Ultragrey: Girl Powerlessness In Pop Culture

Feeling perverse in the back row of a theater packed with couples, I cringed along with Fifty Shades of Grey. Liberal media largely condemned the film as not only terrible, but also damaging to women as a whole for its depiction of an unhealthy dominant/submissive relationship. Not even the BDSM community backed the adaptation of […]

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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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Queer Feminist Pigs

Details about the 2014 Feminist Porn Awards were just revealed, which got us thinking about our favorite feminist (and non-feminist) pornography. If you haven’t picked up The Feminist Porn Book and checked out Professor Jane Ward‘s Queer Feminist Pig Manifesta (which details how to consume porn ethically and responsibly) Slutist has your back. A Queer […]

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Shannon O’Leary and The Big Feminist BUT

So many of us have a big feminist ‘BUT’: a qualifier or condition that accompanies our identification with feminism. Writer and graphic novelist Shannon O’Leary and her co-editor Joan Reilly were intimately familiar with many of these ‘BUTs’, which inspired them to commission an anthology of comics that satirize, celebrate, and explore issues in contemporary […]

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