Feminism | Posted by Christina O on 08/9/2013

On Violence Against Women

An astonishing number of women desperately fear for their lives every day due to the fatal fact that they were born female in a patriarchal society. Violent acts are committed against women all the time in every corner of the world, despite the fact that this is a violation of fundamental human rights.

Violent atrocities like sexual violence, FGM, forced child marriage and female feticide and infanticide (amongst many others) happen to women of all different ethnicities, ages, classes, cultures and sexual orientations all over the world based solely on their gender. It is utterly devastating to think about the fact that a woman in the world today could be attacked, beaten, or otherwise cruelly punished for refusing an arranged marriage, dressing immodestly, being a victim of sexual assault, or …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 07/13/2013

Saturday Vids: Jaclyn Friedman On Hate Speech On Facebook

Last month, awesome feminist activists Jaclyn Friedman of Women, Action and the Media (WAM!), author/activist Soraya Chemaly and Laura Bates of the The Everyday Sexism Project launched a campaign to encourage Facebook to strengthen policies about removing gender-based hate speech. Their eventual victory is a great example of what effective feminist activism looks like in the digital age. Here’s Jaclyn Friedman talking about the endeavor with GRITtv.

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Awareness | Posted by Julie Z on 06/1/2013

Saturday Vids: Victims of Acid Attacks

[TRIGGER WARNING: VIOLENT IMAGES]

According to Stop Acid Attacks, acid attacks are “a prevalent way for a man to inflict revenge on a woman, who has either turned down his interest or insulted him some way.” Women are attacked with sulfuric acid by men, often in public, and men are rarely charged. To learn more about this violent act of misogyny, check out this video recently posted. To learn more about what you can do, check out Stop Acid Attacks’ website (linked to above) and Facebook page. To learn more, check out Huffington Post’s coverage of this growing phenomenon.

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Feminism | Posted by Talia on 02/11/2013

Why I’m Rising

When I was at the 2012 NOW Conference in Baltimore, I had the privilege of hearing Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues and women’s rights activist, deliver the keynote address. She discussed One Billion Rising, her campaign to end violence against women on the global level. It is so named because one billion women – that’s one out of every three women in the world – will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. On February 14, 2013, Ensler wants the world to rise, end the violence, and create a better, safer, happier world.

After hearing Ensler speak, I was rallied to action. I decided on the spot to rise along with her and millions of other women across the globe. One of the many reasons I …

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Feminism | Posted by Sarah E on 01/23/2013

The Surprising Similarities Between Burqas and Short Skirts

parallels between burqas and short skirts: objectifying or empowering?

The Burqa ban is the cause of much debate in France. The ban sparked a discussion about human rights: do the citizens of France have free will to wear whatever they want? Is the next step to silence people from saying what they want? Or is the Burqa a security threat — a piece of fabric that can completely conceal the identity of a person, and possible a weapon, or worse a bomb, too?

It raises many a question from a feminist perspective too. Is it empowering to be able to conceal your body so you are judged on your personality and not on how you look? Is it oppressive because it is imposed upon women by men?

When I asked …

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Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 12/31/2012

The Opportunities and Perils of Being A North Korean Woman

While in the car I recently listened to an NPR story by Louisa Lim called Out of Desperation, North Korean Women become Breadwinners. Although considering North Korea’s traditionally patriarchal society this rise in female power and responsibility may seem like a positive step, a disturbing rise in domestic abuse has occurred alongside it.

As the lives of all North Koreans have become more difficult, it has been up to women to keep their families alive. Men in North Korea are trapped in state-mandated jobs that often pay nothing or, incredibly, force them to pay the government. As one North Korean woman told NPR, her husband “had to pay not to work for about six months of last year. You have to pay, even if you can’t afford to eat. …

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Feminism | Posted by AnneBGoulem on 10/1/2012

Rape Is Rape

Todd Akin owes rape survivors an apology

Over the past month or so, rape has been a popular subject in the media due to Republican senate candidate Todd Akin’s comment about “legitimate rape.” After doing some digging, I discovered that last year 226 people sponsored an act (No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act) in which they sought to rewrite the definition of rape to be something more along the lines of “forcible rape” in order to make it harder for women who have gotten pregnant from rape to get abortions.

Now, I have no other credentials on this subject other than my personal experience as the victim of childhood sexual assault and the information the internet has provided me with. But I believe that aside from the overall …

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Feminism | Posted by Bryan N on 07/9/2012

The Role Of Men In The Fight Against Sexism

There has been something I have been wanting to get off my chest for a while. As a man active in the fight against sexism in every form, I find myself looking back to my days in high school, middle school, and sometimes even elementary school. I think about how men are programmed constantly by society from a very young age.

Growing up as a teenage boy, I entered the sadly common environment where sexism prescribes that we prove our masculinity through violent behavior. Even in elementary school I would feel quite marginalized by my male peers who were into sports and being “tough.” As we got into the 5th and 6th grades “jokes” about women became more common, and disgusting things were said. l preferred the arts and writing …

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