Language Matters Archives

Tell VP Joe Biden your ideas for preventing sexual assault and dating violence

From: discoverfeminism.com |

You gotta love Joe Biden. Earlier this week, on the 17th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, he released a video calling on young people to share their ideas for how to prevent dating violence and sexual assault at their schools and on their college campuses.

Fight sex-negativity by tweeting that you’ve had HPV tomorrow

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Courtney mentioned the “so-called Ayelet Waldman overshare” yesterday, but I think it deserves its own post because I agree so hard with Jill that this is why we are losing as a culture. To recap: After Michele Bachmann made ridiculous and patently false claims about the HPV vaccine in an effort to score political points against Rick Perry, writer Ayelet Waldman, wife of novelist Michael Chabon, took to Twitter to say that she’d gotten HPV from her husband and remind all those sex-panicked conservatives why exactly the HPV vaccine is important

Who speaks for Slutwalk NYC?

From: discoverfeminism.com |

My experience helping out with SlutWalk NYC has been incredible and uplifting. While I haven’t been able to be as involved with organizing efforts because of my schedule, I’ve had the pleasure of attending several meetings and helping out where I can, and I’ve been very inspired by the enthusiasm, innovation, and resourcefulness that has characterized the largely grassroots movement.

Former President George W. Bush does a good thing

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Former President George W. Bush has decided to spend his post-presidency years working for a good cause. Too bad he couldn’t work for the good of womankind while he was President of the United States, but better late than never? He’s forming a partnership with the George W. Bush Institute, the State Department and other entities to use the infrastructure of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief to provide cervical and breast cancer screening and treatment in the developing world.

PPAA Volunteers Visit Washington

From: discoverfeminism.com |

This summer I had the awesome opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., with Emily Herrell, PPAZ advocacy coordinator, and three other students for the annual Planned Parenthood Youth Conference. We spent three days in the city going to workshops, meeting other activists and listening to speakers like Cecile Richards and Jon Lewis.

What Does it Mean to be Pro-Choice?

From: discoverfeminism.com |

When we started Feminists for Choice two years ago, there was a simple motivation: an invitation for discussion amongst feminists and pro-choice activists.  If you ask 100 feminists what feminism means, you’ll get 100 different answers.  The same is true if you ask pro-choice advocates to define what choice means to them. For example, some

Take action: Troy Davis’ execution scheduled

From: discoverfeminism.com |

The execution date has been set. On September 21, 2011, Troy Davis is scheduled to die. Davis, 42, was convicted of killing an off duty police officer, Mark MacPhail in 1989. During his trial nine witnesses testified that they saw Davis shoot MacPhail. And since the 1989 trial seven of those nine witnesses have recanted saying that they were mistaken and that Davis was not the shooter. Without any physical evidence linking Davis to the murder there are many prominent civil rights activists and even former President Jimmy Carter who believe Davis might be innocent.

“Faces of Feminism” Project: Donate Your Face to Feminism!

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Greetings, F-bombers! My name is Danielle and I write for a blog called Experimentations of Teenage Feminist. You may remember some posts I’ve written in the past here on the FBomb. Well, now I have a new mission. Society is fixated on a very narrow-minded image of what a feminist is “supposed” to look like, and I have a problem with that. On November 24th I’ll be publishing a special blog post titled “The Faces of Feminism” to show just how diverse the feminist community really is.

A Tribute to 9/11/01 – My Social Work Perspective

From: discoverfeminism.com |

I was 23 years old the morning I got onthe 1/9 subway line from 235th street station down to ChristopherStreet and 7th Avenue. I was basking in the calm and quiet that isthe West Village in early morning beginning anew and recovering from the rhythmsof the previous night. Small Ecuadorian men were washing and sweeping thesidewalks clean, keeping up appearances outside hot spots such as BabboRistorante and charming four-story brownstone residences where wealth residesand poverty sleeps overnight on its stoop. The contrast is striking; it always is in major urban playgrounds. Thelines of vulnerability are not often blurred and everyone knows their place. 5th avenue and Washington Square north was no exception; until that morning. Thatmorning, everyone was vulnerable.

The Right Way? Musings from a Summer Internship

From: discoverfeminism.com |

For most people,the first word that comes to mind upon hearing the words Planned Parenthood(PP) is abortion.Because of thesensitivity associated with abortion, people seem to solely focus on that issueand disregard all of the work Planned Parenthood does.Before this summer, I knew it performedabortions, but I honestly did not know what else it did. During my summer volunteer position at PP, Ilearned of the vital medical services it offers to women. I did not understand why people wanted to getrid of such an organization. It allseemed to be because of one word: abortion.

Bad-Ass Woman of the Day: Cyndi Lauper

From: discoverfeminism.com |

If you didn’t think you could love Cyndi Lauper more, think again. Not only is this woman a pop culture icon and incredible musician, but she’s a staunch LGBT advocate — so much that she’s opening a homeless shelter for LGBT youth in New York, called “True Colors.” She says in her press release:

‘Young and beautiful’ revolutionary captivates Chile

From: discoverfeminism.com |

In case you haven’t heard, students in Chile have been protesting that country’s unequal education system for months, claiming the right to free education for all. Predictably, authorities have reacted with violence. Five policemen were apparently fired after the killing of 16-year-old Manuel Gutierrez. Some have referred to the protests as the “Chilean winter.”

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