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Entries from February 2010

Thoughts on the “hookup culture,” or what I learned from my high school diary

February 28th, 2010 · 16 Comments

Debates about “hooking up,” swinging from genuine concern to hysteria on both sides of political spectrum, have been raging throughout the 2000s.* And this week, it’s seemed to bubble up to the surface again. I’ve spent the day reading ruminations by teen girl expert and Teen Vogue advice columnist Rachel Simmons, the always-thought provoking Kate […]

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Tags: Sex Ed Series · Stop chastising young people · Young Women in the News

Real quick: Girldriver update

February 26th, 2010 · No Comments

Poet, professor and Girldrive interviewee, Jennifer Bartlett*, has been kicking ass on the blogosphere as of late writing on issues about feminism, disability and womanhood, and I wanted to make sure she got some spotlight. Check out: Her thoughts on disability and motherhood Her piece about the feminist movement and how they deal with disability […]

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Tags: Disability and Feminism · Girldrive News · Girls with Drive

New guest blogger: Lachrista

February 25th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Note: Lachrista is one of’s new guest bloggers, more of which will be trickling out in the next couple months. Got a great idea for a guest series? Email me at Hello Girldrive readers! My name is Lachrista Greco, which literally translates from Italian to the “Greek female Christ,” which couldn’t be more […]

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Tags: Girls with Drive · Guest Blogger

Feminist Wednesday!

February 24th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I’ve blogged about this once before, but I’m tellin’ you again: the most fun part of my week is going on Chicago Public Radio’s for “Feminist Wednesday” with Molly and Brian. Molly is our sassy feminist moderator, and Brian plays the part of devil’s advocate (notice he’s frowning in Molly’s lovely little drawing on […]

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Tags: Girls with Drive · Overheard in Chicago · Redefining Feminism

“There’s nothing Jewish about occupation”: My convo with Anna Baltzer

February 21st, 2010 · No Comments

When I’m not Girldrive-ing, I’m working for TribLocal, the Chicago Tribune’s hyperlocal venture. And the other day, I got to talk with Palestinian rights activist Anna Baltzer in Barrington, Ill. Check out my piece on the experience–it’s written like a news story but was pretty eye-opening for me. Anna is only 30 years old and […]

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Tags: Girls with Drive · Grass Routes · Overheard in Chicago

Kathleen Hanna on feminism, zines versus blogs, and 3D role models

February 17th, 2010 · 2 Comments

This is a truly enjoyable and nuanced interview on GRITtv with early Riot Grrrl upstarter, rock star, feminist, and Girldrive interviewee Kathleen Hanna (who, might I add, is wearing AMAZING glasses!). Kathleen explains what she means by horizontal oppression (which she also discusses in Girldrive), ponders the different value in zines and blogs, rolls her […]

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Tags: Generations · Girls with Drive

Chicago feminist artist weekend

February 12th, 2010 · 1 Comment

There is no shortage of feminist-y, artsy things to do this weekend in Chitown. Tonight is the reception for Emma’s show at the DOVA Gallery, which goes from 5 to 8 p.m. at 5228 South Harper Avenue. More info here. There’s a slideshow of her photos below. Also, Girldrive interviewee and brilliant feminist art scholar […]

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Tags: Girls with Drive · Overheard in Chicago

In case you haven’t seen this…

February 11th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Cyndi and Gaga kick sex-educating ass on Good Morning America. P.S. Georgie calls them the glam Thelma and Louise! (Not sure that’s entirely apt, but I liked it anyway for obvious reasons.) UPDATE: More C & G being awesome on the Today Show.

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Tags: Generations · Girls with Drive · Sex Ed Series · Young Women in the News

Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist’s Mind

February 11th, 2010 · 2 Comments

When Alexis told me that there’s a fierce community of feminists in Durham, NC, she wasn’t playing. Thanks to the new Google buzz (about which I’m not totally sure how I feel), I got wind of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist’s Mind. It’s essentially an intergenerational school of Black feminism, hosting “survival schools” […]

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Tags: Generations · Girls with Drive · Grass Routes · Southern Series

Feminism and Girldrive on GRITtv

February 8th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I was on GRITtv last Friday talking about Girldrive and other issues of the day (like the pro-life Superbowl ad) with the spitfire Texan feminist Shelby Knox and the take-no-shit director of the Women’s Media Center, Jehmu Greene. Check it out:

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Tags: Girldrive News · Girls with Drive · Redefining Feminism · Sex Ed Series · Young Women in the Media