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New name for Women’s Studies to become Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, reflect changing field

New name for Women’s Studies to become Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, reflect changing field | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

The Women’s Studies Program will change its name to Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies starting next fall, a move meant to better represent the department, Women’s Studies Interim Program Director Sonia Hofkosh announced at the LGBT Center’s 20th anniversary celebration on Saturday.

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“From my very first classes, I realized that there’s way more to women’s studies than just feminist history,” Griffiths, a junior, said. “Gender studies [and] queer studies are ... really important intersectional aspects of a lot of the stuff we do in women’s studies, but [currently] there’s no home for it in Tufts.”


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There Are Now States Where It's Not Safe to Be a Woman

There Are Now States Where It's Not Safe to Be a Woman | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

Activists rally in support of abortion rights in Jackson, Mississippi.


by Katrina vanden Heuvel

(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis).

 

The thing that’s incredible to me – North Dakota being case in point – is the thought that women’s rights in this country depend on their ZIP code,” the inimitable Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards told the Huffington Post late last month. “There are now states where it’s not safe to be a woman.”

 

This didn’t happen by accident. Rather, there’s a disturbing pattern of states pushing blatantly unconstitutional anti-abortion measures, creating a patchwork of places in the United States where women are treated as second-class citizens who can’t be trusted to make their own decisions. The extreme anti-equality activists are intentionally defying Roe v. Wade in hopes of triggering a constitutional showdown. They want to rewrite the constitution as they go, using it to their benefit when it fits their draconian worldview and disregarding it when it doesn’t. That’s a dangerous precedent to set.

 

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As I now live in North Dakota, you can imagine how my blood boils.

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J'nene Solidarity Kay's curator insight, April 9, 2013 4:13 PM

This is right from the Regressionist playbook.

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On Equal Pay Day, Remember Women of Color

On Equal Pay Day, Remember Women of Color | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

April 9 is Equal Pay Day--a reminder that women workers still make less than their male counterparts. Around this time of year, my university's Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance usually holds a Pay Equity Bake Sale to highlight the wage disparities between men and women. The price of each baked good varies by customer to reflect the wage gap. In the United States, women make about $0.77 for every $1 earned by male colleagues; therefore, female students pay $0.77 for a brownie while male students pay $1. Some people love this event, others hate it. What I have always liked about the bake sale is that it not only reflects wage differences between sexes, but races as well.

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Margaret Thatcher: The Glass-Ceiling Shatterer Who Thought Feminism Was ‘Poison’

Margaret Thatcher: The Glass-Ceiling Shatterer Who Thought Feminism Was ‘Poison’ | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

Former Prime Minster Margaret Thatcher was the first and only woman premier Britain has ever had. But despite being a leader in a crucial time for women’s rights internationally, the Iron Lady never considered herself a feminist. She said to her adviser, "The feminists hate me, don’t they? And I don’t blame them. For I hate feminism. It is poison."

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Timeline Photos: National Women's Law Center

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More month than money? Count on it, honored elders.
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What A World Without Women's Studies Looked Like - Tenured Radical - The Chronicle of Higher Education

What A World Without Women's Studies Looked Like - Tenured Radical - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

It’s easy to forget how important women’s studies was to reshaping what knowledge looked like. In part this is because there are fewer and fewer of us who remember what universities that were almost entirely run by and for men looked like. But the success of women’s studies has led to its transformation — into feminist studies, gender studies, queer studies — and to inevitable (as well as important) critiques of what those early years looked like. It’s also very difficult to convey how exciting those early years were — you read every book as it came out, you dived into an archive and practically every piece of evidence you could find on women was a potential article, and groups of faculty and graduate students formed spontaneously in methodology seminars.

 


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Rivals Ready For Battle Over Contentious Abortion Measures

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Rival legal teams, well-financed and highly motivated, are girding for court battles over the coming months on laws enacted in Arkansas and North Dakota that would impose the nation's toughest bans on abortion.

