Feminism | Posted by Vicki S on 08/18/2014

Why I Need Feminism: Overcoming My Self-Loathing

As a kid I was very chubby and sturdy, but that all changed once puberty kicked in. People wondered if I went on a diet to lose weight when I was younger, but my eating habits hadn’t changed. This complacency didn’t last for very long, though. As I entered high school, I realized that I began to look at my body a lot and focus on my weight more than before. These percolating thoughts soon impregnated themselves deep into views on my body and self-esteem.

In October, I was already considered thin for my 5’5″ frame, but by the end of December, I made it my New Years’ resolution to lose 10lbs. In my head, I was just going to cut down on what I ate. Of course, this easily …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 04/22/2014

Exciting News: The FBomb Is Joining the Women’s Media Center

Discovering the world of feminist blogging was an experience of simultaneous relief and isolation: just as Second Wave feminists have described the way consciousness raising allowed them to realize that their frustration with and opposition to sexism wasn’t individual insanity but a collective imperative, feminist blogging allowed me – and certainly countless others – to find comfort in the collective of like-minded people thinking critically about and combating inequality. But at the same time that I found such reprieve online, my lived reality was mired in ideologies that existed in ambivalence and direct contradiction to those ideals.

It was this paradox that led me to start the FBomb. I wanted to bridge the gap between my peers who hadn’t been exposed to feminism and those searching for like-minded people who …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 03/15/2013

Technology and the Future of Feminism

yes, blogging is activism

Recently, I feel like I’ve been asked quite a bit about the way that technology is influencing the next generation of feminists. I have a basic answer at the ready, a couple bullet points I hit, largely based on the chapter in “A Little F’d Up” on the topic. I usually talk about my experiences here on the FBomb, how while traditional, on-the-ground activism is definitely still necessary, online activism most accurately meets young women where they already are: it is a practical answer to the reality of how we express ourselves, find information, develop our personas and spend our time and optimizes our abilities to benefit this movement. But lately, I’ve started to think about how technology specifically has shaped not only the so-called “fourth …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 03/29/2011

Feminist Click Moments

Click!

Click!

In honor of the Feminist Portrait Project’s Blog Carnival, (part of Feminist Coming Out Day) I’m re-posting an article I wrote this past summer about my feminist “click” moment, which I originally wrote in honor of the incomparable Courtney Martin’s book Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists. Below the article are links to some of my favorite other Click moments from FBomb readers/submitters. Feel free to add your own click moments in the comments!

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I had always thought that feminism was a gradual progression for me. In eighth grade, my entire grade had to research a topic of our choice and then deliver a speech to the entire middle school about it. I chose to research female feticide after reading an article about the practice …

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Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 12/29/2009

Feminist Vlogging

VLOGGING.

VLOGGING.

It seems like blogging is a pretty accepted form of spreading the feminist word. However, we don’t talk about those who are doing some awesome feminist vlogging. I thought today I’d share some of the cool vlogs I’ve come across.

SHE-TV

SHE TV is described as:

S.H.E. (Sugar Hooker Entertainment) is a Los Angeles based multi-platform girl culture brand. SHEtv’s latest production, called “G.I.R.L. (Girls In Real Life),” offers conversation among girls about real-life subjects that are relevant to girls aged 12-24. G.I.R.L. is a live, hosted magazine show, where segments are dictated by the interactive audience.

“TV networks don’t have characters that speak to the diversity of girls who exist out there economically, socially, and ethnically,” says Jerra Spence, CEO of S.H.E. “Girls are forced to look to

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