Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assault / Equal Pay / LGBTQ / Politics / Race / Women and Gender

Paid Sick Leave Impacts Women, Women of Color, LGBTQ Families & Domestic Violence Survivors — And Why We Must Pass It Now

When I worked at Harvard, I had phenomenal benefits, including paid sick leave. Outstanding. Stupendous. But when I stopped and thought about it, I realized it was the only job I ever held that did offer paid sick time. Having worked in retail and for small banks, sure I could take time off if I … Continue reading

Films / LGBTQ / Race / Women and Gender

“I’m Not Running, I’m Choosing”: ‘Pariah’ and Gender Performance

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. Warning: spoilers ahead!! “Who do you become if you can’t be yourself?” Pariah, my absolute favorite film of 2011, tackles that question. Written and directed by Dee Rees and produced by Nekisa Cooper, the powerful, award-winning Pariah tells the story of Alike (Adepero Oduye in an astounding performance), a 17-year-old … Continue reading

LGBTQ / Race / TV / Women and Gender

“All the Pieces Matter”: LGBTQ Characters of Color on ‘The Wire’

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. The Wire is the greatest TV series of all time. Period. Now, I know I’m not really making some bold claim as many, many, many, many critics have professed their unabashed love for the crime drama. No other show has painstakingly depicted the complexities of racism, the inner city and … Continue reading

LGBTQ / Politics / Women and Gender

Infographic on LGBTQ Rights & Laws By State Simultaneously Fascinating and Horrifying

I stumbled upon this intriguing infographic on Sociological Images originating at The Guardian. It details LGBTQ rights in the U.S. by region and state. If you visit The Guardian (and you definitely should), the graphic is interactive, allowing you to hover over each state for more stats and info. I’m delighted that more and more … Continue reading

Class / Guest Posts / LGBTQ / Race / Reproductive Rights / Women and Gender

Guest Post: Why I Don’t Like the Phrase “The War on Women”

Written by scATX. Originally published at scATX: Speaker’s Corner in the ATX. Cross-posted with permission. In a chat with Garland Grey that was published at Tiger Beatdown this week, I wrote the following about the phrase “The War on Women”: “I feel that even the idea that intersectionality dilutes our message is false and plays into … Continue reading

Class / Films / LGBTQ / Women and Gender

‘Albert Nobbs’ Explores Constrictions of Class & Gender

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. “You don’t have to be anything but what you are.” Hubert Page (Janet McTeer) tells the titular Albert Nobbs played by Glenn Close. But in a time where women possessed no status, no rights – when your only options were as a wife, servant or prostitute – how could you … Continue reading

Guest Posts / LGBTQ / TV / Women and Gender

Guest Post: Lessons I Have Learned From ‘Glee’

Written by Lady T. Originally published at The Funny Feminist. Cross-posted with permission. I gave up watching entire episodes of Glee for the most part (though I briefly checked in to watch “Mash-Off” because I liked all the songs). As someone who likes to pay attention to Things Going On in the media, however, I … Continue reading

LGBTQ / Women and Gender

I Want the World to Know, I’ve Got to Let It Show: Happy National Coming Out Day!

Today is National Coming Out Day, an international day to celebrate the LGBTQ community coming out about their sexual orientation and gender identity. It’s about proudly embracing and declaring your identity to your family and friends. It’s a day of acceptance to honor the bravery it takes to come out. Founded by Rob Eichberg and … Continue reading

Guest Posts / LGBTQ / Magazines / TV / Women and Gender

Guest Post: Straight Girl on Girl: How Fetishizing Woman on Woman for Men Objectifies Women & Trivializes Lesbians

Written by Seren Pendleton-Knoll. Originally published at Bright Light Thinking. Re-printed with permission. A few days ago, NBC’s show “Community” posted a picture on their Facebook fanpage of their two female leads being featured in GQ. An incredibly sexy photo, it features the girls engaging in S&M like activity while clad in lingerie. Within hours … Continue reading