Pop-Culture | Posted by Chloe H on 08/19/2016
Kim Kardashian West Reminds Us Why The Feminist Label Does Matter
Kim Kardashian West
On Monday, Kim Kardashian West set the record straight: She’s not a feminist.
“For me, a feminist is someone who advocates for the civil and social rights and liberties of all people, regardless of their gender; anyone who believes that women should have the same choices and opportunities as men when it comes to education and employment, their bodies and their lifestyles,” she wrote on her website. And yet, she added, despite agreeing with these things, does not consider herself a feminist because she doesn’t like labels.
While few people are likely too concerned with whether Kardashian West as an individual aligns with the feminist movement, her comment points to an age-old debate: Does the feminist label matter?
“Why do we have to put labels on …
Feminism | Posted by Malkie K on 02/4/2015
Feminists: It’s Time To Act
Over the past six months, we have certainly seen positive change when it comes to feminist progress. For example, in September of last year, the California State Senate unanimously voted to enact ‘Yes Means Yes’ legislation, which states that to engage in any sexual activity both parties must be making “an affirmative, unambiguous and conscious decision.” Though women predominantly lobbied for this decision, countless men undoubtedly got on board to make this a legal reality.
But, despite progress, there’s still evidence of ignorance. There are the Cee Lo Green‘s of the world who claim things like, “If she was unconscious, how could she say no?” It’s the same mentality that allows Urban Dictionary to add the word “Manism,” which is defined as “The unilateral law …
Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Christina T on 03/5/2014
Who Are You Calling A Feminist?
Feminism is confronting its “uncool” reputation all over again, but this time it’s the least likely candidates rejecting the movement: women. Celebrities like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift and others have all made statements indicating that they’re less than eager to take up the feminist mantle.
Quirky, trend-setting celebrity Lady Gaga, is a New York pop singer best known for performing in outfits akin to knickers and heels. Her appearance is aggressively sexual and in control, like many a male rock star. She has also attracted attention for her blatant rejection of feminism. In one interview she said: ”I’m not a feminist – I hail men, I love men. I celebrate American male culture, and beer, and bars and muscle cars.”
Taylor Swift, the ever popular singer/songwriter famous …
Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 02/15/2012
Labeling Myself As A Feminist (Literally)
the bumper sticker in question
Right after we graduated high school, I gave one of my best friends a bumper sticker that read “This Is What A Feminist Looks Like.” It was partially a joke – something to remember her über-feminist friend by – but it was also a little hint. This friend didn’t take shit from anybody and aligned herself with almost every single feminist issue, yet I had never heard her refer to herself as a feminist. I didn’t think much of it after I gave it to her, figuring she’d probably see it, smile, and stash it away.
However, to my surprise, this friend recently texted me about that bumper sticker. She told me she had actually put my little gift on her laptop and that she …
Articles | Posted by Julie Z on 08/4/2011
An Interview with Chloe Angyal
Chloe Angyal is usually the one asking the questions: in addition to being an editor at Feministing, she also writes their popular “Feministing Five” interview feature (of which, believe it or not, I was once the subject). Today, however, the FBomb is turning the tables on one of the most prominent interviewers in the feminist blogosphere, and asking her a few questions.
For those who don’t know, Chloe is originally from Sydney, Australia and is a graduate of Princeton University, where she founded Equal Writes, the University’s first feminist publication. Her writing has been published in The Christian Science Monitor, Skirt! Magazine, Salon, Slate, The Guardian, Foreign Policy Magazine and of course, Feministing. She’s an up and coming leader of the feminist movement, and …
Feminism | Posted by Danielle B on 11/22/2010
An Interview with Selena Torrado
A few weeks ago, I met Selena Torrado, a teen living in New York who started her own high school feminist club called Femtastic! I was ecstatic to see that someone shared my passion for reaching out to teens about the “important” stuff; the point of this post is to say to you, Teenage Girls of the World, if your school doesn’t already have a club that deals with women’s rights, equality, feminism, etc. – IT NEEDS ONE. And if you think starting a club is too hard, Selena and I will attest that it’s totally doable, and totally worth it. Check out my interview with Selena about her club Femtastic!, and see if it doesn’t inspire you to start a feminist club of your own!
Danielle: What …
Feminism | Posted by Jill L on 08/5/2010
Let’s Reclaim the Name
“So, you know how you’re a feminist?”
“And yet you still expect men to open doors for you?”
“No, I expect the person going in through the door in front of me to slam it in my face.”
‘Feminist’ is often used as an insult to describe women who have characteristics which we admire in men but are contradictory (or so we fear) to society’s archaic view of femininity. Women who are strong, confident, loud, ruthless in business and assertive are ‘feminists’. And if they’re not vilifying it, society trivializes feminism’s cause. Men can’t open doors because feminism contradicts common courtesy. Obviously.
But to me, ‘feminist’ does not carry with it the images that it inspires in the minds of others. To the boys (and sadly, so sadly) the …
Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 04/30/2010
How Are Teenage Girls Supposed to Identify as Feminists With These Role Models?
not (necessarily) a teenage feminist
She’s staring at me like I’ve just insinuated she embodies the anti-Christ. “A feminist? No, I’m not a feminist. Oh my God.” Despite the fact that this classmate of mine just spent ten minutes ranting about how a woman has the right to choose and thinks anybody who disagrees is archaic, she is equally appalled at the thought of labeling herself as a feminist. Am I frustrated? Yes. But as a teenage feminist, I’m used to it.
Teenage feminists are a mighty minority. You may find us in the malls, mingling amongst girls who carry bags plastered with the image of a naked torso and the word “Abercrombie.” We’re even at football games, willingly crushed between excited pubescent bodies. Maybe we’re the girls in the …