Books & Magazines

Appalling New Children’s Book Aimed at Girls Losing Weight Sends Wrong Message

Posted on August 23, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Yesterday, I discovered something horrifying. In October, a children’s book will be released called Maggie Goes on a Diet. Yep, a diet book. For kids. Lovely. We need that like I need a hole in my head. With media swarming … Continue reading →

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Sexism and the City: VS Naipaul’s Offensive Comments on Gender & Female Writers

Posted on June 7, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Oh yay…another sexism watch alert.  Nobel Laureate for Literature winner and royal asshat VS Naipaul said in an interview last week at the Royal Geographic Society that he didn’t consider any female writer his literary equal. Wow.  In particular, he … Continue reading →

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Guest Post: On Rape, the Media, and the New York Times Clusterfuck

Posted on May 5, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Written by Stephanie Rogers.  Originally published at Bitch Flicks.  Reprinted with permission. On Tuesday, March 8, the New York Times published an article by James C. McKinley Jr. titled, “Vicious Assault Shakes Texas Town.” Eighteen men held down an 11-year-old … Continue reading →

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A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words: Do a Vegan Magazine’s Meat & Dairy Photos Taint Their Reputation?

Posted on April 21, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

If you’re a vegan, or even if you’re not due to the mainstream coverage in the NY Times, CNN, NPR and others, you’ve probably heard about the VegNews scandal.  For those who don’t know, an uproar erupted on the internet … Continue reading →

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(Not) Everyone’s a Critic: Why the Lack of Female Literary Critics, Magazine Writers and Women in Media Matters

Posted on February 11, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Tomorrow morning, I’m headed off to NYC (my fave city in the whole world!) to eagerly attend the 1st Annual Athena Film Festival, featuring documentaries and fictional films revolving around women and leadership.  If it’s a feminist event…you know I’m … Continue reading →

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Fit to Print: Bust Magazine, The Feminist Press & Feminism in Media at Soapbox Feminist Winter Term – Day 2

Posted on January 28, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m obsessed with the media.  Films, TV, books, pop culture…I devour it all.  As an aspiring writer, I love to read (I feel uneasy if I don’t have a book in my purse at … Continue reading →

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What Women Want: Marketing Books to Women & Revisiting the Women Writers Gender Feud

Posted on September 14, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

As summer comes to an end, I’m struck how literary heroine Lisbeth Salander dominated the season.  She’s a cunning kick-ass survivor penned by the late Stieg Larsson.  Each of the three books in the Millennium Trilogy eclipsed other books on … Continue reading →

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I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar: Celebrating Feminist Icon bell hooks

Posted on September 12, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

This week, Ms. Magazine celebrated the life of feminist theorist bell hooks.  All week-long on their website, writers reflected on the imprint hooks’ legacy left on their lives.  I discovered the fab fierce icon in college as a cultural anthropology … Continue reading →

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War of the Words: Gender Feud Over Lack of Recognition for Women Writers

Posted on September 4, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

I love to read; I’m an obsessive bibliophile.  I began working part-time at a bookstore 5 years ago for the obligatory discount to feed my addiction of nearly 400 books jammed into my tiny apartment.  Now, I readily admit that … Continue reading →

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Uneasy Witness: Book Review of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows

Posted in August 2010 – Open Letters Monthly

Vegetarians/vegans choose to be vegetarian/vegan and meat-eaters choose to be “normal.”  Dr. Melanie Joy cuts into the language we use to describe our food and the mindset behind it.  Megan Kearns reviews her work. … Continue reading →


Mommy Dearest: Guest Interview with Author of ‘Bad Mother’

Posted on May 22, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

As my last post discussed the supposed battle between single women and mothers, from my own perspective as a single lady, I thought I would provide the opposite view…that of a mom.  My fellow blogger Sarah Hudson (My Ideas is … Continue reading →

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You Oughta Know That (Music) is a Battlefield: Book Review of Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music

Posted in April 2010 – Open Letters Monthly

“Sisters are doin’ it for themselves” … but the Spice Girls? Marisa Meltzer’s “Girl Power” picks some strange hall-of-famers, and gets Megan Kearns shaking her head, “with friends like these …” … Continue reading →


The Long and Winding Road: Book Review of Eating Animals

Posted in January 2010 – Open Letters Monthly

Jonathan Safran Foer is not the first, but is certainly the most famous, to investigate the ethics of eating animals. Megan Kearns studies both the style and the substance of his argument, with an eye to his less acknowledged allies in vegetarianism. … Continue reading →


A Handbook for Hope: Book Review of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Posted in December 2009 – Open Letters Monthly

In Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn chronicle the plight of women from the Congo to Cambodia, and everywhere else across the globe; Megan Kearns reviews their work. … Continue reading →

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