When we think about truck drivers, construction workers, garbage collectors, plumbers, electricians, and other blue-collar work, few of us immediately imagine women performing these tasks. But there are many women who want to (and do!) work in non-traditional trades. Many people think we can’t perform these tasks, but I’m here to tell you that we can and we do!
Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Someone says or does something racist; you call them out for their racism, and someone accuses YOU of being the one who’s perpetuating racism. “Just stop talking about race if you want racism to end!” Check out Chesca’s video about this (and other) ridiculous, dismissive claims that race activists encounter whenever they speak up!
Feminism is much more than simply addressing the wage gap, climbing the corporate ladder, or ensuring access to abortion services. Women of color have never had the privilege to solely focus on women’s issues — gender and racial inequalities combined so often ravage both our physical and mental health. Here are 4 ways women of color experience sexism differently.
Every few days, I get a question along the lines of “How do you reconcile your Muslim faith with feminism?” These questions have always puzzled me because I find that Islam and feminism complement each other well. If you’re interested in supporting Muslim women in feminism – which, as feminists, you should be –here are six tips to embrace to be better peers.
Social media is a great facilitator for interaction with the media. But I have to be honest: some of my fellow Internet activists have their work cut out for them when it comes to their social networking rants, namely those critiquing pop culture. Here are some ideas to keep in mind the next time you need to type out a diatribe about the latest media sensation.
The beauty ideal has changed over time, but the idea that there is only one way to have a beautiful body has not. The current one necessitates thinness. Until we’ve accomplished thinness, we are works in progress, and that there is no excuse for not participating in this. It’s not about policing how we look, they tell us. It’s for our health, for our own good! As if.
No, not all men will be like the USCB shooter, but if we are not actively working to dismantle the ways in which men learn the type of entitlement that he felt, then we are surely contributing to the wider problem. We cannot expect women to be the only one’s leading men to change. So here are 10 simple ways that men can combat sexist entitlement in public.
One of the most obnoxious forms of ignorance that LGBTQ people face is identity policing, which often manifests as other people providing “theories” to explain your sexuality. Being queer means that people always feel entitled to an explanation — or worse, they think they know better. Let’s go through the various, ridiculous incarnations of queer identity police.
The subtlety of most body shaming tactics make body negativity one of the most dangerous tools against self love in our society’s arsenal. Luckily, there are movements like The Body is Not an Apology to counteract the negativity we are taught about our bodies. Check out the spoken word poem that started it all and remember that your body is not an apology!
The predominant message sent to young mothers and pregnant teens in the media, by politicians and from teachers at schools is that they are promiscuous, tarnished goods who are bringing “problem children” into the world. But that simply isn’t true. Here are just a few of the lies we need to stop telling about teen pregnancy and young motherhood in the U.S.