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Archive for January, 2012

Enoch Arden, Michi and Jackie

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Laurie says: Kyoko Michishita was one of the women I worked with on my Women of Japan project. She is a noted feminist and does strong anti-military work.  Michi is also a well known translator. .. .. She recently published a Japanese translation of Tennyson’s Enoch Arden,  a remarkable accomplishment, particularly given the language differences. […]

Women’s Friendship in the Worst of Times

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Debbie says: I don’t have a lot to say about Emily Rapp’s essay, Transformation and Transcendence: The Power of Female Friendship. Unless, that is, I write a book-length response. It’s a very sad essay. I’m not so much one for trigger warnings, mostly because I believe people’s triggers are too complex and nuanced to be […]

What Kind of Film Do You Want to Be In? Combatting Media Brainwashing

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Lynne Murray says: Sometimes I feel like I’m in one of those horror films where the entire population is increasingly infected by an incurable Body Hating Zombie Virus. Only instead of eating other people’s brains this sickness forces one to eat one’s own and pay for the privilege. Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s film,Miss Representation, and the […]

Filament interview with Laurie

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Laurie says: As I posted earlier, Filament magazine did an interview with me in their last issue. They are an English feminist erotic magazine that called itself the thinking woman’s crumpet. The questions were excellent and they chose a really good selection of the photos from “Familiar Men: A Book of Nudes.” The editor Suraya […]

Birth Control: Back in the News

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Laurie and Debbie say: We were very impressed by this article by Valerie Tarico at . Tarico couches excellent contemporary birth-control information in the context of Rick Santorum’s recent attack on birth control (“It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed […]

A Guys Guide to Feminism

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Laurie says: We’ve always been impressed with Michael Kimmel’s thoughts on masculinity, which is why he wrote the introduction to Familiar Men:A Book of Nudes. Recently he and Michael Kaufman have written a book called A Guys Guide to Feminism. Quotes are from Seal Press: Authors Michael Kaufman and Michael Kimmel, two of the world’s […]

Rescue: A Useful Step on the Brainstorming Road

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Lynne Murray says: Some advertiser (I can’t be bothered to find out which) is wooing ‘60s nostalgia money and set a 1965 song to ringing in my head these days and thinking about how songs echo life strategy problem-solving tactics. The song is Fontella Bass’ Rescue Me Even though this was Bass’ only major hit, […]

New Year’s Resolutions: Lose Fat Hatred

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Laurie and Debbie say: Happy New Year! We’ve been big fans of s.e. smith at This Ain’t Livin’ for a long time, so it’s great to have such a timely post to write about. In the maelstrom of New Year’s resolutions, she wants us all to remember: Fat hatred kills. It kills every day in […]