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The saying goes that no man is an island. In the same vein, no group is a monolith, except perhaps for people at the most extreme end of an ideological or religious belief system.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  March 01, 2013
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Talking 'shit'

In your July 6 issue, the Boston Phoenix made a front-page attack ("Shit Boston Cops Say") against my union's newspaper, Pax Centurion.
Letters to the Boston Phoenix editors, July 27, 2012
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 27, 2012
Review: The Well-Digger's Daughter

Review: The Well-Digger’s Daughter

Daniel Auteuil ( Manon of the Spring ) directs and stars in this melodrama set in Provence during World War I.
Based on the novel by Marcel Pagnol
By PEG ALOI  |  July 27, 2012
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Mitt & the GOP Boys’ Club

Last week, Barack Obama's re-election campaign launched a Web slide show, "The Life of Julia," depicting a woman helped throughout her years by Obama policies, and warning that — if elected — Mitt Romney would undo all of them.
Romney needs to reach out to women voters, but his party has few who can help him do it
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 11, 2012

Racism flourishes in darkness

There is a reason that evil is associated with darkness. It's not that the night is inherently bad; in fact, it can be beautiful and wondrous things can take place in it.
Diverse-city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  March 30, 2012
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Vocational education opens new opportunities for all students

Walk around the cavernous "hard trades" wing of the Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) — which houses the auto-mechanic, carpentry, and welding programs, among others — and you're bound to witness a hubbub of activity, the bubbling-over en
Blue collar girls
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 09, 2012


Back to the old days

I love the show Mad Men . Love the attention to period details. Love the acting. Love the characters. Love the fashions the women rocked.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  March 02, 2012
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Rage against the Stool

Even behind the wall of semi-anonymity provided by blogs and Internet message boards, some rules still apply.
Knocking Out Blackout
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 03, 2012

Remembering victims of transphobia

On Sunday, shortly after dark, a small crowd will gather in the chill of Monument Square for the Portland version of a vigil happening all over the world: the 13th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. Several speakers — some trans, some allied — will a
In Memoriam
By LISA BUNKER  |  November 18, 2011
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The future of contraception

Whether your interest is personal — Get me off these hormones! — or policy-related — Global population is growing too fast! — the matters discussed at last month's Future of Contraception Initiative conference in Seattle matter to you.
Men's birth-control role may increase; women will get more options
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 11, 2011

On Gears of War 3’s women warriors


The Gears of War franchise and I have a history, punctuated by a blog post I made a year and a half ago about the...
By Maddy Myers  |  October 17, 2011


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Review: Gears of War 3

Gears of War 3 should feel familiar. Except the female characters have guns now.
The COG's sordid past comes to light
By MADDY MYERS  |  October 07, 2011
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Campus safe spaces offer comfy couches and open minds

Two months into freshman year, I was sitting in a friend's dorm room when Melissa, the broadcast journalism student who lived down the hall, burst into the room. She was near tears.
Safety in numbers
By LIZ PELLY  |  September 30, 2011
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Punk and hardcore's latest heroes: Massachusetts women

In the boys' club world of contemporary music, gender relationships are complex even in DIY punk — the strain of rock that historically prides itself most on egalitarianism.
Pushing back
By LIZ PELLY  |  September 16, 2011
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The fundamentals of Lady Essence

It's my job to listen to contemporary music, but I'll admit that it's completely baffling to me that Nicki Minaj is now the "highest-grossing female hip-hop artist of all time." Is she even hip-hop? Is she human?
Right here, Right Now
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 19, 2011
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Photos: Quilty + Girlfriends + Curmudgeon + Bil Nils at the Ladyfest Fundraiser

Quilty, Girlfriends, Curmudgeon and Bil Nils perform live at the Ladyfest Fundraiser at the Democracy Center on August 6, 2011.
Democracy Center | August 6, 2011
By ALI DONOHUE  |  August 12, 2011


Leveling the playing field

A few observations on Dena Riegel's " Striking Back: Turning Feminist Theory Into a Visceral Rape Deterrent " (April 29).
Letters to the Portland Phoenix Editor, May 20, 2011
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  May 20, 2011

Protecting the wrong people

So, let's say you're off to go hike Mount Katahdin and commune with Mother Nature.
Gendered bathrooms
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  April 29, 2011

Getting men involved in anti-violence campaigns

Male locker rooms are not known as the most female-friendly, aggression-free zones, nor are healthy, safe relationships the first thing we associate with college athletic culture.
Team players
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 29, 2011
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Turning feminist theory into a visceral rape deterrent

In Africa, your vagina can get spikes for $2. No longer just a revenge dream, this device — called Rape-aXe — was actually distributed for free last year at the World Cup in South Africa.
Striking back
By DENA RIEGEL  |  April 29, 2011

Duke Nukem Forever: Nostalgia for a simpler, manlier time


I hope you watched that entire Duke Nukem Forever trailer. Next, you should watch this compilation of one-liners from previous Duke Nukem games. Are you...
By Maddy Myers  |  April 01, 2011


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Review: Orgasm Inc.: The Strange Science of Female Pleasure

For nine years, Vermont-based filmmaker Liz Canner raced around the country with her camera doing research and interviews for this exemplary, absorbing, muckraking documentary.
Is "female sexual dysfuction" real?
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 25, 2011
An Open Letter to David Jaffe, Re: the Sony NGP

An Open Letter to David Jaffe, Re: the Sony NGP


 THE SONY NGP  Is this a Magic Eye image? If I cross my eyes and back away, will I see a pussy? I realize this...
By Maddy Myers  |  February 10, 2011

Stuck in the middle with you

The middle isn't such a bad place to be much of the time — perhaps it's even the best place to be most of the time.
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By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  February 04, 2011
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Fusing porn with high art

Porn in the form of prose and poems, along with sexy and graphic illustrations and photos, fill the pages of Salacious , a new magazine dedicated to erotic art and literature, the likes of which you may never have seen — at least not compiled in one pla
A Q-and-A with Salacious founder Katie Diamond
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 14, 2011

Maternal instincts

Do you have any tips on how to deal with some people's insensitivity or, probably more accurately, "tone-deafness"? I have two adopted children and on far too many occasions, people will say things in front of them like, "This is your real mom."
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  October 29, 2010


Story-telling saves lives

The past three weeks have been incredibly upsetting. Six young men have taken their lives due to the anti-gay bullying they were the focus of at their schools. None of these young men were connected — they did not go to the same schools, have the same
Letters to the Portland Editor, October 15, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 15, 2010
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What women want

It doesn't make much sense, on the surface. In the 60 years since Maine made history by being the first state to send a woman to the United States Congress, women have been regular, and stalwart, members of Maine's Washington delegation. But the state’s
And what they need to run — and win — in Maine
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 15, 2010
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Unsafe Passage: The dangers of getting to and from the job

One evening in February, Sara left her State Street office building shortly after six o'clock to walk to her car. As she put the key in the lock of the car door, a man grabbed her from behind and hissed in her ear, "Get in the car."
Equal Writes
By SUSAN STOBAUGH  |  July 09, 2010
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Review: Chéri

Once chic, French author Colette has fallen out of favor, perhaps because her acceptance of male dominance offends women's-libbers and her embrace of female carnality offends chauvinist men.
As much esprit as a diorama
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 26, 2009