Feminism | Posted by Caroline A on 10/17/2013

What My Mom Doesn’t Get About Being Transgender

Some time ago my mum and I had an argument. It all started when I was wasting time on Facebook, checking my cousin’s profile. My cousin is a few years older than me and is someone I’ve always admired. She’s smart and witty: basically our family’s answer to Juno MacGuff. I idolized her in a way, wishing that I had her confidence and coolness.

At some point during my teenage years she came out as a lesbian. Overall my family is well-educated and liberal but, as traditional Irish Catholic immigrants in North London, my grandparents took it the worst. The rest of us (smart, well brought up kids) rushed to accept her, albeit with some curiosity.

At some point, this cousin, who was always a tomboy, started to appear …

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

#YASaves

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 this post …

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Feminism | Posted by Krystie Y on 05/5/2010

Manifesta, 10 Years Later

I was 10-years-old when Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards wrote ManifestA: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, I was 17-years-old when I heard them speak about their feminist trademark at Barnard College’s Young Women’s Leadership Institute, and I was 20-years-old when I finally got around to reading the damn thing.

I’m self-proclaimed feminist, women’s studies major and all, therefore sinking my teeth into this piece of literature wasn’t exactly a turning point in my ideology, rather, it was way overdue. It didn’t help me realize for the first time that feminism rocks, and it wasn’t my initial awakening to all things feminist. It did, however, make me excited about the future of feminism and all of the potential it has in a brand new decade.

Reading ManifestA for the …

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