Advent Calendar Day #9: Adrienne Rich

10 12 2009

Adrienne Rich is one of my favorite contemporary poets, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t include at least one poet in this list. She’s brilliant, and it doesn’t hurt that she’s queer to boot.

Advent Calendar Day #8: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

9 12 2009

You don’t get much more badass than Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who stood up for women’s rights from early on in her career as an attorney and has been doing so ever since her nomination to the Supreme Court. She may not be in very good company most of the time, but hey, at least we’ve got one voice up there.

Possibly the coolest auction ever.

8 12 2009

If only I had money, there are two things I would be all over this Christmas season. One is the Menu for Hope auction, which I almost always donate to, but the other is new, the WAM Feminist Auction. You have really got to get on this if you have any money this year. Some examples of items and their current bids:

  • Katha Pollitt will edit your fifteen-page manuscript for $201
  • Margaret Cho will take a day’s worth of pictures for you for $30
  • Alison Bechdel will create a comic strip just for you at $85
  • Melissa Harris Lacewell is giving away the black blazer she wears on the Rachel Maddow show for $100, plus a signed copy of her book
  • Kate Bornstein will pornographize a fairytale for you for $200
  • Lisa Jervis of Bitch Magazine will customize a recipe for $55
  • Sarah Haskins will record your outgoing voicemail message for $185
  • Ani di Franco autographed and custom airbrushed electric guitar, only $250

And other shiny stuff as well.  I have to admit, the MHL blazer would be very tempting if I weren’t broke.

Advent Calendar Day #7: Hillary Clinton

8 12 2009

I know it’s kind of obvious to include Hillary Clinton on this list, but come on. She’s so badass, and really I like her better as Secretary of State than President, though I was rooting for her in that race, too. She’s doing so much for women, and she really speaks her mind in this position.

Advent Calendar Day #6: bell hooks

6 12 2009

Pretty much at the top of my badass feminists list is bell hooks. If you haven’t read her books, you need to. She’s got quite a lot to say, and the way she says it gets you right in the gut.

Advent Calendar Day #5: Melissa Harris Lacewell

5 12 2009

Melissa Harris Lacewell is just the ultimate in cool. She’s smart, funny, beautiful, and very much in demand these days as a commentator on race issues. Plus, she’s a badass professor, and I just love badass professors.

Advent Calendar Day #4: Ursula K. LeGuin

4 12 2009

I may not love everything she writes, but it seems like half the time I’m reading an interesting and/or intelligent essay or response to something in a magazine, it’s by Ursula K. Leguin. She’s not only a very talented science fiction author, but she’s a woman who speaks up about seemingly anything and everything. More power to that.