Feminism

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... »

Why We Dress How We Do

Why We Dress How We Do

One of the basic discussions in feminism revolves around how women dress. It’s actually a topic that, in my opinion, best illustrates the divides between earlier feminists and modern feminists. Early feminists fought- and still do fight- against clothing like high heels and short skirts being forced onto women. More modern feminists, while agreeing that no woman should be made to feel obliga... »

I choose you, oppression!

I choose you, oppression!

It’s been a long time since I’ve discussed feminism with someone who hasn’t read a word of feminist theory and I use the word ‘discussed’ lightly. Alas my lucky streak ended a few weeks ago when unlike misdemeanours in the past where I angrily begin ranting about something, someone else flew off the handle at me. It’s a harsh shock into the reality of how the wo... »

Thanks For Proving Our Point

Thanks For Proving Our Point

In light of the recent DDoS attack, I’d like to say something, something that’s always on my mind when feminists are targeted like this. Guys, whoever you are trying to take down these sites, including this one, you’re proving our point. This goes far beyond DDoS. Every time you threaten feminists with rape, or say that they should die for speaking out, you prove our point. And t... »

Modesty, Fat Shaming, and Me in a Bikini

Modesty, Fat Shaming, and Me in a Bikini

I’m in Wisconsin right now for a funeral. I am at a hotel, and this hotel has a pool, and this me has a niece whom I was told would insist on swimming. I was told by my mom to bring a swim suit. I brought my favorite one. My favorite swim suit is a bikini (I tend to like girlmoding with swimwear, if only because it’s easier). I was told this was inappropriate. I said, “I’m ... »

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