SEATTLE EVENT: Witches, Sluts, Feminists on November 16, 2017

I'm hosting a discussion in Seattle with Kristen Sollee, the author of Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive. I knew from the second I saw the cover of this book that I needed to have it (the cover is basically the seo keywords of my life these days), and then when I contacted Kristen to talk to her about it… it turned out we'd featured her fucking wedding on Offbeat Bride back in the day! Sometimes it feels like Offbeat Bride is like Kevin Bacon for weird married people — you're odd and have planned a wedding, we're probably connected somehow.

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Resources for fathers-to-be that aren't patronizing

Are there resources for fathers-to-be that aren't weirdly gendered or patronizing? My husband isn't an idiot and would love more information than "when can my wife have sex again?", "when will I get to watch sports again", or "how to do cope wife my wife's craaa-aaaa-zzyyy hormones/body/cravings/etc?"

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High-key femininity isn't weakness and here's why Sansa proves it

Why is Sansa Stark presumed weak because she is high-key feminine? And what the hell make a female character "strong" anyway? Let's lay out Sansa's more powerful turns and see if a dress-wearing, high-key feminine character (even in a fictional Medieval-style universe) can overcome her gender spectrum stigma. Femininity doesn't undercut feminism, and here's why Sansa proves it…

SEATTLE EVENT: What is love? July 24, 2017

Remember last month when I reviewed that Carrie Jenkins book, What Love Is: And What It Could Be? Remember how at the end of that post, I mentioned that I met the author at her reading in Vancouver BC, and it turns out that she's an Offbeat Empire reader, and we got into crazy conversations about love, marriage, feminism, monogamy, consent and cultural narratives, interracial pairings and racism, and MOAR!? On July 24th in Seattle, you can get in on that conversation…

There were no books for an African American girl in a wheelchair, so I wrote one

When I went looking for a bedtime book that I felt my child could relate to, I came up short. Actually, I came up empty. I searched local independent bookstores, well-known chain bookstores like Barnes & Noble, and even online looking for a book that had an African American girl in a wheelchair on the cover, and quickly discovered there was nothing. It simply did not exist.

So, I decided to take matters into my own hands…