Feminism

YA Lit and Feminism: Divergent as a Case Study

YA Lit and Feminism: Divergent as a Case Study

I am a rabid fan of YA literature. I love it, and I think that many authors who are willing to invest in writing for young people are willing to invest in serious portrayals of women and girls as well. YA lit is often the place where the fiesty, strong heroines are born, intelligent and independent young women who pretty much repeatedly save everyone. This is where the Hermiones and the Katnisses ... »

The Conquest of Women in Sitcoms

The Conquest of Women in Sitcoms

There’s a disturbing common thread in television which stems from a predatory attitude society should have gotten over years ago. Yes, that sentence could apply to a great many things, particularly when we’re talking about the way the media portrays women, but the American sitcom has a bulging vein running through it that it doesn’t seem able to shake off. Can you shake off a vei... »

‘All the cool historical (and sometimes modern) Ladies!’ : Rosalind Franklin

‘All the cool historical (and sometimes modern) Ladies!’ : Rosalind Franklin

It’s the end of March so after a month of fervent university work, I’m going to jump in with my first instalment of ‘All the cool historical (and sometimes modern) ladies!’. So I’m going to tell you about some wonderfully intelligent and awesome (do I say awesome too much? Probably…) lady scientists. Now these are only tit bits of their contributions to science,... »

Poetry and Gender

Poetry and Gender

Content description: Discusses gender identity and awesome poetry and awesome poetry in question mentions homophobic slurs. Hey! So I spent my weekend rediscovering slam poetry and attending a bunch of awesome women’s week workshops at my uni (which I will tell you all about at some point). One of these workshops revolved around gender identity and it was an eye opener. We talked about a lot... »

The Sexualization of YA Fiction

The Sexualization of YA Fiction

Most people think of teenhood as a time of raging hormones and awakening sexuality. “Experimentation”, “hormonal” and “out of control” are things we tend to associate with young adults and sexuality. Young adult fiction seems to have picked up on these associations and has one-upped its adult counterpart in terms of obsessing over sex and sexuality. I have read a lot of young adult fiction. I pref... »

Fair Lady of Computer Science who Kicks Ass

Fair Lady of Computer Science who Kicks Ass

In honor of women’s history month, I am going to gush about how much I love Frances Allen.  Partly, because I’ve met her.  Well, I’ve attended a lecture she gave, which is not the same thing.  Also, because she has won the Turing Award, the highest honor the computer science community can bestow.  She is, incidentally, the first woman to win it.  It is fair to say that without he... »

The Space for Little Girls

The Space for Little Girls

Trigger warning: brief mention of self harm and eating disorders When I was little, I spent most of my time in books. It wasn’t something I thought much about, I simply enjoyed them and doing other things was not as fun. But in my last therapy session, I described it as “I always wanted to be someplace else”. What on earth would cause a 10 year old girl with no trauma in her past and a perfectly h... »

Amanda Marcotte Got It Wrong

Amanda Marcotte Got It Wrong

There has been an uproar recently on Twitter over an article by friend of the Skepchicks, Amanda Marcotte. Amanda is a lovely person who write many lovely things, but in this particular article she appears to be defending a decision to arrest a woman who was a victim of assault in order to ensure that the woman showed up to testify. There are a lot of things about Amanda’s article that are t... »

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