Kotaku, Sexism, and Why It All Matters

Over the past weekend, I have been attached to my computer, Google Chrome glued to Kotaku. I have spent a ridiculous amount of time on here (despite the fact that I should know better) arguing with vaguely anonymous commenters, trying to explain why Ubisoft's attitude towards excluding females is problematic —… » 6/24/14 8:56pm 6/24/14 8:56pm

When Is It Okay (If Ever) To Fail the Bechdel Test?

Prompted by Charlie Jane Anders' discussion of the test today (as well as some of the reactions I've seen to it) I've given some thought to the Bechdel Test and whether it's ever okay for a story to fail it. There are a number of popular stories which do fail it - Pacific Rim, The Lord of the Rings, the original Star… » 6/04/14 10:54pm 6/04/14 10:54pm

Your Childhood Pal, Anne of Green Gables, Was Probably Queer

Anne of Green Gables may not be the the first work on your list of "classic queer literature," but maybe it should be. There's something about Anne Shirley which seems, at least to me, undeniably queer. It's little wonder that I have always identified heavily with Anne and the novel remains my favorite novel of all… » 5/15/14 7:43pm 5/15/14 7:43pm

Meh, OITNB's DeLaria Won't Attend Trans Exclusionary Music Fest

This year's lineup for Michigan Womyn's Music Festival has been announced and the inclusion of Orange is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, who has decided not to attend, had raised some eyebrows across sections of the LGBT+ community given that the festival's trans exclusionary policy is still in effect and would… » 5/08/14 12:50am 5/08/14 12:50am

An Incomplete (Play)List And Critical Analysis of Beyoncé's Feminist…

I am 100% certain that absolutely everyone is fed up of hearing me talk about Beyoncé. I've written about her quite a bit in the last few months. It isn't because I'm her biggest fan, but more because I recognize what an amazing economic and political statement her latest album was, and it irks me to see the way so… » 4/12/14 12:00pm 4/12/14 12:00pm

WSJ Opinion: Gender Wage Gap Is a "Myth"

A WSJ opinion piece published on the eve of Equal Pay Day takes issue with the President's State of the Union remarks regarding the pay disparity between women and men, specifically aiming at the oft quoted 77 cents on the dollar statistic. The authors proceed to drill down into Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers in… » 4/08/14 10:53pm 4/08/14 10:53pm

On Ron Burgundy, #CancelColbert And White Racial Satire

Today I finally saw Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. It was an okay-ish movie I suppose. I certainly didn't see anything spectacular enough to warrant the two hour run time. Back for another go-round, loveable doofus Ron Burgundy rounded up his merry band of newsmen to begin broadcasting on the nation's first 24… » 4/04/14 12:00am 4/04/14 12:00am

Some Cobbled Together Thoughts On The #BanBossy Campaign

I've been thinking a lot about Sheryl Sandberg's new #BanBossy campaign over the last week or so since it debuted. I've read the thinkpieces both for and against, and even the ones that fell in the middle of the road. And after considering all of the very valid critiques, I've realized why this campaign bugs me so… » 3/15/14 10:43am 3/15/14 10:43am

Trans Women, Male Privilege, Socialisation, and Feminism

There is a common refrain among some trans activists that male privilege either does not exist or is insignificant to trans women's experiences. There is a common refrain among some radical feminists, largely trans exclusionary radical feminists, that trans women never lose male privilege at all and that male… » 3/04/14 1:35pm 3/04/14 1:35pm

How Jezebel (and Groupthink) Made Me a Better Feminist... And a Better…

In November of 2007, I made an agonising decision. I cut my long, wavy, beautifully colored red hair. I let my ear piercings close up. I put on slacks, a dress shirt, and a tie... and a mask I hadn't worn for a year, and then I stepped on a plane bound for Seoul, South Korea. » 2/01/14 4:39am 2/01/14 4:39am

Patriarchy Isn't Dead: Why Hanna Rosin Is Wrong

In an article which is no doubt doubling as not-so-subtle marketing for her book, The End of Men, Hanna Rosin argues that feminists should just accept the fact that the patriarchy is dead. Well, I guess that's that, ladies. Good job all around. The highest of fives. We can all go home and enjoy our egalitarian utopia.… » 9/12/13 11:28pm 9/12/13 11:28pm

Cis Feminists Need To Understand “Provisional” Male Privilege

This isn't the first time I have brought this up, but it bears repeating because of some recent conversations I had with fellow women's college alumna (all different women's colleges, including myself), and even my mother! When discussing how trans women engage in feminism due to their own experiences with… » 7/14/13 5:07pm 7/14/13 5:07pm

How Yesterday's Feminists Invented the Food of the Future

These days, foodie messiahs like Mark Bittman and Michael Pollan preach the gospel of whole foods and get quite a lot of ink and airtime for their ideas about a more healthy way of eating. But the most progressive idea in food from a hundred years ago would likely shock the slow fooders of today: the meal pill. » 5/31/13 7:43am 5/31/13 7:43am