Angela Lansbury’s School of Feminist Witchcraft

Written by JLM; Published by GENDER FOCUS on June 21, 2015 *Substitutiary locomotion (definition): the craft of using the substitutive power of language for feminist purposes. Long before I had ever heard the word “feminist,” I knew about witches. What I knew about them, aside from their green noses and warts, which represent so obviously…

God Beyond Gender: On Peter Wilkes’ A Woman Called God

Written by JLM; Published by GENDER FOCUS on May 18, 2015 I wrestle intellectually from time to time with the issue of god and gender. Maybe you do, too. Over time, I’ve grown skeptical about the importance of gender to divinity, as gender seems like a human issue, whereas God, to me, is unfathomably beyond…

Getting Real about Cultural Illusions: Review of Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist

Written by JLM; Published by GENDER FOCUS on February 18, 2015 A title like “Bad Feminist” is about as rhetorically effective as it gets: it’s divisive, it’s evocative, it’s thought provoking, it’s maddening, and it’s badass. The simple act of placing a moralistic modifier before “feminist” pulls you in as much as it irksomely pushes…

Review of The Queer Cultural Work of Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner

Written by JLM; Published by GENDER FOCUS on November 21, 2014 Jennifer Reed’s The Queer Cultural Work of Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner, released by Palgrave Macmillan in December 2013, will be of interest to an array of readers, particularly to Tomlin fans and those with an interest in queer theory and gender studies. As…

We Are Robin Williams: Becoming Helpful in Helpless Times

Written by JLM; Published by GENDER FOCUS on August 14, 2014 The tragic death of actor and comedian Robin Williams has many of us talking about things that legitimately need attention and discussion. To me, what seems most glaringly obvious in these retrospective conversations and reflections is that we are merely on the foothill of…

National Day In the Closet (a.k.a.: How to Be a Good Neighbor)

Written by JLM; Published by GENDER FOCUS on July 2, 2014 I am writing this because of nightmares. Have you ever been lying in bed, about to fall asleep, and you – while still half awake – begin having a nightmare, and you know you’re having one, but you cannot pull yourself from its semi-conscious…

Pope Francis Dodges Binarism and Raises Questions for All

Written by JLM; Published by GENDER FOCUS on September 22, 2013 Let’s talk Pope for a few minutes. The figurehead’s been in the news lately, and has, I guess you could say, a fairly big circle of influence. Clearly, it’s time that we, as feminists, weigh in respectfully and thoughtfully with whatever we’ve got. I’ll…