Feminism | Posted by Tanvi S on 12/23/2013

On Keeping Your Last Name

There are so many little things we do that unconsciously lock us into the mindset that women are inferior. There are of course the big things that cause inequality that we obviously need to change, like the wage gap and violence against women, for example. But I feel like we can’t truly be equal until we also abolish all of the little sexist traditions that are so common. This can be anything from social conventions, like how men are expected to lead in dancing and pay for dates to the gendered way we use language, like calling a group of girls or a mixed group ‘guys’.

One of these issues that may seem small in context but is actually impactful is the convention that dictates that straight women should …

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Feminism | Posted by Julia B on 12/16/2013

The Art of Recreating Yourself

I’ve always made “New Years Resolutions” and “School Year Resolutions.” Sometimes, “Summer Vacation Resolutions.” The idea of change has always appealed to me, and that includes feeling the need to change myself. I always felt really guilty for feeling that way, probably from always hearing about how I was “fine just the way I am,” from my parents and teachers.

My resolutions were never about losing weight, getting a boyfriend, or being “cool.” They were always about things I wanted to be, things I wanted to do, and ways I wanted to act because I thought it would make me happy. Does that mean I have bad self esteem? Maybe somewhat. Or maybe it means that I’m a teenager, and most teenagers don’t really know what we’re doing or who …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 12/14/2013

Saturday Vids: Feminist Consciousness in Islamabad

Jennifer Lee interviewed three women in Islamabad about how they feel the western media depicts Pakistani women. A fuller version of the interview can be found on the Broad Side, but Rubia, one of the women Lee interviewed, spoke about her feelings in the following short clip.

Feminist Consciousness in Islamabad Session 1 from Jennifer Lee on Vimeo.

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Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 12/9/2013

The Problem With Mean Girls

The vast majority of us are familiar with the movie Mean Girls (written by the amazing Tina Fey). Although the film has the quintessential embellishments of most chick flicks, it also sheds light on the difficulty teenage girls face not just with their parents or boys, but with each other, even with their “best” friends. But you hardly need to watch Mean Girls to witness or experience female aggression. According to a recent New York Times Article, “The existence of female competition may seem obvious to anyone who has been in a high-school cafeteria or a singles bar, but analyzing it has been difficult because it tends be more subtle and indirect (and a lot less violent) than the male variety.” We all know that this sinister ambiance is …

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Creative, Feminism | Posted by Michelle C on 12/2/2013

Can You Tell Just By Looking?

 I’m a Communication Design student and for a recent Feminist & Gender Studies class, I was asked to produce a ‘Public Gender Intervention’ project: so I designed this info-graphic flowchart called,  “Can You Tell Just by Looking?”.
The main issue I wanted to address with this project is that of gender expression (the outward performance of gender), and therefore of a socially constructed idea of gender based on appearance. I also wanted to examine the non-existent relationship between gender performance and sexual orientation (who a person is sexually attracted to). With this chart, I’m attempting to intervene in the normative societal myths and preconceptions that the two are inextricably linked, and am touching on how appearance falsely influences the assumption of sexual orientation.
The flowchart directly addresses the behavior …

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Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 11/30/2013

Saturday Vids: Feminism Isn’t Dead, It’s Gone Viral

Vlogger Kat Lazo (TheeKatsMeoww on YouTube) made the argument at TEDxNavesink that feminism isn’t dead — it’s online. “The internet was my feminine mystique and this was my feminist click moment — I could be the change I wanted to see in the world.” We couldn’t agree more with Kat and LOVE her inspiring story.

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Feminism | Posted by Colleen Giles on 11/27/2013

Where Do We Go From Here? The ERA in the 21st Century

Last weekend I attended a conference at Roger Williams University titled “The ERA in the 21st Century.” The conference brought together accomplished scholars, national activists, and twenty-something feminists like myself that are still learning to navigate their own paths to equal rights.  The conference aimed to open a dialogue about the place of the Equal Rights Amendment in American culture and politics.  The ERA galvanized the Second Wave feminist movement, though it failed ratification in enough states to become an amendment in 1982.  The ERA has also been a part of Third Wave feminism, with Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards naming it as an essential component of a feminist future in Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future (2000). However, most people of my generation do not know anything about …

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Feminism | Posted by Arely L on 11/25/2013

The Wrong Kind Of Protection

I am being raised in a Catholic household by parents who have always set very different standards for me than they have for my brother. For example, while my brother was allowed to go out alone at 12, I still have a hard time going out at 16. My parents have explained to me that I am in more danger of being hurt than my brother because I am a girl and need to be kept safe. While I initially dismissed my anger and accepted this explanation, I now realize that instead of limiting my social activity and autonomy, instead of trying to blindly protect me, they should have exposed me to the realities of the world.

What my parents don’t realize is that, first of all, I’m plenty capable …

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