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“Hysteria” Shows The War on Women Is Nothing New

May 28, 2012

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by Julie M. RodriguezMay 27, 2012 Tanya Wexler’s new romantic comedy “Hysteria” is deeper than it appears on the surface. The film uses the real and little-known history of the vibrator and hysteria in Victorian England as a backdrop for the fictional story of an ambitious young doctor, Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) and Charlotte Dalrymple […]

The Second Sexism is just victim-envy

May 17, 2012

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It is perfectly possible to understand that many men are suffering at the moment without blaming it on feminism Suzanne Moore guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 16 May 2012 Simone de Beauvoir, author of The Second Sex, would be twisting in her chignon. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images Are men the new women? Are they having a harder time […]

Conceptualizing Gender (2)

May 4, 2012

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Post-structural theories by Azadeh Azad03-May-2012 For a deeper understanding of the concept of gender, we need to get acquainted with theories that focus on the social and cultural construction of gender. These theories include Structuralism, Post-structural Theories and Semiotics of Gender, Gender as Performance and Performativity, Psychoanalysis, and psychological anthropology. 2. Structuralism Structuralism is a […]

Conceptualizing Gender (1)

May 4, 2012

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Conceptualizing Gender (1)Sex roles theories by Azadeh Azad27-Apr-2012 The concept of gender is as problematic as the “nature versus nurture” argument. The terms “sex,” “female,” and “male” are biological terms, based on verifiable physical differences. However, to be born with a sex, female or male, in any society does not mean to be born gendered, […]

Does Radical Feminism Advance Arab Women’s Rights?

May 2, 2012

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Sahar AzizAssociate Professor of Law, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law Posted: 05/ 1/2012 Last week, Mona Eltahawy triggered a polemic firestorm with her blanket assertion that Arab men’s hatred of women explains the abysmal gender inequities found in the Middle East. Many Arab women are perturbed that her article “Why Do They Hate Us?” […]

A false analysis of Islam and feminism by Muslims and Non-Muslims

April 30, 2012

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By Hamzah Saif, April 29, 2012 “Gender is not the study of what is evident, it is an analysis of how what is evident came to be,” said Maya Mikdashi at her recent 10-point reminder on studying gender in the Middle East. Unfortunately, an influential strand of observers remains steadfastly deaf to her admonition, peddling […]

Why the Sex Positive Movement is Bad for Sex Workers’ Rights

April 21, 2012

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Audacia Ray By Audacia Ray This essay originally appeared in the 2012 Momentum conference anthology ebook. If the pursuit of pleasure is good, how can it be bad for sex workers, people who are professionally steeped in sexuality? Well, it’s complicated. Over the past several decades, a contingent of feminist, sex positive sex workers have […]

Feminists hail explosion in new grassroots groups

April 11, 2012

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Dozens of new organisations are springing up around the UK, campaigning on issues from lads’ mags to benefit cuts Alexandra Topping guardian.co.uk, Monday 9 April 2012 Feminists from Camden school for girls with Isabella Woolford Diaz (third left). Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian It was the lads’ mags – with semi-naked women in suggestive […]

Yvonne Ridley: finding feminism in Islam

March 17, 2012

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Posted on 16 March 2012.Lucy Miller WVoN co-editor Yvonne Ridley is a journalist, author, peace activist and film-maker. She was captured by the Taliban in September 2001 after crossing the Afghan border wearing a burqa. After her release she read the Qur’an and subsequently converted to Islam. WVoN spoke to her about feminism, faith and […]

How we can connect with feminism’s global future

March 16, 2012

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In the west, feminism has stalled. But elsewhere, women have found in it a new model of Enlightenment rights and freedoms Naomi Wolf guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 14 March 2012 Women join a protest against Yemen’s then President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Taiz, April 2011, enraged by his remarks that it was against Islam for women to […]

Twitter’s tales of sexism

March 13, 2012

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On International Women’s Day last week, Linda Grant tweeted her thoughts about why feminism still matters. Thousands of shocking responses – from women and men – proved her point Linda Grantguardian.co.uk, Monday 12 March 2012 This is a story of a tweet. Not the one above, but the one it was responding to. I did […]

In Art, a Strong Voice for Chinese Women

March 10, 2012

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By DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOWPublished: March 7, 2012 BEIJING — It almost wouldn’t be a real Chinese art opening without security officials barging in and ordering paintings off the wall. By that yardstick alone, the Saturday opening of Bald Girls, a feminist art show in the 798 arts district of Beijing, was a tremendous success. Plainclothes […]

