Feminism

Why We Dress How We Do

Why We Dress How We Do

One of the basic discussions in feminism revolves around how women dress. It’s actually a topic that, in my opinion, best illustrates the divides between earlier feminists and modern feminists. Early feminists fought- and still do fight- against clothing like high heels and short skirts being forced onto women. More modern feminists, while agreeing that no woman should be made to feel obliga... »

I choose you, oppression!

I choose you, oppression!

It’s been a long time since I’ve discussed feminism with someone who hasn’t read a word of feminist theory and I use the word ‘discussed’ lightly. Alas my lucky streak ended a few weeks ago when unlike misdemeanours in the past where I angrily begin ranting about something, someone else flew off the handle at me. It’s a harsh shock into the reality of how the wo... »

Thanks For Proving Our Point

Thanks For Proving Our Point

In light of the recent DDoS attack, I’d like to say something, something that’s always on my mind when feminists are targeted like this. Guys, whoever you are trying to take down these sites, including this one, you’re proving our point. This goes far beyond DDoS. Every time you threaten feminists with rape, or say that they should die for speaking out, you prove our point. And t... »

Modesty, Fat Shaming, and Me in a Bikini

Modesty, Fat Shaming, and Me in a Bikini

I’m in Wisconsin right now for a funeral. I am at a hotel, and this hotel has a pool, and this me has a niece whom I was told would insist on swimming. I was told by my mom to bring a swim suit. I brought my favorite one. My favorite swim suit is a bikini (I tend to like girlmoding with swimwear, if only because it’s easier). I was told this was inappropriate. I said, “I’m ... »

What it means to be a woman in nerd culture: The fake geek girl

What it means to be a woman in nerd culture: The fake geek girl

The ‘fake geek girl’ trope revolves around the idea that girls interested in anything remotely geeky, aren’t actually interested, no all they want are boyfriends. I have a problem with this. Not only does this  rely on a two dimensional view of women who live to ensnare men by any means possible (particularly those irresistible guys who view them as sex objects), but it also resu... »

Making the World Safe for Fewer Greenhouse Gasses

Making the World Safe for Fewer Greenhouse Gasses

I try to do things to reduce my carbon footprint.  I’m not amazingly successful at this, but I do try.  Unfortunately, many of the small doable actions recommended are off limits to me as a woman attempting to navigate public spaces.  I have been known to live close enough to work that I could walk or bike, but I often eschew that in favor of a car with all its fossil fuel consumption. I don... »

Young People and Activism, MLK and CeCe McDonald.

Young People and Activism, MLK and CeCe McDonald.

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Today is the day of patting ourselves on the back, telling ourselves what a good job we did at ending racism. Er, I mean, what a great job MLK did. It’s a day of white people either getting super-duper racist or superficially racially sensitive. Some white people are doing what I’m trying to not horribly fail at right now, and try to be good allies... »

The struggle of names

The struggle of names

Names. They say a lot about people. While you can’t reliably tell anything about a person by their name, their relationship with it can tell you their life story. Sometimes people feel defined by their names; Others redefine what a name is. Names are immense tools both of oppression and in the fight against it. Women’s names are frequently infantilizing or shortened to be cutesy, where... »

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