Feministing is 10 years old!

happy 10th birthday balloonsHappy birthday to us!

Feministing turned 10 this Saturday, April 12, a real milestone for any website. We’re so old our first site was on Movable Type. We’re two years older than Twitter, and Facebook only beat us by a couple months. We can’t wait to start the 5th grade this fall!

Feministing’s come a long way in the last decade. Jessica and Vanessa Valenti originally founded the site because of a lack of spaces dedicated to young feminist voices. Since then, the feminist internet has grown into a political and social force to be reckoned with. And Feministing has evolved as well, from a scrappy web log to the most widely read feminist publication of all time with a large and diverse roster of brilliant contributors. Throughout the past decade, we’ve brought you breaking news and analysis, media and cultural criticism, and ways to take action, as well as a Community site where anyone can share their feminist blogging.

This is what Feministing looked like 10 years ago.  Read More »

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Weekly Feminist Reader

Yes, being a woman makes you poorer.

The Navajo Nation Council has voted against the Washington NFL team name.

Life as an invisible queer.

The 71 other companies (besides Hobby Lobby) who don’t want to cover your birth control.

More mothers are staying at home.

Same-sex marriage is legal in Iowa, but a lot of people still aren’t on board.

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The Feministing Five: Lilly and Juliet Bond

Credit to Juliet Bond

Credit to Juliet Bond

If asked where I learned the most about feminism, empowerment, and consciousness, I’d give you two answers. The first would be my feminist momma who taught me that speaking up and asking questions were infinitely more important that playing princess. The second would be that wonderful summer where I helped to facilitate workshops for Boston-area middle schoolers, as I learned more about courage, honesty, and relationships than I did in perhaps any other classroom, either as a student or an instructor. Speaking out in middle school remains, I think, one of the most intimidating things one can ever do.

So you can imagine my great excitement when I sat down with Lilly and Juliet Bond — activists, community leaders, and a great example of a feminist mother and daughter team, coming to you from Evanston, Illinois. If their names sound familiar, it’s because for the past month they have sparked a campaign at Lilly’s Haven Middle School after administrators prohibited girl students from wearing leggings because they are “too distracting” for boys. Lilly, catching on to her school’s implicit endorsement of rape culture, asked her mom to send a letter of protest to her principal and faster than you can say “comfy-stretchy,” the story has caught national attention. 

For this week’s Feministing Five, we hear from Lilly and her mom Juliet and we see first hand the type of change, insight, and all-around wisdom that can arise from empowering the voices of our next generation of leaders. Speaking out and advocating to improve your school against rape culture is something that is never easy and should be celebrated from where ever your starting point. Huzzah!

And so, without further gushing, the Feministing Five with Lilly and Juliet Bond!

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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Gorgeous new video from Tribe Called Red featuring modern depictions of indigenous women.

In memory of Karyn Washington, founder for “For Brown Girls,” who committed suicide this week.

Trans girl teen held in Connecticut adult men’s prison without charges.

DOJ releases guidance on VAWA protections for trans survivors of sexual violence.


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Stop telling survivors they must report to the police

This week, I was one of three survivors that spoke at a press conference where Senator Gillibrand announced her new initiative to increase federal funding for the Department of Education to address the high rates of sexual assault on colleges campuses. After each of us shared our stories of our colleges miserably failing to support us after sexual assault, multiple reporters asked about the role of the local police in each of the investigations and whether one of the Columbia survivors, a junior named Emma Sulkowicz, reported. These questions prompted a shift that often happens when survivors speak out: a focus on the police and pursuing retribution through the courts. Read More »

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