"I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood" -Audre Lorde. Locating Lysippe is a feminist discussion group founded and lead by two Sonoma State graduate students pursuing MA degrees in Literature. Readings, meeting dates, and discussion follow-ups will be posted here, along with other pertinent Feminist news.


Locating Lysippe Saturday 4/20: Debroah Copaken Kogan and “Post-Feminism”


This coming Saturday we will discuss Deborah Copaken Kogan’s recent article published in The Nation, entitled, “My So-Called ‘Post-Feminist’ Life in Arts and Letters.” Known not only for her writing, but also for her career as a photo journalist, Copaken Kogan’s article examines the trajectory of her own life within the context of the multitudinous elements of feminist history, and ultimately begs important questions about “post-Feminism” and what it really means.

DCK reminds us that “The past is not gone. Or as Faulkner wrote, ‘The past is never dead. It’s not even past.’ Until it is, we should not be expected to get over it.”

Find and read this brilliant article here: http://www.thenation.com/article/173743/my-so-called-post-feminist-life-arts-and-letters. DCK contextualizes popularized feminist issues in a smart, confrontational manner that asks us to look again, and to look more closely. Her historical markers include (but are in no way limited to) events and publications as recent as Steubenville and Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, and go back as far as the late 1960’s and the boom of Feminism’s Second Wave.

We will also look at some excepts from her seminal book, Shutterbabe, which provides detailed accounts of Copaken Kogan’s earlier years as a war photographer in Afganistan, amongst many other places.


As always, we will be holding court at the Sitting Room, located at 2025 Curtis Drive in Penngrove from 11am-1pm this Saturday (April 20th).


I so look forward to this discussion!






Schedule Change

Hello Lysippians!

There will be a slight change to our spring calendar. Our upcoming gatherings will be held on the following days:

Saturday April 20th

Saturday May 4th

Both meetings will take place from 11-1pm at the beloved Sitting Room.

Please feel free to post any inquiries here, or send an email to Locating.Lysippe@gmail.com.

Many thanks,


Saturday 2/16: Roxane Gay and Bitch Magazine


If you haven’t already, you probably ought to check out Bitch magazine. This quarterly publication, well, it fills a space, it shouts in beautiful, long quieted tones, and often lends a sense of wholeness to its hungry readers–and, really, this paraphrase does zero justice to the actual work this publication does.

Having been a consistent reader for a little over a year, I figured it was time to feature one of their pieces at Locating Lysippe. Thus, for the February instalment of LL, we will be reading Roxane Gay’s article, “Strong Opposition: Carrying the Burden of Being Strong,” which  can be found in issue 57, on shelves now, and is also available in pdf form here. Gay grounds her discussion of strength within the trappings of stereotypes; she addresses archetypical concerns from a feminist perspective, and gets readers thinking not only about The Strong Woman, but about the multitudinous ways in which women are packaged, marketed, and honed for social consumption.

“Strong Opposition” will be a great conversation starter; it’s a piece that would work well in the composition classroom as well as the cozy, fire-warmed living room at the Sitting Room.


Come join me: Saturday 2/16, 11am-1pm.


Always yours,



Lysippe Returns For Spring 2013!

“I think being a feminist means that you see the

world whole instead of seeing it half” –Gloria Steinem


LL’s Spring schedule:


February 16th

March 9th

April 13th

May 4th


All meetings will be held on Saturdays from 11am to 1pm at the wonderful Sitting Room.* Readings will be posted here on the blog; please feel free to leave questions or comments here, or you can email them to Locating.Lysippe@gmail.com.


Looking forward to seeing you this spring!





*The Sitting Room is located at 2025 Curtis Drive in Penngrove, CA. Pull right on in to the driveway and come in!

Saturday 10/13 Metting: Ariel Levy, Naomi Wolf, and More

Hello all Lysippians,

For the upcoming installation of Locating Lysippe we will be reading Ariel Levy’s review of Naomi Wolf’s newest book, “Vagina: A New Biography,” published in the September 10th issue of the New Yorker. Click here to download a PDF of the article.

The selection for this gathering is short, yet packed with a range of valuable material that is sure to spark a very interesting discussion. Levy’s review covers a great deal of ground outside of Wolf’s work including the politics of the female body, a select history and gloss of the feminism-and-pornography debate, and even a discussion of  E.L. James’ wildly popular “Fifty Shades” series, all the while considering Naomi Wolf’s place in the increasingly complex web that is today’s feminism.

A few things to consider:

-If the personal is political, then what role do (the range of often very personal) individual sexual experiences play in the political realm?

-How do Wolf’s various projects fit into the greater scheme of feminism, of waves of feminism?

-How can we relate a discussion of post-feminism to the elements Levy covers in her article?

-Whatever are we supposed to do with “Fifty Shades of Grey” ???

As usual, LL will meet at the Sitting Room on Saturday from 11am-1pm. The Sitting Room is located at 2025 Curtis Drive in Penngrove, very near to Sonoma State.  Don’t forget that the SR is equipped with wifi, so feel free to bring your computer/ipad.

I hope to see you on Saturday!



9/8 Meeting: Caitlin Moran (a selection)


For our first gathering, we will be reading a chapter from Caitlin Moran’s 2011 book How To Be a Woman entitled “I Am a Feminist!” Moran’s book–technically a memoir–grapples with the very concept of womanhood, and the many shades of culture that comprise (some of) today’s feminist issues. This piece is easy to read, but don’t let that stop you from thinking she’s not saying something interesting, profound even. Moran’s writing showcases a honed jocular style, about which one could certainly ask: is this what a contemporary ecriture feminine looks/feels/sounds like? Does it work, this being so tongue-and-cheek; it is a turn off or a turn on? Does feminism need to be wholly serious to be wholly accepted?  These questions deserve a great deal of attention, and will get it on Saturday.

Click here to download a PDF of the chapter: Moran Reading. Here also, are links to the New York Times review, quotes and audio clips from Moran’s interview on NPR’s Fresh Air, and Jezebel.com’s write-up about the text.

Just a reminder, the Sitting Room is equipped with wireless internet, so do feel free to bring your computers or other various devices for reading. And, the SR is located a 2025 Curtis Drive, in Penngrove (very near Sonoma State University) If you have an questions you can post here or pop and email to Locating.Lysippe@gmail.com. For more information on the location, check out the Sitting Room Website.

Very much looking forward to seeing you this Saturday!



Lysippe Returns for Fall 2012

Hello dear Lysippians,

Locating Lysippe will be up and running again beginning this weekend! All gatherings will be held on Saturdays from 11am-1pm at the Sitting Room. Our meeting dates for the fall are as follows:

September 8th
October 13th
November 10th
December 1st

All interested in feminist conversations are welcome to join at any point (no fee by the way). Former topics of discussion have included French feminist thought, the birthrate in Brazil, feminism in online media. For other queries, you may email me at Locating.Lysippe@gmail.com.

Our first reading will be posted and ready for you to download tonight.

I hope to see you at the Sitting Room on Saturday!