Tag Archives: Sexism

It’s time for a Massive GIRLCOTT Against the Sexism of Corporate Media

In the wee hours of learning of Nelson Mandela’s death it swept gently across my mind that the persistent sexism of corporate media demands a massive boycott. Among the flood of tributes for Mandela, I was struck how this giant of forgiveness and humility equally spoke out against racism and sexism.  Apartheid in South Africa, […]

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Finding inspiration in how one woman fought back against fat-shaming trolls

Have you seen this story on Salon written by Caitlin Seida? She woke up one morning to find out she was “internet famous” after a photo of her dressed as the eponymous Laura Croft, of Tomb Raider fame (click the link to see the pic), went viral on a website posted it with the intention of fat-shaming […]

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Over 250 DC Women Expected to Participate in Grassroots Anti-Harassment Bike Event This Saturday, 10/19

“19th Amendment  Alleycat” will benefit local anti-street harassment group, Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) Washington, DC — This Saturday, October 19, over 250 women are expected to participate in “19th Amendment Alleycat,” or what might be the District’s first all-women alleycat. Organized by two women bikers who are active in the city’s cycling community, […]

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A Q&A with Take Back Halloween

It’s that time of year again. People are putting out pumpkins, the air is peppered with the smell of crisp autumn leaves (or so I remember from my pre-desert days), and the same dull, sexist, racist pre-packaged Halloween costumes are lining the shelves. I don’t remember ever getting a costume that came in a plastic […]

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The Activist Who Never Thought She’d Be President

“You need to do something with your hair,” my friend said hesitantly. I blinked, my feminist principles assaulted. During my decade as a grassroots activist and campaign operative, I’d kept it real with blue jeans, simple hair, and no makeup. Well, now, casual wasn’t cutting it, because I was running to be the first African-American […]

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1900s Street Harassment and Lessons for Today

In college, I double majored in history and women’s and gender studies, and I also regularly faced street harassment when I left campus. I had no language to talk about it at the time and I often changed my life to try to avoid it. Given my background, I really appreciate Stanford Professor Dr. Estelle […]

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Is A Man Running a 14-Year Old Over for Saying No to Sex Serious Enough?

Me, again. Time for another, “please take street harassment seriously” post. Earlier this week a man in a car pulled up next to a 14-year old girl on a street in Florida and offered to pay her $200 to have sex with him.  Some people would say that’s a compliment. It’s part of being out […]

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Solidarity for Women of Color in the Public Eye

This originally appeared on Huffington post. Republished here with permission  Even though Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America 2013 last week, it seems she just can’t win. The usual suspects on Facebook and Twitter attacked Ms. Davuluri for not being “American enough” because she is Indian. Others showed off their cultural sophistication by mistaking her […]

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TAKE ACTION: This YouTube Channel normalizes Street harrasment

It’s no secret that society accepts street harassment as a normal part of women’s experiences in public spaces.Company after company has come under fire for trivializing street harassment, pegging it as a joke, compliment, or a great way to get a date. Many of those companies have rescinded or apologized for these portrayals. Now, a popular YouTube channel is the latest perpetrator of harmful attitudes toward street harassment — and we need your help to get it removed.

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Fitness Competitions: A dissection of fitness, health and beauty ideals

It seemed farcical. An ardent women’s rights advocate, and outspoken feminist, especially on body issues, I would be entering a fitness competition where winning meant being judged solely on appearance, presence and onstage personality. 12 weeks later, I’ve rarely been so humbled. The twice a day cardio and weight training and strict nutrition program brought […]

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