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What's right with Hermione

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14-year-old Naomi Horn says the heroine of JK Rowling's Harry Potter series remains a depressingly rare example of a fictional female respected for her education and intelligence. In Hermione’s world, being smart is what makes her important.
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Superb & Sensitive Reportage & Contemporary History: ‘Soldier Girls’ by Helen Thorpe

Superb & Sensitive Reportage & Contemporary History: ‘Soldier Girls’ by Helen Thorpe | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

Following three women to Afghanistan and back home.


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Leighton Meester asks, is 'Of Mice and Men' a Feminst Tract?

Leighton Meester asks, is 'Of Mice and Men' a Feminst Tract? | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

If Steinbeck's woman character is purely a victim, why is she so hated? And if she is truly harmless, why is she so threatening? Without question, it was a commentary on the social climate at the time, which still surprisingly applies today....


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Antonia Crane Talks About Sex Work, Slut-Shaming, Biting Matthew McConaughey and Her New Book: Spent

Antonia Crane Talks About Sex Work, Slut-Shaming, Biting Matthew McConaughey and Her New Book: Spent | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
I met Antonia Crane when I was putting together an anthology I did about sex work & sex workers. From our first correspondence it was clear she was smart, articulate, funny, talented, ballsy and didn't take herself too seriously. I knew she had a...

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Spent is available at Amazon.

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Crane's book, Spent, is available at Amazon.

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Crane's book, Spent, is available at Amazon.

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New Statesman | Melody Saracoglu on Germaine Greer: One Woman Against the World

New Statesman | Melody Saracoglu on Germaine Greer: One Woman Against the World | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

Many criticisms of feminist analysis involve the complaint that questions were asked that never got answered - or a damning indictment was exposed, with little in the way of remedial action suggested. The Female Eunuch cannot be accused of this. ...

 

 


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Desegregating Our Bookshelves Is A Good Start. Now What? - Role Reboot

Desegregating Our Bookshelves Is A Good Start. Now What? - Role Reboot | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
If boys won’t read books with girl protagonists, the solution is not to create more explicitly “boy” books, the solution is to delve deeply into “why,” says Soraya Chemaly. Last week, The Independent announced it would no longer review books that were specifically marketed to either boys or girls. As they put it, “Gender-specific books demean all …

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Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood - Sex~Kitten.net

Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood - Sex~Kitten.net | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

The abortion debate is not about unborn babies. I bet you knew that, didn’t you? If it were, there would be a similar outcry over every issue involving the lives of babies. Such as lack of healthcare, babies born addicted to drugs, babies killed after being left in hot vehicles, etc. Every year here in Texas someone leaves a kid in a carseat in 100 degree weather and the kid bakes. No public outcry. No organized protest. In fact, the person responsible usually escapes criminal prosecution.


But do you really know what it is about? The pro-life attempt to criminalize abortion is not about saving the lives of unborn babies. If it were about that, you’d see pro-lifers working toward preventing unwanted pregnancies and better adoption rates of unwanted children. In Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood, Kristin Luker explains the psychology behind this centuries-old debate.


People generally don’t put a lot of time and effort into an issue unless it directly affects them. So..how are pro-lifers directly affected by the abortions of others?


The abortion debate is about women and their role in society.


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Jimmy Carter writing book on women's rights

Jimmy Carter’s next book will be a defense of women’s rights and an attack against those who use religion to deny equality.

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The Truth About "Monster Porn" (NWS)

The Truth About "Monster Porn" (NWS) | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

“Monster porn”, otherwise known as “monster erotica”, “cryptozoological erotica”, and “erotic horror”, should be well-known to fans of this site. These sexy stories employ mythical creatures — everything from vampires, demons, zombies, and other monsters to centaurs, mermaids, leprechauns, and aliens — as sex partners. And apparently this upsets people enough for them to censor such stories. But why?


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I don't like to put really adult stuff here -- but the sexism in this really can't be ignored. At least it shouldn't be ignored.

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Shawnee Rivers's curator insight, January 21, 2014 8:07 PM

Censorship games regarding women & sex fantasies.

