‘We need a bold, scandalous feminism’

Wow…just wow

WOMEN. HEALING. VIOLENCE.

Open any newspaper and violence towards women seems to be increasing by the day. It is time to confront the darkest impulses of the human heart

By Jacqueline Rose

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It is time to return to what feminism has to tell us. It is time to make the case for what women have to say about the perils of our modern world. But the case cannot be made along the lines that have become most familiar. We cannot make it only by asserting women’s right to equality or by arguing that women are qualified to enter the courts of judgment and the corridors of power. Those claims are important but they tend to be made – loudly, as they must be – to the detriment of another type of understanding, less obvious but no less vital, that makes its way into the darker spaces of the world, ripping the cover…

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Feminism isn’t about women just because it has the word ‘feminine’ in it.

Urban Territory

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Feminism isn’t about women just because it has the word ‘feminine’ in it. It’s about the equality of gender. It’s not about women being bossy or sassy or diva-ish or independent or ‘man hating’. It’s simply about looking into the subliminal messages we are subjected to in everyday life and in the past that led to us to create gender stereotypes.

Men should be strong, masculine, The Provider. What picture does this paint to young boys and men who haven’t had any sexual experiences before, or are curious about their sexual identity? That they are less of a man? That they are ‘gay’ ‘queer’ ‘weak’?

On the other end of the spectrum it is becoming more accepted in society for women to be open and comfortable in their sensuality without the backlash of ‘slut shaming’, which is such an important step in the right direction. However, I think the next…

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Why every young adult should be involved in a protest

is this really adulthood?

Social media is amazing. It is innovative, groundbreaking, and has connected thousands of would-be strangers. However, it has also created a society of half-informed, half-caring individuals. With the almost manic state the world is in today, there always seems to be a new controversial event or topic to defend or tear down. With so many issues being brought to society’s attention, websites such as Twitter are excellent for getting the word out about what is happening and being one of the fastest news sources around. Hashtags have created a global front for finding whatever you want. Unfotunately, so many young people stop at a #hashtag.

Let’s start with Joseph Kony. In a riveting YouTube video released in 2012, the world was introduced to an evil African dictator of sorts known for kidnapping kids. So many people, especially young adults were astonished and seemed ready to fight. #Kony2012 was trending for…

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Girl Crush:

It’s so liberating to admire and adore and be inspired by another girl! Most of my heroes are male, they’re fantastic and amazing but the crazy rush of love that I felt when I saw one of Lorde’s live performances for the first time was…just…woah! Y’know? Like, I didn’t know I could go that ‘fan-girly’ over another girl.
Have you listened to Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill? It pretty much captures the whole experience/time/thought exactly.

Announcing the 2014 Amelia Bloomer Project List

My birthday book wish list?!

Amelia Bloomer Project

2014 Amelia Bloomer Project

“However bad this is, it’s always the very best time that there has ever been.”
-Melissa Harris-Perry
(from p.15 of Marianne Schnall’s What Will it Take to Make a Woman President?)

The 2014 Amelia Bloomer Project list highlights the power of the individual and the collective voices of women across time and around the world. We celebrate the legacy of Lynn Povich and her female colleagues who resisted the patriarchy of mass media. The Riot Grrrls of the 1990s introduced a new generation of young women to the right and importance of expressing themselves with loud and unapologetic voices. And today, Tavi Gevinson and her Rookie contributors challenge mainstream media and insist on using their unique talents to claim their share of the global conversation.

Powerful manifestations of contemporary, global feminist movements improving the lives of girls and women include Sampat Pal and her Gulabi…

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Feminism 101

Feminism for Dummies

Y’know, from my conversations with people, there seem to be a lot of misconceptions about what feminism actually is.

 My creed of Feminism is believing that everybody is equal.
“I’m a feminist. That means I believe that everyone is equal”
– Andrea Johnston in Girls Speak Out

Lesson over. Class Dismissed.

Feminism 101

 On one level, everybody who agreed with my previous statements is a (kind-of) feminist.

On another level, well…..

Take Christianity, for instance. Not real faith and born- again believers, but Christianity as a global faith system.

You got denominations and groups.
You got cults and loonies.
You got heroes and con-guys.
You got reform movements and disunity between factions.

It’s the same with feminism. We got our crazy matriarchal radicals. We got our extremists. We got hippies, baby-boomers and bikini(as well as burkha)-haters.
But, we also have our own icons.
Our own music, art and our own history. Our own pioneers who achieved suffrage, equal rights, clothing-reform and Women’s Lib.
Betty Frieden, Amelia Bloomer, Sojourner Truth, and the epic Gloria Steinem.
And now there’s a revival!
New queens on da block! Brilliant new movements and blogs! Amazing new heroes!
Like-:

Julie Zeilinger- The fbomb- http://thefbomb.org/

Talia bat Pessi- The Star of Davida- http://www.thestarofdavida.blogspot.com

Lindsey and Lexie Kite( who are both PhD’s)- beauty Redefined-
http://www.beautyredefined.net/

Eve Ensler- One Billion Rising- http://www.onebillionrising.org

So, for those who say that they’re not feminists, well, you guys are right in one way.
You haven’t spent nights crying and raging at the violence and injustice.
You haven’t scrolled resolutely through feminist blog posts till your eyes hurt and your heart sings.
You haven’t argued in forums and in living rooms.
You haven’t yelled our anthems and felt powerful and connected.
You’re not part of any global network.
You haven’t said it aloud.

Yeah, you’re not a feminist.

Y’know, from my conversations with people, there seem to be a lot of misconceptions about what feminism actually is. My creed of Feminism is believing that everybody is equal. “I’m a feminist. That means I believe that everyone is equal” – Andrea Johnston in Girls Speak Out Lesson over. Class dismissed.