"I’m not a thinker. I think through fiction and poetry…I don’t keep up with gender studies now. I’m in my 80s and gender becomes somewhat less important."
Ursula K. Le Guin at the 40th Anniversary of the Center for the Study of Women in Society symposium last night. She’s brilliant.
#Ursula K. Le Guin
She's all that: Elle interview with Brittney Griner →
Laurie Abraham profiles the WNBA’s newest and brightest star, Brittney Griner. She talks about the problems with the WNBA’s marketing their players as “girl power meets Playboy," and how with Griner as their gender-bending poster woman, they are hoping to change that image. Abraham goes off on a tangent about gender, the gender-binary confusion, and criticisms Griner has faced for her 6’8" physique and hands "bigger than LeBron James,’" but makes some good connections and brings the conversation of gender into the arena of sports and mainstream women’s media (Elle). She ends with "There are a whole lot of ways to be a woman.”
Stephen nailed it last night. The sexism in this debate from Fox and others is unacceptable, especially in the light that women get paid less than men but still have to pay more for health insurance
(Source: drunkonstephen, via hissingbooth)
Life With The Hijab By Sadaf Syed
① University of Michigan’s DJ Hadeel Al-Hadidi created and broadcasts her own hour-long radio program.
② Scholars teach that Islam encourages sports and physical activity for all, wrote Sayed. The prophet Muhammad is said to have invited his wife Aisha to a foot race.
③ Nadia Afghani, left, and Nadia Chohan make up Hijabi Deafness, a Muslim punk rock/hip-hop band.
④ Michelle Yim, a network engineer, skis, swims, body surfs, rides motorcycles – all while wearing the hijab.
⑤ Atlanta-based Mariem “Punchenella” Brakache (5-5, 1KO) is a former IBA Junior Middleweight Champion, boxing coach and renowned trainer.
⑥ A ballerina and tap dancer from Texas, Hiba Awad is anxious to prove “how versatile and unique a Muslim woman can be.”
⑦ Nousheen Yousuf said the practice of tae kwon do “taught me to treat daily prayers as a real meditation, where the focus is on my relationship with God.”
⑧ Nosheen Cassim, a part-time makeup artist and full-time mother of two, was born and raised in Illinois, but has been threatened by strangers who told her to “go back to where she came from.”
⑨ No matter how different they may look from other beachgoers, Sama Wareh, left, and Aurelia Khatib believe in doing what they love, including surfing.
⑩ Asma Azim, a step-grandmother from Pakistan, has been a manager of mechanics and a truck driver for more than a dozen years. She said her male contemporaries treat her with respect – especially when they discover she can repair her own engine.
White Teens Dress Up as George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin for Halloween →
It’s always nice to get a little reminder that we live in such a supreme, post-racial society in which we are all so educated and conscientious.
When coming up with Halloween costumes this week, if you are conflicted whether your costume is racist or offensive to someone, it probably is. Choose something else.
#Ursula K. Le Guin
#University of Oregon
THE CAT ISSUE IS HERE. I REPEAT, THE CAT ISSUE IS HERE.
The Fall 2013 Issue of the Siren has been dedicated to the theme of cats. Was this just an excuse for us to unapologetically use the word ‘pussy’ and take pictures of cats? Probably. But we came up with some really great stories. We talk to a local Eugene animal communicator, the cat specialist at Greenhill Humane Society, and none other than Ursula K. Le Guin, famed feminist fiction and sci-fi author. We talk about the use of the word ‘pussy’, the historical and cultural ties between cats and women, Catwoman, specieism, and Pussy Riot.
it turned out fabulously, and I thank everyone who contributed tremendously for all their dedication and hard work!
The new issue will be uploaded to issuu in the next few days, but if you’re in the Eugene area, swing by the University of Oregon’s Women’s Center to grab a copy, or email email@example.com and we can mail you one!
(Photo by Laetitia Beraud)