Posts Tagged social movements

“Feminism is a question: what truths are missing here?”

The brilliant Melissa Harris-Perry recently answered questions from Jezebel readers. Unsurprisingly, she had some great advice — from tips for young women starting out in academia to a list of must-read books that makes a nice companion to the black feminism syllabus she put together last year. But my favorite part was her response to a question about the current state of black feminism. 

The brilliant Melissa Harris-Perry recently answered questions from Jezebel readers. Unsurprisingly, she had some great advice — from tips for young women starting out ...

Toward a nuanced, feminist discussion on Venezuela

If you’re paying attention to international news, you may have noticed that there’s something happening in Venezuela. And depending on what news sources you’re reading, you might be hearing extremely different things. What you’ll have trouble hearing, though, is a nuanced perspective that doesn’t either dismiss or glorify my homeland’s socialist government. So I guess I’m gonna try to write it.

If you’re paying attention to international news, you may have noticed that there’s something happening in Venezuela. And depending on what news sources you’re reading, you might be hearing extremely different things. What you’ll have ...

Quick Hit: Why hasn’t TED ever had a talk about abortion?

Feministing founder Jessica Valenti has an important piece at The Nation on the rise of corporate feminism–and the dangers it could pose to the movement. She argues that we’re in an exciting moment when feminism is enjoying mainstream popularity like never before. But as “thought leader” projects, like TED Talks, embrace feminist values, they tend to focus more on feel-good “empowerment” and the more controversial–but vitally important–issues like abortion risk getting left behind.

Jessica explains how she started to feel concerned when she attended last year’s TEDWomen conference and realized she hadn’t heard anyone mention abortion. 

Feministing founder Jessica Valenti has an important piece at The Nation on the rise of corporate feminism–and the dangers it could pose to the movement. She argues that we’re in an exciting ...

#Solidarityisforwhitewomen, #Blackpowerisforblackmen, but many are still brave

Like many others, I watched with intense interest as Twitter was virtually taken over the other day by the hashtag #Solidarityisforwhitewomen, started by blogger Mikki Kendall in response to the Hugo Schwyzer debacle and what she describes as “dismissing women of color (WOC) in favor of a brand of solidarity that centers on the safety and comfort of white women” in a piece for the Guardian. I had only been vaguely aware of Schwyzer and his abusive behavior before his recent meltdown, but the issues brought up by #Solidarityisforwhitewomen are longstanding critiques of white feminists, many of whom responded to the hashtag and its participants with the type of defensiveness that further silences the WOC who felt it ...

Like many others, I watched with intense interest as Twitter was virtually taken over the other day by the hashtag #Solidarityisforwhitewomen, started by blogger Mikki Kendall in response to the Hugo Schwyzer debacle and what ...

Reproductive justice, marriage equality, and undocumented youth: The racial politics of movement success

As a queer, immigrant Latina and a woman of reproductive age, last week caused me to have basically all the feelings. Between Supreme Court decisions that heavily undercut the rights of communities of color and those that expand marriage rights for queer folks; between Texans rising up against a package of anti-choice measures and the Senate passing an immigration reform that includes millions for the militarization of the border while creating a path to citizenship for undocumented folks – it’s been a lot to process. But one of the upsides of living at these intersections is that the connections between everything become pretty clear, and I can’t help but see many ...

As a queer, immigrant Latina and a woman of reproductive age, last week caused me to have basically all the feelings. Between Supreme Court decisions that heavily undercut the rights of ...

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The Wednesday Weigh-In: Does it matter if people don’t identify as feminists?

Ed. note: This is a joint post by Maya and Sesali. (Photo via)

Earlier this week Policymic released a list of 5 male closet feminists in government. The article pointed out that “publicly labeling oneself a feminist still seems to be a dangerous game for male lawmakers.” But it’s not just men. In recent weeks, well-known women from Katy Perry to Carla Bruni-Sarkozy have disavowed the feminist label. It must be time for another round of hand-wringing about why people don’t identify as feminists!

Maya: I really appreciated this chat between Nona Willis-Aronowitz and Amanda Hess about the criticism celebrities who say they aren’t feminists–particularly pop stars like Perry and Taylor Swift–receive in the feminist blogoshere.

Sure, I think it’d be ...

Ed. note: This is a joint post by Maya and Sesali. (Photo via)

Earlier this week Policymic released a list of 5 male closet feminists in government. The article pointed out that “publicly labeling oneself a ...