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

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 “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

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(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

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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

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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? […]

The Femisphere: Blogging on Faith and Religion, Part 1

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              While religion tends to be a hotly debated topic everywhere, it can sometimes feel even more divisive within the feminist community–especially when it seems like we’re in a constant battle with the religious right over issues such as reproductive and LGBTQI rights. Yet there are feminists who have […]

Ingrid Jungermann Wants to Kickstart More Lesbian Laughs

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What good is laughing? We’re engaged in a tremendous battle for women’s rights; what’s so funny? Laughter is an empowerment tool. A good laugh relaxes and recharges us, makes us feel expansive and alive, fills us up with the world, makes us feel part of the world. I get my laughs from Ingrid Jungermann, a […]

The Femisphere: Education and Teaching Bloggers

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In my former life as a high school social studies teacher, one of my favorite courses was U.S. History, which allowed teachers a wide berth in planning lessons. While some would take a few weeks dissecting all the Civil War battles, I would be the only one giving a lesson on the Redstockings Manifesto. I […]

Yes, There’s Even an App for THAT: Menstruation and the Quantified Self

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Do you have a cell phone? Do you use apps to do things you used to do with paper and pen? Chances are, you do. Maybe you even use an app to keep track of your period. A recent report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that more than 80 percent of […]

Femisphere: Sports Bloggers with a Gender Lens

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My own sports “career” ended at the ripe old age of 17, when I traded in laps around the soccer field for less athletic pursuits. Despite my lack of time on the field, I’ve still kept an eye on sports from the comfort of my couch, or even from the stands. Many other feminists have done […]

The Women Virtual Volunteers of Hurricane Katrina

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As Hurricane Isaac passed through New Orleans today, we couldn’t help think about what happened seven years ago when Hurricane Katrina wreaked extraordinary damages and losses on the Louisiana city. And when we think about Katrina, we can’t help but also recall how traditional media outlets depicted African American survivors as looters and “refugees” (thus ignoring their […]