Tagged feminism

Why I Bought My Daughter Wonder Woman’s Sword

As far as I can remember, it started with a cup. My daughter used small juice glasses during our family meals, but as she was still under three, I was hesitant to have her use actual glassware on the nights we ate dinner outside on our back patio. Spilling the glass was still a real hazard, and having it break on the cement would be less than ideal. The patio was a prime barefoot zone, plus I could no...

How I Learned to Stop Rolling My Eyes and Make Peace with Lego Friends

When the Lego Friends line first came out, I was more than a little annoyed by and derisive of the product. Was a special line really necessary? If they wanted to expand the market, why not do something totally radical, like adding in more female minifigures to the existing sets? Did they have to make them so pink? Why were the minidolls a different scale than the minifigures? I swore that when my then-five-month-old daughter grew older, she wouldn’t...

An Open Letter to the United Nations on the Selection of Wonder Woman as Honorary UN Ambassador

Dear United Nations, I am writing to you with regard to your recent selection of Wonder Woman as your Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls, effective today. If there were ever a modern-day “shot heard round the world,” this would be it. (And not just because it is deflected off her metal bracelets!) Your appointment of Wonder Woman is a bold effort that resonates with so many of us: women and men, black and white, young and old. I would argue that...

Gadfly Theatre’s Cassandra Snow Talks Geeky Queer Feminism and the Final Frontier Festival

Minnesotans like to boast that the Twin Cities boasts the most theater seats per capita after New York City. While the veracity of this claim may be called into question, there is no doubt that the Twin Cities are a friendly space for theater-minded folks. Where else could you find an inclusive queer and feminist theater that hosts an annual geeky one-act-play festival? Cassandra Snow is a cofounder and senior staff member of the organization in question: Gadfly Theatre. By...

Roller Derby and the Geek Connection

If you’ve listened to me talk, at all, over the last year and a half or so, I’ve probably mentioned the phrase “roller derby.” My MFA thesis is about roller-derby vampires. I go to practice every week, even when I’m feeling shaky and I’d rather stay home. This weird sport has gotten into my blood. And there’s this connection between the world represented by the geeky community and a sport played on roller skates, expressed in names like Slambda...

Throwback Thursday: Fasten Your Seatbelts—It’s All About Eve

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—“classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. 1950’s All About Eve is really all about the acting. The plot should be pretty standard for viewers of today: a manipulative woman befriends a famous person and works her way through her famous friends to land at the top, only to realize she is alone. I don’t think most people love the film...

Loving the Notorious Bad Girls

When I was a little kid, I had this set of dolls from The Wizard of Oz. There were all of the popular characters: Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and, of course, the Wicked Witch of the West. I dressed like Dorothy all the time, I called my dog Toto, and, much to my family’s surprise, I carried the Wicked Witch doll everywhere. When anyone asked me why I chose the green witch to carry around...

Our Pink Purgatory

Back in my unfettered pre-parental state, we used to visit with friends who had two daughters. These daughters had been thoroughly indoctrinated into Princess Culture, and it gave grown-up, feminist me the shudders. (Delightful children, and their parents were bemused by the princessing of their house as well.) I vowed that should I ever have a daughter, there was no way I would let this sort of thing into our house. Hubris, in all its Hellenic glory, was just...
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