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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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Stealth Attack: What You Need to Know About the New Abortion Laws

Stealth Attack: What You Need to Know About the New Abortion Laws | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
The ACLU has enlisted the help of comic artist Jen Sorensen to help illustrate (literally) the coordinated, national efforts that anti-abortion groups are waging across the country to outlaw women's health clinics and block access to abortion care.
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Lies of Plutocracy: Exploding Five Myths that Dehumanize the Poor

Lies of Plutocracy: Exploding Five Myths that Dehumanize the Poor | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
If you believe that poverty is the domain of the comfortably poor, black, unemployed, unmotivated and uneducated among us, you have been sadly misled.
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North-south divide in Europe as Iceland is top for gender equality

North-south divide in Europe as Iceland is top for gender equality | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
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Northern European countries dominate a list of the best places to live in the world for women, it's emerged.

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I'm Daisy Coleman, The Teenager At The Center Of The Maryville Rape Media Storm, And This Is What Really Happened

I'm Daisy Coleman, The Teenager At The Center Of The Maryville Rape Media Storm, And This Is What Really Happened | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
You may have heard my story, thanks to Anonymous who trended #justice4daisy. I'm not done fighting yet.
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Astonishingly articulate; astonishingly horrible.

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Astonishingly articulate; astonishingly horrible.

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How the Koch Bros. Secretly Fund Anti-Choice Efforts

How the Koch Bros. Secretly Fund Anti-Choice Efforts | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Using a "secret bank," the Koch Bros. gave $8.2 million to a virulently anti-LGBT committee that lobbied for strict abortion laws in Texas and pushes regulations designed to force clinics to close t

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Clever women remain 'ugly' almost by definition, but this new film should give us hope

Clever women remain 'ugly' almost by definition, but this new film should give us hope | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

The biopic tracks Arendt's experiences reporting on the trial of Nazi SS-Officer Adolf Eichmann, unapologetically centralising her role as a public intellectual. Relationships with friends and her husband, including notable author Mary McCarthy, are also rather sensitively depicted. But they are subplots to the real deal, Arendt's ideas.


Unlike the majority of films or television shows when they deign to give airtime to women, “Hannah Arendt” refuses to replicate the stereotypical territory of acceptable-woman-characters. It is not about Arendt the lover (see: almost all women in films), Arendt as a writerly version of the oh-so-“normal” woman hung up on weight and boyfriends (see: Bridget Jones), or Arendt the supposed high-flyer beseiged by mental health issues (see: Scandinavian drama).


“Hannah Arendt” is, instead, about Hannah Arendt the thinker. It rightly credits Professor Arendt, responsible for some of the most publicly enduring theories in 20th century philosophy, with an intellectual interiority mostly reserved – at least in the public eye – for white men.

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A Charte de L'Egalite for French Film Industry: Feminists Make History

A Charte de L'Egalite for French Film Industry: Feminists Make History | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

France has launched a five-point gender equality charter for its film industry, put together by Le Deuxième Regard, a Paris-based ‘lobby’ (read ‘activist’) group founded by Bérénice Vincent, Delphyne Besse and Julie Billy, who will circulate it for signature, to all segments of the industry.

As you can see in the photo, all the first signatories of the charter were women, powerful women: Veronique Cayla, the head of Arte France the public television channel and Le Deuxième Regard's marraine, or 'godmother'; Najat Vallaud Belkacem, the Women’s Rights Minister; Aurélie Filippetti, the Culture and Communications Minister;   Frédérique Bredin, president of the Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée (CNC) – the state film funding body. It remains to be seen who else will sign the charter. The Cannes Film Festival, perhaps? Its full name is Charte Pour l’Égalité Entre Les Femmes et Les Hommes Dans Le Secteur Du Cinéma and it's there in all its glory at the bottom of the page. Impressive.

