Thoughts On Foreign Policy

As the United States gears up to probably take some kind of bomb-related action in Syria, we are all reminded once again of how shitty our foreign policy is.  In my living memory, I can’t recall a time when it was remotely reasonable.  The procedure seems to be: talk to the UN about it, then…

What Rape Culture and Modesty Culture Have In Common

I originally wrote this article and posted it on my old blog in November 2012.  I’d been meaning to revamp it for Roses & Revolutionaries, but was finally catalyzed to do so when I found that Katelyn Beaty at The Atlantic linked to my original post in the article “Toward a New Understanding of Modesty.”…

The Cult of Low Self-Esteem – A Rant

There’s a song which still occasionally gets air-time on the radio and which makes me so angry I always switch the station.  It’s the most blatant expression of an attitude that makes me want to punch everything in sight.  The song? “Beautiful” by One Direction.  The reason for my anger? This stupid fetishizing of women…

Privilege In Feminism, or, We’ve Barely Begun

In its early years, grassroots feminist organizations were born out of larger revolutionary movements, including anti-war movements, socialist movements, LGBT and civil rights movements.  Women saw systemic oppression not only in the larger culture but also within the radical movements they were a part of, and they organized a movement which, in its nascent form,…