At what point in your life did you consider yourself a feminist? Was it an event or a process?
The first time I heard the word I knew I was a feminist; the process of actively being feminist—deciding what it meant for me, deciding how to live feminism—has been a lifelong process.
Who most influenced your awareness of your feminism?
My foremothers whose work was, in some cases, made almost invisible by patriarchal ideas about what matters; my daughter, my granddaughter, my grandson, and my great-granddaughter, for reminding me why feminism matters to us all.
In what ways has your feminism informed your life choices?
It has pushed me to question my assumptions about what my life choices could/should be.
In what ways do you share your feminism with others?
I write it, I speak it, I teach it, I live it.
Describe your vision of a feminist world.
In a truly feminist world we would no longer need the term "feminist" because it would be a given that all people have equal rights and opportunities, all people are valued, and gender is understood as a construct rather than a control.
How I Define Feminism:
Acting to make real the belief that all people should have equal rights and opportunities.
Author of "Getting In Touch With Your Inner Bitch" (which was originally published in 1994) and related books/calendars. MFA in Creative Writing. Professor. Rush Limbaugh referred to me as a "radical feminist theorist" and it was one of the proudest moments of my life.