Feminism | Posted by Mankaprr Conteh on 05/23/2017

The Manchester Bombing Was An Act Of Terrorizing Girlhood

This should have been a safe space for girls

I didn’t grow up in a very religious home. Concerts are where I know to worship. Joy, to me, in its most potent form, feels like expelling lyrics loudly at a stage. It feels like the rattle of drums in my bones. At concerts, I learned to find communion with strangers. I learned to be grateful for the sorrow and scars and coming of age from which great music is born. The performers are more preachers than deities, though we meet them with godly reverence.  When we’re lucky, the artist is a young woman.

At thirteen, Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams was my theologian, and the band’s album Riot! guided me through the hell that is middle school. On Riot!, Williams …

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Feminism | Posted by Angela Liu on 05/19/2017

An Interview with Activist, World Traveler, and Women for Women International President Laurie Adams

Laurie Adams

The United Nations has committed to achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls everywhere by 2030. Some specific targets include ending all forms of discrimination against all women, eliminating all forms of violence against all women, ensuring women’s full and effective participation in public, economic, and political life, and ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health resources and reproductive rights. Considering that over 60 million girls were out of school in 2013, one in three women worldwide are victims of physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner, and women hold on 20% of positions in government worldwide, these are challenging targets that will involve the efforts not only of international governments, but grassroots organizations as well.

That’s where Women for Women International (WfWI) comes in. …

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Feminism | Posted by Kayleigh Bolingbroke on 05/5/2017

Stop Blaming Women For Men’s Violence

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Joy Lane on CNN

Last month, thousands of people watched as a man recorded a live Facebook video of himself shooting 74-year-old Robert Goodwin Sr. The shooter, who has since been identified as Steve Stephens, claimed to have already killed 13 people, asserting that he “just snapped.” Before killing Goodwin Sr., Stephens forced his victim to say a name directly to the camera in the since-removed Facebook video: Joy Lane. He told his victim of the woman, who was later confirmed to have been in a relationship with Stephens, “She’s the reason why this is about to happen to you.”

Before this horrifying, now infamous, livestream, Stephens had posted another video aimed directly at Lane herself. “I’m killing mother****rs because of this b***h,” he said. “She’s putting me at …

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Feminism | Posted by Alex Brown on 02/3/2017

It’s Time My Male Peers And I Hold Ourselves Accountable For Rape Culture

A photo of Man Up and Open Up — a great org working in this space

A photo of Man Up and Open Up — a great org working in this space

I was once sitting at lunch with several of my guy friends when a girl in our class walked by. When she was too far away to hear us, one of my friends asked if we thought she was hot. Another friend instantly replied, “She’s kind of ugly, but I’d still rape the sh*t out of her.”

Despite being disgusted by my friend’s comment, I ignored it and remained silent. Looking back, I now realize my passivity in the presence of his misogyny speaks volumes about how men are raised to perpetuate rape culture. Instead of speaking out, instead of condemning it, we shrug. We overlook it–which only perpetuates it.

Although our newly elected

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Feminism | Posted by Gabby Catalano on 02/1/2017

Moving Forward After An Abusive Relationship

Credit: Gabby Catalano

Credit: Gabby Catalano

When I started putting together a book proposal for a collection of personal essays on domestic abuse in relationships, I knew I had to write about Tom,* my first boyfriend and first love. We were only together for three months, but I still have enough stories about the emotional and sexual abuse I experienced while dating him to fill an entire book.

I understand what other abuse survivors say when they say their abusers “cared” for them even while they were making their life feel like Hell. Their abuser probably seemed charming at first and was maybe even humorous. They may have seemed wounded and in need of care. Tom was all of these things.

When I was sad, Tom was sadder. When I was happy, Tom

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Feminism | Posted by Kadin Burnett on 01/30/2017

We Have To Remain Vigilant About Global Reproductive Justice

A protest in the DR

A protest in the DR

Those who bear the brunt of childbirth should not have their bodies continually and unreasonably regulated by those who will never have their ankles suspended in stirrups, nor their reproductive well-being suspended. Female bodies — especially the bodies of the mothers-to-be —are frequently put under duress and subjugation, not only from culturally sexist rhetoric, but also by lawmakers. Domestically, we must certainly remain vigilant about what looks to be the most anti-abortion cabinet in U.S. history, but we are not alone in our need to focus on women’s reproductive rights. Legislation abroad has also stifled women’s control over their bodily freedom.

In late 2016, the Dominican Republic passed legislation that reinstated a criminal code that effectively bans abortions. A prior law passed in 2014 …

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Feminism | Posted by Kayleigh Bolingbroke on 12/14/2016

Don’t Teach Women To Hide The Abuse They Experience, Teach Men Not To Abuse

The commercial in question

The commercial in question

On November 23, the Moroccan state broadcaster ‘Channel 2M’ broadcast a segment on their daily program ‘Sabahiyat’ that exhibited a smiling makeup artist demonstrating how to disguise the aftermath of domestic violence on a woman’s face. She gave viewers tips and advice, while applying makeup to a woman who had already been made up to look beaten: black and blue bruises appeared all over her face. The host concluded the segment by saying, “We hope these beauty tips will help you carry on with your daily life.” What’s more, the show was broadcast just two days prior to the International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The video operates under the assumption that women must accept men’s abusive actions — that they are …

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Feminism | Posted by David G on 08/8/2016

Qandeel Baloch’s Death Proves Misogyny Is Still Lethal

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“I believe I am a modern day feminist,” Pakistani internet celebrity Qandeel Baloch wrote the day before her death, according to the Huffington Post. “I believe in equality. I need not to choose what type of women should be. I don’t think there is any need to label ourselves just for sake of society. I am just a women with free thoughts free mindset and I LOVE THE WAY I AM.”

On July 15th, Baloch was murdered by her brother, who confessed to killing her because she didn’t “stay home and follow traditions.” To be sure, Baloch was by no means a stereotypical paragon of “traditional” femininity. That she knew this, and was even proud of this, was evident from messages such as her aforementioned statement about …

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