feminism

Computing Venus: The Astronomy of Maria Mitchell (Women in Science 38)

Computing Venus: The Astronomy of Maria Mitchell (Women in Science 38)

In the early nineteenth century nothing about the island of Nantucket made sense. It was simultaneously a hotbed of Quakerism and of the notoriously bawdy and violent whaling industry, a deeply conservative and god-fearing community that was at the same time at the fore-front of gender equality in education and racial justice. For a few decades, before the collapse of the whaling industry and the ... »

The Female Chef’s Table

The Female Chef’s Table

Apparently we still have to talk about the fact that female chefs are women, because the fact that they are women still matters. There is an artful new Netflix-produced documentary series called “Chef’s Table” that focuses on driven, innovative chefs. I just finished watching the episode about n/naka‘s Niki Nakayama (the only episode I’ve watched so far), and I have a... »

Anna Atkins: Bontanist, Photographer, Pioneer

Anna Atkins: Bontanist, Photographer, Pioneer

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 216th birthday of Anna Atkins, English botanist and photographer. While that may not sound remarkable at first, those simple credentials take on a new night when we consider the context: at that time, women were considered as amateur scientists only, and photography was new. In 1843, Atkins published “Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressi... »

#EveryDaySexism and Frida Kahlo

#EveryDaySexism and Frida Kahlo

  For anyone who doesn’t know, The hashtag #EverydaySexism has been alive and kicking on twitter for quite sometime now. It’s a somewhat constant, spontaneous documentation of the average things that happen to women on a daily basis that reinforce the statis quo and the oppression and objectification of women as a whole. It’s often a documentation of the simple things that m... »

Breaking the Shackles Procreative: Margaret Sanger and the Creation Of The Pill. (Women in Science 32)

Breaking the Shackles Procreative: Margaret Sanger and the Creation Of The Pill. (Women in Science 32)

In 1912, it was against the law to publish a book that contained descriptions of birth control methods. It was against the law to even expound the theoretical benefits of birth control as a general notion. It was against the law to put a contraceptive diaphragm into the hands of a desperate mother of twelve in an attempt to save her life from serial pregnancy. It was against the law to give a woma... »

American Girl Magazines from the Swingin’ Sixties

American Girl Magazines from the Swingin’ Sixties

My sister and I flew home to California this past weekend for my grandmother’s memorial service. My family organized the whole thing, and one thing I’ve learned from the experience is that to do a memorial properly, you need tons of photos of your loved one: there are obituaries and slideshows and photo boards and funeral decor, all of which require them. The day we flew in, the family... »

Blacksmithing, Hair Sticks and Seeing the Matrix

Blacksmithing, Hair Sticks and Seeing the Matrix

I would like to share something that happened to me while I was selling my work in an art show. Well, more something that happened around me. It was the sort of thing that dismantles some of your illusions and lets you see the world through someone else’s eyes. I have participated in several art shows and sold my stuff in booths at conventions, but this was the first time that I had brought ... »

KPFK Feminist Magazine Radio Show

KPFK Feminist Magazine Radio Show

Yesterday, I was invited to participate in a radio show on KPFK in Los Angeles. The show is a one hour talk show run by a coalition of (brilliant) feminist activists called, Feminist Magazine. I am on air for about 12 minutes mid episode and am flanked by some really fascinating talk. Right after me is a group of women who talk about the issues facing women in the black feminist community. There i... »

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