American commanders admitted this week that American Special Operations killed three  Afghan women during a nighttime raid gone wrong back in February.  What makes this story even more awful is that the American commanders have been covering up the murders and lying about it for two months now. Read More
Imma be up front here.  Ke$ha's songs are dumb.  They're vapid and silly and they don't make sense ("kick them to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger?"  Girl, have you SEEN Mick Jagger?!)  Behold:     <--- That's him.  You can change your mind now.  But despite her bad taste in men, I think the girl might be a witch.  All I know is when "Tik Tok" starts playing,  I start flailing and everyone has to back up about 5 feet so I can get my dance on. Read More
*sigh* Gender socialization begins at such an early age.  I'm lovin the little girl in the middle that's looking all like, "Oh Em Gee Dad, you are SO lame right now.  ALL the cool dads are letting their sons put a ring on it these days. Read More
Nicholas Kristof is normally my man but I'm not a huge fan of his latest column "The Boys Have Fallen Behind." In it he's talking about how boys are falling behind girls in public school and colleges are having to do affirmative action for boys to keep gender ratios from getting too skewed. Read More
I'm a pretty much a textbook third-wave, sex-positive feminist.  I wear make-up and mini-skirts (no high heels though, I can barely balance in my Converse.)  Occasionally for parties, I'll dress up in sexy costumes (sexy Hester Prynne is my masterpiece.)  I even straighten my hair sometimes.   And I don't see anything wrong with that. Now, I recognize that by doing these things, I'm engaging in practices sold to me by a capitalist patriarchal society (say that five times fast). Read More
(The Spring Break Porno Fantasy) (My Spring Break Reality:  oral surgery and thesis. Yesssss.) It's Spring Break ladies and that means you're probably going to some beach somewhere, wearing slutty clothes, drinking way too much and getting yourselves raped.  As of today, 10 rapes have been reported at Daytona Beach and the media is going into a frenzy about a Spring Break "Rape Epidemic" without seeming to realize that this isn't breaking news and this isn't an isolated Spring Break phenomenon. Read More
Texas loves its women.  Most of the time. Seriously, we have a pretty badass history in general (remember the Alamo?) but even more specifically we have a pretty badass history when it comes to women.  We had Miriam A. Ferguson in office as our governor for a decade starting in 1925 (just six years after women's suffrage) and Minnie Lou Bradley running her own ranch in the 1950's. Read More
India's upper house of parliament voted 186-1 (whoa) to pass the women's reservation bill which would mandate that women occupy one-third of all seats in the national and state legislatures.  It was passed the day after International Women's Day and excited cries of "we made it!" could be heard outside of parliament last night from female lawmakers.  It's pretty cool because activists say that the bill will increase women's participation in politics and help contribute to the United Nations Millennium Development goals. Read More
My feminist organization hands out condoms (just the regular Durex ones) all the time on campus and one time we ran out and had to send someone on a condom run to get more.  Well, in the meantime some generous soul saw our predicament and whipped 12 Magnums out of his backpack and donated it to our cause.  (Why did he have 12 Magnums in his backpack on Monday morning on campus at 10am?  No one will ever know but it gives a new meaning to being prepared.)  Anyway, the second we put those Magnums out boys started swarming us like vultures to get one. Read More
Oh Taylor Swift.  I hated you during the onslaught of "Love Story;" hated your complete disregard for and desecration of literature ("Cause you were Romeo, I was the Scarlet Letter?"  WHAT IS THAT? It. Doesn't. Make. Sense. Have you read either of those books?  Do you know they both end badly and are completely inappropriate for the subject you're singing about?  Do you know hundreds of young girls are going to read those books expecting some kind of happy ending only to be met with two suicides, slut-shaming and corporal mortification?  Children will be scarred. Read More