What’s In A Name: Why Men Shouldn’t Call Themselves Feminists

by James Gates I always find it a little bit weird when men call themselves feminists. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with them being feminists, you understand, I just find using that term to sum yourself up is a bit out of sorts if you have a penis, kind of like when Camille Paglia…

About the Woman as Property

When two human categories find each other, each one of them wants to impose its sovereignty to the other; when both are able to sustain the claim, between them, either in hostility or in friendship, always in tension, a reciprocal relationship is created. If one of them is privileged, it dominates the other and makes…

Feminism: A Stalled Revolution

“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.” So wrote the Irish novelist Rebecca West nearly 100 years ago. The confusion is much less today, with feminism as an accepted label…

About the Pleasant Woman Who Has a Body (and Feels Ashamed About it)

I sit in the sun on this chaotic courtyard that will take time to fix. The storm has passed. Supporting my notebook on “The Second Sex”, Simone de Beauvoir, to which I return after some years. We’ve got a few days until the 14th February, the V-Day – not only Valentine’s, it’s also the day…

FEMMEUARY! Reviewed

I have just experienced the thrill of reading a good friend’s (very) short story on a fantastic new website called FEMMEUARY! Katie Nevison published a delightfully playful piece called ‘Venus Fly Trap’ on FEMMEUARY! today (well, technically it was yesterday, since it is now past midnight). Written in fresh, poetic language that successfully evokes a…