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How feminism became capitalism's handmaiden - and how to reclaim it. As a feminist, I've always assumed that by fighting to emancipate women I was building a better world – more egalitarian, just and free.

How feminism became capitalism's handmaiden - and how to reclaim it

But lately I've begun to worry that ideals pioneered by feminists are serving quite different ends. I worry, specifically, that our critique of sexism is now supplying the justification for new forms of inequality and exploitation. In a cruel twist of fate, I fear that the movement for women's liberation has become entangled in a dangerous liaison with neoliberal efforts to build a free-market society. That would explain how it came to pass that feminist ideas that once formed part of a radical worldview are increasingly expressed in individualist terms. Where feminists once criticised a society that promoted careerism, they now advise women to "lean in". 'Ze' or 'They'? A Guide to Using Nonbinary, Gender-Neutral Pronouns. Earlier this month, Harvard University made a buzz after allowing students to select gender-neutral options like “ze,” “e,” and “they” on registration forms.

'Ze' or 'They'? A Guide to Using Nonbinary, Gender-Neutral Pronouns

In doing so, it joined a wave of other major colleges in acknowledging that gender identity, and the pronouns that go with it, is more fluid than how previous generations understood it. Among academic institutions, the University of Vermont led the change last year when it became the first school to allow students to select their own identifiers. Students chose their preferred first names and pronouns, which were then added to the campus-wide information system and distributed to professors, according to The New York Times. It was a welcome change for students like Rocko Gieselman, who is gender fluid and was born female bodied. They’re here, get used to them: why gender-neutral pronouns are not “radical” — Hopes&Fears — flow "Life" A brief history of language as a weapon Miriam Meyerhoff, a linguistics professor at the Victoria University of Wellington and co-editor of the Handbook of Language, Gender, and Sexuality, has been thinking about the intersection of language and gender for years.

They’re here, get used to them: why gender-neutral pronouns are not “radical” — Hopes&Fears — flow "Life"

Speaking about gender-neutral languages with Hopes&Fears, Meyerhoff pointed out that Finnish speakers tend to say phrases like "that girl" or "that man" much more often than they do in languages that use pronouns to signify gender. Meyerhoff thinks that this might imply that we’ve been programmed to make distinctions in gender. Korean, for example, uses one pronoun for everyone; additionally, speakers use the full name of the person whom they are referring to instead of the third person, which can give conversation a more gender-neutral feel.

What is pansexuality? 4 pan celebs explain in their own words. From Miley Cyrus to Jazz Jennings, more and more celebrities and people on the ground are coming out as pansexual.

What is pansexuality? 4 pan celebs explain in their own words

By coming out as pan, they are helping raise visibility to the various identities that co-exist under what's know as the bi (or bi+) umbrella. In honor of BiWeek, GLAAD is exploring what pansexuality means to the people owning the label. A common misconception about bi folks is that they seek to reinforce a rigid gender binary, but the reality is that many bi people have "the potential to be attracted – romantically and/or sexually – to people of more than one sex and/or gender, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree," as advocate Robyn Ochs describes.

The pan identity presents an additional opportunity to express attraction to multiple genders. Similarities Between Anti-Suffragette Posters and Anti-Feminist Memes. One of the strategies often used by anti-feminists is to compare current-day feminism to the suffragette movement, claiming that “back then,” feminists worked for something important and worthwhile – but today, feminists are just shrill, dissatisfied harpies who want to dominate men and sleep around.

Similarities Between Anti-Suffragette Posters and Anti-Feminist Memes

What these anti-feminists fail to realize, however, is that the arguments they use against feminists now are nearly identical to the arguments used a century ago in protest against the women’s suffrage movement. In this article, I will explore some of the primary fears anti-feminists have about women’s progress, and provide examples of anti-suffragette and anti-feminist posters and memes to examine how those fears are communicated.

Fears About Feminism. POC ZINE PROJECT. These are just some of the many zines and independent publications authored/edited by black folks.


Add your suggestions in a comment/reblog or email us: poczineproject AT and we’ll keep updating this list. 1) Mocha Chocolata Momma Zine. Rebel Girls: Waiter, There’s Some Theory in My Gender. Header by Rory Midhani One of the first things a gender studies student typically contends with is, well, gender.

Rebel Girls: Waiter, There’s Some Theory in My Gender

And there’s a lot to contend with! Luckily, there are also a few basics that don’t take years to learn or a PhD to read but did occupy three months of my entire life in two different classes that I took at the same time with overlapping course content and focus in college! So let’s go ahead and skim the surface of gender by breaking down some of the main terms used in gender theory, talking social constructs, and putting ourselves on the spectrums of our own identities. Update!: 115 Films By and About Women of Color, and What. By jai tiggett | Women and Hollywood June 2, 2015 at 12:00PM "Girlhood" The response was overwhelming after we posted the original list of 84 Films By and About Women of Color, which came from a recent Twitter conversation led by director Ava DuVernay.

Update!: 115 Films By and About Women of Color, and What

Not only was the list shared far and wide, but lots of readers weighed in with more film suggestions to add. After tallying up the additional titles, not only has the list grown to 115 women-directed films about women of color, but there are also a number of insights we can draw from the data. To be clear, the list itself isn't comprehensive and doesn't claim to represent every woman-directed film about women of color; there would be too many to name.

