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7 Things Feminists Should Understand About Today’s Men. The feminist movement began as a struggle for basic rights: women’s suffrage, reproductive rights, access to work and education, and equal rights within those institutions. Through the hard work and dedication of our foremothers, many of those feats have been won. As a result, our culture has become dominated by a narrative that is not representative of the country’s reality: A progressive picture of fairness and equal opportunity regardless of sex or race. One where the fight for Civil Rights eradicated racism and feminism ushered in an era of “equality” between the sexes. Yet, in reality, not much has really changed where gender relations are involved.

Though a small percentage of men and women have entered fields that they were once barred from participating in because of their sex, most work fields are extremely gendered, many of the most dangerous occupations are still dominated by men and society still has very restrictive gender ideals. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Lisamlepard : @thetrudz @ReignOfApril #feminism... Emilie_says : #feministselfie... PhuzzieSlippers : @thetrudz... We Need to Talk About Hugo, Race, and Feminism. Hugo Schwyzer is a narcissistic blowhole. This week, many of the women whom Schwyzer attacked and villified online over the years have successfully pushed the media frenzy around his recent admission that he's a fraud and an abuser into a bigger, more important discussion about the role that race has played in progressive, feminist media's support of Schwyzer over the years. Take time to read through all the tweets on #solidarityisforwhitewomen, a hashtag started by Mikki Kendall, where people are posting all sorts of insights about how avowed white feminists can ignore and dimiss people of color—including the years of harassment Schwyzer inflicted, but also on other issues like the wage gap and media coverage.

There is far more to say than 140 characters on this. Flavia Dzodan wrote a powerful piece at Red Light Politics about how progressive media groups have undermined women of color and feminism by supporting Schwyzer over the years. I despise his ideology. Dear white feminists, | Quit goddamn fucking up. The intersectional turn in feminist theory: A dream of a common language?

Boston Man Invents Straws And Cups That Detect Date Rape Drugs. When you and your friends are out on the town, do you keep an eye on your drink? It’s been years since the first warnings against colorless, odorless, tasteless “date rape” drugs, but they’re still showing up in bars, restaurants, at parties, and on college campuses. But, one Boston inventor and attorney aims to put a stop to them.------- Michael Abramson is sitting in a bar overlooking the harbor in South Boston’s Seaport neighborhood. It’s the kind of place he comes for drinks with friends after work. Right now he’s eyeing the plastic straws… on the bar and in his drink. “Your straw is constantly in your drink throughout the entire night. And let’s say now somebody slips GHB into your drink…” GHB is one of the most common synthetic “date rape drugs.” It comes in liquid, powder and pill form, and it has powerful euphoric and sedative effects. “Your straw would actually change color.

Abramson said he woke up the next day in his apartment, relatively unharmed. MY FEMINISM WILL BE INTERSECTIONAL OR IT WILL BE BULLSHIT! Now picture this: me screaming the above. Angry. VERY ANGRY as a matter of fact. Screaming this at my computer screen. Screaming it at nobody and everybody. At you. And here’s the thing: while I am screaming at you, I am also asking, nay, DEMANDING that you scream with me. This past week I’ve been screaming this a lot. Layer one of this week’s shit puff pastry My anger was inaugurated with a simple photograph. Layer two of this week’s shit puff pastry After this photo made the rounds in some online blogs and magazines, it ended up posted in Slut Walk New York’s very own Facebook page.

And then something else happened: the whole thread was deleted. Layer three of this week’s shit puff pastry I am not supposed to be angry at any of the above. The point is there is strength in numbers. MY FEMINISM WILL BE INTERSECTIONAL OR IT WILL BE BULLSHIT! See? But after the debacle with the racial discussions, I no longer feel the same way.

Layer four of this week’s shit puff pastry Except that no. Revolution women. MADE OF SHADE: Dr. bell hooks on Zimmerman Effect. Exclusive interview with respected author ... By Quassan Castro Not every day do you get to sit with intellectual, feminist, educator and social activist bell hooks. If you do, it’s wise to fall silent and listen. bell hooks has written and published over thirty books, including Ain’t I a Woman? : Black Women and Feminism; Yearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics; Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-recovery; Teaching to Transgress: Education As the Practice of Freedom; Rock My Soul: Black People and Self-esteem; We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity and many more works to date. bell hooks was a Professor of African and African-American Studies and English at Yale University. hooks was the Distinguished Lecturer of English Literature at City College of New York.

Hooks has been ranked as one of the most influential American thinkers and writers of all time by Publisher’s Weekly and The Atlantic monthly. Quassan: Wow! Quassan: Why should Stand your ground NOT exist? Bell Hooks on Trayvon Martin (for Realz) & Forgiving George Zimmerman. Republished from feministing.com By Katie Halper After the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who fatally shot an unarmed African-American teenager, the following words of the feminist, intellectual, activist, teacher bell hooks spread like wild fire across social media. The growing number of gated communities in our nation is but one example of the obsession with safety…. The person who is really the threat here is the home owner who has been so well socialized by the thinking of white supremacy, of capitalism, of patriarchy that he can no longer respond rationally. White supremacy has taught him that all people of color are threats irrespective of their behavior.

The words were so applicable to the murder of Trayvon Martin, that many people assumed it was written or spoken in response to the case. But hooks did respond directly to the tragedy of Trayvon Martin and the travesty of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in an interview with Quassan Castro for Jet Magazine on Wednesday. Selling Feminism: A History - Jordan Larson. For decades, writers have been publishing guides to make the movement seem appealing to young women. How convincing are they? A glistening, lipsticked mouth graces the cover of Sexy Feminism: A Girl's Guide to Love, Success, and Style, a book by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and Heather Wood Rudúlph released in March.

Born out of their blog SexyFeminist.com, the book aims to show girls and young women that, unlike what they may have heard, feminism can be--and often is--sexy. Tackling questions like "Is Dieting Antifeminist? " and "Plastic Surgery: Can You? " Books espousing feminist values for girls were abundant in the 1970s. The 1980s saw the first appearance of overtly feminist materials for girls and young women. Adventure is founded on initial confusion, even fear. In the late '80s and early '90s feminism and its derivatives moved into the mainstream, creating previously unseen amalgamations of theory and pop.

But feminist is just a word, you may say--why is it so important?