Take a Class with bell hooks

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Reading bell hooks has practically become a feminist rite of passage. Having published dozens of books and papers, including Feminism is for Everybody, the distinguished professor at Berea College has made brilliant contributions to feminism. She’s also become an icon for budding feminists, and many of us may find ourselves wishing that we could take […]

FCKH8 Exploits Little Girls to Sell T-Shirts

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This article is reprinted with permission from The Belle Jar. Earlier this week, FCKH8 released a video called F-Bombs for Feminism: Potty-Mouthed Princesses Use Bad Word for Good Cause that quickly went viral, and has been shared hundreds of thousands of times on Facebook alone. This isn’t surprising—it’s a video designed to hit that marketing sweet spot where […]

Why Did Hulu Reject This Rape Survivor’s Political Ad?

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Amanda was enjoying her daily run when she was attacked and raped. Afterwards, she went to the hospital where she was immediately offered emergency contraception. In the video below, she shares her story in an ad paid for by the No On 67 campaign, and explains that she opposes Colorado’s personhood ballot measure—Amendment 67—because it would ban the […]

8 Ways Digital Media Has Changed Women’s Lives

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A nationally recognized expert and innovator in the world of digital media, Sarah Granger is also an entrepreneur, public speaker and author of the new book, The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life—Online and Off. Having been online herself since age 9, she knows a thing or two about how digital […]

5 Steps to Social Change Through Digital Engagement

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In the past decade, I’ve had the privilege of working with some amazing women’s organizations, such as BlogHer, on digital media strategy—helping women candidates, leaders, organizers and activists to do their jobs in making positive changes globally, nationally and locally. Here are five key steps I’ve learned are essential for attaining meaningful digital engagement for […]

Sounding the Alarm on Campus Rape

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Bloomberg News took the campus sexual assault backlash to a new low last week with a piece describing how “hook-up culture” is on the decline at elite colleges now that there’s a heightened awareness of sexual assault on campuses. The focus of the article is the “burden” male students carry as a result of new interest in the […]

Writing Her In: Wikipedia As Feminist Activism

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Most of the feminist activism I do—whether it’s writing or teaching or protesting—requires a long view. A really long view. Sometimes I feel as if my feminist colleagues and I are saying and doing the same things over and over again, with little to no results to show for any of our work. And when […]

When Slambooks Go Online

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Thanks to social media, bullying has become more insidious than ever. “Confessions” platforms—independently run pages on social media sites and mobile apps where students can anonymously post about their campus communities—are rampant on campuses across the country. The emphasis on anonymous contributions makes the personal public. The forums feature racism, sexism and homophobia, perpetuating intolerance […]

Quote, Unquote — Kickstarting Women’s History

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The seeds for my book (and now web series) The Quotable Woman began back in 1973, when I had a vision. It came to me in the middle of a restless night, not long after my mother died. I was sleeping in her bed when suddenly a light appeared. In the light was a book. […]

The Femisphere: Young Feminists, Part 2

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Continuing the conversation we started with young feminist bloggers here … The Femisphere: Do you think it’s accurate, as sometimes portrayed by mainstream media and even certain feminists, that young people aren’t as “into” feminism any more? Gloria Malone: Hell no! It’s a lazy and inaccurate statement. Just because young people’s feminism doesn’t look like […]