Feminism | Posted by Kenyetta Whitfield on 09/26/2016
Why The Hyde Amendment Has To Go
Credit: All Above All
As a college student in Ohio, I have seen what happens when anti-choice politicians decide they know what’s best for other people and it is not pretty. Watching friends go through intense anxiety while trying to figure out how to get a quick, close, and affordable abortion in their own state has been discouraging and disheartening. From the lack of accessible abortion clinics in rural areas to the recent defunding of Planned Parenthood in the state, anti-choice policy has resulted in disaster for Ohio residents.
Living in a community plagued with these issues and witnessing these experiences have led me to speak out and take action. With the help of national pro-choice organizations like URGE and All Above All, I’ve helped organized lobby days and …
Feminism | Posted by Faatimah Solomon on 09/23/2016
The History Of Banning Black Women’s Hair
Amandla Stenberg wearing her hair natural
When I turned twelve, I started faithfully straightening my hair every single week. By the time I was fourteen years old, therefore, I had straightened my hair at least one hundred and four times. At least. But eventually my hair started falling out in large clumps and my mom demanded that I stop severely damaging my hair.
It was then that I began the emotionally draining process of learning how to love myself. I read countless books about feeling beautiful in your own skin and body, stuck a number of pictures of beautiful black women wearing their natural hair on the walls of my closet, and followed Instagram accounts that celebrated the beauty of having black curly hair. With time, I began to love …
Feminism | Posted by Gabby Catalano on 09/21/2016
We Need To Stop Sexualizing And Policing Women Who Have Curvy Bodies
Patrice Brown, a fourth-grade teacher in Atlanta who is known for being at the center of the hashtag #TeacherBae, is being criticized in the media — not for her body of work, but rather her body at work. Specifically people are calling Brown’s wardrobe “unacceptable” and too “sexy.”
First off, though her clothes themselves should be irrelevant to her job performance, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with Brown’s work attire. A quick look at her Instagram page reveals that Brown’s typical dress seems like it would hold up to any standard dress code. She wears skirts and dresses that are knee-length and high-necked, usually paired with flats or heels, and sometimes a work blazer. In every photo taken of her at school, her neckline is above her collarbone …
Feminism | Posted by Reilly W on 09/16/2016
Lizz Winstead’s Mission To Talk Honestly (And Hilariously) About Abortion
Postcards from the Vag
I’ve long thought that Lizz Winstead — co-creator of The Daily Show, writer on the Huffington Post, comedian extraordinaire, author of Lizz Free or Die, and founder of reproductive rights organization Lady Parts Justice — is the best of the best in comedy. She is not only seriously hilarious, but also has a keen eye for spotting talent (Rachel Maddow, Jon Stewart and so forth) and is an enthusiastic supporter of all things related to women and reproductive rights.
Her current projects support this mission: Postcards From The Vag: Hilarious Stories From People Who Bleed From Their Wherevers, a comedy show taking place in DC tomorrow, offers a unique take on abortion. Instead of treating vaginas and feminism with fragility, Winstead — as …
Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 09/14/2016
Anita Sarkeesian On Why She’s Spotlighting “Ordinary Women”
Credit: Anita Sarkeesian
From her popular video series Tropes vs. Women in Video Games
to her work regarding online harassment
, Feminist Frequency founder Anita Sarkeesian has unfailingly committed to critiquing and analyzing sexism in popular culture. Now she’s continuing this impressive legacy with a new series: Ordinary Women: Daring to Defy History
— the first episode of which is now live
Each video in the five-episode series will feature original animation and focus on the life and work of a different woman in history who challenged the status quo and did incredible things, even if history wasn’t ready to acknowledge it: Murasaki Shikibu, the author of the first modern novel; Emma Goldman, a political revolutionary; Ching Shih, a pirate captain; Ada Lovelace, the creator of the …
Feminism | Posted by Kami Baker on 09/12/2016
The Problem With Stanford’s New Drinking Policy
Stanford University is home to a long list of notable alumni: John F. Kennedy, Elon Musk, Chelsea Clinton, John Steinbeck, Rachel Maddow, and more. While these individuals are change-makers worthy of celebration in our history books, a new name will forever be remembered in the school’s history for a far less celebratory reason: Brock Turner.
Turner isn’t a president, a journalist, or thought leader. He is a rapist.
His story, told from the perspectives of both his father and his victim, spread rampantly through our newsfeeds earlier this summer. Turner, a freshman, raped a woman who was inebriated and could not consent. He served three months of jail time as consequence.
Simply put, this is outrageous and this case is a clear tragedy. Turner’s decision to rape …
Feminism | Posted by Julia Bluhm and Izzy Labbe on 09/9/2016
The Power Of Intergenerational Activism
Julia Bluhm and Izzy Labbe
We are former SPARK Movement activists and Hardy Girls Healthy Women Girls Advisory Board members. In 2012 we served key roles in SPARK’s Seventeen Magazine action that garnered over 86,000 petition signatures and pushed the magazine to revise its policies on digitally altering the appearances of its models. We’re writing this blog in celebration of Powered By Girl, an ~awesome~ new book by our good friend Lyn Mikel Brown. Lyn was the guiding force for our introduction to intergenerational feminist activism at the age of thirteen.
Julia: We became involved with activism when we joined SPARK Movement as bloggers on topics such as body image and sexualization in the media. We were thirteen years old then, but we were surrounded by bloggers …
Feminism | Posted by Gabby Catalano on 09/7/2016
Combating Inequality In Mental Health Care
We need to talk about unequal access to mental healthcare.
“There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.”
These words, originally written by C.S. Lewis, are painted on a wall in my apartment. My bedroom has become a sanctuary of spiritual healing and redemption: I practice yoga and meditative exercises while burning incense and floral candles. I boil water for tea in the kitchen and grow my own herbs and spices for recipes. I play soft rock and smooth jazz music aloud to create a warm, soothing space in my home. My home is where I run when I need a break from the complications of life and it’s where I thank myself for waking up every morning and leaving the past behind.