Ideas About Feminism Archives

Faith & Feminism: ‘I yam as I yam’

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She is not a feminist. She is a housewife who sits at home and watches soap opera and movies from late afternoon until dawn. She has flawless skin, the latest LV style and an elegant haircut that she gets from special trips to Vancouver. She drives a BMW, wears dark sunglasses and blocks out the sun at every turn. She is my childhood best friend, grown up. On the occasions that we chat, she in her unique perspective teases me about my seemingly “女強人”days; in her definition, a superwoman with a tinge of overachieving misandry arrogance.

When You Lose Someone (From One Teen to Another)

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It's been a while since my last post. A day hasn't gone by that I haven't gotten some kind of inspiration for a new article - be it something I saw on TV or a pamphlet tacked up to the bulletin board in my school's office (oh yes, that one will be coming soon). I just haven't been in the right frame of mind to write lately. Understandable, yes?

Wisconsin workers’ rights are a feminist issue

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For a few reasons. Dana Goldstein hits the nail on the head on how directly feminist of an issue the Wisconsin labor battle is, as it’s one that addresses women workers:

“I Know You’re Smarter Than Me” 2: Backlash, Feminist Ideology, and Flexibility

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It’s dangerous to start posts with anecdotes, but I’m gonna try it again. This one is from when I was a little baby proto-feminist, and I got my period. My mama, who was born in the USA in 1945, regaled me with stories about old myths around menstruation: she talked about how when she went to college, for example, her home economics teacher very seriously reassured the students that “Now, it’s just not true that if you bake a cake while menstruating, the cake will fall,” and “Now, it’s just not true that if you milk a cow while menstruating, the milk will sour.” Imagine, if you will, living in a world where that kind of myth-busting had to be offered at the university level.

How Yoga Makes You Pretty-Part Deux

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Yoga, a derivative of yuj which means “to bind or yoke”, is a holistic system that addresses the whole person- physically, mentally, emotionally and energetically. Ultimately, the intention of yoga is to unify body and mind. This stands in stark contrast to our Greco-Roman tradition that values the power of the intellect over the inherent wisdom of the body. The result is what is referred to as the mind-body split. Susan Bordo describes this duality in her book, Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture and the Body, p. 144:

The Future West Point Cadet and Military Axe Grinding

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Not a single female was to be found in my first semester history course. Our class discussed this curious state of affairs extensively, and it was decided after much deliberation that another history course offered during the same block – Gender, Culture, and Power – had absorbed any females interested in learning about current affairs in the Middle East and Central Asia course. Do women find hardcore politics unappealing? I think that would be a gross generalization, but the better question is: Do men find gender studies emasculating?

Twisty nails it on “women-only” spaces

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I do think there’s something to be said for creating women-only spaces, under certain circumstances and for certain purposes. Twisty at I Blame the Patriarchy has decided to make her blog all-woman all the time, and received some immediate push-back in the vein of “But what about trans women?” To which I would reply, “Did you see the part where we said this is a women-only space? By definition that includes trans women.” And yet there still seems to be some debate about this? (I use the term “debate” loosely here, because that term implies some sort of actual good-faith argument from two or more sides, and that’s not really what’s happening here). Twisty takes on said “debate,” and it is a thing of beauty. You should read it. I’m a little iffy on the Dworkin bit at the end (Point 3 in particular), but overall it is an excellent post. Just don’t read the comments.

From Toward a Feminist Theory of the State: Chapter 8: "The Liberal State" by Catharine A. MacKinnon

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All that follows was found *here*, at fair-use.org. To make this post legible, I've had to remove html-coded links placed in some portions of the text, which obviously weren't (and aren't) in the text as published offline, but were added at the website. The text itself is unaltered. I have posting it here for the purposes of supporting radical feminist analysis and political organising against patriarchal states. Information about the copyright appears at the very bottom of this post.

“I Know You’re Smarter Than Me”: Clarisse Thorn’s Feminist Ideology

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I haven’t been on a lot of capital-D Dates. My relationships tend to develop through friendships and mutual interests, mostly because I am a huge nerd. My first on-purpose Date took place when I was seventeen; it was with a local boy who I barely knew — most of our contact was through brief chats on AOL Instant Messenger. (Am I showing my age?) He’d heard a lot about me, I guess, and for some reason he was impressed by my reputation for being smart and weird. He took me to a pool hall and gave me adorable lessons on how to hold the cue, how to break, etc. I don’t remember much of what we talked about … except for one exchange that is burned into my brain forevermore.

The Right to Learn

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Women are quite possibly the most disadvantaged section of the human population. With the onset of the 21st century, their status in society has improved, yet at the same time it remains far behind what the radical feminists envisaged during the feminist revolution.

When ‘feminist’ and ‘gender’ become embarrassing dirty words in academia

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I am a research student in gender studies in one of the constitutive colleges of the University of London and feel extremely privileged to be part of such a thriving intellectual community. But one brief episode of anti-intellectual feminism in the main building's lift was enough for me to rethink the breadth of my social bubble.

How To Be a High School Feminist

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On our way to high school recently, I asked my friend, “Do you consider yourself a feminist?” After a slight hesitation, she responded, “Well, I support women’s rights and all, but I’m no bra burner.” Besides the fact that the bra-burning story is apocryphal, I was surprised by her answer. Is that what feminism meant to this smart girl?

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