Hi there, sports fans. My name is Jonanna Widner, and for the next couple months I'm going to be doing the guest-blogging about the nexus of sports and feminism. Said guest blog will fall under the name "Jock Bitch."
To start, I thought I'd just sort of spell out my relationship to/with sports, which hopefully will explain why I think sports are a feminist subject, and serve as an introduction to the philosophy behind this Jock Bitch.
First off, I am a huge sports fan. I do not qualify as a sports nut, mind you, as that would entail endless hours of trolling web sites for obscure statistics about how many strikes C.C. Sabathia throws per inning when pitching at dusk when the wind is coming from the south, but let's just say ESPN is often the first TV station I turn to when the TV comes on. Let's also say I've been known to Tivo basketball games to save for later, and that I cry regularly due to some sports-related catharsis or other. Last minute heroics are always good: Show me a walk-off home run and say good-bye to the Kleenex. And that's only during the regular season.....
Charlotte and Christine Vinnedge were two sisters that decided to step outside of traditional gender roles and play Rock music together during the mid-'60s. They became the foundation of two different bands, the Tremolons and the Luv'd Ones, and were acting on Feminist principles before the Second Wave of Feminism had even become a national movement. To learn more about these truly groundbreaking women, read on.
"Sexism subjects women to many tyrannies, but intersectionality ensures that all women are not subjected to the same ones. That America recognizes Michelle Obama as the black mother of black children, that she is comfortable and able to make the personal decision to choose motherhood for a time, I think, is a good thing. It represents a step outside of the stereotype trifecta of Mammy, Sapphire and Jezebel that is the black woman's burden."--Tami Winfrey Harris, editor, AntiRacistParent
Welcome to Poker Babes. Sexiest Women of Poker. Why is Google more interested in the way these ladies look than how they're making mad cash off a keen intellect and sly ability to out bluff their opponents?
1935 was an interesting year, to say the least. Capitalism, the industrialization of the labor market, and, most importantly, the Great Depression, had combined to create a perfect storm that left American workers and their families facing unprecedented hardships with little help from the government to overcome them. President Roosevelt faced the gargantuan task of coming up with solutions to these problems, and to help him he appointed the first-ever female cabinet member, Secretary of Labor and mother of the American welfare state Frances Perkins. Thanks to her, that year also got to see the passage of the Social Security Act.
In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, Hulk Hogan says he can empathize with OJ Simpson, alluding to the 1994 murders of Simpson's wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her boyfriend Ronald Goldman. Hogan and his wife, Linda Bollea (Hogan's real name), split up in November 2007 when Bollea filed for divorce. She has since started dating a much younger man, which apparently angers Hogan to the point of making the extremely douchey claim that he "could have turned everything into a crime scene, like OJ, cutting everybody's throat". Of course, since his statements have subsequently received a lot of backlash, Hogan is out to assure the masses that his words were nothing but empathetic. Clearly, there is more to it than that, sir. Read more after the jump!
This past weekend was the fifth annual Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland, and while I won't spend too much time on the rather decentralized and chill atmosphere of the festival, the focus on independent and alternative comics, and gorgeous weather from the weekend, I would like to showcase some of the women comic artists there! April is Comics Month (at least in this town), so this week I'll profile one woman comic artist a day who was at this weekend's fest and who was RAD. It's called "Rad Ladies Who Draw Comics."
Today is all about Hellen Jo, who was a featured artist at the fest. Bay Area-Based, Jo's first comic book Jin & Jam, about quirkily disaffected teens navigating San Jose (Jo's hometown), is out now from SparkPlug comics. Before her big small-press debut, Hellen self-published a three part autobio comic called Komiches Buch a "teenage horror story" called Paralysis: A Romance, and a serial comic Blister. More after the jump!!
"Forty-three per cent of American women suffer from female sexual dysfunction. Or do they?" Is "female sexual dysfunction" a real disease? Or is it just a marketing ploy invented by Big Pharma in hopes of profiting from "female Viagra"? These are the questions documentary filmmaker Liz Canner set out to answer in Orgasm, Inc.
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Next Tuesday, April 28, the amazing Guerrilla Girls are coming to Portland to hang out with us! They are participating in the Bitch/PSU/Willamette Week Feminist Perspectives in Pop Culture Lecture Series, but something tells me this is going to be a bit more than just a lecture. Here are some details:
Bitch magazine and PSU's Women's Resource Center present Feminist Perspectives in Pop Culture
Guerilla Girls, "Art and Activism"
Tuesday, April 28, 7pm
Portland State University (PSU)
Smith Memorial Ballroom, 1825 SW Broadway
7:00pm, doors at 6:30pm
$8 in advance, $10 at the door
Students: $7 in advance,
$9 at the door w/ID
PSU Box Office: 1825 SW Broadway
or Ticketmaster: ticketmaster.com