“The Shoes Make the Woman”

“The Shoes Make the Woman” – Crack the Spine

It is always a pair of shoes that gives you power—ruby slippers, your ticket home. Glass slippers, your ticket up. There is no pulling of the sword for you. No scraping of steel against rock. Your rite of passage is quieter, done under the shadow of a heavy gown.

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“Arm Hair”

Arm Hair” – Carnival Magazine

Hasmig is the fattest girl in class and has hairy arms. The hair is so long that she has to palm it over so that they all face the same direction. She would not have to do this if her hair color was lighter, but she has the standard Armenian hair, the kind that’s thick, black, and falls straight down like a waterfall.

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“On Xena and a Lack of Female Villains”

On Xena and a Lack of Female Villains – The Mary Sue

If you’ve seen an episode of Xena, hell, if you’ve seen the opening titles to Xena, you know that you don’t mess with Xena. She’s strong, clever, resilient, and at times, ruthless. The show remains an important feminist text for a number of reasons, reasons reinforced by the likes of Joss Whedon and Quentin Tarantino. It champions strong women, but at the same time, it does not paint them as these infallible, flat superheroines. The female characters of the show, allies and villains alike, are rounded, with complex back-stories and goals that range from trying to lift a city-wide ban on dancing to wanting to become the queen of the Amazons.

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“Lesser Shades of Equal”

Lesser Shades of Equal So to Speak Journal: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art

I had a professor who occasionally joined the graduate students for beers after class. He was a very intelligent man, respectful, kind. He was, and still is, someone I admire a great deal. He came out with us and recounted his life experiences, and at around fifty years of age, his experiences were plentiful. My fellow students and I eagerly lapped up every story and every piece of advice he imparted upon us. And at the end of each of our post-class outings, he stood up and shook hands with each of the men in our group and gave a gentle nod to the women.

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