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5 Reasons Climate Change is a Feminist Issue Environment Featured 

5 Reasons Climate Change is a Feminist Issue

(NM) – Climate change isn’t merely a problem of excess carbon dioxide in an otherwise progressive global system. It isn’t a problem for which we are all equally responsible, and neither are its impacts indiscriminate. Rather, climate change is bound up with dynamics of power, and it affects some much more than others. Here are five reasons climate change is a feminist issue. 1. Climate change disproportionately affects the global poor – 70% of whom are women. Climate change disproportionately affects those already in poverty. Global South nations are much more likely to be affected by droughts, floods, reduced crop Read More

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We need a new, radical vision of feminist sisterhood Activism 

We need a new, radical vision of feminist sisterhood

(OpenDemocracy) – The racism of white feminists, whether overt or covert, contributes to the oppression of women of colour, and holds the movement back. The feminist movement has a race problem. This is nothing new – in fact, the problem has been there since the movement began. The racism of white women, whether it is overt or covert, actively contributes to oppression experienced by women of colour. That racism also undermines the efforts of feminist struggle by upholding white supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchy. For some white women, the benefits of white privilege seem to outweigh the gains to be made through Read More

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12 feminist authors who may not be on your college reading list – but should be Literature 

12 feminist authors who may not be on your college reading list – but should be

(OpenDemocracy) – These writers and their work span the globe and its history and would complement any degree. What would you add to this list? If you’re starting, or heading back to, college or university this month then hopefully whatever course you’re studying will include some key feminist texts on your syllabus. But there is more to feminist writing than Woolf and Wollstonecraft (as vital and needed as their work is). There are centuries of feminist texts, stretching across disciplines and around the world. In medieval France, Christine de Pizan – frustrated at male writers composing screeds damning women – wrote her Read More

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Radical feminists’ objection to sex work is profoundly un-feminist Culture Featured 

Radical feminists’ objection to sex work is profoundly un-feminist

World (Conversation) – Although sex workers around the world lobby for decriminalisation, sex work law remains controversial. This article is part of a series exploring sex work and regulatory reform. While women’s libbers have spent decades fighting to get us dominion over our own bodies, radical feminists have spent almost as long trying to insert caveats. Apparently there are right and egregiously wrong ways to use our bodies – more specifically our genitals – particularly when dollars are involved. For “radfems”, sex work is a metonym for the sins of patriarchy and something that can only ever lead us Read More

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Authorities in Southern Russia Scared of Feminism Human Rights 

Authorities in Southern Russia Scared of Feminism

Russia (HRW) – Police and Cossacks Harass Local Activists. Add another category to the long list of people deemed a security threat to the Russian state: feminists. Early this morning, a group of men broke into a tiny cottage near Dzhubga, a village in Russia’s southern Black Sea region of Krasnodar. The cottage was rented by five women who had traveled to the region for a feminist gathering. One of the men identified himself as a police officer and told the women they were being brought to the Dzhubga police station for questioning about an alleged breach of public order. Read More

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Britain’s real female wrestler activists are better and badder than GLOW’s could ever be Entertainment 

Britain’s real female wrestler activists are better and badder than GLOW’s could ever be

United Kingdom (Conversation) – Professional wrestling is a man’s game – or at least that’s what you may be led to believe, thanks to popular favourites such as former WWE wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson who made an easy transition from wrestling to super-stardom after appearing in a number of blockbuster films. The “masculine melodrama” presented by modern professional wrestling programmes such as WWE represents the epitome of masculinity, fighting in epic showdowns for a mostly male audience. Of course, there are female wrestlers – as there are female viewers – but WWE has in the past been criticised Read More

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Gender Studies at Hogwarts Women 

Gender Studies at Hogwarts

United Kingdom (OtherWords) – Writers like Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling could help socialize the next generation with a stroke of the pen. J.K. Rowling, author of the bestselling Harry Potter series, just made headlines for an epic tweetstorm condemning misogyny. Referring to women politicians, she tweeted, “femaleness is not a design flaw.” I love J.K. Rowling. I love her books. I’ve read the entire Harry Potter series cover to cover more times than I can count. And I believe J.K. Rowling is a feminist. But her stance on overt misogyny makes me feel a need to call out the much Read More

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Feminist Mosque Opening In Norway, Challenging Traditional Islam Religion Women 

Feminist Mosque Opening In Norway, Challenging Traditional Islam

Norway (Sputnik) – While your garden-variety Islam is known for being conservative and holds patriarchal values in high esteem, there is always room for reform. In a planned “feminist” mosque in the Norwegian capital city of Oslo, men and women will be allowed to pray in the same room, with female priests leading the prayer. The mosque will be located in Oslo city center and will be called Masjid Al-Nisa, which means “the female mosque,” the Norwegian news outlet Vårt Land reported. “I want to start a feminist mosque where women will have as much room as men. Both men and women will Read More

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Literary Greed: A Dystopian Reading List By Women Authors Entertainment Women 

Literary Greed: A Dystopian Reading List By Women Authors

World (openDemocracy) – After Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States in November 2016, two classic non-fiction books by women started to sell… and sell… and sell. The first was Rebecca Solnit’s manifesto Hope in the Dark. First published in 2004, it argues that political protest can take a long time to manifest results – but is not worthless. The second was Hannah Arendt’s 1951 The Origins of Totalitarianism, published in the wake of World War II. Readers have also turned to fiction written by women, including Margaret Atwood’s dystopian 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale, set in a Read More

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On Feminism and Marvel’s Wonder Woman Entertainment Featured Women 

On Feminism and Marvel’s Wonder Woman

World (FEE) – I’ll be honest: I went to see Wonder Woman with zero expectations. I was aware that some extreme feminists were already angry about it because she doesn’t have hairy armpits or something, but all I wanted was a couple hours of entertainment. I hadn’t done much research on the movie or even seen many trailers. Actually, leading up to the movie, most of my attention was on the pre-movie dinner. I did, however, hope that this first modern woman-centric superhero movie wasn’t going to mess it up. I’m not boycotting Marvel for all their man-centric movies, but Read More

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