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feminism



  • Restore the Radical Origins of International Womens Day

    by Tiana U. Wilson

    International Women's Day didn't always center on tech executives issuing platitudes from Dubai. The needs of women today require recovering the day's roots in international labor and anticolonial movements. 



  • Hating Motherhood

    by Judith Levine

    Feminist thought that has questioned "the inexorable tie between mothers and children" and imagined women's lives without motherhood have been the "demon texts" of the movement; 



  • How Black Feminists Defined Abortion Rights

    by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    Arguments in the Dobbs case have privileged the concerns of affluent, professional women – hardly the Mississippians whose lives will be affected by the state's draconian abortion bans. The abortion rights movement needs to return to its roots in racial and economic justice. 



  • Abortion isn't a "Choice" without Racial Justice

    by Sara Matthiesen

    The recent failure of the broad social spending initiatives of Build Back Better and the impending judicial overthrow of Roe are connected, and signal the need for a movement for reproductive freedom that goes beyond "choice" to address systemic inequalities. 



  • New Book Asks if Exercise is a Path to Power for Women

    Danielle Freedman's new book identifies the paradox of exercise for women: the subversive potential of training, strengthening and developing the capability of the body is yoked to an exploitative diet and beauty culture.



  • Orwell Estate Approves Feminist Retelling of "1984"

    "Orwell’s estate said it had been “looking for some time” for an author to tell the story of Smith’s lover, and that [Sandra] Newman, who has previously been longlisted for the Women’s prize and shortlisted for the Guardian first book award, 'proved to be the perfect fit'."



  • “If Black Women Were Free”: An Oral History of the Combahee River Collective

    Writer Marian Jones gathers together the recollections of the participants in the 1977 efforts to define the relationship between struggles against sexism, racism and capitalist exploitation and reminds that the group's coinage of the term "identity politics" was meant to bring multiple groups together.



  • What Does it Mean to Call Someone a "Male Chauvinist Pig"?

    by Julie Willett

    Merging the term "chauvinism" from the old left and the radical 1960s desire to render authority grotesque, the term emerged with the second wave of feminism. But today some of the sexists labeled with it appear to have turned it into a badge of honor. 



  • The Way it Was

    "That year in the 1960s, several thousand American women were treated in emergency rooms for botched abortions, and there were at least 200 known deaths.Comparing my story with others from the pre-Roe era, what impresses me is how close I veered to mortal danger."



  • Who Lost the Feminist Movement's "Sex Wars"?

    by Amia Srinivasan

    As a new book reconsiders the debates among feminists over sexuality and pornography by emphasizing the role of liberalism in reducing the radical demands both sides made for the remaking of relations between men and women to narrow issues of law and civil liberties, that history resonates with current controversies about the place of trans women in the feminist movement.



  • Simone de Beauvoir's Lost Novel of Early Love

    “I loved Zaza with an intensity which could not be accounted for by any established set of rules and conventions,” Beauvoir recalled in her memoirs, almost thirty years after her friend’s death.