July 15, 2008


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Feminist Fatale observes and comments on the cultural environment from a feminist perspective. It aims to locate and give voice to individual experience in the media maelstrom while providing a space for community dialogue and activism.

Melanie Klein, MA is a writer, speaker and Associate Faculty member at Santa Monica College, teaching Sociology and Women’s Studies. She attributes feminism and yoga as the two primary influences in her work. She is committed to communal collaboration, raising consciousness, media literacy, facilitating the healing of distorted body images and promoting healthy body relationships.

She has worked with the new citizen journalists of the LA Academy of Global Girl Media and the peer-educators of J.A.D.E (Joint Advocates on Disordered Eating) on ways to tap into the power of their own voice. She is an expert contributor in the areas of media literacy and body image issues for Proud2Bme, a NEDA project.

She is the adviser of the Santa Monica College Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, the founder and co-coordinator of WAM! Los Angeles and on the alliance board for Brave Girls Want!. She founded FeministFatale.com and is a contributor at Adios Barbie, Elephant Journal, Intent.com,  MindBodyGreen and Ms. Magazine’s blog.

Her essay on yoga, body image and feminism appears in Curvy Voices and her extended chapter on the same topic is included in the anthology, 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice. She is featured in the forthcoming book, Conversations With Modern Yogis and she is the co-editor of the forthcoming anthology on Yoga and Body Image.

She has been featured on HuffPostLive, KPFK’s Feminist Magazine and The Point on The Young Turks.Follow her on Twitter @feministfatale.

LIZ ACOSTA, Contributor
Liz is a photographer, writer, artist, cyclist, and activist in Los Angeles. With a degree from the University of Southern California, her work is primarily focused on questions of the body and its relationship to gender, sexuality, and performance. She blogs at www.lizacostaphotography.com.

RACHEL O, Contributor
Rachel O hails from a liberal family on the east coast, and can’t recall a time when she didn’t identify herself as a feminist. She credits her mother with her socially progressive views, and love for activism.  She is a self-professed pop culture junkie, gamer, and craft maven. Rachel began blogging as an active outlet for the sexist crap spewed forth by the mass media. Listening to her mother deconstruct everything from television to politics growing up, she began doing the same as she got older.  As opposed to ranting about Spike TV and bitching about the one-dimensional representations of women to her boyfriend on the couch, she rolled up her sleeves and began typing to let the world know. She likes to blog about sexism in geek culture, and famous women (whether they be comedians, actresses, or singers) who are willing to take on the “feminist” label. Rachel finds inspiration to write on a topic – from an ad during a commercial break, to a news blurb on Jezebel, to a celebrity interview posted on ONTD.Her work may also be found at Jezebel and Pigtail Pals.When she isn’t blogging, gaming or crafting, Rachel is reading or hanging out with her feminist boyfriend, Mike, and their two cats, Tiberius and Snake.rachel@feministfatale.com

Lani grew up in a conservative, Christian, working-class family in Texas . These experiences have greatly shaped her feminist paradigm, and motivated her to break away from the conservative dogma that was so prevalent in that community.Lani is a writer, eternal student of sociology, philosophy, anthropology, and feminisms and a human and animal rights activist.She attended California State University , Northridge, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with an emphasis on gender studies. Lani interned with Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County in their Domestic Violence Legal Self-Help Center for 10 months which led to her activism related to violence against women. She worked with victims of prostitution and sex trafficking at Children of the Nightand is now working as a development associate for the Cambodian Children’s Fund.Her areas of interest include: eco-feminism, international feminisms, international aid, movies (more specifically…good ones), permaculture, ecology and cooking/food politics.She is inspired by the work of Angela Davis, bell hooks, Audre Lorde, Margaret Mead, Barbara EhrenreichJodi Evans, Michael Pollan, Jonathon Safran Foer and Eric Schlosser.
For now, she spends a lot of time in her fabulous kitchen, blogging, and hiking. She lives in the Santa Monica Mountains with her partner, Josh, and her dog, Barley.

Marley, the daughter of a Rabbi and a Cuban international economist, was born in Costa Rica and raised in the Dominican republic. In total, her family has lived in more than seven countries, cultivating her global consciousness. Religion and pop culture are predominant areas of interest for Marley, having witnessed the effects of religious ideology and the export of mass produced pop culture images from the United States on women the world over.As she pursued higher education, the fight for human equality, specifically issues impacting girls and women, became the driving force in her studies. One of the most profound personal realizations came from her time as a Women’s Studies student, the recognition of the intrinsic paradox in her upbringing. At once encouraged to be critical of the treatment of women globally, she was simultaneously encouraged to be critical of herself. Marley has come to realize that this paradox is neither uncommon nor fixed and inevitable. She is committed to raising consciousness, empowering all people regardless of sex/gender, class, race or national origin and creating social change.Some of Marley’s influences include the work of Gloria Steinem, Frida Kahlo, Laura Gutman and Jackson Katz. She is also influenced by yoga, art, and travel. She credits the diversity and artistic creativity of her family with a deep thirst for new perspectives and knowledge.

