph Hunter
    Tiph Hunter April 28, 2013 at 11:52 am |

    Using the mri scan as a self-portrait creatively thru a scientific medium. View the video installment piece,
    (M)ystifying (R)adical (I)mages #5, here,

    For more info on this video series, visit my blog at,

    Thank you

  20. The Folkland
    The Folkland April 28, 2013 at 12:02 pm |

    Come check out The Folkland: a digital art gallery dedicated to the works of sexual assault survivors and their loved ones.

    If you are a survivor of sexual assault, abuse, or harassment; if you love a survivor; if you have been intimately affected by any kind of involuntary sexual act, then we hope you will consider submitting your work. We’d love to see it :)

  21. delagar
    delagar April 28, 2013 at 12:20 pm |

    Over on my blog, delagar, I write about my Women in Lit class, where this week one of my students ambushed me, giving a Pro-Life presentation in a stated attempt (her words, not mine) to counter the liberal ethics of my classroom.

    The post, “Y’all Pro-Abortionist Feminists Do It Like This; Pro-Life Christians Do It Like This,” is a brief account of her presentation, the reaction of the class, and my thoughts.

  22. Damiane
    Damiane April 28, 2013 at 12:29 pm |

    This week I reviewed Germline, which was….definitely odd. The author is great at exploring the mindset of the front lines in a war, but there’s also this kind of gross nonsense about 15-18-year-old genetically altered female soldiers, many of whom seem to want to kiss or have sex with the protagonist. I wanted to enjoy it, but the way it handles sexuality gets uncomfortable in a hurry.

    1. Damiane
      Damiane April 28, 2013 at 12:30 pm |

      And of course I forgot the link.

  23. Anna
    Anna April 28, 2013 at 12:40 pm |

    f you’re sexually active, but everything seems fine, you might wonder why you should be screened for STDs. Well, one reason is that so many sexually transmitted infections — like chlamydia and gonorrhea — often have no symptoms at all, and left untreated they can damage fertility.

    Not only is it STD Awareness Month — it’s National Infertility Awareness Week! Double up on your awareness by reading this week’s blog post, and learn about how STDs can affect fertility.

  24. Heather
    Heather April 28, 2013 at 12:52 pm |

    Not feminism related, but my husband and I started blogging about nerdy food and booze at Dungeons and Flagons:

    So far we have an introduction to stocking your bar, Bioshock Infinite and Final Fantasy cocktails, the start of our Meads of Tamriel series, and a recipe for Skyrim’s apple cabbage stew. More awesome nerdy content coming up in the next week!

  25. Angelia Sparrow
    Angelia Sparrow April 28, 2013 at 1:02 pm |

    Making a garden out of recycled materials.

    Otherwise, it’s been all about work and writing.

  26. Tori
    Tori April 28, 2013 at 1:08 pm |

    A letter to yoga teachers on many things, but especially (at least for me) on unwanted touching.

    On the dangers of apple cider vinegar [note: body policing].

    A breakdown of side angle pose for stretching and strengthening the hips.

    Finally, if I had a nickel for every time I had this conversation, I could comfortably retire.

  27. Chelsea Kilpack
    Chelsea Kilpack April 28, 2013 at 1:49 pm |

    Exposing fat-shaming one frame at a time: a look at Haley Morris-Cafiero’s “Wait Watchers.”

    What is white privilege? A look at the Boston Bombings.

  28. Clarissa
    Clarissa April 28, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
  29. Jamie
    Jamie April 28, 2013 at 2:06 pm |

    This is sorta pointless, since marriage equality’s gonna happen whether or not SCOTUS fucks us over, but I wrote this: A Leftist Argument Against Leftist Arguments Against Gay Marriage. Some people don’t wanna be radical and that’s okay. Also, “no war but the class war” != intersectionality.

  30. Barnacle Strumpet
    Barnacle Strumpet April 28, 2013 at 2:31 pm |

    This week over at Asexual Cupcake, I wrote about workplace discrimination and harassment, as well as how little regard is given to minorities’ statements in the workplace, with a specific focus on asexuality. All in “Was I Fired Because of My Asexuality?” Revisited

  31. Lizzie Williams
    Lizzie Williams April 28, 2013 at 2:49 pm |

    I criticized a recent article on Jezebel as being anti-scientific. Feminism is not well served by misrepresenting scientific studies IMO.

