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Anti-patriarchy online

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How a network of feminist and female-only online zines, poets and artists energise the net (♥!TUMBLR!♥ The home of contemporary feminism?


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624 to 0

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This was shared with me by James Johnson. He added: Women need to understand one thing... men have made a mess of their need to control and the only way to stop this is for women to run for political office....
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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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What happened when I started a feminist society at school

What happened when I started a feminist society at school | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

After returning from this school trip I started to notice how much the girls at my school suffer because of the pressures associated with our gender. Many of the girls have eating disorders, some have had peers heavily pressure them into sexual acts, others suffer in emotionally abusive relationships where they are constantly told they are worthless.

 

I decided to set up a feminist society at my school, which has previously been named one of "the best schools in the country", to try to tackle these issues. However, this was more difficult than I imagined as my all-girls school was hesitant to allow the society. After a year-long struggle, the feminist society was finally ratified.

 

What I hadn't anticipated on setting up the feminist society was a massive backlash from the boys in my wider peer circle. They took to Twitter and started a campaign of abuse against me. I was called a "feminist bitch", accused of "feeding [girls] bullshit", and in a particularly racist comment was told "all this feminism bull won't stop uncle Sanjit from marrying you when you leave school".

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Texas Congressman: Masturbating Fetuses Prove Need for Abortion Ban

Texas Congressman: Masturbating Fetuses Prove Need for Abortion Ban | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

“Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and they have movements that are purposeful,” said Burgess, a former OB/GYN. “They stroke their face. If they’re a male baby, they may have their hand between their legs. If they feel pleasure, why is it so hard to believe that they could feel pain?”

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7 Things to Know About the Draconian GOP Bill That Would Force Women to Birth Babies Without Brains

7 Things to Know About the Draconian GOP Bill That Would Force Women to Birth Babies Without Brains | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Anti-abortion zealots are getting bolder.

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J'nene Solidarity Kay's curator insight, June 19, 2013 11:57 AM

A good read about this bad situation.

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Planned Parenthood, ACLU File Lawsuit Against AL TRAP Law

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On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit to prevent an anti-abortion law that could threaten to close three out of the five clinics in the state from going into effect July 1.

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Women and Spirituality: Debunking Mormonism

Women and Spirituality: Debunking Mormonism | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

One stereotype is “Molly Mormon.” I think this is one we may have put on to ourselves. Molly Mormon is the perfect homemaker and stay-at-home mom. She wears modest, homemade clothing, and little to no make-up. She bakes bread; does all home-cooked meals; cans; quilts; sews; and serves others without breaking a sweat. She always looks camera ready, and is never heard yelling at her children.

 

Another stereotype that has been attached to Mormon women is that we are mealy-mouthed, subservient women who would gladly be sister wives in polygamist marriages. That is far from true. We each have our individual likes, dislikes and styles. We are a world-wide organization encompassing cultures from all around the globe. We are a force to be reckoned with both, individually and collectively.

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Fighting for Human Dignity and Women's Equality: Interview with Margot Wallstrom

Fighting for Human Dignity and Women's Equality: Interview with Margot Wallstrom | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Women have to be involved in peace processes as negotiators, mediators and signatories of peace agreements. They have to be represented in political life.

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AnYes van Rhijn's curator insight, June 11, 2013 5:49 AM

Role model series: Margot Wallstrom

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North Dakota Accrues Steep Legal Fees Defending Medication Abortion Ban

North Dakota Accrues Steep Legal Fees Defending Medication Abortion Ban | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Residents of North Dakota are getting a lesson in just how expensive it is to defend an unconstitutional abortion ban.

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All I can do is sigh now that my voice is sore from ranting about this

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Sex-Ed For Graybeards

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The truth is slowly dawning on American women that those dear men, perhaps husbands, fathers, or grandfathers, are demonstrating a lack in their education, specifically in their sex-ed, whether it was taught to them by their own fathers, older brothers, or the big boys who stood out on the street corners of their home towns. The poor fellows simply don't know any better! However, they are more than happy to display their ignorance at every opportunity. All one has to do is to stick a microphone in their faces and start asking them questions about some of the foremost debates of the day.