Why is this charter necessary, when in France women directors' participation in feature filmmaking is among the strongest in the world? Well, there are problems there that are similar to those everywhere else. According to the Screen Daily article, the CNC reports that in 2012 women directed just 25% of the 77 first features approved, even though French film school annual intake has a gender split of 50:50.

This charter is, I think, unique. Feminists often work behind the scenes for change. But has a feminist group ever initiated and helped to write a charter that key government ministers and industry figures signed in support, in the arts or any other context? And then circulated it for signature, to an entire industry? Anywhere? The charter and its evolving signature process are very different, for instance, from the framework that the Swedish Film Institute uses to advance women directors’ participation in filmmaking, perhaps because the Swedish Film Institute – unlike the CNC – works within an established regulatory context that explicitly promotes gender equity and has monitored gender statistics in film for some time.

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Click for more info - and an interview with president Bérénice Vincent.

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"Culture Fit" Is a Shitty Excuse for Marginalizing Women in Tech

"Culture Fit" Is a Shitty Excuse for Marginalizing Women in Tech | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Tech startups, like any other business sector, gravitate towards jargon that conveniently glosses over what they're really talking about. Wall Street has its collateralized debt obligations, Silicon Valley has growth hacking.

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Article: On India, feminism, consumerism & olive oil

Article: On India, feminism, consumerism & olive oil | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

The singular inability of India’s feminist movement to decrypt the coded messages tucked into the aggressive marketing campaigns of giant corporates pushing products and services of subjective “goodness” is bothersome. At one level it implies that the gains achieved by the previous generation of feminists have been frittered away. Since the 1920s, a mix of feminism and feminist-consumerism, which originated in the United States, has inspired Indian feminists and led to sharpened advocacy for pro-women legislations and the adoption of pro-active policies in favour of India’s repressed other half.


But sadly those who inherited the movement from the pioneers were unable to hold the candle. Their failure to check the market economy’s juggernaut as it suppressed women’s aspirations for equality is indeed unfortunate. Secondly, “women’s studies”, the discipline conceived for Indian conditions by the recently deceased Vina Mazumdar (“Vinadi” to her associates) as the bedrock of the Indian feminist struggle seems to have died out. This sad fact is evident daily in the utter disinterest, even stony silence, on the effects of an inexplicable trade policy allowing unregulated imports of daily essentials on women’s health, wealth and happiness.


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Futures Without Violence Hosts Summit on Innovative Solutions to End Gender-Based Violence

Futures Without Violence Hosts Summit on Innovative Solutions to End Gender-Based Violence | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Innovative Solutions to End Gender-Based Violence w/ @GriffinSchein client Futures @WithoutViolence http://t.co/Yck2uJys8O #worldpulse

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Is feminism a source of good in the church?

Is feminism a source of good in the church? | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Laura Ortberg Turner writes at Christianity Today that feminism is the Christian f-word. Turner argues that evangelicals have wrongly dismissed feminism as "anathema" to the body of Christ. She con...

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Study: Everyone hates environmentalists and feminists

Study: Everyone hates environmentalists and feminists | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
New research suggests people tend to hold negative views of political and social activists
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Black feminism can be a way of finding the words

Black feminism can be a way of finding the words | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

And then in Zami, when Audre Lorde shares with us another memory, a memory of people spitting at her in the streets, I understood something. An experience of racism can involve the loss of the words to explain what is going on. It was a memory of her mother explaining to her that people were spitting into the wind because they were ill-mannered and rude, because the mother wants to protect her black child from the knowledge that those people are spitting at her, because she is a black child. I understood something. I understood that racism can be what happens right in front of us – in the direction of violence towards some of us – but also that we learn not to see it. We might learn not to see racism as a way of being protecting from racism: but of course we are not protected. We might not learn the word ‘racism’ or learn not to say that word ‘racism’ as if by not saying it, it might go away. Not naming racism as if racism is not going-on keeps racism on-going. This is why, in naming racism, we are always doing something. We need to find the words. Black feminism can be a way of finding the words.


