Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Grace Brown on 08/22/2012

A Letter To Each Of You

I’m sure you’ve seen it in the news this week. The headlines are everywhere and my Twitter feed is decorated with rants from various people I follow: a man running for senate named Todd Akin used the term “legitimate rape” when asked about abortion legality. He has also used a modifier in the past, stating the phrase “forcible rape”. It is clear that the reality of “rape is rape” is lost on him.

Stepping away from the abortion debate, I wanted to address this because I know how upsetting it was to read that headline at first. My heart sunk. For ten seconds, I felt a mixture of anger and sadness and frustration, as if all of the work I put into this topic just continues to fade into the …

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Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 07/28/2012

Saturday Vids: My AAUW Voting Pep Talk

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) recently asked me to contribute to their “Our Voice. Our Vote” campaign. Here are my thoughts on why I’ll be voting in November (and why you should be, too!)!

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Awareness | Posted by Julie Z on 12/3/2011

Saturday Vids: It’s Time

AllOut.org writes about this video: When our friends at GetUp!, an Australian campaigning organization, launched this "Love Story" video, they hoped Australians would watch and raise their voice for marriage equality. But in just a few days, over almost 2 million people around the world have watched and made it a worldwide phenomenon. Sometimes the simplest images and stories are the ones that drive home the fundamental point that drives our work: that gay couples are no different than straight couples. We at All Out were incredibly moved by this video - and wanted to share it with our global community. Will you take a moment to watch and share it, giving more people a chance to join the conversation? After you watch, sign our letter to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, asking her to push marriage equality onto the platform at her party's national conference THIS WEEK.

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Awareness | Posted by Julie Z on 07/9/2011

Saturday Vids: The Truth About The Economy In 2 Minutes

We all know that the economy is screwed right now. There's no way to exist in this country and be unaware of that fact. But do any of us really understand why? I know I didn't until I watched this video, in which former Labor Secretary Robert Reich simplified the hell out of it. It's definitely worth watching - now, when the topic of the economy comes up, I can talk semi-intelligently about what's going on (mehhhh just barely, but still).

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Awareness | Posted by Julie Z on 05/30/2011

Feminism and Education: The Truth About Student Loans

I would argue that the most difficult thing about the entire process of higher level, collegiate education is not getting in, though that is what the public conversation at large is about. The most difficult, troubling part of higher education is paying for it once you do get in. Even with financial aid, even with other scholarships, so many people end up with crippling debt by the end of their college years.

These past few months, I’ve watched my class celebrate getting into college. Then I’ve watched everybody have an “Oh, shit” moment trying to figure out where the money is going to come from to fund the next four years of their life. I’ve watched brilliant people decide to go to schools they are beyond over-qualified for because they …

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Awareness | Posted by Julie Z on 05/28/2011

Saturday Vids: Educate Girls in Malawi

Help Educate Girls In Malawi!

Help Educate Girls In Malawi!

Statistically, according to UNESCO’s 2005 Education For All monitoring report, only 31% of adult women can read and write in Malawi. This is shocking when compared to men – 80% of whom are literate. Kasungu district in Malawi, where the Join My Village project is taking place is no exception in terms of prioritizing boys when it comes to education. Kasungu is among the top list of districts where literacy levels are very low in women.

Once educated, a girl child is more capable of helping the greater family as she is the one that spends more time with them and so can act as a good mentor. An educated girl can easily manage to start a small business that can help the family financially.

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Awareness, Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 05/14/2011

Saturday Vids: White House Correspondents’ Dinner

In case anybody hasn't yet seen the speeches from the White House Correspondents' Dinner - now is the time. Both President Obama and Seth Meyers brought their A-game. President Barack Obama

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Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 03/30/2011

Let’s Talk About Sex: Emergency Contraception (EC) Edition

Today, my lovely FBomb friends, is a wonderful day. Why is that? You may perplexedly ponder. I don’t recall hearing talk of it being International Free Cupcake Day and  I’m pretty sure Ryan Gosling isn’t going to spontaneously show up on my doorstop “Hey Girl” -ing me…is he? IS HE?!?!

NO! HE’S NOT! BUT THIS IS EVEN BETTER! IT’S BACK UP YOUR BIRTH CONTROL NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION!

Yay!

So here’s the thing about birth control: there’s no excuse not to use it and everybody should. Especially teens. Especially, especially feminist teens. I don’t think most kids in our generation even comprehend how much fighting the awesome women who came before us did to secure us the right to even have birth control, and beyond that, the social …

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