Not Writing: Anne Boyer

Over at feministing, Ava Kofman attempts to answer the question why poet Anne Boyer is “so good” by parsing her poem “Not Writing": But something else is also going on here: the poem mourns, in its laundry list of lost epics, what might be called the lesser, lower, culturally devalued forms of daily writing: “I am not …

GamerGate hates women and crowdfunding (maybe even dinner)

GamerGate – the movement of digital backlash by dudes who take gaming too seriously so they are angry at women* who take a serious look at gaming – hates crowdfunding for a very specific reason, argues Katherine Cross at feministing: Crowdfunding means that someone challenging the status quo can get an income. Without being beholden …

Jay Smooth on Sterling (And A Thought on Desirable Alpha Men)

Jay Smooth weighed in on Donald Sterling, and pointed out what a terrible, manipulative boyfriend Sterling is – and that it’s frustrating how much more scorn racist words get than racist deeds: Re the abusive boyfriend: The sad thing is that Sterling is the type of “alpha male” that is in so many ways still …

Yet objectifying and assigning value to Asian women is okay in the mainstream. Why? Because we are “helping them” by telling them what we think they should do with their bodies? Because Asian women are submissive and quiet and won’t speak out for themselves? “I Can’t Stop Looking at These South Korean Women” is a …

In a conversation about this with Samhita on Facebook of all places, she mentioned her frustration with the assumption that we somehow lose our identity markers online because we “invent” our identities. But, we “invent” our identities all the time offline too, whether we are going to work, out on a date, or in other …