Violet Paley’s Frozen Oranges: Pleasure, Trauma, & Writing As Self-Care

Violet Paley‘s powerful memoir, Frozen Oranges, is a sensual, non-fiction bildungsroman. The writer/director/actor delves fearlessly into her sexual psyche from childhood through her early 20s, writing candidly about masturbation, sexual assault, the orgasm gap, heartbreak, celebrity and mental illness in prose that swings from bitingly funny to painfully beautiful. In anticipation of the book’s May […]

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Gabriela Herstik: On Fashion Magick, Writing Rituals & DIY Witchcraft

Writer, Fashion Alchemist, and Venus devotee Gabriela Herstik has conjured up a potent guide for solitary witches that infuses disparate practices with a feminist punch. Her newly released book, Craft: How To Be A Modern Witch, is empowering without being trite or preachy, witty without losing reverence for the subject matter, and equal parts style and […]

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Book Slut: Sex, Drugs, Art and Oakland In Brontez Purnell’s Johnny Would You Love Me If…?

Everyone in Oakland knows Brontez. If you don’t know Brontez, then you don’t really know Oakland, because he’s somewhat of a legend around these parts. From his days playing punk shows at The Gilman in the locally lauded, scantily clad, mostly pop outfit Gravy Train, to his recent notoriety with the Younger Lovers, his dance […]

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Hysteria: For Electric, Intellectually Rigorous Feminist Thought

We reviewed Issue 3 of the excellent radical feminist periodical Hysteria a while back. Their new website is finally live, as is their campaign to fund the printing of Issue 5, which will feature a large number of feminist figures from the margins such as LGBTI activist Miles Rutendo Tanhira, performance collective Mensmagi, and Palestinian activist and womanist Maisam Abumorr. […]

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The History & Arts of the Dominatrix: An Interview with Anne O Nomis

You would be hard-pressed to ignore the never-so-subtle influence that The Dominatrix has had on western culture. From Thierry Mugler’s infamous catwalk designs to the spillover cat suits of 1960’s TV heroines and the archetypes in between, The Dominatrix is one of the most popular images of women’s sexuality and also one of the most misunderstood […]

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Hysteria: A Collection Of Feminisms

Hysteria is a London-based publication and platform for feminist activism that subtly interweaves academic analysis, pop culture commentary, poetry and visual art. The 3rd issue, “Abjection,” brings together divergent strains of feminist thought and works, from discussions of Orange Is The New Black and women’s prisons (Carolin Muller) to Islamic feminism (Vanessa Rivera De La Fuente) […]

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Baby, You Are My Religion: Lesbian Bar Culture Pre-Stonewall

Baby, You are my Religion: Women, Gay Bars, and Theology Before Stonewall by Marie Cartier. Bristol, CT: Acumen Publishing, 2013, 256 pp. Marie Cartier delves into more than just the history of gay women’s bar culture for her book, Baby, You are my Religion: Women, Gay Bars, and Theology Before Stonewall, published in 2013. The […]

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5 Feminist Truths From Redefining Realness

Janet Mock‘s recent autobiography, Redefining Realness, embodies Simone de Beauvoir’s famous quote “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” This is not because Mock is a transgender woman, but because her story converges with those of so many women who have encountered abuse, poverty, drug use, and body image issues as they struggle to own […]

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