Category Archives: Feminism

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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Some ideas echo

Some words resonate far more than their user intends. “Nevertheless, she persisted,” did that with me. I live on the other side of the world from the US, but I live in a capital city and I’ve seen those attitudes … Continue reading

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Nevertheless, She Filed Her Taxes on Time

One of the things I love about the way the fantasy genre has evolved in the new millennium is how it plays with its tropes. Every genre has them, and cherishes them. Tropes are what make a genre what it … Continue reading

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Reading “Winter’s King”

Hainish Novels

I ordered a copy of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Hainish Novels & Stories from the Library of America and received my copy in a couple of days, even though the book is not yet officially in print. (You can order … Continue reading

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Food fantasies and big girl power in Coed Demon Sluts: Pog

For a lot of big (and formerly big) women, food is not necessarily a part of the picture. For Pog it’s everything. Sex equals power, demonhood means wealth, but food is love. Continue reading

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Cause to Celebrate

Oregon: Home of the Clearcut

July 5, 2017. Tonight, after the ironic fireworks of a peculiarly anxious Independence Day, I want to celebrate two good things that have happened in my state. Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: How I Learned to Cook

The Joy of Cooking

I never took home economics classes in high school. Even if I had wanted to – and I didn’t – my mother would have talked me out of it. “Anyone who can read,” she used to say, “can learn to … Continue reading

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No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin

No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin

  BVC mirrors founding member Ursula K. Le Guin’s blog. We are happy to report that selected blog posts will appear in No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters. Review: Barbara’s Picks, Nov./Dec. 2017, by Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal. … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Changing Bathrooms

I went to a college graduation in a sun-drenched football stadium on a recent hot Saturday afternoon. Having spent a lot of my life in hot climes, I was drinking lots of water as well as wearing light clothes, a … Continue reading

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