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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. Elizabeth Conall
    Elizabeth Conall September 8, 2013 at 9:19 am |

    Hi, I’ve been reading Feministe articles for a long time but never had the nerve to comment.

    I’m writing a novel entitled Leah Far-Sighted, which is an intersectional feminist critique of Supernatural starring queer women of color. The first draft of the back-cover text, the tag to follow for daily progress reports and snippets (I won’t have time for NaNoWriMo in November, so I’m doing it in September instead), and encouragement and comments are very welcome.

    1. Mother X
      Mother X September 8, 2013 at 12:05 pm |

      Excellent! I look forward to checking it out…

  2. Laura (dusty_rose)
    Laura (dusty_rose) September 8, 2013 at 9:24 am |

    Also, my weekly links roundup, where people are welcome to self-promote as well.

  3. Balancing Jane
    Balancing Jane September 8, 2013 at 10:39 am |

    What does Miley Cyrus get wrong about borrowing elements from other cultural groups that parody artists don’t?

    I find myself hanging out with a very diverse group of friends, as far as dietary needs go. How do you throw a dinner party for vegans, vegetarians, omnivores, and paleo eaters?

    I respond to Mrs. Hall letter to teenage girls on Facebook. Long before Facebook ever existed, some parents demanded their children “delete” me for my clothing choices, too. I hope I can teach my own daughter more compassion.

  4. Sue
    Sue September 8, 2013 at 10:59 am |

    I wrote about the origin & evolution of the local LGBTQ Community Center info and referral phone line

    The mystery of the missing Domestic Partner Registry was resolved thanks to a pushy lesbian (ahem) – it was in the basement! Everything is under control they say. Sigh.

    For fun, I listed the things I like to do in the autumn months.

  5. Hannah
    Hannah September 8, 2013 at 11:21 am |
  6. Andie
    Andie September 8, 2013 at 11:30 am |

    FYI (if you’re a nosy asshole)

    My admittedly sarcastic and defensive response to mrs. Hal’s letter to teen girls.

  7. BroadBlogs
    BroadBlogs September 8, 2013 at 11:38 am |

    Too often both women and men confuse looking sexual with being sexual. Not surprising in a society that so often judges women by how well they conform to a narrowly defined cultural ideal. Pretty sad to limit women’s sexual enjoyment and autonomy in this way. It’s something that I had internalized in the past, and can still struggle with. Hence, my interest in writing this post:

    Looking Sexual vs Being Sexual

  8. Mother X
    Mother X September 8, 2013 at 11:58 am |

    I wrote about back to school hell (when your kid is gone).

    And life after Olivia: “In the empty passenger seat next to me, I see my teenager kicking off flip flops and putting her small, dirty feet up on the dashboard, splotches of blue nail polish in the center of each tiny nail on each adorable little square toe.”

    Here’s the link: ttp://

  9. Mother X
    Mother X September 8, 2013 at 12:03 pm |

    In a second post, I wrote: “‘Parenting is, by definition, co-dependent,’ my therapist said to me more than once as I watched myself become obsessed with the overwhelming job of trying to do what I could to keep my kid safe.”

    “Olivia and I have struggled to fathom each other’s angst, and faced with her desire to fall asleep and never wake up, my anxiety increased, becoming a toxic cocktail laced with adrenaline and dread that the morning would come when I couldn’t rouse her. ”

  10. Tori
    Tori September 8, 2013 at 12:26 pm |

    I wrote I’m not interested in functioning about quality of life and chronic pain.

    1. macavitykitsune
      macavitykitsune September 8, 2013 at 12:56 pm |

      Yeah. I know the feeling. So sorry you’re going through this.

    2. Radiant Sophia
      Radiant Sophia September 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm |


  11. macavitykitsune
    macavitykitsune September 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm |

    I wrote a thing! Or rather, reposted an essay I wrote in the winter. It’s on Doctor Who (specifically, “Midnight”), and race and gender dynamics in the episode with regard to muted group theory. The essay is here. Feedback welcome, here or there! (I know DW is not terribly anon-friendly at times.)

    1. macavitykitsune
      macavitykitsune September 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm |

      …dreamwidth, not Doctor Who. o_O I literally just realised they share initials, because I’m smart like that.

  12. arakeala
    arakeala September 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm |

    I wrote about shaving one’s legs, and how people will claim that it’s a completely free choice that anyone is free to not take, then in the next breath inform you that you’ll never get a job or a boyfriend if you go about your life with hairy legs

  13. Anna
    Anna September 8, 2013 at 1:18 pm |

    It’s Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month! Observe the occasion by learning about the causes, symptoms, and risk factors of ovarian cancer. Plus, learn how birth control pills can decrease risk!

    As a special bonus, I promise to describe ovulation in a way you’ve never seen before.

    * * *

    Also, if you happen to live in the Phoenix area, you might be interested to know that Planned Parenthood Arizona (Central Phoenix) now offers primary care services.

  14. Wiley
    Wiley September 8, 2013 at 1:22 pm |

    Already promoted this in the middle of last week, but posting it again b/c I was three days late to the thread!

    Please Understand Me

    There’s also other amazing stuff up on DDP including a piece on feminist science fiction and a response to an article claiming women “don’t want” equality.

