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Global Times has spotlighted some awesome feminists in China who have recently staged various grassroots protests that go beyond writing articles or giving speeches.  They focus on pressing women’s issues like sexual harassment and workplace and financial inequality.  China is a more difficult environment to protest in, as feminism is less accepted there than in the United States (and a lot of people in the U.S. aren’t down with feminism either). Read More
  If you live in New York City and have been following the 'Free Pussy Riot!' movement as closely as we have, tonight’s the night to get involved! Amnesty International, FreePussyRiot.org, The Voice Project, and Lombard Freid Projects have joined together for a one-night-only benefit exhibition featuring five original videos of the feminist punk collective as well as various speakers from the New York cultural community. The exhibition will take place from 6 to 10 PM at Lombard Freid Projects at 518 West 9th Street in Chelsea. Read More
    During the Democratic National Convention, double-named CNN contributor Erick Erickson tweeted, "First night of the Vagina Monologues in Charlotte going as expected." Apparently this guy doesn’t know the difference between Eve Ensler's blockbuster play and a convention full of well-spoken female politicians. (Here's a hint: the former involves a lot more mentions of clitoris and labia). Read More
A recent Buzzfeed list of famous women who don’t identify as feminists should instead have been called “proof that nobody understands what feminism is.” Most of the women on the list seemed to be responding to the question “are you a rabid man-hater?” not “are you a feminist?” and/or not understand that those are two very different questions. “I don’t think that I would consider myself a feminist,” Marissa Mayer said. “I think that I certainly believe in equal rights, I believe that women are just as capable. Read More

To Kill a Meme

BY Intern Scarlet in Feminism

  Some of you Internet users may be familiar with the ‘Idiot Nerd Girl’ meme. For those who are not, it's a meme depicting a young girl with thick plastic-framed glasses, on top of images emblazoned with a joke about what a poseur she is and how she doesn’t understand nerd culture. Examples include‘42 lolololol. Douglas Adams? Who is that? and ‘Monty Python is the funniest guy ever.' These jokes are weak because they perpetuate the already annoying stereotype that women can’t hack it in nerd subcultures. Read More
Feminist icon Germaine Greer has come under fire recently for making negative remarks about other women.  Greer wrote the 1970 bestseller, The Female Eunuch, which encouraged women to reject the traditional nuclear family idea (she felt it oppressed women.) In March, the Australian feminist said Prime Minister Julia Gillard had a "big arse."  She also noted that Gillard's jackets make her look like an "organ grinder's monkey," though she later backtracked a bit and said, "a woman is not her jacket. Read More
  Women are chatting about all sorts of issues in salons, but we're not talking about spots where you can get your hair cut and colored. Glynda Carr and Kimberly Peeler-Allen of Higher Heights for America (which they founded in 2011) are organizing social gatherings where intellectual conversations and cultural discussions ensue--the kinds of salons that have been held for centuries.    (Above, a 17th-century women's salon) Higher Heights creates environments that empower women of color by making them more socially and political active. Read More
Two members of Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk band that has taken over the news lately, have fled Russia. There are 12 remaining members of the band still in Russia, not including the three who were recently sentenced to prison terms. The two that have fled are reportedly trying to avoid persecution by Russian police, as five members of the band were part of the infamous protest against Putin in February, but only three were arrested. Read More
We love the Feminist Ryan Gosling blog so very much, but now there’s a new feminist meme in town-- one that centers around President Obama.    In light of the many recent Republican attacks on women, we're particularly loving Obama's comments in favor of women's reproductive rights. Nerve.com has turned some of the best quotes into fantastic "Hey Girl" images (essentially, actual Obama quotes preceded by, "Hey girl"). Read More
Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot has been in the news nearly daily lately, and with good reason. The announcement of the members' two-year prison sentences has mobilized and outraged so many of us, and sparked an outpouring of support from around the globe. Three masked activists in Germany were recently arrested for staging a "Free Pussy Riot" protest inside a cathedral, and Madonna and Kathleen Hanna even lent them support. Now a new project, Lets Start a Pussy Riot!, has been created to raise awareness and keep people talking about the band and its incarceration. Read More
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