Author: Lauren

Lauren founded this blog in 2000.

Hip Hop Is For Lovers

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This is a guest post by Lauren Bruce, former Feministe blogger and music superfan.

Hip Hop is For Lovers is a multimedia web experience dedicated to looking at love, sex and intimacy through the lens of hip hop culture. Its centerpiece is a weekly woman-centered, queer-friendly and justice-heavy podcast that features discussions about a variety of relationship topics punctuated with the best in rap. After months as a listener, I had the privilege of talking with podcast co-hosts Uche and Lenée about the making of the show, the tentative relationship between hip hop culture and mainstream feminism, and what we should be listening to next. After the interview, tune in live on Wednesday nights from 8-10 EST to hear Uche and Lenée in action.

“One Abuse Script with Many Faces”

We’ve been discussing gaslighting as an abuse tactic in two previous posts in response to this article by Yashar Ali who reassures us that we ladies are not crazy (thanks). In the first, Caperton dissects Ali’s message directly and the…

More on Gaslighting

Gaslighting is a particular kind of emotional abuse, whether intentional or not, that over time makes the abused feel that her perception of reality or of herself is false. The gaslighter manipulates the victim’s sense of self in order “to…

A Moment of Silence

It’s official, one of the oldest, crankiest feminist blogs is closing its doors, and it’s a shame too. It was a great place for conversation about the place for children, motherhood, and work in feminist movements. Also, how to find…

A Quick Note

Life has gotten the best of us. Due to the overwhelming number of comments we are taking in daily, and our inability to moderate comments in an adequate and timely manner, all comments will go directly into moderation until further…

Fifteen-Year-Old Me

In an interview with the NYTimes, Katy Perry elaborates on what she imagines her gospel-aspiring, squeaky fifteen-year-old self would say to her camp persona today: “I think the 15-year-old me would be excited and flabbergasted,” Ms. Perry said, “and also…