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Pop-Up Abortion Storytelling Campaigns Showcase the Power of Youth Activism

Pop-Up Abortion Storytelling Campaigns Showcase the Power of Youth Activism | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Throughout these efforts, students say, labels like “pro-choice” and “pro-life” took a backseat to story-sharing—perhaps offering insight about ways that young activists, far from being apathetic or disinterested, are engaging their peers about issues of reproductive rights and justice.
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Watch: Pregnant woman shuts down anti-abortion protesters in the most amazing way

Watch: Pregnant woman shuts down anti-abortion protesters in the most amazing way | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

This video shows anti-abortion protesters filming outside an abortion clinic in a London street. And getting shut down by a pregnant passerby.

It was posted on YouTube yesterday by journalist and activist Sunny Hundal.

Hundal then tweeted it with the caption: ‘Today I saw this pregnant woman blasting anti-abortion protesters for intimidating women at a clinic.’

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Hold Up, So How Does This Work?

Hold Up, So How Does This Work? | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

You find yourself a fucking taco, or a fucking beer, or a fucking taco and a beer, then you eat the fucking taco or drink the fucking beer or eat and drink both the fucking taco and the beer, and then you donate some money to an abortion fund. You fucking film yourself doing this shit and then you send us the fucking video and we put it on the fucking internet.


Fuck yeah to you for donating to to groups that work to keep abortion legal and accessible! Fuck yeah! You’re great! They’re great! We 100% percent completely and totally encourage you to donate your money and your time to groups that do important political work, and to organizations that provide much-needed services like pap smears, contraception and STI testing and treatment.

However, the Taco Or Beer Challenge founders regret to inform you that you also can’t win the Taco Or Beer Challenge by only doing this, because winning the Taco Or Beer Challenge depends entirely on you donating to an abortion fund, which is a fund that pays for people’s abortions or directly related logistical expenses.

(Caveat: yes indeedy, some Planned Parenthood affiliates and locations do have their own abortion funds! They totally count toward the challenge! Please be sure to specify which fund you donated to when you submit your badass taco or beer photo/video!) 

Why are abortion funds so important, and why are they the sole non-negotiable part of the Taco Or Beer Challenge? Because abortion stigma is real, and the Taco Or Beer Challenge is about encouraging people to give abortion stigma a big fucking taco-covered middle finger by being loud and proud about directly funding abortion.

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Terry O’Neill has been arrested fighting for immigration reform that respects women & families - National Organization for Women (NOW) | Facebook

Terry O’Neill has been arrested fighting for immigration reform that respects women & families - National Organization for Women (NOW) | Facebook | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

For the second time, President Terry O’Neill has been arrested while participating in an act of civil disobedience on behalf of immigration reform that is s fair for women.


Our current immigration system flat out fails women by denying them equal opportunity. Women and children constitute three-quarters of all immigrants -- women alone make up 51% -- and yet only 25% of work visas are given to women. And the proposals floating around Congress will only make the situation worse.

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Kola Boof: The Message & The Messenger

Kola Boof: The Message & The Messenger | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

Perhaps I am too Utopian *wink* but I do believe that when we gain insight & understanding, we can put our hearts & ethics into action. I respect the hell out of Kola Boof. Admire her greatly. Even when her words sting. For behind them, truth rings. I'd like to think there are others out there who can be taught daily, and not just from some 'word a day' calendar.


Gracie talks with Kola about the messages in her book of poems, Nile River Woman.

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Three Weeks Left to Nominate Your Women's Rights Hero

Three Weeks Left to Nominate Your Women's Rights Hero | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

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Dr Lendy Spires's curator insight, June 20, 2014 2:11 PM
Three Weeks Left to Nominate Your Women's Rights Hero

 

Malala Yousafzai, Maya Angelou, and Alaa Murabit. Three extraordinary people who stood up for women’s rights and made change happen. Now we are looking for other women and men from all walks of life, known and unknown, who are making a difference. Help us find them, so that we can reward their efforts with a cash prize that can contribute to amplify their impact. 


