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Our campuses, our selves?

From the essay “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe” by Laura Kipnis, writing for The Chronicle Review: I don’t quite know how to characterize the willingness of my supposed feminist colleagues to hand over the rights of faculty—women as well as men—to administrators and attorneys in the name of protection from unwanted sexual advances,” he said. “I … Continue reading

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The F-Word

From the truth-about-customer-service website “Not Always Right” (‘collecting stories that prove the customer is not always right’) comes this true-to-life exchange between an Ohio bookstore employee and a potential book-buyer. A woman approaches me at the counter, looking over her shoulder as if she is looking out for someone. Me: “Can I… help you, ma’am?” Woman: … Continue reading

Book Recommendations

Recommended reading: “Bad Feminist”

From our neighbors at Harvard Book Store (a store wholly unaffiliated with ‘that school across the river’) come this book recommendation from the store staff, ideal for feminist readers and for feminist books-as-gifts-buyers: Bad Feminist essays by Roxane Gay Publisher: Harper Perennial Publication Date: 2014-08-05 ISBN 9780062282712 List Price $15.99 Harvard Book Store price: $12.79 Description: … Continue reading

What one Gentleman makes of men’s rights activism
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What one Gentleman makes of men’s rights activism

Over at Slate, Troy Patterson has been answering reader questions in the persona of the Gentleman — a nattily-dressed (as pictured), socially-conscious, and culturally-savvy correspondent with perspective on all your issues of living well as a well-balanced male in the modern moment. His writing style is sparkly and performative, and his advice is often quite … Continue reading

Some tidbits of BU’s feminist history
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Some tidbits of BU’s feminist history

Once upon a time, Boston University was known across the country for its revolutionary decision to admit women to its academic programs. The following mention of this laudable history comes from the 1888 bookYoung People’s New Pictorial Library of Poetry and Prose: embracing history, biography, poems, stories, travels and adventures (from a chapter about the life … Continue reading

International Women’s Day is Today
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International Women’s Day is Today

Visitors to the Google Homepage today will see a new Google doodle celebrating… what now exactly? Womanness, or womaninity? Well at least it has something to do with women. Women world-wide. Pardon this blogger’s confusion; I was not familiar with International Women’s Day before yesterday — when the Humanist Observances calendar linked to my personal … Continue reading