If we only work on behalf on the "right" kinds of women, it diminishes the movement and repeats mistakes of the past, where feminism was not nearly intersectional enough. Beyond a concept of simple solidarity, though, is that many of the core issues of feminists and transgender people are the same.
Postpartum depression is deserving of attention and action from multiple communities, including the feminist community. We need to raise our voices to increase public awareness of the issue, so that women do not feel stigmatized, and demand availability and access to support services.
We cannot simply hope that this will subtly improve or that the next generation of women will have a less shaming experience living in their bodies.
I can't wait for equality and to see sexism become a thing of the past, but I hope we don't lose the sense of sisterhood and excitement we had this weekend.
Whether you're a fan of the "casters" found in Beautiful Creatures, or a witch in a modern fairy tale like Spellbound, this list has something for everyone and is sure to satisfy all your spooky needs this fall.
The World Health Organization defines FGM as any of a range of procedures (four major types) that "intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons."
Celebrations are taking place all over the world, with groups of every size pitching in to help make a difference. It is inspiring how communities around the world have united behind the idea of a commemorative day dedicated to advancing girls' lives and opportunities. But it is not enough.
I recently crossed over into my 30s. The lead-up to the day was a slurry of thoughts and feelings about this huge milestone, marked by bursts of self-reflection and a quick skip down that list of classic questions about "where I am" in my life. I thought it prudent to try to gather this slurry into a collection of lessons best learned over the last three decades.
In September, "Derrick Adams: Live and in Color," opened at the Tilton Gallery in Manhattan. I sat down with Adams in Brooklyn, to talk about his work and career trajectory.
Even if we don't rush out to get the products themselves, we take the idea about What Sexy Is home with us and let it live there, we make space for it inside of ourselves.
I'm a big believer in building other women up. When we focus on what works, we create more of it. And together, we're a powerhouse.
As my boys approach adulthood and start relationships of their own with women outside our house, I'm more keenly aware of what they learn both here and outside these walls. And sadly, it's not as simple as letting them choose the pink shirt over the blue one.
Emma Watson is right that men need to join the fight for gender equality. But if HeForShe is to make waves, it needs to move beyond a Twitter trend to a concerted shift in social norms. So let's talk about what HeForShe should look like in practice.
My first recommendation for marketing to women is to determine where your female audience sits on the emphasizing-vs.-systematizing spectrum. Put another way, how dominant is the "female" brain among your target market?
I believe that the use of labels is generally detrimental to the fight for equality, particularly with such an exclusive and narrowly defined label as in Watson's use of feminism. Labels splinter groups, and in fact, conceptualize the borders themselves.
When it comes to parties, I want my favorite people to show up at a dive bar so we can all drink from cheap pitchers (gin and tonic for me, please) and do karaoke together. I was completely out of my element on this one. Tulle? What's that?
While our beloved celebrities may win awards for their on-screen personas, the public is usually pretty conscientious of who actually has a heart invested in their said foundations and organizations and who has a publicist shoving an agenda down their throat.
It's not that the phrase is abusive, it's that the phrase is limiting -- and frankly, confusing for a small child. Be a man? What does that even mean? I'm 35 and sometimes I'm not even sure what it means.
The recent porn scandal involving Pennsylvania government officials, combined with questions about the handling of the investigation into former Penn State Jerry Sandusky's child molestation charges, could be a tipping point for Pennsylvania women.
Listen up, bloggers, reporters, and lady celebrities. We're overdue for a serious talk. All this gum flapping about who is and isn't a feminist has gone on long enough. All of you -- bloggers, reporters and lady celebrities alike -- are making asses of yourselves. For everyone's sake, you have to stop. Consider this a feminIntervention.