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TERF Wars: Trans Women and Feminist Extremism in Context

Dana Beyer | Posted 08.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Second-wave feminism included many lesbians who didn't know many trans women, because few were out and active in those circles in the '70s, and found it very easy to weave into their philosophy the absurd idea that trans women are "the avant-garde of the patriarchy's invasion of women's spaces."

Who Needs Feminism Anyway?

Kimberly Tan | Posted 08.14.2014 | Women
Kimberly Tan

Ultimately, it's time to redefine the word "feminist" and what it actually means. Because the truth is, we all need feminism. Only once being a feminist becomes the norm and not the exception, will we finally be able to make true, structural progress toward gender equality.

Why Women in Film Matter

Vivian Norris | Posted 08.06.2014 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

Without women's stories, we see only half of our world. Without women filmmakers showing us what it really means to be a woman within what has long been a patriarchal society, we cannot appreciate the many struggles women have experienced, nor the sweetness of the victories won.

On Feminism: A Time for Platform and a Time for Pie

Literally, Darling | Posted 07.29.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

I had excluded myself when I should have channeled my inner Sheryl Sandberg and leaned in! Now I was practically panicking. I had let down the entire female sex, I had shown weakness, and I had traded feminist pride for pie.

Rainbow Ceilings and Pink Pay Gaps

Pete Dorogoff | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Pete Dorogoff

I'm left to ponder if it's my big gay voice, or the way I dress, or the way I flail my hands during presentations that might put others off or deterred my ability to fit into the traditional executive mode.

That's Feminist, With a Capital F

Linda S. Haase | Posted 06.30.2014 | Women
Linda S. Haase

When I started working in 1983, equal pay for equal work was a renegade concept. After I negotiated my first salary, the corporate recruiter -- who also was a woman -- told me that I should be very proud that I'd landed the same salary the company would have paid a man for the position. What do you say to that?

Top 10 Male Celebrity Feminists Andrew Garfield Could Learn From

Em & Lo | Posted 06.25.2014 | Women
Em & Lo

Clearly Emma Stone is not shy about educating her boyfriend in all matters relating to feminism (who knew that Spidey's secret power was a feminist girlfriend?!), but we thought Andrew Garfield might find additional inspiration in these awesome quotes from male celebrities who are unabashed feminists.

What I Did Not Save

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Sometimes, I wake up in a cold sweat thinking about a lost moment of activism, of resistance, of assertion of lesbians' words in Ann Arbor. I think of the ways I have failed lesbians and lesbian culture.

15 Reasons Why Women Are Crushing It Right Now

Posted 04.24.2014 | Women

Sure, things are undeniably sunnier for women in the “Lean In” culture of 2014, but we’re not fully there yet. Here are some cold, hard facts: ...

Microaggressions Weigh Heavy on the Heart

Nashwa Lina Khan | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Nashwa Lina Khan

They could champion me; I was the brown girl at student senate representing what otherwise looked like a very homogeneous white space. I was Muslim, but not "scary Muslim."

These Photos Challenge Stereotypes About The 'F-Word'

Posted 04.02.2014 | Women

The word "feminist" has a bad reputation, but a new campaign from the Feminist Collective at McGill Law School shows us that the "f-word" encompasses ...

Equal but Separate

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.01.2014 | Women
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger I can't believe it took researchers this long to figure out two things about heterosexual prefer...

Women Just Want More than F..un.. Gather at UN

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 05.13.2014 | Women
Nancy Cohen-koan

Without going into UN-speak and trilling off lots of initials for groups that I'm only just becoming familiar with, let me say that events at the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women this week and next is a welcome energy in our all too male-centered consciousness.

On Being Flawless

Megan Lent | Posted 05.11.2014 | College
Megan Lent

Obviously, we can't all be the queen, but we can still all be flawless. Some days, I like to streak eyeliner above my lids like I'm Cleopatra, wear my favorite vintage gold lamé lacket and floral Doc Martens, and take on the world.

8 Women Who Already Made The World A Better Place In 2014

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 03.10.2014 | World

1. Afghanistan's first female police chief showed the world what courage looks like. Col. Jamila Bayaz was appointed to run security in the Kabul's...

The Courage of Pussy Riot

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 05.07.2014 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

The women of Pussy Riot were attacked again today. This time by six men at a McDonald's restaurant in the city of Nizhny Novgorod. They were attacked with garbage, pepper spray and green antiseptic, leaving them with chemical burns and head injuries.

Why I Love the 'F' Word: How Having a Daughter Changed My Language and My Life

Christina Pesoli | Posted 04.13.2014 | Parents
Christina Pesoli

Avoiding the "F" word wasn't a conscious decision on my part. Rather, I accepted the game that was in place. I sized things up from the standpoint of what I needed to do to succeed. I learned the rules and played as well as I could. That all changed on December 5, 2000.

I'm Pro-Choice and I'm a Man -- Why More Men Need to Speak Up For Reproductive Rights

Bustle | Posted 04.13.2014 | Women
Bustle

As a man who is also a feminist, I feel somewhat uncomfortable making the argument that the pro-choice movement needs more men. It reeks of "knight-and-shining-armor"-ism. But as with any social cause, this fight is ultimately about changing minds.

Why the Church Needs Some Masculine Feminists

Derek Penwell | Posted 03.29.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Men making decisions about women's lives and bodies isn't something new. Men have been running the show forever -- not because that's what God wanted, but because they could.

The White Feminist Savior Complex

Anne Theriault | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Anne Theriault

My intentions are good and my heart is, as they say, in the right place. All of our hearts are in the right places. All of our intentions are good. But intent isn't magic, and sometimes the ways that we carry out our intentions cause more harm than they do good.

Led Across a Left-brain Landscape, These Women are Looking for Strong Men to Match Their Vision

Alexia Parks | Posted 03.05.2014 | Women
Alexia Parks

In a recent commentary in Time magazine, Camille Paglia singles out a small group of feminists whose views on men are well known, and then acts as if ...

Black Gay Men on their Relationship to Feminism

Steven-Emmanuel Martinez | Posted 02.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Steven-Emmanuel Martinez

When gay men badger other gay men because of socially constructed ideals about how a man is supposed to act, when our position in the bedroom becomes a foundation for establishing gender roles, what we're doing is protecting and promoting misogyny and sexism.

Our Bodies, Ourselves: Gisele's Breastfeeding Photo and Our Obsession With Our Physical Selves

Suzanne Barston | Posted 02.12.2014 | Women
Suzanne Barston

By focusing so much on these constructs of birth and breastfeeding and smacking the labels "progressive" or "feminist" on them, we're once again defining ourselves by our bodies and how they operate.

How Americans Feel About This Common Label

Krystie Yandoli | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Krystie Yandoli

It's no secret that feminism get a bad rap, but a new study from the University of Toronto cements any kind of remaining speculation about what people think when they hear the word feminist.

10 Ways To Be A Better Male Feminist

Aaminah Khan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Aaminah Khan

Feminism is a movement that is largely based on female lived experiences. If you're not a woman, you can empathize, but you simply can't say you know what we've been through. And that's fine!