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Feminism's Gender Identity Crisis | Group Think Feminism has come a long way — it has absolutely revolutionized the way gender shapes our lives. The restrictions placed on my mother’s generation have little bearing on mine. But sexism hasn’t disappeared, it’s simply adapted to the successes of feminism. Sexism today is often more subtle, less in your face, but still a very real part of our daily lives. Instead of being shut out of the board room, women are welcomed in, but when they don’t see the same success as their male counterparts, they’re told (often by other successful women) that it’s because they aren’t aggressive enough, don’t lean in to their careers, are too family focused. Today’s sexism means that women aren’t the only ones who suffer. This work has already started, but it’s got a long way to go before we can claim a new direction for feminism. Many fear that broadening feminism beyond a women’s movement will allow male privilege to run rampant in the movement. Feminism, it’s time for a new approach.

MAKERS: Women Who Make America In the last half-century, women have fought their way into nearly every sphere of American life, from the battlefield to the comedy club, the soundstage to the Senate. Expanding on the critically acclaimed PBS documentary MAKERS: Women Who Make America, which told the story of the modern American women’s movement, each documentary in this six-part series examines the impact of the women’s movement on six fields once largely closed to women: business, space, Hollywood, comedy, war and politics. In each field, women have pried open, and profoundly reshaped, the central institutions of American life and culture. Through intimate interviews with trailblazing women known and unknown, viewers are given a rare glimpse-- sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always candid—of what it was like to be pioneers in their fields. Directed by some of the country’s leading independent filmmakers, MAKERS brings to life new and unforgettable stories that every woman, man, girl and boy should know.

My Vagina’s Angry: Performing in The Vagina Monologues ‹ Feminspire “We were worried about vaginas.” Two weeks ago, I performed in my campus production of The Vagina Monologues. It was an incredible experience. “My vagina’s angry. Some people might call it a problematic experience, because the play by Eve Ensler is by no means uncontroversial. “I realize later she was my surprising, unexpected and politically incorrect salvation.” These are all decent criticisms. “In the United States, each year, about two hundred thousand women are raped, which is another kind of war Many people have criticized the piece. ​“If your vagina could talk, what would it say?” Year after year, it is produced on stages and in classrooms, by professionals and amateurs. “I am rising because I am tired of being afraid to walk home wearing a skirt.” ​And you know what? “I had never really seen the thing. ​It had a role for me, as well. “This was the key, I see now; moaning was the thing that ultimately seduced me and got me addicted to making women happy.​”

My High School Needs Feminism, and Yours Does, Too ‹ Feminspire “You’re a feminist?” a fellow student asked me the other day, with the kind of incredulity that I reserve for asking someone about their membership in the Church of Scientology. When I told him that yes, in fact, I am, he brilliantly quipped, “So, if I held the door open for you, you’d get mad at me?” About a year and a half ago, I had no idea feminism was even relevant anymore. I slut-shamed, I acted on internalized misogyny, and I am not proud to say that I was pretty awful. But once I discovered Gloria Steinem and the Internet, I started seeing everything differently. At a small high school, feminism is not only a dirty word, it might as well be an alien word. There are also less overt, and somehow much more disheartening, ways in which feminism is quashed. Several months ago, a girl that I was beginning to feel comfortable with mentioned casually, and with complete seriousness, that she hated feminists. Reader submission by Addison Peacock

Women's Issues - All About Women's Issues Women's Health News Handy Reference Guide to Identifying Oppressive Silencing « sisters of resistance To assist you in identifying and resisting dominant and unequal power relationships in your life, we’ve compiled a list of common phrases people in historically dominant roles have been conditioned to and may use to try to silence oppressed others, particularly when they perceive their dominance to be challenged. The quotations below were used by men against women and are thus patriarchal; however, one could expect to find similar strategic dismissals and silencing of the accounts and concerns of people of color, working class and poor people, queer and LGBTQI people, young people, fat people, disabled people, and other marginalized folks in the discourses of those who discriminate against them. The simultaneous and intersecting nature of oppression is also considered here. These strategies, and others we may have missed, can be found in any order, but from our experiences attempts to silence us commonly go something like this: Strategy: Assert authority. 1. No, but… 2. Like this:

Geek Feminism Wiki-Mozilla Firefox Heartless Bitches International Transgender Girl's Parents Lobby for Her Right to Use the Bathroom | Parenting The Mathis family, with Coy, far right. (The family let the kids dye their hair for fun over the summer.) Photo: …The parents of a 6-year-old transgender girl who has been banned from using the girls’ bathroom at her Fountain, Colorado public school have filed a formal discrimination complaint with the aid of a lawyer—and are using the opportunity to speak out publicly in support of their child. More on Shine: Dad Protects Son From Bullies by Wearing Skirt. “The more you talk about something, the more awareness and acceptance there is,” Kathryn Mathis, mother of first grader Coy, who was born a boy, told Yahoo! The family has filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division. More on Yahoo! Kathryn and her husband, Jeremy, appeared with Coy on the "Katie" show Wednesday to talk about the case. Kathryn and Jeremy, a full-time student and disabled veteran, have four other children, including a set of triplets, one of which is Coy. Coy Mathis.