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Movies

Freaky Feminist Film: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Vampire movies have always evoked something in human curiosity. From Nosferatu, to Anne Rice’s homo-erotic romps with New Orleans-based vamps, to yes, even the domestic abuse disguised as a twinkle love story with sparkle Robert Pattison, Twilight, vampires are consistently reappearing in our imaginations.

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News

Bandaids Ain’t Options: Freezing Eggs and Facebook

Early last week, Facebook announced that it would be adding egg-freezing as one of its newest benefits for its women employees, a move that has eyebrows raised.

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Life

Anti-Heroine, Heroine: Gone Girl and What the “Cool Girl” Means

I am an ex-“Cool Girl.”

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Persephone Pioneers

Persephone Pioneers: Issa Rae

[Original publication date: Nov. 23, 2011] Are you awkward? So is Issa Rae, and she is bringing it to you through her breakthrough series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. If you haven’t been watching Rae’s series, I would suggest tuning in right now. No, like now, shut down the interview, give an hour to ABG […]

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Perspectives

On Violence and Womanhood: Reacting to Elliot Rodger

This weekend, seven people were murdered because Elliot Rodger, a wealthy 22-year-old California resident, thought women owed him sex.

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Sex

Interview With Sara Eckel, Author of It’s Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You’re Single

Give me a single woman over the age of 27, and I will show you a culture that is all too happy to pick away at what’s wrong with her.

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Sex

Persephone Pioneers: Welcome Back, Julia Serano!

You might remember our last interview with writer, biologist, and artist Julia Serano. She blew us away with her 2008 book, Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, by igniting readers through critiques on both mainstream and feminist views of gender, while challenging assumptions about societal attitudes toward trans women, gender, and sexuality.

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Perspectives

Lot’s Wife Was Right: On Grieving

Eight months, two weeks, give or take three to seven days. February to December 31st, a time frame that is almost the same as it would be if you were giving birth, yet, it is just about the life expectancy doctors gave my grandmother those first moments she even knew that those things on her […]

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Feminism

I Feel Bad For You Son: Love, Friendship, and Sexism

“I’m just sick of it all; that’s what’s going on. I am sick to death of the bullshit and the egos and – of the men. I am sick of the men. Just one time – just once – I would like to accomplish something in this city without having to spend all of my […]

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Mental Illness

The Banality of Talking (And Why It Saved Me)

“I believe that words are strong, that they can overwhelm what we fear when fear seems more awful than life is good.” “• Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

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Books

Book Review: The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing

“First I was afraid, I was petrified..”

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Books

Bag It: A Review of Alice Bag’s “Violence Girl”

Back in my early days, I was punk. Now, rumor has it that most punks would ever refuse to identify as punk, and that the word punk is as loose a description as hipster or yuppie, harkening back to something that used to be more solid, more defined, and probably more in the ’70s. While […]

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Politics

The Limits of Autonomy: Why Is Bei Bei Shuai Still In Prison?

“Do I deserve credit for not having tried suicide – or am I afraid the exotic act will make me blunder?” – Robert Lowell, Suicide

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Books

Loving The Margins: A Review of A Short Life of Trouble: Forty Years in the New York Art World

“Loving the margins is risky,” writes Marcia Tucker in the opening lines of her posthumous memoir, a short life of trouble: forty years in the new york art world, “”¦because you’re not only in unfamiliar territory, but often in hostile terrain as well.”

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Persephone Pioneers

Persephone Pioneers: Donna Britt

It is nothing short of miraculous to open a book and have your own experience reflected back at you. It doesn’t matter that there may be stark differences between your experience and the author’s, because even if the details aren’t all the same, someone has still confirmed what you have quietly known for so long.