15 Books Every Feminist Should Read

1. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir2. Gyn/Ecology by Mary Daly

3. Borderlands/La Fontera: The New Metiza by Gloria Anzaldua

4. The Great Cosmic Mother by Monica Sjoo and Barbara Mor

5. Goddesses and Monsters by Jane Caputi6. Feminism and the Mastery of Nature by Val Plumwood7. Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins8. Maternal Thinking: Towards a Politics of Peace by Sara Ruddick9. Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture by Janelle Hobson

10. The Unbearable Weight by Susan Bordo11. Pornland by Gail Dines 12. Guyland by Michael Kimmel13. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler14. Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center by Bell Hooks15. The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions
by Paula Gunn Allen

Kim Gandy speaks for Clinton


Message from NOW PAC Chair Kim Gandy:

In a few hours, at 4:15 am to be exact, I’m headed out in the cold to yet another airport, this time to Chattanooga and then Knoxville, Tennessee to rally and speak for Hillary Clinton.

I’d go anywhere, any time, to shout from the rooftops that Hillary Clinton is the right choice for women, for our families, for our communities and for our future.

Here is why I care so much:

Hillary Clinton is a national leader of the highest order, with the strength and determination and experience to deliver real change to our country. She has been a leader on women’s rights and civil rights for over 30 years.

It is of special importance to me that Hillary is an unparalleled champion for women’s reproductive rights, justice and health. In fact, I’ve just signed a letter from many leaders: Martha Burk, Gloria Feldt, Cecelia Fire Thunder, Lulu Flores, Ellen Malcolm, Irene Natividad, Ellie Smeal, Gloria Steinem, and Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones on why Hillary is the best choice for those of us who care so deeply about these issues.

Hillary has been through fire and emerged stronger with each challenge. She can take anything the Republicans can dish out, and give it back double. The Democrats need her, the country needs her, and she needs your vote on Tuesday.

Make no mistake, Hillary Clinton is the strongest candidate to win in November, and to set our country right. She beat the Republicans in two landslide elections, despite predictions that she couldn’t win in upstate and rural New York. And it will take someone with her economic and national security strengths to beat John McCain. We know she can deliver on Day One — from getting our troops out of Iraq, to fixing the shattered economy and the mortgage crisis, to winning health care that covers every single person in this country.

Please vote on Tuesday for Hillary Clinton, and if you haven’t done it already, please email your friends and contacts in the Super Tuesday states and tell them that:

from her earliest days advising battered women, helping abused children, and providing free legal services to the poor,
to her time in the White House advocating for universal healthcare, championing the S-CHIP (State Child Health Insurance) program, and helping to pass the Violence Against Women Act,
to her service as a U.S. Senator, standing strong for reproductive rights and writing legislation to expand contraceptive access, helping win approval of emergency contraception, sponsoring equal pay legislation, and speaking out on the floor against the nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, specifically saying that they would damage Roe v. Wade if confirmed. She was right, and I know we can count on her to nominate pro-women, pro-choice judges to the courts at every level.
She’s always stood up for us, and now it’s time for us to stand up for her with our vote and say “I’m Ready for Hillary.”

I’m ready.

P.S. Robin Morgan’s terrific new essay “Goodbye To All That (#2)” calls out the stereotypes, double standards and toxic viciousness against Hillary Clinton – Our President, Ourselves – and she concludes: “Me, I’m voting for Hillary not because she’s a woman-but because I am.”

Gun toting in the womb!

Thanks to Feministe for posting about this creepy, scary, sickly humourous christmas ornament. Talk about a borage of sickly-mixed messages. Even more scary is the product description, read on Mc Duff.


Protect our troops – from the womb to the war. What if the fetus you were going to abort would grow up to be a soldier bringing democracy to a godless dictatorship?

Plastic replica of an 11-12 week old fetus, 3″ long, holding a firearm in its precious little hand, with an assortment of other military paraphernalia, encased in a translucent plastic ornament, with a patriotic yellow ribbon on top. Includes a metal ornament hanger. If only a womb were this safe, attractive and reasonably priced!

Show that you support the “culture of life” by buying and proudly displaying one of these patriotic unborn Americans.

Also available in a “Brown” model

I’m not even kidding. You can really buy this sickness.

Everytime I look, I feel more ill. Wrong in so many ways.

The Beauty Myth, I’m not so happy.

I’m reading the Beauty Myth for the first time, which is really interesting; however, it has a new introduction, revised in 2002, and it’s stupid. And I’m thinking to myself where are we in this crazy mixed up world that we weren’t thirty years ago. So, I’m going to write this thing – feminist cupcake, so I can express myself and if anyone reads it great and if not, well than that’s great too.

It’s worth explaining why I went with feminist cupcake rather than f-word or Man-eater or A Blog About Women’s Issues. I own the word feminism. I like it. I am a feminist and I’m glad to be one. Not everyone feels this way. I work with a fantastically smart and innovative woman in her fifties who opposes feminism. She wants to be called a humanist, which is all good. I, in no way shape of form, feel animosity or aggression towards men. In fact, I am getting married this year to a really great man, but I don’t claim humanism, because although there are definitely issues that men face which should get a little more airtime and I’m sure sometimes I will talk about some, ultimately I’m interested in what’s happening to me, body and mind.

I’m getting my PhD and I teach undergrads and they don’t like the word feminist. They think it implies something hateful, someone fanatic who they don’t want to be. (I would argue something that keeps them from being accepted among their peers.) So, because of this influence, my first inclination was that I would like young women who are afraid to stand up and say, Fuck it, I’m a feminist to read this blog, and the only way to make that happen would be to soften the word…get it to make nice. (Don’t you hate that.) Feminism shouldn’t have to make nice, but unfortunately even my head strong, wild haired mother thinks the word is uncontrollable, so I didn’t want to go with hearts, rainbows or puppy and I like cupcakes. Plus, I like the rhythm of the words, Feminist Cupcake, the two sound like they jive.

Which of course they don’t because somehow cupcake, in a slang way, has come to mean woman, but not just any woman. This term, this sweet delicious cake for kids has been sexualized. A cupcake is a hot piece of ass, so perhaps it is this version of the word I’m reclaiming. The submission of cupcake from kindergarten to catcall.  A little maybe.

But overall, i think it’s because I haven’t yet come to term with the issues that are in Wolf’s Beauty Myth. I think women are still letting the media control how we feel about ourselves and the world around us, so even though I am, wholeheartedly, a feminist, I’m still a girl, who likes certain things one might call domestic, like cupcakes.

But in your face with that sugary bitch if you think you have a right to tell me what to do.

Disclaimer: this is not to imply that feminists don’t like cupcakes.