Feminism | Posted by Dylan M on 01/23/2015
The Feminist Reflections of a Recent College Grad
While I have always felt passionate about advocating for equal rights and opportunities for all people, I didn’t find my feminism until my Junior year of college. After having several personal experiences that made me examine the way I had been treated by others, myself, and society, I found my voice and started to use it productively to try and spark change.
Looking back, though, I wish I could have found my feminism sooner. If I had, I think I could have been more empathetic and compassionate in my approach to a lot of situations I experienced as a freshman in college. I may not be able to change my own past, but I hope that I can shape the experiences of others by sharing my own. Here are a …
Feminism | Posted by Katarina F on 01/5/2015
Feminism In Slovenia: Behind Closed Doors
“You’re a feminist?”
That’s the most frequently asked question when you reveal your “secret identity” to someone in Slovenia. In the Slovenian “urban” dictionary, feminism is defined as being a hater of men, a woman that howls at you when you open the door for her, a woman who insists on paying because otherwise she feels her very independence is threatened. People utter the word “feminist” as if it were an insult.
To most Slovenes, being a feminist equates to being a radical. The truth is, being different in Slovenia is still stomach-twisting for some people no matter if that difference means you’re a feminist, atheist, Muslim, homosexual, foreigner or anything else. While women here are (mostly) paid equal to men and while in 2013 we appointed our …
Feminism | Posted by Klee on 12/22/2014
On Sexism at Home
I have always tried to be the best person I can be. I’m 16, do well in my homeschooling, don’t drink or do drugs. I try to be as respectful as possible to everyone: I consider others, and treat others the way that I would want to be treated. I feel that I can take care of myself and stand up for what I believe in and what I want. Yet all of these things always seem to be overshadowed by the fact that I’m a girl.
When my brother and I were young, we thrived outside. If something was dangerous, like riding dirtbikes (one of our favorite things), count us in. So naturally we hated when our mom gave us more chores that kept us indoors, like loading the …
Feminism | Posted by Lana S on 11/26/2014
What Are You Teaching Your Children?
Sometimes I walk into my high school and realize that the young boys and girls who surround me will grow up and have children of their own. Just like we learn from our parents, so will our future children learn from us.
That’s when I panic.
There’s one kid in my class who particularly worries me a lot. He is sixteen years old and preaches equality because he’s a self proclaimed “punk rocker” yet still talks shit about women. What’s worse, he genuinely believes in what he says. I don’t think he is trying to be a bad person when he says he truly believes that rape is not just the attacker’s fault, but the victim’s as well. Someone – maybe his father, maybe another influential adult – taught him …
Feminism | Posted by Beatrice M on 11/12/2014
Can A High School Assembly Really Effect Change?
I’m a proud member of the Women’s Issues Club at my school (Horace Mann in New York City), which is dedicated to discussing gender equality. We recently helped organize a “Unity Assembly” for our peers, which was meant to celebrate students’ diversities and help us understand our own community. We discussed many issues (such as race, socioeconomic class, sexual identity, gender identity and gender equality) and also produced a video that featured different students and faculty members explaining why they need feminism.
I was encouraged that this video helped my peers better understand feminism based on their reactions. Many of my male classmates genuinely praised the Women’s Issues Club and were shocked by the facts about gender inequality presented in the video. For example, one of my friends told me …
Feminism | Posted by Sophia C on 11/7/2014
Where Are the Women in Skate Parks?
A woman in skateboarding isn’t something you hear about often. It’s a male-dominated sport and this fact has ingrained a certain mindset in skating culture. Despite this, I have always been interested in skateboarding. My older cousins always skated and in high school I drifted towards “skater” kids because I always found them to be surprisingly smart and very accepting. However, a recent trip to my local skate park changed my view on the sport and some of the people who participate in it.
My friends invited me to come to the skate park after school and I was wary because every time I’ve been there, it’s been a little boring — I broke my old board and am terrible at bowl skating anyways. My friend Matt told me he …
Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 10/17/2014
Street Harassment: It’s Not A Compliment
It was a hot Los Angeles Saturday and I decided to walk my dog down my usually quiet residential street. I was sixteen at the time and wearing jeans and a T-shirt. Three men, probably in their late twenties, pulled up to the curb next to me in a black BMW sedan. The driver, who was wearing black Ray Ban sunglasses, opened his window. “Hey,” he said, raising his eyebrows at his friends. “We should check her for STDs before we f*ck her!”
He smirked and his friends laughed and hooted. I stood frozen. My mouth fell open slightly, in shock. The driver revved the engine and zoomed down the street. For a few minutes, I couldn’t move while my dog tugged anxiously at her leash. What just happened? …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Vicki S on 10/8/2014
Are “Empowered” Pop Stars Claiming Sexuality or Giving Into the Patriarchy?
Nicki Minaj in "Anaconda"
Typically, the heterosexual male gaze controls the depiction of women’s bodies and sexuality in pop culture. Music videos especially tend to enforce the idea that female sexuality is defined by what is pleasurable for men. However, some female artists have recently been trying to combat these conceptions about women’s bodies and sexualities in their music videos – to various degrees of success.
Nick Minaj’s new music video, Anaconda, which has an unapologetically sexual overtone, is a major recent attempt at this. Many have criticized the video for being too sexually charged, and support themselves with the claim that Minaj is forcing girls to sexualize themselves at such a young age. Despite this moral outrage, though, it’s evident that Minaj actually benefits young women by claiming …