Feminism | Posted by Cheyenne T on 11/28/2012

“How Do I Look?” “Do You Think He Notices Me?” And Other Useless Questions

As our culture evolves, I find that one of the most important aspects of our evolution is technology. From the wheel to the internet, every invention has contributed to a change in the way we go about our lives. This is why I think the media plays a key role in the way we conduct ourselves.

My parents have always said that they didn’t have to experience the publicity that technology has brought to society to the same extremity that we do. It gets worse for every generation and the surplus of messages about how we should live our lives has grown to be outrageous. Everything is accessible to everyone at any time.

Our culture has become hyper-sexualized due to the evolution of the media. It’s so hard not to …

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Feminism | Posted by Dinayuri R on 10/5/2012

Building A National Curriculum for Future Feminists

Education is the key to success. And if we want the feminist movement to be successful, we need to educate people on the matter. My dream is for feminism and feminist theory to be a mandatory national curriculum for everyone, just like math and history are. At the very least, I would love for it to be incorporated some way into a teacher training curriculum.

Feminism can relate to and work well with many subjects and the fact that we aren’t teaching it to our youth is so appalling to me. Feminism is a collective of core values that ideally everyone should possess; it is a fight for everyone to actually follow these values and I don’t understand how this isn’t being taught everywhere!

For example, I am taking the …

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Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Tasmia N on 08/3/2011

Magazine Crisis: Bitch Magazine

I don’t get intricately handwritten letters very often. So, I settle for the next best thing: a magazine addressed to yours truly every month! Awesome, right? I certainly thought it was and I was quite content with that arrangement until I noticed that, frankly, the mainstream magazines I was subscribing to were just big ol’ pots of mindlessness. In fact, I made a list proving this.

Mindless Things Frequently Featured in Mindless Magazines:

- How to get a freakin’ cute butt!
- REEL IN THE MAN OF YOUR DREAMS! (Ahem, not considering any women of your dreams, plus other problems)
- Airbrushing galore
- Consumerism on every page.

So, I cancelled my subscriptions to said mindless magazines and felt utterly gloomy at the prospect of what these magazines are …

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Feminism | Posted by Emma E on 08/1/2011

Why I’m Rejoining Social Justice

Oh, I’ve always been into social justice. Don’t be fooled by the title. What I mean is the social justice club at my high school.

I’m going into ninth grade at the end of the summer, and I was in social justice club for a few months in grade eight. It pissed me off, because we never DISCUSSED anything. We were always do, do, do. Go collect teddy bears for homeless children. Go collect batteries. Go decorate a corner of the lobby with “go green” messages. Which is all great, but we never really discussed the roots of social justice. The closest we came to that was when we invited the proprietor of a local battered women’s shelter to talk to the club, which was one of the most informative …

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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. …

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Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 08/16/2010

Teen Botox Epidemic? What That Really Means.

After reading reports that Charice Pempengco, an 18-year-old singer who recently landed a part on Glee, got Botox treatments for her TV debut, I proceeded to bang my head against a wall–ironically achieving the same goal of altering the shape of my face through frustrated self-inflicted violence that Charice accomplished with poisonous injections.

No, in reality I am a nonviolent, non-masochistic person, so instead of head-banging I started compiling a mental list of teens I know that have had cosmetic procedures. The classic “Happy-16th-Birthday-Honey-Here’s-A-New-Nose” bit is probably the one I hear of most frequently. While I am currently unaware of any who have had Botox (despite The New York Times claim that teen Botox is becoming an epidemic, with 12,000 injections performed on Americans teens last year), I do know …

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Creative | Posted by Helen H on 05/6/2010

Every Minute of Every Day

I just received an e-mail from Ms. Magazine about their ‘Countdown to 2015 Campaign’

The e-mail started with this sentence. “Every minute of every day, a woman or girl dies from complications of pregnancy or childbirth.” This overwhelmed me.

“Every minute of every day, a woman or girl dies from complications of pregnancy or childbirth.”

I pretend I am crying her tears,
kneeling over her bleeding body.
I pretend it’s all about chance, the spinning wheel
just landed on her forehead, nothing more.
It has nothing to do with politics, division.
Nothing to do with where we stand
Or the sand I was birthed on.

But when I think about it it only makes sense.
It’s true. It’s all about chance.
Tell me how many of these women chose …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 08/4/2009

Ms. Magazine’s Summer Issue

In the past month, the feminist blogosphere has been buzzing about the Summer issue of Ms. Magazine. For the content? No, the concern is about the imagery of the cover, and it’s depiction of a white woman juggling her white middle class problems in a Hindu deity’s pose.  

As Mandy Van Deven over at Bitch Magazine online put it: 

“It’s completely inappropriate to utilize Hindu iconography in this context, mocks the religion, and diffuses the imagery of its ‘true’ meaning. When a cultural or religious symbol is used for marketing purposes by cultural or religious outsiders that fail to convey respect for and understanding of the intricacies of that culture or religion, it is offensive. Westerners have a history of seeking to eradicate ‘Other’ cultures and religions in favor of

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