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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

UNE’s impressive third all-female exhibit

Though the rhetoric of this election cycle might have cast doubts about other parts of the country, be thankful that in Maine, women are taken seriously.
Getting women right
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 16, 2012

Feminist punks in Russia jailed for up to seven years for their “punk prayer”

On a February afternoon in Moscow, ten or so 20-something Russian women enter the city's main church, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, wearing short dresses, neon tights, and bright, matching balaclavas — knitted ski masks concealing their identitie
Punks against Putin
By LIZ PELLY  |  August 03, 2012

Review: Brave

Disappointing on a story level, this fable in the feminist Disney Princess mold (unremarkably so) signals problems from the start.
Merely good
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 22, 2012
Short Take: Hysteria

Review: Hysteria

Struggling physician Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) has struck pay dirt assisting Dr. Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce), whose London waiting room is packed with bourgeois housewives suffering from "hysteria."
Tanya Wexler's enjoyable, fictionalized period piece
By ANN LEWINSON  |  June 08, 2012

Getting ready for the Maine Comics Arts Festival

If Superman had to give a State of the Comics address, it would be a pretty somber affair.
Bringing the page to life
By JOSH CHRISTIE  |  May 18, 2012


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

Vote Best, not gender

I agree whole-heartedly with Deirdre Fulton that a paucity of women interested in holding political office is bad (see "Female Dems Could Help Take Back State House," April 20).
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editor, April 27, 2012

BU's bad joke

In the April Fool's Day issue of Boston University's Daily Free Press, sorority girls get roofied and raped, one female student gets "gang-banged" by an entire fraternity, and a hockey player gets arrested for walking around with his pants down.  
April Fools
By LIZ PELLY  |  April 06, 2012

Smash It Dead Fest goes after rape culture

Smash It Dead Fest happens this weekend in Allston and Cambridge, with three days of punk shows and feminist workshops to raise funds for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.
No joke
By LIZ PELLY  |  March 23, 2012

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


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

As Occupy Boston struggles with a sex-offender ban, its weaknesses have been laid bare

It was after 10 pm on Tuesday, January 10, in the stale, bright basement of the Arlington Street Church, where now-nomadic Occupy Boston was holding a meeting.
Temperature check: Will the movement stabilize? Or will it splinter?
By LIZ PELLY  |  January 20, 2012

Re: Lollipop Chainsaw – An Open Letter to James Gunn

You know, James Gunn, for a man who writes for the horror genre, you sure don't seem to know much about your target demographic. Did...
By Maddy Myers  |  January 12, 2012
Full line-up + compilation for Ladyfest Boston, February 3-5 @ Cambridge YMCA

Full line-up + compilation for Ladyfest Boston, February 3-5 @ Cambridge YMCA

 Independent versions of LADYFEST have taken place internationally for over ten years. And next month, Boston finally hosts a DIY feminist music festival of its...
By Liz Pelly  |  January 10, 2012
From the Back of the Room: Review

Review: From the Back of the Room

Chronicling the past 30 years of women in DIY punk, Amy Oden's documentary deconstructs the myth that punk is an ideal world free of gender prejudices.
Amy Oden's documentary about sexism in the punk rock community
By LIZ PELLY  |  December 09, 2011

#OccupyBoston Women's March set for this Sunday

#OccupyBoston Women's March set for this Sunday

 The Women's Caucus of Occupy Boston -- a group of women-identified occupiers and allies working against patriarchy and sexism in the Occupy Movement -- will...
By Liz Pelly  |  November 30, 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

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

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

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


Photos: Girls Rock Boston Showcase at Brighton Music Hall

Girls Rock Boston presents a showcase at Brighton Music Hall on August 13, 2011.
Brighton Music Hall | August 13, 2011
By NINA MASHUROVA  |  August 19, 2011

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

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
Fair sculptures at Decordova

Eva Hesse at the ICA and Tory Fair at the deCordova

Hesse's ability to imbue her art with body and blood and gravity anticipated the kinder, gentler minimalism of today's Anish Kapoor, Rachel Whiteread, and Roni Horn, as well as the fleshy fairy-tale figures of Kiki Smith. Boston sculptor Tory Fair has d
Women's work
By GREG COOK  |  July 29, 2011
list comfort

Jane Comfort and Sharon Eyal at Jacob's Pillow

The dramaturgy behind Jane Comfort's gimlet-eyed pageant in Beauty, on delicious display at Jacob's Pillow Doris Duke Theatre this past week, is spot-on.  
Feminist one-two punch
By DEBRA CASH  |  July 08, 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

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

From porn star to professor: Annie Sprinkle

Annie Sprinkle's contemporary lectures are known to be fairly explicit: She has at times pleasured herself on stage, while encouraging those in the audience to do likewise in their seats.
By CARRYE CASTLEMAN-ROSS  |  April 22, 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