Hello Feminist Friends,
This week’s Rewind we bring you many of our favorite posts from our amazing bloggers they’ve shared with us this past year.
As we reflect on the past year, I would like to thank all of our bloggers and the broader Fem2pt0 community for supporting our mission. All of you have worked side by side with us to shape and grow our team. We will continue the fight for a woman’s right to choose, for paid paternity leave, for LGBTQ and women’s rights and equality in the workplace and everywhere in the world. We will continue the fight to make our progressive vision a reality. Happy Holidays!
– Violet Tsagka, Editor of Fem2pt0
A few days ago, I watched a Danish talkshow on television. One of the guests was a woman who for years has been quite active in public debates about gender and feminist issues, but who recently decided to leave the social media sphere entirely and delete her Facebook and Twitter account. Her reason for doing this was two-fold; she explained how she was so caught up in the debates that she constantly felt guilty for not making enough comments or reading enough articles. Social media thus turned into a scene where she felt imperfect and incomplete. Read the rest >>
#Sexism #RapeCulture #GenderBias
Among my oldest and best friends are men I became friends with when we were teenagers. For the most part, like teenagers today, we thought of ourselves as equals. We went to the same schools, socialized together, participated in sports meets at the same time, eventually worked in similar jobs and generally assumed that our lives were very much the same. Once in a while though, I still have conversations with one of these friends, or with my husband or brothers, and I am genuinely taken aback by some of the jarring gaps in our understanding of the world. Our lives, beginning when we were teenagers, have distinctly different aspects and are affected in ways that teenagers today are usually still not talking about. As young as 11 or 12, different rules and double standards based on gender begin to alter our day-to-day experiences in subtle, and often not-so-subtle, ways. Read the rest >>
#StreetHarrasment #RaisetheBar #EverydaySexism
The Women’s Center at North Seattle College joined in celebrating April 12-18th as International Anti-Street Harassment week. As a member of the Women’s Center I can attest that our goals for the week were to raise awareness of:
– What street harassment is (it’s never a compliment, it’s always unwanted attention);
– The incredibly high prevalence of harassment (approximately 65%-99% of women and up to 50% of LGBTQ men experience harassment);
– The damaging effects to women and men (victims of harassment dress differently to decrease unwanted attention and tend to avoid public spaces).
#StandWithPP #Reprohealth #WarOnWomen #PlannedParenthood
The term “Black Friday” means something different for the residents of Colorado Springs, Colo. after what transpired in their Planned Parenthood the day after Thanksgiving this year. Robert Dear entered the Planned Parenthood building, and after a five hour long event and police standoff, surrendered to police after hospitalizing nine, and killing a police officer, a war veteran who had just learned he had a third child on the way, and a mother. Read the rest >>
Pitch Perfect 2: Would-Be Feminist Film Fails to Strike Perfect Pitch, Continues Stereotypical Tones
By Becca Forte
Perfect focused heavily on silliness with lines like, “I don’t want your armpit confidence” and insults like “your sweat smells like cinnamon.” In many ways this film was triumphant. It followed many female characters in A Capella group The Barden Bellas in plot-lines that varied from fitting into a new group to the struggles of defining oneself after college. Read the rest >>
When I was recommending Spy to some friends, they were dubious. “Melissa McCarthy movies always just focus on her weight,” they grumbled. While that is not the focus of McCarthy’s movies – it is the cultural dialogue that they see. It is the conversation that is frequently happening from the outside. It’s not the conversation started by the plotlines, the trailers created, or the director’s choices. Read the rest >>
#SexualAssault #CampusRape #SAVEAct #VictimBlaming
Students starting college this coming fall (as well as those returning) will be the first to benefit from the Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE), which will require colleges to have “prevention and awareness” programs about sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and domestic violence in place. (This includes same-sex violence.) Well-defined campus conduct protocol for disciplinary procedures against those accused of such crimes must be formulated. Victims are required to receive “written information” that outlines their rights, the channels available to them for reporting incidents, and the protocol for disciplinary action. Read the rest >>
ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH OUTS POSSIBLE SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM SUBHEAD: “RAUCOUS JEFFERSON CITY NIGHTLIFE”
By Andy Kopsa
I am not going to link to the story but it is a loo-loo. Disgraced state legislator/sexter with 19-year old intern, John Diehl had an affair. GASP. Here’s the back story in a nutshell with a link:
Diehl, 49, resigned both the speakership and his House seat on May 15 after admitting he exchanged sexually charged text messages with XXX, a 19-year-old college freshman from Joplin who was interning at the Capitol.
So, what did the St. Louis Post Dispatch do with this new revelation about Diehl’s affair? Turn it into a piece worthy of the tabloids. Nice job 2015 Pulitzer Prize winning paper! Read the rest >>
#WomenInTech #STEM #WOC #AddWomen
During Najla’s time in computer science, she has seen that gender-based assumptions are alive and well. She is aware that some people think that women aren’t interested in computing because of “the assumption that when you go into computer science, you’re going to be sitting at a cubicle the whole time and coding. But really there are so many aspects of it — some that involve coding, but also involve other things.” Read the rest >>
#ReproRights #Gender #ReproJustice
Fertility rate and population growth are issues that have gained a lot of attention in the Danish media recently and various attempts were made to convince Danish women to have more children at an earlier age. I decided to take a closer look at three concurrent Danish campaigns that have put women’s reproduction on the political agenda. Read the rest >>
#PaidLeave #Motherhood #LeadOnLeave
That was one of the last sentences my on-the-job trainer spoke (albeit jokingly) during a quick briefing on my first day of work as a hostess in my current location. She wasn’t entirely wrong; pregnancies seem to come in waves in our little work family. When I started, we had one person already out on maternity leave, another about to go out, and one woman had just begun announcing her pregnancy, which prompted my trainer’s comment. Oddly enough, my trainer became pregnant shortly after that too! It’s been nearly two years, and the cycle has started again; one has just returned from maternity leave, another just went out, we just threw a baby shower for a third, and one has just started to announce her pregnancy. Meanwhile, I’m using every method of contraception I can find and still taking pregnancy tests every month “just in case…” Read the rest >>
And that wraps the Fem2 Friday Rewind for the year! Hope you enjoyed some of our favorite posts of 2015 from our dedicated bloggers. The Rewind will return in January 2016. Have a safe and joyous holiday, everyone!
The Fem2 Team