feminism

THE WOMEN’S MARCH: WHY IT MATTERS

A year ago this weekend, women across the nation gathered in their respective cities and many traveled to Washington D.C. to unite together in protest. A movement of more than two million women and their allies across the globe became known as the Women’s March of 2017. They stood for, and continue to stand for, women’s rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, human rights, disability rights, worker’s rights, and environmental rights.  It was the largest single-day protest in U.S. history and it’s returning this weekend across the nation. Many people believe that the March was organized to protest Donald Trump’s first full day in office. This is true, to an extent; the movement intended to send a message to the administration that their voices would not be silenced in the wake of threa...

A RESPONSE TO WOMEN AGAINST FEMINISM

I’m not a person for opinionated blog posts, but the more times I saw or heard female friends, co-workers, or strangers claim to be a woman against feminism the stronger I felt that it was necessary to share my opinions. So check my blog, A Response to Women Against Feminism.   In January, the largest single day protest in American history happened. This march made headlines for multiple reasons, not the least being that it was a grassroots organization for and by women, it was an unprecedented victory for girls everywhere. My heart was filled with hope that maybe people were finally getting this whole feminism thing. Less than 12 hours later, I logged onto Facebook to see that three more girls I followed had reposted the infamous “I am a Female and I am so Over Feminists” Odyssey article....

GAL GADOT PLAYS WONDER WOMAN IN REAL LIFE

Gal Gadot Plays Wonder Woman in Real Life If you pay any attention at all to Hollywood and the broader entertainment industry, you no doubt noticed that a new Wonder Woman film came out this past summer. It was part of DC’s expanding “cinematic universe,” meant to rival the films of Marvel Studios, and it was by almost all accounts the company’s best effort yet. With up-and-coming actress Gal Gadot playing the title role, the film earned accolades across the board. As one review put it, Wonder Woman was “alive and in command in a way the other DCEU films can only dream about,” the term “DCEU” referring to the DC Extended Universe. If you’ve been paying attention to these films, you likely agree. What makes this movie one of the stories of the year in entertainment and pop culture, however,...

THE VENDETTA AGAINST TAYLOR SWIFT

Female pop stars have always faced a lot of hate. This is a fact. I guess fame always comes with criticism but for some reason (we know the reason- it’s called sexism) girls, specifically young girls, always receive the most hate. From the media, society, journalists and critiques, it seems like sometimes they just can’t get a break. But it also seems to me Taylor Swift gets an unnecessary amount. I don’t know why I choose her to get so frustrated over, maybe it’s because I’ve always had a deep respect for Taylor and her music or maybe it is some other deep seeded insecurity I need to work through, but nevertheless I have never understood why people just can’t let their dislike for Taylor go. So, I’ve compiled a list of all the reasons people give when they complain about Taylor, and my re...

NOT YOUR GARDEN AND OTHER POEMS

Not Your Garden  You are not entitled to pick flowers from someone else’s garden, uninvited even if they are displayed for the world to see. ———————— Purity Purity; a dirty little word that keeps half the world in chains. ———————— Flowers and Silence That flower between your legs bares king and peasant, writer and artisan, healer and soothsayer, yet still they have the audacity to silence you.   Author: Emily Byrnes Email: e10rear@gmail.comAuthor Bio: Emily Byrnes is a mental health advocate/dog mom/feminist/writer from New York’s capital region. You can check out her Instagram page for more of her work. Link to social media or website: https://www.instagram.com/emilybyrnes_/ 

JUICY CAMPUS QUEEN

Freshman year of college, I was the subject of a contentious feminist debate on my college campus. Remember the website Juicy Campus? (I know…this is going somewhere though) “Who is the biggest ball-busting feminist on campus?” Only one answer, “Meryl Duff,” sat in the replies. Yes, I was browsing Juicy Campus, and yes I found my name in the anonymous reply. My first thought was “Oh my God, people here know me?” and my second thought was “…as a ball-busting feminist?!” Now, after some intense self-reflection as to why I was even looking at the Juicy Campus website, I moved on to how people knew me as a “ball-busting feminist.” Was it “Penis Registration Day” or was it my argument of sexist language in my First Year Seminar? I guess I’ll never know, but I was both proud and slightly incredu...

