It is one thing to report on girls forced into marriage against their will while reporting in South Asia. Quite another in the South Bronx. Or Northern Virginia.
Girl-fueled interruptions are on the rise. If they make us uncomfortable, that’s the point.
This week, Lyn Mikel Brown’s Powered By Girl hits shelves. It’s a book about how adults can help girls organize for social and political change. It’s also a book about us.
We need to be vigilant about how unconscious tokenism affects the perception of black women in popular media and beyond.
Failing to wear a bra is widely considered a stunt “designed” to attract men’s sexual attentions—while failing to shave may be considered purposefully off-putting and rebelliously, aggressively feminist. But unless one considers rebellious feminism a hallmark of the effort to attract male attention (hint: it’s not), these juxtaposed interpretations don’t make any sense at all.
Every bone in my body tells me that I could have been Korryn Gaines.
Engaging youth in the participatory process is key to sustainable, progressive development—and often leads to empowerment and shifting norms for women and girls. The work of two young activists in Pakistan is proof.
For women in politics, motherhood is too often used as an indicator of compassion and concern for the future. These are laudable qualities, but motherhood is not a necessary condition for inhabiting them—and when we assume that it is, everybody loses.
Just why does A Midsummer Night’s Dream lend itself so well to queer reinterpretations?
“This is not about playing pretend. This is about letting them step into a moment in their future and giving them the tools to get there.”