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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. Rosa
    Rosa December 8, 2013 at 9:45 am |

    Yesterday I briefly considered setting fire to the offices of the Evening Standard but decided to write this ranty article instead – It’s about the way the press, especially the Standard have been treating the Nigella Lawson/Charles Saatchi thing.

  2. scopophilia
    scopophilia December 8, 2013 at 9:56 am |
    1. Nancy Green
      Nancy Green December 8, 2013 at 10:29 am |


  3. Balancing Jane
    Balancing Jane December 8, 2013 at 10:01 am |

    As part of the conversation generated from #FeminismIsForMothersToo, I looked at the intersection of the way we value motherhood and the way we value pink collar work.

    When a fitness blogger posted a picture of her very fit body four days post-birth, some of the critiques of her body were downright cruel. Shaming someone for being fit isn’t all that different from shaming someone for being fat.

  4. Nancy Green
    Nancy Green December 8, 2013 at 10:25 am |

    Trying to pass for normal while falling deeper into schizophrenia…
    A Quiet Kid

  5. Frank
    Frank December 8, 2013 at 10:55 am |

    I take on the arguments of the right wing of the Catholic Church, particularly relating to LGBT and women’s rights issues at:

    Thanks for the opportunity to share, Jill!

  6. Tori
    Tori December 8, 2013 at 11:12 am |

    Various other folks in my public education system refer to teachers as “in the trenches.” I think they’re correct — but not in the way they intend.

  7. shameonbetterbirth
    shameonbetterbirth December 8, 2013 at 11:12 am |

    The natural childbirth movement uses feminist rhetoric to get women to hire midwives, but they act like the catholic church when sexual abuse occurs within the community. Here is my story of trying to sue for damages (emotional distress, therapy bills, etc). If you want the background of my case click the ‘my story’ link in the upper righthand corner.

  8. Sue
    Sue December 8, 2013 at 11:41 am |

    Content Notes: Homophobia, Sexism, Bullying. This was an unpleasant trip to a memory of being told to “Tone Down the Gay” in a previous workplace.

    Content Notes: Denial of Privilege, Invisibility. Then I wondered if Lesbians Can Disappear as part of a writing exercise on superpowers.

    Content Note: Anti-Trans Violence, Transphobia, Anti-Disability Violence, Murder. I was sad to report that two trans women were murdered in the same week in Cleveland, Ohio. And, sadly, the media hasn’t helped by their refusal to validate the identities of the women.

    On a lighter note, I explored my inability to sustain Words With Friends games for the long haul: I’m a Words With Friends Failure

  9. Sonja
    Sonja December 8, 2013 at 12:01 pm |

    My latest post includes quotes from women who are currently in verbally abusive relationships — and the hopelessness they feel. The more we talk openly about verbal abuse, the more we can help other women who live in a state of fear and sadness.

  10. delagar
    delagar December 8, 2013 at 12:19 pm |

    Over at delagar, I write a review of The Queen of Versailles, a independent documentary about what it’s like to be David Siegel’s wife:
    “The Wealthy Really Are Different, Y’all.”

    Spoilers: It’s unpleasant, despite all the money, unless you like being treated like a piece of meat.

  11. Victoria Gaile
    Victoria Gaile December 8, 2013 at 12:44 pm |

    Finally getting back into substantive blogging:

    Advise the Bishops about Marriage and Family Life is a close read and analysis of the questionnaire that Rome has sent out in preparation for the Extraordinary Synod on the family in October 2014. Of particular interest to current or former Catholics whose advice is being solicited, but additionally of interest to anyone curious about just what the Catholic church is doing here.

    In Mimetic Rivalry, Reform, and Unity in the Church, I deconstruct the rivalistic dynamic in a recent commentary on church reform by a liberal Catholic theologian, only to get caught up in the same dynamic myself. Oops.

    Also has some commentary on the applicability of 1 Tim 2:8-10 as relevant to rivalry and unity in the church: there’s actually more to that part of 1 Tim than silencing women.

  12. Miri
    Miri December 8, 2013 at 12:44 pm |

    I wrote a piece about why atheists should stop calling religion a mental illness, from the perspective of a mentally ill atheist. (Content note: mental illness, suicide, abuse).

  13. Véronique
    Véronique December 8, 2013 at 12:53 pm |

    It’s year-end time at Fromage. In My tiny musical slice of 2013, I offer up my totally biased choices for best music that I heard. And even though I use the term “all-female” only once (because the media made a big deal out of it), it just so happens that the list includes many female musicians.

