All Blog Posts Tagged 'feminist' (79)

[DIARY OF A MEMOIRIST] Lemurs and Leaders: The Cooperation Thing…

I recently came across  the obituary of Alison Jolly, a primatologist who studied lemurs and wrote definitive studies of this species.

I might not have stopped over the obituary if it hadn’t been for the provocative headline “Alison Jolly, Who…

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Added by Nancy K. Miller on March 13, 2014 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist]: Feminist Friends Forever: Met and Unmet.

Maxine Kumin died last week at age 88. In her typically thoughtful obituary, Margalit Fox highlights Kumin’s long life as a poet, teacher, mother, and friend.

Although I never met Kumin, I…

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Added by Nancy K. Miller on February 13, 2014 at 8:32am — 19 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist] Forward into the past!

If I hadn’t already been depressed about how the publishing world treats women writers, the article in this week’s Nation would have made me reach for my Valium (that dates me, but that’s also the point). Check it out: the graphic is stronger in the online…

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Added by Nancy K. Miller on February 6, 2014 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist]: Alpha Females Tell Us How to Do It All

Why do women who have what they think other women want–the magical trifecta of ALL: husband, kids, big job―feel the need to tell women who don’t “have it all” (whether they want it or not) how to have (or “do”) this elusive ALL?

And why invent or repurpose words like “leaning in” or “satisficing”…

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Added by Nancy K. Miller on September 19, 2013 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

[Diary of a Memoirist] Difficult Women

Say a woman is “difficult,” and chances are that she will not get the job, the promotion, or the invitation to join the club. The adjective guarantees pariahdom. And yet as the New York Times Book Review launches a new feature of its redesign, “The Shortlist,” it groups four books about so-called “difficult women” framed by a collage of women’s cut-up faces and bright-red…

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Added by Nancy K. Miller on September 12, 2013 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist: The Shame of Self-Promotion]

On the cover of this week’s issue of The Economist, an intriguing headline reads:“Why women should boast more.” I took the hook.

I don’t read The Economist on a regular basis, but its writers often bring an interesting angle to their reporting. In this case, the article ponders a subject close to my…

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Added by Nancy K. Miller on September 5, 2013 at 10:51am — No Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist: The Shame of Self-Promotion]

On the cover of this week’s issue of The Economist, an intriguing headline reads:“Why women should boast more.” I took the hook.

I don’t read The Economist on a regular basis, but its writers often bring an interesting angle to their reporting. In this case, the article ponders a subject close to my…

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Added by Nancy K. Miller on September 5, 2013 at 10:49am — No Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist] The Shame of Self-Promotion

On the cover of this week’s issue of The Economist, an intriguing headline reads: “Why women should boast more.” I took the hook.

I don’t read The Economist on a regular basis, but its writers often bring an interesting angle to their reporting. In this case, the article ponders a subject close to…

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Added by Nancy K. Miller on September 5, 2013 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist]: Memoirs by Men, or why bother?

Of course, not. What editor worth his salt would choose to group reviews of memoirs written by men under that title? No one. But Memoirs by Women, now that makes a lot of sense. Memoirs are by definition by men, so Memoirs by Men would be redundant. Memoirs by women, on the other hand, are, well, memoirs by women.…

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Added by Nancy K. Miller on August 29, 2013 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist] Twitter and Trolls

The FEMEN movement has warned London and Britain that an offensive on the city is in the works. Inna Shevchenko whose face inspired a new image for Marianne, the female symbol of the French Republic as portrayed on French stamps, is proud of her activism, especially if it provokes Right-wing Christian groups to fits of…

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Added by Nancy K. Miller on August 8, 2013 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

[Diary of a Memoirist] “New-Wave Feminists,” starring Jane Austen

I've long been enamored of new-wave movies since they changed my life, and so it was a treat to see feminists referred to as “new wavers” in a spirit of excitement. A lot has been going on this summer by activists of feminism’s fourth wave. For one thing, due to campaigning by feminist activists,…

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Added by Nancy K. Miller on August 1, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist] Can We Forgive Them? Jews in the News.

Back in New York for a few days, and reading the Times (on paper, of course), I’m reminded how publicly Jewish a city New York is―compared, say, to London or Paris, the only other cities I know well, where Jews and Jewishness do not (except for Israel and Palestine) make news.

In…

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Added by Nancy K. Miller on July 18, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Transitions

It’s not the moves, it’s between the moves.” This was one of those offhand remarks that has stuck in my mind for at least twenty years. I remember the person who said it―an old friend (actually one of the oldest since we met in junior high) the artist Mimi Gross--but I can’t remember the context. Mimi always had a way…

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Added by Nancy K. Miller on May 23, 2013 at 9:01am — No Comments

My Feminist Porn Awards and Conference article up at The Daily Beast

My report on the Feminist Porn Awards and Feminist Porn Conference, "Organic, Fair Trade Porn: On the Hunt for Ethical Smut" is up at The Daily Beast!

Added by Rachel Kramer Bussel on April 14, 2013 at 8:20am — No Comments

Selling Books and Girl Scout Cookies

I’m just back from the Boston leg of my book tour where I did presentations at the Saint James Armenian Cultural Center in Watertown and the Brookline Booksmith. Former schoolmates of mine organized the Saint James event, and the afternoon was a warm homecoming for my novel and me. The Brookline Booksmith, which has now hosted me for each of my books, also provided an enthusiastic welcome. Just before boarding the train back to New York City I taped a cable TV show called…

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Added by Nancy Kricorian on April 11, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

L'Amour à la française

Is there anybody who isn’t curious about how they DO it, the French? Anybody who wouldn’t want to know all about l’amour à la française? An elegant, erudite and highly entertaining book  looks at French literature to tell us How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and…

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Added by Renate Stendhal on December 18, 2012 at 2:46pm — No Comments

Why I Write

It started with trips to the library––my mother loading my brother and me into the family station wagon and carting us over to the neighborhood branch where I’d indulge in stories ranging from children living in boxcars or attics to a girl sleuthing and solving mysteries. With each book I’d slip into a world far from the one I knew, journeying along with the characters. The adventures showed ways and shades of life I could never have imagined without the aid of…

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Added by Connie L. Stambush on December 8, 2012 at 6:00am — 12 Comments

An Unopened Gift - the poetry of Adrienne Rich

With shame, I admit I had never read any of Adrienne Rich's work, until learning of her death this week on Facebook and seeing friends' reactions. Would love to hear how her work impacted you!

http://www.pamwrites.net/2012/03/29/an-unopened-gift-adrienne-richs-poetry/

Added by Pam Parker on March 29, 2012 at 8:03am — No Comments

Two Balloons. Going Up.

When we're two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we've found the right person. Our soul mate is the one who makes life come to life.

-Richard Bach, from The Bridge Across Forever

I was never the kind of girl who did what girls were supposed to do.

Don't get me wrong, I have been a "girly-girl" for my entire life.  I love and have always loved high heels, purses, makeup, dressing up, and pink.  So if girls…

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Added by Ashley Lauren on July 5, 2011 at 10:41am — No Comments

The Man Who Loved Women: A Review

The Man Who Loved Women





I recognize that this title alone sounds trite and unappealing, but it is a deceptive one and must be taken in the context of the entire piece.  This film, if it were adapted for an American audience today, would likely be cast as a typically lowest common denominator popcorn comedy.  The womanizing main character would be more caricature than character, selected for good looks and the ability to easily make a fool of himself in front of the lens.  His sexual…

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Added by Kevin Camp on June 24, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

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