Friends! We invite guys and girls to take part in «Pride Parade» in Israel. It will take place on June, 12-th in Tel Aviv. If you have a desire to swing during procession by an iridescent flag of LGBT-community, partying on beach, join our company! «Pride Parade» in Tel Aviv is a grandiose and unprecedented gay parade on the originality. This event is accompanied with carnival show and performance of the Israeli superstars. Such as, for example, Dana International! About 300 thousand gays, lesbians and bisexuals from different countries of the world will take part in parade! Participants will move on a beach disco after procession following on Tel Aviv. It will be a grandiose party on the bank of Mediterranean sea. And at night of gay parade it is planned and at all about 100 various thematic actions. We have already invited the group of travelers from different countries – boys and girls. We wish to go to Israel the amicable and cheerful company. We will live in the big apartment of my friends. If you have a desire to join our company, write on firstname.lastname@example.org I will send all information on a trip – about where we will live as we will have a good time and how many it is necessary to take money.
Hello. I am at my wits end with a clueless young male friend of mine. Does anyone have recommendations for websites that cover feminism 101 material? I'm talking about really basic, everyday stuff (as opposed to theory), such as use of the word "bitch." Thanks.
Please donate to "Bitch" magazine! They need 40 grand by October.
We've already lost so many magazines- ROCKRGRL, LiP. Kitchen Sink, Stay Free, and a host of other independent mags that at one time seemed to be flourishing! And I am sad about the loss of every one of them.
After they disappeared, I learned of their losses...not via my local magazine shop/bookstore owner, but via an article in "Bitch" magazine!
"Bitch" has offered the ultimate in feminism: USEFUL articles by/for/about girls and women and LGBT, and yes, even the men that love them such as the supporters of this community. From its letters to the editor, to the last page, dubbed "Annals" (usually concerning retro examples of pop culture, which is always fun), "Bitch" is responsible for some of the most important, tenacious, humorous, and insightful culture commentary magazine articles in history. Everyone from bloggers to bell hooks have had their works published in "Bitch" for over ten years. Everything from women of color in the tech sector to women who are into sci-fi conventions have been covered, plus articles that focus on racism, music by women, and mommyhood are covered on a consistent basis. Within the first year I read it, there were spreads on the green movement, voter fraud against women, female comedians, and how the threat of terrorism is biased against women. Articles about women in politics to women in the comic book industry to women in Palestine.
All without those annoying full-page ads for stuff that makes a woman feel like she isn't enough without said product being advertised to her. All donations to "Bitch" are tax deductible, and it is a non-profit organization! This means that besides no big, ugly ads that waste space, paper, and clutter the mind, that Bitch doesn't have any money. For much more information, see this post. Bitch and those other magazines mentioned aren't in trouble because interest has waned, they are in trouble because our economy makes it hard to support arts and education and society isn't persuaded to kill reliance on gasoline, so the cost of shipping anything has skyrocketed.
As we feminists know, Bitch is the type of publication we cannot afford to lose. I save my issues for my potential future children. They are especially precious to me in today's political and social climate. I am constantly referring back to them.
Countless authors, musicians, movies, artists, news, and bits of political information that fly under the radar but are so necessary to know about if you're a woman or (know any women) have been offered up on the pages of "Bitch". Babeland, Lunapads, Essence, Etsy, BuyOlympia, and $pread have all been but a few of the must-haves in my life that were introduced to me via "Bitch" magazine. Please donate whatever you can afford.
Subscriptions help, but right now what they need is cash cash cash.
If Bitch moves to the web, poorer people without time to go to the library, or those without internet access, or those without a paypal account or credit card will be affected, not to mention those of us who just prefer the quaint charm of paper when we read our favorite publications.
Some of you here may heavily dislike The Huffington Post. For this article, try and leave your distaste for Arianna aside and realize this piece employs direct quotes in proper context from multiple sources. It is completely, 100% accurate.
In November 2006, then gubernatorial candidate Sarah Palin declared that she would not support an abortion for her own daughter even if she had been raped. Granting exceptions only if the mother's life was in danger, Palin said that when it came to her daughter, "I would choose life."
At the time, her daughter was 14 years old. Moreover, Alaska's rape rate was an abysmal 2.2 times above the national average and 25 percent of all rapes resulted in unwanted pregnancies. But Palin's position was palatable within the state's largely Republican political circles.
