Writing

My cage of you. Minnesota Women’s Press, February 2014.

Fashion, feminism & femininity. Minnesota Women’s Press. August 2013.

Until I read [Julia] Serano, I didn’t realize how much I believed in the inherent superiority of anti-feminine fashion. I was a feminist who wouldn’t judge a woman for her life experiences, but would make a snide crack about her high heels. And I thought shoulder pads were embarrassing! 

With barriers to gender equity falling, it’s time to ratify the ERA.  Minnesota Public Radio News, January 29, 2013.

Global patriarchy, back in business. Minnesota Women’s Press, September 2012.

Why we ladies see the need for a War on Women.  Minnesota Public Radio News, May 14, 2012.

A rape protest whose talk draws attention to the walk. Minnesota Public Radio News, September 28, 2011.

A walk towards power: on SlutWalk Minneapolis.  Minnesota Women’s Press, September 1, 2011.

Nobody’s Mother: Abandonment as Art in the Courtney Love Family Tree.  Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, Summer 2011.

Highly fraught relationships between mothers and daughters are nothing new, of course, and neither is the impulse to make sense of these relationships in art and media, especially in a culture that simultaneously values dependence upon and independence from a maternal figure and goes to great lengths to categorize mothers as “good” or “bad,” with no room in between.  [Paula] Fox’s three sentences on the subject of her daughter’s loss do little to dispel the stereotype of the “bad” (selfish, uncaring) birth mother in American life, particularly in light of [her daughter] Linda Carroll’s obvious, and frankly heartbreaking, desire to have been raised by Fox, not by Frank & Louella Risi.  [Carroll's daughter] Courtney Love’s subsequent choice to “talk publicly,” through emotionally wrenching art as well as social media, might be seen as a choice to reject the good v. bad mother-daughter binary in favor of complexity.

Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away With Another Spoon by Jacinta Bunnell and Nathaniel Kusinitz (review).  Elevate Difference, April 26, 2011.

Don’t assume I’m dumb…or a Democrat.  Minnesota Public Radio News, Feburary 9, 2011.

Love in the time of contraception.  Skirt! magazine, February 1, 2011.

Do it Anyway by Courtney E. Martin (review).  Elevate Difference, November 29, 2010.

Paul Wellstone: a teacher in life, and also in death.  Minnesota Public Radio News, October 25, 2010.

Toy Story 3, and reviews that review the reviewer.  Femomist.com, August 3, 2010.

I agree that Toy Story 3, as wonderful as it was, is fair game for feminist critique.  Unfortunately, what a critic seeks, she shall find, in a process that tells us far more about the critic than the film itself.  For example, my nemeses at the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life wrote a blog post a week after the film’s opening that thrilled to the “fact” that its message was anti-abortion (I watched pretty closely, and I don’t remember Barbie fretting over a missed period).

Rights, not choices!  Minnesota Women’s Press, May 1, 2010.

Should shy people have children?  HipMama Zine, Issue #45

Any opinion we had on the age-old nature versus nurture debate was erased the minute our son slid down the birth canal and introduced himself to the floor nurses.  This infant was more naturally gregarious than his parents after a couple six-packs—an extrovert through and through.  I hoped this would bring much-needed balance to our family, but the opposite was true.  When your two-year-old works a room like a tiny Bill Clinton, you are not going to be able to go anywhere without the eyes of the world upon you.  I felt like the hot blush of embarrassment on my cheeks would be burned there permanently.

Growing up is no rainbow, or: childhoodphobia!  HipMama.com,  November 30, 2009.

Reclaiming Mama Plath: a review of Ariel: The Restored Edition and The Collected Poems by Sylvia Plath.  LiteraryMama.com, November 22, 2009.

Much has changed since Plath killed herself, and much has not.  Mothers have lots of options, including tearing each other apart in a little cultural clash known as the Mommy Wars.  Anyone with a laptop, a modem, and a WordPress account call themselves writers, and mothers of young children are no exception.  But the crap we plow through every day isn’t any easier, forty years on.  Children fail to complete us; spouses behave like jerks; mental illness courses through a great portion of our population; emotional bravery is still ridiculed while cold snark is king.

The Sylvia Plath story deserves redefining.  Moms, I suggest a fresh riot is in order: a movement to reclaim Plath’s poetry, to utilize her art as a tool in our search to reach the truth about own fractured lives.

A feminist in the family.  Skirt! magazine, July 1, 2009.

Feminist housewives reclaim the kitchen.  First published by Minnesota Women’s Press, reprinted by AlterNet, March 2, 2009

The price of inequality?  Nine thousand dollars.  FacesInEquality, February 2009.

What would you call a “welcoming” school?  First published by Minnesota Women’s Press, reprinted by Twin Cities Daily Planet, June 2, 2008.

Imagine a pro-vagina world.  First published by the Minnesota Women’s Press, reprinted by Twin Cities Daily Planet, May 1, 2008.

The phony mommy wars.  Minnesota Women’s Press, August 10, 2006.