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.”

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Life With The Hijab By Sadaf Syed

University of Michigan’s DJ Hadeel Al-Hadidi created and broadcasts her own hour-long radio program.
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.
Nadia Afghani, left, and Nadia Chohan make up Hijabi Deafness, a Muslim punk rock/hip-hop band.
Michelle Yim, a network engineer, skis, swims, body surfs, rides motorcycles – all while wearing the hijab.
Atlanta-based Mariem “Punchenella” Brakache (5-5, 1KO) is a former IBA Junior Middleweight Champion, boxing coach and renowned trainer.
A ballerina and tap dancer from Texas, Hiba Awad is anxious to prove “how versatile and unique a Muslim woman can be.”
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.”
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.”
No matter how different they may look from other beachgoers, Sama Wareh, left, and Aurelia Khatib believe in doing what they love, including surfing.
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.

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 sirenwc@gmail.com and we can mail you one! 
(Photo by Laetitia Beraud)

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 sirenwc@gmail.com and we can mail you one! 

(Photo by Laetitia Beraud)

THIS IS SO EFFING COOL! A new GENDER NEUTRAL app that is FREE TO DOWNLOAD calculates all sorts of cool, sex-related personal things for you! All of you! Whoever you are! This is the coolest app I have seen in a long time. Set reminders about your menstruation cycle, get notified about when it’s safer to have sex, etc. So rad. Downloading now. 

As we are gearing up to publish the Fall Siren Issue, aka THE CAT ISSUE (!), we came across this blog post from the famous science fiction and fantasy author, Ursula K. Le Guin. She will be featured in the upcoming Siren issue, and is scheduled to speak at the UO this fall. Here she talks about her own experience with owning cats, and her search for the perfect companion at the Humane Society in Portland, OR.