The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Women Friends: Q and A with Julia Cho

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And the two best friends lived happily ever after. It’s not the typical ending for a romance story, but The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (LBD) isn’t typical in any way. The web video series that just aired its final episode is a modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, following fictional vlogger “Lizzie” Bennet, her […]

The Femisphere: Foodies and Food Politics


Without a doubt, food is an inherently feminist topic. Women are inundated on a daily basis regarding food—whether being told how to properly (and perfectly) prepare it, or how to control our intake of it for “ideal” weight purposes. While there is no shortage of both men and women who write about food online, what […]

Of Jane Austen, the Bennet Sisters … and VAWA?

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“I let him film us having sex, Lizzie. I let him do that. … He never made me do anything, so just tell me that I didn’t get what I had coming Lizzie, just try to tell me that!” A sobbing and self-abusive young woman named Lydia Bennet is speaking to her older sister Lizzie […]

The Femisphere: Latina Bloggers


Like many subgenres within the Feminist blogosphere, online content from Latina feminists is growing by the day and reaching more people than ever. These writers, of various ages and backgrounds, are focusing on topics that, despite best intentions, don’t always make it into the spotlight of mainstream feminism: immigration, racism, violence and indigenous women, and […]

Students Speak Out: 5 Ways to Stop Online Harassment


My gender studies class at Cal State Long Beach discussed online harassment and came up with its own guide on how we can all work together to make online spaces safer for women. We know that most men do not harass women online. We know that many men are willing to stand up to harassment […]

Rape, Steubenville, Social Media: How About Another Sort of Super Bowl Sunday?

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This past Wednesday, the judge presiding over the “rape crew” trial in Steubenville ruled it would remain in town, open to the public and commence March 13. Rape, Steubenville and social media are already inextricably linked in both real life and cyberspace. A question remains: What ending will be etched digitally into history? It began […]

Pride and Prejudice at 200: Stop Looking for Mr. Darcy!


 “I want. To. Meet. Darcy. Now!” “When are we going to see darcy gahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh?” “ohmygosh i haven’t even met darcy yet, and i’m already madly fangirling over him.” So commented the viewers on the 57th installment of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a YouTube modernization of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, produced by Hank Green and […]

How Some Men Harass Women Online and What Other Men Can Do to Stop It


(Trigger warning: for abusive, woman-hating language and threats of violence) When I write about feminism and men’s violence against women, I often receive supportive comments. While some of the praise is earned, much of it gives me a lot of credit for doing very little. When women write about those same topics, it’s a different […]

The Femisphere: Fashion and Beauty Bloggers


It’s no big secret that both the fashion and beauty industries have significant issues that make them a challenge for many feminists. While there are certainly hosts of concerns within the two connected industries when it comes to race, body image, age and the promotion of sexist stereotypes, there are also aspects that are inherently […]

The Femisphere: Blogging on Faith And Religion, Part 2

Ladies of the Femisphere: Libby Anne, Danielle Vermeer, Nahida Nisa, and Erika Davis.

In the second part of our Faith & Religion Femisphere roundtable (see part one and meet the participants here), we tackled the upcoming election and abortion as well as the place of religion within feminism. The Femisphere: What was your reaction to the way Martha Raddatz framed her question on abortion during the Vice-Presidential debates? […]