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Dayna Tortorici

7 February 2014

Where her friend’s backtalk nips unwanted advances in the bud, Thana’s silence reads to the men around her as an invitation. Eventually, she starts carrying the gun. She hacks Rapist 2, still stashed in her bathtub, into pieces, dumping trash bags full of his remains around the city two at a time. When one sleazy guy chases after her—Hey lady! You forgot your bag!—she panics and shoots him. Her muteness offers a good enough explanation for why she’s a perfect shot: she’s a cowboy. More…

6 February 2014

I suppose most of the films involve a certain triangulation of gender, justice, and moral catastrophe, so there’s a unity of theme. But a crucial question of the series is how can this triangulation find a form within cinema, and the answers are many and varied: the grindhouse vocabulary of Rothman, the durational aesthetics of Akerman, the camp apotheosis of She-Devil, the glamorous screwball of The Lady Eve . . . More…

Today the fifth n+1 small book, No Regrets: Three Discussions, ships from our printer in Hanover, PA, to a bookstore near you. Support n+1 by ordering the book from our store. More…

19 August 2013

Feminists ambivalent about Wages for Housework tend to misunderstand the demand for a wage as a demand for a thing, for “a lump of money,” she says. Money certainly helps, but Wages for Housework is more than a simple demand: it is also a political perspective. In asking for wages for housework, women distill a nexus of demands, critiques, and observations into a single phrase… More…

8 May 2013

The fedora is not Monica Lewinsky’s sex-guerrilla beret made sweet with a bow, taking no prisoners with an infantile feminine twist. Nor is it Mary Tyler Moore throwing her beret to the sky—You’re gonna make it after all. We are not sure whether we’re going to make it, in a fedora. More…

13 February 2013

For those who missed the last The Trouble is the Banks reading at St. Mark’s Bookshop on January 23, new audio and photos of the event. Thanks to letter writer Leathea Vanadore for coming out to read on her birthday; to Dave McGee, for contributing not one but two letters to the book; and to Heather Duke, who traveled a long distance to share her incredible story. More…

26 September 2012

Her wit was biting and aphoristic; her words sizzled on the page. With an almost anachronistic philosophical confidence she explained the world as she saw it without hesitation, from the ground up. At age 25 she wrote The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution—described by contemporaries as “the little red book for women“—and then, mystifying her admirers, withdrew from the movement and from public life. More…

2 July 2012

Too many women find themselves isolated in their experiences of prejudice, left to whittle offenses down in their minds to nothing worth complaining about — to accept each experience as “a fluke,” in the words of one Wal-Mart supervisor in Alabama, who told deli manager Gretchen Adams that there was nothing he could do about a sexist pay discrepancy. More…

The second printing of What Was the Hipster? has arrived at the n+1 office, and to celebrate, we’re posting the book’s comprehensive index. From authenticity to bangs to Echo Park to feminism to hip-hop to leggings to media opportunism to Pabst Blue Ribbon to Ray-Bans to self-criticism to tattoos to Whiteness Studies to zombies, the hipster index has it covered. More…