Now that she's John McCain's vice presidential candidate, Palin's abortion policy (among others) is undergoing renewed scrutiny. The Alaska Republican has long declared herself pro-life. And her credentials on the topic make her the belle of the ball among religious conservatives. But Democrats and abortion rights advocates say her stance, specifically her unwillingness to grant her own child a choice to end a pregnancy induced by rape, is drastically at odds with public opinion -- even among many Republicans.
"This is absolutely outside the mainstream. Even in South Dakota they rejected [outlawing abortion in cases of rape] in '06 because it has gone too far and everyone can identify that in a case of rape or incest a woman should have the chance to make the decision with their family or doctor," said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro Choice America. "Women voters are going to reject both her and John McCain, and I think we see it specifically because we reach out to Republicans and independent pro-choice women. They live in the suburbs and exurbs. They are very much part of the mainstream America. And woman in general will reject that ticket."
Palin makes no secret of her abortion views. A member of the group Feminists for Life, she told the Alaska Right to Life Board in 2002 that she "adamantly supported our cause since I first understood, as a child, the atrocity of abortion." In an Eagle Forum Alaska questionnaire filled out during the 2006 gubernatorial race, Palin again stated that she is against abortion unless a doctor determined that a mother's life would end due to the pregnancy. . .
While Palin's positions have drawn the ire and concern of the pro-choice and progressive community, they are largely -- save abortions in the case of rape -- in line with John McCain's own stances. The Senator is against federal funding of birth control and sex education. He has called for the overturning of Roe v. Wade and received a zero rating from NARAL. Once, aboard the Straight Talk Express, McCain was asked if he supported the use of contraception or President Bush's abstinence-only education program to stem the spreading of AIDS.
"After a long pause, he said, 'I think I support the president's policy.' Does he believe that contraceptives help stop the spread of HIV? After another long pause, he replied, "You've stumped me."
I thought people in this community might be interested in this. It's a new political webseries from the producer of the Sundance winning political documentary American Blackout.
It's edgy, sexy and very political with an obvious liberal and feminist slant. The main male character is a male feminist. We're an all female run production company but we have had the support of some very awesome men.
the first three minute episode is up at www.feedseries.tv
and here is the trailer:
If you are in a lot of lgbt communities you may have already seen this...sorry...I'm in a lot of lesbian communities...ha ha
The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition is pleased to announce the release of its 2008 GENIUS Survey in partnership with Ernst & Young.GenderPAC works to ensure that classrooms, communities and workplaces are safe for everyone to learn, grow and succeed.
The Gender Equality National Index for Universities & Schools (GENIUS), GenderPAC’s most recent effort to end discrimination and promote awareness, encourages colleges and universities to recognize the benefits of a GenderSAFEtm campus - supportive equitable and protective for all students. Choosing to participate in GENUIS sends a strong public statement that bullying or discriminating based on the race, sex or gender of a student, faculty, or staff member is not tolerated at your institution
Fill out the survey at:www.gpac.org/GENIUS2008survey, and make sure that we have data for as many schools as possible. Your voice will help us continue to work towards a safe and welcoming environment for every student.
While we greatly appreciate the interest taken in GENIUS by students, staff and faculty at academic institutions outside of the United States, at this time GENIUS is only able to track schools based in the United States.
I could expound for a long time on how much I hate them, but I found this in a past post on one of My other blogs:
"it never ceases to amaze me at how people judge based on this intrinsic belief that we all exist for each other's approval. and dont even get me started on women's magazines. ive never read such utter distructive crap in my life. honestly. way to go in supporting womankind. every article is written in a way that sements the social opinion of a stereotypical woman. we dont all live to be thin and adored. we dont all fall apart cos some guy who cant appreciate a woman leaves us. we are not all self hating, desperate damsels in distress so stop feeding us this crap as if we are!
i hav more than half a mind to start a magazine that ends the distructive and totally WRONG opinion of women. and its women doing it to each other! where is the magazine for chicks who know better?"
I recently saw a post on a LJ Feminist community of UK girls asking if there was a good UK feminist magazine.
Now let me just say one thing. I consider myself a NEO-FEMINIST. And I call it this because I am PRO-WOMEN and NOT anti-men like the majority of people think Feminism is about. Also, the more I delve into Feminism, the more I realise a lot of it is about political issues and thats totally cool cos a lot of politics need changing to include women and not relegate them to "just women so they dont matter as much".
But thats a whole other ball game.
