Grrl Power Archives

What does being a girl mean to you? (Response By Becka W.)

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Being a girl takes guts. I can walk with my feet 3 inches off the ground for the whole day. I walk down streets alone at night in a short skirt even though so many in my society tell me that it’s dangerous for a girl to be out alone, that a man may take advantage of her – and that it’s her fault if she doesn't cover herself up.

Is there room for a hijab in competitive weightlifting?

From: discoverfeminism.com |

File Kulsoom Abdullah under “certified badass”: a 35-year-old with a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering and a weightlifter for fun. Later this month, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) will take up the debate about whether she may take part in officially sanctioned tournaments while keeping her entire body covered, aside from her hands and face, in keeping with her Muslim faith.

Can Kharma Crush Stereotypes in Women’s Wrestling?

From: discoverfeminism.com |

By Ashley-Michelle Papon For as long as I’ve been playing the dating game, I’ve witnessed how wrestling (the fake kind) has a hold on the people of my generation. In fact, of all the people I’ve dated (or, in a select few cases, married) wrestling seems to be the only unifying thread. I had never

SCIENCE GRRL: Grrl Talk

From: discoverfeminism.com |

There are rare moments when I read an article or listen to a recording and can’t form words to respond. Today is one of those moments and it is because you really should just listen to this recording for yourself. It’s that perfect.  The NYTimes invited four women who are at the top of their respective fields of science in for a roundtable discussion. They shared their thoughts about:

FIFA Disqualifies Iranian Women’s Soccer Team From Olympics

From: discoverfeminism.com |

According to an article in the Guardian, the Iranian women’s soccer team has been disqualified from the Olympics “by an unexpected ruling that their Islamic dress broke FIFA rules.” The component of the dress code that’s irked FIFA is a head scarf that also covers the players’ ears and necks. The rules for the 2012 Olympics, according to FIFA, state that “[p]layers and officials shall not display political, religious, commercial or personal messages or slogans in any language or form on their playing or team kits.”

Love Yourself, Love Your Life

From: discoverfeminism.com |

I'm sorry, but I had to steal this video from a blog called I Am Beautiful, I Am Woman (which is written by a 15-year-old feminist, awesome much?). We should all take a lesson from this girl .

Submit girl-created digital media for readings of Eve Ensler’s "I Am an Emotional Creature" in South Africa!

From: discoverfeminism.com |

The V-Girls Network is "a global platform for girls to amplify their voices, empower themselves and inspire one another to create the change they imagine for the world." This summer, V-Girls will be traveling to South Africa with Eve Ensler to create workshop readings of  I Am an An Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World.

I am not your tragic trans narrative

From: discoverfeminism.com |

It seems whenever there’s a profile or personal narrative of a trans person in mainstream media it has to be somehow tragic. And I’m so over it. Because I think we’re amazing. There’s one kind of narrative about transition that makes it in the mainstream: I was suffering constantly, I knew I was in the wrong body, so I had to transition. The folks in these profiles can afford to access surgery, another requirement of the story. As it played out in the (have we mentioned it’s) completely awful New York Times profile of Chaz Bono, “the surgery,” in this case top surgery, is presented as horrific bodily mutilation, an extreme someone’s pushed to and that’s OK only because they’re suffering so much. Janet Mock does a much better job telling her own story, but it also follows this familiar structure.

The pregnant pro wrestler: ‘You can’t fully blame it on her’

From: discoverfeminism.com |

The magnificent Kia Stevens, otherwise known by her ring-name Kharma, joined the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment, the biggest pro-wrestling company) at the turn of the year. She's had a distinguished career all over the world during the past decade.

Elizabeth Warren does not take any shit from anyone

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Yesterday during a subcommittee hearing, a Congressman accused Elizabeth Warren, special adviser to the President and front-runner to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, of lying. Elizabeth Warren (on whom I have a documented lady brain crush) was having none of that. Check out the look on Warren’s face when Rep. Patrick McHenry accuses her of lying and breaking her agreement on how much time she would spend testifying before this particular subcommittee.

Competitive cheerleading may be recognized as an official sport

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Last year, Chloe argued that anyone who claims cheerleading is not a sport is “flat-out wrong.” And now we’ll see if the NCAA agrees. The New York Times reports that they will consider two proposals to recognize competitive cheerleading as an “emerging sport” that could ultimately become a championship sport.

Behind every strong man, there is an even stronger Beyonce.

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Beyonce’s new faux-feminist empowerment track and video, “Run the World (Girls)” has got a lot of people talking and I am here to join the cavalcade of analysis. I should probably state up front that I’m a pretty big fan of Beyonce’s music; it is some of the best stuff to shake your booty to, at the gym or the club, in a world where Madonna and Janet Jackson aren’t on the radio anymore (hey, I’m 33). But, I don’t really like this song. Maybe it is the way overplayed Major Lazer sample, the track of 2010 that is most associated with daggering (you can google, but you have been warned), or because I just don’t think it is one of her best songs, but I wasn’t floored by this track.

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