While it’s great that more people are identifying as feminist, I’m also bored with claims that feminism is the notion that women are people or a belief in equality – and nothing more. I’m not interested in a feminism that’s not grounded in the hard work of dismantling oppression. Because we don’t need a feminism that’s trendy — we need one that’s transformative.
As exacerbated and reinforced by the media, our society has an extremely racialized lens of violence. While white people are generally perceived as innocent, people of color experience intensely oppressive treatments in media depiction, the prison industrial complex, the school system, and within our general society. We must decolonize our image of “criminal” now.
The discussion on street harassment is too often narrowed into a racialized narrative that harms people of color. To be more inclusive and not perpetuate racism, let’s broaden this conversation to examine all the types of people who perpetuate it, where they do it, and the diverse groups of folk who are harmed by it. Here’s some considerations to get you started.
While Human Resources departments are supposed to address sexual harassment at work, they sometimes don’t do enough. Consequently, it’s not always a helpful resource for those who need support. Read this article for tips on using direct communication to interrupt this sort of microaggression when it’s happening to you in the workplace.
Because of cultural stigma, political barriers, economic difficulty, and anti-abortion bullies who threaten of violence or exposure, choosing to end a pregnancy can be a difficult and traumatic. But for so many, it’s a necessary act of self-efficacy. Read this article to learn how to best support your friend who is considering an abortion.
It’s super important to have conversations about sexual boundaries, consent, and desires with your lovers. These conversations keep us safer, but there aren’t many examples for how to respectfully and non-fetishistically have them when your lover is trans. This article provides insight on how to compassionately negotiate sexual dialogue with your trans partner.
In an extremely heteronormative society, self-acceptance as a queer person can be very difficult. From religion to family to media to legislation, queer people are assaulted with too many homophobic messages that teach assimilation and self-loathing. Check out this article to learn strategies for attaining self-love, empowerment, and resilience as a queer person.
As male feminists, it’s easy to criticize the misogyny of the MRAs. But how often do we turn the lens around? There are stories from every era of the feminism — stories of men talking the talk of feminism, gaining trust, and using that trust to hurt, abuse, and act in profoundly anti-feminist ways. Here are six things we need to do starting right now to fight this.
There are certain things people say to queer women over and over again that they just shouldn’t — and straight women do this, too. We think that women can’t oppress other women, but it’s entirely possible. And we need to talk more about it. So, here are five things straight women shouldn’t say when talking to queer women. And yes, we’ve heard them all before.
“Why is this event only for [insert marginalized identity]? I’m an ally! I want to show my support.” While it can hurt when you come with good intentions, a healing space that is only for people of a marginalized identity that you don’t share is not for you. And that’s actually ok and needed. But sometimes we forget that and demand entry. Here’s another approach.