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SlutWalking through the media

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…and it ain’t pretty.  Or is it?  I’m so burned out I don’t know anymore. Regular readers of this blog should recall a recent post here called “If we didn’t confront you, you wouldn’t pay attention.” It described my thoughts shortly after I completed an interview with a local reporter about SlutWalk Minneapolis.  Richard Chin and I talked for a good 30 minutes about all things feminist, including the fact that my work today is informed by my desire for my daughter to grow up in a world where her IDEAS mean more than her BODY.

From Margins to Center: Health for Brown Bois

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As a graduate student, I elect to receive health care through my school (because they pay for it). Student Health Services has its pros and cons and my experiences have been, to put it nicely, mixed. My experiences with health care providers are what motivated me to think about the hierarchical relationship between doctors and patients in my dissertation. My providers have routinely presumed straightness, a feminine gender identity, and a certain class background. I was telling a friend about another less than awesome experience with a doctor and they joked, I could put my own experience in my dissertation. If only autoethnography was one of my research methods.

Girls Not Brides: Ending Child Marriage Around the World

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When I envision positive opportunities for girls and young women, I think about family-supported schooling past the equivalent of grade 8. I imagine local clinics and helpful, trustworthy nurses and doctors. I dream about sexual education, protection and prevention. From these resources, I hope for healthy, self-assured and happy girls and young women all around the world. I believe that growing up with access to health and education should not be a luxury, nor should being able to pass from childhood to adolescence to adulthood safely. But when I come across information which states that an estimated 19 girls under the age of 18 are married every minute around the world, it seems that girls’ access to basic human rights are in actuality, a privilege rather than a vital norm.

With great passion comes deep ambivalence: Saturday’s SlutWalk and me

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This Saturday October 1st, SlutWalk hits New York City. I’ve been following the SlutWalk movement for awhile now. Back in April I had the opportunity to interview the original SlutWalk Toronto founders. I’ve also written previously about my involvement with some of the SlutWalk NYC organizing efforts, and my disappointment in the media coverage around SlutWalk, and hosted a rich guest post by Harsha Walia outlining some of the incredibly valid critiques of SlutWalk and describing the thought process behind her decision to march. Other members of the Feministing family have written on the topic in great detail, including Jessica Valenti for the Washington Post.

What Drives My Activism?

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Today is a bittersweet day for me – it is both my birthday, as well as the anniversary of my grandfather’s death.  This year marks the tenth year since his passing. My grandfather was a very special man.  Family was everything to him, and you could always count on my grandpa to come to your

Jail or Jesus? To SlutWalk or Not to SlutWalk; Questions of the Day

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If you’re a convict in Alabama and you had to choose between going to church or going to jail, which would you choose? Not only is this irrational but it is unconstitutional and just plain stupid. If you read the article you will find that this is a way to scratch off some taxpayer money, I think it is a way to make it easier on people. Perhaps a way to lessen the guilt?

7 October: ‘green scarves’ campaign in solidarity with Afghan women

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  I was fortunate to be able to attend ActionAid's IWD event in March, when four prominent women's rights activists from Afghanistan spoke of their experiences and the day-by-day struggles faced by many women in the republic (my review is here). I came away from the session feeling simultaneously very aware of my various privileges and frustrated that there seemed to be little I could do practically to show solidarity with Afghan women.

Occupy Wall Street Protest

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My boyfriend told me about Occupy Wall Street a day ago, then I came across this. Apparently, this red-headed girl and other roped off women got pepper sprayed in the eyes while peacefully protesting Wall Street by Officers. Kelly Schomburg and other protestors had to wait two hours in a police officer’s car only to get processed and wait in a holding cell for six. She eventually got charged for walking down Wall Street.

A first-hand account of Occupy Wall Street violence

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My name is Kelly Schomburg, I’m the girl with the red hair in these pictures. I was protesting at the Occupy Wall Street march yesterday when I and several other women were sprayed with mace and subsequently arrested. Many have already seen the video, which has been spreading like wildfire over twitter, Facebook, tumblr, and other video feeds, along with hundreds of other photos and videos. This is my recount of what happened.

Weight Stigma: Breaking it Down with Advocate and Activist Marilyn Wann

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by Jennifer Jonassen One of my biggest heroes in the struggle against fat hatred is unquestionably Marilyn Wann. Her first book, FAT?SO!, was positively revolutionary to me. I initially found myself drawn to the title as I painfully remembered that “fatso” was about the worst thing you could be called on the playground at lunch,

Occupy Wall Street protestors face police violence

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The Occupy Wall Street protests have been going on in lower Manhattan, with activists camping out and marching around the financial district. They self-describe as:

What main street doesn’t know about Occupy Wall street

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On September 17th, 2011 thousands of protestors marched on Wall street. Their demands were as diverse as their constituents, including everything from banning the death penalty to ending poverty. What seems to be missing from this rather dedicated action is any serious mainstream media coverage. Fair asks, “What if Wall street was occupied by the Tea Party?,”

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