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Sexism in erotica censorship (NWS)

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I don't like to put really adult stuff here -- but the sexism in this really can't be ignored. At least it shouldn't be ignored.

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Reading gender: On Gloria Steinem's latest collection of articles

Reading gender: On Gloria Steinem's latest collection of articles | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

This is also the Gloria Steinem the world has known for decades now. It’s seen her become an icon for women across the world, changing lives and thought processes. Earlier this week, Steinem released a compilation of her readings, titled “The Essential Gloria Steinem Reader: As if Women Matter”. Published by Rupa in English and Rajkamal publications in Hindi, the reader contains an introduction by Ruchira Gupta, Founder President of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, an NGO that works against sex trafficking. Gupta has also edited the compilation. The book contains a new essay by Steinem on sex trafficking, titled “The Third Way — An End of Trafficking and Prostitution: A Beginning of Mutual Sexuality”, along with other pieces written by the feminist and activist over decades of work with gender and violence. The essays address issues like gender inequality, marginalisation and violence, and approach each question from viewpoint that can be at once universal and context-specific.


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So far, I'm only seeing press from India on this book, and it is not at Amazon. See also: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/feminist-icon-gloria-steinem-launches-her-new-book-114011501239_1.html

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, January 19, 2014 12:21 AM

Has anyone read that "End of Trafficking and Prostitution" article? If so, please do tell!

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Stylish Bookmarks Featuring Famous Female Authors

Stylish Bookmarks Featuring Famous Female Authors | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

This idea of reading only women for awhile, as a way to balance out gender inequity in the literary world, has been around for quite some time. I started doing it years ago, in college, when I noticed that all the books I was reading were by men.


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Porn & Romance: An Odd Couple?

Porn & Romance: An Odd Couple? | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

While romance novels may seem to be harmless entertainment, they have a darker side. One study found that women who buy into romantic fantasies tend to choose occupations with reduced economic rewards that require less education after high school.


Such women also show little interest in high-status occupations. Living too fully in an unreal world of fantasy and romance can undermine your economic prospects in the real world.


Both hypersexuality and the romance genre of books and movies are part of the New Soft War, because both have negative effects on one very important part of a woman’s anatomy according to the American Psychological Association: her brain.

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It's Frustratingly Rare to Find a Novel About Women That's Not About Love

It's Frustratingly Rare to Find a Novel About Women That's Not About Love | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
"Literary girls don't take road-trips to find themselves; they take trips to find men."

I came of age without a literary soulmate. Growing up, I read every book recommended to me. Nick Carraway's lucid account of the 1920's seduced me. Huck Finn's journey up the river showed me the close link between maturity and youth, and Ray Bradbury taught me to be wary of big government as well as the burning temperature of paper. While the male characters of literature built countries, waged wars, and traveled while smoking plenty of illicit substances, the women were utterly boring.


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I find it interesting that romance publishers recognize a LGBT follwing of their traditional romance novels, but the pubs in general can't figure out how to write fiction for women that is not about finding a man.

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I find it interesting that romance publishers recognize a LGBT follwing of their traditional romance novels, but the pubs in general can't figure out how to write fiction for women that is not about finding a man.

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JOST A MON: Sexism in the French Literary World?

JOST A MON: Sexism in the French Literary World? | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

The French feminist collective La Barbe laid into the French literary world a couple of weeks ago. In the 110 year history of the Prix Goncourt, they said, hardly any woman has won it. They said that this omission pointed to the invisibility of women writers: a hundred out of 110 Goncourt winners, and 75 out of 87 Renaudot winners were men.

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Feminist Porn Depicts Sexuality's Unruly Side Too

Feminist Porn Depicts Sexuality's Unruly Side Too | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

As this type of porn gains visibility, it reflects a greater demand for explicit sexual representations among women, where sex isn't always a "ribbon-tied box of happiness and joy," say editors in this excerpt from "The Feminist Porn Book."


...With the emergence of new technologies that allow more people than ever to both create and consume pornography, the moral panic-driven fears of porn are ratcheted up once again. Society's dread of women who own their desire, and use it in ways that confound expectations of proper female sexuality, persists. As Gayle Rubin shows, "Modern Western societies appraise sex acts according to a hierarchical system of sexual value." Rubin maps this system as one where "the charmed circle" is perpetually threatened by the "outer limits," or those who fall out of the bounds of the acceptable.


