Tag Archives: feminist

In a culture that fetishizes youth and health, discussing illness is a radical act

Kelly Coviello is an editor and the biggest Bruce Springsteen fan that I know. She is also very ill. Coviello’s illness is complex and she explains it in detail below. More importantly—and the reason I interviewed her—she is particularly public about her illness in her life and on social media. We discussed why, in a […]

Susan “Linkbait” Dench is trying to save women from the evils of feminism.

WARNING: Language I am not really sure of what to do in the case of addressing pieces that are clearly supposed to serve as traffic boosters, as Susan “Linkbait” Dench’s newest column (“How feminism undermined itself, gave way to the hook-up culture”) is clearly supposed to do. Like any stable-minded human being, I want to […]

Guest Post: “I’m about ready to name my daughter Revolution.”

Note from Alex: I rarely ever feature guest bloggers, but I came across the following—it was originally posted as a “Note” on Facebook—and I fell in love with the sentiment. Caseylin Darcy is a Yoga Teacher and Massage Therapist [check out her website here] and an expectant mom. She is someone I largely know via […]

On taking my 4-year-old daughter to Take Back the Night

I know women in my social circles who feel obligated to endure sexual harassment because they are positive that employers within their industries won’t hire women who take action. Between this truth, realities about unfair, uneven compensation, and the fact that there is an uncomfortably strong chance that a young woman will be sexually molested […]

Meghan Conley on her assault, continued self-defense, and beating racist commentary to the punch

Two weeks ago my friend Meghan Conley was beaten up and sexually assaulted in Portland’s West End. I found out by way of seeing a picture of her bruised face on Facebook, the same way that thousands of other people found out. Meghan put up a fight until the man who attacked her finally gave […]

Might + Main launches GayMarry.ME, a database of equality-focused wedding officiants

Now that same-sex marriage is legal in the State of Maine, who will officiate all of the coming ceremonies? Immediately after same-sex marriage was voted into law on Tuesday, I noticed about a dozen folks, some on Twitter and some on Facebook, announce to their networks that they are qualified to officiate marriages in Maine. […]

On slut-shaming and The List

People want to know who is on The List for a number of reasons, the largest of which seems to be because the media has repeatedly told us that it exists and because gossip, when we are absolutely sure it does not pertain to ourselves, is fun. After all, if The List was about every […]

Portland Weekend Goings-On, October 12th – 14th

These things are happening this weekend. Get out of the house and/or apartment and/or office and do some of them. (And if you missed Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at Asylum last night, shame on you, son.) My Picks: DIRIGIMUS Farewell Show Day Two with God.Damn.Chan., Altered Gee and Contrapposto. Of the event, Rural Ghosts’ Erik […]

Princess Riot, or: Everything you always wanted to know about princesses (but were afraid to ask)

My three-year-old step-daughter wants to be a princess for Halloween despite her having already gone as one last year. We bluffed, “Okay, but you were a princess already. You can’t be the same thing two years in a row…” (Even though I was a widow’s-peaked blood-sucker like, 400 years in a row when I was […]