The Pregnant Woman and the Public: What’s Mine Is…Yours?

The Pregnant Woman and the Public: What’s Mine Is…Yours?

My pregnancy is not a gift for you. Image from Pixabay. I, and other Go Girl writers, have commented before about the various ways in which cis women’s bodies get colonized when we go out in public. We get catcalled, groped, guided, condescended to, and assaulted. The types of control to which we are subjected depend on […]

What Viral Videos About Sexism Don’t Tell You: How to Be an Ally

What Viral Videos About Sexism Don’t Tell You: How to Be an Ally

The camera doesn’t catch it all. Image by Flickr user Gabriel Garcia Marengo. There’s been a lot of buzz in the U.S. recently about male threats of women in public spaces: Anita Sarkeesian (aka “Gamergate”) and the Hollaback video are just two of the biggest examples. It’s nothing new, unfortunately, and nothing that’s isolated to […]

4 Ways to Celebrate Girls on International Day of the Girl Child 2014

4 Ways to Celebrate Girls on International Day of the Girl Child 2014

Celebrate girls! Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. For all that we talk about the rights and needs of women, we often forget that women come from somewhere. Women, as Simone de Beauvoir infamously put it, aren’t born but are made. They are often (though not always) made from children called “girls.” And from the beginning, no […]

Knocked Up? Tips for the Pregnant Traveler

Knocked Up? Tips for the Pregnant Traveler

Being pregnant doesn’t mean being confined. Image by Flickr user Montse PB. Getting pregnant, in some ways, is a lot like getting married. The second that you admit that a Big Life Change will be happening in the next 40 weeks, an enormous contingent of doctors, salespeople, websites, and strangers shows up to tell you […]

When Do Bad Things Happen? Think Again

When Do Bad Things Happen? Think Again

Pondering the mysteries of the universe, unmolested by anyone. Image from Erica Laue. In the days leading up to my incredible Turkish fitness excursion, I was (understandably) peppered with all kinds of questions about the trip. Where in Turkey would I be? Did I trust the company that was hosting me? Would I bring back […]

How to Be a Feminist and a Respectful Tourist

How to Be a Feminist and a Respectful Tourist

A delicate balance that leaves you wondering. Image by Flickr user Johnragai. A few months ago, I used some space in here to look at the tightrope feminists are often asked to walk in our daily lives and how much critical thinking can go into the seemingly innocuous choices we make (heels vs. flats? girl […]

Go Girl Goes to…Turkey!

Go Girl Goes to…Turkey!

Image by Mediterranean Delights Fitness Voyages on Instagram. Ready for a completely new and different take on exclusive and local travel? In June, Go Girl Travel Network is partnering with Mediterranean Delights Fitness Voyages to share our experiences on board a 16-passenger Turkish yacht along the Mediterranean as part of our “Bring a Go Girl to You” […]

Predators Will Be Predators: How “Safety” Keeps Us All in Chains

Predators Will Be Predators: How “Safety” Keeps Us All in Chains

Even the fight in Wonder Woman won’t end violence against women. Image by Flickr user JD Hancock. One of the things that bothers me most about women’s travel — or at least about its marketing — is the emphasis on safety. Safety in numbers! Safety on trains! Safety in hostels and anti-feminist countries and planes! […]

8 Dedications to Women, for Women’s History Month

8 Dedications to Women, for Women’s History Month

Be proud and be aware. Image from Flickr Creative Commons user jnyemb. It seems that every day, every week, every month is aimed at awareness. Pink Hijab Day. African-American History Month. Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Year of the Woman. All worthy, all wonderful. All competing for attention in a world with too much compensation […]

Yes, Yes, Yes: Let’s Talk About Consent

Yes, Yes, Yes: Let’s Talk About Consent

“No means no” isn’t enough. Image from perennialflight.tumblr.com. I was recently teaching a group of would-be volunteer victim advocates about the dynamics of sexual assault and particularly the role played by  consent (specifically: the lack thereof) when a really good question arose: How do we prevent “accidental” sexual assault? This is a question I hear […]

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