Nominate your hero for the third annual Trust Women Hero Award.


Each year at the Trust Women Conference, we celebrate a remarkable person whose bold thinking and high-impact work has helped women defend and advance their rights. Nominees are judged on their leadership as well as the impact, scalability, and groundbreaking nature of their work.

 

The winner will be announced at a special Awards ceremony at Trust Women. He/she will receive a cash prize of $5,000 to help further their work and will also be acknowledged with profiles on the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Trust Women websites.

 

The closing date for entries is Friday, 4 July, so submit your nominations soon! The application process will take you about 15 minutes, and you will be asked to submit information on the nominee, his or her leadership, impact, and future goals. For any application query, please contact:

 

lauren.ottulich@thomsonreuters.com.

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Israelis and radical feminism

Israelis and radical feminism | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

Haaretz Exposing Israelis to radical feminism Haaretz We hope to create visibility for feminists in Israeli society, since feminism and the war against the oppression of women are very silenced issues.


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What (Many) Sex Workers Don't Want To Talk About

What (Many) Sex Workers Don't Want To Talk About | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
There are things, personal things, many sex workers don't want to talk about; including me. And that's a pity. Because it holds the sex worker movement back. Most cultural shifts regarding unequal ...

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An Egyptian Rapper Is Using Her Music to Fight Back Against Sexual Harassment

An Egyptian Rapper Is Using Her Music to Fight Back Against Sexual Harassment | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
She's using her lyrics to speak out against the country's sexual assault crisis.

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malek's curator insight, June 11, 2014 3:22 PM

Sexual harassment is an endemic social disease in Egypt.

Graeme & Jennifer Bowman's curator insight, June 11, 2014 11:29 PM

Hard to believe, but blending popular culture with serious messages could actually have more impact than yet another PowerPoint presentation.

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A letter from prison in Alexandria | SocialistWorker.org

A letter from prison in Alexandria | SocialistWorker.org | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
An Egyptian revolutionary sentenced to two years in prison for the "crime" of protesting speaks out from behind bars.

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Why Has Equality Eluded Us? Wrong message. Wrong messengers.

Why Has Equality Eluded Us? Wrong message. Wrong messengers. | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

Have you ever tried to convince someone to stop doing a bad thing but they just kept doing it? Well, that's exactly what's been happening to the female rights movement for over a hundred years.


Despite more than a century of women's rights movements and the passing of several important women's rights laws, males still don't view females as truly equal

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A discussion of marketing tactics in selling a social mission.

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Somaly Mam And The Cult of Glamourized Victimhood

Somaly Mam And The Cult of Glamourized Victimhood | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Yes, the famous anti-sex-trafficking activist fudged certain facts to gain attention for her cause—but this sorry tale should make us concerned about our own need for photogenic girls to save.

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Serious problems in a movement that profits off misinformation.

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Controversial Men's Rights Conference Sparks Backlash

Controversial Men's Rights Conference Sparks Backlash | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
A men's rights group that purports to address "the bigotry that is routinely practiced against men and boys in this culture" will hold its first major event next month, even as protesters are fighting for the conference to be cancelled.
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Hashtag Activism and the Lie of 'Solidarity'

Hashtag Activism and the Lie of 'Solidarity' | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Twitter has come under fire from mainstream journalists and institutional gatekeepers, derided as "toxic" and a "poisonous well." But this opposition to Twitter—to its strengths as a democratizing platform—is as old as media itself.
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Join Us at the Supreme Court

Join Us at the Supreme Court | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

On March 25 the Supreme Court will hear two cases brought by for-profit companies that want to deny their employees coverage for birth control. The bosses at Hobby Lobby, a large chain of arts and craft stores, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, which manufactures cabinets, are arguing that their personal religious beliefs should trump the personal beliefs of their female employees, allowing them to evade the law and deny their employees birth control coverage.


