This Week in Misogyny is So Not Basic

GamerGaters are still rearing their ugly heads this week, to the surprise of precisely no one. We also have some not-good news for everyone who was so excited that the Nigerian schoolgirls might have been on their way home, but at least the massive list of terrible people is somewhat mitigated by a bunch of awesome people and cool readings this week. (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny is So Not Basic

Insults with Feminists: “Douchebag”

I like to curse”¦ a lot. And I like to be as creative with spellings as I am with uses (fuck can be used in a surprisingly diverse number of ways). As a feminist, though, I’m constantly considering linguistic histories of the words that I use. With regard to cursing, I think things like, “What’s the male equivalent of ‘bitch’? Is there one? Of ‘pussy’? Is it OK to use these words? In what context?” Sure, you have “dick,” but, let’s be honest, it doesn’t hold the same demeaning history. Read More Insults with Feminists: “Douchebag”

Captain Douchebag and the Not-So-Super Heroes

A few years ago, Mr. B was telling me a story about one of his co-workers who he called “Captain Douchebag.”  He kept telling the story, but I didn’t hear a thing he said because I was instantly and completely consumed with the question “What would Captain Douchebag’s super powers be?” Read More Captain Douchebag and the Not-So-Super Heroes

Ladyguide: How to Survive Black Friday

I shopped my first Black Friday nine years ago.  Before then my opinion of the whole thing was something along the lines of “You’ve got to be kidding if you think I am going to get up before dawn to shop with crazy people.” Read More Ladyguide: How to Survive Black Friday