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Here’s what feminist YouTube blogger Marinashutup has to say to Shailene Woodley in response to her comments on feminism:
Tune in to Guardian Radio – 96.9 FM – today at 4:45pm. Our director, Alicia, will be talking about Hollaback! Bahamas and street harassment in The Bahamas.
Most of the trouble with feminism isn’t actually related to feminism. It’s confusion. It’s misunderstanding. It’s failure to do a little research. Many people have the absolutely wrong idea about feminism. People make associations that, when compared to real-deal feminism, make no sense.
We’ve already made it pretty clear what feminism is, right? Let’s take a minute to debunk the myths of feminism. Here is what feminism is NOT:
–Just for women
–About making women more powerful than men
–Trying to get special privileges for women
–Blaming anyone for mistakes we’ve made
–Making women victims
–Making it mandatory for women to stop shaving (or any other method of hair removal)
–Ignoring the issues men face
–For white women only
–Existing at the expense of men
–Extinct or unnecessary
Feminism does not negate freedom. It does not steal choice. It does not victimize anyone. It does not perpetuate stereotypes. It does not seek to make men suffer. It does not aim for women-over-men inequality.
Feminism is about equality. Equal social rights. Equal economic rights. Equal political rights. For everyone.
If you have a definition or idea of feminism in your mind and it does not coincide with equality, it’s wrong. Do not pass GO. Do not collect $200. Go directly to
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If you found this post helpful, enlightening, or think it’s the perfect way to explain feminism (or what it is NOT) to someone you know, please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!
If you have any questions or comments you’d like to share, please go right ahead! We’re here for it.
We interrupt our Feminism 101 series to bring you a new song/video from Colbie Caillat. The song and video work together to deliver a message of body acceptance and self-love, and rejects the notion that we need to spend hundreds of dollars and hours of valuable time attempting to look a certain way for someone else’s pleasure.
Check out this perfectly feminist video with beautiful women for an amazing, uplifting song. This song will probably be stuck in your head, but you’ll appreciate it.
If you love wearing makeup and having hair extensions makes you feel amazing, awesome! We, in no way, are saying you should never get dolled up. We just want you to know you’re beautiful, and we hope you like you, because we do.
Please share this video widely. There are lots of women and girls who need to hear this song, and see the beauty that exists in joy, freedom, self-acceptance, and self-love.
To learn more about the inspiration behind Try and the making of the video, check out this article.
In our last post, we defined feminism. It’s a word that causes confusion for some – mostly those who don’t bother to look it up – and that is quite detrimental to the largely misunderstood movement.
During the month of July, we’re committed to educating you on feminism – it’s definition, misconceptions, the history of the movement, and what you can do to move it forward.
Enter Laci Green. All kinds of awesome. Feminist superhero. Impeccable timing. This video, in which she addresses the F-Word confusion, has been widely shared, and we’ve watched it, nodding our feminist heads and pumping our feminist fists. Laci Green gets it, and she’s happy to help you get it too.
Check out the video.
Where feminism is concerned, confusion abounds. People have strong, visceral reactions to the mere mention of the word. Its definition escapes the masses. It requires explaining.
Conversations concerning feminism must, eventually, address two questions:
1. What is feminism?
2. What is not feminism?
For now, let’s focus on what feminism is all about.
In the simplest of terms, feminism is a(n)…
–belief that men, women, and gender-nonconforming people should have equal rights
–idea that rights should not be gender specific or discriminating
–movement aimed at and advocating for the definition, establishment, and protection of equality in social, political, economic, legal, and cultural rights for people of all genders
The important word to remember whenever feminism is discussed is equality. Every false idea about feminism is due to the lack of understanding of its true definition and ignorance of this core principle. Equality.
–Feminism is a belief in equality.
–Feminism is the idea that all people – regardless of gender – should have access to the same opportunities through the equal rights principle.
–Feminism is the movement which advocates for equal rights for people of all genders.
Equal playing field. Equal access to jobs. Equal opportunities to run for political office. Equal pay for equal work. Equal access to public spaces. Equal right to assembly. Equal access to contraception and sexual and reproductive health services. Equal representation in film, literature, music, and visual arts. Equal domestic responsibilities. Equal voice.
Equal, equal, equal, equal, equal, and then a lot more equal.
Feminism is about equality. It’s a belief. An idea. A doctrine. A principle. A cause. An agenda. A necessity. An answer. A movement. It’s inclusive. It’s for everyone. It’s for you. It needs you.
Get with it.
When this word is spoken, people run for cover. Many men seek shelter, or don every piece of armor imaginable in preparation for the battle of their lives. Many women try to go unnoticed, slipping away as inconspicuously as possible to avoid any chance of association with the term.
This particular F-word is fear-inducing, power-snatching, revolutionary, and altogether misunderstood. It’s meaning, for anyone who bothers to look it up, it clear, but its root sends people running. It seems the word itself and the ideas it evokes – not its actual meaning – is the fuel to the fire of fear, confusion, and resistance. Oh, language, the convolution you cause!
In this, the 21st century, we can’t continue to ignore the word, its meaning, or its implications. We have to address it, and it seems we have to do so repeatedly and more and more people hear it, but not its meaning. We have to combat the misconceptions in order to eradicate the fear and resistance. This, friends, is the beginning.
July is the month to discuss – DUN DUN DUNNNNN! – feminism!
There. It’s been said. Feminism.
We’re talking feminism all month long. We’ll start with the basics. We’ll define it, recall its history, cite examples of it in action, assess the progress of the movement, and highlight its leaders. This is going to be a great education for you, regardless of your age, gender, income, education level, political affiliations, religious beliefs, or any other identity marker.
Here are 4 myths, according to Everyday Feminism, which lead to girls viewing sexual harassment as normal:
1. Males of our species have very poor self-control.
2. Female sexuality exists for the benefit of and belongs to men – and men alone.
3. Girls must take responsibility for male sexuality and protect themselves against it.
4. If any dispute arises about whether sexual contact was enthusiastically welcomed, err on the side of penis because women are manipulative liars.
We find it interesting that the same myths have led schools to impose ridiculous dress codes on female and female-presenting students.
Read the full article by Samantha Eyler for Everyday Feminism here.