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History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
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Group Plans to Open First-of-Its-Kind All-Options Pregnancy Center

Group Plans to Open First-of-Its-Kind All-Options Pregnancy Center | Herstory | Scoop.it
The All Options Pregnancy Resource Center, which will be located in Bloomington, Indiana, is seen by its supporters as an antidote to the strategy employed at anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers of limiting accurate information about and access to abortion care.
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The secret to fighting male fury: Why #YesAllWomen is so important

The secret to fighting male fury: Why #YesAllWomen is so important | Herstory | Scoop.it
Women accross America are creating the vocabulary to expose the poisonous effects of misogyny
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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 | Herstory | 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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Open Letter to Phyllis Schlafly From 12 Year-Old Madison Kimrey (Guest Post)

Open Letter to Phyllis Schlafly From 12 Year-Old Madison Kimrey (Guest Post) | Herstory | Scoop.it
"...it’s been kind of hard to find something I have in common with you. Then, it came to me. I bet you wear a bra."
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Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work

Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work | Herstory | Scoop.it

The Feminist Times has an excellent series on sex work, covering a diverse range of issues. (Sadly, it is only found by searching for the hashtag #SexIndustryWeek, as if finding it on Twitter was more important than a person being able to find all the discussion on the site.) Because it is a diverse series, there are plenty of articles I do not agree with; but that’s what makes it a good discussion, so, please, do take the time to read them. However, there’s one article in particular that raised my hackles and prompts me to write today ~ primarily because it has gone without comment. Such absence of comment might make people think it is “right”. And it is not.

The article is #SexIndustryWeek: Dworkin Was Right About Porn, by VJD Smith of Glosswatch. In it, Smith uses the words of Andrea Dworkin to align all porn as patriarchal misogyny abusing and raping female victims:


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Some of the assumptions feminists make about sex work and porn; insightful.

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Negative aspects involved in feminist arguments against porn and sex work.

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Progress for women in politics, but glass ceiling remains firm | UN Women - Headquarters

Progress for women in politics, but glass ceiling remains firm | UN Women - Headquarters | Herstory | Scoop.it
The Women in Politics Map 2014 launched by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women today shows that while progress on women’s political participation continues to be largely positive across the world, glass ceilings remain firmly in place for women at the highest levels.

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Meryl Streep And Brendan Gleeson Join Historical Feminism Movie Drama 'Suffragette'

Meryl Streep And Brendan Gleeson Join Historical Feminism Movie Drama 'Suffragette' | Herstory | Scoop.it
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Suffragette stars Carey Mulligan as a woman named Maude, who is a worker bee in the growing feminism movement of the early 20th century.

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Poor Vintage Suffragette Valentine

Poor Vintage Suffragette Valentine | Herstory | Scoop.it
Was the suffrage movement the start of "Galentine's Day"? I can't imagine this valentine was sent by anything other than a woman to another woman. Antique valentine via.
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Don't Ever Let a Man Tell You Who You Are...

Don't Ever Let a Man Tell You Who You Are... | Herstory | Scoop.it
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Timeline Photos - National Women's History Museum | Facebook

Timeline Photos - National Women's History Museum | Facebook | Herstory | Scoop.it


Today in 1961, the President’s Commission on the Status of Women was established to examine discrimination against women and to make proposals for eliminating it. In his statement, President John F. Kennedy declared: “This is a task for the entire Nation.” Eleanor Roosevelt chaired the commission from its creation until her death in 1962. (Photo: JFK Presidential Library and Museum.)

