Feminism | Posted by Camryn Garrett on 04/17/2017

An Interview With Sexual Health Activist Ella Dawson

Photo credit: Kim Hoyos Media

Photo credit: Kim Hoyos Media

Over the past two years, feminist social media manager and writer Ella Dawson has received widespread recognition for her work crushing the stigma of STDs. She has been called the “internet’s foremost herpes essayist,” and has even been recognized by Hillary Clinton. In honor of April being STD Awareness month, Dawson recently spoke to the FBomb about sex miseducation, the stigma against STDs, and her own experience with all of the above.

 

The FBomb: You’ve been proclaimed “the queen of herpes” by your followers and have even given a TED talk about the work that led to such recognition. Can you tell us about the experiences that led up to this talk?

Ella Dawson: I was diagnosed with herpes a few …

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Feminism | Posted by Corinne Singer on 04/14/2017

A Love Letter on Disability: Stop Feeling Sorry For Us. Start Fighting For Us.

Stop feeling sorry for us.

Stop feeling sorry for us.

The onset of my disabilities began at 13 and I have been unable to engage in regular physical activities for years. Early on, I braced myself for a lifetime of chronic back dysfunctions compounded by the equally debilitating realities of depression and anxiety. The transition into my status as “disabled” and later to my status as “part-time wheelchair user” has been endlessly complex. I went from having a body that people celebrated—a body that fulfilled cultural obsessions with physical strength and performativity—to having a body that was rejected.

The precise moment at which my body became a “problem” will remain with me forever. It was when my first back specialist informed me that I had fractured multiple parts of my lumbar spine— not because of …

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Feminism | Posted by Kayleigh Bolingbroke on 04/12/2017

#MissingDCGirls Reminds Us Of A Greater Epidemic

Credit: D.C. Missing Black Girls

Credit: D.C. Missing Black Girls

501 children have been reported missing from the District of Columbia since the beginning of the year alone; a disturbingly high number of them were black or Latino children, and 22 cases remain unsolved as of the end of March ,according to the Associated Press. While the AP notes this rate of missing juvenile cases is not inconsistent with that of past years, the issue has gained an amount of attention in recent weeks thanks to social media. Most noticeably, an Instagram post claiming that 14 black girls had gone missing in the D.C. area in the space of just 24 hours went viral at the end of March, which in turn inspired the hashtag #MissingDCGirls.

Eventually, however, this information was proven inaccurate. …

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Feminism | Posted by Angela Liu on 04/10/2017

#20PercentCounts: A Nation Comes Together in Support of Equal Pay

#20PercentCounts

#20PercentCounts

Three months and four days. This is how much longer, on average, women in the United States had to work to make what their male counterparts did over the  last year; Women in the United States had to work all of 2016 plus up until April 4th, 2017 to catch up to what men earned in 2016. At the current rate of progress, it will take more than 40 years for women to be paid fairly.

The disparity may seem gloomy, but organizations like Lean In—the nonprofit founded by Sheryl Sandberg to empower women to achieve their ambitions—are working to change that. “Equal pay is essential to the goal of gender equality,” said Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.org, in a press release.

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Zeilinger on 04/7/2017

Here We Are: A Q&A With Kelly Jensen, Author Of A New Intersectional Anthology

Kelly Jensen's new anthology

Kelly Jensen’s new anthology

It’s been an interesting few years to be a young feminist. From the high of rising teen feminist celebrities and role models to the lows of the election, it’s clear that the next generation of young feminists have a unique understanding and enactment of this movement. It’s a complex new understanding of feminism worthy of exploration—and Kelly Jensen’s new anthology Here We Are aims to do just that. This recently published collection of essays, art, and lists—contributed by thought leaders like Laverne Cox, Mindy Kaling, Wendy Davis, Amandla Stenberg, Roxane Gay, and nearly 40 others—does the important and timely work of exploring what feminism looks like and means to the next generation of changemakers.

Jensen recently shared some thoughts about this book with the FBomb.

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Feminism | Posted by Nico Morgan on 04/5/2017

What Trans Individuals Need To Know About Their Rights Under Obamacare

Know your health care rights.

Last weekend, I felt a tiny glimmer of hope in light of the looming threat of the Trump Administration and Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Trump’s new health care bill (aka the American Health Care Act, aka Trumpcare, aka the sound you make when you sneeze while congested), didn’t receive the necessary amount of votes to pass through the house and become law.

And thank god for that, as most humans with souls noted that the AHCA was nothing more than a tax break for millionaires and a certain loss of health care for 24 million people. The new health care bill would also have been a minefield for women, as it vowed to defund Planned Parenthood, which is less the “abortion factory” …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Graves on 04/3/2017

Manners Or Sexism?

The truth about “Invitational”

“Girls, you NEVER say no to a guy when he asks you to dance,” barked the instructor at the sea of awkward children, anxiously tugging at our itchy formalwear. I was in fifth grade, in the midst of a “manners” course. There were a million things I would rather be doing, like reading a book or even doing homework. But my mom had threatened to take away a book I was reading at the time if I did not attend this course. She put her rebellious daughter in a dress and sent her to a ballroom in heels to learn to waltz without stepping on her partner’s feet (which I did anyway).

I live in the South, where this course is a tradition. For countless years …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Zeilinger on 03/31/2017

Words of Wisdom From Feminist Writer Ariel Levy

Ariel Levy and Lena Dunham

Ariel Levy and Lena Dunham

Many feminists may know Ariel Levy as the author of modern feminist classic “Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women And The Rise Of Raunch Culture.” A contributor to the the New Yorker as well, Levy has built an impressive career examining modern issues through an incisive feminist lens. Recently, however, the journalist created a far more intimate work: Her new memoir The Rules Do Not Apply, which covers her experiences with miscarriage, marriage, sexuality—and, essentially, the reality of enacting a feminist life.

On March 17, the writer appeared in conversation with Lena Dunham at the 92Y in New York in honor of the book’s recent release. The two talked about everything from the stigma and shame surrounding women’s bodies to their Jewish identities. The …

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