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December 6, 2010

Assignment Desk for December

by subterfusex

It’s been a while since I put up one of these, but the time has come. I don’t have time to tackle all these and they deserve attention.

1) Bristol Palin‘s run on Dancing With the Stars. First, we wondered who the hell nominated her. Then it was her body and her dancing. Then people accused the Tea Party of rigging the votes in her favor. Now Margaret Cho says Sarah forced Bristol to do it. What are the political implications of all this? What are the ramifications for women?

2) What’s going on with the Bush Tax Cuts? Some people say repeal, some say don’t. It’s an economic clusterfuck. Whatever happens, it will have a big impact on everyone. So will Unemployment Extensions–or the lack of them.

3) So, apparently 2010 was The Year of the Woman. We weren’t informed of this, but apparently it is so. What the fark are they talking about, and does it hold water? And, with 2010 drawing to a close, are women now out of luck for the next 2,010 years? Or are we embarking on a new decade or awesomeness?

If you know of a topic that should be addressed but you don’t feel up to doing it yourself drop us a line and we’ll add it to the Assignment Desk.

Tawk amongst yourselves.

September 28, 2010

A Subterfuge Discussion on Sex & Sexuality

by f

Now that Subterfuge has been going on, we’ve realized something — we have a dearth of personal sex confessions.

No, really.

When F started Subterfuge, she intended to write a lot of these sexual confessions on Subterfuge, passionately discussing what would probably be politely dismissed as TMI elsewhere. Though we do have insightful critical commentary on a lot of issues, we find that we’d like to have a focus on personal sexual confessions and experiences as well.

What do you, dear readers, suggest we should do? Any ideas on possible topics, suggestions? Any experiences you’d like to submit? We’ll leave it open and with a commitment that we will promise to write more dirt. We need more dirty sexy stuff, and I’m not talking about Megan McCain’s somewhat awful political memoir, either.

September 11, 2010

Once a Princess, Always a Princess

by d
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It has been a plan of mine, for years, to go through the Disney Princess canon and analyze it. There’s a lot of generalizations made in news articles and nonfiction, but not too much in the way of specifics. So lets get specific. In fact, comedy has turned a focused lens on the Disney heroines, skewering them through parody and satire. Drawn Together‘s Princess Clara is basically a Disney-Princess-On-Speed, and even Disney has been able to laugh at itself through the blockbuster Enchanted.

This weekend, ABC Family is running Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which is a great coincidence. It’s the first of the so-called princess films, made in 1937. It was also Disney’s first animated film, period. It is now 73 years old. It has not aged well. I’m going to watch it and write a full post about it. I plan to do this for the rest of the princess movies, too. (And, yes, we’ll be included the Disney Wannabes Anastasia and The Swan Princess, among others.)

These are my impressions of the film, my memories. But what I really want is to open the floor to everyone else to also send in your experiences with these films. For most of us here at Subterfuge our girlhoods intersected with Disney’s so-called Golden Era (approx. 1989-1998, or, The Little Mermaid to Mulan). They were made for us, marketed to us aggressively, and our peers devoured them. We were bombarded by Disney. So what did we think about it? As kids, what did we like and not like? As adults, what do we now see in them?

Please do comment here and on the forums about these films, any of them. If you have a lot to say, consider writing a full post about it.

Pop culture has shaped our generation in a myriad of ways that we are only now beginning to understand. This is one of the most crucial, as it targeted us as very young girls, and pitched us an ideal of womanhood.

There will be songs. There will be big dresses, and handsome, nameless princes. It may get ugly. We’ll see how it goes.

–Your Feminist Fairy Godmother, D

July 30, 2010

Famous Last Words

by V

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Has anyone ever heard this phrase before? I’m willing to bet that if you have, you’re probably female. And it was probably after you said you were never getting married or you were never going to have kids, or both.

Even today, with as far as our society has come so far, it still has further to go. Women are still viewed as baby factories. Nobody believes it if you say that you aren’t going to have children. They come up with annoying little things to tell you that they don’t, too! Such as the one I used for the title of this piece.

I’m someone who really is not interested in ever getting married or having children. But, right now, I’m going to focus on the having kids part, because that seems to be the strangest out of the two for people to hear. They just can’t believe that a girl wouldn’t want to have children.

Women, and even young girls, are constantly under pressure to have children one day. I can’t count the amount of times that I’ve heard women say that all of their friends were having children, so they felt pressure not to be the last one to have a child.

I’m sorry, but what a ridiculous reason to have a baby.

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July 16, 2010

The Assignment Desk Launches

by subterfusex

We’re always looking for contributors, both one-off and long-term.

I (D) realize that what we’re asking for can seem enormous. Every time I open this page without a specific idea in mind, I draw a blank. There is SO MUCH out there to write about. And we’ve already narrowed the focus to ‘women.’ But that’s everything and anything related to women. So it’s not actually that narrow.

I hated when teachers gave us an assignment and left the topic too wide open. It’s almost worse than when they demand every essay stick to the same, constricting thesis.

Now there’s a page, The Assignment Desk, where we’ll keep an ongoing tally of potential topics. If you see something you like, post in the comments to claim it as your own, or send us an email. And, once a week, on Friday afternoons, we’ll put up a post highlighting a handful of topics we very much want you to write about. You’ll have the weekend to think about it, and hopefully get it done by Monday. We find it’s best to write while the idea is fresh.

Here are the inaugural ideas.


Why I won’t call myself a feminist – The F word carries a lot of baggage. Need a hand?

Media and Pop Culture

Music – Who speaks to you? Dahlia Rose Monroe says Lady Gaga.

Cultural Issues

The Burqua was just banned in France. Were the motivations sound, and is this is good or bad for the women who wear/wore them?

Politics and Law

Did you know the new US health legislation mandates that employers must provide a space for breast-feeding women to express milk in a safe and comfortable environment? There are more surprises in there, too!


Why do fathers walk their daughters down the aisle? How do you feel about being ‘given away’?


Luisa Capetillo (1879-1922) – Puerto Rican labor union suffragette; jailed for wearing pants in public.

Got an idea? Claim an idea in the comments, or send us an email. See the Submissions and Guidelines pages for more information about what we want in a post.

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