Alright. Let’s get this out of the way right now. There is no such thing as “pro-life” feminism. It’s a myth, kind of like fairytale happy endings or the abominable snowman. You can’t have feminism without equality. In fact its most basic definition, according to feminist icon Dr. bell hooks, is “feminism is a movement […]
Recent blog posts written by Megan Kearns
Some writers, like professor Stacy Wolf, have enjoyed yet criticized the film adaptation of Les Miserables for not being feminist enough and turning the female characters into “bit players.” Whileothers have lauded its feminism. Sure it irks me yet another film focuses on the journey, salvation and redemption of a man. We clearly have enough of those. But that ignores […]
When I saw Argo in the theatre, I wasn’t really expecting to have a whole lot to say regarding gender in the film. In the majority of the trailer, all you see is men, men, brief glimpse of the women, and more men. Did Argo reaffirm my fears of making women silent and invisible? Based on the 1979 Tehran […]
I used to volunteer at a domestic violence hotline. I spoke with women scared for their lives and for the lives of their children. They were hurt, angry and confused. Some needed legal counseling or refuge from an abusive partner. Others just needed someone to listen. If it hadn’t been for the Violence Against Women […]
Is feminism becoming funnier and less serious? Is that a blow to women’s rights? Last month, Slate Double X’s Katie Roiphe wonders “if the era of earnest popular feminism is over.” She declares a new era of “Mockery Feminism,” in which feminists use humor to ridicule sexism. Roiphe bolsters her argument by using best-selling feminist […]
My home state of Massachusetts has never elected a woman to the U.S. Senate. But we have the chance to make history today by voting for Elizabeth Warren. Now I don’t vote for women merely because of their gender. Although I do believe we need more women in electoral office at all levels. But as […]
Domestic violence is an issue dear to my heart. I grew up watching my mother in an abusive relationship. I wouldn’t witness one again until I myself was in it. I debated whether or not to share my own story, to put it out there in the blogosphere. But then I realized it’s not my shame. I did nothing wrong.
Even if you don’t watch trashy reality TV, you probably know socialite Taylor Armstrong, from Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (RHOBH), survived domestic violence. Within the past couple weeks, RHOBH aired episodes involving an intervention with Taylor about her abusive marriage.
About 10 years ago, I moved in with my boyfriend at the time. Should have been exciting, right? No. While things between us were good at first, he quickly turned abusive. Arguments rapidly escalated as he punched me in the stomach, kicked me and tried to choke me. I knew I should leave. But it […]
The GOP is trying to pull off a magic trick. They are feverishly working to convince you they support women’s rights. Yesterday at a “Women for Mitt” rally, Ann Romney told women to “challenged women to ‘wake up’,” that Mitt Romney will be there for them, that he’s “attuned to their struggles.” In her warm […]