Posts Tagged: feminism

More Lovely and More Temperate

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There’s a lot to get excited about and offended by when reading Shakespeare with a feminist eye. NPR interviewed Tina Packer about her new book Women of Will: Following the Feminine in Shakespeare’s Plays, which chronicles how the playwright’s portrayal of women improved over time:

From there after, whether the women are disguised as men or whether they’re in their women’s dresses…he never steps back from their full humanity as human beings.

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Dead Girls Sold Here

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Why then are we comfortable with women routinely being cast as the victims of violence? Why don’t we see that as sexist? Where is the outrage? ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Pussy Noir

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Jason Barnes talks about performing burlesque, genderfuck fashion, naked contortionists, and “being above gender” as his alter ego Pussy Noir. ...more

Like Whatever

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Art is problematic. Humans are problematic. Roxane Gay is a bad feminist. We know this, yet still we attack each other for liking Lil Wayne or Fifty Shades of Grey. Flavorwire‘s Sarah Seltzer wants us to stop telling women what they can and can’t like:

I wouldn’t abandon the practice of critiquing art for its political stance…But what I won’t say is: you’re a bad feminist if you like [Philip] Roth.

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BFFs in Elena Ferrante Novels

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The literary idea that friends’ lives represent unmade choices, roads not taken, is applicable across gender and genre. Naturally, however, it has a particular resonance for women, because so many of life’s choices have particular resonance for women. Whether in 2015 United States or in postwar, pre-feminist Italy, women still feel like they have to lean in the direction of either family or career, creative fulfillment or economic necessity.

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The Rumpus Interview with Susanne Paola Antonetta

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Poet and memoirist Susanne Paola Antonetta discusses literary bias, feminism, and the origin of her nom de plume. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Elisa Albert

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Elisa Albert discusses her new novel, After Birth, postpartum depression, childbearing, and the misogyny of modern medicine in pathologizing the normal processes of birth and the female body. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Elisa Ambrogio and Naomi Yang

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Renaissance women Elisa Ambrogio and Naomi Yang discuss stop motion music videos, the female mythology of rock-n-roll, and giving ourselves permission to be creative, make music, and explore art in an intuitive way. ...more

Meme-Control

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Don’t discount the power of memes to control minds. The National Post reports:

Feminist Ryan Gosling is an “image macro,” a photo superimposed with text to humourous effect — and frequently employed for political ends. The ultimate takeaway from the University of Saskatchewan study, say the researchers, is the somewhat surprising revelation that these memes could actually be affecting people’s belief systems.

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Carol Ann Duffy’s First Ladies

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In a playful reflection on the work and philosophy of poet Carol Ann Duffy, Jeanette Winterson explores the possibilities for storytelling, feminism, and everyday entertainment through poetry. Winterson excerpts poems from The World’s Wife in the voices of historical better halfs real and imagined, from Dorothy Wordsworth with her daffodils to Mrs.

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“And She Went on Her Way Rejoicing”

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Muriel Spark and the perennial question: “Am I a woman or an intellectual monster?” ...more

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Being Like Him: Fathers, Daughters, and Sons in Boyhood

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That scene at Antone’s plays out one of my biggest fears: that when women aren’t in the room, straight men shift their conversations. ...more

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The Saturday Rumpus Interview with Noah Berlatsky

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Noah Berlatsky on his new book, Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Martson/Peter Comics, blogging, and reconciling feminism and bondage. ...more

But What About Me?

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There’s a certain heuristic online these days that stems from a somewhat impossible idea that every narrated experience should contain, account for, and address every other one out there. There is no breed of reaction that deadens me more, for example, than, ‘Great, but I wish this had been written from my perspective.’ And social media, generally, feels like the only place where an otherwise reasonable person might hear someone say, ‘Here’s how I feel about something that happened’ and immediately start screaming, ‘BUT WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO SAY ABOUT ME.’

Jia Tolentino writing about Elena Ferrante, feminism, identity politics, and well, everything.

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The Rumpus Interview with Daisy Hernández

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Daisy Hernández talks about her new memoir, A Cup of Water Under My Bed, feminism, bilingual writing, and working in both the fiction and nonfiction genres. ...more

Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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In the Saturday Essay, Devin O’Neill considers the dual nature of the male feminist, looking back not-so-fondly on the desire to “lash out” against an unforgiving world during high school and junior high. O’Neill used “nerd” and “goth” identities to cope with the anxiety of confronting gender norms.

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Falling For The Femme Fatale

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If power is going to shift toward equality, men have to see power less as an inherent right and more as something we can be incentivized to relinquish. ...more

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The Rumpus Saturday Essay: Stain

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It’s hard to remember why I was silent. Maybe, like some of the women only now reporting they were raped by Bill Cosby decades ago, I was afraid I wouldn’t be believed. ...more

A Girl’s Guide to Activism

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A seven-year-old in California scored a big win for the little guy (or, in this case, the little girl) by convincing Abdo Publishing to stop marketing their Biggest, Baddest Book of Bugs exclusively to boys. Young reader Parker Dains took umbrage with the title, and the other titles in the same series, writing:

You should change from “Biggest, Baddest Books for Boys’ into ‘Biggest, Baddest Books for Boys and Girls’ because some girls would like to be entomologists too.

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The Big Idea #10: Eula Biss

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On Immunity author Eula Biss speaks to Suzanne Koven about mythology, personal freedom, and the history of vaccines. ...more