Welcome to "Rave On," a new Page Turner series that asks feminist writers, artists, musicians, activists, leaders, and scholars to talk about a book that completely rocked their world. Our series kicks off with writer Jennifer Baumgardner, who raves about The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade, by Ann Fessler. Read on for more!
I've mentioned before that my family is Puerto Rican, and while that is something I take immense pride in, I never really fully grasped the incredible history Puerto Rico has as primarily a possession of one world leading country or another. Recently, in my quest to find out more about this place (and to find people more exciting than Ricky Martin or Jennifer Lopez that created Puerto Rico's legacy) I didn't have to look much further than the first independence revolution of the 1860s. It was there I found a brazen revolutionary, Mariana Bracetti, who was integral to Puerto Rico's revolt and first attempts to proclaim itself as an independent republic. Read more after the jump!
Bitch Popaganda: It's like The View, except we don't get paid.
Hey there, audiophiles! Time for another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Tune in to hear Kjerstin, Annalee, and Kelsey discuss women and confessional journalism, Sarah Palin's resignation, and Beth Ditto's new clothing line. You can stream the podcast right here, or download it and listen on-the-go!
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This week's featured mom blog, Hijas Americanas, is written by another mom whose family is crafted by adoption. It's also a blog that didn't start out as a mom blog, but as Rosie Molinary's life opened up for her son to enter into it, her blog morphed as well.
Beauty company and science scholarship provider L'Oreal surveyed 1,000 Americans this spring and asked them to name a single female scientist. The result was an EPIC FAIL! While 97 percent of respondents believed that women could make significant contributions to science (personal aside: terrible three percent, you're probably that uncle everyone hates. I hope you choke on your sandwich.) 65 percent could not name a sole woman in science.
This is troubling, because while the number of women earning science and engineering degrees has risen to 43 percent of total students (nerdy graphs here), apparently Americans still don't know female scientists are out there workin' hard.
Keep reading to learn more!
As you may have seen in Nicole J. Georges' tributes to gay animals, we are learning that gender in the animal kingdom is just as fluid for cats, dogs, giraffes, birds, and monkeys as it is for us humans. Why is it, then, that we still encourage animals (humans included) to conform to antiquated gender roles? Some members of the animal kingdom have had enough of this, like this doggeh who is sick of being dressed like a princess:
And this kitteh is having the opposite problem. Poor lil' guy just wants to dress like a princess!
Here is yet another member of the animal kingdom who is choosing to express her nontraditional gender.
Margaret Cho explores body image and self-love in her new television series Drop Dead Diva. I recently watched the pilot episode and spoke to Cho about her involvement in the show. The first person to be cast, Cho believes DDD has the opportunity to reach a diverse audience with the message that fat women's beauty is not just internal.