Feminism | Posted by Kayleigh Bolingbroke on 04/24/2017

Loryn Brantz On Why The World Needs “Feminist Baby”

Credit: Loryn Brantz

Credit: Loryn Brantz

Although we’ve made undeniable progress over the years, debunking the negative stereotypes that still surround the word “feminism” is important, to say the least. And the earlier on we can do this, the better—which is exactly what Loryn Brantz aims to do with her third children’s book, Feminist Baby.

Feminist Baby felt like it had been a long time coming,” Brantz, who lives in New York City and is also a senior writer on staff at Buzzfeed, told me in an email. “From as far back as I can remember, I’ve been trying think of a children’s story I could tell that would positively impact the world. … I wanted to write a book that I would want to give to my friends’ babies, and …

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A Little F'd Up, Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 05/21/2012

A Conversation with Young Author Alex Schnee

When I heard about Alex Schnee, an author and student at Sarah Lawrence college, and her recently published novel, Shakespeare’s Lady, I knew that I had to talk with her. We decided to Skype about both publishing books around the same time, what our experiences were like and why some view young women our age as complacent.

Julie Zeilinger: Ok, so can you just start by explaining briefly what your book is about?

Alex Schnee: Sure. It’s about the “dark lady” of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Nobody really knows who she is, but I found a woman living at that time who has been propositioned as the dark lady by several scholars. I tried to weave together a fictional romance between William Shakespeare and this woman, Emilia Bassano …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 05/15/2012

Writing “A Little F’d Up: Why Feminism Is Not A Dirty Word”

On May 15th, my first book will be published. This fact is not a result of some pretentious belief that at 19, my writing skills have been so carefully honed to the point that my work must be shared with the world. It was not some ploy to get into college. Contrarily, writing this book was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done, and something I almost didn’t do. But it was also an experience that completely transformed me, and for which I will forever be thankful.

After a year of running the FBomb, I was approached to write a book about the next generation of feminism. I tried to explain that the FBomb was always meant to be a community – a place I may have started, but a …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Becka W on 02/27/2012

Why I Seriously Dig Katniss Everdeen

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen

WARNING: Spoilers for the entire Hunger Games series ahead!

For months, three of my friends were begging me to get into the Hunger Games. “You’ll LOVE Katniss,” they all told me. “She’s such a strong female character.”

I was skeptical. Quite a few of my friends think that just because a girl has a voice and a brain in a book or film that it makes her strong. Not that it’s their fault – they’re given slim pickings to choose from (I mean come on, Bella in Twilight? Daisy in The Great Gatsby? Every romantic comedy heroine ever?)

I instantly loved Katniss. She provides for her family by hunting with her best friend, Gale, breaking quite a few rules instated by the Capitol, the over-bearing …

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Feminism | Posted by Angela G on 10/17/2011

FBomb Review: “Girls Like Us”

Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd

Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd

New book from Rachel Lloyd, “Girls Like Us”, is more than a memoir—it’s a life-changing experience. Lloyd, Founder/Executive Director of Girls Education and Mentoring Network (GEMS), tells the story of the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the United States. She does this by weaving her story in with the stories of people whose lives she has touched, and the genesis of GEMS itself. But the stories alone are not what made this book the best one I have read in a long while—it’s how effortlessly they get to the heart of what choice really means. In short, “Girls Like Us” is where theory and practice, activism and ideology, all sing in perfect harmony.

As a feminist, I feel that the concept of …

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Feminism | Posted by Angela G on 09/2/2011

“I’ll Show You Mine”: Exposing the Illusion of Normal

As I cracked open the pink cover of “I’ll Show You Mine” and pulled back the beautiful, full-color pages, my mind rushed back to five years ago. I was in a tiny feminist sex boutique halfway up a Manhattan high rise. It was in that shop’s book section that I first saw (and subsequently purchased) 1980’s classic “A New View Of A Woman’s Body”. Right in the middle of the book, there they were: real vaginas. Real vulvas. Real cervixes. At the time, I had no clue shops like this existed, let alone books like this. Seeing a stranger’s body in all of its reality shocked me, fascinated me, and eventually sparked a transformation of my understanding of what is “real” and what is “normal”. “I’ll Show You Mine” offers …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 06/14/2011

#YASaves

YA Saves

YA Saves

I have been an avid fan of Young Adult fiction since the third grade. I vividly remember standing in the library check out line with the rest of my class during “Library Time” eagerly digging into my Judy Blume while my classmates palmed their Judy Moody books. I think that moment can also be pointed to as the precursor to my reading Anna Karenina in eighth grade when my classmates were reading…well, they weren’t reading. But that’s a self-indulgent admittedly pretentious digression.

I think it’s this deeply ingrained love of YA that caused the low grade rage I felt when reading the recent Wall Street Journal article by Meghan Cox Gurdon. It’s worth reading (in that it’s a piece of crap but will make the rest of …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Becka W on 05/24/2011

Bossypants: Why We Should All Bask In The Wisdom Of Tina Fey

Tina Fey is awesome. This is not new information. She’s hilarious, successful, and still dedicated to her family. Fey seems genuine and grounded, which is always nice to see in famous people, who I typically imagine snapping for servants on a beach in Cabo, drinking some sort of pink-colored beverage. I read her memoir (of life so far), Bossypants, like, as Mindy Kaling said, “a grown woman’s Twilight” – before I knew it, it was 5 AM, I was giggling to myself surrounded by Diet Coke cans, and my roommate had her pillow over her face, attempting to block out the light from my lamp.

Aside from being insomnia-inducing, Bossypants has some awesome nuggets of genius-wisdom about growing up, womanhood, feminism, motherhood, and women in the workplace without feeling preachy …

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