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    This series of “fully-dressed” superheroines is striking as it shows how dramatically ”undressed” we usually see these strong ladies.
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    This series of “fully-dressed” superheroines is striking as it shows how dramatically ”undressed” we usually see these strong ladies.

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    — 1 year ago with 36 notes
    #feminism  #superhero  #geek  #geek culture  #comics  #superwoman 
    Sarah Jaffe: Trickle-Down Feminism →

    It is class that created and maintains the schism between the professional feminists and the women who look to unions rather than to feminism to help them at work. You can’t find a self-proclaimed feminist who doesn’t pay at least lip service to the idea of equal pay for equal work, but we don’t see a whole lot of connection between that problem and the actions that might be taken to rectify it. The Paycheck Fairness Act, which would allow workers to discuss salaries with one another in order to discover discrepancies, has been touted as a partial solution to the gender wage gap, but the idea, for instance, that workers should organize into a union whereby they’d bargain collectively for better pay and conditions seems lost.

    By focusing solely on equal pay for equal work, we focus on the pay rates of individual women compared to individual men; we presume that work is taking place in the kind of white-collar workplace where one’s salary can be negotiated individually rather than collectively. Marilyn Sneiderman, a lifelong labor organizer and head of Avodah, the Jewish Service Corps, notes that it’s an individual struggle for a lawyer trying to make partner, but for a waitress, a janitor, a hotel housekeeper, the hope for a better job isn’t promotion through the ranks. Rather, it’s in pushing for paid sick days, for job security, for a raise—and those are things you get through organizing with your fellow workers.

    (Source: ladyjournos)

    — 1 year ago with 315 notes
    #labor  #labor unions  #feminism  #class  #women in the workplace 

    Although I agree with parts of this piece on “hookup culture” by Hanna Rosen (I’m happy to live in a world that, for the most part, offers women sexual freedom equal to that of men), I have to disagree that this culture is key to feminist progress. If that’s true, we haven’t made much headway towards gender equality:

    For an upwardly mobile, ambitious young woman, hookups were a way to dip into relationships without disrupting her self-development or schoolwork. Hookups functioned as a “delay tactic,” Armstrong writes, because the immediate priority, for the privileged women at least, was setting themselves up for a career. “If I want to maintain the lifestyle that I’ve grown up with,” one woman told Armstrong, “I have to work. I just don’t see myself being someone who marries young and lives off of some boy’s money.” Or from another woman: “I want to get secure in a city and in a job … I’m not in any hurry at all. As long as I’m married by 30, I’m good.

    The women still had to deal with the old-fashioned burden of protecting their personal reputations, but in the long view, what they really wanted to protect was their future professional reputations. “Rather than struggling to get into relationships,” Armstrong reported, women “had to work to avoid them.” (One woman lied to an interested guy, portraying herself as “extremely conservative” to avoid dating him.) Many did not want a relationship to steal time away from their friendships or studying.

    Armstrong and Hamilton had come looking for sexual victims. Instead, at this university, and even more so at other, more prestigious universities they studied, they found the opposite: women who were managing their romantic lives like savvy headhunters. “The ambitious women calculate that having a relationship would be like a four-credit class, and they don’t always have time for it, so instead they opt for a lighter hookup,” Armstrong told me.

    The women described boyfriends as “too greedy” and relation­ships as “too involved.” One woman “with no shortage of admirers” explained, “I know this sounds really pathetic and you probably think I am lying, but there are so many other things going on right now that it’s really not something high up on my list … I know that’s such a lame-ass excuse, but it’s true.” The women wanted to study or hang out with friends or just be “100 percent selfish,” as one said. “I have the rest of my life to devote to a husband or kids…” Some even purposely had what one might think of as fake boyfriends, whom they considered sub–marriage quality, and weren’t genuinely attached to. “He fits my needs now, because I don’t want to get married now,” one said. “I don’t want anyone else to influence what I do after I graduate.”

    (emphasis mine)

    These college-aged women assume that having a romantic relationship with a man ultimately leads to a 1950s-like world of marriage, children, and giving most of yourself for your partner, like friendships and career aspirations.

    We live in 2012.

    If that’s the future young women expect, then feminism still has a long way to go. If women don’t seek out and expect partners to encourage and support their ambitions, how can gender equality ever occur?

    Judging from these interviews, I’d say hookup culture isn’t progressing feminist ideals by giving heterosexual women more freedom to pursue their goals — it’s merely serving as a “delay tactic,” or respite before women allow men to become the center of their lives.

