Feminism | Posted by Danielle P on 08/15/2012
I Am More Than Just A Girl. I Am Human.
I was lucky enough to have been raised by open minded women. Never once did the idea that girls are only supposed to be a certain way come up. Early on I learned that girls and boys are equals. I was treated as such up until middle school when all of a sudden it seemed like people had to define their gender. Sexist jokes all of a sudden became funny and I was supposed to laugh at a joke that degraded me. I was required to like make up and dress like the girls in hip-hop videos. I was no longer a person, but rather A Girl and I had to follow a whole new set of rules. Suddenly, I was defined by my gender and I had to wonder …
Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Danielle B on 06/22/2011
Love The Body You’ve Got (Take It From A Fat Girl)
I recall a time in elementary school when a friend tried to defend me from a few bullies by saying that I “wasn’t fat, just big-boned.” A few years later, I had a teacher who — probably in an attempt to keep my ego intact — wouldn’t let kids say “fat” in class, only “fluffy.”
To set the record straight, I do not have abnormally large bones. And I am not, nor have I ever been, a rabbit. But whether it’s these sugar-coated terms or the painfully unoriginal “ugly fat girl,” I’ve never quite been able to shake my overweight status for long.
Despite a few traumatizing events (i.e. falling off the jungle gym, losing my paper pilgrim’s hat on Thanksgiving, etc.), I have relatively good memories of elementary school. …
Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 03/29/2011
Feminist Click Moments
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!
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 (ironically) …
Feminism | Posted by Anna R on 11/2/2010
Young Feminism: The Fire Inside Me
In fourth grade I had my first dose of feminism. I had read an article in a local feminist magazine that spoke of the expected roles and stereotypes of a modern female. The issues they were talking about bothered me. I could feel it.
In my elementary years I attended a Catholic school and was well aware of the male dominance in the church. So when I was nine I said that I wanted to be a priest. I spoke to my teacher about this. At first she sort of dismissed it as a silly wish of a fourth grader. But when I asked her why I just couldn’t do it like any other boy could she just sighed and shook her head. She didn’t know.
I now realize that …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Hannah S on 07/3/2009
Growing up too fast
It scares me that things have changed so vastly in the 2 years since I’ve been in middle school. It seems to me that there is a very different standard for popularity nowadays then there was when I was in 7th and 8th grade. I’ve come to the conclusion that middle-schoolers are trying to grow up way too fast.
I’ve heard stories that now there are 7th graders at my school who are making out and boys cheating on their girlfriends. IN 7TH GRADE. They’re 12 and 13. Its baffling to me. Maybe I’m just exceptionally unobservant but I’m almost positive that those kinds of things didn’t go on at my school at that age. It sucks even more because I’m sure that their parents try and tell …