In today’s Read-‘Ems, I’m taking a break from Aboriginal issues, and focusing on young feminists. Enjoy.
1. On the YP4 (“Young People For”) blog, ojgreer asks “Am I A Feminist?”, and details her feminist awakening from beginning:
As a young white woman growing up in New York City, my world was comfortable, it was integrated, and my feminism was without a name and assumed. It wasn’t until relatively late in high school that I began to understand the rarity of my experience. I don’t remember the exact details, but I recall a friend – male – saying incredulously, “what are you, some kind of feminist?” And I recall my boyfriend shooting back (not to my defense, mind you), “no, she’s a communist!”
The discovery I’ve made is that my fun, pink feminism is not meaningful or fulfilling unless fundamental to my definition of feminism is my commitment to work in solidarity with other women and men for the utter, no-holds-barred eradication of domination in human relationships, for the emancipation of all people, for safe bodies and safe communities, everywhere.
1. Over at All Girl Army, Irmelin cogitates on the myth that “Feminists Don’t Have Self-Esteem Problems”.
In a deeply personal reveal, Irmelin talks about those small but powerful internal voices that alternately niggle, “Wouldn’t it just be so much easier TO get implants?” then berate, “I’m a bad feminist.”
When I meet opposition- people who /hate/ my feminism, and want to crush it the moment they hear what I’m about- they /know/ that place exists. They know it: its mechanics, its buttons, its exact location. They strike out at it like a viper, quick and dirty, depositing their venom into me in a not-so-benevolent attempt to “liberate” me from my feminist ways.
3. Again at All Girl Army, Julia questions the sincerity of the mainstream media’s affected distaste for information on contraception and STD protection, in “Hello? Society? Can you stop ruining my generation, please?”:
Somehow, it’s mainstream to see women parading around in lingerie and listening to “My Humps”, but perverted to put an emphasis on prevention and protection. It’s entirely taboo to run specials on condoms in drugstore ads but completely acceptable to highlight pregnancy tests.
And as the 15-year-old rolling her eyes in the back of Sex Ed, I’m getting tired of it. […]
The book “Cycle Savvy: The Smart Teen’s Guide to the Mysteries of Her Body” jumped out at me as cool and useful. When I read the Washington Post review, however, I learned that author Toni Weschler agonized over whether or not to include information about pregnancy, whether preventing or concieving. She kept the info about how to get pregnant (because it was at all relevant to a large majority of teenagers?), but left out ways to prevent conception.
Am I crazy, or in what alternate universe does this make sense? Showing teens how to become pregnant? Does anyone understand this logic?
Or is there a reason why all of us are left in the dark?
Categories: gender & feminism