Category » Feminism
Black Girl Dangerous, a blog for queer-identified women of color to showcase their artistic abilities, express themselves, educate one another, and weave a web of community, is an amazing step forward. Centered in activism, the blog encourages women of color to explore their wilder side through writing and creativity and to "shout it out!" The blog is a constant on my reading list and resonates body and sex positivity. The prose that is normally posted on the blog is sincere, honest and heartfelt.  It considers a point of view many could stand to be educated about. Read More
Regardless of your opinions on her or her music, rapper Nicki Minaj makes some straightforward and seriously valid points about sexism in this short clip. The video's an oldie but a goodie--it's from her 2010 MTV documentary, My Time Now, but has been making the rounds lately. If you haven't checked it out, it's well worth a watch. She tackles double standards in the workplace, explaining, “When I am assertive, I’m a bitch. When a man is assertive, he’s a boss. He's bossed up. No negative connotation behind 'bossed up.' But lots of negative connotation behind being a bitch. Read More
Just last month, 14-year-old Julia Bluhm was invited to Seventeen magazine’s HQ, where she met with editor-in-chief Anne Shoket and presented her petition asking the magazine to run just one non-photoshopped spread per issue. As Jezebel put it, the magazine said “thanks but no thanks” and did not appear to have any plans to listen to Bluhm’s pleas--not to mention the 25,000 others she brought along with her. Read More
Talk about creepy: one California councilman has been charged with sexual assault of not one, but seven women working with him. According to prosecutors, while managing the Orange County Public Works, Carlos Bustamante asked female employees into his office under the guise of talking about business. Once inside, he would kiss, grab, and masturbate in front of them. There are at least 12 other cases in which Bustamante can’t be charged due to limitations, but those cases will be used as evidence. Read More
Once an oppressive dictatorship, Argentina has recently made a giant leap forward for transsexual rights. Now, trans men and women in Argentina are able to obtain National Identity Cards that correspond to their gender identity –sans emotionally jarring and invasive court and medical procedures. In an uplifting ceremony on Monday, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez celebrated the law by handing out new identity cards to several trans people. Read More
  Images of battered women invoke a sense of rage in many of us that can’t easily be quelled. Some, like the editors of Bulgarian zine, 12, profit off of the misery of these women with fashion shoots. But beauty vlogger Lauren Luke chose to take the high road by working with an anti-abuse group called Refuge to shed light on an issue that affects between 15 to 71 percent of women across the globe. Read More
Hey there fellow NYCers-- are you a community member, a community organizer, or an activist? Do you dislike all kinds of oppression, enjoy food, and appreciate art? If so, let me draw your attention to a place you should be visiting on the regular: Bluestockings, a radical bookstore, fair trade café, and activist center on the Lower East Side. Want an empowering book? You’ll find it here. Been meaning to brush up on your gender studies or expand your knowledge of black liberation? Look no further. Read More
In the wake of the European Commission’s fail-tastic attempt to inspire girls to be interested in science comes a new toy with a similar goal in mind—minus the whole glorifying gender stereotypes in an obnoxiously superficial and degrading way kind of thing. Far outnumbered by men in their pursuit of engineering, math, and science degrees, the toy’s developers, Alice, Bettina, and Jennifer decided something’s gotta give. Thus, Roominate was born. Read More
At times, I have a strong desire to occupy the brain of a conservative Republican just to understand what he's thinking. This urge passes rather quickly when I realize that the GOP party leans on the side of batshit crazy and it looks like there’s not much critical thinking going on anyway. Especially for Republicans in Texas.  For those of you who haven’t been following the Lone Star State’s public education system, things happen to look exceedingly dismal right about now. Read More
I can blissfully recall noshing on Oreo cookies after a particularly rough day of junior high school. No, the creamy goodness didn’t make any bullies disappear, but the sugar rush lasted me well into the evening (much to my parents’ dismay). So, when I logged onto Facebook the Monday after New York City’s Gay Pride parade, I was struck with an Oreo cookie so stuffed that I couldn’t even begin to think about the calorie count. Read More