Opinion: Stop encouraging sexual assault of our young Black and Latina girls

February 16, 2012

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February 15th, 2012 Several “hip-hop feminists” voiced their outrage at rapper Too $hort’s recent comments. By Raquel Cepeda, Special to CNN Editor’s Note: Raquel Cepeda is an award-winning journalist, documentary filmmaker and author of the forthcoming book, “i, latina?: My Year of Tripping Through my Ancestral DNA, Running The Fukú Down, and Making Peace with […]

Porn made for women, by women

December 29, 2011

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Independent female directors are making pornographic films aimed at women. Catalina May finds out what makes them so different Catalina May guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 22 March 2011 Anna Arrowsmith (aka Anna Span) has been a porn director for 12 years. This made her recent campaign as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Gravesham rather controversial. “Not my […]

Turkey’s evolving feminist movement

September 12, 2011

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By Aaron Stein for Southeast European Times in Istanbul — 07/09/11 Conservative feminists share many of the same interests as liberal feminists — women’s rights, education for women, and stopping domestic violence. [Reuters] Turkish women have theoretically been equal to men since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk introduced the country’s drastic modernisation reforms during the 1920s. Having […]

Turkey’s evolving feminist movement

September 12, 2011

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By Aaron Stein for Southeast European Times in Istanbul — 07/09/11 Conservative feminists share many of the same interests as liberal feminists — women’s rights, education for women, and stopping domestic violence. [Reuters] Turkish women have theoretically been equal to men since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk introduced the country’s drastic modernisation reforms during the 1920s. Having […]

Let’s get this straight. Gender studies isn’t about ‘women good, men bad’

September 7, 2011

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It’s ironic that an ex-student is using anti-discrimination law to sue this LSE department. But he was only there for six weeks Jonathan Deanguardian.co.uk, Wednesday 7 September 2011 Gender studies encourages students to acknowledge the diversity of relations between men and women. Photograph: Paul Williams/Alamy/Alamy Feminism makes some men very scared, others very angry. Tom […]

Let’s get this straight. Gender studies isn’t about ‘women good, men bad’

September 7, 2011

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It’s ironic that an ex-student is using anti-discrimination law to sue this LSE department. But he was only there for six weeks Jonathan Deanguardian.co.uk, Wednesday 7 September 2011 Gender studies encourages students to acknowledge the diversity of relations between men and women. Photograph: Paul Williams/Alamy/Alamy Feminism makes some men very scared, others very angry. Tom […]

Honey Money: The Power of Erotic Capital by Catherine Hakim – review

August 28, 2011

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Should women trade on their ‘erotic capital’ to get ahead? Elizabeth Day The Observer, Sunday 28 August 2011 Lip service: according to Catherine Hakim, all women should exploit their erotic charms to get ahead. Photograph: Alamy There is so much to object to in this book that it is hard to know where to start. […]

Honey Money: The Power of Erotic Capital by Catherine Hakim – review

August 28, 2011

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Should women trade on their ‘erotic capital’ to get ahead? Elizabeth Day The Observer, Sunday 28 August 2011 Lip service: according to Catherine Hakim, all women should exploit their erotic charms to get ahead. Photograph: Alamy There is so much to object to in this book that it is hard to know where to start. […]

Geena Davis Is My Feminist Hero

August 21, 2011

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August 20, 2011posted by Carolyn Geena Davis is a pretty awesome person. She’s been the first female American president (if only on Commander in Chief) (especially if you don’t count BSG which you shouldn’t because that’s in the future), almost went to the Olympics for archery, and for the past six years has been studying […]

Geena Davis Is My Feminist Hero

August 21, 2011

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August 20, 2011posted by Carolyn Geena Davis is a pretty awesome person. She’s been the first female American president (if only on Commander in Chief) (especially if you don’t count BSG which you shouldn’t because that’s in the future), almost went to the Olympics for archery, and for the past six years has been studying […]

Offbeat Ukrainian Feminist Group Fights Sexism And Authoritarianism

July 4, 2011

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by Tom Balmforth Femen activists protest the ban on women’s driving in Saudi Arabia outside that country’s embassy KYIV — Bare breasts, hijabs, and fried eggs are not common ingredients in social protest movements. But to “Femen” — a Ukrainian feminist movement with hundreds of members and thousands of supporters — such tactics are essential […]

Kiev’s Topless Protestors ‘The Entire Ukraine Is a Brothel’

May 6, 2011

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By Benjamin Bidder in Kiev, Ukraine   Facebook used to block their pages and Ukraine’s secret service has threatened them with violence: With a mix of political protest and eye-catching eroticism, the women’s rights group Femen has inspired fear in Ukrainian authorities with its fight against prostitution and sex tourism. The Rock is New Zealand’s […]