Feminism | Posted by Kate S on 03/23/2012

Why We Need To Stop Being Politely Active

The International Women’s Rights Collective (IWRC) went to the third annual Women in the World Summit last weekend. The Summit, as I expected, was built on post-imperialistic rhetoric where women from the third world countries were victims and it was our job as privileged women from the West to rescue them via the power of capitalism. That said, the amazing women leaders, survivors, and activists accounted for the sponsors’ ignorant rhetoric. Topics of the panel included forced marriage, sex trafficking, glass ceiling, and media among others.

My favorite moments from the panel somehow came together when Shelby Knox (who, despite being one of the younger panelists, was a TOTAL BOSS) responded to the question of why this generation of young women is not as active in the movement as its …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 06/11/2011

Saturday Vids: Amy Poehler at Harvard College

It is no secret to those who know me well that the women of SNL past and present are my personal pantheon of goddesses, to which I worship on a regular basis. I recently got my Tina Fey fix, reading her hilarious and surprisingly feminist book Bossypants. Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph came into my life a few weeks ago in the form of the funniest movie I’ve probably ever seen, Bridesmaids. But there was a palpable absence in my life: WHERE WAS AMY POEHLER? Thankfully, I came across this video of her recent speech at Harvard. Clearly, I am now spiritually fulfilled, and can pass on the zen to you.

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 03/7/2011

Feminist Coming Out Day

An issue that is often raised on the FBomb, both in posts and comments, is the feminist stereotype – an annoying pain in our collective asses. The stereotype that I’ve most often come across as a teenage feminist is the shallow, frustrating, “Feminists are ugly, hairy, man-haters.” I’ve lost track of how many times during encounters with my male and female peers alike I’ve been told, “But you don’t look like a feminist.” (Like this time, for example.) Apparently because I shower on a regular basis and don’t look like I’m missing a chromosome, it’s impossible to fathom that I believe in equality. Seriously, just don’t even get me started.

But while this stereotype is annoying, and in a way detrimental to the feminist movement as a whole, there …

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