From Black feminism as a Life-Line by Sara Ahmed. (via tamghrabit)

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We’ve been taught a woman’s body will cause men to sin.

We’ve been taught a woman’s body will cause men to sin. | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

We’re told that if a woman shows too much of her body men will do stupid things. Let’s be clear: A woman’s body is not dangerous to you. Her body will not cause you harm. It will not make you do stupid things. If you do stupid things, it is because you chose to do stupid things.


From How to See a Woman: A Conversation Between a Father and Son (via falldownlikefire)

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Today is World Mental Health Day. Self-Care is a crucial component of caring for others

Today is World Mental Health Day. Self-Care is a crucial component of caring for others | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
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Fox News’ Hasselbeck calls air conditioning ‘the ugly side’ of welfare

Fox News’ Hasselbeck calls air conditioning ‘the ugly side’ of welfare | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
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“ “ “Do these folks really need to be on welfare,” she asked, followed by video of Stossel interview apparent welfare recipients on the street.
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Are feminism and attachment parenting practices compatible?

Are feminism and attachment parenting practices compatible? | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

What kind of mothers do feminists make? According to a new study, feminist mothers endorse the importance of the time-intensive, hands-on parenting practices associated with attachment parenting -- a child-centric parenting technique in which...


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US poverty rate for women and children hits 17-year record high

US poverty rate for women and children hits 17-year record high | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
US Census Bureau says poverty rate for women and children has hit 17-year high.


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J'nene Solidarity Kay's curator insight, September 29, 2013 12:16 PM

This was written in May 2012, but things are not looking up for women and children in today's economy. The tragedy today is that people who could do something about this are too busy debating theory to deal with this unthinkable reality. jkl

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3 Ad Agencies Try to Rebrand Feminism. Did Any of Them Get It Right?

3 Ad Agencies Try to Rebrand Feminism. Did Any of Them Get It Right? | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Does feminism need rebranding? Elle U.K. thinks so, and invited three British ad agencies—Brave, Mother and Wieden + Kennedy—to work on it with three feminist groups. The results, published in November's issue, are posted below.

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If Only More Would Be This Aware & Ask

If Only More Would Be This Aware & Ask | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

I've read through your blog pretty extensively, and theres something I'd like to ask from a place of honesty and genuine desire to understand. A white man can never begin to understand the struggle of a person of color or the struggle of a woman against oppression, because he can never walk in that person's shoes. He can also never renounce the privilege that he has (simply because he exists) no matter the amount of self-educating he does. What, then, should he do to be an ally?

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Read her reply at her blog; she deserves the attention.

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Remember that intimate conversation you had with your son? The one where you said, “I love you and I need you to know that no matter how a woman dresses or acts, it is not an invitation to cat...

Remember that intimate conversation you had with your son? The one where you said, “I love you and I need you to know that no matter how a woman dresses or acts, it is not an invitation to cat... | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
The Conversation You Must Have With Your Sons | Carina Kolodny (via sanityscraps)
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House Republican Spending Bill Would Allow Employers To Opt Out Of Birth Control Coverage

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WASHINGTON -- House Republicans included a so-called "conscience clause" in the government funding bill in a plan they approved early Sunday. The House voted 231-192 on a bill that would delay much of the 2010 health care overhaul for a year.
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Alabama sorority alumnae, advisers blocked black rushees, students say

Alabama sorority alumnae, advisers blocked black rushees, students say | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
The Tri Delt member said members scored the rushee extremely well during the first round, and she believes sororities would have been fighting over recruiting the rushee -- if she weren't black.

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J'nene Solidarity Kay's curator insight, September 13, 2013 1:26 PM

The kind of courage shown by the color blind sorority members feels like what we saw in THE HELP circa the 60s. Better now than never. 

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California Governor Signs 3 Bills Related to Rape, Domestic Violence

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California Governor Jerry Brown signed three bills yesterday related to rape and domestic violence.

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