Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 03/30/2011

Let’s Talk About Sex: Emergency Contraception (EC) Edition

Today, my lovely FBomb friends, is a wonderful day. Why is that? You may perplexedly ponder. I don’t recall hearing talk of it being International Free Cupcake Day and  I’m pretty sure Ryan Gosling isn’t going to spontaneously show up on my doorstop “Hey Girl” -ing me…is he? IS HE?!?!

NO! HE’S NOT! BUT THIS IS EVEN BETTER! IT’S BACK UP YOUR BIRTH CONTROL NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION!

Yay!

So here’s the thing about birth control: there’s no excuse not to use it and everybody should. Especially teens. Especially, especially feminist teens. I don’t think most kids in our generation even comprehend how much fighting the awesome women who came before us did to secure us the right to even have birth control, and beyond that, the social …

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Feminism | Posted by Selena T on 12/6/2010

You Will Get Pregnant And Die

Sex education is an experience that brings two memories to mind- the first of walking, red faced and weak kneed, to the desk in front of the class room, on which a monstrous, purple, shiny, plastic penis stands erect next to a trojan condom. I am expected to slip the condom onto the penis, but my hands are too sweaty to open the wrapper. The class breaks down into hysterical laughter, the kind of hyena-like shrieks that only a room full of 12 year old girls can produce. I repeat “this too shall pass, this too shall pass” over and over to myself while trying to figure out how to possibly stretch such a small condom over such a large phallus.

The second takes place 4 years later in high …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 12/1/2010

Reproductive Rights: The Stuff That Got Left Out In School

This year in school, I’m taking an elective called Gender, Culture, Power (pretty badass, right?). We’ve covered all kinds of feminist topics from gender stereotypes to domestic violence to sex trafficking to reading about rape as a war crime in the Lynn Nottage play Ruined. It’s been a pretty enlightening experience, but when the time to choose our final projects rolled around, I knew what had been missing from the course and what I was eager to look into further: reproductive rights.

Knowing about our bodies should be such a basic thing — something our parents, schools and even the government should make sure that teens are well informed about. And yet today we are not only ignorant in many ways about our bodies, but we seriously take our …

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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!
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Danielle: What

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 07/21/2010

Forever 21′s Materntiy Line and the Normalization of Teen Pregnancy

havent heard much about her lately. Maybe its because shes, like, raising her child?

haven't heard much about her lately. Maybe it's because she's, like, raising her child?

I am 17, and when I close my eyes and think of what my life would be like if I were to become pregnant in the near future, my cynical mind goes here: I am holding a tiny child that is crying and spitting something that was probably at one time the baby food I bought instead of those jeans I *really fricken wanted* as I am on the computer, turning down the college of my dreams in favor of an educational option that will allow me to raise my little bundle of joy. I haven’t slept more than 3 hours at a time in a few months, and sleep ranks right below eating and right …

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Feminism | Posted by Zoe Y on 03/27/2010

National Young Feminist Leadership Conference

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This past weekend, members from my campus’s chapter of FMLA (Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance) went to the National Young Feminist Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. Despite the fact that it was a conference, which involves a lot of lectures and speakers and not much else, I found that I thoroughly enjoyed my experience there. When my group first walked into the conference area, I was immediately struck by how many awesome ladies there were in one lobby. Girls of all shapes and sizes, cool hair, piercings, sweet outfits and the exciting fact that we were all feminists and not afraid to claim that part of ourselves. I could barely contain my happiness. I wanted to be friends with all of them.

Our first assembly was on women’s reproductive rights. My …

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