#vivelafeminism: @BitchMedia: An alternative 100 days

We’re living dystopia but by gods, we got game. From bitch email dispatch: Brown Girls appeared onscreen. [OpenTV] The newly-announced Poetry Coalition gathered to defend the value of poetry and poets to American culture. [Academy of American Poets] NASA and the National Parks Service went rogue. [NPR] Jack Jones Literary Arts combatted the whiteness and elitism of the writers retreat by announcing their own […]

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#vivelafeminism: a movement, not a moment: inside the outrage – @msmagazine

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The Outrage launched six months ago with a focus on feminism and women’s empowerment. CEO Rebecca Lee Funk sought to blend style and activism. When Donald Trump became president, sales immediately skyrocketed. Funk became an official partner of the Women’s March, and decided her pop-up operation would remain open indefinitely. She hired Maldonado, who had never been a creative director, […]

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#feminismisdead: Feminism: an excuse to exploit women? – @PatriarchTree

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These are really disturbing allegations about the goings-on in the Thinx company, which is, apparently, based on “beliefs in gender equality”. This piece, however, is written by someone who is so clearly anti-feminism and who really wants to grind his feminist axe. See, for example, the statement: ‘Feminism often seems to be interpreted as carte blanche for women to engage in […]

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#vivelafeminism: being a libertarian and a feminist

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Libertarians despise racism and sexism as much as anyone because it is a form of collectivism that strips someone’s individual identity with a set of traits and stereotypes. Rugged individualism is at the core of libertarian philosophy, while collectivist ideologies go against many of the tenants of libertarianism – the belief that the government should not outlaw “hate speech” for […]

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#vivelafeminism: Feminism in the age of Trump – @wync

#vivelafeminism: Feminism in the age of Trump – @wync:  ‘On this episode of Indivisible, we’re talking about feminism in the age of Trump. Are we all seeing politics and life through the lens of gender more than before the election? Collier Meyerson from The Nation and Soraya Chemaly from the Women’s Media Center join hosts Kai Wright and Anne McElvoy to talk […]

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#vivelafeminism: How Romania’s feminists are fighting back

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Abortion has been legal in Romania since the fall of Ceausescu. Under his rule, it’s estimated 10,000 women died as a result of so-called illegal abortions. For post-communist Romania, legalising abortion was seen as a way to move forward from the horrors of the dictatorship. Although abortion is now legal and free, the reality of accessing the procedure is much […]

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#todayin: empowerment: fast feminism, cheap talk. marketplace feminism’s fragile bargains – @bitchmedia

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#todayin: empowerment: fast feminism, cheap talk. marketplace feminism’s fragile bargains – @bitchmedia “Jennifer Lawrence’s New Dior Campaign Has a Feminist Message,” read the headline on VanityFair.com. In smaller type, it clarified: “It’s on her shirt.” Nice one, Vanity Fair. Pointing out that the slogans espoused by celebrites trying on feminism as part of their personal brands are often backed up by […]

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#todayin: empowerment: many of the self-styled ‘feminist’ corporate CEOs aren’t as empowering as they think they are @alternet

The Thinx debacle demonstrates that “feminist hypocrisy is the new trend in startup narratives”. While there is certainly some truth to this, it’s important to point out that the hypocrisy isn’t that new and the trend encompasses far more than startups. Rather, the rise in brands hypocritically espousing pseudo-feminist values is the latest chapter in a broader rebranding of capitalism […]

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#maleficentmisogyny: slut shaming and the friend zone: two sides of the objectification coin – @FeminismInIndia

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#maleficentmisogyny: slut shaming and the friend zone: two sides of the objectification coin – @FeminismInIndia Side 1: Slut Shaming  Slut shaming only needs the smallest of excuses to manifest itself. “When I was about 14, I shifted to a new school, and being small in figure, my kurta was tight-fitting as well. A girl came up to me and told me to […]

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#todayin: fighting back: from pink collars to pink hats: working-class feminism and the resistance

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Tightly gripping a “Firefighters for Women’s Rights and Equality” banner at the Women’s March on Washington, a group of women who had once made history as New York City’s first female firefighters roared up Independence Avenue. There, they joined a new generation of labor activists: teachers, nurses, government workers, restaurant servers, home health-care aides, communications workers, and thousands of other […]

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#vivelafeminism: Feminism around the world: economist analyzes global gender gap in the workplace despite feminist gains – @themarysue

Less heartening is what happens to those women once they leave school. That’s where the seeds of inequality they’ve experienced all their lives really begin to grow fruit. The labor force worldwide is only 40% female, and that’s only a 1% improvement since 1990. Depending on what industries you’re looking at, the disparity is even more grim. According to Kenny, […]

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#vivelafeminism: Turkish women rising

Turkish women rising The tweet translates: The Assembly is reflected in the will of the people against the will of the people, you cannot present the Bill!! From @ms-magazine-blog (x): Led by a doctor, the We Will Stop Women’s Murders platform has grown since 2009 into a sprawling network of women nationwide, who often respond within hours to reports of […]

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#vivelafeminism: Why disregarding motherhood and women’s bodies won’t help feminism

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On Mother’s Day, a piece by @glosswitch on feminist and motherhood: @newstatesman: The question “what is a woman?” – that annoying, wheedling, pseudo-intellectual musing, of which there’s no equivalent asked of men – takes on a particular meanness when considered in relation to maternity. If feminism is to be, not the liberation of women, but the rejection of gender roles […]

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#vivelafeminism: The obvious challenge is how to channel this explosion of popular feminist energy

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The obvious challenge is how to channel this explosion of popular feminist energy in order to defeat the burgeoning forces of populism decisively. The worry is that feminist protest will be self-limiting, drawing its life force from women’s deep, almost instinctive familiarity with outsiderness: the same “exteriority” to power (stemming from both outer hostility and inner reluctance) that Beard sees […]

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