This Christmas I gave my mom the best re-gift ever. A couple of years ago, Smarty Pants had bought me When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins. The book details the struggle for women’s rights and how courageously individual women fought against laws they knew… Continue reading When everything changed: My mom the reluctant feminist
The Literary Review has announced its nominees for the 2011 Bad Sex in Fiction Award. If you’re not familiar with the Bad Sex in Fiction award, I can’t describe it any better than Jezebel magazine does: [E]ach year the Literary Review has singled out an author who writes awkwardly enough about sex to convince readers… Continue reading Are men worse at writing sex than women?
I’ve stumbled across some brilliant parodies this week. The first is the blog Feminist Ryan Gosling, with its “Hey, girl” captions. Feminist Ryan Gosling has only been around for about six weeks. Danielle, a University of Wisconsin grad student and teacher on the gender studies program, created it as a way of helping her remember… Continue reading Friday feminist funnies
Late one evening, when I’d just finished writing my post on being a feminist romance novelist, I was chatting with friends on Twitter when a tweet by agent Sara Megibow from the Nelson Agency popped up. I don’t remember exactly what it said, but she emphatically said that a woman can be a feminist and… Continue reading Guest post by Sara Megibow: being a feminist romance reader
Tomorrow is the 100th International Women’s Day, and I’d like to talk about something that’s been on my mind for a while – the way novels written by, for, and about women are often dismissed as being harmful, demeaning or stupid. The first female brain surgeon I ever came across was the heroine of a… Continue reading Confessions of a feminist romance novelist