“Social media make it easier for interests to organise: they give voice and power to people who have neither” – @theeconomist​

How are social media changing democracy? Donald Trump may be unfit to be America’s president, but he clearly is a master of social media. His often outrageous tweets have earned the real-estate magnate-turned-politician more than 7m followers on Twitter. And most messages are seen by millions more because they are forwarded thousands of times and get extensive coverage in mainstream […]

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“At the root of critique is profound distrust not just of words, but of social presentation” – @hoodedu on @ESTBLSHMNT

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On activism, “slack”tivism and the left, Noah Berlatsky on The Establishment: The left is so full of posers that there is a full-on left crisis of posing. In fact, many left critics argue, the performance of virtue on the left has become so prevalent, and so divorced from actual political commitment, that it has undermined both past gains and the effort […]

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#WhyWeRise: “Together we can end all forms of violence against women and girls.” – @RoomOfOurOwn

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Via aroomofourown.org, here are some takes on #WhyWeRise: More than 10,000 women will march through London to call for an end to violence against women Europe’s biggest march for women Taking place on the weekend before International Women’s Day 2016 10,000 women marched last year and even more expected on Saturday Central London route: Oxford St, Wardour St. Piccadilli Circus, ending in Trafalgar […]

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“Greenham Common became a high-profile, long-lasting experiment in feminist co-operative living” – @tr0ublemayer

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Wonderful post about Greenham Common. Well worth a morning read. On openDemocracy by Sophie Mayer: But the legend of Greenham – an alternative world created by and for women activists – was something I absorbed during my feminist becoming. Beeban Kidron and Amanda Richardson’s documentary Carry Greenham Home (1983) was my first encounter with the rich, diffuse archive of Greenham stories. Here were women […]

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#aroundup: The biggest justice movements of 2015 (from @rhrealitycheck)

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From RHrealitycheck: If we learned anything in 2015, it was that activists of all ages and backgrounds are up for the challenges that lie ahead. We at RH Reality Check are certain not a day went by this year without aRepublican presidential candidate oranti-choice public figure saying something awful about already marginalized groups, a person of color being killed or assaulted by the police, an […]

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#aroundup: Top 10 posts of 2015 on @genderfocusblog

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I really like the work of gender-focus so I thought I’d share their top 10 posts of 2015, as they have done. Some great stuff here. 10. “A Letter to My Rapist on Our 22nd Anniversary.” Lyndsay Kirkham writes a powerful open letter to her rapist, reflecting on the attack and subsequent 22 years. 9. “Does Bud Light’s #UpForWhatever Include Being #UpForRape?” Lyndsay […]

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#womensstories: Nepal: the struggle for equal citizenship rights for women (by @renaissansa on @5050oD)

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Kathmandu celebrated an early Deepawali this year as inhabitants took to the streets on September 20th to welcome the new constitution. Celebrations were definitely in order – after all, this was a constitution that abolished the death penalty, secured the rights of the LGBTI community, conferred equal property rights on Nepal’s sons and daughters, and most importantly, reinstated the country’s […]

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Series of feminist photos: then and now

Top: US, 1913: Suffragettes campaigning for the right to vote with an “I wish Ma could vote” banner. US, 1913: Suffragettes campaigning for the right to vote with an “I wish Ma could vote” banner. Hulton Bottom: Barcelona, Spain, 2014: Women with “I am a free woman” and “Feminists are diverse” banners at a protest against the Spanish government’s plans […]

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Series of feminist photos: then and now

Top: New York, 1911: Emmeline Pankhurst being jeered by a crowd of men. New York, 1911: Emmeline Pankhurst being jeered by a crowd of men. Topical Press Agency / Hulton Archive Bottom: Maputo, Mozambique, 2012: A feminist protester holding up a sign that says, “Nothing is more sexy than a feminist man”. Maputo, Mozambique, 2012: A feminist protester holding up […]

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Series of feminist photos: then and now

Top: New York, 1970: Bella Abzug at the Women’s Liberation Day parade, celebrating the 50th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the US. (Keystone / Getty) Bottom: Santo Domingo, 2012: Dominican feminists protesting against “femicide”. (ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP / Getty Images) Via Feminist Photos From Around The World: Then And Now (buzz) (Orig. reblogged on tumblr.feimineach)

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Series of feminist photos: then and now

Top: London, 1909: Imprisoned suffragettes waving through the windows of Holloway prison. Hulton Archive / Getty Images Bottom: Mordvinia, Russia, 2013: Nadia Tolokonnikova behind bars at a court hearing. Mikhail Voskresensky / Reuters Via Feminist Photos From Around The World: Then And Now (buzz) (Orig. reblogged on tumblr.feimineach)

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Series of feminist photos: then and now

Top: New York, 1913: Emmeline Pankhurst being released from detainment on Ellis Island. (Press Agency / Getty Images) Bottom: Moscow, 2013: Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina at Kursky railway station after being freed from prison. (Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters) Thoroughly enjoying these pictures. Expect to see a lot of them. Via Feminist Photos From Around The World: Then And Now (buzz) […]

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If feminist icons lose their way the movement continues without them

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On feminism and “old” vs. “new” activism. Bottom line: young women are not apathetic or frivolous any more than older women are redundant, but there does seem to be a case for more listening and learning and hearing each other’s discourses and motivations. There’s a generational tension trend in social movements. First, an older generation complains that young people are […]

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Campaign against Zoo Magazine: the well-being of girls should come before profits – video

‘Pick the loosest, skankiest one of the lot … and separate her from the flock’ is the sort of advice that has made Zoo magazine a target for activists. Laura Pintur’s campaign to have the magazine banned from Australian supermarkets’ shelves is quickly gaining traction on Change.org. It is not just the semi-naked pictures of alluring women. From boob-job giveaways […]

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The crux of the #NoMorePage3 campaign

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There is a failure to recognise that no key players in this debate are really criticising the models themselves or indeed the men who look at Page 3. This is because their actions are symptoms rather than causes where the issue is concerned. Let’s pretend that are dealing with computer generated images of women with their breasts revealed rather than […]

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Announcing Feminist Killjoy competition to celebrate launch of first issue of @theparallelmag

unashamedlyfeminist: Are you a loud and proud feminist killjoy? Send us your best feminist killjoy story to be in with a chance to win this amazing, handmade, supersize Tatty Devine necklace as well as a copy of the first issue and various other goodies! Email us at admin@theparallelmag.com with your story, with the subject “Feminist Killjoy 2015”. Your entry can […]

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