  14. rimonim
    rimonim December 8, 2013 at 12:55 pm |

    Would You Choose Not To Be Transgender?

    Gender Theory, Gender Practice — Transgender people defy both essentialist and constructionist accounts of gender.

    Got a question about the transgender experience? Ask me! All people and topics welcome.

    1. Donna L
      Donna L December 8, 2013 at 3:32 pm |

      Thanks for these. One must never forget the ironclad rule when it comes to trans people: whoever’s analyzing us, whether they’re sex/gender essentialists or constructionists, and whatever we do, we’re doing it wrong and don’t really exist in the way we think we do.

  15. Simon
    Simon December 8, 2013 at 1:02 pm |

    Happy Holidays everyone here at Feministe. I must say I have been lurking on this site for quite some time now and really enjoy the various perspective here. As a male ally I made it a point to just “listen” to what feminists are saying rather than comment. The problem with gender relations or really any relations is people do not listen enough and just want to talk over and comment. Well I have learned much about Feminism here and how it helps helps liberate men as well as women. I saw this open thread and figured I would express my appreciation. I am so encouraged that more men are now a part of feminism and the fight for equality for all human beings. If anyone is interested fwiw on a good male feminist site that is sort of under the radar, there is a site a friend of mine male feminist Rob Okun created it has some pretty good info it. I look forward to continually reading this site and and learning.

  16. BroadBlogs
    BroadBlogs December 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm |

    A number of studies have come to the surprising finding that:

    Sex Gets Better With Age?

    And also that:

    Hostility, Objectification Go Hand-In-Hand

    And that:

    Criminalizing Abortion Doesn’t Stop It

  17. Sonia Connolly
    Sonia Connolly December 8, 2013 at 1:56 pm |

    Physical movement in your avenue of expression (jaw, tongue, etc.) creates sound. Immobility is silent. Gentle exploration can help you restore restricted movement.
    Let Your Jaw Speak

  18. nandita
    nandita December 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm |

    The ‘Call Cops’ Theory: A post about the agency of those who have been abused, their right to choose how to address abuse and societal & state responsibility, written in the background of calls in India to have all cognizable offences mandatorily be investigated by the police regardless of whether or not the person who has been abused consents.

    (Trigger warning particularly with reference to content in the first four paras. for abuse & the non-provision of healthcare.)

  19. bleh
    bleh December 8, 2013 at 2:06 pm |

    My response to the hubub about female competition and indirect aggression.

  20. Jem
    Jem December 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm |

    After being asked by an interviewer this week why I wrote about sexism and misogyny in the university where I work, I was forced to think about the way personal beliefs relate to professional life:
    This Departmental Corridor Is A Feminist Issue

  21. Ally S
    Ally S December 8, 2013 at 6:35 pm |

    I’ve recently started writing at Feminist Borg, a new feminist blog whose contributors are comprised of some regulars from the Man Boobz community (e.g. kittehserf). We have posts sorted by theme of the month, and this month’s theme is pregnancy.

    I wrote a post in response to Jill’s recent article about the abortion restriction scenario. (I’ve only written about two posts so far, although I’ll be writing more often these days. Here’s my first post there on rape jokes.)

  22. Jess Eagle
    Jess Eagle December 8, 2013 at 8:52 pm |

    The homophobic things straight women say to gay men, and the sexist things gay men say about women.
    Gay men, straight women, and unexplored tensions.

    A response to the study about female “indirect aggression” and competition, and the New York Times write-up that used the study to say slut-shaming is all women’s fault.
    Girl-on-girl crime: competition and slut-shaming

    How to respond when a friend/family member/co-worker unknowingly says something sexist. And how to come out as a feminist to friends/family members who have the wrong impression of feminism.
    Q & A: How to react to my friend’s sexist statement

  23. Toinette Vizard
    Toinette Vizard December 8, 2013 at 10:02 pm |

    Vagina Chronicles Podcast has a great new episode on the question of…To procreate or not to procreate in your thirties and beyond. Babies or no babies, women are women. We would love for you to tune in and let us know your thoughts on the topic.

    Thank you for your support!


  24. Carrie Sessarego
    Carrie Sessarego December 10, 2013 at 2:14 am |

    I write about science fiction, romance, science and politics at Come check it out! Also my first book is being released on January 6, 2014. It’s called Pride, Prejudice, and Popcorn: TV and Film Adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Wuthering Heights. Currently it’s avail for preorder at Amazon and at Barnes and Noble
    Thank you!

  25. Andie
    Andie December 10, 2013 at 10:24 am |

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