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The Feministing Five: Veronica Arreola

Veronica Arreola is the brains behind the feminist blog Viva La Feminista. Veronica is the closest thing the feminist blogosphere has to an elder stateswoman, though she’s not elderly – the feminist blogosphere is just relatively young. She’s been blogging since the early days of the internet, and her blog, where she explores the intersection of feminism, motherhood and Latina identity, is a must-read.

Veronica’s feminist activism first came to my attention at the beginning of last year, when she launched a campaign to encourage more women to go watch women’s sporting events. Most recently, Veronica has been tracking the progress of HB 1958, a bill in her home state of Illinois that would make it illegal ...

Veronica Arreola is the brains behind the feminist blog Viva La Feminista. Veronica is the closest thing the feminist blogosphere has to an elder stateswoman, though she’s not elderly – the feminist blogosphere is just ...

The Feministing Five: Sonya Barnett and Heather Jarvis

Sonya Barnett and Heather Jarvis are the co-founders of SlutWalk, an incredibly badass protest organized against victim-blaming that was spurred by comments made by a Toronto law enforcement officer who said that women who don’t want to be assaulted, raped or otherwise “victimized” should avoid dressing “like sluts.”

It has also been the subject of much discussion over the past few weeks, inspiring awesome and necessary conversations about violence, assault, and victim-blaming in forums both new and old.

On their website, they proclaim that they are “tired of being oppressed by slut-shaming; of being judged by our sexuality and feeling unsafe as a result. Being in charge of our sexual lives should not mean that we ...

Sonya Barnett and Heather Jarvis are the co-founders of SlutWalk, an incredibly badass protest organized against victim-blaming that was spurred by comments made by a Toronto law enforcement officer who said that women who ...

The Feministing Five: Ben Privot

Ben Privot has made it his personal mission to, in his own words, “present consent as extremely sexy”. And he’s off to a fantastic start. His brand new initiative, The Consensual Project (TCP), was founded in mid January of this year to promote consent between partners as a method for making sexual interaction healthier, safer, sexier. The logo, website, content, workshop all reflect ways to make issues of consent accessible and doable. The website even asks for your consent through the landing page!

Once we started talking, it was clear that Ben brings a unique energy and creativity to his work, in a field that is certainly as challenging as it is crucial and groundbreaking. TCP’s

Ben Privot has made it his personal mission to, in his own words, “present consent as extremely sexy”. And he’s off to a fantastic start. His brand new initiative, The Consensual Project (TCP), ...

The Feministing Five: Toni Bond Leonard

Toni Bond Leonard is a reproductive justice rock star. She first came to the movement in 1990 as the volunteer medical advocate coordinator at a rape crisis center on the south side of Chicago. Since then she has been the first woman of color Executive Director of the Chicago Abortion Fund and is now the Executive Director of Black Women for Reproductive Justice (BWRJ), also based in Chicago where the community is currently fighting against a racist anti-choice billboard campaign. She is Board President of both the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective as well as a leader of the Trust Black Women collective that formed ...

Toni Bond Leonard is a reproductive justice rock star. She first came to the movement in 1990 as the volunteer medical advocate coordinator at a rape crisis center on the south side of Chicago. Since then she ...

The Feministing Five: Carl Siciliano

Carl Siciliano is the founder and Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center, New York City’s only shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth. There are an estimated 3,000 homeless youth in New York City alone, and 40% of them identify as LGBTQ. Yet there are only 200 beds in the entire US designated for LGBTQ youth, and 57 of them are at the Ali Forney Center.

Governor Cuomo is proposing to cut all state funding for homeless youth shelters. Please click here to take action against these inhumane budget cuts.

Siciliano is an impassioned advocate for the young people he works with and, as I definitely saw in his answer to my last question, just an incredibly kind, sweet person.

And ...

Carl Siciliano is the founder and Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center, New York City’s only shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth. There are an estimated 3,000 homeless youth in New York City alone, and 40% ...

The Feministing Five: Rachel Lloyd

Rachel Lloyd is the founder and director of Girls Education and Mentoring Services (GEMS), an organization that helps girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the sex industry, and provides them with the skills and knowledge to move on with their lives. GEMS, which is the largest organization of its kind in the US, was the subject of the gripping documentary Very Young Girls. Lloyd founded GEMS in 1998, “on her kitchen table,” she says, and has since grown it into an essential and influential organization.

Lloyd is a former sex worker herself, and she believes that women who work or have worked in the sex industry should be on ...

Rachel Lloyd is the founder and director of Girls Education and Mentoring Services (GEMS), an organization that helps girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the sex industry, ...

The Feministing Five: Anita Sarkeesian

Anita Sarkeesian is the founder of the fabulous blog and video series Feminist Frequency, where she analyzes depictions of gender in pop culture in an accessible, entertaining way. Sarkeesian believes that popular culture is a powerful force, one that can shape how we think about the world, and that it even though it can seem silly, it deserves serious analysis: she wrote her master’s thesis on representations on strong women in scifi and fantasy television.

Feminist Frequency is also about keeping that serious analysis accessible to those who aren’t well-versed in academic feminist thinking, or who are just learning to apply a feminist lens to the world around them. And it’s really good stuff. Check out her analysis of Kanye ...

Anita Sarkeesian is the founder of the fabulous blog and video series Feminist Frequency, where she analyzes depictions of gender in pop culture in an accessible, entertaining way. Sarkeesian believes that popular culture is a powerful ...

The Feministing Five: Jamie Keiles

Jamie Keiles is a college student, a blogger and the creator of the Seventeen Magazine Project. As high school senior last spring, Keiles, now a 19-year-old freshman at the University of Chicago, embarked on a mission not for the faint of heart: she decided to live as a Seventeen fundamentalist. For one month, she followed every piece – alright, almost every piece – of advice and guidance espoused by the magazine, and blogged about it. It turned into a fascinating project, one that offered real insights into how we teen girl culture is constructed, enforced and lived.

Keiles now blogs at Teenagerie, where she writes about being a new college student, a consumer of teen-geared media, and a ...

Jamie Keiles is a college student, a blogger and the creator of the Seventeen Magazine Project. As high school senior last spring, Keiles, now a 19-year-old freshman at the University of Chicago, embarked on a ...

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