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J'nene Solidarity Kay's curator insight, March 31, 2013 4:37 PM

Time to roll up our sleeves, AGAIN.

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Campaign to Eradicate Victim Shaming and Blaming

Campaign to Eradicate Victim Shaming and Blaming | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

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I don’t mean to sound sexist, but...

I don’t mean to sound sexist, but... | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

I don't mean to sound sexist, but as far as women have come over the last 40 years, you don’t really see a lot of women hunters. They’re still in the minority in the military, and there’s not a lot of female construction workers. I hope that’s not taken the wrong way. I think women are as smart, resourceful, and capable in most things as any man could be … but they are generally physically weaker. That’s science.

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Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead comic series, in response to the question “Why are all the strong female characters either crazy or dead”

And now that you have this information, carry on however you wish to.

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sexism often goes unnoticed by the ones who have never been touched by it

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Fucking moron. My cousin weighs 100 pounds & she’s a bad ass super strong construction worker. And if your argument is that in reality women are physically weaker, maybe in your horror fantasy world you can overcome that belief because something else that doesn’t exist in reality are FUCKING ZOMBIES. God! IDIOT!

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“Free Pussy Riot” Lingerie Campaign: Appropriate or Appropriation? » Sociological Images

“Free Pussy Riot” Lingerie Campaign: Appropriate or Appropriation? » Sociological Images | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

We’ve been covering the saga of Russian protest punk group Pussy Riot for over a year now. The feminist collective performed guerrilla musical protests around Russia against Vladimir Putin. One in particular, in a church, ended with members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina sentenced to two years imprisonment for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”. The human rights implications of this sentence attracted much worldwide attention, with Amnesty International and celebrities like Sting, Yoko Ono and Madonna speaking out for the women. But something else happened. The “Free Pussy Riot” movement, with its iconic knitted balaclavas and provocative language, became a popular meme. The cause célèbre was even appropriated by the fashion industry.

 


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Is Feminism Fashionable?

Is Feminism Fashionable? | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

And if it is, is this a bad thing?

No longer confined to the hallowed halls of academia, feminism is now the go-to word for more than a handful of beloved celebrities too. Beyonce calls herself a 'modern day feminist', Taylor Swift denies she's one but also lashes out at accusations she calls 'sexist'. Meanwhile, Amy Poehler defended herself against Swift by calling herself one.

 

 


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Feminism: Oh Fine, I Still Love You. — The Girl Revolution

Feminism: Oh Fine, I Still Love You. — The Girl Revolution | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

Yesterday I wrote about how I might be breaking up with feminism for a great many legit reasons. There are plenty of things to be disappointed about with feminism as a movement.

 

But, this seduced me back in:

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"Feminism is the discourse."

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Crimes of the Uterus: Imprisonment and Death in the US

Crimes of the Uterus: Imprisonment and Death in the US | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
I sit here taking deep breaths, swallowing, my chest tight, trying to write how I feel about what I'm about to tell you, but I find I don't have words that truly convey the horror. That and the sen...
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Why dogmatic Feminism is holding back Female empowerment.

Why dogmatic Feminism is holding back Female empowerment. | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
The foundation of 
feminism is the premise that men and women are equal.  The concept comes from the book, “A
Vindication of the Rights of Woman” by Mary Wollstonecraft, published in
1792.  At the time it was written, women
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Should we scrap the word 'feminist'?

Should we scrap the word 'feminist'? | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Should we scrap the word 'feminist'? - Sofeminine's Sophie Herdman asks if changing the name 'feminism' is a good idea. I’d like to do the following experiment. A group of people – made up of men and women – stand in a room...
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Men Say They Want a Lady in the Parlor and a Whore in the Bedroom, But do They Really? | A Good Woman's Dirty Mind

Men Say They Want a Lady in the Parlor and a Whore in the Bedroom, But do They Really? | A Good Woman's Dirty Mind | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

Men say that they want a lady in the parlor and a whore in the bedroom, but do they really?

