Correction: Not Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo was quoting someone – he didn’t write that piece himself. It was written by Libby Anne Bruce, and you can see it posted, last year, on her FB page. It’s been pretty heavily shared and as a result… Continue Reading

Catharine A. MacKinnon on Trans Women

I’ve always been a fan of hers even when I disagree with her. But this? Made me joyful. She was asked how her views have changed over the years: Certain things that I have had an inkling about have grown… Continue Reading

Mark Ruffalo Brings the Feminism

CORRECTION 5/31: This piece wasn’t written by Ruffalo, just quoted by him. The original author is Libby Anne Bruce. We’ve all seen them – the videos by young women proclaiming they are not feminists. Most of us just roll are… Continue Reading

Tea?

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Feel Less Alone #trans

Here’s an interesting, interactive map that will give you an idea of how many people who are trans live near you. Our county in NYC has the highest number of all the NY counties, but our county here in WI… Continue Reading

The Origin of Memorial Day

Interesting piece on the black origins of Memorial Day in the U.S.: The largest of these events, forgotten until I had some extraordinary luck in an archive at Harvard, took place on May 1, 1865. During the final year of… Continue Reading

Ireland Votes for Marriage

Here’s a great story about some of the Irish expats who went home to vote, as it was up by referendum. It’s the first country to do so my popular vote. Here’s another about #hometovote. More lovely photos. Northern Ireland… Continue Reading

Things Not To Ask (A Trans Person)

Things You've Always Wanted To Ask a Trans Person… But Probably Shouldn't "What's the difference between transvestite and transgender?""Which bathroom do you use?""Have you had 'the op'?" "What do you do in bed?""Are you a drag queen?"We got together some… Continue Reading

Mad Us: The End of Mad Men

Mad Men isn’t about Joan or Peggy or Don or Betty or Roger or feminism or the 60s or NYC or advertising; it’s not about drinking or smoking or the clothes or the era. It’s about mid-life and it’s for… Continue Reading

Mad Max: Fury Road

In case the MRA guys calling for a boycott of the movie isn’t a good enough reason for you, I saw it last night and loved it. Maybe it will come as a surprise that I tend to like fast… Continue Reading

Birthday.

So it is mine, today. My 46th. & As many of you know, I share it with my wife: we were born the same year, on the same day, but in two different states (and to two different sets of… Continue Reading

Helen’s Summer Writing Fund

I’m working on my third book and have been, off & on for the last couple of years. I’ve changed the idea of it more than once and know that I’m going to be writing about some difficult and far… Continue Reading

Salon Interview With Yours Truly

I think this is the first time I’ve been in Salon, and look at that! A whole interview with me. If you’ve come here from the Salon article, here are some of the resources/community I’ve been running for years. The… Continue Reading

Happy Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day Weekend

I came across this beautiful letter by Amy Young – “An Open Letter to Pastors (A Non-Mom Speaks About Mother’s Day)” and was really blown away. She felt shamed in her church when mothers were asked to stand and she… Continue Reading

Tina Fey is a Miracle

I know she’s a comedian & all, but this still took guts: & Honestly, to hell with Spanx.

Cheated.

My wife and I were lucky enough to score tickets to see The Replacements this past weekend in Milwaukee; neither of us had ever seen them back in the day and both of us were fans. And they were, as… Continue Reading

Happy May Day.