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Entries from March 2010

Introducing: the Ellen Willis archive

March 31st, 2010 · 3 Comments

I have finally gotten my shit together and put together an online archive of my mother Ellen Willis’s writing. My mother, a radical feminist writer, thinker and activist, wrote about everything from sex to war to politics to feminism to rock criticism, and I’ve tried to collect the pieces available online into one place. Feel […]

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Tags: Generations

Young feminists, old stereotypes

March 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The BBC is doing a documentary series on feminism, and last week, an episode aired focusing on young women activists. This could have been a great opportunity to showcase the influential and brave things that young women do every day in the name of women, but instead the BBC took this opportunity to hash out […]

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Tags: Girls with Drive · Stop chastising young people · Young Women in the Media

What will it take for a woman to win the presidency?

March 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Sooooo it completely slipped my mind to post this beforehand, but I hosted a book salon over at FireDogLake last night about Anne Kornblut’s new book, Notes from the Cracked Ceiling: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and What It Will Take for a Woman to Win. It was a really good book and a really smart […]

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Tags: Generations · Girls with Drive · Young women and politics

Girldrive Goes Global: UK edition

March 27th, 2010 · 3 Comments

YES! Two women in the UK just started a blog called “Women Speak Out” in preparation for their very own road trip across the UK to find out what women think and feel about feminism and their lives. The trip, they write, was inspired by Girldrive. From their blog: Given that 2010 is a General […]

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Tags: Girldrive Goes Global · Girls with Drive · Redefining Feminism · Roadtripping

Where are the girls in gross-out comedy?

March 24th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Note: This is guest blogger Julie’s second guest post. Have a great idea for a guest series? Email me at I farted in the library yesterday. I farted. In the library. I was sitting, minding my own damn business, and then I had to fart, so I tried to ease it out silently, you […]

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Tags: Guest Blogger · This Is Hilarious · Young Women in the Media

Veronica will be on Feminist Wednesday (today!)

March 24th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The radio show I co-host on a weekly basis, Feminist Wednesday on Vocalo, will have the pleasure of chatting with Girldrive interviewee and CFW Impact awardee Veronica Arreola today from 1 to 2 p.m. CST. On tap: feminist parenting, on which Veronica is an expert, and women in science, which just got some airtime in […]

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Tags: Feminism and parenting · Mid-Week Memo · Overheard in Chicago · Young Women in the Media

What’s wrong with this feminist picture?

March 23rd, 2010 · 11 Comments

You know, I should be feeling pretty damn good about all the mainstream press young feminism has been getting in the last couple days. First, a long, thoughtful, and brave article written by three young Newsweek reporters, calling out their own publication for a kind of lingering sexism that’s hard to pinpoint. Then, yesterday, one […]

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Tags: Redefining Feminism · Young Women in the Media · Young Women in the News

I’m sure you have a million places to go to for health care info…

March 23rd, 2010 · 3 Comments

…but please, take a look at these graphs. Please. I just don’t understand the mindboggling vitriol when these are the hard, cold fucking facts that these anti-HCR protesters are turning a blind eye to: Exactly. h/t Deborah Siegel, via Center for Economic and Policy Research

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Real quick: “Hidden World of Girls” series on NPR starts today

March 22nd, 2010 · 1 Comment

The Kitchen Sisters–aka Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva–are launching a new NPR series today that explores the hidden world of girls. The series will highlight “stories of coming of age, rituals and rites of passage, secet identities—of women who crossed a line, blazed a trail, changed the tide.” The photo above is of Fadimata Walett […]

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Tags: Generations · Girls with Drive · Grass Routes · Young Women in the Media

New young feminist blog alert: Abortion Gang

March 22nd, 2010 · 5 Comments

You know the drill: every few months, a national publication comes out with an article dissing young feminists and specifically calling out their lack of pro-choice activism. A new blog is saying, “Excuse you.” Meant to make visible the young voices fighting for access to abortion care in the United States, the boldly named “Abortion […]

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Tags: Generations · Girls with Drive · Grass Routes · Stop chastising young people