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.
In 2005 I came out as transgender and transitioned to male. I am much happier as a man, but in transitioning I moved from a class of people most likely to be victimized to a class of individuals more likely to victimize someone else. I had become the enemy. And that got me thinking: Why don’t more men see violence against women as their issue?
When I tell people that I don’t own a car, people treat me differently. They do this because they see me as someone who has chosen to flirt with death. “But isn’t it dangerous in those parts of DC? Aren’t you scared that you will get mugged?” When I travel via public transport, I make a lot of observations. Here are the two most important lessons I’ve learned.
We can lay the groundwork for the children we love for good health and truly empowered living. Here, we look those aspects of protecting children that are slightly beyond the basics: the more subtle, on-going interactions that strengthen our children, influence their decision making, impact their safety, and, hopefully, contribute to a safer and saner society.
There is a myth that African-American girls generally fare better than African-American boys — that they somehow have it easier. This creates a potentially damaging narrative that may ultimately prevent society from truly empowering these young women. Here are 7 myths that we need to stop repeating when it comes to African-American women and the achievement gap.
In every single feminist safe space I’ve been, someone – usually someone who is more privileged than most people in the group – will call the space an “echo chamber.” But there’s a difference between an echo chamber and a safe space. Safe spaces are extremely useful and are of the utmost importance to the feminist movement. And I’ll tell you six reasons why.
Although they do a majority of their learning through observation of their peers in social situations, children’s groundwork for understanding gender is largely influenced by the adults they see in their family systems. If you don’t talk about gender, children will learn society’s gender model. Here are five ways to facilitate your child’s gender autonomy.
For those who don’t adhere 100% to the intensely restrictive gender roles prescribed by society: this is the poem for you. Watch as hip hop artist and poet Alex Dang describes the many times he’s been misgendered by the people around him — including family, friends, and strangers — just because he existed in a way that didn’t make sense to them.
Popular culture has a way of turning modern women into villains. It equates women’s independence with arrogance, and their modernity with shamelessness. It ends up strengthening the good woman/bad woman dichotomy – the dichotomy that pits women against women. Here are a few simple ways that a good girl/bad girl dichotomy is created in society and in pop culture, looking in particular at South Asian media.
When people think of physical disability, they often think of physical limitations, but there are other limitations that come along with it. Disabilities also create many social barriers. Seeing as I take any opportunity to minimize social awkwardness, I made a handy list of a few things to avoid doing when interacting with someone with a physical disability.