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MHP's dialogue with bell hooks

MHP's dialogue with bell hooks | Herstory | Scoop.it
Melissa Harris-Perry has a conversation with famed author bell hooks on the evolution of the black feminist movement in America.
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The MPAA’s backwards logic: Sex is dangerous, sexism is fine

The MPAA’s backwards logic: Sex is dangerous, sexism is fine | Herstory | Scoop.it
If only the ratings agency looked as closely at gender bias as it does at consensual sex, it might do some good

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The Upsetting Difference Between Men And Women, According To The World’s Biggest Search Engine

The Upsetting Difference Between Men And Women, According To The World’s Biggest Search Engine | Herstory | Scoop.it
Raise your hand if you think it’s time for us to un-teach Google some of these things.
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More #YesAllWomen Backlash & Myth-Information (It's Math, Really)

More #YesAllWomen Backlash & Myth-Information (It's Math, Really) | Herstory | Scoop.it
If you don't follow me on Twitter, then you may not have noticed how in love I am with the #YesAllWomen phenomenon. Personally, it became very difficult for me to maintain such conversations when M...
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Why Men Don't See the Harassment Women Experience. #YesAllWomen

Why Men Don't See the Harassment Women Experience. #YesAllWomen | Herstory | Scoop.it
When Santa Barbara police arrived at Elliot Rodger’s apartment last month—after Rodger’s mother alerted authorities to her son’s YouTube videos, where he expressed his resentment of women who don’t have sex with him, aired his jealousy of the men they do choose, and stated his intentions to remedy this “injustice”...
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Cherchez la femme : Feminist videos produced by French activist / militant collectives in the 1970s.

Cherchez la femme : Feminist videos produced by French activist / militant collectives in the 1970s. | Herstory | Scoop.it

There exists a rich history of radical, pioneering feminist video collectives in France that is largely unknown to Anglophone audiences and is still to be recognized in the Western canon of visual studies and activist history. In France, in the early 1970s, several activist collectives such as Vidéa (1974, Anne-Marie Faure, Isabelle Fraisse, Syn Guerin and Catherine Lahourcade) and Insoumuses (1975, Carole Roussopoulos, Delphine Seyrig and Iona Wieder) composed almost entirely of women took up the new portable video camera as an immediate and accessible tool to promote feminism, class and gender consciousness, direct democracy, and political action - all central ideals during the May ‘68 student movements in France and within second-wave feminism. They collectively produced videos (explicitly not artworks) that exploited the medium for their own sociopolitical agendas and self-representation at a time when society did not expect women to embrace technology.

 

16 May - 13 July 2014

SPACE, London

http://www.spacestudios.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/cherchez-la-femme

 


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Phyllis Schlafly: Still Wrong (and Mean) After All These Years

Phyllis Schlafly: Still Wrong (and Mean) After All These Years | Herstory | Scoop.it
A recent column by Phyllis Schlafly—arguably nation’s, if not the world’s, most famous hater of the feminist movement—shows just how woefully out of touch she and the conservative spokeswomen who have followed her are today.
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Schlafly said, “The best way to improve economic prospects for women is to improve job prospects for the men in their lives, even if that means increasing the so-called pay gap.”

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The War On Women

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“If a woman has (the right to abortion), why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t (in most cases)...
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A huge link round-up of evidence.

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Retrospace: Vintage Scan #20: A 1972 Quiz on Women's Lib

Retrospace: Vintage Scan #20: A 1972 Quiz on Women's Lib | Herstory | Scoop.it

This November '72 issue of Young Miss contains a fun little quiz on Women's Lib.  Give it a try and see how you do! (answers at the end of the post)


1. Never let a boy know you're as smart (or smarter) than he is.
2. Only brainy girls like mathematics.
3. Only wear "feminine" clothes which will make boys look twice.
4. Don't be caught dead without a small supply of cosmetics in your handbag.
5. Let the strong boys in the class move the chairs for the teacher.
6. Sports and strenuous physical activities will make you look like a wrestler.
7. It's only right for you to take home economics (and not shop) so you can learn to prepare meals for
your husband and children.
8. The boys' tennis team (the only school team) has never allowed girls to try out-and there's no reason
why it should change its rules.
9. Girls should not be aggressive and compete because it's more feminine to let the boys be the leaders
and winners.
10. In dating, always let the boy make the first move, and never look too anxious.
11. Only women's liberation types want careers and men's jobs.
12. Don't worry too much about grades because you'll probably get married and, quit working anyway.


Answers: Basically, Young Miss says all the answers are 'false'.  If you answered true to any of these questions, there's an article in the mag they recommend you read.... oh, and you're a woman hating bastard.


