Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Gender Outlaws Blog Tour 9/27 - 10/8

Seal Press is sending Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation on a blog tour! For ten days reviews will be popping up on a variety of feminist/trans/genderqueer sites. We'll be updating the blog as the posts appear. Check out the reviews that were posted on Monday and Tuesday and visit Riot Nrrds Comics for a webcomic review today.

Follow the tour here:

• Monday, September 27th - Everett Maroon posts "The Next Genderation" on I Fry Mine in Butter

• Tuesday, September 28th - Rose Spotts reviews on Twisted Peppermint

• Wednesday, September 29th - R. J. Doughty's Webcomic Review on Riot Nrrd Comics.

• Thursday, September 30th - Jamie Ann Royce posts on Stuff Queer People Should Know

• Friday, October 1st – Hannah Royce posts on Walking the Labrynth

• Monday, October 4th – Zane McHattie posts on ED Recovery

• Tuesday, October 5th – Nome posts on That’s What Ze Said

• Wednesday, October 6th – Jac Stringer posts on Midwest GenderQueer

• Thursday, October 7th – Bevin Branlandingham posts on Queer Fat Femme

• Friday, October 8th – Sinclair Sexsmith ends the tour on Sugarbutch Chronicles

Feel free to join the gender conversation!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Seal Press Books—Now Available on the iPad!

Good news for our Apple-happy technophile readers: 36 new and classic Seal Press titles are now available for the iPad via the Apple iBookstore.

All 36 available titles are listed below for quick reference. There are still some kinks—we think it’s pretty funny that the Daphne Gottlieb-inspired anthology Fucking Daphne is listed under Health & Fitness, for example—but it’s a start!

Now available:
Addicted Like Me
Better Than I Ever Expected
Book by Book
Fucking Daphne
Full Frontal Feminism
He's a Stud, She's a Slut, and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know
How to Cook a Dragon
Girls' Studies
Invisible Girls
Just Don't Call Me Ma'am
Lesbian Couples
The List
Living Canvas
Marie's Home Improvement Guide
Marrying George Clooney
Navigating the Land of If
The Noncyclist's Guide to the Century and Other Road Races
The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women
The Purity Myth
Tales from the Expat Harem
A Thousand Sisters
Travel Therapy
Two Is Enough
When the Piano Stops
Women of Color and Feminism
Yes Means Yes

If there’s a Seal book you don’t see on the list that you’d like to have in ebook form, we’d love to know. And for those of us who still enjoy the printed word in its printed form, we assure you that Seal books continue to be available in local bookstores everywhere.

Happy reading!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Lisa Shannon Makes Oprah's 2010 O Power List

A Thousand Sisters author Lisa Shannon is one of only twenty women to make Oprah's 2010 O Power List - an homage to the women who "blew us away this year" - in which she is profiled alongside Julia Roberts, Diane Sawyer, and various other amazing women.

Shannon's tireless efforts to help the women of Congo are highlighted in her O Power List profile: "Shannon went from bystander to activist, forging intimate friendships in the Democratic Republic of Congo and using her passion, her empathy, and her dedication to forever change the lives of scores of women [. . .]"

Visit to read more about Lisa Shannon, and to see who else made this year's list!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Gloria Feldt introduces "No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think about Power"

Feminist icon Gloria Feldt gives women the tools to lead an unlimited life in her new book No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think about Power. Check out her inspirational and informative video below and pre-order a copy before the October release date.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Mistakes Families Make When Dealing With Addiction

To help bring attention to National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month Seal authors Karen Franklin and Lauren King have written the following article. Franklin and King are the authors of Addicted Like Me: A Mother-Daughter Story of Substance Abuse and Recovery, a personal account of addiction and how it affects the entire family. Both have struggled with addiction, and now work to help others in the recovery process. Their website is

The Top Five Mistakes Families Make When Dealing With Addiction

Dealing with a loved one’s growing addiction can be one of the most challenging and stress filled issues we will ever deal with. When addiction enters our homes, it can feel as if an illusive enemy has taken over our family bringing chaos and destruction. Denial, confusion, anger, fear and shame begin to overwhelm us and we naturally react by trying to get control of the situation. The thing that hurts family members most of all in this situation is the lack of knowledge that addiction is a disease that cannot be controlled. Here is a list of some of the top mistakes we can make with our addicted loved ones.

1. Bailing them out

The nature of addiction will eventually lead to troubles for the addict. In most cases our desperate loved ones will turn on the manipulation to try and get us to “fix” the problem. This is when we need to practice a loving detachment and allow them to experience the pain of their consequences. Most addicts are in deep denial that they have a problem that is affecting their lives. They will never accept help if we make it easy for them. It will be impossible for them to face the truth until they begin to feel some of the repercussions of their own bad decisions.

2. Trying to control their behavior

When we try to control addictive behavior it generally ends up with our own frustration and disappointment. Addiction is a disease that manifests itself through the addict’s words and actions. When my daughter was out of control, I fought with everything in me to try to get her to change. Sadly, it never accomplished anything. What worked is when I sought the help of addiction professionals for her illness. Once the disease of addiction was treated, changes in her behavior for the better swiftly followed. The best thing we can do for our loved ones is to empower them to enter treatment and seek assistance in changing their own lives.

3. Giving them more chances

Many times when a loved one is abusing drugs they become willing to protect their secret at any cost. This includes telling family members what they want to hear. Most addicts will promise they will change with a convincing sincerity but we must remember that they are in the grips of a disease that will ultimately drive their behavior. Those that are further along in their drug abuse may be incapable of keeping promises or adhering to any agreements you make. Though you want to respect your loved one’s independence and privacy, it should never be at the price of his or her health or safety.

4. Waiting for the bottom to fall out

The problem with waiting for every addict to hit rock bottom is some will die, get arrested, or suffer great, irreversible harm before they get there. All addicts have their own bottom when they decide enough is enough. Get help for yourself and connect with professionals that can guide you to help raise the addict’s bottom.

5. Wasting a good crisis

There may be one, and only one, opportunity to approach the sick person and convince them to enter treatment. Don't blow that chance. Act before drastic measures are needed and dire consequences appear. A crisis event can be an opportunity for some families to confront the addict. Facing real consequences can wake some addicts up. Any intervention, either formal or informal, is an attempt to convince an addict that they are at their bottom, and it is time to make a change. The goal is to get the addict to the place that they stop fighting for their addiction and are willing to give recovery a chance.

Some 22 million people in this country are addicted to drugs or alcohol and it can happen to anyone. Families need to understand that ignoring signs or blaming it on others is not going to help your loved one. You need to seek help so it doesn't escalate to a much worse problem. Families in denial are not helping the addict, they are actually harming them. What’s important to remember is that when you learn your loved one has used drugs or alcohol, take it seriously. There isn't any shame in having a family member that is struggling, there is only shame if you don't reach out and seek help.