Feminism | Posted by Angela G on 10/17/2011

FBomb Review: “Girls Like Us”

New book from Rachel Lloyd, “Girls Like Us”, is more than a memoir—it’s a life-changing experience. Lloyd, Founder/Executive Director of Girls Education and Mentoring Network (GEMS), tells the story of the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the United States. She does this by weaving her story in with the stories of people whose lives she has touched, and the genesis of GEMS itself. But the stories alone are not what made this book the best one I have read in a long while—it’s how effortlessly they get to the heart of what choice really means. In short, “Girls Like Us” is where theory and practice, activism and ideology, all sing in perfect harmony.

As a feminist, I feel that the concept of “choice” is an ideological cornerstone. That’s …

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Feminism | Posted by Kelsie M on 08/5/2011

Thank You, Slutwalk

July 31 marks the one-year anniversary of the night I was raped. On August 6, I will be participating in Slutwalk when it comes to Philly. They could not have picked a better date. I find it ironic that the very word that kept me from getting any help that night a year ago is now the very same word that is saving me.

I know that Slutwalk has many critics, and in a way I think that most of it may stem from simple ignorance. I don’t mean this as an insult, but rather that until someone is in the situation of rape, they simply can never understand.

You will never understand the 3 am feeling of laying on the cool tile of the bathroom floor after puking up …

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Feminism | Posted by Audrey S on 04/12/2011

The Opposite of a Crush

hateOnce, for an Introductory Sociology course, I gave a lecture about social oppression. It was fairly abstract. I didn’t talk about any specific kind of social oppression, like gender oppression or racial oppression or sexual oppression. I just talked about oppression, like what it is and how it works and what it feels like or rather what the philosopher Marilyn Frye says it is and how it works and what it feels like.

Using her classic metaphor I paraphrased that oppression was like, as Frye describes it, the “wires of a birdcage,” as she writes:

Cages … Consider a birdcage … If you look very closely at just one wire in the cage, you cannot see the other wires … If your conception of what is before you is

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Feminism | Posted by Krystie Y on 05/5/2010

Manifesta, 10 Years Later

I was 10-years-old when Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards wrote ManifestA: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, I was 17-years-old when I heard them speak about their feminist trademark at Barnard College’s Young Women’s Leadership Institute, and I was 20-years-old when I finally got around to reading the damn thing.

I’m self-proclaimed feminist, women’s studies major and all, therefore sinking my teeth into this piece of literature wasn’t exactly a turning point in my ideology, rather, it was way overdue. It didn’t help me realize for the first time that feminism rocks, and it wasn’t my initial awakening to all things feminist. It did, however, make me excited about the future of feminism and all of the potential it has in a brand new decade.

Reading ManifestA for the …

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