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Female Matadors

In 2006, photographer Gina LeVay began her odyssey into the Spanish-​speaking world of toreras—​female matadors. “A lot of them have gotten gored, injured, and they just get up and want to do it again. They’re fearless.”

Sheryl Sandberg, the VIDA Count, and Lessons on Leaning In

April 24, 2013

I doubt that Knopf/Random House planned it this way, but the publication of Sheryl Sandberg’s bestselling Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead coincided with the release of the latest VIDA Count. I suspect that Sandberg herself would be int [...]

What Is Feminism? It’s No Longer a Useful Question

December 17, 2012

  Monica Byrne   Editor’s note: During Fall 2012, VQR has been running a series called What Is Feminism?, in which a diverse range of women writers discuss their definition, idea, or experience of feminism. For more background, tak [...]

Feminism Is Not About Being the Same As Men

November 28, 2012

Editor’s note: The following post is part of a series in which a diverse range of women writers discuss their definition, idea, or experience of feminism. For more background, take a look at our Fall 2012 issue, which features “Bad Fe [...]

What Is Feminism? by Abby Frucht

November 5, 2012

Editor’s note: The following post is part of a series in which a diverse range of women writers discuss their definition, idea, or experience of feminism. For more background, take a look at our Fall 2012 issue, which features “Bad Fe [...]

What Is Feminism? by Jane Smiley

October 16, 2012

As a novelist, I instinctively interpret Feminism as the portrayal of women as complete actors in a diverse world—never less intelligent or self-motivated or interesting than male characters.

My Fight

At the 2012 Olympic Games, boxing allowed female competitors for the first time. Katie Taylor of Ireland took a gold medal. She was inspired by pioneering Irish boxer and World Champion Deirdre Gogarty. This is the story of how a teenage Gogarty began her fierce ascent when it was still illegal for women to enter the ring. 

Bad Feminist

The most significant problem with essential feminism is how it doesn’t allow for the complexities of human experience or individuality. There seems to be little room for multiple or discordant points of view. 

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