Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 10/5/2011

Slutwalk NYC

This past weekend, I went to Slutwalk NYC. I could talk about what an incredible, inspiring experience it was. I could talk about how I did feel conflicted about what I saw as certain gaps between theory and practice of the movement. I could write a lot of things about the experience. But there has already been a lot written about Slutwalk – on this blog and many, many others.

So, instead of writing about Slutwalk, I want to show you. I want to share the pictures I took there, so if you didn’t get a chance to attend a Slutwalk,  you might be able to get an idea of what it was like.

Keep in mind I’m short, so these aren’t the best shots ever, but I …

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Feminism | Posted by Fiona L on 10/3/2011

Is Suffrage for Saudi Women Justice, or Just Words?

In a society where women can’t leave the house without their faces covered and aren’t allowed to drive, how much does the right to vote really mean?

Global pressures aided in getting women the right to vote and run for office in Saudi Arabia last week. Unfortunately, “the right to vote” is used very loosely when it comes to Saudi Arabian politics. With an intact monarchy, a tight set of laws based on religious texts, and a society which allows for few freedoms for women, Saudi Arabian King Abdullah’s promise that women will be able to further participate in politics rings a little bit empty to me.

First of all, what does it mean for women to “get the right to vote” or “run for office” in a country …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 10/1/2011

Saturday Vids: SlutWalk NYC

SlutWalk NYC is today. I’ll be there in my “This Is What A Feminist Looks Like” shirt (that’s what’s up). Hopefully all you NYC-area FBomber’s will be, too!

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Feminism | Posted by Danielle B on 09/7/2011

“Faces of Feminism” Project: Donate Your Face to Feminism!

Greetings, F-bombers!

My name is Danielle and I write for a blog called Experimentations of Teenage Feminist. You may remember some posts I’ve written in the past here on the FBomb. Well, now I have a new mission.

Society is fixated on a very narrow-minded image of what a feminist is “supposed” to look like, and I have a problem with that. On November 24th I’ll be publishing a special blog post titled “The Faces of Feminism” to show just how diverse the feminist community really is.

Please help this little experiment by sending in a picture of yourself for me to post!

Details:

• Photos can be sent to teenagefeminist@gmail.com (Deadline: November 17th)
• Please title your email “This is what a feminist looks like!”
• If you’d …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 07/16/2011

Saturday Vids: An FBomber’s Persuasive Speech

Rhiannon W. sent me this video, writing:

My English final was a persuasive speech. I did why you should boycott Abercrombie and their ilk. I used The FBomb as a resource, so I hope you like it!

This is so awesome. I love that an FBomber brought one of our conversations, and her take on it, to her own classroom! Check it out:

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Feminism | Posted by Rosamund C on 03/15/2011

Why Do We Still Need International Women’s Day?

A week ago today (March 8th), countries around the world celebrated the hundredth anniversary of International Women’s Day. But surely, one hundred years after its conception, women don’t need their own special day anymore? What about an International Men’s Day, hmm?

The answer is that the 364 other days of the year belong to men. It’s more important than ever that a day specifically for women is celebrated: to see how far we have come, and to see how far we have to go.

No one can deny that in one hundred years, huge amounts have been achieved. When I woke up on Tuesday, I was proud to be an independent woman, able to live, work and travel freely, able to study at a university and be awarded a degree …

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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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Awareness | Posted by Julie Z on 02/4/2011

Awareness: “Corrective Rape”

According to a recent report by ActionAid – an international NGO – there’s a rising, incredibly homophobic and violent trend amongst South Africans. In addition to waves of homophobic attacks and murders in townships like Johannesburg and Cape Town, South African lesbians are the victims of “corrective” rape.

“Corrective rape” is the practice of a heterosexual man raping a lesbian with the intent of “turning” her heterosexual. As if the act of rape weren’t enough, many of these women experience after effects of contracting HIV/AIDS and lasting psychological trauma, including a rise in depression and suicide attempts.

What’s even more frustrating than the occurrence of Corrective Rape is the South African government’s complete unwillingness to act on behalf of the victims. South Africa’s national prosecuting authority, in response to the …

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