There’s never a shortage of discord within the feminist community. These internal disagreements are often spoken about as being negative. But what if we collectively decided that disagreement isn’t inherently bad? I’m here to argue that we need difference of opinion within the feminist community — both for the good of the movement, and for the end of oppression.
Have you ever done something that contributed to patriarchal oppression, even after finding feminism? Ever criticized a woman for her looks, or shaved your body hair? I know I have. We all can be complicit in our own oppression. It’s not always other people or other genders that are responsible for sexism. Sometimes, it’s actually you. Hear me out.
I’ve considered myself a feminist for a few years now and I’m only 19. I can tell you first hand that young people are building this movement. I’m proud to be one of them. But as much as I think being a feminist activist at a young age rocks, there are a lot of misconceptions and untold truths around what being a young feminist actually entails.
Here’s the thing: Fat-shaming is not about health. And navigating a health issue while being fat (or supporting someone who is) can be a difficult journey. But realize that there is hope and that you deserve to be treated with respect by all health professionals. So how, exactly, can we navigate fat-shaming from health professionals when it’s not the fat’s fault?
So you’re interested in feminism, but you don’t know how to bring it into your everyday, run-of-the-mill, daily life. Maybe you want to start thinking through a more feminist lens; maybe you just want to learn what the heck slut shaming is. Here with six helpful tips is Erin McKelle! Watch her video to learn how to bring feminism into your everyday life.
Intersex is one of the often-left out categories when the LGBTQIAP alphabet is abbreviated as LGBT. The QUIAP is often ignored completely or briefly covered, but people who have these identities are marginalized not only in society, but also often within LGBTQIAP spaces themselves! Intersex identities exist. And we need to start recognizing them.
Have you ever noticed how violent our language is? Even when we aren’t even talking about anything inherently violent itself? You’ve probably also noticed that that’s a lot of sexual violence. This language might seem unimportant or coincidental, but our language shapes the way we see our world. So how can every one of us work to stop using language derived from sexual violation?