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What are the most flexible, classic beginner sewing patterns?

I have basic sewing skills and would like to improve and be able to make some clothing for myself and my (currently small) children. What I think I'd really like is to choose one (at a time) patterns/items of clothing and make it many many times, in different sizes, different fabrics, and gradually adding modifications as I become more comfortable with the basics. [more inside]
posted by pennypiper on Apr 12, 2016 - 17 answers

How do you know if a woman really likes you and is open to dating you?

This is probably something I should have figured out at 17 rather than 27, but here I am. My own experiences with women haven't been really positive. I was always a bit shy when I was younger. My dad was abusive so I ended up clinging to my mother. My mom is a good woman but she can be a bit controlling and overbearing at times. Plus she was a conservative muslim so it's not like she ever encouraged me to date and indeed actively discouraged me from doing so. [more inside]
posted by Dynamo05 on Apr 8, 2016 - 40 answers

Hello, severe social anxiety

Thinking about some soft skills I may be lacking in the workplace (listening, speaking up, confidence), and wondering how I can improve. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Mar 29, 2016 - 8 answers

Musical interlude: Woman going off the rails.

I love songs that feature the female singers going "off the rails" in response to the pain in their lives. Drugs, sex, alcohol! Help me find more songs to rock featuring a woman letting go/losing it to music. Bonus points if they have a music video. [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy on Mar 29, 2016 - 28 answers

hair club for women :(

I have always had fine hair and not enough of it. Now I seem to be balding. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2016 - 12 answers

How to hire more women?

I have a business in the IT service industry and there’s a gender imbalance in my staff, which I want to address. [more inside]
posted by Kwadeng on Mar 28, 2016 - 21 answers

What's reasonable to expect men to understand about women's experiences?

Specifically if a man identifies as feminist, should he then understand why a woman would take stories of sexism against other women personally? An ongoing source of conflict with a man in my life is that we'll discuss something sexist happening in the world and when I want a moment of commiseration about it like "man, that sucks, what a shitty world, I'm sorry" he won't give it and doesn't understand why I take it personally unless it is something that personally happens to me. [more inside]
posted by pocketfullofrye on Mar 23, 2016 - 50 answers

Copywriter brainstorm: victory & legacy, but in mythology/cosmos/nature?

I'm trying to find one or two words to name a product collection that has been created to tell a story. The story is about moments that have changed women and sport, forever. Lots of different sports. The obvious words are things like legacy and legend and transcendence, victory and breakthroughs and limitless. I'm looking for one step more abstract: things like steel or supernova or phoenix or Atalanta (the Greek goddess who could outwrestle & outrun men). It could be a plant or an animal or an element or an industrial thing or a star, I'm seeking some words that convey badassery. Full disclosure: this might get made into an actual thing. I can't give you royalties or any credit. But I will give you my undying thanks and if I can manage it, I will mail you one of the things once it is made!
posted by red_rabbit on Mar 16, 2016 - 17 answers

where can I donate to support girls/women in STEM?

Every year I make a donation in honor of my (deceased) mother's birthday. She was an outstanding scientist and teacher, won a bunch of mentoring awards, and helping women advance in STEM fields was important to her. I'm no longer able to donate to the organization I used in the past. Where should I send my money? (about $150). [more inside]
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis on Mar 10, 2016 - 13 answers

Winter coat for menopausal Canadian vampire

I want to replace my winter coat and have some very picky requirements. Here they are, with the most important ones first: [more inside]
posted by Frenchy67 on Mar 5, 2016 - 9 answers

Feminist and/or lesbian and/or butch-femme artwork!

Hey, I'm looking for artwork to hang around my house. It can be public domain (something I can download and print) or something I can order online. I want drawings, paintings, photos, etc. of women - all women, plus women with women, plus butch women with femme women, plus queer wo/men. [more inside]
posted by alona on Feb 11, 2016 - 9 answers

How can I be vulnerable with a woman without coming off as insecure?

Be confident is probably the most common advice that is given to men who want to do better with women. It's basically the gold standard advice. I myself have been working on myself for a while now. I finally have a job, am losing weight, and am trying to get my life together. Having said all that there are still parts of my life that I'm not proud of. I mean I don't think anybody is 100% confident. [more inside]
posted by Dynamo05 on Feb 11, 2016 - 33 answers

Female road (air) warriors: What's best to wear on a plane?

I travel for work, but not often enough to get the upgrade. What's best to wear on cross-country flights? [more inside]
posted by nadise on Jan 23, 2016 - 29 answers

Beyond the petroleuses

What are your best examples of women's or feminist organizing behind the barricades in urban uprisings?
posted by a sourceless light on Jan 23, 2016 - 9 answers

Fear of pregnancy

I'm interested in hearing from women who had (or have?) an intense terror of pregnancy and childbirth, but decided to get pregnant anyway. How did you cope with this fear? [more inside]
posted by a strong female character on Jan 14, 2016 - 16 answers

But it wouldn't mean nothing NOTHING without a woman or a girl

I'm scheduled to be on a panel about lack of women in senior roles within my industry. So I'm looking for pointers to articles, short podcasts, studies, puff pieces, reports, and just general interesting point of views on encouraging women into industries (from both women AND women). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2016 - 13 answers

Total Life Failure, What Should I Do?

