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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 03/10/2015
I’ve always said that the most feminist aspect of the FBomb is the act of publicly writing itself. There are so few outlets that allow young women to express themselves on a complex emotional level and even fewer that encourage us to express our intellect. The media encourages us to buy into images and depictions that objectify us and belittle our intelligence. We are rarely given the opportunity to push back – in fact, we’re actively discouraged from doing so.
I started the FBomb to counter this. I wanted to create a space specifically for young feminists — a space where young women could become comfortable with not only developing our opinions and ideas, but to publicly publish them – to refuse to buy into a culture that encourages our …
Feminism | Posted by Vicki S on 03/9/2015
I love math and science and I don’t think I’d be who I am now without it. While I may not know how to code or have taken AP Physics, I appreciate these fields immensely. However, there have been instances where I know that my intersections of identity have shaped my experiences doing what I love.
This has become very clear since I joined my school’s robotics team this year. I am in the minority in terms of gender and race on this team: I’m one of only four girls (out of twelve people total) and am West Indian. Both of these identities have made this experience challenging.
For example, when I’d talk to people about taking both Algebra and Geometry during my freshman year so I would be in
Feminism | Posted by Jonathan K on 03/6/2015
I’m literally the best male feminist. You want to break down patriarchy? I do it and I’ve been doin’ it and doin’ it and doin’ it well.
You wanna analyze the paradox of American society’s definition of masculinity? Nobody can live up to my expertise. I’ve read Michael Kimmel’s Guyland like 15 times.
My ability to recognize women’s oppression is gonna make you think I invited it. #shoutoutTreySongz.
I’m literally the LeBron of male feminists right now, dude. There’s really no competition. When I critique the male gaze in American cinema I always leave everyone in the conversation satisfied.
Not to mention, I have the chillest room setup. Mad Gloria Steniem and book hooks posters. Special edition…there’s only like 5 in the world.
Look, though. You might as well give …
Feminism | Posted by Sarah Landrum on 03/4/2015
To say sexism and gender-based discrimination don’t exist would be like claiming oceans aren’t wet. There are, in fact, many issues facing women of the present, and they need to be addressed. So thank you, feminism, for acknowledging the many problems facing women today.
Without feminism, these important topics — like victim blaming, unequal pay and abortion — would be silently slid under the rug and our world would be way worse off. So let’s face these obstacles head-on, like the strong and empowered individuals we are.
The media sucks. Thanks to stick-thin models and Photoshopping to boot, women have come to covet dangerously thin bodies. We battle with it constantly, as acquiring these body types requires nothing short of starvation. When we consider that as many as …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Emma M on 03/2/2015
Last night, students shuffled in and out of the audition room for a production I’m working on, frantically asking about pronunciation and deciding whether to use or ignore the chairs we’d provided them. Between one audition and the next, after we’d seen about 15 people, my male professor turned to me and whispered “there are so many good girls.” Less than 20 minutes and 10 more auditions into the night, another man working on the show turned to me and said the same thing.
In the audition rooms I’ve been in over the last four years, the number of women auditioners is almost always double the number of men, and women are competing for far fewer roles. More often than not, the shows done on my college’s mainstage feature predominantly …
Feminism | Posted by Anonymous on 02/26/2015
My right to safety and bodily integrity were robbed the night I was drugged. I, as well as three other female students at my law school, were drugged at three different house parties. No one attempted to sexually assault me or even asked me to go home with them, so I have no idea who my attacker(s) is. This has put me on high alert. I feel unsafe attending classes, monitor every law student that enters a bar, and have occasional night terrors.
I find this situation unacceptable and don’t want any woman to experience it in the future, so I have decided to speak out. Doing so, however, has proven to me that we still have a very narrow understanding of what it means to be a “victim” in …
Feminism | Posted by Trip E on 02/24/2015
Patricia Arquette was largely lauded for her Oscar speech Monday night. She called out the gender wage gap, stating, “To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” But honestly, her speech—not to mention her subsequent comments backstage—have left me with a bad taste in my mouth.
“But Trip!” you say, shocked at my callousness, “Do you NOT care about the wage gap? Do you NOT spiritually identify with the GIF of Meryl Streep’s fist-pumping reaction? Have the meninists gotten to you?”
Listen, reader, I hope you know I care tremendously about the wage …
Feminism | Posted by Emily Lindin on 02/23/2015
I hear from a lot of girls who are struggling through the hell that is being labeled a “slut” in middle school or high school. Often, they just want to know that they’re not alone. Sometimes, they want to share their experiences with me and even publicly, through The UnSlut Project.
I love hearing from these girls – after all, they are the very reason I started this project by posting my own middle school diaries online back in 2013. But I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in their messages: Many girls will begin their emails with a disclaimer along the lines of, “I’m not looking for attention, but…” or “I know you might think I just want attention, but…” and it always makes me cringe.
Here they are, bravely …