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Entries from October 2007

HALLOWEEN IN LAS VEGAS

October 31st, 2007 · 2 Comments

For Halloween we decided to dress up as famous “scarrry” feminists, to educate the throngs of Las Vegas party goers wondering “who are you guys supposed to be?” Nona as Bella AbZOMBIE Marianna as Gloria DIEnem Emma as Emma GHOULman

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San Diego, Day 2: BECKY

October 31st, 2007 · 1 Comment

Becky: 20, originally from Chicago and La Verne, CA, student at San Diego State, in the midst of applying to law school. “If you’re not a feminist, you’re a masochist. Your eyes are not open. Women who prescribe to the ideals but have trouble with the label—that shows a lack of maturity. People shouldn’t be […]

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San Diego, Day 2: MELISSA

October 31st, 2007 · No Comments

Melissa: Medical student, surfer, future psychiatrist. Doesn’t consider herself a feminist: “Even though I believe in women’s rights, there’s still a tinge of those negatives stereotypes that bother me.” On women doctors: “Many women in the medical field kind of joke that they’re going to be the breadwinner in their families. I would be okay […]

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San Diego, Day 1: KRISTEN, MARILISA, SHANNON

October 30th, 2007 · 3 Comments

The subject of men infiltrates most of our interviews, but we often gloss over the idea of men actually being feminists. When we met with three San Diego ladies, all feminists, we discussed the possibility of a women’s movement that includes men—after all, it does have a considerable effect on their lives. Kristen, 25 (left), […]

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Los Angeles: LILI

October 27th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Lili: 21 (on her Bel Air terrace, right), Jewish-Persian, graduated from UCLA, raised in a very conservative, traditional household. “[In my culture], you don’t date someone unless you intend to marry them. And my parents want me to get married as soon as possible. They always encouraged me to have a career, but marriage was […]

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Los Angeles Ladies: WOMEN AND THE "BIZ"

October 27th, 2007 · 1 Comment

If you never go to Los Angeles, you may hold onto the stereotype that LA is in its own sunny, flaky, movie bubble. If you do pay a visit, it’ll occur to you that this sprawling metropolis largely dictates the fate of mainstream culture—and in turn, the fate of young women, their representation, and their […]

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Los Angeles: HARRYETTE

October 27th, 2007 · No Comments

Harryette Mullen, professor of poetry and African American literature, poet, feminist. “There are so many women writers nowadays. Girls and women are still expected to be quieter, kinder, more willing to step aside and let others take the spotlight…I try to encourage young women to feel comfortable taking power that the culture usually gives to […]

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Los Angeles: MARJORIE

October 27th, 2007 · No Comments

Marjorie Perloff: poetry critic, former professor at Stanford, neighbor to Whoopi Goldberg and Steven Spielberg. “I am a feminist practically speaking, but I have no interest in feminist art or literature. Identity politics are hurtful. They posit that women all feel the same way. Feminist art shows and novels are no threat to men at […]

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Santa Cruz: LIANA

October 26th, 2007 · 7 Comments

Liana: 23, went to UC Santa Cruz, was working full-time at a health clinic, and is now teaching and studying for her education degree, half Cuban, half Mexican, recently engaged, feminist. On changing her name after marriage: “I feel a responsibility to young women through teaching. I want to give the Mexican children in the […]

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Berkeley: LYN

October 26th, 2007 · No Comments

Lyn Hejinian: Poet, essayist, translator, feminist. “I am interested in transformative play in my writing. As a writer you can be whoever you want to be. I wouldn’t be who I was, though, without the critical and perceptual tools of feminism. “

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