I have managed to fail at all societal goal-posts as a single late thirty-something woman with no husband, children, job, money or property in Asia, what do I do next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2015 - 19 answers

Recommend me readings on first-wave feminism in 19th-century Britain

I'm looking for historical overviews and more specific personal accounts, with an emphasis on readability. [more inside]
posted by penguin pie on Dec 27, 2015 - 7 answers

Please tell me about ways you have overcome internalized misogyny.

I've always been a nerd/geek girl and as a result I have internalized a ton of toxic misogyny. As I get older I'm finding it difficult to accept (and god forbid love) my femininity. I know I need to learn to be OK with being a woman, but it feels shameful and gross. Help? [more inside]
posted by MetaFilter World Peace on Dec 23, 2015 - 53 answers

Offending People Everywhere, No Idea How

People think I'm a big b-word. I'd like to change this recurrent situation I'm finding myself in, without pandering or being manic and fake. [more inside]
posted by Avosunspin on Dec 22, 2015 - 33 answers

How to convince him that women are still not equal?

A little while ago I showed my boyfriend, who has sometimes infuriating views about women, this College Humor video about women's hymens. After watching this, he said that the video was sexist towards men. Why am I so angry, and is that a fair assessment? And how to defend feminist positions more cogently than I presently do? [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Dec 13, 2015 - 51 answers

Suggestions for Contemporary Plays Featuring Female Roles

My wife is a theater major who is in an upcoming prestigious national scholarship competition and needs material to mine. [more inside]
posted by jferngler on Dec 13, 2015 - 16 answers

Calling All Feminists

From I guess what you could call an "aspiring" feminist to all else well-read on the matter: How do I become a "good" feminist? [more inside]
posted by ourt on Nov 30, 2015 - 23 answers

Can I blog safely as a woman if I use my real name?

Is there a way for me to blog under my real name and still avoid exposing myself to stalking, doxxing, threats, and harassment? [more inside]
posted by MetaFilter World Peace on Nov 23, 2015 - 17 answers

she's too busy skulking and building machines

In popular media, what are some examples of the "romantic tortured loner genius inventor" archetype who are women? [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot on Nov 21, 2015 - 26 answers

Running jacket

I need a running jacket for a 38 degree weather with rain and wind (and in the dark sometimes) [more inside]
posted by stepup on Nov 18, 2015 - 4 answers

Knee-high, lace-up, "WWI style" boots -- where?

I'm looking for a higher-quality replacement for my favorite leather boots. Google, AskMe archives, Frye and other sites yield nothing so far. I guess front lace-up boots are not the trend right now; surely the style is classic, and someone's making them? FWIW, I'm female with average width calves. [more inside]
posted by infodiva on Nov 17, 2015 - 18 answers

ISO: Women Role Models with Short Hair

I am looking for pictures, video clips (interviews, music videos, movie clips) and articles about women with short hair who can serve as role models for me. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on Nov 9, 2015 - 36 answers

Please help me name my fashion label!

Am in the midst of planning a start up business and actually need two names (for different price points- mass market and higher end). More.... [more inside]
posted by TenaciousB on Nov 8, 2015 - 11 answers

Where is my moon tribe?

I am female and 30 years old and currently in a great awakening that has been forming my whole life but only really starting to happen over the last few years. I'm a recovering Christian with relatively new feminist realizations and I want to find others like me. [more inside]
posted by E3 on Nov 7, 2015 - 15 answers

Wedding guest suit/clothes for plus-size woman?

This previous question could almost be me--except that I'm much larger. I need to find a wedding outfit for a December wedding in Vegas, and I'm profoundly uncomfortable in dresses. Can you help me find sources for dressy straight-butch-ish clothes, in maybe a 26/28 size pant and a top size that ranges from 28 into the 30s? [more inside]
posted by Forgetful Jones on Nov 5, 2015 - 13 answers

What to wear to a "cocktail" wedding that's not a dress?

I'm attending my sister-in-law's wedding next month and we finally got confirmation that the ceremony/reception dress code will be "cocktail". I'm a woman who is tired of buying dresses I hate wearing and feeling uncomfortable at these sorts of things, so what can I wear that's appropriate but also me? [more inside]
posted by kendrak on Oct 21, 2015 - 17 answers

Where to get clothing near Dayton, Ohio?

I'm looking for clothing stores within driving distance of Dayton, Ohio that are known for their quality. [more inside]
posted by heart's ease on Oct 17, 2015 - 8 answers

Gay corporate "moms" - is this a thing?

