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The Myth of the Male Feminist. I’ve been thinking for a while about the extent of allyship. I value all the allies in my life. I value folks who are functional allies without espousing the specific politic thereof. In fact, I honestly believe that you can organize with, build solidarity with, and befriend folks who aren’t ‘allies’ and have it still be a lovely and fulfilling experience. At the same time, I think the concept of allyship is fundamentally flawed. Empathy is a thing. Caring and being intentional is a thing. But being able to completely exist in a way that is non-oppressive and having anti-oppression come naturally and easily is not.

What I refer to particularly is the phenomenon of the ‘male feminist.’ Cis-men are great allies. I just wonder if they are able to do that without the assistance/education/reminders of women. Often times the education, call-outs, reminders, and tips we give cis-men do not resonate. I worry that perhaps there is no other way. And it must be unlearnt. Men can be feminists but it’s actually really hard work. The Betteridge law of headlines states that “any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no,” but a Monday piece in the New York Times may be the rare exception. “Is it possible to be a male feminist?” Asks writer (and self-described male feminist) Jake Flanagin. The answer to this question is yes. Possibly even, “Yes of course come on seriously?” It’s a fine enough question for a journalist to ask (think piece glass houses, etc.), but Flanagin’s decision to focus on Hugo Schwyzer — who was given several platforms to write about men and feminism while he spent his spare time attacking the personal, academic and professional lives of black feminists and other feminists of color — is an odd one.

The most compelling part of the Times piece comes in the very last paragraph, when writer Noah Berlatsky discusses the work that being a male feminist actually requires. The scale is aways going to be different, of course. So do plenty of men. Is It Possible to Be a Male Feminist? Photo Who is the male feminist? Perhaps we should first ask: Does he even exist? The singer-songwriter and record producer Pharrell, of “Blurred Lines” infamy, thinks not. “I’ve been asked, am I a feminist?” Lindy West of Jezebel disagrees. The debate rides in the wake of last month’s rampage in Isla Vista, Calif., which inspired the Twitter hashtag #NotAllMen — an effort by social-media-savvy males to ideologically separate from Elliot Rodger, the killer whose rage at least in part arose from an admitted hatred for women.

“The #NotAllMen replies are never in response to anyone making claims about all men,” tweeted The New Inquiry’s editor in chief, Ayesha A. In turn, #NotAllMen inspired another hashtag. Like #NotAllMen, #YesAllWomen had its fair share of critics. The debate surrounding male feminism did not start with the tragedy at Isla Vista. “I wanted to be THE male feminist,” Mr. Shortly before his social-media confessional, Mr. That notion has its supporters among women as well. TLGEN1.6%20UNDP%20GenderAnalysis%20toolkit.pdf. Resources for Youth | Safe @ School. Adios Barbie: Gender Role Posts The Adios Barbie website explores body image issues in an intersectional manner. This section of the site includes articles on the wider topic of gender roles and includes some excellent posts on representations of gender in popular culture.

( Dating Violence This fact sheet for Canadian youth covers the topic of dating violence, with basic information on why it happens and what you can do about it. Don’t Make Me Repeat Myself! METRAC – 2001 This training manual is designed for youth peer educators who want to facilitate youth training on gender-based violence from an anti-oppression framework, and on how a young person can advocate for change.

Gender Maps: A Resource Manual for Youth Children/Youth as Peacebuilders and Save the Children This resource manual contains information and activities to help youth and youth workers explore issues of gender analysis and create gender sensitive programming. Love You Give Finding Zoe Shameless Magazine. Document. G@W in the News - Resources - Gender at Work. Occasional Paper_Gender_Pittman .pdf. ECOSOCAC1997.2.PDF. Gender Training Community of Practice. ITC/ILO Gender eQuality Website - Welcome! About : FRIDA The Young Feminist Fund. FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund is a new initiative that funds and strengthens the participation and leadership of young feminist activists globally. The Fund is a collaborative effort between the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), The Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres/Central American Women’s Fund (FCAM) and an experienced group of young feminist activists from different regions of the world.

The Fund’s Theory of change derives from the core belief that women’s movements are strengthened when young feminist activists and their organizations are provided with the resources and capacity they need to mobilize resources for their work. Supporting young feminists is key to the expansion, rejuvenation and sustainability of women’s movements and organizations, both now and in the future. The Fund defines young feminist activists as young people from across the gender spectrum committed to advancing gender equality and women’s rights through explicitly feminist means.

Boys Will Be Boys Because We Want Them to Be. Home. CEDAW 2014 - FAQ. Q. Why Should the United States Ratify CEDAW? A. CEDAW strengthens the United States as a global leader in standing up for women and girls. CEDAW is a landmark international agreement that affirms principles of fundamental human rights and equality for women and girls. CEDAW is a practical blueprint for each country to achieve progress for women and girls.

