Feminism | Posted by Ines R on 05/1/2015

Can Anyone Can Be The ‘Perfect’ Feminist?

None of us can be Rosie all the time

Do you ever feel like you owe something to second wave feminists? I do and often think of these women who changed the world before I act. I wonder if someone who lived through some of the most revolutionary moments of the 20th century would approve of my choices. Even when I give advice to friends, I may preface my suggestion with a phrase like, “I think the feminist thing to do is…”

But what if my natural instinct is not in line with a traditional, feminist response? If the whole idea of feminism is that women are equal to men, shouldn’t the “most feminist” action be whatever feels right to that individual woman? Isn’t that how men determine how they …

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Feminism | Posted by Marina Arcuschin de Oliveira on 04/27/2015

#SpreadFeminisim: Should Feminism Go Viral?

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Feminism is going viral

A friend of mine recently shared #SpreadFeminism, a challenge campaign encouraging fellow feminists to post a video, picture, poem, or anything else related to feminism on their Facebook page for five days and invite three friends to do the same. then continue the trend.

Initially, I was excited. What a simple, powerful idea. At the same time, I couldn’t shake my doubts. I love the idea of spreading feminism, but what notions of feminism will be spread? What if this campaign affirms the struggle but erases its underlying complexities? What if it does more harm than good?

Here’s why I’m worried:

Feminism is beautiful because it is complex. I love the idea that there are so many ways to understand and practice feminism and that it …

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Feminism | Posted by Sabrina N on 04/22/2015

The First Convicted Case of American Feticide Proves America Still Treats Women Like Vessels

Source: Think Progress

On March 30th, 33-year-old Purvi Patel was sentenced to 20 years in prison. She is the first woman in the United States convicted of feticide. But there is far more to this case than that fact alone reveals.

Last July, Patel went to a South Bend, Indiana hospital after suffering heavy bleeding. She had miscarried, but initially denied her pregnancy because she was raised in a conservative Hindu family and the baby was the result of an affair with a coworker. Patel reportedly ordered abortion-inducing pills online from Hong Kong, miscarried days after consuming them then panicked and disposed the fetus in a dumpster.

Many facts — such as how far along she was in the pregnancy and whether or not the baby was born alive — …

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Feminism | Posted by Sonja S. on 04/20/2015

Why Are Your Needs More Important than Mine?

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Dating and double standards

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines double standards as “a set of principles that applies differently and usually more rigorously to one group of people or circumstances than to another; especially: a code of morals that applies more severe standards of sexual behavior to women than to men.” Double standards shouldn’t exist. Yet, they undeniably still do, especially when it comes to dating and relationships. It’s a reality with which I have plenty of firsthand experience.

One major dating double standard is the way girls are judged as too assertive or too needy when they ask for what they want in heterosexual relationships. We are constantly pressured to please our partners and put our desires aside. This was made clear to me recently when it came to talk …

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Feminism | Posted by Ines R on 04/17/2015

A Letter to My Mom, A Modern Day Woman

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Can we have it all?

More and more I see myself thinking like you. Less like a child, and more like a woman. I used to think that a woman could either have the white picket fence with a happy family and a golden retriever or be a powerful woman with a groundbreaking career and no family life. In what one could describe as the teen angst phase of my life, I resented you. I resented that you didn’t pick me up from school in a minivan every day and that you often had to travel for work so unexpectedly. I was always looking for an excuse to show how you were lacking.

As I look back, my hypocrisy — and that of so many young women — astounds me. …

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Feminism | Posted by Cheyenne T on 04/15/2015

Meet The Teens Using Intersectional Art As Feminist Activism

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First I found myself through art. Then I found myself through feminism. Finally, I found myself through activism. I was confused but ambitious in high school and passionately tried to learn everything I could about the world. Even though I realized that my peers were also developing their own senses of self, I still desperately wanted to understand who I was, to feel comfortable with myself and understand my place in the world.

Art was my escape because it didn’t require me to stay inside my body. I could be anyone and present anything to the world.  It wasn’t necessarily me, but some creation of my own. I was frustrated by the person I was told I needed to be in order to be successful and taken seriously …

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Feminism | Posted by Sharmee S on 04/13/2015

Why I Bought Skin Lightening Cream At 11 Years Old

One brand of fairness cream

I was 11 years old when I succumbed to buying my first tube of “fairness” cream. It was right after a popular boy teased me by calling out “Weh blackie” to me.

Before he teased me, I internalized most of my negative feelings about my dark skin. As a second generation Indian, I felt the influence of the inhumane Indian caste system which idolizes those with fairer skin. Lighter skinned individuals are considered superior within this system and those with darker skin are regarded as dirty, useless and — especially in the case of darker women — less desirable. This boy’s remark, though, was the first time I felt so deeply humiliated. I felt hatred and disgust towards my skin.

Although I was lucky enough …

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Feminism | Posted by Brittany Brathwaite and Kimberly Huggins on 04/10/2015

8 Things You Can Do To Empower Young People This National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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Credit: Tumblr

Today is the 3rd National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day — a meaningful day for us as an adolescent health educator and feminist youth worker. But we weren’t always as aware or passionate about educating young adults about safe sex and, today, we are reminded of the experiences that led us to this work.

It started at 17, when I (Brittany) was asked by an educator if I was at risk for HIV. I shrugged and confidently replied, “Of course not!” Little did I know that I was. I’d had unprotected sex before because I didn’t have adequate knowledge about safe sex at the time. I got tested for the first time that day and it truly changed my life. Getting tested gave me the power to …

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