I've long noticed a pattern in my industry that women get pushed out (or move out?) of creative roles and into "Mom" roles. The stop being compositors/animators/developers and become production assistants and production coordinators. Pay-wise and career-respect-wise, it's a lot like being the default parent - not much pay, and not much respect. Lately, I've noticed more stereotypically gay men (leaning toward the twink/pup variety) taking on production assistant/coordinator roles. Is this related at all to gender roles and default parenting, or am I noticing trends which do not exist? [more inside]
posted by clawsoon on Oct 14, 2015 - 6 answers

The Heroine's Journey

I want some books about women going on the traditional hero's journey! Ideally, non-fantasy and non-young adult. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Oct 14, 2015 - 25 answers

It's not paranoia, if they ARE out to get you.

I've had an issue throughout my career of helping less senior women in their careers only to have them turn around and try to sabotage me in some fashion. Help me not become paranoid of women. [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Oct 8, 2015 - 29 answers

Looking for some inspiration... living and looking healthy.

Hello, MeFi! I was at a class reunion last weekend where some photos were uploaded to Facebook. Urgh. I look horrible. I am not aging gracefully. I am shocked at how much I've changed in just a couple of years and am saddened that I'm now looking "my age" - late 40s. What are some of the things you do to keep yourself looking and feeling great? [more inside]
posted by funfunfun on Sep 18, 2015 - 26 answers

Stories about Women who are Fighting Sexual Predators

Hey Brilliant People, happy Monday! I'm looking for film, tv, novel, play, etc. examples of women heros who are fighting against sexual predators especially ones who are doing it in secret? Like super heros! Can anyone think of a character like that? Thanks so much!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Sep 14, 2015 - 25 answers

What professions started out female-dominated, were taken over by men?

I'm looking for more examples of professions like programming that started out as "women's jobs" but were later taken over by men, when they realized the work had potential to be prestigious. Mothers cooking for their families vs mostly male pro chefs is another one, though probably harder to place historically. I'm sure there are more examples. Do you know any, with sources if possible?
posted by jklaiho on Sep 11, 2015 - 29 answers

Retreat? We don't know the meaning of the word retreat!

Or more accurately, we don't have an agenda for a retreat. A Woman's Retreat. Have you been to a wonderful one? Have you always you wished you could go to a wonderful one and do ...what? [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Sep 7, 2015 - 10 answers

What Novel Is This Quote/Comparison From?

My Search-Fu is utterly failing me. Where did I read the line (paraphrased): "He was like a tennis player who mistakes his best game for his everyday game [or natural level or basic capability]". I want to say it was in a novel by a female author,: Lessing, Christie or Woolf maybe? I might be completely wrong. Fairly sure the narrator's voice was female. Can anyone help?
posted by comealongpole on Aug 30, 2015 - 1 answer

Never the bridesmaid, never the brunch buddy?

How do you make friends with other women when you don't really have friends who are women? [more inside]
posted by blerghamot on Aug 29, 2015 - 21 answers

Give me the magic words...for an artsy artsy song

I am a composer with a commission to write a song or song set for solo soprano. I had a text in mind, but it turns out the author won't give me permission to use it. I am now looking for other poems or short stories that would work well set to some rather complex music. [more inside]
posted by daisystomper on Aug 18, 2015 - 5 answers

The devil, nudity, and drugs - oh my

One of my friends was recently describing a salacious black velvet painting and I've been trying to find an image of it or something like it with no luck. [more inside]
posted by komara on Aug 18, 2015 - 4 answers

I Don't Orgasm, and I Don't Care

I'm in my 30's, and I don't orgasm during sex. I still like sex - a lot! - but I find myself compulsively "faking it" in every single relationship, and I'm not sure how to stop or if I should. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2015 - 34 answers

how to find or create women-only gatherings, groups, clubs, and meetups?

I just got back from a week in a women-only environment and apparently I had no idea how desperately I've always needed to avail myself of a space like that. How do I find other women-only gatherings? Or how can I start one of my own? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Aug 13, 2015 - 32 answers

Great songs that discuss unequal emotional labor?

Strongly overcome with the desire to compile a playlist that discuss and highlight emotional labor and when it's unequal. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by yueliang on Jul 30, 2015 - 53 answers

time can heal, but this won't: the playlist

Working on a playlist of fun, catchy pop songs by women whose underlying (or overt) message is simply, "No, seriously, fuck you. FOREVER." Can you help? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Jul 30, 2015 - 72 answers

Where's "Film Critic She-Hulk"? Seeking women's voices in film study

Where can I find excellent movie discussion, analysis, reviews, dissection, etc by women? I feel like I have a stable of great film-related youtubers, writers, and podcasters that I enjoy, but they are largely male -- I'd love to discover more current work from women in this area. Thank you!
posted by churl on Jul 9, 2015 - 12 answers

Doodles that will make me laugh and cry

I'd like to dabble more in graphic novels and comics for "grown ups". I like Julia Wertz and Allie Brosh--so basically I'm looking for stuff that is kinda gritty yet also kinda funny, preferably with a female's point of view. Who else might I enjoy? [more inside]
posted by oceanview on Jun 22, 2015 - 31 answers

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