The American public strongly supports the principles and values of equality, fairness, education and basic human rights. Almost all countries have ratified the CEDAW agreement – 187 out of 194 countries have ratified. Women around the world are calling for U.S. ratification of the CEDAW treaty to send a strong signal to other governments that women’s rights are human rights. Ratification of CEDAW would continue America’s proud bipartisan tradition of promoting and protecting human rights. Ratifying CEDAW is an effective way to support women and girls, and there are no additional costs or new appropriations required with ratification.

Investing in Girls' Education Delivers Results. Publications. What does it mean to “be a man” to adolescent boys in the Balkans region? Can it mean keeping the peace instead of perpetrating violence?... Women and girls around the world experience staggering levels of rape and other forms of sexual violence.This violence devastates lives, unhinges... Women’s education is associated with positive economic, social, and health outcomes among women and their families, as well as greater opportunities... In this paper we summarize work to date addressing the following research question and gap in the literature: Whether and to what extent have... Fertility rates have declined substantially in many lower- and middle-income countries over the last 40 years due to changes in a wide range of... Today, there are nearly 70 million child brides world­wide, with an estimated 142 million more destined for early marriage over the next decade.... In many parts of the world, women’s rights to land and property are systematically denied.

New Afghanistan law to silence victims of violence against women | World news. A new Afghan law will allow men to attack their wives, children and sisters without fear of judicial punishment, undoing years of slow progress in tackling violence in a country blighted by so-called "honour" killings, forced marriage and vicious domestic abuse. The small but significant change to Afghanistan's criminal prosecution code bans relatives of an accused person from testifying against them. Most violence against women in Afghanistan is within the family, so the law – passed by parliament but awaiting the signature of the president, Hamid Karzai – will effectively silence victims as well as most potential witnesses to their suffering.

"It is a travesty this is happening," said Manizha Naderi, director of the charity and campaign group Women for Afghan Women. "It will make it impossible to prosecute cases of violence against women … The most vulnerable people won't get justice now. " Human Rights Watch said it would "let batterers of women and girls off the hook". Gender mainstreaming. SouthSudan0313_forinsertWebVersion_0.pdf (application/pdf Object) Morocco1012ForUpload_2_0.pdf (application/pdf Object) Gender & Development - Volume 21, Issue 3. IWDA. International Women's Health Coalition. Global development podcast: ending violence against women | Global development. Condemnation of violence against women is widespread. But how do communities actually eliminate attacks? What works? In March, the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will discuss the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. The issue is a priority under the UK's leadership of the G8 this year.

But how effective are global high-level meetings at tackling the problem? Liz Ford, the Guardian Global development's deputy editor, chairs the discussion and is joined down the line from Rome by Irene Khan, director of the International Development Law Organisation, which recently released a report advocating radical legal empowerment for women, and from Monrovia by Korto Williams, country director of ActionAid Liberia, who will talk about her work tackling the root causes of sexual violence. Because I am a Girl : State of the World's Girls : Plan International.

Plan's yearly State of the World's Girls reports. View Other publications Because I am a Girl: Digital and Urban Frontiers 2010 Because I am a Girl: The State of the World's Girls 2010 - Digital and Urban Frontiers is the fourth in a series of annual reports published by Plan examining the rights of girls throughout their childhood, adolescence and as young women. Because I am a Girl: Girls in the global economy 2009 The third in a series of annual reports examining the rights of girls, focuses on the global economy and warns that failing to send girls to school is costing developing countries billions of pounds each year.

Download PDF : English (4.4 Mb, 154 pages) :: Home ::   A Society Free From Trafficking Of Children & Women. Welcome - Feminenza. Adolescent Girls’ Advocacy & Leadership Initiative - Igniting Change for Girls. Homepage - AWID. ARWEAR. White Feminist Fatigue Syndrome. A reply to Nancy Fraser In her re­cent piece in Comment is Free, “How fem­inism be­came capitalism’s hand­maiden — and how to re­claim it” Nancy Fraser draws on her own work in polit­ical theory to argue that fem­inism at best has been co-​opted by neo­lib­er­alism and at worst has been a cap­it­alist ven­ture of the neo-​liberal pro­ject. What ap­pears at first glance to be a reasoned self-​reflection, one that takes stock and re­spons­ib­ility for past al­li­ances and cel­eb­ra­tions of stra­tegic moves for the bet­ter­ment of women’s lives, at second glance re­veals the in­nate and re­pet­itive my­opia of White fem­inism to take ac­count, to con­verse and think along with Black and Third World Feminists.

Writing from the early 1970s on­wards, these scholars and act­iv­ists have sys­tem­at­ic­ally en­gaged a fem­inist cri­tique of not only state cap­it­alism, but of a glob­al­ised cap­it­alism rooted in co­lo­nial legacies. The work of A.Y. How feminism became capitalism's handmaiden - and how to reclaim it | Nancy Fraser. As a feminist, I've always assumed that by fighting to emancipate women I was building a better world – more egalitarian, just and free. 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". A movement that once prioritised social solidarity now celebrates female entrepreneurs. What lies behind this shift is a sea-change in the character of capitalism.