Not Just Here for Your Entertainment: The Real Stories Behind OITNB

By Robyn Di Giacinto

Fangirls rejoice—the new season of OITNB has dropped in all its feminist glory!

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Since OITNB hit Netflix in 2013, it’s become a force to be reckoned with, weaving together engaging storytelling, a dynamic ensemble cast, and groundbreaking commentary on social issues that most mainstream shows are too afraid to even hint at.

In particular, OITNB was the first real introduction many viewers had to the ever-expanding world of American prisons. And that’s part of the appeal: in a sea of primetime cop shows and law-and-order-obsessed nightly news programs, OITNB is one of the only shows that dares to challenge the idea that criminal justice is always just. Litchfield Penitentiary isn’t just where we put the “criminals.” Its prisoners are people with complicated stories not so unlike our own.

…But it’s also entertainment. Lucrative entertainment at that. The kind that draws in millions of subscribers and drives advertising revenues through the roof. And while that doesn’t cancel out the show’s importance, whose interests are your marathon binge-watching sessions, Facebook rants and Twitter epiphanies really serving — those of actual women in prison, or the profit margins at Netflix HQ?

It’s not a comfortable … Read more

It’s Time We Discuss All Things Vag

This post was sponsored by S+HE Intimate Fitness. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

How do I get all these little bumps off my bikini line?

How is my vagina actually supposed to smell?

Am I supposed to use regular soap to clean my sex toys?

We all have questions about our lady bits. Unfortunately, many of us are afraid to ask these questions and turn to problematic magazines like Cosmo that are more interested in selling ads for dangerous douching products than giving actual advice.

I had the opportunity to test out a line of products that is actually good for your vagina. It’s called the S+HE Intimate Fitness Skincare System. S+HE is the 1st pH balanced skin care line designed for the specific needs of women’s intimate health and overall skin well-being. The products smell natural – unlike the weird, fake smells of other vagina products – and they actually feel good. And here’s another perk: they actually work! I’ve been using the AfterShave product for a week now and I’m already seeing my shaving bumps start to disappear!

I strongly recommend this product line for anyone looking for vag products that are … Read more

Bernie lost. Let’s move on.

This election has really tested my patience.

We’ve got unapologetic racists and xenophobes on the right and conspiracy theorists on the left.

Here’s the truth: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are going to battle for the presidency this November. Hillary has clinched the number of delegates she needs to be the Democratic nominee. There’s no “media conspiracy.” There’s no “false reporting” going on. She’s literally gotten millions of more votes than Bernie.

I understand why Bernie supporters are upset. If this outcome were flipped, I’d be pissed too. However, I do not think I would claim that the “system is rigged” or the “media is owned by Clinton.” Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. That’s life.

In 2008 Hillary dropped out of the race when Obama had less of a lead than she does today. She valued party unity above her own pride. Bernie, however, plans to contest the nomination through the convention. He also has said that he does not plan to rally behind Clinton.

Bernie is a sore loser. And his campaign is sending dangerous messages to his supporters. He’s making them believe that they are entitled to win. However, whichever way you look at it, they have … Read more

Stand #withMalala for Girl’s Education


I have a very special announcement to share with you, feminist felines:


Tonight at 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT the National Geographic Channel is playing a COMMERCIAL-FREE premiere of He Named Me Malala!


You may know Malala Yousafzai as the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize. But do you know her full story?


In 2013 Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban for daring to stand up for girls’ education. Now, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient TruthIt Might Get Loud) is telling Malala’s story about her incredible journey and her work to ensure every girl has access to 12 years of free, quality, safe education.


Check out the trailer below:


I am super pumped to be hosting a watch party tonight with my kitties in the comfort of my own home. I hope that you all will join me too!



BONUS: Tweet #withMalala!

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‘Shoot Down the Wendy Bird’ Asks the Most Important Question of Our Generation (Plus a GIVEAWAY!)

Kat asked me simply, “What’s your favorite Disney character?” I answered immediately, Tinker Bell.

I’ve forever been drawn to the feisty fairy that goes after what she wants despite all obstacles. No little girl was going to come in and take her love away, or ruin the good thing she had going in Neverland. Nope, she’d secure her happy ending, no matter what.

That is how Shoot Down the Wendy Bird was born. It’s about the fire that makes you unstoppable on the journey to get what you want. It is permeated with the drive to make the most of opportunities and situations, and to empower yourself to take an active role in your destiny. It is what these short stories and poems all share, even if they are all so very different. At the core of this book is the inherent passion to live a better, happier, and more magical life.


The first lines of Julie Zantopoulos‘ debut book, Shoot Down the Wendy Bird: A Collection of Short Stories & Poetry ask what is arguably the most important question for people of the Millennial generation: “What’s your favorite Disney character?” If you don’t have an immediate answer … Read more

Single Cat Lady and Proud

“I don’t think this is going to work. Good luck with things.”

