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Ah, spring. What a wonderful time of the year. Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, terrified college students are graduating, and dudes on the internet are pondering that age-old philosophical question: “But whyyyyy can’t I tell that random girl on the street that she looks hot?” It seems that men are finally starting to realize that many women do not like street harassment (or, in the parlance of the uninitiated, “unsolicited compliments about a stranger’s appearance”).
“‘We Have Always Fought’: Challenging the ‘Women, Cattle and Slaves’ Narrative” by Kameron Hurley — A Dribble of Ink'We Have Always Fought': Challenging the 'Women, Cattle and Slaves' Narrative By Kameron Hurley I’m going to tell you a story about llamas.
Famed aviator Amelia Earhart is among the iconic women that 5-year-old Emma was styled to look like. (Jaime C. Moore Photography) Ottawa-born photographer Jaime Moore is attracting much attention online for defying the birthday princess trend and dressing her five-year-old up like five prominent women. Moore, who moved to Austin from Vancouver last year, had hoped to stage a special photo shoot for Emma's fifth birthday, but was disappointed to find that most ideas online were pretty, pink and firmly rooted in fantasy.
New York City, that charming bastion of tolerance, apparently believes that if a woman is carrying condoms, that can be evidence that she is a prostitute. If a police officer thinks you look like a whore — watch out. A single Trojan might be enough to ensure your arrest. Or if you're not carrying condoms but the police still think you're a sex worker, they might just plant one on you anyway, as Molly Crabapple reports at Vice :
I grew up the daughter of a feminist. Mom was always involved with local association of women chapters and always made sure I knew that girls could do ANYTHING. I went to an all-girls school for grades 8, 9 and 10. Those were prime years for defining a sense of self.
At first blush, recent discussions about women “having it all” seem to be uniquely American and of this time: the product of our overachieving society, capitalism, and the constant pressure to succeed. But it’s also a product of the mass media and its particular, visual pressures upon women. This, then, is not a new phenomenon. It actually originated more than 100 years ago in France, where both photography and film were invented, and arguably celebrity culture as well (think Sarah Bernhardt). Photo courtesy Rachel Mesch. Around the time that photographs of famous people were first starting to circulate in French magazines, these magazines were also reimagining how to present the modern French woman.
Ending Street Harassment with an App: Emily May’s Hollaback! Posted on Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 11:35 AM Hollaback! is part of a movement—a revolution really—to end street harassment. And the revolution is loud.
This Krista Ford " don't dress like a whore " thing has really put me over the edge -- truly. I am experiencing the pinnacle of what Jezebel 's Erin Gloria Ryan coined "Rape Fatigue ." Assuming many of you are also suffering from this enraging affliction based on the last seven or so days of the news cycle, I'll keep the recapping to a minimum and just get right to it: everyone needs to stop telling women how not to get raped.
Even though the euphemism "four-letter word" only came into use during the first half of the twentieth century, I think the first and most controversial anachronistic example must be "slut. As far back as 1450, the word almost exclusively referred to "a sexually promiscuous woman," but another early meaning was "kitchen maid," "dirty or untidy woman." No wonder Germaine Greer said, "True liberation is women wearing what they like and abandoning the Hoover." And yet, I found an unusual modern-day definition: a woman with the morals of a man. Surprised? Slut is not just a term used for women.
Demonstrators in Cairo's Tahrir Square in February 2011. Photo by Asmaa Waguih (Reuters) There’s no denying that, in many parts of the world, women’s rights are in a bad state. There are hundreds of organizations and thousands of activists working to change that fact. But the persecution of women throughout certain parts of the world has, in the last decade, been co-opted as a pretext for military occupation, and “saving the women” of these countries has not been the outcome. Women need to be more empowered all over the world; that goal is not going to be accomplished by military invasion.
| April 15, 2011 Where have all the Radicals gone? When feminism gets moderate.mp3 Artist: Meghan Murphy Title: Where have all the Radicals gone?
If Abby Johnson , former Texas Planned Parenthood Director-cum- pro-life maven , came to your event, she would respect your rights. That’s what she said last Thursday night over the shouts of rowdy pro-choice protestors who were packed into an auditorium at the University of Washington to hear her speak on the topic: “Do Women Have Too Many Rights? “ And you know what? I believe her. The hollers and eventual scuffles didn’t subside once during her hour-long talk, and plans for a post-talk Q&A were aborted as a very pregnant Johnson exited early, flanked by campus police.
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