Feminist Moments

My coworker and I had a meeting this morning with a group we're thinking of collaborating with on a project. In the room were me, my coworker, and six people from the other group. » 10/01/14 10:02pm 10/01/14 10:02pm

On having an abortion, but no good abortion story

Last night, I rewatched the excellent documentary After Tiller. It's about the state of third trimester abortion access in the wake of the 2009 murder of George Tiller, and an intimate look at the lives of the four American doctors who perform the procedure and the women who seek them out. » 9/19/14 8:05pm 9/19/14 8:05pm

More Than Once (TW: Rape and Abortion)

I wish that there were more narratives out there, more talk in general, by and about women who have faced things like rape and abortion more than once. » 8/16/14 8:33pm 8/16/14 8:33pm

In Defense of Richard Dawkins?

Yesterday, as everyone knows, Richard Dawkins tweeted this: "Date rape is bad. Stranger rape at knifepoint is worse. If you think that's an endorsement of date rape, go away and learn how to think." The responses I've seen are pretty well summarized by the sarcastic title of the Jez piece on the subject: "Thank… » 7/30/14 7:01pm 7/30/14 7:01pm

"Personal" vs. "Political" in the Abortion Debate

The standard line about what it is to be pro-choice, is something like this: Every woman has the right to make independent and uncoerced decisions about her own body. The choices of one woman do not reflect what should be the choices of another woman. Woman A chooses to keep her pregnancy and that's great. Woman B… » 7/07/14 4:13pm 7/07/14 4:13pm

"Silly Novels By Lady Novelists"

I thought the essay by that title, penned in 1856 by one Mary Ann Evans,* might interest GTers because a lot of us (probably the majority) are readers, writers and feminists. It also captures both my personal hatred of many novels written by women, and my feminist disgust at the limited roles female characters are ever » 6/20/14 10:18pm 6/20/14 10:18pm

About that abortion article & its comments

Can we just excise the words "responsible" and "irresponsible" from all discussions of abortion? I have spent a ridiculous amount of my day reading and responding to comments on this post. The post itself is mostly fine; a guy with a blog is signal boosting a girl's description of her abortion. That part is great: the… » 5/21/14 8:35pm 5/21/14 8:35pm

What was/is your college major?

JenStrange's confusion about why "what is it like to be a bat" is near the top of Google suggestions if you type "what is it like..." was perhaps shared by you non-philosophers. But not by us philosophy majors! We all read Nagel. (He looks a bit like a bat himself, btw, which once caused me to giggle inappropriately.) » 5/13/14 5:04pm 5/13/14 5:04pm

Why I Think Emily Letts Is Important

I was really stunned and pleased when I read on Gawker about Emily Letts, the 25-year-old employee of an abortion clinic who chose to film her own abortion and publicly describe her experience with the procedure. The Gawker piece was about the death threats she's receiving (from "pro-lifers," LOL), and the comments… » 5/06/14 10:39pm 5/06/14 10:39pm

Taking credit for someone else's work

I am so pissed right now. I've been working really hard to figure something out and I finally got it. And I told a coworker about it over the phone — "Holy shit, we thought this was the case, but that's wrong! I looked through reports A, B, and C and if you look at sections X, Y, and Z you can see that this totally… » 3/27/14 5:20pm 3/27/14 5:20pm

Happy Birthday to Me! :)

I feel sort of self-conscious posting this, but whatever. TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY. I am 31 years old. I'm not quite comfortable with this because it feels like the last time I checked I was 26, but whatever. I have plans! I may not be precisely who I thought I would be at this ancient age, but I think I know how to move… » 3/25/14 10:29pm 3/25/14 10:29pm

You know what infuriates me?

When men get furious about a woman being called a slut or a whore. Because it's never fury that a random woman was called that. It's always fury that their precious mother/wife/girlfriend/sister/friend was called that. » 3/12/14 7:03pm 3/12/14 7:03pm