  15. delagar
    delagar September 8, 2013 at 1:23 pm |

    Over at delagar, I wrote a post on the central problem with the Conservative quest for Conservative art: “Conservative Art, Conservative Notions of Culture.”

  16. Bianca Reagan
    Bianca Reagan September 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm |

    Blogged over here about slaves and comedy!

    “I don’t understand. How do you have a show?”

    Thank you!

    1. delagar
      delagar September 8, 2013 at 3:14 pm |

      Those are wonderful, Bianca! I’m sharing!

  17. Melissa Huang
    Melissa Huang September 8, 2013 at 3:07 pm |

    A post on Shahzia Sikander, a Pakistani-American artist credited with bringing a resurgence in miniature painting. Her work with video, animation, and performance brings a contemporary twist to Indo-Persian miniatures.

    The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is currently exhibiting She Who Tells a Story, a show featuring twelve women photographers from Iran and the Arab world.

    And check out this week’s Female Gaze Friday: In Shizuka Yokomizo’s Dear Stranger project the artist sends a mysterious letter, asking strangers to stand in front of their window for ten minutes at night to be photographed.

  18. Chas
    Chas September 8, 2013 at 3:31 pm |

    First time I’m commenting here, even though I’ve checked this site out for lord knows how long.

    I’m currently working on a pilot for a cartoon that could use support from people. The main character is a teenage sorceress working and her job as a potion-maker. A mix of fantasy and cartoon comedy, based on a comic book I did.

    I think some of the readers may find it interesting. I realize that not many cartoons have girl protagonists, so here’s hoping this can help.

    Here’s the link. Be sure to watch the video!

  19. Debbi
    Debbi September 8, 2013 at 4:41 pm |

    This week on Kiss My Wonder Woman:

    Oz the Great and Powerful Is Super Racist
    Dollhouse Should Be Called Consent Issues, the Musical
    Strong Female Character Friday, with Dr. Saunders from Dollhouse

    This upcoming week we’re going to be talking about Iron Man 3, continuing our Dollhouse series, and also other things as well I assume.

  20. Angelia Sparrow
    Angelia Sparrow September 8, 2013 at 4:58 pm |

    Mostly Frivolous this week:
    Jello Worms for parties or gross snacks.

    Political commentary, vaguely Syria-ish.

    And pictures from Mephit Furmeet. (Any warnings you want about furries) Including a picture of me, exposing most of my figure flaws in a dress.

  21. Aydan
    Aydan September 8, 2013 at 5:58 pm |

    I wrote “I Am Not Anyone’s Complement,” about a particular flawed argument about gender often used in conservative Christian circles.

  22. Jess
    Jess September 8, 2013 at 7:22 pm |

    Warning: discussion of female genital mutilation/cutting and male circumcision

    I read a lot about Cliteracy this week — a NY artist’s amazing campaign get us to talk about and understand the clitoris — and I wanted to delve into what I see as the campaign’s most necessary, direct impact: spreading information about clit repair surgery for FGM/C victims.

    I also wrote about Pennsylvania’s Bruce Hanes, a county clerk who decided to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite the state’s ban, and why more local officials need to follow his lead.

  23. Victoria Gaile
    Victoria Gaile September 8, 2013 at 9:27 pm |

    Last week I completed and submitted a first draft of chapter two of my thesis, and posted a Wordle based on its text.

    And I celebrated my second blogiversary! :)

  24. Damiane
    Damiane September 8, 2013 at 9:50 pm |

    This week I wrote about what it’s like to work on a self-published novel that actually makes it to that final step of publication.

    1. Damiane
      Damiane September 9, 2013 at 12:37 am |

      I also just now finished up my review of the structurally sound but obnoxiously sexist (and possibly appropriative) Dreams and Shadows.

  25. Athenia
    Athenia September 9, 2013 at 9:55 am |

    If you watched Sailor Moon in North America when you were a kid, you would have known it as just Sailor Moon, but in fact, the full Japanese name is Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon. So, this series has a lot to say about “pretty.” So to that end:

    Does Sailor Moon Promote Fat Hatred?

  26. alynn
    alynn September 9, 2013 at 12:31 pm |

    This week I wrote in defense of anger and about three mythical creatures: virginity, the athletic body type, and success.

  27. MissX
    MissX September 9, 2013 at 5:13 pm |

    Kay Hymowitz strikes again. In a new article, ”Do Women Really Want Equality?“, the author of a book with a sensationalist title – Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Is Turning Men Into Boys – is trying to convince us that women don’t really want equality. Her article is peppered by the statistics of the gender gap in various fields and professions, yet her tone is very dismissive. While offering no counter-statistics or rebuttal, she skirts the issue by saying that numbers are just that and don’t tell the whole story.

  28. Kyosuke
    Kyosuke September 9, 2013 at 11:00 pm |

    Heterosexual Cisgender Queering of Transgender Sexuality

    Answering the charge that the LGB and T are too different to have a coordinated civil rights movement:

    “Ultimately, it is this heterosexual, cisgender queering of transgender sexuality (regardless of how the individuals themselves identify) which is the strongest argument in support of maintaining a unified front in the modern civil rights debate.”

  29. Rachel
    Rachel September 12, 2013 at 5:43 pm |

    I wrote a rebuttal to a Time Ideas piece entited “Do Women Really Want Equality?”

    Check it out here :)

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