SARIT ROGERS, Contributor
Sarit Rogers is a commercial and fine-art photographer, writer and singer born and raised in Southern California. As a result of a tumultuous youth plagued by divorce, poverty, anti-Semitism, an eating disorder, alcohol and drug dependence and sexual abuse, Sarit was eventually led to recovery and sobriety, in part through the practices of Vipassana meditation and yoga. Sober since 1993, Sarit decided to take action, using her art and writing as a means to help others in and out of recovery. She remains an outspoken, tattooed woman, imbibed with the attitude of an anarchist, atheistic and social activist.Sarit is inspired by Eve Ensler, bell hooks, Robert Jenson, Jackson Katz, Emma Goldman, and the millions of survivors of abuse and violence who continue to stand up in the face of adversity.Sarit regularly blogs on recovery for Visions Teen.When she isn’t blogging, tweeting or painting with light, she is engrossed in raising a feminist son with her partner and cooking up inspired dishes with ingredients from her garden. Her photography may be found at Sarit Photography.

CLEO ANDERSON, Contributor
Cleo Anderson is a 22 year old film student, queer woman of color, teaching artist, feminist, part time poet, British Parliamentary Debater and general rabble rouser. She got her start in feminism from a book of feminist nursery rhymes, and her start in pop culture analysis from 9 years of homeschooling (translation: 9 years of TV and movie watching). A firm believer in queering the collective consciousness, she strives to inspire people redesign their idea of normal and step out their comfort zone. And as the one time victim of bullying she takes pride in educating people on the many faces of the discrimination that minorities face.She takes inspiration from Gertrude Stein,Buffy, Angela Davis, Faith and bell hooks.She lives by three rules: Protect those who can’t protect themselves, always seek truth and everything is better with glitter! Someone once described as “the love child of Angela Davis and Ru-Paul” and she thinks that just about sums it up. To read more about Cleo, click here.

Anita Sarkeesian is a feminist pop culture critic who produces an ongoing web series of video commentaries from a feminist/fangirl perspective at FeministFrequency.com. She uses her web show to explore representations of race, gender, sexuality, class and ability in popular culture. Her videos are used as educational tools in classrooms and are screened at conferences and film festivals. She speaks internationally about feminist media criticism, online video production, remix video and fair use.She has designed websites for authors such as anti-racist activist and educator Tim Wise and Allan Johnson, a writer and public speaker who has worked on issues of privilege, oppression, and social inequality.  She maintains the tech side of Feminist Fatale (as well as Melanie’s class blogs) and her videos are regularly featured here.  Anita can be found at www.FeministFrequency.com


  1. Just stumbled on the this site randomly and I’m very happy I did! I’m an Australian women’s and gender studies student and feminist and always feel encouraged by websites like this one! Very cool :)

    Comment by sophie — May 13, 2010 @ 7:41 pm

  2. I was looking for Kate Makkai suggested by a psychotherapist who promotes her practice and beliefs on Facebook. Kate’s piece, via video was presented as “slamming” in poetry form, “Pretty” and deconstructing it.

    Like sophie from Australia, I too just came across this site, thinking it had something to do with Katie Makkai.

    Can a feminist over 30, be a part of this website??

    Comment by Carol Harrison — October 29, 2010 @ 6:42 pm

  3. @Carol, I sure hope so. I hope men who support feminism can as well.

    Comment by Tony — January 2, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

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  6. First off, I would like to say this is a very impressive site. I stumbled across it after a google search, bookmarked it, and have been reading different posts (and the comment sections) ever since. I definitely love the opinions and food for thought.

    I’m a black male, and frequent a black women’s forum that talks about many of the kind of subjects/topics on this site. The posters on that site have really helped to open my eyes to male privilege and feminist theory in general. One point they did bring up that caught my eye was that feminism, historically, has not been very inclusive to the plights of women of color (or more specifically, black women.)

    They (posters on the forum) talked about how feminism (and excuse me if misusing terms) has been more focused on middle class white women, and they used examples of Slut Walks where some women were using the N Word. The main point that I took from this criticism was that they felt they were fighting racism within feminism.

    I’m curious about how the authors of this site feel about race and feminism.

    Also, with a focus on a cultural environment from a feminist perspective, do you feel it would be beneficial to have a black woman as a contributor for the site?

    Comment by Dorian — November 4, 2011 @ 10:31 pm

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  16. I love the letters to your younger selves do you allow non contributors to send in letters for your blog?

    Comment by milly — September 4, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

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  23. Hello,

    I am a former student of Melanie Klein! She is an AMAZINGGGG teacher and truly shows passion for what she teaches. Professor Klein if you could please email me at this email I have a Question/Favor to ask of you. I lost the email you gave us before in class. My email is reyes1489@yahoo.com or aracely.reyes938@myci.csuci.edu

    Thank you!!!!!

    Comment by Aracely — March 13, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

  24. Hi Melanie,

    I read your essay in the “21st century yoga” book and loved it!
    I referred to it in a blog I recently wrote about body image on the website of the yoga teacher’s collective that I’m a part of. Please check it out and let me know what you think!


    Comment by Juli Saragosa — May 27, 2014 @ 7:55 am

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