Thus, this old lady, being immune to the fear of death and too jaded to worry about any retaliation, will undertake the task of informing them of those lessons they missed. First, they are not to blame. Traditionally, the sex education of boys has fallen to either fathers or gym coaches -- most of whom suffered from the same ignorance of the subject or were too embarrassed to discuss the topic with the wide-open and expectant faces of the pubescent boys who were so eager to learn. I'm not talking about the "how-to" of the subect. That comes naturally and few boys require any assistance in mastering it.

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Can A Beauty Editor Be A Feminist? - Refinery29 (blog)

Can A Beauty Editor Be A Feminist? - Refinery29 (blog) | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

Refinery29 (blog) Can A Beauty Editor Be A Feminist? Refinery29 (blog) I don't remember a time when I wasn't a feminist.


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Male train drivers don skirts after shorts ban - The Local

Male train drivers don skirts after shorts ban - The Local | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

It gets warm working on the railways around Stockholm in the summer and in recent weeks male employees have been revolting against a ban on shorts by coming to work clad in skirts.

 

..."To say anything else would be discrimination," communications head Tomas Hedenius told the newspaper.

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Abortion and Magical Thinking | The Nation

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Anti-choicers think what they believe determines how abortion restrictions are enforced. They're dangerously wrong.

 

It takes a special kind of willful ignorance to oppose legal abortion these days. In fact, being disconnected from reality has become the most definitive characteristic of the anti-choice movement. Pregnancy from rape? The body can “shut that whole thing down.” Birth control? Just another kind of abortifacient. Then there are the made-up “post-abortion syndromes” and unsubstantiated links between abortion and breast cancer. But no kind of anti-choice rhetoric is more dangerous than the fantasy that making abortion illegal will not hurt women.

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Women still earn less 50 years after Equal Pay Act

Women still earn less 50 years after Equal Pay Act | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Marie Claire's Anne Fulenwider explain why women earn 77 cents to every dollar a man earns

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They Are Coming For Your Birth Control: Contraception Gave Us Gosnell

They Are Coming For Your Birth Control: Contraception Gave Us Gosnell | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Think that anti-choice politicians and activists aren’t trying to outlaw contraception? Think again. Follow along in an ongoing series that proves beyond a doubt that they really are coming for your birth control.

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What Are Women Earning? (And How Are Men Shrinking?)

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One should also note that this is not simply a matter of “feminism having won, so just let it all go away.” For the findings also reveal that “total family income is higher when the mother, not the father, is the primary breadwinner.” Thanks, pink collar ghetto, unequal pay, and continuing notions of gender inequality in the workplace. Not to mention all the BS traditional notions of motherhood.

 

Never mind the facts, however; let’s just get to the million dollar subtext question Liza Donnelly put forth regarding the 37% — the married mothers who have a higher income than their husbands: Can Husbands Handle Being Outearned By Their Wives?

 

...If you want to dismiss all this as the ramblings of irrelevant talking asshats on Fox (for which I will gently remind you that their rhetoric is often too dangerous to be dismissed), you’ll need to also know about this other study, called In Sickness and In Wealth...


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The New Suffragettes

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Emily Wilding Davison’s actions made her one of the most famous suffragettes of her time.   A century of speculation about her death has focused on her possessions at that time.  In particular, the return railway ticket in her purse has led many historians to suggest she had no intention of committing suicide that day.  However, Elizabeth Crawford’s latest research strongly suggests that ‘special offer’ return tickets were the only ones available on Derby Day, and so this piece of evidence can be discounted.  However, other recent research into her death has largely favoured the view that she did not commit suicide on that day, but was instead aware of the possible consequences of her actions and was ready to face them: this being arrest, injury or death.   Like FEMEN protesters a century later, she was using her body as a means of protest.

