Creative | Posted by Vicki S on 09/19/2016

Meet The Teen Artist Tackling Everyday Sexism In Her Work

19-year-old Röra Blue first caught the Internet’s attention with her jarringly honest photo series, “The Unsent Project.” The project, which has already accumulated thousands of submissions, is a collection of unsent text messages to first loves. First launched on Tumblr, users can now submit their unsent texts directly through Röra’s website: They can choose the color of their message, type their unspoken words to first significant others, and can then print them into stickers.

The Unsent Project: https://www.instagram.com/p/9Y7H_tFvCy/

The Unsent Project: https://www.instagram.com/p/9Y7H_tFvCy/

Recently, Röra has focused her attention on a new, more feminist-minded project: “Handle With Care.

According to Röra’s website, “Handle With Care” seeks to capture sexist comments — literally. Her photos asks viewers to pay attention to sexism by forcing them to engage with and critique many …

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Feminism | Posted by Julia Bluhm and Izzy Labbe on 09/9/2016

The Power Of Intergenerational Activism

Julia Bluhm and Izzy Labbe

Julia Bluhm and Izzy Labbe

We are former SPARK Movement activists and Hardy Girls Healthy Women Girls Advisory Board members. In 2012 we served key roles in SPARK’s Seventeen Magazine action that garnered over 86,000 petition signatures and pushed the magazine to revise its policies on digitally altering the appearances of its models. We’re writing this blog in celebration of Powered By Girl, an ~awesome~ new book by our good friend Lyn Mikel Brown. Lyn was the guiding force for our introduction to intergenerational feminist activism at the age of thirteen.

Julia: We became involved with activism when we joined SPARK Movement as bloggers on topics such as body image and sexualization in the media. We were thirteen years old then, but we were surrounded by bloggers …

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Feminism | Posted by Vicki S on 07/12/2016

On The Ground: Interviews With Young Feminist Activists

Corinne Singer

Corinne Singer

Welcome to “On the Ground,” a new interview series that highlights the work young feminist activists are doing in their own communities.

“Before my sophomore year at Andover, I didn’t even know what the term ‘feminism’ meant,” feminist activist and Barnard College student Corinne Singer told me. “Although I grew up in feminist-structured house where my dad is a full-time caregiver and my mom is a full-time ‘breadwinner,’ we didn’t talk about gender in my house as a system of power.

But during Corinne’s sophomore year at her high school, Phillips Academy Andover, a group of 12 or so seniors started a movement on campus called F=E, Feminism Equals Equality. The group hosted forums, started a Facebook page that provided a space for people to post things …

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Feminism | Posted by Vicki S on 04/25/2016

It’s Time To Start Exercising “Oppositional Resistance”

Feminism is, and must be, for everyone.

For a long time, the feminist movement failed to include the voices of marginalized groups. While criticism of this reality has seemed to particularly emerge in recent years, the feminist movement must do more than just talk about “white feminism” — we have to actively push back on it.

Various versions of white feminism have persisted for decades. The “first wave” of feminism, which began as a political movement to help women with legal rights like the right to vote, was led mostly by white activists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Carrie Chapman Catt, and Susan B. Anthony (although Sojourner Truth and Ida B. Wells were notable, powerful exceptions). The second-wave of feminism emerged in the 1960s and focused on inequalities ranging …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Aph Ko on 01/20/2016

5 Tips For New Feminist Bloggers of Color

The case for feminist blogging.

I became a feminist at 16 years old. At the time, the word “feminist” wasn’t nearly as popular as it is today. In fact, I vividly remember trying to explain sexism and gender inequality to my high school friends outside of movie theaters and coffee shops — to blank stares.

When I was 17, I read Angela Davis’ auto-biography (as well as Women, Race, and Class) and felt my life and feminist identity evolve: I was provided with language for the pain I was feeling as a woman of color in a white supremacist patriarchy. I had an old typewriter which I used to write “articles” about my thoughts on society and power (although I would probably cringe if I were to read them …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 01/8/2016

How The #ChoreChallenge Is Pushing Back On The Sexist ‘Double Shift’

#ChoreChallenge 2016

In 1989, sociologist Arlie Hochschild noticed a pervasive, but rarely acknowledged, form of everyday sexism happening around her. While women had made great strides in terms of entering the workforce, they were still expected to do the majority of domestic work traditionally expected of women in addition to their professional work — a phenomenon she deemed “the Second Shift.”

Although Hochschild wrote the book decades ago, this “second shift” persists today. A 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics report showed that on a typical day, nearly half of women employed outside the home do housework while only 19% of men do. As Laura Bates, one of the co-organizers of the challenge, noted in the Guardian, a recent BBC survey found that women spend twice as much time on …

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Feminism | Posted by Kathleen M on 07/1/2015

A Young Feminist’s Thoughts On ‘The Hunting Ground’

In theaters now.

“Two of us were sexually assaulted before class even started,” activist Annie Clark says in the recently released documentary The Hunting Ground. “I thought if I told [administrators] they would take action, but the only action they took was against me.”

This sentiment summarizes the overarching theme of this film, which examines sexual assault on college campuses. This is director Kirby Dick’s second attempt at illuminating the institutional cover-ups of violence against women: His first is a documentary on sexual assault in the military entitled The Invisible War. I suspected this film would be just as heart-wrenching and found that, especially as a college student, the film effected me more profoundly.

I was well aware of most of the statistics that appeared on the screen, …

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Feminism | Posted by Eloise Bouton on 06/10/2015

It’s Hard to be a Topless Feminist in France

Femen

Many people probably think France is a feminist-friendly country. My experience as an activist with the international feminist organization Femen has taught me that this is not the case. I’ve found that fighting for equality is costly and protesting topless for women’s rights — as I have done — is not only unfairly considered exhibitionism, but has had a damaging effect on my life.

I joined Femen — a feminist organization whose members protest topless — in April, 2012. This organization was born in Ukraine but established a presence in Paris in September, 2012. The Paris branch has been led by Inna Shevchenko, but I helped build the group.

On December 2013, I posed topless at the Catholic Madeleine Church in Paris to support abortion rights. At the time, …

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