Posts Tagged social media

The New Normal cannot be met with silence.

‘Your silence will not protect you.’ – Audre Lorde

Maybe it’s my incredibly long memory that is responsible for why I couldn’t immediately cosign the #twittersilence in solidarity with Caitlin Moran, cis white feminist writer, in the UK.

I’m remembering a tweet in criticism to the writer’s knee jerk (and thoughtless) defense of Lena Dunham regarding the lack of women of color in Girls. Moran said this:

@lizziecoan: what a surprise that @caitlinmoran loves lena dunham. white feminists who ignore the experiences of WOCs have got to stick together guys!!!

Caitlin Moran: THANKS FOR YOUR INPUT

@lizziecoan: did you address the complete and utter lack of people of colour in girls in your interview? i sure hope so!

Caitlin Moran: Nope. I literally couldn’t give ...

‘Your silence will not protect you.’ – Audre Lorde

Maybe it’s my incredibly long memory that is responsible for why I couldn’t immediately cosign the #twittersilence in solidarity with Caitlin Moran, cis white feminist writer, in the UK.

I’m ...

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Guest post: An open letter to desperate men on social media

This is a guest post from Chelsea Fagan. Chelsea is a Senior Writer at Thought Catalog and the author of the forthcoming book “I’m Only Here for the WiFi”, out next month!

Hi Guys,

How are you? I hope the day finds you well, though I must admit that I imagine you don’t receive an enormous amount of sunlight in the basement-caves from which you are posting your lecherous, unsolicited comments. If I had to pinpoint an image in my mind, I would guess that it’s one of those basement rec-rooms from the 70s, complete with olive green shag carpeting and faux-wood paneling on the walls, with perhaps one of those tiny basement windows which is just big enough to ...

This is a guest post from Chelsea Fagan. Chelsea is a Senior Writer at Thought Catalog and the author of the forthcoming book “I’m Only Here for the WiFi”, out next month!

Hi Guys,

How are you? ...

FGC cartoon

Weekly Feminist Reader

Egyptian cartoonist Doaa Eladl publishes a controversial cartoon criticizing FGC.

The North Dakota Senate has approved a ban on abortions after six-weeks of pregnancy, the most restrictive in the country.

Both cops involved in Kimani Gray’s murder had already been named in federal lawsuits.

The Middle East’s first women’s museum has opened in Dubai.

Domestic violence is four times as prevalent in police offer families as in the general population.

Ugandan girl chess genius Phiona Mutesi invited to play against Bill Gates (who is arrogant enough to think he stands a chance).

How has social media changed the way we talk about rape?

Senator Feinstein won’t stand for mansplaining.

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Egyptian cartoonist Doaa Eladl publishes a controversial cartoon criticizing FGC.

The North Dakota Senate has approved a ban on abortions after six-weeks of pregnancy, the most restrictive in the country.

Both cops ...

The New Scarlet Letter

Sixteen-year-old Temitayo Fagbenle published a measured and searingly honest piece on teenage slut shaming as part of WNYC’s Radio Rookies program. Many a seasoned, mainstreamed journalist could learn from her intelligent, clear coverage of sexual harassment and cyberbullying.

She details a single case of a 14-year-old whose boyfriend posted a sexually explicit video of her online, speaking to the girl about her experience and her subsequent shame. Fagbenle also interviewed a Facebook administrator, who refused to go on the record about the company’s sexual harassment and pornography policies; an unremorseful teenage boy who had emailed pictures of his girlfriend’s breasts to his friends, which went viral; and a panel of teenage girls on their opinions of girls who ...

Sixteen-year-old Temitayo Fagbenle published a measured and searingly honest piece on teenage slut shaming as part of WNYC’s Radio Rookies program. Many a seasoned, mainstreamed journalist could learn from her intelligent, clear coverage of ...

What’s the deal with Facebook’s new ‘Women Connect’ campaign?

Hmmm, dear Feministing readers, how do we feel about this?

Facebook recently released an application called “Women Connect” to raise awareness and promote women’s causes worldwide. According to Facebook, the application is part of their “Diversity campaign” and is meant to be “an online platform for organizations and causes to connect and share information with supporters about issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment.” This sounds all good, but it’s also a bit vague! So what does it do? As an app it has several functions, many of which on their face seem pretty useful and positive. The main page displays a kind of counter module that makes connections between organizations and related causes. It also ...

Hmmm, dear Feministing readers, how do we feel about this?

Facebook recently released an application called “Women Connect” to raise awareness and promote women’s causes worldwide. According to Facebook, the application is part of their ...

Facebook recognizes civil unions and domestic partnerships

Facebook took a big step this week in their decision to allow people to identify as being “in a civil union” or “in a domestic partnership.” ZDNet offers their take in “The country of Facebook recognizes civil unions” as well as a note on the limitations of the new feature:

Functionally the change is minor to unimportant, from a societal standpoint it moves Facebook alongside some 35 plus countries in recognizing, in some form, non-traditional relationships.

Is it appropriate to talk about Facebook in country scale terms of influence? With 600,000,000 users, its population is only behind those of the physical populations of China and India, and is nearly twice that of the United States. That said, the two new options ...

Facebook took a big step this week in their decision to allow people to identify as being “in a civil union” or “in a domestic partnership.” ZDNet offers their take in “The country of Facebook recognizes ...

Social Media and the End of Gender?

In my other life, I work as a social media consultant and spend ridiculous amounts of time consuming information about how social media transforms the way we communicate with others. It’s undeniably a powerful tool, has become one of our international grassroots eyes and ears (see: Egypt and Iran) and allows many of us to find new friends around the corner.

So I was pretty psyched to see this TED talk by media researcher and expert, Johanna Blakley, about the end of gender and social media. While I think she makes idealistic points, I’m not convinced by her argument that social media currently signifies (or will in the future) the irrelevance of gender in online spaces.

In my other life, I work as a social media consultant and spend ridiculous amounts of time consuming information about how social media transforms the way we communicate with others. It’s undeniably a powerful tool, has become ...

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