    — 2 years ago with 12 notes
    #hookup culture  #hanna rosen  #feminist  #feminism 

    …Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. Because you don’t have the alibi my class had—this is one of the great achievements and mixed blessings you inherit: Unlike us, you can’t say nobody told you there were other options. Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead. Twenty-five years from now, you won’t have as easy a time making excuses as my class did. You won’t be able to blame the deans, or the culture, or anyone else: you will have no one to blame but yourselves. Whoa.

    So what are you going to do? This is the season when a clutch of successful women—who have it all —give speeches to women like you and say, to be perfectly honest, you can’t have it all. Maybe young women don’t wonder whether they can have it all any longer, but in case any of you are wondering, of course you can have it all. What are you going to do? Everything, is my guess. It will be a little messy, but embrace the mess. It will be complicated, but rejoice in the complications. It will not be anything like what you think it will be like, but surprises are good for you. And don’t be frightened: you can always change your mind. I know: I’ve had four careers and three husbands. And this is something else I want to tell you, one of the hundreds of things I didn’t know when I was sitting here so many years ago: you are not going to be you, fixed and immutable you, forever. We have a game we play when we’re waiting for tables in restaurants, where you have to write the five things that describe yourself on a piece of paper. When I was your age, I would have put: ambitious, Wellesley graduate, daughter, Democrat, single. Ten years later not one of those five things turned up on my list. I was: journalist, feminist, New Yorker, divorced, funny. Today not one of those five things turns up in my list: writer, director, mother, sister, happy. Whatever those five things are for you today, they won’t make the list in ten years—not that you still won’t be some of those things, but they won’t be the five most important things about you. Which is one of the most delicious things available to women, and more particularly to women than to men. I think. It’s slightly easier for us to shift, to change our minds, to take another path. Yogi Berra, the former New York Yankee who made a specialty of saying things that were famously maladroit, quoted himself at a recent commencement speech he gave. “When you see a fork in the road,” he said, “take it.” Yes, it’s supposed to be a joke, but as someone said in a movie I made, don’t laugh this is my life, this is the life many women lead: Two paths diverge in a wood, and we get to take them both. It’s another of the nicest things about being women; we can do that. Did I say it was hard? Yes, but let me say it again so that none of you can ever say the words, nobody said it was so hard. But it’s also incredibly interesting. You are so lucky to have that life as an option.

    Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women…

    From Nora Ephron’s Commencement Address to Wellesley Class of 1996
    — 2 years ago with 88 notes
    #nora ephron  #commencement  #ephron  #quote  #feminism  #wellesley 
    Feminist Pinterest: War on Women 2012 →

    ..because Pinterest can be a tool for more than just pretty dresses and wedding planning.

    — 2 years ago with 4 notes
    #pinterest  #war on women  #feminist  #feminism  #social justice  #women's health  #abortion 
    Consequences of Fear of Crime for Women
    • Fear of circulating freely at any time of day: Restricted mobility.
    • Obstacles to participation in social life: physical and recreational activities, studies, work, social or political involvement.
    • Dependence on protection by someone else (real or virtual man) or gadgets (alarms, etc.)
    • Lack of self-confidence, lack of autonomy
    • Restricted choices (foregoing an evening activity)
    • Perception of the outside world as dangerous (mistrust)
    • Isolation (particularly for older women)
    • Effects on physical and psychological health: stress, consumption of anxiety-relieving drugs (much more widespread among women)
    • Fear passed on to girls and other women respect to travel and personal and social development activities; problems of mental health, homelessness, being a young streetperson, drug addict, victim of sexual exploitation
    • Development of protective or avoidance strategies  that lead to isolation
    • Sense of responsibility (Do I follow all the safety instructions? How do I dress? How do I behave?)  and guilt in the event of an incident (I left my wallet in my handbag, it’s my fault)
    • Perception of oneself and women as “victims”
    • Invalidation of one’s own experience (I shouldn’t be afraid; I’m not being reasonable), so lack of confidence  in one’s own judgment and perceptions in various situations
    • Fear for one’s children; fear of violence at school
    • Obstacle to fulfilling one’s full potential, as an individual and as a member of the community (survival rather  than fulfillment).

    - From CAFSU: Women’s Safety. From Dependence to Autonomy.

    I’m currently talking a course called “Introduction to Creating Safer Gender Inclusive Cities” through the Gender Inclusive Cities Programme, and so far our readings have been utterly eye-opening.

