Monthly Archives: July 2008

Women and Music…who made you CLICK?

After our awesome post about women in hip hop from our fantastic guest blogger Revolution, we’ve decided that we would like to continue with the theme of women and music via a few more guest bloggers who will extol their wisdom over the coming month. But to start off the women and music theme posts, I thought I’d ask for a little share & tell time. Oftentimes we talk about the CLICK moment–that time in your life where feminism clicked in your mind and you were forever changed. This time, though, we’d like to come at it from another direction:

Who was the female/feminist singer or band (and what was the album) that made you CLICK in a female-positive way?

As for me: it was 1997 and it was this:
fiona apple

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College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens and Co-eds, Then and Now

College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens and Co-eds, Then & Now by Lynn Peril

Proud Daughter: “I have made 100 in algebra, 96 in Latin, 90 in Greek, 88-1/2 in mental philosophy, and 95 in history; are you not satisfied with my record?”
Father: “Yes, indeed, and if your husband happens to know anything about housekeeping, sewing and cooking, I am sure your married life will be very happy.”

I’ve been wanting to read this book for quite a while and I was definitely not disappointed. As someone who grew up in the girl-power-Lilith-fair-empowering-women nineties, I admit that I sometimes forget how far we’ve actually come. This book did well to remind me that not even 40 years ago women were not afforded the luxuries of education that we have today–or, at least, they were constantly reminded that if they chose to attend college for their B.A. they also better be seeking their MRS. (the most important thing to a woman, mind you.) College Girls did a fantastic job of following the college girl through her bluestockings stereotype of the 1860s (where educated women were suspiciously eyed and denounced as destined for spinsterhood) all the way through to the sex kitten stereotype of the 1950s (where her sweater-sets showed off her *ahem* assets as she cared more about getting pinned than getting A’s).
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O’Reilly can suck my bloody tampon

Today I’m the angry feminist.

I’ve been…less than fond of Bill O’Reilly for quite some time now, but nothing made me angrier than this clip in which he earns the number one spot on my f**k you list. In the clip, O’Reilly shows Planned Parenthood’s recent commercial that took footage from McCain’s intelligent non-answer when pressed on health care’s coverage of Viagra and not birth control. McCain was unable to answer the question, after a long and awkward silence he states “I don’t know enough about it to give you an informed answer.” Clearly you’ve never thought about birth control, huh? Welcome to the world of women, asshat.

And rightfully so Planned Parenthood had a problem with this, “because women deserve quality affordable health care” (as stated in their commercial). But here’s what O’Reilly had to say, after in an oh-so-unbiased introduction calling Planned Parenthood “fanatics”:

(shakes head condescendingly) “Okay, listen up, Viagra is used to help a medical condition, that’s why it’s covered. Birth control is not a medical condition, it is a choice. Why should I or anybody else have to pay for other people’s choices? Do I have to buy you DINNER before you use the birth control? Give me and every other taxpayer a break, Planned Parenthood.”

Are you offended? Because I’m offended. No, offended doesn’t even cover the expanse of my emotion. The words that he speaks, but most specifically the way in which he says them, is the most condescending misogynist bullshit assholery I have heard in a long while.

Okay. Break from the anger. Divide and conquer.
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Mommy Mania

I bought this month’s edition of Vogue because Nicole Kidman was on the cover.

There’s something about Kidman that I’ve always admired; perhaps it’s that she seems like a woman of character or maybe it’s because she makes movies that she believes in that can be either light-hearted or heavy-hitting.

It seems, however, that John Powers has decided to paint this iconic actor in an uncharacteristically flighty and faddish light: as an airhead female actress who uses pregnancy and childbirth to monopolize the limelight and increase her personal marketability.

From the Spears boys, the Lopez-Anthony twins, to the Jolie-Pitt brood, American pop culture has become saturated with smiling mommies and pregnant bellies; “baby bumps,” “first pictures,” and baby names; it’s almost as if our societal biological clock has gone off: The whole country has gone bat shit crazy over babies.

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The Female Quota

Say hello to Revolution, our first guest poster!  She hails from Chicago; went on an American Southwest bike tour last winter; supports women in science, hip-hop, and other historically male arenas; retains an uncanny amount of science trivia; is all about sustainability and Green industry; loves gin and bon jovi; and, according to Which SATC Character Are You?, she’s Miranda.  Read on!…

Not only did I discover my favorite magazine (Venuszine) but Makkada B. Selah’s article, “The Battle of the MCs,” in the Summer 2008 issue touched on a problem that has deeply affected my life since moving to Chicago 5 months ago.

When moving to a new city the first thing I do to seek out friends is join a bicycle club.  It’s a fast way to meet my favorite people, the mostly awkward morons who bike with you to bars, pull ridiculous stunts, and love to party.  Mostly.  This last move, however, has given me a different perspective on friend finding and female camaraderie in particular.  Continue reading

New Book: Pope Joan

Hellllllloooo readers!
It’s new book time, and we decided to switch gears for the next one. Read on…

Pope Joan is the novel based on the life of one of the most fascinating, extraordinary women in Western history– a controversial figure of historical record who, disguised as a man, rose to rule Christianity in the 9th century as the first and only woman to sit on the throne of St. Peter.

Brilliant and talented, young Joan rebels against the medieval social strictures forbidding women to learn to read and write. When her older brother is killed during a Viking attack, Joan takes up his cloak and identity, goes to the monastery of Fulda, and is initiated into the brotherhood in his place. As Brother John Anglicus, Joan distinguishes herself as a great Christian scholar. Eventually she is drawn to Rome, where she becomes enmeshed in a dangerous web of love, passion, and politics. Triumphing over appalling odds, she finally attains the highest throne in Christendom.

Pope Joan is a sweeping historical drama set against the turbulent events of the 9th century — the Saracen sack of St. Peter’s, the famous fire in the Borgo that destroyed over three-quarters of the Vatican, the Battle of Fontenoy, arguably the bloodiest and most terrible of medieval conflicts. The novel is a fascinating vivid record of what life was really like during the so-called Dark Ages, as masterwork of suspense and passion that has as its center an unforgettable woman, reminiscent of Jean Auel’s Ayla, Jane Austen’s Emma, and other heroines who struggle against restrictions their souls will not accept.

Check it out. Read up.
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link him like a lollypop should be linked (6/20-6/26)

yet another heat wave in new york city has caused this gal to stay indoors all day reading books and watching old episodes of LOST. not that this is a bad thing, mind you, i only wish i were the proud owner of a backyard and a slip-n-slide. alas, for now i’m content to sip my glass of wine and share a few links with you. it’s going to be a doozy of a bloggeriffic week–we plan to unveil the new reading group book, we have a guest blogger to share her sage wisdom, and as usual we’ll keep up with the snarky posts that i hope you’ve come to love. so pop back often this week, but as for now…linkage onwards…

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