See a Woman Reading? Leave Her Alone.
Originally posted to Gender Focus on May 5th 2013. A few months ago, I went to meet with a colleague at his apartment. Since I wasn’t familiar with the neighborhood and I’m paranoid about being late, I budgeted extra time to find the address. It turned out to be easy to find, so I ended up with an hour to myself. Thankfully, a person who likes to read is never bored. I pulled out a book (This...
Asking for It
Originally posted to Gender Focus 27 March 2013 Last summer my husband was out of town for work. Though I missed him, it was exciting to be alone in Boston. I liked the idea of being mysterious and anonymous, minding my own business about town. With my tiny grocery cart, I felt like a woman with a secret. For two dollars I could take a train anywhere in the city– to an art museum or a brewery or...
My Boobs and I are Outraged
Originally posted to Gender Focus. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to go a whole day without feeling angry about misogyny. That day is not today. Of all the ridiculous things said at the Oscars, I find myself most upset at Seth MacFarlane’s “Boobs” song. It’s like a splinter in my heel: it hurts and I can’t stop picking at it. The fact that I’ve already been told, in the nicest way...
Your Arguments Against Our Permanent Birth Control...
Originally posted to Gender Focus. Cross-posted at The Frisky. My spouse and I are seeking permanent birth control, and the entire process has been difficult. At this point, we are sick to death of unsolicited advice on the subject (Pro-tip: If someone you don’t know says they’re not judging you, they are judging you). Everyone’s heart is in the right place, I can only assume. People think they...
Buying Presents for Other People's Children:... →
I offer some suggestions for feminists who need to buy presents for other people’s kids but are wary of the usual gendered toys. Originally posted December 17th, 2012.
An Open Letter to Green Day: What the Hell, Guys? →
I am one of Green Day’s biggest fans. But as a feminist I was disappointed by their video for “Oh Love.”
Women and Men who are Ambivalent about Men Who... →
I reviewed “Men Who Hate Women and Women Who Kick Their Asses”, a collection of responses to Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc).
The Invisible War: Breaking the Silence Around... →
Originally posted to Gender Focus. I review The Invisible War, Kirby Dick’s documentary on rape in the US military.
Gender Focus Panel: SFU Men's Centre →
I’m a few days late posting this. It was originally posted to Gender Focus on June 17th. Other contributors and I weigh in on the SFU Student Society’s decision to establish a “Men’s Resource Centre” on campus and the controversy surrounding the decision.
Gender Focus Panel: While the Men Watch →
CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada has partnered with “While the Men Watch” - a show hosted by two women billed as “female-friendly commentary” for women to access while their male significant others watch the game. Other Gender Focus contributors and I weigh in with our thoughts.
Women Are Not Like Cats →
Originally posted on Gender Focus, March 21st 2012. I react to a piece by The Good Men Project titled “Women Are Like Cats.”
Invisible Children Makes Ugandans Invisible →
Originally posted for Gender Focus on March 19th, 2012. My take on the hoopla surrounding the Kony 2012 campaign. In a nutshell, it’s good that you care about something, but if you want to help, it might be a good idea to ask Ugandans about it instead of a white man.
The Secret World of Arrietty: For the Activist and... →
My review of the new Studio Ghibli film, The Secret World of Arrietty. Originally posted to Gender Focus, February 27th 2012.
Of Beds and Bugs →
Originally published with Katherine Press, February 2012. Sort of a break from my usual style. This is a personal essay based on my experience living alone and learning things about myself while my husband was out to sea.
Au Revoir, "Mademoiselle!" →
Originally posted for Gender Focus on January 27th, 2012. I talk about a French town banning the use of “Mademoiselle” on official forms, and my own personal gripes with gendered terms like “Madame.”
Can't Turn it Off: Retro-Sexism in TV Sitcoms →
Originally posted for WAM!, January 5th 2012. I react to un-funny TV sitcoms that rely on gender stereotypes, specifically the (now canceled) show, “Work It!”.
I'm Sick of Being Sick of Rape Culture →
Originally posted for WAM! on December 13th, 2011. I respond to a piece on Campus Basement titled “10 Ways to Fool a Sorority Girl Into Bed.”
(2011) 16 Days of Action Against Gender Violence →
Originally posted for WAM! (Women, Action and the Media) on December 12th, 2011. This is a summary of our 16 day blogging campaign, in solidarity with the Rutgers University 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign. We highlighted WAMmers working to end gender violence.
Nightmare Revisited →
Originally posted November 30th. Special guest post for Bitch Flicks during their animated films for children series. I talk about re-watching The Nightmare Before Christmas through an adult, feminist perspective.
Mo Hair Mo Problems →
Originally posted November 5th for WAM!. I talk about “No Shave November” and some of the hateful feedback directed at women who dare to go unshaven.
Less Sex, More Candy →
Originally posted October 31st, 2011 for WAM!. I take on the increasingly ridiculous notion of “sexy ____” Halloween costumes for women and girls.
Domestic Violence is Tolerated-- Officially →
Originally posted to Gender Focus on October 26th, 2011. I discuss the shameful decision of lawmakers in Topeka Kansas to legalize domestic violence.
Steven Greenstreet Isn't Sexist; He Just Loves Hot... →
Originally posted October 21st, 2011 for WAM! (Women Action and the Media). Steven Greenstreet started a blog called “Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street” and, surprisingly, some people have a problem with that.
The Revolution Down the Street →
Originally posted to Gender Focus on October 10th, 2011. I describe my very first encounter with Occupy Boston.
Keeping Abreast of Politics →
Originally posted September 29th, 2011 at Gender Focus. I discuss the sexist double standard surrounding a Member of Parliament’s Photoshopped cleavage.
Birth Control Blues →
Originally posted September 22nd, 2011 at Gender Focus.
Edmonton Radio Station Holds Contest to Win a... →
Originally posted September 16th, 2011 at Gender Focus.
Pork Underbelly The Sexual Politics of (Lots and... →
This originally appeared in the Reverb issue of Bitch Magazine, summer 2011. I discuss voyeuristic objectification and the blurred lines between sex and food on the internet cooking show Epic Meal Time.