Guest Blogger Elysia: Evo Psych and Icky Girls

Friend of Shapely Prose Elysia (who writes the blog Born That Way)┬áis an evolutionary biologist, and she had some choice words for the latest dude to use evolutionary psychology as an explanation for why he believes seriously douchey things about women. Please give Elysia a warm welcome. -- Kate My friend Sweet Machine brought a … Continue reading Guest Blogger Elysia: Evo Psych and Icky Girls

CNN Makes Jaclyn Friedman Sound Like a Victim-Blamer! Again!

It's hardly a well-kept secret that journalists can make an interviewee sound like she said pretty much anything. Those of us who are asked to speak on controversial topics know we risk seeing our words twisted to fit a predetermined narrative -- even to suggest the exact opposite of what we clearly meant -- every … Continue reading CNN Makes Jaclyn Friedman Sound Like a Victim-Blamer! Again!

Slightly Pre-Friday Sorta-Fluff: I’m Kate Fucking Harding

So, the other night, I went to see my friend (and sometime Shapeling) Tari play at a local bar, and as usual, I was slightly surprised by how awesome she is. Not because I have any good reason to underestimate her, but because A) I just don't hear her play all that often, and B) … Continue reading Slightly Pre-Friday Sorta-Fluff: I’m Kate Fucking Harding

“but who can distinguish one human voice amid such choruses of desire”

America lost a great voice this weekend: the poet Lucille Clifton died. She was 73 years old. Clifton wrote wonderful, poignant, witty poems whose formal simplicity belies their emotional and political depth. She wrote of the realities of living in a large, black, female body in a racist, sexist culture; she survived cancer and wrote … Continue reading “but who can distinguish one human voice amid such choruses of desire”

Me? A mansplainer? Let me mansplain.

There is some hilarious shit going down over at Zuska's. See, she posted a definition of "mansplaining" that included stuff like this: You May Be A Mansplainer If... 1. You MUST explain why everything I said is beside the point, and wrong, and silly. 2. You MUST explain why you are not a mansplainer, then … Continue reading Me? A mansplainer? Let me mansplain.