Feminism | Posted by Angela Liu on 04/10/2017

#20PercentCounts: A Nation Comes Together in Support of Equal Pay

#20PercentCounts

#20PercentCounts

Three months and four days. This is how much longer, on average, women in the United States had to work to make what their male counterparts did over the  last year; Women in the United States had to work all of 2016 plus up until April 4th, 2017 to catch up to what men earned in 2016. At the current rate of progress, it will take more than 40 years for women to be paid fairly.

The disparity may seem gloomy, but organizations like Lean In—the nonprofit founded by Sheryl Sandberg to empower women to achieve their ambitions—are working to change that. “Equal pay is essential to the goal of gender equality,” said Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.org, in a press release.

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Zeilinger on 04/7/2017

Here We Are: A Q&A With Kelly Jensen, Author Of A New Intersectional Anthology

Kelly Jensen's new anthology

Kelly Jensen’s new anthology

It’s been an interesting few years to be a young feminist. From the high of rising teen feminist celebrities and role models to the lows of the election, it’s clear that the next generation of young feminists have a unique understanding and enactment of this movement. It’s a complex new understanding of feminism worthy of exploration—and Kelly Jensen’s new anthology Here We Are aims to do just that. This recently published collection of essays, art, and lists—contributed by thought leaders like Laverne Cox, Mindy Kaling, Wendy Davis, Amandla Stenberg, Roxane Gay, and nearly 40 others—does the important and timely work of exploring what feminism looks like and means to the next generation of changemakers.

Jensen recently shared some thoughts about this book with the FBomb.

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Feminism | Posted by Nico Morgan on 04/5/2017

What Trans Individuals Need To Know About Their Rights Under Obamacare

Know your health care rights.

Last weekend, I felt a tiny glimmer of hope in light of the looming threat of the Trump Administration and Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Trump’s new health care bill (aka the American Health Care Act, aka Trumpcare, aka the sound you make when you sneeze while congested), didn’t receive the necessary amount of votes to pass through the house and become law.

And thank god for that, as most humans with souls noted that the AHCA was nothing more than a tax break for millionaires and a certain loss of health care for 24 million people. The new health care bill would also have been a minefield for women, as it vowed to defund Planned Parenthood, which is less the “abortion factory” …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Graves on 04/3/2017

Manners Or Sexism?

The truth about “Invitational”

“Girls, you NEVER say no to a guy when he asks you to dance,” barked the instructor at the sea of awkward children, anxiously tugging at our itchy formalwear. I was in fifth grade, in the midst of a “manners” course. There were a million things I would rather be doing, like reading a book or even doing homework. But my mom had threatened to take away a book I was reading at the time if I did not attend this course. She put her rebellious daughter in a dress and sent her to a ballroom in heels to learn to waltz without stepping on her partner’s feet (which I did anyway).

I live in the South, where this course is a tradition. For countless years …

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Feminism | Posted by Helena N on 03/28/2017

What Rihanna Revealed About Humanitarian Work

Rihanna accepting her award

Rihanna accepting her award

On February 28, 2017, Rihanna walked up the creaky wooden steps of one of Cambridge’s storied halls to accept the Harvard Foundation’s 2017 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian of the Year Award. While she is best known for her music, Rihanna was recognized that day for her less publicized humanitarian work—including her investment in a modernized oncology wing at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in her hometown of Bridgetown, Barbados, and establishing scholarships to support Caribbean students who want to attend college abroad, among other philanthropic efforts.

While accepting the honor, Rihanna made an impassioned plea for more people to become involved in humanitarian work for a simple reason: We should always strive to be in better service of others. While addressing an audience at one of the most …

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Feminism | Posted by Faatimah Solomon on 03/22/2017

AMAZE and the Importance of Sex Education for Tweens

AMAZE

AMAZE

I grew up in a religious and conservative family, in the very religious and conservative country of Saudi Arabia. My parents never talked to me about sex education. At school, the topic of sex was unquestionably taboo and would never come up in discussions about health. I remember trying to piece together what exactly sex entailed when I was in the eighth grade. I had gathered little pieces of information from varying sources: movies, books intended for audiences older and more mature than I was, and of course, my friends. We would sit together on green plastic benches during lunch and put our heads together conspiringly, trying to pool together what we each knew about sex to come to a solid conclusion.

Eventually, thanks to being a voracious reader …

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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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