You could say that the original list of 84 films reflects which movies had an impact on Hollywood and the US independent film scene, since the call came from a well-known US-based filmmaker. And of note, we’re looking only at feature-length, scripted films directed by women. Many women of color don't go to the police after sexual assault for a reason. The man who hovered over my intoxicated body one humid May night in my senior year of college, liquor and lust staining his breath as he laughed that my “no” really meant “yes”, is still on campus.

Many women of color don't go to the police after sexual assault for a reason

He is the kind of man women whisper to each other about when they think he is not looking, whose transgressions against our bodies are cataloged in hushed tones and quick, ominous shakes of the head. When I left that man’s room, sweaty and shaken to my core, I didn’t dare call the police or campus security. In the impossible hierarchy of acceptable victimhood, black women who walk willingly into the rooms of men they call “brother” are considered undeserving of protection from any violence that happens therein.

12 Cruel Anti-Suffragette Cartoons. Throughout history, there were people who did not want women to vote.

12 Cruel Anti-Suffragette Cartoons

Women would work, they would pay taxes, they would technically be considered citizens... but voting was for men. In America, when the right to vote was extended to include all races, all social positions, and all incomes, women were still not included. It didn't matter if a man was illiterate, had been to jail, or if he was the town drunk. He could vote, and a woman, no matter who she was, could not. Women suffragists (suffragettes) began campaigning in democratic countries all over the world to change this, starting in the mid-19th century. One of the most notable things about the arguments put forth by the anti-suffragette movement was how weak its position was. August will mark the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed American women the right to vote. Stop Saying “That’s So Gay!”: 6 Types of Microaggressions That Harm LGBTQ People. By Kevin L. Nadal, PhD (Associate Professor of Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice – City University of New York)

MicroaggressionConceptualFoundations.pdf. The Many Faces of Homophobia: Microaggressions and the LGBTQIA+ Community. You think you know homophobia? Think again. 5 Ways to Deal with Misguided (But Well-Intentioned) Allies. Eng 8615: queer rhetorics. Queer Rhetorics: Bodies, Theories, Pedagogies "Pleasure is the only thing worth having a theory about. " 6 Ways to Respond to Sexist Microaggressions in Everyday Conversations. Occasionally, sexism presents as overtly as a billboard that reads “You Are Not Welcome Here.”

We Did An In-Depth Analysis Of 21 Disney Female Leads. Why No One Can Design a Better Speculum. The gynecological device may have an ethically fraught history, but it's hard to improve on the design. Morphart Creation/Shutterstock/The Atlantic Few women enjoy pelvic exams: the crinkly paper dress, the awkward questions, the stirrups, the vague fear that can comes with doctors’s visits of any kind (what if they find something abnormal, something bad, something cancerous?). But perhaps no piece of the pelvic exam is as reviled as the vaginal speculum—the cold, clicking, duck-billed apparatus that lifts and separates the vaginal walls so a near-stranger can peer inside. IN PLAIN SIGHT sex trafficking documentary - Narrated by Natalie Grant.

Syllabus Collection. The Consortium’s Syllabus Collection provides easy access to a wide range of courses taught about topics related to gender, armed conflict, peacemaking and postwar reconstruction, as well as feminist perspectives on global politics. The collection is intended to support the expansion and strengthening of education in this field by acting as a resource for teachers who want to design new courses or to update existing ones.

"The Cult of True Womanhood: 1820-1860" by Barbara Welter (1966) It's Amazing How Much The 'Perfect Body' Has Changed In 100 Years. A woman with a "perfect body" in 1930 would barely get a second look from Hollywood producers or model casting agents today. Addiction and eating disorder recovery site worked with digital marketing agency Fractl on a project looking at the origins of Body Mass Index (BMI) measurements, and how the bodies of ideal women have compared to national averages over time. And their findings show that models and movie stars are getting smaller than the average American woman at unprecedented rates. Though BMI measurements don't distinguish between fat and muscle, and are thus fairly inaccurate in determining whether someone is obese or not, BMI data from the past makes for interesting comparisons.

According to the Center for Disease Control, the BMI of the average American women has steadily increased over the past half a century, from 24.9 in 1960 to 26.5 in the present day. 14 Vintage Advertisements That Would Definitely Be Banned Today - Wall Street Insanity. VIDA — Women in Literary Arts. WAVE: Women's Audiovisuals in English.

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Transgender issues. Uniting Girls to Change the World. Judith Butler Explained with Cats. When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink? Black Feminism LIVES! 15 Black Women Visual Artists You Should Know. Visual Artists rarely get enough credit and recognition, but black female visual artists are a group that seems to be left out of the spotlight completely. Growing up as a young black female visual artist, there seemed to be no one who looked like me to look up to. But black female visual artists do exist, and they are creating some of the best art out today.

Black Womyn's Visual Art. 100 Conversations - Digital Safety. MAKERS. Gender and the Prison Industrial Complex.

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Green Dot. Activism + Volunteering. The Top 10 Facts About the Wage Gap. Masculinity. Women's History Month: 10 Things to Thank Feminists for. "Each generation, coming out of obscurity, must define its mission and fulfill or betray it." Frantz Fanon - The Wretched of the Earth James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership. {r}evolution. Activism. SRLP (Sylvia Rivera Law Project) - NWSA.