The Last Unicorn

Here’s the scene and the context: I’m on the phone with my new (white) boyfriend, and bring up one of the organizations that’s near and dear to my heart… Swirl. In case you haven’t heard of Swirl, it’s a national organization that focuses on political and social issues related to mixed race/multicultural people. I’ve found […]

Everything I Needed to Know About Feminism I Learned from YA – Panel Report

Still working on the WisCon 31 panel reports. Slowly but surely! The next panel I attended on Saturday was “Everything I Needed to Know About Feminism I Learned from YA”: Young Adult fiction is full of strong female heroines who are a 14-year-old girl’s version of a superhero. They kick ass, wield magic, stand up […]

An Acceptable Time – Acceptable Themes?

After a recent conversation with Michelle of I Am A Tree [blog since removed], I felt inspired to pick up and re-read Madeline L’Engle’s An Acceptable Time, which had been one of my very favorite books when I was a teen. More often than not, when I revisit things I was enthusiastic about when I […]

Alanna: My First Feminist Fantasy Hero

Since this is my first post, I’m going to write about my first memorable and shaping encounter with a female character in a fantasy novel. When I found Alanna: The First Adventure in my school library, I was eleven. Alanna, the main character in Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness quartet, is ten. She wants […]