Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting’s Not A Feminist Because She’s Never Faced Inequality? The Internet Suggests Otherwise

On CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting plays Penny, a busty, scantily-clad blonde bimbo who is lusted after by a group of brilliant male nerds.

But lest you think this very premise is rooted in entrenched sexism, Cuoco-Sweeting has let the world know, via an interview with Redbook, that: Read More Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting’s Not A Feminist Because She’s Never Faced Inequality? The Internet Suggests Otherwise

Sugaring, Capitalism, and Commodifying Women’s Bodies

When I was 21 years old, I was in between jobs and struggling to finish my bachelor’s degree. I didn’t have much direction on what I wanted to do in life and seemed to be taking classes and working jobs merely to pass time. All I knew was that I felt behind in life. Around this time, some friends were graduating from college and moving on to the next phase of their lives, and others were like me, trying to make sense of what their purpose was. This was during a time when jobs were few and money scarce, all while trying to figure out how I’d maintain a roof over my head without having to revert back to moving in with my parents.

Then, I found an ad for a hostess job at a gentlemen’s club.

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Wear Your Superheroes Day, Feminism, and Geekdom

October 1st was Wear Your Superheroes Day. I just found out about this event randomly through a Facebook post and cannot be more excited behind how it came to be and what the event’s is about.  Read More Wear Your Superheroes Day, Feminism, and Geekdom

Feminism’s PR Problem and How Feminism 101 Can Help

Before I start, I want to make something clear: I am not saying that Feminism 101 is the solution to all women’s problems, because it’s not. Rather, talking about the super basic tenets of feminism and social justice can be a way to win supporters who might otherwise be hostile to our cause. Sadly, even Feminism 101 is too radical for some people, but others can be swayed, and then they’ll be in a better position to accept that they still have more to learn. Slow and steady wins the race! (But don’t worry; we can still yell at the complete assholes, because nothing we say is going to change their minds anyway and lord knows they deserve it. We just need to do a better job of choosing our targets.) Read More Feminism’s PR Problem and How Feminism 101 Can Help

“Female” is an Adjective: You Got Your Grammar in My Feminism!

[Original publication date: Oct. 21, 2011]

First things first. Yes, I know “female” is also a noun. It’s not necessary to bust out the Merriam-Webster to prove me wrong. I have a few editions of my own. But all technicalities aside, language is a living, ever-changing entity, and how we choose to use words is important. They have meaning beyond what the dictionary tells us, and they have power. Read More “Female” is an Adjective: You Got Your Grammar in My Feminism!

Racism And White Feminists: 3 Ways To Be An Ally

[Original publication date: Dec. 19, 2013]

I’ve been a teaching assistant for about a year and a half now, and a mentor through the women’s studies major a year prior to that. I have interacted with several students ranging from different backgrounds, cultures, experiences and opinions. But none have been quite as special as my white female feminist students. Read More Racism And White Feminists: 3 Ways To Be An Ally

A Letter to the Women of “Women Against Feminism.”

Dear Women Against Feminism,

First, thank you for reading this and for listening (assuming that you are, or that someone else out there that empathizes with your Tumblr account is). It sometimes takes a lot of energy and gumption to jump into the fray with opinions you know many people will disagree with. It takes even more energy to engage in the conversation that follows. You have my utmost respect and appreciation on both fronts. Read More A Letter to the Women of “Women Against Feminism.”

Celebrities, Feminism, and White Flight

Sometimes, you stumble upon a post in social media, and for a moment, you’re completely dumbfounded. You need to take a breath and let whatever it is that just caught your attention slither its way into your psyche.

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