Category » Feminism
Growing up I was shy and awkward. Okay, maybe I’m still a little shy and awkward but my point is that I didn’t always have the confidence to stand up for myself. But a major source of confidence and esteem building for me came from my involvement in Girl Guides (the Canadian version of Girl Scouts). Taking that lesson to heart, two amazing young ladies in Girl Scouts are standing up for what they believe in. Read More
  Today is a day to celebrate Mexican heritage, and pride. So when you're swigging down tequila and Tecate remember what you're imbibing for! Take for example, a woman I greatly admire, Frida Kahlo. This senorita had it going on. She was a radical woman, who's amazing self portraits touched on deeply personal experiences. Frida painted about her marriage, her miscarriages, her painful surgeries and health problems. Her work is celebrated by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form. Read More
Whenever a movie with a girl protagonist comes out, I try to see it. Usually, I get excited that it might be good/actually about an adolescent girl, and come home pissed off, or, at best underwhelmed. In the past few years, it has become almost a trend to have little girls as the unlikely focus of a film (Note the tagline in the poster above: "Young. Sweet. Innocent. Deadly.") Sometimes the young girl's innocence serves as a foil to her crazy, violent surroundings a la Pan's Labyrinth or Tidelands or Let the Right One In. Read More
DocuClub presents Tecapi Kin: Young Lakota, a political and emotional coming-of-age film by Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt. The film takes the audience to the small town of South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation. It is there that Sunny Clifford, her twin sister Serena and their neighbor Brandon discover the principles of women’s rights when Cecelia Fire Thunder, their tribal president, defies a South Dakota ban on abortion with a threat to build a clinic on the sovereign territory of the reservation. Read More
A new study from The London School of Economics and Political Science claims that plus-size models will increase obesity in the United States and Europe. Authors, Dr. Davide Dagone and Dr. Laura Savorelli, write that, “Given that people are on average overweight, we conclude (that using larger models) may foster the obesity epidemic.” In a weird way, I understand where their logic came from. Yes, Obesity is a problem in the U.S. Read More
  Are you a slut? What do you think constitutes a woman as such? Is it what she wears? Is it how she carries herself? Does it justify rape? The fact of the matter is, nothing justifies rape. Nothing justifies excuses for sexual assault. Nothing justifies blame to be placed on those who are victimized. In Toronto, back in January a “slut march” was held in reaction to comments made by a Toronto Police Department officer in regards to student safety.    The officer stated that "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized". Read More
  Since its earliest models dating all the way back to 1880’s the history of the vibrator is one steeped in controversial issues and uncomfortable conversations. Where women were shunned for wanting to embrace their female sexuality and freely talking about sex is frowned upon. The American public is beginning to usher in a new age of sexual liberation even greater than that of the sixties. Read More
I am not a good enough feminist. This may be a thought that has crossed your mind at some point in your life. But what does it mean to be a good feminist?  And what does it mean to be a feminist at all? Concrete Utopia invites us to explore the meaning of feminism through an art exhibition that will showcase the works of 23 interdisciplinary artists. Through the experiences of artists, writers, activists, and intellectuals- the investigation of feminism will be on display from May 7th until May 30th  in New York City.  Titled “i am not a good feminist. Read More
A class-action suit has been filed against the Wal-Mart corporation on behalf of 1.5 million former and current Wal-Mart women workers. The plaintiffs claim that Wal-Mart promotes a work culture of patriarchy where women are constantly devalued in the workplace. Read More
     According to a new game on Facebook, America 2049, social networking can be socially conscious! The new game is centered on such topics as forced sex work and prostitution, racial profiling, segregation, abortion issues, LGBTQ injustice, marriage inequality, and general disillusion of government. Created by global human rights organization Breakthrough, the game proves that we can use social media to generate actual social change.    In the new game, players are field agents for the  “Council on American Heritage”. Read More