Olivia Waite is a romance author, practicing feminist, and wide-ranging dilettante.
"Black History Month has been held annually in the US since the 1920s and in the UK from the late 80s.
It is a celebration of the contribution that black African and Caribbean communities have made on a local level and across the world.
Scotland’s black history is populated by interesting and important characters, many of whom had to endure prejudice and racism. But who were some of these people?"
"I found Jezebel and I started reading. I’m the kind of person who just likes to know things, so perusing the site pre-Kinja was like a revelation to me. All of a sudden I had this entire vocabulary to explain the little microagressions that I’d faced all my life, and a community of women who were engaged in parsing those issues. I could finally vocalize why I felt an inconsolable rage when I was tone policed. I knew how to defend myself against slut shaming. I could explain in detail why rape culture was so insidious and why restrictions on reproductive freedom were a devastating step backwards for women.
Jezebel taught me how to be a woman.
And then it taught me that it didn’t care about the kind of woman that I am."
"I’m done feeling broken. Never again will I have a penis inside me. But that doesn’t mean I’m giving up penis.
Conventional wisdom says that, if you’re straight (or mostly straight) and don’t want your partner’s genitals inside you, you’re either dreaming of a hyper-sterilized sex act that denies the reality of bodily fluids, or in really deep in denial about your latent homosexuality. But conventional wisdom just stops at straight and gay, and doesn’t take into account my actual desires. I get the most turned on when I think about men’s nipples and pecs, asses, bellies and penises — just not when they’re in my vagina. I love the feel of a penis in my mouth or in my hands. It’s just when the same penis is in my vagina, nothing happens."
"In 2012 I counted how many LGBT YA novels were published. In comparison to statistics on LGBT YA from 1969-2011, it looked like the representation of LGBT characters in YA was continuing to improve.
This year there is both an increase and a decrease in the number of LGBT young adult books published. How does that work? Well, things are complicated. Additionally, things don’t look so good for girls. Here’s the overview:"
"Anna Goldsworthy’s essay, Unfinished Business: Sex, Freedom, Misogyny, is one I wouldn’t have read if Kat hadn’t asked me to contribute a comment on it. I would have missed not only a very thought-provoking piece, but a glimpse into some of significant cultural events of particular relevance to women in Australia. Although most of the issues Goldsworthy touches on were familiar to me as a USian (body image, the double bind, rape culture, the messages of pop culture), the specific context was not."