What comes to mind when you hear the word “environmentalism”? Earth Day, recycling, celebrating trees and nature? Probably. But what if I told you that environmental issues are feminist issues? That environmental degradation impacts communities based on socio-economic status and gender? There’s a term for this study: eco-feminism. Let’s learn more together.
It goes without saying that dating as a feminist is no easy feat. The dating compromises that one makes along the way can feel deeply at odds with your personal feminist politics. It can feel like you’re betraying feminism. But there are helpful ways to frame these challenges, and relieve some headache and heartache. Here are three of my tips to dating as a feminist.
Are feminists allowed to like Valentine’s Day? Of course we are. And we’re also allowed to not like it. Valentine’s Day teaches us to show love through consumerism when obligated by a holiday and in only heteronormative and gendered ways. At the same time, it can be fun and satisfying to celebrate the holiday in a way that reclaims celebrating loving relationships for ourselves.
Exposure to toxic chemicals has contributed to reproductive health decline in the US. Almost everyone has some level of toxic chemicals in their bodies, but the impact and burden is certainly not shared equally. Low-income women, who are disproportionately women of color, shoulder far more than their fair share. The reality is that we need chemical policy reform to protect all people.
Meaningful and real access to abortion will only come full circle when every woman has insurance coverage for abortion care if she needs it and can make decisions about her reproductive health, free from political interference. With today being the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, it is crucial we recognize and address the barriers that so many women continue to face all these years later.
The work of being a feminist doesn’t stop once we claim to be feminists. Years of socialization will not suddenly vanish from one’s mind or way of knowing and experiencing the world. So it’s important we be honest with ourselves about messages we’ve internalized, recognize our privilege, and question our assumptions in order to practice an inclusive, accountable, and progressive feminism.
The “gray area” we have come to know as an inevitable part of sex is a product of our culture’s unhealthy approach to sex. But this murky confusion does not have to and should not exist. We need to talk openly about the “gray area” myth and how it plays out in order to recognize instances in which consent is being assumed where it does not exist and in order to have truly consensual sexual experiences.