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Ain't I a Mommy?

Ain't I a Mommy?
Article by Deesha Philyaw, appeared in issue Genesis; published in 2008; filed under Books; tagged mommy wars, motherhood, parenting, publishing, race, women of color.
Bookstores Brim with Motherhood Memoirs. Why Are So Few of Them Penned by Women of Color?

Shortly before the birth of my first child nine years ago, while browsing the bookstore for mommy wisdom, I discovered Anne Lamott’s Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year and fell in love with the author and the book. More than any parenting truisms the book might have contained, it was Lamott’s writing style—funny, self-deprecating, and brutally honest—that kept me reading. The big mommy insight I gleaned from Operating Instructions was that I wasn’t quite as neurotic as Anne, so my kid and I would probably be all right. 


Hard Times

Hard Times
Article by Sarah Seltzer, appeared in issue Wired; published in 2008; filed under Books; tagged antifeminist women, book reviews, gender equity, highbrow catfight, media, new york times, reviews.
At the <em>New York Times Book Review</em>, all the misogyny is fit to print

The New York Times Book Review has never exactly embraced passionate advocacy—unless it was promoting Pynchon’s and DeLillo’s place in the postmodernist canon. Even worse, it has become the place where serious feminist books come to die— or more accurately, to be dismissed with the flick of a well-manicured postfeminist wrist.


The Great Cover-Up

The Great Cover-Up
Article by Shira Tarrant, Illustrated by Liza Corbett, appeared in issue Lost & Found; published in 2007; filed under Books; tagged asking for it, fashion, modesty, moralizing, promiscuity, sexuality, sluttiness, virgin/whore, young women.
Can High Necklines Cure Low Morals?

In an era when it’s possible to turn on the television on any given night and see a clutch of bikini-clad women crawling over their male prey (ABC’s The Bachelor), a sex-toy demonstration (HBO’s Real Sex), or a 9-year-old showing off her moves on her parents’ personal stripper pole (E!’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians), Wendy Shalit’s assertion that modesty has made a comeback seems a little, well, optimistic.

Shelf Lives

Shelf Lives
Article by Evelyn Sharenov, Andi Zeisler, Jyoti Roy, Rachel Fudge, Jennifer Baumgardner, Noah Berlatsky, appeared in issue Lost & Found; published in 2007; filed under Books; tagged early black feminists, feminist fiction, feminist history, marriage, sci-fi, Valerie Solanas.
Paging Through Feminism’s Lost & Found Classics

In the 1976 cross-country race film The Gumball Rally, the late, great Raul Julia rips off his rearview mirror and tosses it over his shoulder, saying “What’s behind me is not important.” 


He didn’t win the race. 


Desert Hearts

Desert Hearts
Article by Christy McCullough, Illustrated by Catherine Lepage, appeared in issue Risk; published in 2007; filed under Books; tagged 9/11, heroes, middle east, race, racial profiling, romance, stereotypes, terrorism.
In a New Crop of Romance Novels, It's Always Midnight at the Oasis

The average romance-novel hero hasn’t changed much since the genre’s development in the late 19th century—he’s dashing, arrogant, commanding, hopefully rich, possibly even a prince. But is he an Arab? More and more commonly, the answer is yes.

The Cold Shoulder

The Cold Shoulder
Article by Shannon Cochran, appeared in issue Super; published in 2007; filed under Books; tagged activism, comics, heroes, heroins, misogyny, superheroines, violence.
Saving Superheroines from Comic-book Violence

There’s a new Bat in Gotham City. Like Bruce Wayne, she’s a rich socialite by day and a black-clad vigilante at night. And, also like Bruce Wayne, in both incarnations she’s apt to sweep the ladies off their feet. Kate Kane, the new, revamped Batwoman, isn’t the first lesbian character to debut in the DC Comics universe, but she might have the highest profile. Last June, DC Executive Director Dan DiDio issued a press release saying the move was intended “to get a better cross-section of our readership and the world.”

Hog Heaven

Hog Heaven
An interview with Ariel Levy by Andi Zeisler, appeared in issue Fun & Games; published in 2005; filed under Books; tagged Ariel Levy, beauty standards, body image, chauvinism, gender roles, objectification, porn, post feminism, sex, sex industry, sex objects, sexuality, stereotypes.

You'll recognize the female silhouette that leans against the title on the cover of Ariel Levy's new book, Female Chauvinist Pigs. She's the girl who in recent years has made the move from the mud flaps of big rigs right into pop culture, gracing trucker caps, baby tees, and gold necklaces as an emblem of sexy, empowered ­womanhood. Or at least that's what she'd like you to believe. But Levy doesn't buy it, and Female Chauvinist Pigs offers her opinions on why this new symbol of postfeminism—the girl gone wild, the party-like-a-porn-star striver, the woman who populates HBO's "educational" reality shows like Cathouse and Pornucopia—isn't nearly as groundbreaking as she thinks she is.

Outside Neverland

Article by Michelle Humphrey, Illustrated by Woojung Ahn, appeared in issue Fun & Games; published in 2005; filed under Books; tagged childhood, children, fairy tales, fantasy, gender roles, psychology, race, romance, stereotypes.
Female Writers Reinvent Peter Pan

When the curtain rose at the London premiere of the play Peter Pan in 1904, it unveiled a drama of flying children, fairies, and pirates that would soon become a classic—and inspire countless spin-offs, adaptations, and reinterpretations. On the cinematic side, these began with the 1924 silent-film version of the play, starring Anna May Wong as Tiger Lily. Disney’s animated Peter Pan (1953) has been described as “ageless” (though one wonders if critics took note of the decidedly dated, stereotypical depiction of Native Americans), while Steven Spielberg’s Hook (1991) told the story of a grown-up Peter’s transformation into a mature father.

We Were Here, We Were Maybe Queer

Article by Laura Nathan, Illustrated by Aaron Artessa, appeared in issue Truth & Consequences; published in 2005; filed under Books; tagged gay, history, homosexuality, queer, role models, sexuality.
New Historical Biographies Tell Us to Get Used to It

Four score and seven years ago, our forefathers—and most infamous tyrants—were getting down with other men. Or so some folks would like us to believe. Historians and posthumous biographers have of late been venturing into the relatively uncharted territory of sexual historiography, exhuming some celebrated corpses to uncover the steamy, secret queer lives they once lived.

Fan/tastic Voyage

A Journey Into the Wide, Wild World of Slash Fiction

The kiss was not at all like Kirk had expected... “Spock, wait... wait,” he whispered desperately.... “I can’t... We can’t... You... God, Spock... I want you. Don’t you understand? I want you so much!” Kirk still couldn’t believe that the Vulcan knew what he was getting himself into.

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