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Jessica @jek90 ?

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  • Jessica commented on the blog post Suckerpunch: Objectification Masquerading as “Empowerment.”   2 years, 11 months ago · View

    I’ve read quotes from the director who said he wanted it to be an empowering movie for women. What he doesn’t seem to get is that using your sexuality to escape from a violent situation isn’t empowerment, its survival tactics. Its just another example of the idea that women’s sexuality is important only for what [...]

  • Jessica commented on the blog post Hardwire This: Let’s Turn Evo Psych Upside Down, Shall We?   3 years ago · View

    This was a really good post. I am someone who is very interested in what science has to say about the world, but the evo-pysch explanations of things can be a real bug up my arse sometimes. It seems like “Science says” is the new ‘The Bible says”. People forget that the purpose of science [...]

  • Jessica commented on the blog post The Age Old Question: Is Lady Gaga a Feminist?   3 years ago · View

    I agree with all of this. I don’t think it matters terribly whether she identifies as one or not. If you are taught critical thinking skills, you can decide for yourself whether what she says and does is pro-feminist or anti-feminist. Frankly, I’d be a little worried if people take “I’m a feminist” at face [...]

  • Jessica commented on the blog post 15 Books Every Feminist Should Read   3 years ago · View

    I think it could be interesting to mention that while its intended audience is parents, it can speak to young adults as well. The author actually does workshops and things at schools, and I think it would be interesting for her to write a book about the same concepts but marketed to teenagers. When I [...]

  • Jessica commented on the blog post 15 Books Every Feminist Should Read   3 years ago · View

    I would like to suggest Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman. Its more a help book for parents of teenage children, girls in particular, but I read it in high school and I loved it. It deconstructs the culture we live in and shows how it affects teenagers as they get older, I think [...]

  • Jessica commented on the blog post Attention cheating men: Nature didn’t cause your infidelity   3 years ago · View

    I can relate this article to so many experiences I’ve had, but the one I’m thinking of in particular is a few years ago, when I had just turned 18. I used to go out drinking every Friday night with a friend of mine, and we would meet up with the same group of guys [...]

  • Jessica commented on the blog post On being a Modern Feminist   3 years ago · View

    “I never really bought the idea that a group of people in activists circles dictating how my clothes, body, or presentation of self should look was any more empowering than a group of men or a fashion magazine telling me.” Pretty much that sums it up for me. Whether its from a fashion magazine, a [...]

  • Jessica commented on the blog post On being a Modern Feminist   3 years ago · View

    I wonder about things like this all the time. I’ve actually been in the process of writing a post on my blog about exactly this which I finally finished off today. Sorry to link to my own blog, I’m not being a troll I promise, it really is relevant: http://jekandsuch.wordpress.com/2011/06/25/can-i-call-myself-a-feminist/ Its kind of longwinded and [...]

  • Jessica commented on the blog post On Beauty: What is It, and Do We Want It?   3 years, 8 months ago · View

    Matt, its been so amazing as my niece has gotten older. When I first moved here (I lived with her and my sister for a while when I finished school) she wasn’t even two yet and could barely string a sentence together. Now shes nearly ready for school next year, she can have a full [...]

  • Jessica commented on the blog post On Beauty: What is It, and Do We Want It?   3 years, 8 months ago · View

    Its mainly a concern because some things I do I can’t rationally justify to myself (like wearing shoes that hurt me but look pretty) , so I don’t know how I might explain it to them later. But as you said, its not entirely my resonsibility, and as well as what people tell them, they’ll [...]

  • Jessica commented on the blog post On Beauty: What is It, and Do We Want It?   3 years, 8 months ago · View

    And in regards to having your boyfriends support, I think it sounds like you and I both need to stop expecting ourselves to snap straight into ‘being a feminist’. Its possible to intellectually know that shaving your legs isn’t necessary but that doesn’t translate into feeling it and putting it into practice straight away.

  • Jessica commented on the blog post On Beauty: What is It, and Do We Want It?   3 years, 8 months ago · View

    Man its such a relief to know I’m not the only one struggling with conflicting thought about it. A comment you made which I forgot to address before is ‘Does the message you send about beauty and what lengths you go for it harm other women and how they feel about themselves, does it perpetuate [...]

  • Jessica commented on the blog post On Beauty: What is It, and Do We Want It?   3 years, 8 months ago · View

    I wonder about this all the time as well. I too am fairly new to this and have also been reading various feminist sources (and completely opposing viewpoints because I think a bit of doubt is a good thing, I find deliberately challenging my own viewpoints keeps me more openminded), and on some topics, its [...]

  • Jessica commented on the blog post The very irritating things people say   3 years, 8 months ago · View

    I so agree with that, my mother went through a 2 and a half year bout of crippling depression when I was in primary school, and she had so many people flippantly telling her to ‘just snap out of it’. Yeah. Coz you can just turn it on and off like a tap. This hit [...]

  • Jessica became a registered member   3 years, 8 months ago · View

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