There’s something comfortable and familiar about chain bookstores, like Borders and Barnes & Noble: The vanilla latte always tastes the same, the photography books are always near the fashion books, and there are always comfy chairs. I’ve probably spent thousands of dollars at chain bookstores and I spent many a weekend during my high school years at their poetry nights.
But the bookstore most dear to my heart is a tiny little place called Bloodroot, half vegetarian restaurant and half feminist bookstore. My brother-in-law took me to Bloodroot when I was a teenager and it became a part of my identity. I came of age in the late ’90s and early aughties, when Britney Spears slithered around onstage and suburban kids wore Playboy bunny T-shirts to school, which, don’t get me wrong, is all enjoyable, yet nauseating after a while.
Luckily, the bookstore at Bloodroot proved to be a godsend for the feminists and freaks and gay kids who were trapped in the suburbs until graduation. We could have something we didn’t have anywhere else: a community. Keep reading »
There’s nothing I hate more than when Sarah Palin has a point. So thank you, Zazzle.com, for validating her complaints about sexism with these belittling Christmas cards.
One has a little boy telling Santa he wants “Peace on Earth, an end to war and some nude pics of Palin” (after the jump); the other pictures Palin dressed as a scantily clad Mrs. Claus in high heels and a bustier.
You know what I want for Christmas? I’d like an attractive female politician to run for office without everyone treating her like a bunny from the Playboy Mansion. Might that be possible? Keep reading »
I’m a big ol’ Ani DiFranco fan, but even I’ll admit that song lyrics about feminist stuff don’t inspire a lot of catchy head-bopping. Check out this video of singer Nellie McKay, though, who shows off her lyrical ability—as well as mad ukelele skillz!—in “Mother Of Pearl,” a pretty funny song about feminism. Lyrics that’ll make you giggle, after the jump … Keep reading »
You know, I understand there was a time in history when the word “feminism” meant something. Women fought to win equal rights. And some 50 years later, great strides have been made. Recently, it seems like old-school feminism has returned. This time around, though, it seems like all the political action is gone, and the new feminist key activity consists of pointing out all the ways in which women are supposedly exploited, victimized, or hyper-sexualized by the media. I’m sorry, but pointing out possible instances of sexism in the mainstream media does not a political movement make. Keep reading »
Look, I know ’tis the season to be jolly, but downer alert: The huge increase in the number of women who’ve enlisted to serve our country has an alarming flip side. The number of female homeless veterans has doubled over the past decade. It’s now estimated that 6,500 ex-service women are out on the street. Many of these women have mental health issues or substance abuse problems, and a lot of them have a childhood history of sexual trauma, or experienced it during military service. Services for these national heroines are dwindling, and younger female veterans are showing up in apparently record numbers at veterans affairs (VA) hospital, too. Homeless female veterans are often younger than their male counterparts and more likely to bring children with them, if they lose their homes. Keep reading »