BREAKING FREE FROM THE PHRASE “BECAUSE I AM A WOMAN, AND I WAS BY MYSELF”

Have you ever been telling a story about an event in your life and used the sentence, “I didn’t do that thing because I was alone and I’m a woman”? Recently I went on a day trip by myself. My husband was working and I didn’t want to stay cooped up inside all day, so I went on a little adventure. While traveling alone that day, something happened that shook me up just a little. I was driving through the mountains and stopping at each lookout point to take pictures, when I came to one that had two cars with four young men standing nearby. They were taking pictures and posing with an American flag and a Trump flag. Here’s the point in the story where I use the phrase, “Because I was alone, and a woman, I chose to stay in my car until they were done.” However, after making eye contact with one...

AN ODE TO A GODDESS

Darling, You are more than the clothes you wear The way you paint your face Or style your hair You are strong With a brilliant mind And an enchanting soul Someone who can’t be contained Nor controlled A magnificent force Such a sight to see A wise woman, A Goddess, free   Author: V.M. Tori Email: medinavictoria14@gmail.com Link to social media or website: Instagram: v.m_tori  

HOW TO RAISE A FEMINIST SON

The news cycle of this past year has been too difficult to navigate, as a woman but more importantly as a parent, especially one of a very aware pre-teen. I want my kids to be aware and informed of the world and to be active citizens as they grow into their teenage and adult years. But, I also want to protect them. Not all the news of the day is meant for kids’ ears. The line of what to tell them or let them know can be blurry. We now live in a 24-hour-a-day news feed, on TV, the internet, our phones. We have a president who tweets inappropriate things constantly and who has been caught on tape saying even more inappropriate things! Our kids hear that, even if it isn’t coming from us. They hear things at school or see headlines in the checkout line or the news on the radio before you...

YOU ARE YOU

It’s hard to find your voice as a woman. We are told to be dainty. Told to be soft. What if we are none of those things? If we are not what the world wants us to be, then what are we? The answer is simple. We are us. We are ourselves. I have chosen to take on the battle, to challenge these old-time beliefs of women. I am currently working on a series of cliché and grotesque self-portraits using digital media. I replicated famous artists and art pieces, such as Andy Warhol and his Marilyn Monroe. I also take my own photos of myself and shape myself into monstrous creatures. I do this to show my hate for the standards we are held to and the beauty expectations that are forced upon us. The series is for a project in my college, Kentucky College of Art and Design, or KYCAD. My teacher, Kenyatt...

THE FUTURE IS FEMALE

This phrase was coined by the writer, Marie Shear, in a column from the newsletter, “New Directions of Women”, in 1986. Feminism, at its core, is committed to fighting for the equal treatment of all oppressed and marginalized people- not just women. Women, as a whole, are continually fighting for equal treatment in numerous areas throughout society. Specifically, our society sees great disparities in the representation of women in the STEM workforce- especially in the areas of engineering, computer science, and the physical sciences. According to the National Girls Collaborative Project, “Women earned 57.3% of bachelor’s degrees in all fields in 2013 and 50.3% of science and engineering bachelor’s degrees. However, while women receive over half of bachelor’s degrees awarded in the bi...

THE ROLE OF A VISUAL ARTIST IN OUR POLITICIZED TIMES

I’ve always been apolitical. A Russian-Jewish refugee of the 1990’s and a long time citizen, I never participated in elections because I thought my voice in Democratic Massachusetts won’t really matter. I didn’t partake in endless social media discussions that drained one’s energy and led nowhere. Unfortunately, I was unable to participate in yesterday’s Women’s March in Boston. However, I answered a public call and submitted a poster for the march, and it stirred something inside me. This something finally wants a voice because it’s had enough. It stayed silent when I was grabbed on subway trains in Paris while studying abroad. I didn’t have enough courage when I was harassed in the workplace. I put up with years of male voices directing my self-image and societal responsibilities. This e...

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