We are all made of masochistic kittens. Or are we?
In which we ask: How does your race and/or sexuality impact your feminist identity? Do you ever feel you have to “pick one”?
We finally wrote another roundtable, and it’s about feminism! This discussion is gonna take a while, so we’re going to start this by talking about how we first became feminists. Share your own experiences in the comments!
Dockers wants men to rediscover manliness and “wear the pants.” We would prefer a pantsless revolution. We got a mini-roundtable together to discuss advertising’s attempt to revive khakis, manhood, and the Dockers brand all at once.
What does a lesbian look like? Until a few years ago, mainstream culture was pretty sure they knew the answer to that question, even though they didn’t. The Autostraddle Roundtable tackles passing, why people can’t understand that lesbians can have long hair, and the relationship between gender, style, and sexuality.
You’ve heard the propose policies, the pundits, the fear-mongers, the critics and the cynics — now hear the people. Autostraddle talks about the future of health care with true stories from the unemployed, laid off, employed, students, underemployed, stuffed dogs, government-aided, Canadian, Australian, British (a boy, even!) and Intern Daphne from Belgium, Offering the Greatest Healthcare in the World.
Your real stories and tweets about when you knew you wanted to kiss other girls.
Our last installment of exciting and surprising stories of “When I Knew” – true lesbian awakenings … with an opportunity for you too to share your story!
When did you know you were gay? Kate McKinnon found her inner gay on the X-Files, Rachel Maddow used “rational deduction” — and Autostraddle presents our own personal stories of sexual awakening.
Riese tells one of many versions of her story, Laneia tells the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The latter is the most important thing we’ve ever published on Autostraddle.
Our very best stories of getting fired, quitting triumphantly, and moving forward during that recession thing everyone keeps talking about.
“To many young gay people, the passage of Prop 8 was shocking but not alarming,” writes Mark Harris in New York Magazine’s “The Gay Generation Gap,” published two weeks ago in the magazine’s special Pride Week Section. Harris continues: “It has jolted them into action, but one suspects it’s out of a Milk-fed belief that identity-politics activism can be ennobling and cool.” Ouch! One suspects that one is being unfair to us! One suspects that if we’ve managed to make activism “cool,” then that’s a BIG SCORE! — but wait. Before you get too excited (as we did), there’s no need to be offended ’cause this shit ain’t about you, woman! … so we decided to ask ourselves: Is there a Lesbian Generation Gap?” Special roundtable participants include Grace Chu of Grace the Spot, Haviland Stillwell and Riese’s Mom!
“Bookworm? Tomboy? Rule-Breaker? Felt like a changeling in your family? Women who answer yes to any of the above may feel instantly comfortable with the outsider status that more readily comes with that lesbian territory.”
“I once made a mix cd for a girl that I was in love with, only I didn’t know I was in love with her. It consisted of several amazing tracks, I’m sure, but the only two I can remember right now are “She’s So High Above Me” by Tal Bachman and “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer. I drop hints like bombs. BOOM!”
Because we’ve been serious at the Roundtable for the last two weeks, we went easy on ourselves this week and asked what song makes you jump up and scream OMG THIS IS MY JAM! at the club? You know, the club? Where all the girls go to get down?
“What I do not enjoy is people saying a woman marrying a woman will lead to a woman marrying a dog. I do not want to marry a woman. I am very little and she would crush my bones.”
“It took me a very long time to come to terms with what I felt for girls. Not because of my own religion, but because of the religion and judgment of others, and because growing up in such a small town greatly limits what you see as viable options for yourself.”
“The very top of my Hot list would probably be this girl who works in my office building. I don’t know her name or who she is, but she’s hot and I wish I did. think Hilary Duff & Clea Duvall are hot … Every girl who has been an ADA on Law and Order is hot ..”