  32. Wendy Lyon
    Wendy Lyon April 28, 2013 at 3:31 pm |

    Sex worker activists are often accused of being pimps in disguise, but it seems real pimps do better under the Nordic model: On “pimps” and policy

    Why an old California law is totally irrelevant to the Irish abortion debate: Anti-choice spinning of California’s 1967 abortion law

  33. accalmie
    accalmie April 28, 2013 at 3:32 pm |

    I’ve written a guest post for The Feminist Wire in their “Forum on Race, Feminism and Anti-Racism” this week:

  34. Jo
    Jo April 28, 2013 at 5:51 pm |

    This week I wrote The Tale of the Feminist and the Pop Culture Convention – a story of how I met River Song, squeed, and had thoughts afterwards.

    And I also had a bit of fun putting together a short list of lesser known characters who I believe could be asexual (or in one case, are named as asexual).

  35. Stephanie
    Stephanie April 28, 2013 at 5:54 pm |

    This is a roundup of about 20 pieces appearing at Bitch Flicks during the theme week on representations of infertility, miscarriage, and infant loss in film and television. It includes pieces about Away We Go, Children of Men, How I Met Your Mother, Game of Thrones, Juno, and UP, among others.

  36. Merle
    Merle April 28, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
  37. Aydan
    Aydan April 28, 2013 at 6:25 pm |

    This week I wrote about why Young People are leaving the church, from the point of view of a bonafide, certified Young Person (TM).

  38. Véronique
    Véronique April 28, 2013 at 6:57 pm |

    Some feminists are fashionistas, especially but not exclusively femme lesbians and bisexuals (i.e., moi). And if we’re going to be fashionistas, it behooves us to be so as responsibly as possible. How Nicole Bridger changed my life is a post about my conversion from fashionista to eco fashionista.

  39. Nine
    Nine April 28, 2013 at 8:15 pm |

    I contributed to The Islamic Monthly’s 18 Perspectives on the Boston Bombings.

  40. The Kittehs' Unpaid Help
    The Kittehs' Unpaid Help April 28, 2013 at 8:44 pm |

    A new picture (sort of almost NSFW) and new blog post:

    On which note, does anyone have an actual definition for “monoamorous”? Mr Google has failed me, all I’m getting is definitions for monogamous, which is not at all what I’m looking for. I’m looking for a word that means sexually attracted, not just to one person at a time, but one person only, at all, ever. Closest I’ve come is “single target sexuality” and that doesn’t seem to exist outside the TV Tropes site. Grrrr.

  41. Jess
    Jess April 28, 2013 at 8:49 pm |

    Dove’s new “Real Beauty Sketches” commercial: not about real beauty at all.

    And how gay marriage can be radical, not conformist. An Argument for Gay Marriage You Probably Haven’t Thought of.

    Thanks for reading!
    -House of Flout

  42. Nuclear Grrl
    Nuclear Grrl April 28, 2013 at 11:13 pm |

    Antichoice politicians are still trying to outlaw insurance coverage of abortion care in Pennsylvania. So here is A Letter to my Senator on PA HB818.

  43. Garberdog
    Garberdog April 29, 2013 at 10:00 am |
  44. BigSis
    BigSis April 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm |

    I’ve been away for a while but I’m back and ready to talk feminist sex.
    This week I wrote about my encounters with thrush and cystitis and top tips I’ve developed over the years for coping with them. I’d love it if anyone else would like comment with their own experiences or tips.

    I also touch on how we should totally be taught about vaginal health considering so many women have to deal with this crap.

  45. Leah Tea
    Leah Tea April 29, 2013 at 5:22 pm |

    Check out the National Conference on Men and Masculinity, “Forging Justice: Creating Safe, Equal, and Accountable Communities” that will be happening August 8-10 in Detroit, MI.

    Theme: Understanding gender-based violence as a social justice issue.
    Registration is now up.

    So far we have Emi Koyama and Melissa McEwan as confirmed plenary speakers.

  46. FYouMudFlaps
    FYouMudFlaps April 30, 2013 at 8:41 am |

  47. FYouMudFlaps
    FYouMudFlaps April 30, 2013 at 8:41 am |

    Animal lovers’ page

  48. Candace Lamb
    Candace Lamb May 1, 2013 at 7:32 pm |

    This week, I wrote about why life post grad can suck so much. I also wrote a fun post on career obstacles and Grey’s Anatomy.

  49. tigtog
    tigtog May 1, 2013 at 7:58 pm | *

    #FF101 Call for Links: On Silencing Campaigns Against Feminists Online | Finally, A Feminism 101 Blog

    In response to a reader suggestion on more links about silencing campaigns against feminist efforts online. Please do drop by and add links you’ve bookmarked over the last few years.

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