Ideas About Feminism Archives

Things I do of which I am ashamed.

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I’m a feminist. I’m 46 years old, and I have never known myself to be anything but a feminist, in word and in deed. I marched for the ERA as a young high schooler, had a copy of Our Bodies Ouselves when it was still thin, and knew even before I’d started dating that I would keep my own name if I got married. As for work? Well — of course. In whatever field I wanted. And if a man didn’t respect me or these ideas? He had no place in my life. Period.

Confessions of a Backslider…

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I’ve been backsliding y’all. I mean really backsliding. I act like I forgot how feminism saved me, way back when. The way it taught me how to listen more closely to the music that moved me.  The way it stopped me from saying things like “I don’t really hang out with girls because they’re too catty” and appreciate sisterhood.  The way it showed me the intersections of my black face, my gendered body, and my poor status.  The way it beautifully awakened my consciousness. I forgot about my feminist rebirth.

They’re trying hard, or they’re angry: talking about feminism, outreach and gender equality

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Q1 is a question about what to do when an individual or group is trying hard to be gender-inclusive, you want to make some smaller suggestions but don’t want them to respond with “well, that was all a waste of time then, we may as well not bother if we try and then get criticised!”

Lovely to meet you.

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So, I’m one of the summer guests! And I’m very honored, not to say a little surprised to be here. My own blog is a teeny-tiny affair, and because I have roughly as little tech knowledge as one could reasonably have and still run a blog, I never have any real sense of how broadly anything gets read or by whom – but the internets, man, you never know where you’ll wind up! So here I am, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity.

What a male ally looks like

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While I continue to sift through the fallout from my July 18 post, in which I asked male-identified folk to speak out to end rape culture, I invite my readers to enjoy a video featuring a fella I've admired for a very long time. In this particular clip, MY Senator (I love saying that) reminds Focus on the Family of the importance of getting your facts...erm, straight.

To our male allies: a challenge

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  Two years ago, I participated in a MPRIG-sponsored panel on sexual violence during the University of Minnesota's Welcome Week. To their great credit, a large number of earnest 18-year-olds showed up to discuss an issue far less appealing than learning the forehand frisbee throw. During both the morning and the afternoon sessions, I heard a question that I remember from my own college days, asked the bravest straight male in the room: "This is really upsetting. Are women actually assuming I'm a perpetrator just because I have a penis?"

Blast From The Past

From: discoverfeminism.com |

I was at my friend’s house working on a project for school. It was getting late so her mum made us dinner. At the table, my friend’s dad was ordering her mum around and asking for things to be brought to him. Now, it was all in good fun, but it still bugged me a little bit because it reminded me of the times that Betty Friedan discusses in “Feminine Mystique.” And then, to make matters worse, my friend’s mum started talking about how she just lost her job. While we were eating, she started complaining about her lack of employment. Then she concluded that now that she is unemployed she MUST resume the housewife roll. She proceeded to name off a laundry list of chores for her to do the next day: clean kitchen floor, wash clothes, scrub walls, clean kids’ rooms, etc.

Will Ferrell joins the feminist movement?

From: discoverfeminism.com |

For better or worse, the group Conscious Men has caused quite a stir. Their message, released in a YouTube video last March, is a new form of masculinity that celebrates women and acknowledges the destruction male dominance has had on this planet. It perhaps speaks to their unique approach that over 600,000 people have viewed

Experimentations of a Teenage Feminist’s Mom

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I can't believe this day has finally come . . . Today is the one-year anniversary of Experimentations of a Teenage Feminist! Originally I planned to write a long, sappy memoir about my "feminist awakening," but then I thought it'd be much more interesting to ask my mom what she's thought about this past year, and my passion for feminism.

The Bridge is all about Balance

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Last week my friend, Patty, told me that I am a bridge.  I told her I am merely a translator.  We were talking about The Bridge Project which is a matching opportunity for feminists from different generations.  Joining feminists who come from different points of view, different generations has been a dream of mine and one of the central things I have written about over the last six years.

Bad science alert! Scott Adams takes on the feminist community.

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Scott Adams, author of Dilbert has inflamed the American feminist community. Namely, in his blog post "Pegs and Holes", he is arguing that men are round pegs being shoved in square holes because: The way society is organized at the moment, we have no choice but to blame men for bad behavior. If we allowed men to act like unrestrained horny animals, all hell would break loose. All I’m saying is that society has evolved to keep males in a state of continuous unfulfilled urges, more commonly known as unhappiness.

“Divided you fall”: how the myth of male weakness turns women against one another

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Jonah Goldberg has a piece this morning with the whoppingly patronizing title “Where Feminists Get it Right.” (Don’t get excited, folks. Hell remains unfrozen.) Jonah concludes his piece, which largely focuses on the now-familiar yet ever-depressing litany of abuses against women in the less-developed world, with this gem:

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