“I love that you’re a wildcat in the bedroom, but I can’t see myself bringing someone like you around to meet my parents or my kids.”

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Teach Your Children Well: Men Must Be Leaders in Changing the Culture of Abuse - RH Reality Check

Teach Your Children Well: Men Must Be Leaders in Changing the Culture of Abuse - RH Reality Check | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

"A former professional football player argues that with enough men as leaders and partners, we can build a culture in which women and men are safe: safe going to parties, safe speaking up, and safe being whoever they want to be.

 

...Further, very often the role of girls and women is ornamental to, or in support of, the male experience. In many contexts, sports cheerleaders, swimsuit models, and the like reinforce the deeply-held assumption that women’s social, and often professional, roles are subservient to men. The disparity in wages, especially in an economy that many men view as a meritocracy, is a glaring example of cultural patriarchy in which the goals and aspirations of men are seen as more noble and superior to those of women.

Those of us concerned for these young people, both victim and perpetrators, have a moral obligation to recognize how the messages of our culture are manifest in the behavior of high school boys at a party."

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Planned Parenthood’s president thinks abortion is headed back to the Supreme Court

Planned Parenthood’s president thinks abortion is headed back to the Supreme Court | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

"It is chilling to think that for women in America, your rights now depend on your zipcode," says Cecile Richards of a wave of new abortion bans. (Is a woman’s right to choose heading back to the Supreme Court?)

 

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Cecile Richards: I’d say that North Dakota is now the most unsafe state in the nation. Their governor has become the poster child for the most anti-woman [legislation] in the country. He has effectively banned access to safe and legal abortion. The bill is not only outrageous but unconstitutional. As a health-care provider, we know the impact it has on women to no longer have access to legal abortion. Lives are being put in jeopardy.

 

[I live in this state. It's so disgusting.]

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The word incompetent comes to mind

The word incompetent comes to mind | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

Thanks to We're IN! 100% ALL IN facebook page.  Yes, he actually said THESE things, (in the ABC and MoJo links) which are pretty much equally as despicable as this photo meme's Borowitz satire FAKE "quote"...

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/justice-antonin-scalias-provocative-comments-gay-issues/story?id=18791020#.UVGjG2S9Kc0

More quotes from Scalia, these written into history from Supreme Court transcripts and opinions ....

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/03/scalia-worst-things-said-written-about-homosexuality-court


[ via www.progressivecentralists.org as excerpted from Andy Borowitz/The New Yorker:http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2013/03/scalia-says-marriage-views-not-affected-by-lifelong-fear-of-gays.html ]


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Incompetent should lead to impeachment.

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Canadian Lawmaker Tells Girl She'll 'Make a Wonderful Wife for Somebody Someday'

Canadian Lawmaker Tells Girl She'll 'Make a Wonderful Wife for Somebody Someday' | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
You too, Canada? You too? Keith Ashfield, a Conservative Party member of the Canadian House of Commons, was recently on tour to promote the Canadian budget.
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OUR OPINION: Dalrymple’s oath compels veto of North Dakota abortion bills | Grand Forks Herald | Grand Forks, North Dakota

OUR OPINION: Dalrymple’s oath compels veto of North Dakota abortion bills | Grand Forks Herald | Grand Forks, North Dakota | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
The governor is honor-bound to do so because he took an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution as well as the state constitution.
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Rise of the naked female warriors

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Known for its topless protesters, Femen is a worldwide movement against patriarchy. But are the activists' breasts obscuring the message? Kira Cochrane reports
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Infuriated & Embarrassed To Be From This State (Abortion Laws In North Dakota)

Infuriated & Embarrassed To Be From This State (Abortion Laws In North Dakota) | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
After calling Gov. Dalrymple, I called my state legislators too. And then I sent this letter via email to all as well in response to all the insanity occurring in...
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