Dykes Next Door
Cartoonist Alison Bechdel has built an enthusiastic
following with Dykes to Watch Out For. Now as dyke
subculture hurtles toward the mainstream, Beachdel's take
is changing with the times.
You'd Never Expect When You're Expecting
Naomi Wolf was shocked, during her own pregnancy,
to discover just how little power pregnant woman have.
An excerpt from her new book Misconceptions.
Rites of Passage
Documenting the many ways in which girls mark the
passge into womanhood.
With the Wolf
Guadalupe Beundia, known as La Loba (The Wolf) is
a political leader from a destitute slum in Mexico. Her
cutthroat tactics brought services to her town and made
her one of hte nation's most powerful ward bosses
until the 2000 election changed everything.
The Evolution of a Palenstinian Pacifist
- Word: Alone
- Women to Watch
- Know Thyself: An Abuser Wrestles With His Demons
- My Line in the Sand
Page: Singing Praises
Everyone Reading The Red Tent?
Secret for Julia, by Patricia Sagastizabal
Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood,
by Sandra Steingraber
A Novel of Tiananmen, by Annie Wang
Intimacy: The Regulation of Race and Romance,
by Rachel F. Moran
of God, by Lolita Files
in Front of the Children: "Indecency," Censorship, and
the Innocence of Youth, by Marjorie Heins
-Boldtype: Kim Chernin
The Naked Sell
Daisy Hernandez, Patricia Smith and Gloria Steinem
Sarah Jones Is Not Obscene
SPINNING BEFORE THE BICYCLE
- Apparently, hetaeras (prostitutes) in ancient Greece had
to moonlight to get by. Upon excavating the ruins of a huge
brothel in Athens, archaeologists discovered the remains of
more than one hundred looms. It is believed that the women,
called Spinning Hetaeras, spun wool during the day to supplement
their incomes. This may be the reason why a brothel was often
called an ergasterion (factory).
- Women were so associated with textiles by the late Roman
Empire that gynaecea (women's places) became the legal term
for weaving, spinning, and dyeing establishments.
- Beginning in the 17th century, never-married women were
labeled "spinsters" because work at the spinning wheel was
one of the few jobs available to them.
- Spinsters were often treasurers of women's organizations
in the 19th century because as single women they had rights
(making contracts, opening bank accounts) that married women
SPINNING AFTER THE BICYCLE
- According to the Pedaling History Bicycle Museum in upstate
New York, the bicycle craze in the late 19th century "killed
the bustle and the corset, instituted 'common-sense dressing'
for women, and increased their mobility considerably."
- Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova-Nikolayeva became the
first woman to orbit the earth on June 16, 1963.
- At the 2001 World Snowboarding Championships, U.S. snowboarder
Dresden Howell performed a backside 360 degree spin and won
first place in the women's division.
- Guys, don't try this at home: the Biellmann Spin, invented
by Swiss ice skater Denise Biellmann and performed almost
exclusively by women, requires amazing flexibility. While
spinning on her left leg, the skater reaches over her shoulder
and grabs hold of the blade of her right skate, pulling her
leg above her head. Only one male skater, Evgeny Plushenko,
uses this move in competitions.
- Sybil Herrold, a pioneer disc jockey, was spinning phonograph
records as early as 1912. " DJ Pam the Funktress, of the hip-hop
group the Coup, once took off her bra through her sleeve while
spinning. She is also known for "scratching" records with