Femininity

Stop glamourizing the pain of high heels

High heels are harmful and painful, but the pressures of femininity and marketing ensure women continue to suffer for “beauty.”

Reclaiming femininity, crippling feminism

It gets lonesome being a feminist in America today, if you do not bow nightly before a shrine to Beyoncé, if you can’t accept pornography or the prostitution of women as harmless…

If you want to have an opinion, forget likability

In a speech at the 2015 Girls Write Now awards ceremony, acclaimed Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said, “I think it’s important that you tell your story truthfully and I think that’s…

Efforts to reclaim #HowToSpotAFeminist miss the point

This past week, the hashtag #HowToSpotAFeminist has been in full-bloom across the Twitterverse. Originated on The Blaze, a conservative radio show out of Los Angeles, the host aimed to make feminists the…

Sorry, wearing heels doesn’t help women with anything

From Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to #‎manupandmakeup‬, to music video director, David Wilson’s recent appearance at the Grammy awards in black pumps, there seems to be some confusion about what…

Hair is back

It’s official. Hair is back. We’ve experienced a long drought since the heyday of hair in the 70s. Feminism was almost fashionable and so was women’s body hair. Having unshaven armpits was…

On feminism, writing, and doing womanhood wrong

The problem with romance is that it seems to give me writer’s block. I can’t explain why it happens, but it always does. It isn’t because I feel overly preoccupied with the…

At long last: Tom Matlack's opinion on your face

Oh gosh, where to begin. The New York Times‘ ‘Room for Debate’ started it by asking the perpetually boring and irrelevant question: “Does makeup help or hinder a woman’s self-esteem?” and then…

I'm a terrible feminist. Oh well

Roxanne Gay has an essay in the Fall issue of The Virginia Quarterly Review about being a bad feminist. Well, aren’t we all? In the essay, she confesses to loving Vogue, the…