Top 5 Reasons the New Ghostbusters is Magic

While I have fond memories of watching the original Ghostbusters at a sleepover party when I was 10 years old, I've never really had the urge to revisit it. So when this new all-female ghost busting movie came out, I was only mildly curious. Then I watched the trailer and thought, hmm, that looks like fun. Well, I went to see it on Sunday with a girlfriend and... OMG I did not know how much I needed this movie … [Read more...]

The F Word: Femininity

Why can't a smart woman love fashion? asked one of my favourite humans, author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, recently in Elle. In the essay, she writes about a struggle that many young career-minded women confront at one time or another -- Does my desire to be successful mean I have to suppress the joyful femininity that is at the core of my identity? … [Read more...]

Lose 10 lbs in 365 Days by Smashing the Patriarchy!

Happy New Year! Was 2013 as difficult for you as it was for me? There were no big catastrophes to speak of but, starting from about April on, I began to suspect that I was being haunted by a gently malevolent pleasure-zapping demon. So WELCOME 2014! Please don’t suck. I have made a less boring resolution this year. I’m a big fan of new beginnings, but in the last 2 years my resolutions have been downright … [Read more...]

Radical Homemakers, Feminist Housewives — Book Club, 7th ed.

Let's face an ugly truth -- we've all become hungry consumer hippos who throw stuff in the trash and buy new at the first sign of shabbiness. I just threw out socks with holes even though I am well equipped in sewing gear! Also, let's ask ourselves wether, as women, we've become too attached to a notion of autonomy that is tied to paid work outside of the home at the expense of creative productivity and well-being. Shannon Hayes's Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture made me not only question most of my life choices … [Read more...]

Handy Guide to Panicking About Women’s Bodies

Do you want to be a scintillating conversationalist at your next dinner party? Would you like to appear impassioned and edgy around your peers and colleagues? Are you a journalist in desperate need of a story that will trend? Here's a short guide that will help you achieve any of these without ever having to open a history book, question your assumptions, or think too deeply about anything. Sound too good to be true? Not at all... … [Read more...]

8 Things I Learned from Jenna Marbles

Jenna who? If you're asking yourself this question then you likely are not a teenaged girl. That's ok, neither am I. Let me explain... Jenna Marbles is sort of like the Buffy Summers (a.k.a Buffy the Vampire Slayer) of the vlogosphere. Despite looking like the stereotypical "hot chick" (in fact, she's worked as a bar promo girl and gogo dancer), she dramatically defies expectations. She may not be slaying vampires and saving the world (yet), but … [Read more...]

The Feminist and the Cowboy — Book Club, 4th ed.

Yeehaw, giddyup -- that's how I feel about this book. At times it angered me, at other times I was nodding my head in agreement, and the rest of the time I just wanted to pour the author a nice soothing cup of tea and tell her to relax. The feminist of the title is author Alisa Valdes, a 40-something divorced mom. The cowboy is an older, rather conservative ranch manager. This memoir … [Read more...]

Lipstick vs Feminism

"You're the kind of feminist I like" more than one man has said to me when discovering that I have a degree in women's studies, yet have long hair on my head and none on my legs. In an ideal world, a feminist can be butch or feminine or gamine or sporty or granola or whatever, but in this world a woman who calls herself a feminist invites weird stereotypes, or simplistic labels like "lipstick feminist". Yes, really. … [Read more...]