Weekly Feminist Smorgasbord: An Anti-Racist Dating Book, NPR’s “Living Large” Series, & Brave Uses of Free Speech

So much feminist news to catch up on! Enjoy. My favorite story of the week: Fox News is apparently worse than no news at all. via GOOD magazine. The wonderful Samhita over at Feministing wrote an unconventional and feminist dating advice book. Racialicious applauds her deconstruction of exoticism, anti-interracial dating narratives, and the pressures on cis-gendered men. (There’s a long excerpt in the review, too.) … Continue reading Weekly Feminist Smorgasbord: An Anti-Racist Dating Book, NPR’s “Living Large” Series, & Brave Uses of Free Speech

Happy Thanksgiving!

Although the smorgasbord is on break this week, here are a couple of articles for Thanksgiving preparation: how to talk to your relatives about feminism, anti-racism, and other related subjects. Planned Parenthood has some tips on how to have a conversation, not a shouting match, with your anti-choice family member(s). Colorlines aptly notes that it is certain folks’ privilege that allows them to “avoid” certain … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!

Weekly Feminist Smorgasbord: Shame-Free Sex, Katie Roiphe (Eye-Roll), and Twilight

The brilliant Jaclyn Friedman, feminist activist and writer, has finally come out with her new book, What You Really Really Want:The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety. Read a review at Where is your line? and an interview with Friedman at Feministing. Now I know what I’m getting everybody for Xmas/Hannukah. To paraphrase Rachel Maddow, this is the Best New Thing this week. … Continue reading Weekly Feminist Smorgasbord: Shame-Free Sex, Katie Roiphe (Eye-Roll), and Twilight

Weekly Feminist Smorgasbord: ‘Fetal Personhood’ Voted Down, Penn State’s Shameful Rioting, and Women Speak Up

A major victory for women’s right and anti-racist activism: Mississippi’s attempted “Personhood Amendment,” which would have defined a fertilized egg as a human being, was voted down on Tuesday. Woohoo!!! Kate Sheppard at Mother Jones tells us why it failed. President Obama publicly affirms the importance of this victory. And another good move from our President: speaking at the National Women’s Law Center annual dinner, … Continue reading Weekly Feminist Smorgasbord: ‘Fetal Personhood’ Voted Down, Penn State’s Shameful Rioting, and Women Speak Up

Weekly Feminist Smorgasbord: Remembering the Ms. Revolution, the History of ‘Personhood’, and Umbrellas

In honor of its 40th birthday, a fabulous tribute to Ms. magazine at NY Mag. My favorite tid-bit: some of the proposed titles for Ms. included Everywoman, Sisters, Lilith, Sojourner, Female, A Woman’s Place, The First Sex, and The Majority. Plus the article is structured as an oral history, with insights from the pioneers themselves. From Mary Peacock, one of the founding editors: When Ms. … Continue reading Weekly Feminist Smorgasbord: Remembering the Ms. Revolution, the History of ‘Personhood’, and Umbrellas

WELCOME TO THE CITY ISSUE!

While researching for The City Issue, I revisited “Goodbye to All That,” Joan Didion’s classic homage (and farewell) to New York City. And although I would gladly tattoo ninety- percent of this piece on my body, I was moved to tears [it was a rough week] where she writes: I am not sure that it is possible for anyone brought up in the East to … Continue reading WELCOME TO THE CITY ISSUE!

STYLE AND THE CITY: Urban Theorist Elizabeth Wilson on Fashion, Women, and Modernity

By Ryan Moore Ryan Moore is an associate professor of sociology at Florida Atlantic University and the author of Sells Like Teen Spirit: Music, Youth Culture, and Social Crisis. You can find more of his work at maxthemarxist.blogspot.com. For women all over the world, urban life presents a dialectic of possibilities that includes both exploitation and liberation. Cities engulf everyone in their impersonal and unforgiving … Continue reading STYLE AND THE CITY: Urban Theorist Elizabeth Wilson on Fashion, Women, and Modernity

Ten Questions with Caroline Biggs

{This month features Urban Theorist/Feminist/Fashion Socio-Historian Extraordinaire Elizabeth Wilson. Author of dozens of books and countless articles, she has earned quite the international following for her groundbreaking scholarship on fashion, urbanity, and modernity—and the lifelong devotion of at least one budding academic-fashionist. <3} Describe yourself in one word. Energetic  To date, what do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Bringing up a daughter.  What or whom … Continue reading Ten Questions with Caroline Biggs

HELLO TO ALL THIS by Caroline Biggs

{To honor the struggle of getting to New York, I reached out to some of the most eccentric, entertaining, and ambitious women I know in this city—all of whom came from elsewhere and all of whom, despite their many differences, came with little more than the will to take on this terrifying but rewarding metropolis.}  ___________________ In 1957, as a child of ten, I visited … Continue reading HELLO TO ALL THIS by Caroline Biggs

Researching New York : A Sneak Peek at This Year’s Conference

  {Director of the Women’s History Program at Sarah Lawrence College, Rona Holub, shares the abstract for her upcoming presentation at this year’s esteemed “Researching New York” conference series.}  In Defense of a “Noble Metropolis”: The Irish and German Immigrant Response to New York State’s Attack on Home Rule in New York City, 1857 In April of 1857, the New York State Legislature passed new laws, … Continue reading Researching New York : A Sneak Peek at This Year’s Conference