This Is Personal will be at the Supreme Court on the day of the hearings to rally in support of birth control coverage and to show America that every woman should have access to this benefit, regardless of her boss’s religious beliefs.


Already more than 27 million women have access to the birth control coverage benefit under the new health care law. Birth control, one of the most frequently used women’s preventive health services, is critical to women’s health and equality. Excluding it from insurance coverage for women while covering the full range of preventive care for men is discrimination—pure and simple.


If you agree — show it. You may not be able to be there in person, but you can still keep it personal. Add your name to the big banner.


Thanks for keeping it personal,

Thao Nguyen
Campaign Director
This Is Personal


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World Social Work Day: taking action against inequality

World Social Work Day: taking action against inequality | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

Social workers want governments with heart and politicians who take the trouble to understand the real human experienceEach year World Social Work Day takes on new energy and significance.


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I Don’t Care About Clients

I Don’t Care About Clients | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

The point I am trying to make here is that if clients were contributing something valuable or even something innocuous to our movement, I could deal. Instead, they are perpetrating whorephobia. I fear that people who don’t know better will see posts like this and think these men somehow have more knowledge of our lives and the realities of our work than we do. After all, the conversations surrounding punters and activism are largely cisheteronormative, and most of these men bring their male privilege to the table, while not even being aware of these advantages.


Beyond that, this issue seems to cause a divide between sex workers and, as evidenced by my anon friend, makes those of us who don’t subscribe to this thinking feel isolated, as if we’re doing something wrong. As if it’s our responsibility to listen and care about what men have to say. After all, it’s part of our socialization as women and marginalized people to listen to men, just as it’s part of our male clients’ socialization to speak over us and for us.


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Interesting points about male advocates for female issues.

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UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign Wear Orange Day | Facebook

UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign Wear Orange Day | Facebook | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

The Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign proclaims every 25th of the month as Orange Day! Orange Days will be launched on 25th day of each month, and will be repeated every consecutive month.

The objective is to raise awareness about the issue of violence against women and girls, not only once a year on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), but every month.

The UNiTE campaign will also launch a new ribbon as symbol for preventing and ending violence against women and girls. With your help, we can make this symbol universal.

What can you do?

1. Wear orange on 25th day of each month;
2. Invite others to wear orange on every 25th of the month, share posts & tweet about it!
3. Use & share the photo of the UNiTE ribbon - the new symbol for ending violence against women and girls;
4. Change your Facebook cover photo to the cover photo of the Say NO - UNiTE Facebook page, promoting the Orange Day and the ribbon.


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A millionaire just blamed benefit cuts for his staff on 2 pregnant women

A millionaire just blamed benefit cuts for his staff on 2 pregnant women | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

im Armstrong, CEO of AOL, just had a staff-wide conference call to announce drastic cuts to benefits. He then viciously blamed the cuts on two female employees who had recently had difficult pregnancies covered by the company's health plan.


The cut was made a day after AOL announced 2013 had been "its most successful year in the last decade" with revenues of $2.3 billion. Armstrong himself made $30 million from a patent deal with Microsoft (how's that for a bonus?) and last year his annual salary was quadrupled to $12.1 million. Yet, two pregnant women are blamed for a cut in benefits.


It is wildly inappropriate for a multi-millionaire CEO who heads a corporation gaining record profits to make a greedy move cutting benefits and then blame pregnancy. If we let Armstrong have his way, then other CEOs can slash benefits with the same sexist justification. We need to send a message to corporate America that women will fight back and speak up for their rights at work.

Will you sign the petition demanding CEO Tim Armstrong apologize for blaming pregnant women for AOL's greedy move and then restore benefits to employees?

