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New Iraqi Law Legalizes Rape, ‘Feminists’ Too Busy Banning Words to Care

New Iraqi Law Legalizes Rape, ‘Feminists’ Too Busy Banning Words to Care | Feminism | Scoop.it
Paul Joseph Watson | No Beyonce-backed campaign as 10 million women set to be classified slaves.
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Several good and bad things going on in this article:

- YES, capitalism and feminism are at odds right now with companies like Bank of America supporting a "feminist" campaign to ban bossy.

- NO, Beyonce is not a representative example of a feminist. Most feminists don't make billions of dollars selling pop music.

- YES, the law they are trying to pass in Iraq is obscene. A woman should always have the right to refuse sex, even with her husband.

- NO, feminists aren't afraid to get involved because of religion. It's wrong to assume you know everything about how other people should run their lives. For example, to assume that all Muslim women who wear burqas or hijabs are inherently oppressed by that fact.

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Documentary Explores Why So Many People Are Afraid Of Black Men

Documentary Explores Why So Many People Are Afraid Of Black Men | Feminism | Scoop.it
Tragedies like the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and Jordan Davis -- and the public outcries that have followed each one -- are proof that that there is a sharp awareness in the black community of the unjust targeting of black males, as well ...
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News flash: Feminism isn't just about women! It's about studying the power relations expected, assumed, and/or accepted for a given gender, race, class, or ethnicity. Brooklyn-based filmmaker Mya B. (yes, a woman made it!) aims to explore the qualities we accept, assume, and expect of black men. She wants to highlight the negative, prejudicial behaviors we should change, as well as the plethora of successful, classy black men she knows who do not fit the gorilla-like stereotypes flaunted by news media. This issue is especially important in relation to laws like "Stand Your Ground," which allows a person to legally shoot a stranger in an instant if they feel threatened. The problem is, the odds are stacked against a particular gender, and ethnicity, in those moments of judgment.

 

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The Academic Feminist: Transforming Sex Education with Mimi Arbeit

The Academic Feminist: Transforming Sex Education with Mimi Arbeit | Feminism | Scoop.it
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Many people in my generation, myself included, got abstinence only sex education in health class, all the way through high school. Many of us also lost our virginities long before graduation... Needless to say, our educators - funded by our government - are not doing us any favors with this abstince only nonsense. We have a right to accurate knowledge about sex and our bodies so we can make informed decisions about whether or not to engage in various sexual behaviors. 

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Yes, True Detective Treats Its Female Characters Badly. That's The Point. - The Slatest

Yes, True Detective Treats Its Female Characters Badly. That's The Point. - The Slatest | Feminism | Scoop.it
The Slatest Yes, True Detective Treats Its Female Characters Badly. That's The Point.
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This author claims the new HBO series "True Detective" criticizes the virgin-whore complex, a double standard of promiscuity and purity in a female. Is this author accurate? Would an equal amount of men interpret the characters this way, or would it have the opposite effect (normalizing violence)?
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Breaking through the binary: Gender explained using continuums

Breaking through the binary: Gender explained using continuums | Feminism | Scoop.it
Update: View the new-and-improved Genderbread Person v2.0.  It’s a heckuvalot better and just as free! Gender is a tough subject to tackle.  There are a lot of facets to consider,... Update: View the new-and-improved Genderbread Person v2.0.  It’s a heckuvalot better and just as free! Gender is a tough subject to tackle.  There are a […]
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The "Genderbread Person" is an amazing tool for understanding the core of what feminists have been working on for decades, but particularly in recent times alongside the LGBT movement. Namely, it shows how sex, sexuality, and gender are all different - and that they can all be expressed on a spectrum (rather than an either/or binary).

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NARAL Pro-Choice America

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For 40 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has been fighting to protect reproductive freedom, ensuring...
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This link should go to a part of their Facebook page where you can read the winning entries for the Choice Out Loud Writing Contest. The requirements asked 18-30 year-olds to "write a story that reflects the diverse reality of life in America, the circumstances that lead to an unintended pregnancy, and the different choices people make when faced with this situation." The first entry is a 19-year-old girl who got an abortion. The second - the daughter of a woman who had an abortion before later having children that were planned. The third story is of a girl who is transitioning F-M and taking testosterone, but still got pregnant; she hasn't made a decision about the baby yet. All the stories are incredibly unique, but many girls will read these stories and feel an invaluable connection, a sense that they are not alone.

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Young, Black and Feminist

Young, Black and Feminist | Feminism | Scoop.it
These women are giving voice to communities that have long gone unheard.
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Our society is in a wonderfully tumultuous time of young people loving who they are and refusing to heed advice that they should feel otherwise. We are breaking down barriers between genders, races, classes, and all the places those qualities intersect. These 10 young black women are not demanding change, they're making it happen. The list of organizations they are leaders in and places they've been published is both impressive and inspiring. These ladies prove that one person - even a young, black female - can make amazing strides for a better future.
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Street Harassment by Cienna Madrid, Anna Minard, Mary P. Traverse, Emily Nokes and Brittany Kusa

Street Harassment by Cienna Madrid, Anna Minard, Mary P. Traverse, Emily Nokes and Brittany Kusa | Feminism | Scoop.it
Street Harassment - Some men think of creeping on women as a game. Here's how to beat them at their favorite summer pastime. - Feature stories on Seattle News, Politics, Arts and Culture. The Stranger covers Seattle and National News with a voice you can't find anywhere else.
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Too many men still think whistling and hollering at girls on the street is some (twisted) form of complimenting them. Naturally fearing the worst sort of retaliation, the females rarely speak up to their harrassers. This adds to the vicious cycle of victim-blaming we have in American rape culture. We teach girls how to avoid rape instead of teaching people not to rape.

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Toxicity: The True Story of Mainstream Feminism’s Violent Gatekeepers -

Toxicity: The True Story of Mainstream Feminism’s Violent Gatekeepers - | Feminism | Scoop.it
by Aaminah Khan The author would like to thank Mikki Kendall, Flavia Dzodan, Beth Lambier Ryan, and Danielle Miller for contributing their perspectives to this piece.
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Intersectionality has been an important part of feminist discourse for years, but there is immeasurable work to be done. This means checking our privileges of race, class, AND gender. It also means recognizing that stereotypes rarely provide any accurate truths of what another person's life is like.
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What Does It Mean for Feminism if Feminism Becomes Trendy?

What Does It Mean for Feminism if Feminism Becomes Trendy? | Feminism | Scoop.it
2013 was a Big Year for feminism in pop culture. The media's endless hounding of female celebrities regarding whether they identify as feminist has finally paid off — several prominent figures, including Miley Cyrus, Lady ...
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The benefit? We have a chance to give feminism a good name and attach it to inspiring, powerful women (and men/trans/anybody). The problem? "Interest in the movement might be shallow and disingenuous, an easy and intellectually-validating afterthought that one can tack on to something that ultimately does more to reinforce the patriarchal status quo than undermine it."

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