Kimberly Fanshier

As an MA candidate at Portland State University, local activist, and writer, I seek to bridge critical thought and engaging experiences in my community. My causes, concerns, passions and projects include tactical feminism, reproductive rights and access, wolves in the west and predator ecology, domestic violence, environmentalism, gender/queer theory and politics, civic engagement, and writing as a radical, liberatory practice.

3 Reasons We Can’t Forget Environmentalism in Our Social Justice Activism

Our global climate problems can’t be saved by privileged people riding their bike to work or bringing their own canvas bag for groceries. Not that those aren’t meaningful things to do – but we have to realize that environmental problems are intersectional ones. And in order to start working toward a future where we get to drink water and breathe air on earth, we have to dig deeper.

Confronting the Traumatic History of Wildlife Management and Violence in America: We can do Better this Time

Oregon’s wolf management plan is flawed. It’s troubled with biological uncertainty and vagueries, and avoids a satisfactory vision of an ideal future where wolves, humans, elk and deer can thrive. But more than being flawed, which is perhaps unavoidable in the development of such a tensely contested plan: it’s haunted. The department of fish and wildlife and its advisory board has been struggling for the past ten years to deal with the wolf’s return to Oregon – not because they are unfit for the job, but because the process is incredibly painful.

Are Habitat Conservation Plans Right for Oregon's State Forests?

Even prior to their establishment as state lands from the 1920s to the 1970s, the coastal forests of western Oregon have been defined by their conflicts as much as their biological makeup. As homes to both the heart of the Pacific Northwest logging industry and the hearts of ecosystems supporting remarkable networks of plants and endangered species, land-use planning has been constantly mired in bitter battles, costly lawsuits, and ever-souring feuds.

Ripping off the Confines of Victorian Philosophy: Herbert Spencer, John Stuart Mill and the Defiance of The Yellow Wallpaper

Sue Mach’s The Yellow Wallpaper begins by fore-fronting one of the hottest philosophical debates of late 19th century England and America. But perhaps the rip-roaring rhetorical conflicts of world-class frenemies John Stuart Mill and Herbert Spencer don’t sound super thrilling or totally accessible. The questions that these guys were getting at, however – and the way that original author Charlotte Perkins Gilman and adaptor Sue Mach have woven them into an expressive narrative – help us continue to wonder about liberty, social constructions, and perceptions of reality right now.

100% True Facts about Cougars

Cougars, also called mountain Lions, catamounts, panthers, pumas, demon-hearted love cats, scream catchers, tawny-ass clawbearers, or man-eating pussy queens are North America’s largest felid. They are widespread across the western part of the continent and enjoy rocky outcroppings, caves, and thickets. Cougars are a solitary species and live alone, besides for the short periods of mating and raising young. They are known to not enjoy cribbage, rummy, or other group card games.

Why Kacey Musgraves is the Greatest Thing in Country Music

"You’re scared you’re gonna die alone, like every other goddamn human on the earth, and in this world, Kacey says, this is how we cope. We answer a goddamn Shakespearean command with a slew of babies bound to end up dealing meth at the skate park. That is what our tradition is, says Kacey, and I call our tradition’s bluff, and I point out what we all secretly know: our tradition is our fear, and we cling to it through shaking tears."

Dog Standing in Fields

Due to popular demand, I will try and keep the world abreast of: 1. When Sophie is standing in a field 2.  What she looks like doing it I’ll make my selections based on an attempt to showcase general majesty and variety (we often visit the same fields, but in different seasons, sometimes she is gleeful, sometimes dignified, sometimes rain is getting in her eyes etc.) and will omit any photographs of Sophie standing in other places where she is often found, such as roads, trails, groves of trees . . .