The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Radical Lesbian Feminism: Coming Soon to a Public School Classroom Near You?

“Can it be valid to conceptualize ‘girls’ as having certain personal attributes universally in common, except perhaps their youth relative to women? In grappling with this question, we need not to lose sight of the fact that, however different, girls’ actions are oriented toward the same or similarly structured objects that construct their bodies’ social […]

Feminist Prostitution in Canada?

Olga Marques, Ph.D. (@omarques_) is an assistant professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, where her research interests include “Qualitative and feminist research methods” as well as “Sexuality, sexual deviance and sexual labour.” Her Ph.D. dissertation was on “Women’s Engagement with Sexually Explicit Materials: Deviance, Stigma and Negotiating Identities”; her master’s thesis was […]

Schools of Privilege

My hostility to elite institutions of higher education is not entirely a matter of vulgar populism. It is also based on knowledge of what sort of childhood and adolescence is necessary to compete in the admissions sweepstakes at elite private schools. It’s not just about being “smart.” Unless your Daddy’s a millionaire alumnus, mere intelligence […]

Planned Perversion

“Planned Parenthood’s Sex Ed Pushes BDSM, ‘Asphyxiation’ On Teens” is the headline at Breitbart.com, highlighting a new video from Live Action that demonstrates how America’s leading abortion provider is teaching kids about kinky sex. Planned Parenthood’s advocacy of perversion and promiscuity — under the aegis of “Comprehensive Sexuality Education” — isn’t really anything new. They’ve been […]

Sex Trouble: Radical Feminism and the Long Shadow of the ‘Lavender Menace’

“The supersensitivity of the [Women's Liberation] movement to the lesbian issue, and the existence of a few militant lesbians within the movement, once prompted [NOW founder Betty] Friedan herself to grouse about ‘the lavender menace’ that was threatening to warp the image of women’s rights.” – Susan Brownmiller, New York Times, March 15, 1970 (quoted […]

How to Get Raped at College

A long article in the New York Times describes the fate of “Anna,” who was a freshman last fall at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (tuition $46,852 a year). This elite liberal arts college in Geneva, N.Y., has an enrollment of 2,300 students and, apparently, a campus culture that turns a blind eye to illegal […]

Gender Theory: Beyond Parody

Breanna Fahs is a feminist, but you probably already guessed that, right? Breanne Fahs is an associate professor of women and gender studies at Arizona State University, where she specializes in studying women’s sexuality, critical embodiment studies, radical feminism, and political activism. She has a B.A. in women’s studies/gender studies and psychology from Occidental College […]

Women’s Studies, IYKWIMAITYD

What aspect of feminism was I researching when I found this? Never mind; it doesn’t matter now. The point is that I found a 2009 syllabus for a Women’s Studies course (“Introduction to Feminisms”) at Boston College, which was taught that year by Ellen Friedman. This sophomore-level class is cross-listed under the departments of sociology, […]

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