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Sign the petition: Congress: Cosponsor the Women’s Health Protection Act

Sign the petition: Congress: Cosponsor the Women’s Health Protection Act | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

Women are thoughtful and smart enough to make their own decisions about their bodies—that's why I hope you stand with the Women's Health Protection Act. We need a federal law to challenge state restrictions and keep politicians out of a woman's personal decision-making, and so I hope you sign onto this powerful bill.

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Pro-Choice Groups: It's Time to Include Abortion Workers in the Movement

Pro-Choice Groups: It's Time to Include Abortion Workers in the Movement | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
The movement already trusts us to provide abortion treatment, so why aren't we trusted with the defense of our own cause?
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Southern Poverty Law Center: Monitor Gender Identity Watch as a Hate Group

Southern Poverty Law Center: Monitor Gender Identity Watch as a Hate Group | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

As a feminist organization, Secular Woman promotes gender equality. We stand against and combat sexism, hate, intolerance, and misogyny.


Transgender women are women.


Cisgender women are women. 


We do not, in any way, view the existence of transgender women, genderqueer individuals or transgender men as a threat to the safety of women, female identity, or the goals of feminism.


As intersectional feminists we acknowledge the privilege that cisgender people experience. We aim to dismantle the axis of oppression that this represents.


Unfortunately, not all who claim the label “feminist” agree with us.  They do not represent us and we reject their actions and views as unethical and devoid of reason.


We stand in opposition.


Members of our community have been targeted by trans-exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs). Personal information such as former names, current legal names, and photographs have been compiled and displayed on the website “Name the Problem”.  Several of the entries are self-attributed to “Pegasus” ("PegasusBug" is a pseudonym of Cathy Brennan, the head of Gender Identity Watch). This information was presented alongside reports describing rapists and batterers of women.


Countless others, including members of transgender advocacy groups have reported similar treatment, as well as other alarming behavior, such as Cathy Brennan contacting employers, schools and medical doctors of transgender women, girls and young men.


This is unacceptable.

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I am tired, not of arguing in favour of equality, diversity and tolerance, but of having to explain, over and over and over again, why such arguments are still necessary, only to have my evidence...

I am tired, not of arguing in favour of equality, diversity and tolerance, but of having to explain, over and over and over again, why such arguments are still necessary, only to have my evidence... | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Foz Meadows from “I Am So Very Tired” in shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows October 4, 2013 (via nonmono-perspective)
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Activist Spotlight: Deon Haywood on Justice and the Movement in New Orleans

Activist Spotlight: Deon Haywood on Justice and the Movement in New Orleans | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

In May of this year, I talked to Deon Haywood, Executive Director of Women With A Vision in New Orleans about her approach to organizing. WWAV scored a significant grassroots legal and political victory in the last year with the NO Justice campaign, which removed hundreds of cis and trans women from Louisiana’s registered felony sexual offender rolls. Deon is a longtime activist in the city of New Orleans, with a history of organizing low-income women of color around reproductive justice, harm reduction, and human rights.

 

...We are not all in the same boat. And if we keep playing like we are, we’re not really going to make the kind of change we’d like to see. Because the women I work with are never going to be able to jump into the sex workers’ rights movement. They don’t feel like that movement is for them.


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5 Online Tools For Activists, By Activists

5 Online Tools For Activists, By Activists | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

Why are social networks powerful tools for causes and campaigns? Many times, people begin to engage in activism only after they’ve been attracted by the fun stuff in a campaign — connecting with old friends and sharing photos, for example. When they witness others participating, they’ll be more likely to join the cause. With socializing as the primary draw, it’s become easier for organizers to attract more and more unlikely activists through social media.


But once a campaign reaches its critical mass, activists might think about moving to other platforms made with their needs — especially digital security — in mind. Platforms like Facebook and Twitter will remain standard fare for online activism. But the time is right for niche-oriented startups to create tools that can supplement these platforms. Here are a few worth investigating....


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There's some interesting points made about activism for public affairs and PR pros. These five sites are also worth monitoring to keep the pulse of what's going on in activism.

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