Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Pippa B on 01/12/2015
Free To Be…You And Me: My First Feminist Theory Class
I took my first class in feminist theory from a car seat in the back of my parents’ blue station wagon. As we pulled out of the driveway and embarked on adventures to the grocery store, school, or ski mountain, my sister and I would clamor for entertainment. An adult arm would reach into the glove compartment and pull out a tape. Many tapes rotated through our car during that time, but the one that seemed to captivate us most during those long rides was the Ms. Foundation for Women’s 1972 masterpiece “Free to Be… You and Me.”
I didn’t know that the program, which is composed of a series of poems, songs, and sketches, was a record album and book before it was a tape. I also had …
Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Carolina G on 01/9/2015
“So Popular!” with Janet Mock: The Feminist Pop Culture Show We’ve Been Waiting For
Many of us are fans of Janet Mock’s work as a transgender activist and her incredible New York Times Bestselling book Redefining Realness. Now we have a new medium through which to appreciate Mock’s fierceness: she’ll host her own MSNBC show, “So Popular!”
I applaud MSNBC for choosing a transgender woman of color to headline their new online show. Mock has been very vocal about her experience of accepting and owning her womanhood, including her choice to have gender reconstructive surgery. She states on her blog: “I was born in what doctors proclaim is a boy’s body. I had no choice in the assignment of my sex at birth…My genital reconstructive surgery did not make me a girl. I was always a girl.”
On “So Popular!” …
Feminism | Posted by Katarina F on 01/5/2015
Feminism In Slovenia: Behind Closed Doors
“You’re a feminist?”
That’s the most frequently asked question when you reveal your “secret identity” to someone in Slovenia. In the Slovenian “urban” dictionary, feminism is defined as being a hater of men, a woman that howls at you when you open the door for her, a woman who insists on paying because otherwise she feels her very independence is threatened. People utter the word “feminist” as if it were an insult.
To most Slovenes, being a feminist equates to being a radical. The truth is, being different in Slovenia is still stomach-twisting for some people no matter if that difference means you’re a feminist, atheist, Muslim, homosexual, foreigner or anything else. While women here are (mostly) paid equal to men and while in 2013 we appointed our …
Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 12/31/2014
A Eulogy for Misty Upham
It was recently reported that Misty Upham, an actress best known for her work in Frozen River and August Osage County, was found dead in a ravine. It was later revealed that her death was caused by blunt force trauma to her head and torso, although the precise circumstances of her death are still a mystery.
Misty was a rare gem in the entertainment industry. As a Native American woman, she represented a demographic rarely accounted for in the media. According to a study conducted by the USC Annenberg School, only 3.6% of characters in top-grossing films qualified as “other” in 2012. This category includes American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and characters with two or more apparent racial/ethnic origins. 83.9% of characters …
Feminism | Posted by Emma M on 12/29/2014
What Bill Cosby Has Taught Us About Sexual Assault and Power
Bill Cosby, the Jello pudding man and one of America’s most beloved and successful comedians, may have raped and assaulted at least 20 women – women who have, starting in 2002, publicly come forward with their stories.
Their accounts are hauntingly similar: a young, maybe up-and-coming, model or actress meets Cosby, usually on the set of The Cosby Show or at an event, and he invites her to his home for a meal or a drink to discuss her career. He is connected, experienced, a celebrity; she is eager, hopeful, flattered. At some point during dinner, he drugs her and, once her defenses are low, he is forceful, abusive, and violent in his assault.
The women go home or back to their hotels, reminded that America’s favorite sweater-clad Dad holds
Feminism | Posted by Klee on 12/22/2014
On Sexism at Home
I have always tried to be the best person I can be. I’m 16, do well in my homeschooling, don’t drink or do drugs. I try to be as respectful as possible to everyone: I consider others, and treat others the way that I would want to be treated. I feel that I can take care of myself and stand up for what I believe in and what I want. Yet all of these things always seem to be overshadowed by the fact that I’m a girl.
When my brother and I were young, we thrived outside. If something was dangerous, like riding dirtbikes (one of our favorite things), count us in. So naturally we hated when our mom gave us more chores that kept us indoors, like loading the …
Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 12/19/2014
It’s A Rich Man’s World
Money is usually equated with security and the ability to have a comfortable life. Yet girls are still persistently raised to believe that they may not have control over this reality. We’re often told that we should “marry rich” or at least make sure our husbands (always husbands) can “provide” or “take care of” us. This socialization perpetuates countless gender stereotypes: it relies on notorious stereotypes that frame women as bad at math and therefore incapable of managing their own money and perpetuates the idea that women should marry men who will make enough money to take care of them (ignoring women who would like to marry women or not marry at all).
When I talk to my friends about the “perfect” partner, we still love to paint the …
Feminism | Posted by Emma M on 12/15/2014
On Growth Mindset: A Thank You Letter To The School That Got It Right
When Laurel School and I met for the first time, I was terrified. I was too shy to speak, too anxious to let go of my parents. I spent the summer before school began feeling worried. My parents, in turn, were worried about me being worried. So, my soon-to-be kindergarten teachers decided to lend a hand.
They invited me to their classroom – which, in a month or so, would be my classroom. It wasn’t ready for students yet. It needed decorating, they said. They wondered if I might want to help. So, I went.
My Mom and I met my teachers, who, in the heat of late July, lovingly hung posters on the walls and filled shelves with books. I tested markers and threw away the ones …