 

Whatever her motivation, Davison’s death remains one of the most iconic moments of the militant suffragette movement, caught on camera, in the years immediately before the First World War.  Thousands of women, and some men, took part in the women’s suffrage campaign in these years, with hundreds of them being arrested as their demonstrations became more imaginative. The 1911 census boycott, for example, saw many thousands of women physically absenting themselves from being  ‘at home’ on census night by taking part in all-night roller-skating, midnight picnicking in parks, and camping out in caravans. Davison herself hid in a broom cupboard in the House of Commons, thus enabling her to put this exclusive address down as her place of residence.  After the failure of successive governments to pursue the women’s suffrage agenda, the campaign became more militant.  Mostly, the actions were aimed at property, such as setting fire to post boxes (a crime for which Davison was imprisoned), breaking windows and burning bastions of patriarchy such as cricket pavilions.

 

The State dealt with these actions, not by engaging in dialogue, but by throwing the women into prison.  The more militant suffragettes appealed to be made First Division prisoners, the category afforded to political prisoners rather than common criminals.  When this was denied, they started hunger strikes...

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Ageing men are changing men? The debate on men and crime

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Especially important to me is the possibility of change for older men. I have been involved in an ‘Ageing Men’s Group’ since the 1990s. Our project is precisely to explore how ‘ageing men are changing men’. One conclusion is that retirement or semi-retirement from waged work– has allowed us to redefine relationships with partners in ways that are more equal and also enabled more caring relationships with children, grandchildren, male friends and others. We have also learned that it is possible to redefine relationships between men, in less competitive and anxious ways. Influenced again by feminist ideas and practices, we have constructed a small male public in which it is possible to be less secretive about life’s problems and more accepting about our differences. Around the group there is also a network of friendships, sustained by meetings, phone calls or the Internet. I have learned, perhaps for the first time to trust other men, even in a collective context.

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‘Women beyond war’: Rising up for environmental justice and an end to violence

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If the flow of money is any indication of the world’s values, then the perpetuation of both fossil fuels and militarism are among society’s top priorities. The International Monetary Fund recently reported that world governments spend $2 trillion annually subsidizing fossil fuels, almost 9% of all annual national budgets. In the past two decades, the world has also seen a steady rise in global military spending, largely driven by enormous defense spending in developed nations. These two budget priorities divert funding away from social services such as healthcare and education.

 

These trends are alarming, but the activist movements working for both peace and sustainability are growing and gaining momentum, with women at the forefront.

 

The Nobel Women’s Initiative brought leaders and peace activists from around the world together in Belfast, Ireland from May 28th to May 30th for their fourth biennial conference, “Moving Beyond Militarism & War: Women-driven solutions for a nonviolent world.

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The Choice Of Motherhood

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This is difficult to write -- but then that's why I feel it must be discussed.

Feminist and author Alice Walker and her daughter, Rebecca Walker, have been at odds over motherhood.

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On Consuming Media Responsibly — Play Time

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I’m a huge fan of the horror genre. I’m also a longtime video game critic and a self-identified feminist.

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The new suffragettes: Courage in Cairo - the Arab women’s awakening

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When Doria Shafiq stormed Egypt’s parliament in 1951 to demand women’s suffrage, she fired the imagination of her countrywomen and was transformed overnight into a national celebrity.


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Immigration Reform 2013: Will Abused Undocumented Women Get Their Rights? | YWCA USA Blog

Immigration Reform 2013: Will Abused Undocumented Women Get Their Rights? | YWCA USA Blog | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

After the terribly tragic events that took place in Boston, the country has pulled together to mourn our losses and move on. The new immigration bill is still in process of being reviewed and debated on Capitol Hill, but one thing that hasn’t really been discussed is the state of undocumented women, particularly victims of sexual abuse and rape. Regardless of where you stand on the issue of immigration, the truth is that the sooner rape victims receive help; the better they are at handling trauma. The Violence Against Women Act signed by President Obama earlier this year covers undocumented women who are victims of domestic violence. What does this mean for the new immigration bill?

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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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