On Freaks And Geeks And Princesses, And Why Lady Gaga Is More Like Jesus Than You Think

October 13, 2010

Last week, Emilia went to school in a Snow White costume. She wore it with striped leggings and her hot pink skate shoes, the ones with the sparkly laces, and also a baseball cap. “I’m not really a princess, Mommy,” she informed me, “I’m just pretending to be one, because I like this dress.” Which [...]

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A Rock Is Not Necessarily A Hard Place

September 3, 2010

Like mother, like daughter.

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This Is What A Feminist Looks Like

August 20, 2010

If women be educated for dependence; that is, to act according to the will of another fallible being, and submit, right or wrong, to power, where are we to stop? — Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication On The Rights Of Women (Chapter 3) (Photographosophy, Pissy Feminist Edition.)

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Performativity For Four Year Olds

July 21, 2010

There is no gender identity behind the expressions of gender… identity is performatively constituted by the very ‘expressions’ that are said to be its results. – Judith Butler (Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity)

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Things That Are Not Radical Acts

July 20, 2010

I had it in mind that I was going to write about it, that thing that happened last week , that thing that was really just so horrible and awful and unpleasant – in a First World Problems! kind of way, sure, but still – that thing that left me feeling so rattled and uncertain [...]

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I’ve Looked At Boobs From Both Sides Now

June 22, 2010

So apparently Kim Kardashian has been saying – or, rather, tweeting – some silly things about breastfeeding. You know,the usual stuff: ew, some woman has her boobies out, she should cover up, yuck, blech, ugh, etc. This, of course, begs a very simple – I would, and will, argue, too simple – response: HYPOCRITE AHOY! [...]

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Wordless Wednesday: Sugar And Spice And Air Guitar Edition

June 9, 2010

My daughter on Saturday: My daughter on Sunday:

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Even Rapunzel Cut Her Hair, Yo

February 26, 2010

I don’t claim to understand what it is, exactly, that makes girls girls and boys boys and women women and men men and whatever identities lay within and between these categories of gender, but I do think that I can say, with some authority, this: it’s not hair. Really, it’s not. I say this because [...]

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The Hannah Montana Project

February 16, 2010

Emilia loves Hannah Montana. She’s not entirely sure who Hannah Montana is – she’s never seen the show or heard the music – but she knows that some of the older girls at school like her and that the boys don’t like her and that she has something to do with music and dancing and [...]

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Suck It, Hannah Montana

February 11, 2010

Emilia: “Mommy, I want to change my name.” Me: “Oh?” Emilia: “I want you to call me Hannah Montana Smarty Candygirl.” Me: “Hannah Montana…?” Emilia: “… Smarty Candygirl. That’s important.” Me: “…?” Emilia: “Candygirl because I like candy. Smarty because I’m smart. Not like the other Hannah Montanas. I’m the smart one, and I like [...]

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