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How To Stop Conversational Manspreading: A Self-Help Guide For Men

Manspreading is not just a physical thing. It’s a conversational thing. Conversational manspreading is when men dominate a conversation or insert opinions into areas they just shouldn’t comment on. It sounds like men using a question and answer period to insert an opinion. It sounds like stating opinion as fact. It sounds like men challenging […]

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Phyllis Schlafly Is Dead, Her Legacy Remains Alive And Hell

Phyllis Schlafly died yesterday. Many of the obituary headlines referred to her as the ‘first lady of the conservative movement.’ These headlines were ironically, or perhaps perfectly, totally sexist in themselves, since she and not her husband sowed the seeds of the hate cult the Republican Party depends on to elect many of its candidates to office. It was […]

“I’m Not Really Friends With Girls”

“I’m not really friends with girls.” At a certain age, me and many of my girlfriends used to say this. Of course we were the biggest liars, since we were friends. Or at least I would have been crushed if they didn’t consider me their friend, too. Woman-hating can be both reflexive and substantive for women. If you […]

Video: July 2016 To The Contrary Appearance

I appeared as a panelist on this week’s To The Contrary, and discussed police violence against Black people, discrimination against women with disabilities, and transgender athletes competing at the Olympics. You can watch a video of the show here: My public response to one viewer who challenged my statements on the show in favor of transgender equality can be […]

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If You Want To Win, Try To Win

Y’all, I am so inspired by Monday’s win for abortion rights at SCOTUS. While I welcome any opportunity to wake up, hop on the Metro, and dance party on the Supreme Court sidewalk with a few hundred of my feminist besties for hours, it is so much better when chased by Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.   I’ve been reflecting on […]

How To Be A Better Writer

I get away with things because I write. An ability to write well is power — to lead social change, to challenge assumptions and disrupt the status quo, and to validate your own feelings when other people won’t. Writing is important to the feminist project for several additional reasons. Historically, writing has provided an outlet for women and […]

So You Want A Feminist Job

I often get asked: I want your job; how do I do that? Here is a compilation of advice and reflection I’ve given over the years. “Being a feminist” is not a job. Being a feminist ___ is.  Pick a function or at least a set of skills that sound interesting. Maybe you like writing? Or fundraising? Or […]

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