Today we celebrate Mother’s Day, and I have been thinking a lot about the feminine. When I refer to the feminine in this context, I don’t refer to gender or biological sex. Rather I refer to a caring, relational, and life-giving way of being in the world. Philosopher Audre Lorde suggests this feminine is, at… Continue reading Do We Honor the Feminine?
I have been wanting to write this post for a long time, and having just celebrated Father’s Day on Sunday, I realized that now is the time. I want to write about the greatest gift my dad has given me. To tell you about this, I need to tell you a little bit about my… Continue reading The Greatest Gift My Dad Gave Me
Inspired by the #MeToo movement, Gillette recently made a commercial urging men to hold other men accountable about behaving better towards women. A lot of folks freaked out about it. Some suggested that Gillette is portraying all men as evil. Other argued that men are persecuted culturally and that Gillette is trying to turn men… Continue reading Why I Love Men, and I Also Need the Gillette Commercial: My #MeToo Moment in the Park This Summer
Little girls are exclamation marks: Me! Trees! Legs! Family! Sunlight! Stomach! Ice cream! Happy! Me! Until they learn..."Beautiful", "ugly", "thin", "fat", And then girls become question marks... Beautiful enough? Thin enough? Sexy enough? Enough? Enough? Enough? The question becomes a hunger, a feAR, a TERROR of "no", And soon we stop finishing our own sentences… Continue reading Girl. The Interrogation Mark.
There is a common trope on TV and movies: There is some girl, and at the beginning of the story, she is portrayed as an “ugly duckling”. Perhaps she is the “wrong size”, “unfashionable”, she doesn’t do her hair and make up "right". The movie portrays her as being “ugly” as compared to some implied… Continue reading Our Hunger, Our Body Mythology, and the Weight We Carry
We are suffering an epidemic of body anxiety and body shame. I believe that Body Peace is the birthright of every single girl and woman in the world. I also believe that most girls and women are being robbed of this birthright every single day of their lives. Body Peace Body Peace is the confidence… Continue reading Body Anxiety and Body Shame: The Epidemic and the Escape
Over the years, I have thought a lot about femininity through the eyes of classical heroines like Ophelia, Penelope, and Helen of Troy. As much as I admire the classical writers, I am disappointed that they often were unable to give their heroines a more satisfactory story. Sometimes I like to write poems from the point… Continue reading Penelope Peregrina
It would not be precisely accurate to say that the President sent Secret Service Agents to my house at Christmas to make me teach feminist philosophy. But the President has consistently acted like an unmitigated pinhead to women, and I had a chance to teach feminist philosophy at a local college during Winter term. So… Continue reading Surprised By Feminism
There is a lot of toxic aggression in the world right now. I have been thinking about how the loving feminine acts as a balance and healing counter-check to this problem. And so, I wrote a letter to the Loving Feminine and Her Allies. If you enjoyed this post, please share it with a… Continue reading To the Loving Feminine and Her Allies