feminism

ATTENTION SOCIETY – MAKE UP YOUR MIND ABOUT MAKEUP

You’ve most likely heard them before—the inconsistencies and hypocrisies over wearing makeup. If you wear too much, you’re criticized for ‘painting’ your face, looking ‘slutty’, or even being unattractive. You must be, right? After all, look at all the makeup you have to wear in order to look decent! Then, of course, you have the people who criticize those who don’t wear makeup. Why? Because not wearing makeup has somehow become a sign of not caring about ourselves, of not wanting to look good, or of being lazy. So really, we can’t win either way. Women are either obsessed with their looks because they wear makeup, or don’t care about physical appearance because they don’t wear enough makeup, or any at all. The truth of the matter is, that the reason for women choosing to wear makeup or no...

ON BEING OPPRESSED AND PROBLEMATIC AT THE SAME TIME

I am a queer woman. I am not always unproblematic. I am a middle socioeconomic status, white female college student who identifies as pansexual. I hold some privileges and lack others. The reason I’m writing my truth is that I want people to understand that just because you belong to an oppressed group doesn’t mean you never participate in that oppression. Black cops kill innocent black kids. Women argue against the rights of sex workers. Gay and lesbian folks are often transphobic. We’re all socialized in the same society, so not one of us is immune to the biases that are ingrained in our culture. That’s why it’s impossible and pointless to call someone racist or not racist, sexist or not sexist, homophobic or not homophobic. We all have the capabilities to think in oppressive ways, even ...

WOMEN HISTORY FORGOT: PAN YULIANG

Naked and Strong: the Chinese Painter Obsessed with Nudes The women in Pan Yuliang’s nude paintings are shown in quiet abandon under the painter’s gaze, yet from their nudity comes not vulnerability but strength. Depicting her sitters as endowed with subjectivity is a bold artistic move given that, in art, women are more often passive muses than agents of artistic creation.             Born in 1895 in Jiangsu Province, East China, Pan Yuliang was orphaned and sold as a maid into a brothel at the age of 14. Her freedom was later bought by customs officer Pan Zanhua who made her his concubine and introduced her to the intellectual and artistic circles of Shangai. She learned to paint from a neighbour and in 1918 she was the first woman to be admitted to the Shangai Art Academy. She later wen...

RILEY-J’S

I went out to meet up with my cousin and her husband at the local watering hole downtown. I had just put in a double in exchange for the next day off, which meant I would finally have time to go out, and I snag those chances whenever I get them with the amount of time I work, plus school full-time.  It was a great night. I count my drinks, and I was trying to obtain number three at this point.  I had left my cousin and her family to hang out with my boyfriend, so we hit up a different bar around the corner.   This bar is a great bar—my parents know the owner and bartenders. It’s got that dim, dungeon feel where you could successfully hide your side-bitch in a corner and never get caught.   I have three one dollar bills left because, when left to my own devices, I’ll have zero in my bank ac...

SPEAKING THE TRUTH

I celebrated my 37th birthday this month, and like the many birthdays that inch us closer to 40, this one had me not only reflecting on my youth, but also building an inventory of failures and accomplishments to find perspective. As a queer, non-monosexual femme and a survivor of poverty and emotional and sexual abuse, I’ve accomplished more than I thought was ever possible: I’m still alive.  There is a weird thing that happens when you live longer than you expected to and have obtained a sense of safety and stability. The future becomes a thing you are no longer fighting so hard to exist in, but rather are being called to create and shape. The privilege of living and the recognition of that privilege makes you feel out of place. You are suddenly surrounded by people whose definitions of s...

“THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS”: A RESPONSE TO BEING ACCEPTING TOWARDS SEXIST BEHAVIOR

“That’s just the way it is,” was what my mother had told me when I complained to her about how hard it is to be a working woman, how differently you were treated because of your gender. “That’s just the way it is,” was what she said again when my brother asked why it was easier for men in a working environment.  Now I know my mother meant no harm at all, but it was disheartening to hear her say something like that. “That’s just the way it is” – but it shouldn’t be, right? Why should it be a norm for gender to denote how a person should be treated? It shouldn’t be – and yet, it is.  In the context of my country – Singapore – there is still an air of traditionalism that exists with the older generation. Of course, with the younger ones, there is a ripple of unease, an undercurrent of realiza...

