In No Regrets, women writers talk about what it was like to read literature’s “midcentury misogynists.”

This isn’t just about the books. When young women read the hypermasculine literary canon—what Emily Gould calls the “midcentury misogynists,” staffed with the likes of Roth, Mailer, and Miller—their discomfort is punctuated by the knowledge that their male peers are reading these books, identifying with them, and acting out their perspectives and narratives. These writers…

It’s a man’s, man’s, man’s world (not really)

Thesis: Feminism is inclusive and necessary given that gender inequality negatively affects men, not just women. —Answering the questions, What is feminism? Why should boys care? Author’s Note: This is a rewrite of the extemporaneous speech I gave for my Comm III class. I wasn’t really keen on posting it, but several developments have quite frankly forced my hand….

An Update: End Sexual Violence in Conflict

Me with Secretary Deles, the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, earlier this evening during the cocktail hosted by the British and Australian ambassadors. The reality of sexual violence in conflict and how it pervades areas of armed conflict around the world would take more than just a status to write about and more than…

Maybe it’s time to think about it (Feminist Questions)

/positively brimming with ideas/ 1. Is there such a thing as false feminism? In a lot of ways, this is answerable by no. False feminism, much like false activism (hacktivism, armchair activism etc.) was coined up out of the tangle of sincere-to-insincere motivations of feminists and the effective-detrimental effects of a feminist action. But if we value…

IWD + A Bone to Pick with Anti-Feminists

Women are awesome. I can’t really write a lot about IWD, since I failed to celebrate it this year (or every year since I learned about it, actually), but there is something I can say for or about women, and it began with these posts:

A Reclamation of Awesomence

Hi. I haven’t written anything in awhile, so I’ll be a bit more unstructured. I’ll even resist numbering things or making a list of any sort. The slant of this essay starts with this, PRIEST you spend two hours or more fixing yourself in front of the mirror, putting make-up (what do you call that?…

On Marriage

Some days, why. Others, why not? Marriage,  1 a (1): the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2) : the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a…

Essay: TH does not believe in religion

I had a nightmare earlier. I had a nightmare, and I woke up praying to the lord for strength. How odd, that for a person who professes no affiliation to a religion, I find myself coming back to the same rituals and the same prayers when I am reduced to my lowest. It must be…