Annotated Bibliography – Solnit, Rebecca. “Woolf’s Darkness: Embracing the Inexplicable.” Men Explain Things to Me

Solnit, Rebecca. “Woolf’s Darkness: Embracing the Inexplicable.” Men Explain Things to Me. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2014. Print. 79-99. Solnit’s essay on Virginia Woolf “Woolf’s Darkness: Embracing the Inexplicable” from her 2014 Men Explain Things to Me argues for depth, uncertainty, good stories, and good criticism. As one of her primary interlocutors, Woolf’s persona and writing […]

“white supremacy” ~ “woman”

Both Leanne Simpson and Sherene Razack provide integral lenses for considering the themes, traumas, and conditions of sexual violence against women, outside of a seemingly “white” paradigm. Television shows such as Jessica Jones (caveat: I only watched the clip so I don’t know if the show attempts/achieves racial diversity), and performers/song-writers such as Lady Gaga […]

Annotated Biblio – “I Once Was Miss America.”

Gay, Roxanne. “I Once Was Miss America.” Bad Feminist. New York: HarperCollins, 2014. Print. 61-70. Gay’s essay confronts a seminal affect surrounding the phenomenon of girlhood—that of nostalgia. By pairing the event of Vanessa William’s short-lived role as Miss America and the author’s obsession with Francine Pascal’s Sweet Valley High YA series, Gay looks back […]

Nicki Minaj and my collection of embarrassments

Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda”(The Pinkprint 2014) picks up Sir Mix-a-Lot’s 1992 hit “Baby Got Back.” This song’s video is famous for Minaj’s supposed reversal of the male gaze (deconstructing a song by a man looking at women’s butts into a song performed by a woman showing off her exquisite butt flanked by other women with almost-as-nice butts). […]

not thinking /unable to unthink in Frances Ha

Thinking through Frances Ha and “antisocial feminism” in terms of female-to-female friendship (Halberstam’s coinage qted in Taylor), which suggests that relations between women are not always a “trouble free” “salve” (96), (citing Taylor’s references to Heather Love). Instead, in “Enduring Friendship,” Taylor cites Judith/Jack Halberstam’s concept of “anti-social feminism” to corroborate her articulation of an […]

girls + me + “messy” feminism

I remember the day I stopped watching Girls. It was, coincidentally, after watching the episode “One Man’s Trash” assigned for this week (although this was a few years back). My revulsion/frustration came about not through the show’s “messy” feminism, but as a result of its “selling out.” There was a griminess to the first season […]