Category Archives: Feminism

Not My Revolution

Cory Doctorow is singing the praises of an “ungendered monogarment,” which turns out to be a jumpsuit made in sizes that fit many different body types. The jumpsuit is the design of the Rational Dress Society, which wants to free … Continue reading

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Only in Silence the Word: After Ursula

Ursula K. Le Guin by Eileen Gunn

Some writers are just—more. More everything. More brilliant. More talented. More challenging, and more wickedly subversive. Ursula was all of those things, but even more than that, she was loved. I was her colleague in genre and here at Book … Continue reading

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Moore on Gender and Fighting on the SFWA Blog

Nancy Jane Moore’s essay “Fighting and Gender” is up on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America blog. Drawing on her thirty-eight years of martial arts training, she discusses how body type — rather than gender — dictates fighting … Continue reading

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Beyond Sexual Harassment

Women & Power

The problems created by the frat bro rules found in so many aspects of our society go much farther than the recent documented episodes of sexual harassment and abuse and even much farther than the effect those specific actions had … Continue reading

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The King Is Dead

Testosterone Rex

[This review originally appeared in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, Vol. 7, No. 1.] If Cordelia Fine had not become a psychologist, she could have had a great career as a humor writer or stand-up comic. In Testosterone Rex: Myths of … Continue reading

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Theatre review: In The Next Room, or, The Vibrator Play

If you’re a fan of historical fiction you should see this play. If you’re a woman who has learned her way around her own body under less than optimal circumstances, or taught a man, you should see this play. If you’re a student of feminism, medicine, or sociology, you should see this play. If you need a laugh and can laugh at lengthy (and I assure you prudishly veiled) performances of hysteria cure in women and men, you should see this play. If you love steampunk for the finicky social rules, the language, the clothes, and clank, you should see this play. Continue reading

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The Ongoing Conversation

I’m in the process of writing a book on self defense that emphasizes the ability of women to protect themselves, focuses on the non-fighting skills that everyone can develop, and addresses the larger picture of attacks on women. Which is … Continue reading

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Learning From Women

A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to attend a program featuring Donna Haraway and Starhawk in conversation put together by Joan Haran at the University of California at Santa Cruz. It was a wonderful program. Joan asked penetrating … Continue reading

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Believe Women Matter

A lot of the discussion – the angry discussion – accompanying the much-applauded fall of Harvey Weinstein focuses on believing women. The argument is that if people believed women when they said they’d been harassed, assaulted, raped, things would change. … Continue reading

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A Personal Fantasy

I’ve had variations on this particular fantasy for many years, but here’s the current one. A rabid puppy or other type of fascist or garden-variety male asshole a lot younger than me is looming over me in a threatening way, … Continue reading

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