Category » Feminism
Sarah Fraunfelder was about to embark on a college tour with a group of other high school students when it happened. According to the 15-year-old, a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer at the security checkpoint in LAX glared, mumbled, and then said, “You’re only fifteen, COVER YOURSELF!” after she inquired about his hostile behavior. Shaken up, Sarah texted her father, Boing Boing blog co-founder Mark Fraunfelder, who recounted her story in a post on Sunday. Read More
The girls of the 1920s who called themselves “flappers” weren’t just about bobbed hair and short skirts. Instead, they were more like female revolutionaries who changed the world for women—forever. In 1922, Ellen Welles Page sat down and penned a letter for the weekly New York magazine Outlook. “If one judges by appearances,” she wrote, “I suppose I am a flapper. I am within the age limit. I wear bobbed hair, the badge of flapperhood. (And oh, what a comfort it is!) I powder my nose. I spend a large amount of time in automobiles. Read More
We can't get over this extremely upsetting attack on women's healthcare. Because conservatives just can't leave Roe Vs. Wade alone, Republican Arizona Congressman Trent Franks wrote this bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks except under very limited conditions. You can thank 23 dude Republicans who helped the bill make it out of the House Judiciary Committee. Franks' response to rape resulting in an unwanted pregnancy might as well have come straight from Todd Akin's wonderfully idiotic, uninformed mouth: " know, the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low. Read More
  Meet Christina Hoffs Sommers, the writer who wants women to take back feminism. Wait wait - women need to take back feminism? Who else has it, if not women?  Oh right, radical leftist gender benders. Carry on. Christina says that contemporary feminism is too centred in the political left, with “a lot of man-bashing,” and women who are “at war with their own femininity.” I personally think the left is where it’s at and that feminism rules for men, plus I know lots of hella feminine feminist femmes. Read More
  Fantastic campaign alert! Stop what you're doing and look at these photos from the MADE UP Experiment. Makeup is a HUGE part of gender performance - it's tied to femininity like blonde on a Barbie. We're taught to follow certain customs in order to be read as feminine, while men are taught to perform masculinity.  These rigid gender roles limit self-expression and individuality, and lots of people are fed up with that. MADE UP is showing how the performance of gender is just that - a performance. Read More