Tag Archives: Feminism

Fuck The Virgin Suicides

Seriously, fuck this persistent trope of glorifying and preserving the innocent, pretty girl victim, and especially fuck the cultural obsession with “virginity.” Virginity is a social construct. It is impossible to define without making it glaringly obvious that its perimeters … Continue reading

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Feminism and The Ten Year Nap

Meg Wolitzer wrote an acclaimed, lauded, best-seller, The Ten Year Nap, which, in a nutshell, delivers what it promises. (Haha.) Her characters are all stay-at-home moms who were once promising in their careers but left them for one reason or … Continue reading

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When She Woke, cafeteria Christian feminist candy

Where to begin with Hillary Jordan’s When She Woke, a misogynistic dystopia, where criminals have their skin dyed according to their crime? Not when Hannah wakes up blood red in a Chrome Ward prison for having an abortion. Not when … Continue reading

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Bad Feminist

I’m overweight. At times, this consumes me. Then, immediately thereafter I feel like a bad feminist. Roxane Gay writes in her article, Bad Feminist: As Judith Butler writes in her 1988 essay, “Performative Acts and Gender Constitution”: “Performing one’s gender … Continue reading

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The Penelopiad

I love Margaret Atwood. I open one of her books, wondering if I’m going to read it next, and then I’m on page 35. Her prose is like really expensive vodka: clear, neat, but surreptitiously powerful. I love it. Just … Continue reading

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Dora: a Headcase

Dora, Freud’s infamous and beloved hysterical mute. Dora, “the true ‘mistress’ of the Signifier.” (Cixous) Dora, feminist extraordinaire. Dora, teenage sherocket in combat boots. Given the importance of Freudianism, it’s easy to see the feminist attraction to Dora. For Hélène … Continue reading

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Other Women

I had been waiting a year to read Elizabeth Abbott’s Mistresses. In the early days of bébé, I was eyes burning, skin aching, fall asleep standing tired. Every time I opened a book, no matter how much I fought it, … Continue reading

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