Category » Feminism
  I never liked the idea of camp. To me, it featured all the things I despised: sunshine, people, nature, sing-alongs about Jesus, activities, mosquitos, the burgeoning threat of friendship...not my bag. Plus, I came from a Vacationer family, so instead of having my parents ship me off to Shady Lake, they insisted on spending 2 to 4 weeks in the summer sweating together in Florida or pre-Snooki Seaside. Regardless, at no point in my adolescence did I feel the need to beg my parents to send me off to camp. But then again, this was before Feminist Camp was a thing. Read More
I never thought getting arrested would be a positive, or preferred, outcome of any given situation, but according to these protesters, it was a relief.   Last week FEMEN activists took to a mosque in Stockholm to protest the sharia, or Islamic moral code, in Egypt. These women donned long, black robes and shed them at Stockholm’s central mosque. Phrases like, “My body is mine, not somebody’s honor” and “Gender equality” were written across their bare chests. Read More
Last December, Melissa Nelson lost a case at the Iowa Supreme Court in which she had filed for gender discrimination against her ex-boss. What were the charges? She was fired because she was simply too hot, and therefore, an obvious threat to her boss’s marriage. You might find yourself asking, "Wait, WTF?" Did Nelson ever fool around with her boss, or anything else inappropriate? No. This was simply…visual. That’s right: Nelson wasn’t fired for doing anything wrong at all – except, of course, for being born a woman and looking the way that she does. Read More
Food trends come and go, but sexism seems to always be in. Everyone knows Hooters, the “restaurant” more popular for the waitresses than the food. However, more establishments seem to be applying the Hooters model to their marketing: selling women’s bodies along with the food. One infamous vendor is “CUPS”. Yep, you read that right. “CUPS,” a frozen yogurt shop based in NJ and NY is another place that justifies their marketing techniques by claiming to not be exploiting women. Read More
Well I never thought I’d see the day. An Obama-Bush combo. But it's happening now with these ladies over in Tanzania. Michelle Obama and Laura Bush are opening a summit aimed towards promoting women’s health in and the well-being of Africa. Michelle, while visiting Tanzania during the Obama African tour, met up with ex-First Lady Laura to open up the African First Ladies Summit in Dar Es Salaam.   The strange Obama-Bush pairing emphasizes how important Africa is to the U.S. in terms of human rights and politics generally. Read More