I AM NOT DEFINED BY WHO I LOVE

When I was a young girl, I was provided with these standards and guidelines on the woman that I was supposed to become. I was told my aspirations in life were to fall in love with a man, be a mother and live in a white picket fence home providing for my husband and children. I was so young that I believed that was the path all young girls were supposed to follow. Once I was around seventeen, I discovered that the love I was supposed to feel for a man, I felt for women. The moment I discovered that realization, I was hit with a flood of negative emotions because I was not the woman that society wanted me to be. I believe that women are faced with that pressure everyday. When I came out to my parents, they began defining me by who I loved rather than who I was as an individual. Suddenly my a...

WOMEN THAT ROCK + HARNESS MAG – SEPTEMBER FEMALE ARTIST FEATURES

  MONTE: Get into MONTE’s face-melting rock goodness! The female-fronted power trio seamlessly blends rock & roll, punk and pop into a signature sound that is simultaneously unique & relatable. They’re a sassy, pissed-off punch in the face and a quintessential, feel-good rock riff-machine. Inspired by classic punk and metal, MONTE’s fierce lyrics and shredding guitar riffs are cleverly balanced by melodic harmonies and catchy hooks that get stuck in your head and leave you itching for more. MONTE is fronted by multi-instrumentalist Caitlin Montclare. A musical force to be reckoned with, Montclare is a Jane-of-all-trades: guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger & bassist. She stuns audiences with her fierce live performances, delivering sets that explode with insane, spot-o...

LIKE A WOMAN

A strong woman walks differently than the masses. The air around her settles like the simmering flames of a wildfire and those who see her are washed with the sense that she has came and conquered. She knows no expectation the world branded on her ancestors; she lives by way of the ones she found for herself. The expectations set forth for women by history have caused many young girls to believe they should be a certain way– and these strong women prove this premonition false. We weren’t born to complete an image or fit a mold. Human potential cannot be measured or contained. As I grew up I discovered that the women around me are living examples of women who forgot the world’s expectations and forged their own. These women carried strength like an army through hardships and exemplify...

WOMEN

This generation Is not going to praise locked up princesses Or the ones with very long hair. But the queen who fought alone And conquered a nation. When your kid wants to watch a Disney movie, Show her “Brave,” “Mulan” and “Pocahontas.” Because This generation Needs to know That beauty isn’t strong Instead Strong is beauty. This generation Of women Shall learn to fight on their own With their chins up And eyeliners winged.     Name: Muskan Agrawal Email: muskanagrawal2000@gmail.com Author Bio: I’m an artist. I want people to see my work and feel that they are not alone. Link to social media or website: Instagram @writer_she

SCREW THAT

I’m not quite sure when we as women got to the point of letting people treat us however they wish, and we have to internalize it, do nothing and walk away. I’ve been guilty of that, but ended up getting to a point where I felt like I was going insane and just wanted to pull my hair out all the time. Especially this year. Three times this year, I let people batter me down to the point where I completely crumbled. The first time was when I was sexually assaulted. I believed I was helpless. I eventually said “screw that” and filed charges against him. The second time was during the court case. They believed I was a liar. I eventually said “screw that” and fought for myself. He got a plea deal, but now has a record. The third time was when I was in a domestic violence relationship. I believed ...

MARCH SUPERWOMAN: KRISTA SUH, CREATOR OF THE PUSSYHAT PROJECT

The image is hard to forget: women standing shoulder to shoulder in solidarity as they marched through the streets of Washington, D.C., an army donning bright pink knit hats with cat ears. Pussyhats. The Pussyhat immediately became a symbol of the Women’s March and the women’s movement as a whole, and it’s hard to imagine that the creator of The Pussyhat Project had trouble finding the confidence to use her voice for change. But Krista Suh, now the author of “DIY Rules for a WTF World: How to Speak Up, Get Creative, and Change the World,” admits that it was something that she struggled with. “Honestly, it was perfection,” said Krista on what was silencing her voice. She had ambition, but she harbored a fear of messing up. Krista felt that the Women’s March was time to speak up after self-p...

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