Body Image / Books / Women and Gender

The Weight of Words: ‘How Much Do You Weigh?’ Project Opens Door to Discuss Body Image & Taboo of Weight Shame

“Have you lost weight?” “You look so skinny!” “These jeans make my ass look fat.” These are some of the things we as women say to one another…and to ourselves. Our discourse may revolve around weight but we don’t share how much we weigh. Declaring your weight can be a radical act. Exposing and exploring … Continue reading

Body Image / Books / Health / Women and Gender

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

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 around us telling women and girls to be thinner, prettier and sexier, the last thing … Continue reading

Books / Women and Gender

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

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 criticized Jane Austen (what did she ever do to him?!), saying he: “couldn’t possibly share … Continue reading

Books / Women and Gender

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

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 there!  Created to spotlight women in film, it got me thinking about the lack of … Continue reading

Books / Soapbox Feminist Winter Term / Women and Gender

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

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 all times) and network with other writers.  So I was thrilled for my second day … Continue reading

Books / Women and Gender

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

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 best-seller lists.  While I too fell under the mesmerizing lure of Lisbeth, I can’t help … Continue reading

Books / Race / Women and Gender

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

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 major.  Her groundbreaking discourse on the intersectionality of race, class and gender has impacted numerous … Continue reading