On the bottom of this hierarchy are sexual acts and identities outside heterosexuality, marriage, monogamy and reproduction. She argues that this hierarchy exists so as to justify the privileging of normative and constricted sexualities and the denigration and punishment of the "sexual rabble."


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Danielle Henderson: Creator of Feminist Ryan Gosling

Danielle Henderson: Creator of Feminist Ryan Gosling | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

I’m not sure how many years something has to be around for it to be considered a “cult classic,” but Feminist Ryan Gosling is definitely in that category. Years from now, maybe even when Ryan Gosling is no longer relevant (will that ever happen?), people will be talking about Feminist Ryan Gosling. It’s funny, easy to consume and undeniably important.

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Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity by Emily Matchar

Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity by Emily Matchar | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

The title -- and cover image -- gave me this impression: This book is going to be about women taking back the kitchen and crafts (and all the things once called "women's work") and are refusing to be told that they are anti-feminist or backward-thinking for doing so. They are reclaiming the word "domestic" from its status as a slur.

Yes . . . but that was just the tip of the iceberg. Matchar explains that that is what we think we're doing (there's the motive) but what we're really accomplishing, if we truly believe ourselves to be feminists, might be shooting ourselves in the feet (there's those repercussions).

...Some women who are quitting their jobs to bake bread and grow veggies and homeschool their kids are saying, as I did, when I dropped out of the workforce, "Work sucks and it ain't getting any better. Screw the middleman. I'm my boss now and my job is to feed my family." As noble as this seems (and, yeah, I was getting a bit of a head), Matchar thinks that we have jumped off a ship that isn't sinking, as we thought, but is, in fact, still struggling to get out of the harbor. Feminism hasn't failed -- it just isn't done yet. Just as we don't have total racial equality even though we have laudable civil rights laws, we don't have equality between the sexes, either -- not in employment or anywhere else. To use another metaphor, our mothers didn't fail to win, they just started the fight. They tagged us in and we've walked away.

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We All Come Up Together: “Towards Collective Liberation” by Chris Crass

We All Come Up Together: “Towards Collective Liberation” by Chris Crass | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

In his new book, “Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy,” Chris Crass rightly points out that there are more men influenced by feminism today than at any other time in history. While this may be so, and I believe it is, a book written by a man about his deep commitment to feminism is still radical, and far too rare. Especially because these books are able to speak to readers with gender privilege in a unique and effective way. The good news is with his first book, Crass is able to do just that, and more.

 

...Crass seeks to bring his white audiences to consciousness about racism through articulating how white supremacy instills an internalized sense of superiority over people of color. This work is not easy as it requires confronting feelings of fear, guilt and shame. However, Crass believes that everyone is needed to build a powerful and successful movement. He states that his overall goal in writing is “to help turn race, class and gender into catalysts to help us build our progressive Left movement rather then have them continue to divide us.”

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The Best Thing A Girl Can Be In This World, A Beautiful Little Fool

The Best Thing A Girl Can Be In This World, A Beautiful Little Fool | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

From Sylvia Plath’s copy of The Great Gatsby.

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Anaïs Nin, Diary Writing and Women's History Month - Huffington Post

Anaïs Nin, Diary Writing and Women's History Month - Huffington Post | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

My mother, an avid reader, read Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex. She believed in some of the tenets of feminism, but not all of them.

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We have to constantly critique imperialist white...

We have to constantly critique imperialist white... | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
“We have to constantly critique imperialist white supremacist patriarchal culture because it is normalized by mass media and rendered unproblematic.” - bell hooks...
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Unpacking the POWER of Picture Books: Sharing Titles About Women in Canada's History!

Unpacking the POWER of Picture Books: Sharing Titles About Women in Canada's History! | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
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"The Happy Homemaker: How Advertising Invented The Housewife

"The Happy Homemaker: How Advertising Invented The Housewife | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

 The Age of Persuasion looks at part two of how Madison Avenue invented the Happy Homemaker. While advertising encouraged women to aspire to be housewives in the 50s...


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