As with all other systems of oppression, rape culture is a beast with tentacles and spores across countless other facets of inequality. The following 3 things may not appear to be major components of rape culture at first glance, but undoubtedly fuel and are fueled by it. Dismantling and addressing these things must be part of our movement to end rape culture.
We advocate for increased access to abortion care and tackle abortion stigma. We dream up contraceptive innovations. We craft extensive policy recommendations for reproductive healthcare. But the underlying truth in all of this — that people have sex for pleasure — is something we don’t talk about. For most people, candid conversations about pleasure are few and far between.
The Internet is very much a public space – with all of the same sexism, racism, homophobia, and transphobia of our streets, but often, much worse. Women are the targets of a lot of this ugliness. Not unlike street harassment in the way we feel its hovering, ominous presence and the way it can control our actions — or at least try to — online harassment is an issue to be taken seriously.
The depiction of rape in the media is not an inherently bad thing. But it is a bad thing when rape is part of a story line just for entertainment, for added suspense and sparkle. When television shows like Law & Order: SVU use and capitalize on rape as a means to allure viewers, the “featured” rape story becomes reduced to a mere gimmick, which is troubling and offensive.
Oftentimes our reaction to the death of a loved one is to scramble to regain normalcy. But stunting the grieving process will only compound the wall of bricks that you probably already feel like you’re carrying around on your shoulders. So here are a few nuggets of insight from someone who has realized how important it is to feel comfortable with the discomfort of grief.
Increasing marriage equality is a great step in the right direction. But it’s more important than ever to broaden the scope of what we envision for queer liberation. By unfolding the many layers of what liberation and equality could look like for the LGBTQ+ community, we’ll be able to see a nuanced picture of marriage equality that is couched in the larger movement for social justice.
Women’s rights in the United States have come a long way. But as we reflect on the remarkable progress the feminist movement has made in creating a more just and equal society, I challenge us to also look ahead to our next few decades of work. By 2040, let’s make sure young feminists can marvel at the following ten things that women of our generation were once not able to do.
Navigating the dating world as a feminist can be frustrating and challenging, regardless of your gender identity and sexual orientation. The dating pool can feel awfully slim when you’re looking for a partner that shares your feminist values and ideals. In this episode, we will explore a few of the empowering and self-affirming ways to approach the challenges of modern dating as a feminist.
In the wake of the tragedies in Boston, we must challenge ourselves to reflect on our reactions to loss of life, violence, and tragedy. Why don’t Americans express the same outrage when similar — and far greater — tragedies occur abroad, or even in our own urban neighborhoods? Perhaps the barometer to our reactions is grounded in racism and xenophobia.
Although no single definition of eco-feminism exists, I would define it as a feminism that works to examine how environmental degradation and climate change impact communities and community members based on their socio-economic status and gender. And it’s important that the valuable intersectional perspective of eco-feminism doesn’t get lost amidst the green frenzy on Earth Day.