Category » Feminism
I’m lucky enough to have grown up in a family where social activism was highly valued. This was thanks mostly to a brother who was 6 years older, openly gay, and always eager to organize and mobilize the people around him to work towards equality and acceptance. A lot of people are heavily influenced by their parents, but for me, no one played a more vital role in shaping my social and political beliefs than my older brother. In truth, he probably played the most important role in shaping my career goals as well. Read More
We already knew Grace Dunham, Lena Dunham’s 23-year-old sibling, was awesome in *their own right. They’re an activist, an actor (remember Tiny Furniture? And their upcoming role on the next season of Girls?) and an award-winning poet already. But as of Monday, they’re also a veteran model of New York Fashion Week, walking for label Eckhaus Latta. Read More
*Warning: graphic images Reshma Bano Quereshi has taken the internet by storm with her “Beauty Tips by Reshma” because the eighteen year old acid attack survivor is building on the YouTube beauty tutorial model and using it as a tool for radical change. But it is not just her. She is part of a larger movement called Make Love Not Scars, which aims to raise awareness, funds, and political action for acid attack survivors. Read More
"On the day when it will be possible for woman to love not in her weakness but in strength, not to escape herself but to find herself, not to abase herself but to assert herself--on that day love will become for her, as for man, a source of life and not of mortal danger. In the meantime, love represents in its most touching form the curse that lies heavily upon woman confined in the feminine universe, woman mutilated, insufficient unto herself." -- Simone de Beauvoir Simone de Beauvoir's voice is a potent one. Read More
Not too long ago, I was talking to a friend of mine about Tinder. She said she loved swiping through Tinder because, since the profiles are 500 characters or less (usually they’re much, much less), there’s a bigger air of mystery than OkCupid. “It’s more like meeting someone in a bar. You don’t know everything about them before you meet them,” she said. Well, I call bullshit on that nice theory. Read More
An Iraqi woman captured as a sex-slave killed her captor, ISIS commander Abu Anas, three months after she was given to him as a "gift." The woman, whom little is known about, was forced into marriage with several ISIS militants. Kurdistan Democratic Party spokesperson told independent Iraqi network Al Sumaria that the woman is believed to be a member of Yazidi-Kurdus origin, an ethnic and religious minority which is highly persecuted. The woman’s status as a minority would have made her subject to the worst varieties of torture ISIS had on hand. Read More
  How To Have A Feminist Wedding Think that feminism and marriage make an unlikely pairing? Think again. Sure, marriage has historically functioned as a transfer of female property between men, and Emma Goldman once implied that a wife is just a glorified prostitute. But while some feminists would like to see rights and privileges disassociated from the institution of marriage altogether, plenty of others choose to tie the knot on their own terms. Read More
Last week The Huffington Post released a new original video showing just how ridiculous female beauty standards can be in terms of makeup, while also poking a bit of fun at the swell of beauty gurus that have taken over Youtube with their tutorials. The video, along with the article that follows, bring up some valid points about the pressure so many women feel to keep up with society’s beauty standards, despite how expensive and time-consuming that can be. Read More
This is Chrissie Hynde. Her face will be familiar to you if you are a fan of the punk rock sounds of the ‘80s band, The Pretenders. If you aren’t familiar with Hynde, that’s okay, let’s catch you up to speed: Hynde is a victim of rape who, in her new book, writes, “If you don’t want to entice a rapist, don’t wear heels so you can’t run from him,” which has led to her infamy of being a victim blamer. Read More
  Adair Mahoney is a nine-year-old girl who doesn’t take the advertising world’s sexist shit. Adair and her mom were shopping online at Vineyard Vines when she noticed a difference in the nomenclature of children’s clothing. Boys' pajama pants were called “Lounge” pants, while girls' pants were referred to as “Lazy" pants. If your reaction to this is "What the fuck?" then you and Adair Mahoney are on the same page. Read More