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25 Feminist Lessons For My Sons

Christine Organ | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Christine Organ

Your gender does not define you. Neither does your job or car or bank account. Be kind and brave, be a good friend and a hard worker and treat everyone with respect -- those are the qualities that will define you.

Feminist Issues Are Transgender Issues

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

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.

30 Feminist Lessons I've Learned In 30 Years

Lindsay Menard-Freeman | Posted 12.13.2014 | Women
Lindsay Menard-Freeman

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.

Is Wearing High Heels Unfeminist? It's Complicated

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 10.10.2014 | Women

Can you wear high heels without pandering to the patriarchy? It's... complicated. At an Oct. 7 panel at The New School in New York, renowned femin...

How I'm Raising My Sons To Be Feminist

Ravishly | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents

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.

5 Myths Women Are Told About The Workplace

Dee Poku-Spalding | Posted 12.06.2014 | Women
Dee Poku-Spalding

I got to a really good place in my career. And then, reality set in. I plateaued, I had no personal life and I was exhausted by the late hours and the daily grind of navigating corporate culture.

What Emma Watson's U.N. Speech on Feminism Means For Men

Barbara McNally | Posted 12.06.2014 | Women
Barbara McNally

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.

Lorde: New Zealand's Young, Feminist, Cultural Ambassador

JK Russ | Posted 12.03.2014 | Entertainment
JK Russ

Talented as both a singer and a songwriter, she has already developed a reputation for forging her own path and is not afraid to call herself a feminist. Confident and resourceful young women are not uncommon in New Zealand, but Lorde's unique talents have allowed her to impact a vast audience.

Feminism: You're Doing It Wrong

Christina Pesoli | Posted 12.03.2014 | Women
Christina Pesoli

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.

4 Reasons Why I'm A Feminist

Julia Schemmer | Posted 12.03.2014 | Teen
Julia Schemmer

It's not about which gender is better than the other. The feminist movement is in place to provide equal opportunities for people. It's about taking gender out of the equation, and putting a greater value on what each individual has to bring to the world.

Living at the Intersection of Sexism and Fatphobia

Erin McKelle | Posted 12.02.2014 | Women
Erin McKelle

I live at the intersection of sexism and fatphobia. This is my daily reality, so in all honesty, I expected the backlash I received. It's what keeps many fat women quiet. But I'm here to give all of us a voice. I will not be silenced.

Your Crash Course In Being A Teenage Feminist

Reilly Wieland | Posted 11.30.2014 | Teen
Reilly Wieland

For most, it feels like sometimes you have to "come out" as a feminist, like it is something that is not just a given. When I began to identify as a feminist, most people said ridiculously rude things, like it was just some angsty teenage phase.

Hyde Amendment: 38 Year Legacy of Interference With Religious Liberty and Values

Rev. Kelli Clement | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kelli Clement

I believe that a woman, no matter what her economic circumstances, should have access to safe and dignified reproductive health care. I believe that a woman facing an unintended pregnancy is best suited to make decisions for herself and her family.

Our Brains on Chick-Lit

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 11.29.2014 | Women
Patricia Leavy, PhD

For many women, there's nothing that makes for a better beach or airport read than a fun chick-lit novel. They are vacation must-haves. But are they bad for us? That's what one study claims.

Behind the Issue: Sinister Wisdom 94

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Julie R. Enszer

At the end of a summer of wars, in the midst of a decade of wars, at the beginning of what may be another century of wars, Sinister Wisdom publishes its ninety-fourth issue on the theme of Lesbians and Exile.

15 Great Feminist Shows To Watch Now

Em & Lo | Posted 11.25.2014 | Women
Em & Lo

Has there ever been a show with this many women in it? A show that has a ratio of female-to-male characters at about 10 to 1? That's so comfortable showing female diversity, in looks, body size, race, age and sexual orientation?

3 Things That Young Women Need to Remember About Feminism

Janice Sands | Posted 11.25.2014 | Arts
Janice Sands

Here are three reasons why feminism doesn't resonate for some women, and a few reminders that address the misconceptions at the core of the issue.

A Freshman's Guide to Feminism in College

Elaina Provencio | Posted 11.23.2014 | College
Elaina Provencio

Feminism is not a movement that advocates shaming, hating, or prejudice against men. This is a movement of equality, not one of gender domination.

Why We Still Need Feminism

Casey Cavanagh | Posted 11.18.2014 | Women
Casey Cavanagh

Being a feminist has nothing to do with how you look, what you wear, who you date, or how often you have sex. Being a feminist doesn't mean you think women deserve special rights; it means you know we deserve equal ones.

Dream, Girl: How One Film Is Inspiring Girls to Go for Their Dreams

Erin McKelle | Posted 11.12.2014 | Women
Erin McKelle

Meet Erin Bagwell: She's the director and creator of Dream Girl, a film that is encouraging girls everywhere to become leaders and realize their entrepreneurial dreams. This documentary is redefining what it means to be a businesswoman.

The Princess's New Clothes

Mical Darley | Posted 11.11.2014 | Parents
Mical Darley

I want to be wary of making her embarrassed or ashamed of what she likes, especially if it seems girly. Because misogyny gets internalized. Because fantasy is the one game in which we all have autonomy. Because that unembarrassed power is a thing I want to preserve for my daughter.

One Hour on the Sidewalk

Abby Klinkenberg | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women
Abby Klinkenberg

As a woman, I exist solely to be commented upon -- unsolicited opinions, either positive or negative (their stupidly contrasting judgments only further show the caprice of the male gaze), are mandatory conditions to which I tacitly agree upon entering the public sphere.

I Asked Men On Tinder Whether They Were Feminists -- Here's What They Said

Bustle | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women

Yes, many of these answers were horrible and ignorant, but a majority of the guys I talked to at least attempted thoughtful responses.

Let's Not Pretend Joan Rivers Was A Feminist Icon

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 11.05.2014 | Women
Nikki Gloudeman

Yes, Rivers often zinged herself too, but isn't that also a form of woman-bashing? Indeed, it seems Rivers' shrewdness was in recognizing a patriarchal appetite for misogynistic humor -- and exploiting it.

Beyoncé's Hip New Club: Feminism

Emily Gallo | Posted 10.29.2014 | Women
Emily Gallo

All over the internet Beyoncé is hailed for bringing FEMINISM to the masses, for delivering it to teens and anyone watching who might have considered it a bad word. If Beyoncé is a feminist, well, hell, then I am, too! Where do I sign up? But what are they signing up for?