Feminism | Posted by Osama on 03/20/2017

Being LGBT In The Middle East

Being LGBT in the Middle East

For the most part, I am a normal teenager in Amman, Jordan. I wake up when I hear my alarm and get ready for school. But perhaps unlike other 15-year old-boys, I have never fantasized about beautiful girls in my classes, have never imagined being with them. In fact, the idea of that has always terrified me.

At the age of 10, I became fully aware that something made me different; I was crushing on my male friend while everyone else was dying to get to know girls. I closed my eyes and pretended nothing abnormal had crossed my mind. But the idea of him touching me and feeling my skin was beyond fascinating—one I could never get out of my mind, especially when …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Zeilinger on 03/17/2017

An Interview With Hanne Larsen, The College-Aged Director Of ‘The Sex Myth’

'The Sex Myth'

‘The Sex Myth’

In 2015, feminist journalist Rachel Hills published The Sex Myth: The Gap Between Our Fantasies and Reality—a book that questions the sexual norms and expectations with which younger generations have been raised. In 2016, Northeastern University student Hanne Larsen adapted the book into a work of devised theater. Now Hills and director Dana Edell want to bring Larsen’s theatrical vision of the book to campuses across the country.

Larsen recently talked to the FBomb about her experience as a female director and creative, and why this show is an important part of dispelling the “sex myth.”

Let’s start at the beginning. How did you first find The Sex Myth and what inspired you to adapt it into a show?

I attended Rachel Hills’s workshop “Let’s Talk …

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Feminism | Posted by Gabby Catalano on 03/13/2017

Addressing Gendered Online Harassment

Let's take online harassment seriously.

Let’s take online harassment seriously.

Last summer, my friend Katie* received an Instagram message from a man who claimed to know her. When she ignored him, he commented several times on her photos: “hey baby,” “bad girl,” “sexy,” “I knew you were bad,” and “you bitch” were only a few of the degrading messages she received. She blocked him on Instagram, but he then sent her multiple Facebook and Twitter messages. Katie felt so embarrassed, violated, and harassed that she decided to delete all of her social media accounts.

Katie’s experience is, unfortunately, hardly an anomaly; she is just one of the one in six women who will be stalked in her lifetime.  In 2016, 26 percent of young women aged 18-24 were stalked online, and 25 percent were the …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Graves on 03/10/2017

An Interview With Award-Winning Teen Activist Filmmaker Jordan Barger

Jordan Barger

Jordan Barger

Jordan Barger is a junior in high school from Houston, Texas. She also happens to be an award-winning filmmaker who has her own production company, JOM Productions. Barger’s short film, “Milky White // Rosy Petals,” has been shown at three film festivals around the U.S.; she won Best Student Film at the Austin Revolution Film Festival; and she was nominated for the Best Youth Filmmaker at the Long Beach Indie International Film Festival.

In light of recent political controversies surrounding President Donald Trump, Barger has begun to approach filmmaking from a perspective of political activism. I asked her about how film can be an activist tool, and how she sees political activism evolving among our generation.

This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.

Julie Graves: How

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Feminism | Posted by Angela Liu on 03/9/2017

The Fight Against the Single Story: ‘Speed Sisters’ Amber Fares and Rabab Haj Yahya on Sisterhood, Resilience, and the Importance of Human Connection

Speed Sisters

Speed Sisters

Being the first takes courage. Putting yourself in a position of vulnerability, stepping out of your comfort zone, and risking failure can be terrifying—but also hugely rewarding. It’s an experience five women in Palestine who formed the Middle East’s first completely female race-car-driving team know well—and one at the center of the documentary Speed Sisters, which tracks the team’s journey over the course of two racing seasons, as they strive to better themselves, each other, and their communities.

When I watched Speed Sisters, I was amazed at how easily I connected with each of the characters even though they live half a world away from me. The film’s unique authenticity and warmth is in huge part thanks to the collaboration of two women: director and producer Amber …

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Feminism | Posted by Laura Espinoza on 03/8/2017

A Guide To Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

ICE

During his campaign, President Donald Trump made it clear he would build a wall on the country’s southern border, introduce the End Illegal Immigration Act, and terminate prior executive orders that help undocumented immigrants, such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Recently, it seems that he is following through on these promises. Undocumented immigrants have found themselves increasingly at risk in places where they were safe under the Obama administration and have faced an overall increase in arrests.

What’s more, some of these arrests have blatantly endangered the individuals targeted. For example, the El Paso Times reported on Feb. 15 that a domestic violence victim was arrested in court while trying to obtain a protective order against her abuser. The tip may have come from her abuser …

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Feminism | Posted by Ashley Johnson on 03/7/2017

Embracing My Blackness At Predominantly White Institutions

My schools have all been predominately white

I wouldn’t say that I necessarily felt white growing up, but I never felt all that black, either. I wasn’t raised to feel in any way less than my white counterparts, but at the same time, my parents never taught or encouraged me to identify strongly with being black. We never had a history lesson on blackness in my home or any in-depth conversations about Dr. King on his birthday. We weren’t part of a black community: we didn’t go to church regularly and were mostly isolated from our extended family—we never had the Tyler Perry-esque big, jolly reunions I saw black families have on TV and in the movies. Rather, my siblings and I were raised to believe that we were, in …

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Feminism | Posted by Mankaprr Conteh on 03/1/2017

Hands on Their Backs: How Black Girls Are Pushed Out of Schools

Dr. Monique Morris on black girl “pushout”

Dr. Monique Morris made me nervous. She shouldn’t have. She has soft-looking chestnut skin and gorgeous locs. On the day we met, she wore a set of bracelets whimsically stacked on her arm that chimed when she entered the radio station. Later that day, I would watch her sing, smile, and reference west-coast hip-hop as she gave a presentation on school discipline, black girls, and the juvenile justice system — her areas of expertise.

Dr. Morris is beautiful and charming and kind. She’s an advocate and scholar who goes as hard for black girls as I should have when I had the chance. So, when she sits in front of me, ready for me to interview her, I don’t just see her. I …

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