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What is Feminism?

Let's explore together:

Feminism is the political, social, and health equality between men and women. Worldwide.


Feminism is NOT us promoting misandry (the hatred of men). We don't hate men. We love men. We love humans.


So let's start educating each other, growing together, and understanding how we can support each other so that we are equal in all facets of life.


Forbes writer Kathy Caprino explains:

Feminism at its core is about equality of men and women, not “sameness.” So many people offer up the argument that women are not the “same” as men so there can’t be equality. 


In other words, because their bodies are different (many say “weaker” and smaller), and because men and women have different physical capabilities, these physical differences mean equality is not possible.

It’s critical to understand that “same” does not mean “equal.” 


The issue here is about equal rights and equal access to opportunities.  Men and women don’t have to be the “same” in physicality to have the right to equality. I’d love to see that argument (that women and men aren’t the “same” so they can’t be equal) disappear forever. 


From my view, it’s a misguided one.

Here’s an example of why: If there were two young boys in a classroom, and one was physically weaker and smaller than the other, would we believe it’s right to keep the weaker, smaller boy from having the same access – to the teacher, to learning, to the computers, to the books and class resources, to other children in the class -- because he didn’t have the same physical strength as the other boy?


You can read Kathy's full article here.


You can read Meg Kahoe's article "9 Tips To Help You Explain Feminism To Your Friends"  here.


You can read Danica Johnson's article "How to Explain Feminism to Non-Feminist Women in a Non-Threatening Way" here.


We also invite you to look into these fabulous magazines:


Guts Magazine


Broadly


Rookie


These blogs:


Top 20 Feminist Blogs


Leaving Evidence


Leanne Simpson


Also, get woke in intersectionality:


Wear Your Voice


Intersectionality 101


And this is just awesome:


Pirelli 2016 Calendar

Listen Up

If you like podcasts or want to start listening, try these feminist podcasts!


The Guilty Feminist


Call your Girlfriends


FEMINIST KILLJOYS, PHD


She's All Fat


Secret Feminist Agenda


Unreserved

Videos to Consider

A Woman's Fury Holds Lifetimes of Wisdom by Tracee Ellis Ross

Confessions of a Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay 

Intersectional Feminism

Books to Buy or Borrow

Just Kids

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By Patti Smith

 "An honest and moving story of youth and friendship, Smith brings the same unique, lyrical quality to Just Kids as she has to the rest of her formidable body of work—from her influential 1975 album Horses to her visual art and poetry."

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being A Woman

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By Nora Ephron

 "With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself."

A Door into Ocean

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By Joan Slonczewski

"A ground-breaking work both of feminist SF and of world-building hard SF, it concerns the Sharers of Shora, a nation of women on a distant moon in the far future who are pacifists, highly advanced in biological sciences, and who reproduce by parthenogenesis--there are no males--and tells of the conflicts that erupt when a neighboring civilization decides to develop their ocean world, and send in an army."

Any Man

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By Amber Tamblyn 

"In this electric and provocative debut novel, Tamblyn blends genres of poetry, prose, and elements of suspense to give shape to the shocking narratives of victims of sexual violence, mapping the destructive ways in which our society perpetuates rape culture."

M x T

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By Sina Queyras

"One conversation where Queyras is a persistent and important voice is feminism. Queyras’s feminist commitments are evident throughout M x T, notably in how she situates women as referents. For instance, in the first poem of the collection, “Water, Water Everywhere,” Queyras balances French theorists Bourdieu and Kristeva in her references, then claims, “I don’t want a theory; I want a poem inside me.” - Julie R. Enszer

The Bluest Eye

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By Toni Morrison

"Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife."