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.


  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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  5. […] By Melanie Klein […]

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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

  7. […] human being and I am more than an object (See this excellent piece about looking beyond beauty by Melanie Klein for more). As my high-school music teacher told me when discussing the next 15 years of my life (he […]

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  8. […] Feminist Magazine at 7:30PM PST. Along with Pia Guerrero (of Adios Barbie) and Melanie Klein (of Feminist Fatale) we’ll be talking about Men and Feminism — and our December 1 panel on that topic at […]

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  9. […] Her Eat Cake! Breaking Free From Private Gorging December 2, 2011 By pia 5 Comments By Melanie Klein, […]

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  11. […] do you think? Panel organizer Melanie Klein is planning a follow-up event this spring (we’re looking at you, Jon Hamm!), and she wants YOU to […]

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  13. […] Klein, professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Santa Monica College, and blogger at Feminist Fatale, Adios Barbie, Elephant Journal, Ms. Magazine, and WIMN’s […]

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  14. […] By Guest Contributor Melanie Klein of Feminist Fatale […]

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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

  17. […] broad and thought-provoking and include Roseanne Harvey, Carol Horton, Tommy Rosen, Be Scofield, Melanie Klein, Frank Jude Boccio, Angela Jamison, Chelsea Roff, Matthew Remski, Michael Stone, Nathan Thompson, […]

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  18. […] Coming up: Oct 17 – Matthew Remski & Angela Jamison on modern yoga studio culture Oct 24 – Melanie Klein & Frank Jude Boccio on “the body beautiful” and body image Oct 31 – Chelsea Roff […]

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  19. […] the coming weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to engage directly with Melanie Klein, Frank Jude Boccio, Chelsea Roff, Julian Walker, Angela Jamison, and Matthew Remski about their […]

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  20. […] healing distorted body images and cultivating healthy body relationships. Founder of the blog FeministFatale, her work may also be found at Adios Barbie, Ms. Magazine, WIMN’s Voices, and, of course, […]

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  21. […] healing distorted body images and cultivating healthy body relationships. Founder of the blog FeministFatale, her work may also be found at Adios Barbie, Ms. Magazine, WIMN’s Voices, and, of […]

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  22. […] Melanie Klein’s contribution to the elephant journal book club for 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and […]

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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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