EVERYDAY FEMINISM

5 Reasons Why We Need to Stop Thinking of Skinny-Shaming as ‘Reverse Discrimination’

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There are the people who say that “skinny-shaming is the same as fat-shaming.” And because on the surface, that comparison seems to hold water, I think we need to examine it a little more closely to see why – when using an intersectional, anti-oppression lens – it’s actually a false equivalence. Because all bodies are shamed. Some just experience more oppression.

Dear Feminist Men

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Male allies are extremely important and valuable to the feminist movement! They use their positions of privilege to further the cause in ways that women can’t, and for that we’re grateful. That said, there are a few trends in male feminist behavior that could definitely stand to change. Watch Melissa A. Fabello give a few tongue-in-cheek reminders to male feminists.

5 Simple Ways Men Can Better Respect Women

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I’m noticing a trend lately where we feminists really want to get dudes on board. But it’s hard to start the process of noticing the simple, seemingly mundane ways that sexism creeps into our everyday lives. So here’s a short introduction, guys. Here are five simple things you should probably stop doing if you want to show that you have respect for women.

Why I’m a Body Image Activist

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Feminism has many important causes, one of which is fostering healthier body image. But some have argued that this cause is not “important enough” to warrant the attention that body image activists demand. If you’ve ever thought of body image activism as a lesser movement in feminism, check out Melissa A. Fabello’s video on the topic. You may learn something.

4 Reasons Why We Need to Drop ‘You Must Be Doing Something Right!’

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If you do social justice work, you’ve undoubtedly suffered your fair share of abuse. And if you’ve been vocal about it, people have likely told you that “you must be doing something right” if people are angry. And I get their point. But sometimes, it doesn’t feel comforting. Here are some reasons why you might want to drop “you must be doing something right!”

Why Grammar Snobbery Has No Place in the Movement

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There’s a difference between appreciating language and being a snob. And the last place that we need grammar snobbery is in social justice movements. And not just because getting hung up on subject-predicate agreement is distracting to the job at hand, but also because purporting one form of English as elite is inherently oppressive. So let’s talk about why.

Media Literacy 101

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You know that friend who’s always pointing out how every commercial features mostly white people, and who ruins the best parts of movies by saying, “This scene is so sexist”? Ever considered that maybe they’re just media literate? Check out this video from Melissa Fabello for an introduction into what media literacy is and why you should care about it!

5 New Directions for the Body-Positive Movement

Source: Mashable

Body image activism is my thing. The quickest way to piss me off is to tell me that body image isn’t an important feminist issue. Within the body-positive movement is my community – and my whole heart. But as much as I love it, I also think that it could use some improvements. So here are five new directions that I’d like to see it take.

Femme Invisibility: On Passing Right by Your People and Not Being Recognized

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I am not the poster child queer woman. Pastel sundresses, lacy push-up bras, and vanilla lip gloss would not, as it were, come as accessories with Stereotypical Lesbian Barbie. Femmes are the surprises. Femmes are the ones who are asked how we can possibly be queer-identified if we paint our nails. We’re the ones who have to fight to be noticed for who we are.