Comedy is Part of Feminist History—and We Need it Now More Than Ever

There is no fiercer political weapon than laughter. Feminists have known that all along.

Five Feminist Poems for National Poetry Month: “The Quiet Woman” by Genevieve Taggard

Women have been responding to sexual harassment for generations. Poet Genevieve Taggard, born in 1894 in Washington state, was one of them; in “The Quiet Woman,” she captures fury and anger “like a surly tiger” of a woman fending off an unwanted advance.

We Still Need the Sexy, Bilingual Poetry of tatiana de la tierra

A multilingual poet, publisher, print-based activist, begrudging academic, lover of smut and eternal other, de la tierra was everything I couldn’t resist as a young, queer writer still struggling to find community.

Five Feminist Poems for National Poetry Month: “The Washerwoman” by Mary Weston Fordham

Mary Western Fordham portrays the body and the mind of a working woman in “The Washerwoman.”

Infinite Womanhood and Biological Horror in Annihilation

I stole my roommate’s copy of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” the moment we got home from “Annihilation.”

Five Feminist Poems for National Poetry Month: “To Sylvia” by Amy Levy

“To Sylvia” is from Amy Levy’s 1884 collection A Minor Poet and Other Verse. Reaching across the centuries to read the poem is an encounter with passion and desire.

(It’s Not a) Witch Hunt!

There is a suggestion that all those whose fingers are pointed at Trump are somehow enmeshed in a nationwide mass hysteria—that they are a heaving mass of gullible, deluded goodwives. But women know better. Women know what a witch hunt really is.

Rest in Power: Linda Brown’s Legacy is Still a Rallying Cry

Despite her powerful legacy, Brown’s fight goes on—and today, segregation in schools is rife and on the rise.

The (True) Histories of Warrior Women

If women’s history is told truthfully and interpreted correctly, it can enlighten the present. Similarly, false testimony and faulty interpretation can do great damage. And that brings us to bones.

How Renaissance-Era Sexism Connects the Fights for Gender Equality and Trans Liberation

Misogyny and anxious masculinity add fuel to political attempts to hold back transgender rights—and looking through the lens of Renaissance beliefs brings some of those remarkably persistent sexist attitudes into clear view.

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