Emotional and social politics of PMS

Safe, Sane and Consensual

I was a sink with a leaky faucet. The tears wouldn’t stop. There was nothing wrong. I wasn’t sad. I just couldn’t stop crying. My mind churned out reasons to be sad, and I cried until I had a pair of swollen goldfish eyes. The worst part about it? This
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When feminism follows the money

Theoretical Titillation

So what happens when activists prioritize branding? They downplay the importance of policy for uncritical, often expensive, gatherings and capitalize on the grandiose rhetoric of “empowerment” and “human rights.”
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Just another feminist rant

Theoretical Titillation

Now, usually, I would present a single, parable-ish narrative that highlights the existence of the patriarchy. But over the past few years, I’ve found it hard to only talk about one uncomfortable experience because there have been so many.
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Passion for fashion: rehabilitating style with feminism

Subliminal Signification

I’m going to start my discussion with a claim that might be controversial, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to many because I’m an opinion writer. Whenever I make a huge change in appearance, there always seem to be at least one guy friend, nostrils flared, who patronizingly comments with
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Why I cut my hair: the Anti-Manifesto

Subliminal Signification

Garbed in pink pajamas, I faced my bathroom mirror, armed with orange scissors. My chin-length hair dangled helplessly. I took a breath and sloppily chopped across a section of my brown locks. I felt cathartic — or at least, I wanted to feel that way. Even though Mulan’s haircut was
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Off the beat: The ‘feminist’ sellouts

I’m not sure feminism’s newfound popularity is a step back for the movement, but I do think that such a wide breadth of identification with feminism makes an already commonly misunderstood movement even more complicated, misunderstood and ineffective.
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Off the beat: Harassment on the street hurts

Picture this: It’s a sweltering summer day, and you’re riding the BART train. Then a man enters the cabin and sits next to you. He turns to you and begins mumbling, calling you “honey” and “sexy” under his breath.
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Aaron Sorkin opts for male gaze over sincere representation of women

Women are consistently misrepresented in "The West Wing" and "The Newsroom"

At the end of an interview with writer Sarah Nicole Prickett in June of last year, screenwriter and HBO “Newsroom” showrunner Aaron Sorkin cracked. Rising from his seat, he told Prickett (who was on assignment for the nearly 160-year-old Toronto-based Globe and Mail): “Listen here, Internet girl … It wouldn’t
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‘Orange is the New Black’ is arrestingly funny

Jenji Kohan has it on lock with follow-up to 'Weeds'

“Women in television” — and, particularly, the “Can women be funny?” question — is a very tired conversation now. It’s been done and dissected, and now, it should be put in the kitchen, where it can keep silent and make me sandwiches. And yet it keeps cropping up because, joking
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Blurred lines of empowerment

Cultural Crossroads

Despite the title of Robin Thicke’s new song, when a friend of mine first mentioned the “rapey” undertones of “Blurred Lines,” I was taken aback. The fact that the song’s music video is grotesque and objectifying wasn’t new to me, but I had failed to recognize these more problematic undertones
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