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How My Past As A Black Woman Informs Me As A Black Male Feminist

How My Past As A Black Woman Informs Me As A Black Male Feminist | Herstory | Scoop.it

I am not new to masculinity, but I am new to being a black man. I am new to the experience of male privilege, as well as the disprivilege of race that marks my black male body as suspect.


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On advertising history, feminism and marketing in the future: Destroying the point

On advertising history, feminism and marketing in the future: Destroying the point | Herstory | Scoop.it

The social media movement born of Alan Jones' sexist comments had huge early success, but its clicktivists' wings have since been clipped. It was around the year of my birth that Philip Morris began a campaign to seduce its female smokers. In an era largely untroubled by my pregnant mother's cigarettes, the Virginia Slims campaign was, in itself, unsurprising.

 

What was surprising was the company's use of a ''women's libber'' to promote its product. This was the first time feminism sold anything to anyone; apart from its core principles, I suppose. Since then, the idea of an emerging social freedom has been used many times to sell women face cream and alcohol. The ''you go girl'' message has been successfully co-opted to bring my gender high heels and financial services and small cars. Because you're worth it.

 

These days, women are still buying back their own dissent from advertisers. But things are different now. In an age of social networking, where so many of us feel we are in ''control'' of our media, the way to a lady's wallet is a more difficult business....


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Schoolgirls on Frontline: Crush Sexism, Add Feminism to Curriculum

Schoolgirls on Frontline: Crush Sexism, Add Feminism to Curriculum | Herstory | Scoop.it
Feminism had become, until relatively recently, a dirty word, a label for women who hated men, had hairy armpits and burned their bras.

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Feminism had become, until relatively recently, a dirty word, a label for women who hated men, had hairy armpits and burned their bras.

But the fight for equal rights along gender lines is suddenly in vogue again, and Camden’s schoolgirls are signing up

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Joss Whedon and The Progressive Nerd Bro Playbook

Joss Whedon and The Progressive Nerd Bro Playbook | Herstory | Scoop.it

Last week Joss Whedon, nerd icon and purveyor of Strong Female Characters, gave a speech for human rights organisation Equality Now in which he performed the essential public service of demonstrating why he shouldn’t ever be taken seriously on matters of gender justice. Whedon, whose self-congratulatory celebration of sexually appealing female violence has long been a point of frustration for me and many other feminists, seemed to be reading directly from The Progressive Nerd Bro Playbook. I have been unable, thus far, to prove that this book exists, but Whedon’s speech provides essential clues that may enable us to reverse-engineer it under laboratory conditions.

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Even if you like Whedon's works, this is worthy of a read.

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Dance, Ballerina, Dance (Remembering Kathy Keeton; Gone To Soon & Forgotten Even Faster)

Dance, Ballerina, Dance (Remembering Kathy Keeton; Gone To Soon & Forgotten Even Faster) | Herstory | Scoop.it

Who was Kathy Keeton? For starters, Keeton was Guccione’s longtime girlfriend and eventual wife. But she ought to be remembered for far more than that.

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This woman ought to be among the largest names in feminism and publishing -- and an icon of the 1970s - 1980s.

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Tullia d’Aragona

Tullia d’Aragona | Herstory | Scoop.it

The existence of courtesans is a glaring refutation of neofeminist dogma about objectification, the eternal victimhood of whores, etc; the fact that the most celebrated, successful and highly-paid harlots of all time were often those who were educated and could match or surpass men in intellectual pursuits throws a huge spanner into the catechism that prostitution is a manifestation of male dominance over women, that our clients hate us, and so on.  Whenever possible, neofeminist historians deny that courtesans were prostitutes, pretend that accomplished women were not really courtesans, or describe them with circumlocutions like, “she chose to cohabit with several men who supported her financially.”  And when all else fails, they simply ignore them.  Fortunately neither male historians nor female ones with less parochial views feel the need to dissemble about such women, and among them Tullia d’Aragona is rightfully viewed as worthy of respect and study.


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