Feminism

Young People and Activism, MLK and CeCe McDonald.

Young People and Activism, MLK and CeCe McDonald.

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Today is the day of patting ourselves on the back, telling ourselves what a good job we did at ending racism. Er, I mean, what a great job MLK did. It’s a day of white people either getting super-duper racist or superficially racially sensitive. Some white people are doing what I’m trying to not horribly fail at right now, and try to be good allies... »

The struggle of names

The struggle of names

Names. They say a lot about people. While you can’t reliably tell anything about a person by their name, their relationship with it can tell you their life story. Sometimes people feel defined by their names; Others redefine what a name is. Names are immense tools both of oppression and in the fight against it. Women’s names are frequently infantilizing or shortened to be cutesy, where... »

Am I a Killjoy?

Am I a Killjoy?

The label ‘feminist killjoy’ is one I like to adopt at times, sometimes for fun, sometimes to annoy, mostly to crush the patriarchy. Yet more and more I question what this phrase means. Increasingly I feel people seriously labelling me as someone who takes joy in ‘ruining’ their favourite shows by exposing their problematic aspects. So am I or anyone else who exposes these ... »

The United States: Where Men are Men and Women are Girls

The United States: Where Men are Men and Women are Girls

I spent an unhealthy amount of my Peace Corps time in Tanzania fantasizing about that magical land, the U.S., where all the roads are paved and the internet video streams at 360p and above.  Sure, I remembered that it was a sexist racist place, but it was a distant sort of remembrance, subordinate to my memories of cheese.  This is how I completely forgot that in the U.S. it is culturally acceptab... »

Losing Ground: The Balancing Act of the Radical and the Practical

Losing Ground: The Balancing Act of the Radical and the Practical

My mom and I talk often about feminism and feminist issues, as these are questions close to both of our hearts. However the two of us come from very different eras of feminism: my mother came of age in the time of free love and (supposed) bra burning. She fought to let women keep their own names when they marry, for contraception rights, against painful and oppressive clothing, against sexual hara... »

Some answers to “Why are there still so few women in science?”

Some answers to “Why are there still so few women in science?”

Eileen Pollack asks in The New York Times Magazine: “Why are there still so few women in science?” And she gives a few intriguing answers. Part of what makes her article compelling is the combination of hard data from recent years and personal stories from women in science that make a rather irrefutable case that gender bias exists. This is not only true in physics and computer science... »

Critical Fandom: Speaking Out

Critical Fandom: Speaking Out

It’s important to have your voice heard, and, yes, we’ve gone over this, but it can do a whole world of good, no matter how vitriolic the loud minority may be. There are circumstances in which real change can be made, and though we’ve seen an unfortunate lack of movement in the larger skeptical organisations in this regard, other institutions have faced issues of outrageous inter... »

Rape as Backstory: Not Buying It

Rape as Backstory: Not Buying It

I have a problem with certain Strong Female Characters. I, as much as the next feminist, would like to see strong, complex, interesting female characters. However what I find unfortunate is when we are reduced to “strong” female characters, and those characters are given some very predictable backstories that play into certain extremely sexist stereotypes about cold women or women who hate men. On... »

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