    — 2 years ago with 277 notes
    #gender violence  #urban  #urban environments  #women's safety  #feminism  #gender  #violence  #cities 
    'You Are the NOW of Now!' The Future of (Online) Feminism →

    In late February of this year, Lamar Outdoor Advertising unveiled a billboard on Sixth Ave and Watts in SoHo, not coincidentally right around the corner from a Planned Parenthood, featuring the picture of a young black girl and the words, “The most dangerous place for African Americans is in the Womb.” The ad was sponsored by the Texas anti-choice group Life Always. An editor at Feministing posted about the billboard on February 24, featuring an excerpt from an inspired statement by SisterSong and the Trust Black Women Partnership, along with the contact information for Lamar. Readers expressed their outrage, and the billboard was taken down the very same day.

    Despite countless examples like these, among a number of feminists, a false perception lingers that online feminist work is, at worst, navel-gazing and, at best, “slactivism.” In fact, feminist organizations that primarily take action online—ranging from blogs like Feministing, Racialicious, and the very young F-Bomb, to advocacy organizations like MomsRising and Hollaback—are thriving hubs of contemporary feminist action. The belief that online activism isn’t “real” or deserving of financial support isn’t just an insult to entrepreneurial bloggers and organizers; it’s creating a crisis in the feminist movement…

    While many online-native businesses, particularly sites providing media content, struggle to monetize, the models that do work are difficult to replicate on sites devoted to online feminist organizing. To the extent that advertising is a viable source of revenue for feminist sites, we’re not focused on amassing page views the way most news sites are; we’re focused on changing the world. Bloggers and online organizers cover and use the news, sure, but we do it with an eye always on social impact and a desire to inspire real action…Other content providers have recently made strides in charging for content; the public service mission of feminist blogging and organizing sites would be undermined if we created barriers to access.

    Click to read the rest of the article on the Nation. It raises some interesting points about the difficulties of online activism (for feminism in particular, but this could also be applied to other advocacy and social justice bloggers) and calls for “bloggers, organizers, philanthropists and business experts alike to put our heads together and figure out how to create a robust, sustainable online space that can serve as the “women’s center in the sky” (as Gloria Steinem recently put it to me) for the next generation.”

    — 2 years ago with 5 notes
    #online feminism  #feminism  #online activism  #progressive activism  #activism  #funding  #women's issues  #advocacy  #social justice  #nation 
    I’m sure everyone has seen this by now, but finding this new Tumblr has completely made my day.

    I’m sure everyone has seen this by now, but finding this new Tumblr has completely made my day.

    — 2 years ago with 104 notes
    #ryan gosling  #feminist  #feminism  #meme  #tumblr  #i love ryan gosling 
    TV's Fixation With 'The New Breed' Of '60s Women →

    The fall television season is in high gear, and there seems to be a barrage of tight skirts, panty-hosed legs and perfectly made-up faces making their way from the 1960s to the small screen.

    On ABC is Pan Am, a show about airline stewardesses. There’s also NBC’s The Playboy Club, which following the stories of fictional bunnies in Hugh Hefner’s nightclub. The networks are hoping to get on the nostalgia bandwagon after the success of Mad Men, AMC’s period drama.

    Ratings aside, what is it about that era and the women who lived it that has captured our collective imagination?

    "It’s one of the most glamorous, most beautiful eras in our history, but I also think it was an era of most change for women," Stacey Wilson, senior editor at the Hollywood Reporter, tells Rachel Martin, host of weekends on All things Considered. "And I think that it offers some ripe scenarios for fictional storytelling."

    One male character in Pan Am dubs the fleet of stewardesses “a new breed of women.” The networks must want viewers to remember that because ABC and NBC have played up their characters as gender pioneers — using their good looks and charm to get by in a man’s world.

    At times, it might be hard to look beyond the corsets and bunny ears and see a feminist, but Wilson says the formula can serve as a springboard for richer characters.

    "Yes, the women are hot; they’re in tight clothes," she says, "but I do think it allows for interesting evolution of character when you start with a girl who’s kind of confined to this costume."

    Wilson says there is something oddly comforting about watching “train-wreck history.” She says watching these characters on the front lines of sexism elicits a combination of shock and relief. Network television is able, she says, to show us the uglier parts of our past in a lighthearted way.

    "I think it really actually affords us appreciation for how good things are now," she says.

    Ok, I love Mad Men and I enjoy learning about the very strange time that was the 1960s, but no! Looking to the past through these television shows does not show us “how good things are now,” because there is still rampant sexism and racism throughout our society. Ugh. Some of these shows (um, Mad Men) are also far from showing sexism in a lighthearted way.

    — 2 years ago with 9 notes
    #mad men  #media  #sexism  #feminism