• “For Lessing the problem was never the ideas behind feminism; it was the way the name pinned her in place, attached expectations of redemption and deliverance to her work that I think she was never quite sure it could actually bring about. And Doris Lessing, whatever else she was, was not a woman who liked expectations.” Michelle Dean on whether Doris Lessing Was a Feminist–and why she was right not to care.
  • Charlotte Laws’s revenge on revenge porn: One woman’s dangerous war against the most hated man on the internet
  • In yet another one of her frustrating pieces on gender inequality and women’s work, Margaret Wente speculates thats success in the work force doesn’t actually guarantee women equality in society! Unlike the feminists who have made this point in the past, however, Wente identifies women’s individual choices as the culprits, failing yet again to acknowledge the systemic and economic structures that thrive on exploitation and inequality: Do Women Really Have it Better in Sweden?  
  • “The overarching theme of Whedon’s troubles with the word feminist stems from his idea that equality is a natural state of the human condition that we must have simply been perverting for thousands of years. Those of us who are ‘intelligent, evolved and compassionate’ apparently have the capacity to reveal this ‘natural’ condition of things, and well this is exactly the kind of rhetoric that feminists take issue with.” Jessica Knowler on the dangerous rhetoric of Joss Whedon. 
  • Ada’s collective review of the collaboratively written “intervening monograph of Donna Haraway’s  work and her career as a whole,” Beyond the Cyborg.
  • “There’s a lot of pressure on women to have bodies that are exceptional. That are “better” than normal. That go beyond. Fitter, leaner, boobier, more dramatic, tighter, you know. I’ve definitely wanted to look “better” than normal. Better than myself. But it turned out, with my pregnancy and the birth of my baby, that normal was exactly what I needed to be. It was awesome that I was ordinary.” Autumn Whitefield-Madrano interviews Kate Fridkis on body image, blogging, and her new book about pregnancy, Growing Eden
  • Bridget Allen’s powerful piece on the value of disabled labour: autism, feminism, and poverty 
  • Sandra Hawken Diaz on the insensitive normalization of the word rape: Talking to my son about #Rapeface
  • Zadie Smith’s piece in December’s New York Review of Books is really great: “A persistent problem for artists: How can I insist upon the reality of death, for others, and for myself? This is not mere existentialist noodling (though it can surely be that, too). It’s a part of what art is here to imagine for us and with us. (I’m a sentimental humanist: I believe art is here to help, even if the help is painful—especially then.) Yet a world in which no one, from policymakers to adolescents, can imagine themselves as abject corpses—a world consisting only of thrusting, vigorous men walking boldly out of frame—will surely prove a demented and difficult place in which to live. A world of illusion.”
  • Miriam Markowitz on why women are outnumbered  by men in magazines and book reviews: “the present configuration of bylines is not just an ethical disappointment, but an aesthetic and intellectual failure—a victory for old news and the second-rate.”


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