Feminism to me is about liberating the minds of Women so they start realising what they are about and whats the biggest educator of Women in the world? Magazines. And every single magazine is utter SHITE! 101 ways to please your man in bed. 23 creams to apply so you look better in order to attract a man. Shoes and lingerie that will truss you up to please men. Its like these magazines are written by men. But they are not. And what does THAT say about Women of today? We are all STILL living in this patriarchal idea of what Women should be - as servants to men. And yet, there are so many men who get off on strong, independent, enlightened, liberated Women. Men WANT Women to be the strong creatures that we are. Men WANT us to do our own thing. The biggest attractor for men is NOT the size of your breasts, the colour of your eyes or the length of your legs, its CONFIDENCE and confidence cannot live in a place where there is only self-doubt which is shoved down our throats in every face cream, lingerie and sexual prowess article in our magazines.
More than once I have fantasised about starting a magazine for chicks who dont relate to what we are being fed. And I DONT want it to be a "Feminist" magazine as such. I just want it to be PRO WOMEN, supportive, a magazine that shows you that you are just fucking perfect as you are, that you dont need a million creams and a knack at deep throating to be a successful human being.
"Girls and women suffer the most harm from a culture awash in misogynist pornography, but boys and men are hurt, too. It is important to discuss this hurt both for pragmatic reasons, and out of genuine concern for these boys and men. In order to stem the tide of cruelty, callousness and brutality toward girls and women that is now mainstream fare from the porn industry, men and boys in sufficient numbers will need to make the decision to stop paying for porn magazines, videos, and Internet porn sites. Some men will be motivated to give up their porn habits as they develop a greater sensitivity to the damage that eroticized cruelty does to girls and women – inside and outside the porn industry. But altruistic concern for harm done to women can not motivate anywhere near as many men and boys as enlightened self-interest. In other words, if they can be shown that porn hinders rather than facilitates a healthy sex life for men, there is at least a chance that enough men will reject it to truly make a difference. But unless heterosexual men perceive that they have a personal stake in a sexual culture that is not dominated by the cartoonish version of sexual fulfillment created by middle-aged businessmen in window-less studios in the San Fernando Valley outside Los Angeles, it is hard to see how the current trend toward greater acceptance of sexualized brutality will be reversed in coming generations."
But I just read this op-ed in the Daily Mail about the serial killer in the UK who killed five prostitutes, and the article was just so offensive! I'd be interested to hear your opinions on this one...
I posted this in my personal journal a few days ago and thought it would be interesting to share:
During my feminist reading I've religiously jotted down the title of each cited, suggested or criticized book I've come across. After delving into Susan Faludi's Stiffed and Jackson Katz's The Macho Paradox - books about men - I've stumbled across a slew of other material discussing men critically. However, in the actual men's studies section at Borders (and from what I know publishers suggest where books should go) there's maybe five books.
Do men's studies book simply not exist? Well, no. They're just never located (or are rarely) in the men's studies section. Katz is located in family violence, Terrence Real's I Don't Want To Talk About It is in general psychology, Bernard Leftkowitz's Our Guys is under true crimes. (All of these books are comparable to literature located in women's studies.) Why the scattering of books versus the ease of finding them all in one location? Alternately, does a section's isolation help stigmatize certain genres or is it supporting a genre by providing easy access?
First, what is women's studies? According to Dictionary.com it's "An academic curriculum focusing on the roles and contributions of women in fields such as literature, history, and the social sciences." When you look up men's studies - nothing. Granted, the old saying that "everything else is men's studies" certainly applys based purely on this definition. US-Centric here, but one only has to flip through a public school's history text to see what women didn't do throughout history or peruse an English syllabus outside of a women's literature course.( Read more...Collapse )
Hi, my name's Laura. I'm a university student who's currently working on a piece of historical fiction based on RAWA (Revolutionary Association of Women in Afghanistan). I've enjoyed reading this community's posts a great deal, and felt you might be interested in the following petition.
Urge your Senators and Representatives to Co-Sponsor “The Afghan Women's Empowerment Act of 2006”
As the Taliban militia returns and increases its violent attacks against women to prevent them from exercising their rights, we must urge Congress to support organizations that promote and protect women's rights and the women-led nonprofits that provide urgently needed assistance to women and girls.
Introduced in the Senate by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and in the House by Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), the Afghan Women's Empowerment Act of 2006 authorizes funding for the Afghan Ministry of Women's Affairs and the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and for Afghan women-led nonprofits providing education, health care and vocational training to Afghan women and girls.
