Topic: books

Feminist Who Campaigned For Jane Austen Banknotes Receives Flood Of Horrifying Threats

Feminist Who Campaigned For Jane Austen Banknotes Receives Flood Of Horrifying Threats

Remember that awesome woman who championed for Jane Austen to replace Charles Darwin as the face of Britain’s 10-pound note? Well, as a direct result of her activism, feminist Caroline Criado-Perez has received criticism in the manner almost exclusively reserved for women: rape threats. Of course, she’s also received death threats, just so scary assholes can cover their bases in the “FUCK WOMEN” game. More »

Are There Female Lone Wolves?

Are There Female Lone Wolves?

There is a stereotype in movies and literature, perhaps one exemplified by The Wolverine (opening this Friday) that there are certain men who are just so cool, and independent, and able to shoot spikes out of their fingers that they need never settle down or find a mate. That they should probably just be lone wolves forever, because it’s their way. Weirdly, Willie Nelson embodies this notion more than Wolverine does, but let’s just go with it. Are there female equivalents? How do they compare? Let’s assess some of them. More »

Can Men Write About Sex Without Sounding Like Douchebags?

Can Men Write About Sex Without Sounding Like Douchebags?

So it’s no secret around these parts that I (and all of us at The Gloss, really) like to read and write about sex. I find it an interesting subject for a variety of reasons: it can help us understand ourselves and each other, it’s often horrifying and/or funny, there is still a taboo around talking about it, you never really stop learning about sex, it can be empowering to tell your own story, I like reading other people’s personal shit…I could go on. But one thing I’ve noticed about most of the sex writing I’ve been reading these days is that the conversation seems to be dominated by people inhabiting queer and/or feminized bodies, i.e. everyone but straight, cisgender men. Why is that? More »