That’s a real text I received from a guy I never even went on a date with.

“I didn’t realize there was a ‘this’,” I replied. “Bye.”

I’ve been on both sides of rejection. I’ve stopped hearing from guys I went on dates with and I’ve told guys that I didn’t feel a spark. But this most recent experience was new to me.

This guy – let’s call him Al – and I never actually went on a date. We met at a bar where we spent the entire night dancing and making out. I gave him my number, not sure if I would ever hear back, but four days later he texted me to invite me to happy hour with a bunch of his friends. It was hardly a date at all and we went our separate ways at the end of the night. We didn’t even kiss goodbye. I had a great night with what I thought was a new group of friends and I was looking forward to hanging out with them again. I thought Al was cute and all but since we had yet … Read more

Sex Toys Are Fun!

I think we can all agree that sex toys rock. There’s a lot of stuff out there – big, small, even handmade…

Sex toys are fun, but you don’t always need to spend money to spice up your sex life. I’m delighted to share an infographic today from Carvaka Sex Toys. It describes the little known natural aphrodisiacs you can find right in your kitchen!


Everyday Aphrodisiacs – An Infographic Guide

Romance is wonderful but sometimes it can be difficult to keep it going especially in a long term relationship. With so many outside distractions in today’s world, predominantly smartphones, it can be difficult to break through the noise and find some time for that special someone.

A great way to reconnect is to cook a meal for your partner plus that way you can incorporate some aphrodisiacs in the mix to bump up the loving feeling. This infographic from Carvaka Sex Toys aims to pinpoint some of the aphrodisiacs that you might not already be aware of – some that might even already be in your fridge or store cupboard…Check it out!



Even cats like to pleasure themselves.

Even cats like to pleasure themselves.

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Why Are We All so Obsessed with Witches?

By Alex Miller


It’s no secret that Americans are fascinated by witches. The amount of witch-related popular culture that we as a country produce is so great it could easily be its own genre. Chances are that at some point in their lives, most of the readers of this post will have had at least one witchy guilty pleasure, and in my experience that is particularly the case for women and queer men. Why, you ask, are we so in love with witches? Maybe up until this point you’ve been unsure or never considered the query. Well buckle up kiddos, because I, Alex J. Miller, self-proclaimed witch expert (and possible witch myself), am about to take you on a rollercoaster ride of witchcraft in American popular culture, at the end of which you’ll be able to proudly proclaim, “Yes, I did watch Witches of East End for nine hours straight last Saturday, and I loved every minute of it!”

Some of the first permanent European settlers arrived on our Atlantic shores in the early 17th century, and with them they brought all their hopes, dreams, smallpox, complete disregard for indigenous cultures, shoe buckles, and ideas about witches. The contemporary … Read more

Don’t You Dare Defund Planned Parenthood

Over three years ago, my friend Taylor Kuether​ wrote this editorial in her school paper about signs she saw at a pro-life rally that read “Defund Planned Parenthood.” Unfortunately, it’s 2015 and Republicans in Congress are now threatening to shutdown the government in order to do just that. It’s disgraceful that women’s health services are such a point of contention in America. Since when did body autonomy become a political issue? In honor of Planned Parenthood’s #PinkOut Day, this piece is being republished on The Feminist Feline to show just how grave of a situation women’s health is in in America.

Last week marked the 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s highly controversial ruling in Roe v. Wade, in which abortion was made permissible with a few stipulations including protecting prenatal life, protecting women’s health, and regulating the trimester in which abortions could be carried out.

Yearly, thousands participate in the “March for Life” protest in Washington, D.C. on the anniversary of the famous ruling. This year, when glancing over photos from the event, one sign caught my eye: “Defund Planned Parenthood.”

I saw similar signs last summer as I drove down Menomonie Street right here in Eau … Read more

What About the Intersection of Religion?

Feminists are quick to dismiss the Catholic Church, but do they realize how important faith is in many women’s lives?

As we welcome Pope Francis to America, many people are wondering if he will speak about abortion during his visit. His recent comments on the subject have put the media in a frenzy. On September 1 he released a letter to the public on his goals for the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Church has called a Jubilee Year every 25 or 50 years since 1300, according to the National Catholic Reporter. The Mercy Year starts on December 8.

Among other provisions, the Pope said he was opening a special, temporary “mercy” window allowing priests to forgive women and doctors who have had or performed abortions. Typically, a bishop has to give priests permission to forgive abortions, but Pope Francis’s letter opens up permission for all priests.

This decree shouldn’t be shocking for the United States, since most U.S. bishops have allowed their priests to forgive abortions. However, the Pope is much more than just the pontiff, he is an international public figure, and what he says about abortion can make a huge impact on public policy, especially Read more

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