I'm curious as to how many of you find this excerpt from The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck inspiring and powerful versus its being a patriarchal reaffirmation of "a woman's place." It's worth noting that this novel was written in 1939.
Ma was heavy, but not fat; thick with child-bearing and work. She wore a loose Mother Hubbard of gray cloth in which there had once been colored flowers, but the color was washed out now, so that the small flowered pattern was only a little lighter gray than the background. The dress came down to her ankles, and her strong, broad, bare feet moved quickly and deftly over the floor. Her thin, steel-gray hair was gathered in a sparse wispy knot at the back of her head. Strong, freckled arms were bare to the elbow, and her hands were chubby and delicate, like those of a plump little girl. She looked out into the sunshine. Her full face was not soft; it was controlled, kindly. Her hazel eyes seemed to have experienced all possible tragedy and to have mounted pain and suffering like steps into a high calm and a superhuman understanding. She seemed to know, to accept, to welcome her position, the citadel of the family., the strong place that could not be taken. And since old Tom and the children could not know hurt or fear unless she acknowledged hurt and fear, she had practiced denying them in herself. And since, when a joyful thing happened, they looked to see whether joy was on her, it was her habit to build up laughter out of inadequate materials. But better than joy was calm. Imperturbability could be depended upon. And from her great and humble position in the family she had taken dignity and a clean calm beauty. From her position as arbiter she had become as remote and faultless in judgment as a goddess. She seemed to know that if she swayed the family shook, and if she ever really deeply wavered or despaired the family would fall, the family will to function would be gone.
I personally love this paragraph and think it's an excellent description of one of the many forms of strength exhibited by women. But I also wonder if my being male might make me somewhat predisposed toward the glorification (or justification?) of a woman's traditionally servile position.
Here is a link to a site that calls for the end of all genital mutilation, regardless of gender. It has a good FAQ page and other resources. If you support the Bill to end male genital mutilation in the United States, please write your Senators and Representatives and let them know. Thanks!
I'm in Grade 12, and working on my ISU for Philosophy. My chosen book was the 'Sexual Personae' by Camille Paglia, a controversial feminist and culture critic. As part of my project, I have to have several objections to Camille's ideas, the ones I am arguing for this essay. To get a basic idea of different objections I could have from different points of view, I decided I'd make it an open-forum thing to try and get my brain going. Any objections/statements used in my project will be credited.
Thesis/basic idea: "Feminists grossly oversimplify the problems between the sexes when they reduce it to a matter of social convention: readjust society, elimate sexual inequality ,purify sex roles and happiness and harmony will prevail. Sexuality and the sexes are the intricate intersection of nature and culture, and can not be so easily changed by neutralizing gender-roles in todays society."
I'm not trying to pick any fights with this statement, I simply want to see the opinions and objections to this from others.
In 1991, a lone gunman got into a university campus in Montreal, Canada and entered a class where he segregated all the female students at gunpoint and shot them - because he hated feminists.
The 'Montreal Massacre', as it became dubbed, galvinised public opinion in Canada, and led to the formation of the White Ribbon campaign. First in Canada, and then around the world, hundreds of thousands of men pledged that they would never commit, or condone, violence against women. they also pledged themselves to challenge sexist talk and behaviour if they encountered it personally.
There was a lot of publicity in the early years in Canada, and some said that this was taking media attention and charitable donations from women's refuges and similar groups. So the Campaign began fundraising themselves on behalf of these groups. Funds raised by local branches are donated to women's refuges and similar organisations, and the 6th of December provided the focus of these efforts.
I have to say that I was unaware of this until recently, but when a freind posted about it on a community i belonged to, I signed up. I also founded a community on LJ for those who wish to spread the message on line, and support those who take the pledge to become local activists.
A recent survey has revealed that almost one man in three in the Uk felt that a woman who went out on her own , or wore short skits, or got drunk was somehow "asking for it" if she go raped. or put another way, over two thirds of us are still decent blokes, right? But how does it look in the media? Some feminists are saying that its time that men took responsibility for eradicating rape and ending male violence against women. I have to say that I agree here, and to that end, together with a few friends, have started a community on LJ to add our voices to the campaign.
Currently, we are seeking to attract men who want to take a stand on the issue, and we hope that many here will take an interest.
To find out more about the White Ribbon Campaign, go to our community, _white_ribbons. Thank you.