Feminism | Posted by Maxine FG on 02/9/2011

Redefining Rape

Ever since Roe vs Wade legalized abortion, the fight against it has been strong, and in a lot of attempts successful. The Hyde Amendment prohibited federal funding for abortion, unless it fit certain criteria established in the bill. This year, a new bill has been proposed by the GOP which will limit the rights of women once again. This new bill proposes a new definition of rape. It states that only women who have been “forcibly raped” will receive federal funding for their abortion.

It’s very difficult and disturbing to pin point what counts as “forcible rape,” because it is my understanding that the meaning of rape according to Merriam Webster is “to seize and take away by force.”  There is that word “force” right in the definition. How …

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Feminism | Posted by Marie L on 01/24/2011

In Honor of the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Roe v. Wade

Roe v. Wade

My awareness of Roe v. Wade goes back to high school (a few years ago) when in a 12th grade English class we were given a list of important events that occurred from 1960 through present day. We were told to investigate and report on one event as “unbiased news journalists.” The supreme court decision of Roe v. Wade was on the list, and I picked it as my research topic. At the time, I had a very scant inkling of what Roe v. Wade was. From what I can remember, I only knew that it meant women were free to choose child-free lives, and at the time, with four siblings, I was all about never having kids – -so Roe v. Wade it was!

I didn’t …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 12/1/2010

Reproductive Rights: The Stuff That Got Left Out In School

This year in school, I’m taking an elective called Gender, Culture, Power (pretty badass, right?). We’ve covered all kinds of feminist topics from gender stereotypes to domestic violence to sex trafficking to reading about rape as a war crime in the Lynn Nottage play Ruined. It’s been a pretty enlightening experience, but when the time to choose our final projects rolled around, I knew what had been missing from the course and what I was eager to look into further: reproductive rights.

Knowing about our bodies should be such a basic thing — something our parents, schools and even the government should make sure that teens are well informed about. And yet today we are not only ignorant in many ways about our bodies, but we seriously take our …

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Feminism | Posted by Laura H on 11/30/2010

The Beauty of Choice

Being a feminist with a large number of not-so-feminist pro-life friends does tend to give you some perspective. Today, having a heated argument with a friend over abortion, was one of those times I really felt our difference in perspectives.

Later, after the debate, reflecting on the exchange when my temper had cooled off, I found that I was more upset than angry. I really value my friendships and I hate it when issues like this come between us. But the pro-choice cause is something that I care about passionately and there are times when you have to make difficult decisions about your priorities. The only thing you can do is hope that, after all the anger has passed, you can still recognise the people you care about in the …

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Feminism | Posted by Katherine C on 09/24/2010

Sexual Autonomy (A Request to Fellow Feminists)

Dont We Deserve More Options Than This?

Don't We Deserve More Options Than This?

Lately, I’ve been reading a lot- on the FBomb and elsewhere- about the “conflict” between promiscuity, “self-respect,” and feminism. I won’t pretend that it hasn’t disturbed me. My first though is always a knee-jerk, “We have more important things to worry about than how we handle our own personal sexualities!”

When I read feminists expressing what I see as a very self-righteous, holier-than-thou attitude regarding “overly sexual,” “promiscuous” women and how they are “hurting the feminist movement” (don’t they have any self-respect?! Why can’t they put on some goddamn underwear?! They are objectifying themselves, and giving the patriarchy permission to objectify womenkind!) I literally cringe at the control-freakiness of it all. But I likewise cringe when feminists write of the “self-empowerment” of pole-dancing, …

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