Feminist Wednesday on Winter Break!

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Dearest Feminist Wednesday Readers,

As most of you Beaverettes know Feminist Wednesday has embarked on an extraordinary journey into producing it’s first documentary film Dream, Girl. During this process we have been so overwhelmed by all the love and support you have shared with us from following our journey on Instagram to donating to the film on Kickstarter. We can’t wait to make on hell of a movie for you— which is why we have decided to go on a blog hiatus until filming is complete this winter. We want to give you the best stories and most empowering feminist content on Earth and so we are going to wait until Dream, Girl on-set production is over so we can do just that.

In the meantime feel free to join the discussion of feminist pop culture topics on our FW Facebook group or take a moment to go through our Guest Writers Topics to see if one of our writing themes speaks to you.

Also, if you want to keep up with Dream, Girl follow us on IG, twitter, or facebook for behind the scenes photos/images and clips from the film!

VIVA LA BEAVER!

Erin Bagwell
Founder of Feminist Wednesday
Director of Dream, Girl

I Dream of Iranian Feminists

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Lily Stewart

As an American woman, the societal pressure and expectations around clothing are immense . This sort of pressure is a common issue among women across the globe. This past Wednesday (October 22, 2014), thousands of Iranians took to the streets in the city of Isfahan to protest a number of recent brutal attacks on Iranian women – attacks stemming from women not wearing their clothing properly. This bellwether event has proven a feminist victory for a country whose rulers propagate some of the worst women’s rights abuses. Both men and women gathered on the streets to show their support for the victims and their disgust with the attackers. The attacks, aimed at women accused of an infraction of improper attire called “mal-veiling”, occurred when mullah-affiliated gang members on motorcycles splashed acid in the faces of at least eight girls.

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Street Harassment in Paris

StreetHarassmentElysse Andrews
Age 20
Paris, France

When you move to Paris, you think that you’ve hit the jackpot. You’re in one of the most loved cities in the world, where thousands of people fantasize about falling in love under the haussmanian dotted skyline. So you can imagine my surprise after I was here a month and was ready to leave. Why would I want to leave this city you ask? Street Harassment. It’s EVERYWHERE.

The Parisians are known for being flirty and outgoing when it comes to hitting on the opposite gender, but the harassment I’ve experienced has escalated immediately from flirty, to dirty. Cultural or not, it’s definitely not okay.

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Just Add Feminism

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Just Add Feminism 

Check out our interview with Mariam Guessous the fabulous feminist designer and the winner of the “Feminism is for Everyone” poster competition.

Tell us about the feminist poster contest and why you wanted to get involved in the cause.

“Feminism is for Everyone” is a competition that was organized by three amazing organizations—The 3% Conference, Vitamin W, and Miss Representation. These organizations asked the creative community for help in “rebranding feminism” by making it more positive and inclusive as they believe it should be.

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I was taught by the best.

mattMatthew Chavez 

As a young boy, my grandmother was my hero. She is still my hero as an adult, but as a kid it was different. As a kid, her house was a place where there was always a fresh, ice cold, juice box waiting for me. A place where Christmas cookies were baking, and Peter Pan or The Little Mermaid were played on VHS. Where a blue blanket draped over my head could make me believe I was Batman.  I would dream about going to grandma’s house for the weekend to stay over, just to experience what it was like to be there, and to be with the person who made it all possible.

My early childhood gave me good reason to long for this type of safe-haven. My father died when I was only 3, and my mother wasn’t ready to be a single parent.   After my father died, my grandmother stepped in and provided the opportunity for me to stay with her on the weekends, which led to her taking full custody of me  when I was 9. It was because of her that I can consider myself a feminist today, though she may deny being one herself.

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My In-House #HeForShe

mallorie_instaMallorie Carrington
Smart Glamour

I started getting called the “i” word over 15 years ago while in high school.

Intimidating.

I was a tall girl, unapologetically myself, who stomped around my giant 3,000+ student high school in 4 inch stilettos and hand sewn clothes made from re-purposed jeans and fabric scraps. I went after what (and who) I wanted, studied what I loved, and was more often than not the leader of the group (regardless of what said group was.)

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Meet Feminist Dialogue!

feminist_dialogueFeminist Dialogue is one of my favorite feminist organizations ever! They provide me the feminist philosophy class I never had in their feminist salon a la brunch ‘The Hive’. The Hive is an extraordinary event full of warm baked goods and respectful discourse on feminist topics and thoughts. I feel so thankful to have this feminist afternoon getaway  in my life I just had to share this amazing organization with all of you! Check out our exclusive interview with Feminist Dialogue and if you live in NYC or DC  you HAVE to go to one of their events. You will not be sorry, I bet my beaver on it!

Feminist Dialogue is such an awesome feminist community. How did it come into existence?

Feminist Dialogue (FD) was built on the backbone of Jillian Foster’s, our founder, three great passions — feminism, tweeting, and brunching. Our feminist salon a la brunch series, The Hive (formerly Bitches Who Brunch), began as causal brunches in Jillian’s home.  Simultaneously our Twitter presence expanded. In 2014, our team joined forces to formalize the organization and produce even more events, including monthly Hive brunches, forthcoming panels, workshops, feminist-speed-chats, and in 2015, a fancy feminist conference called Feminism in New York City.

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Long Walk to Forever

longWalkNEW Women in Film Alert! Check out Director Jessica Hester’s new film project a Long Walk to Forever & check out our exclusive interview with her below!

Can you tell us who you are and a little about Long Walk to Forever?

I am Jessica Hester, native resident to Ossining, New York.   I directed Long Walk to Forever.  The film is a gentle satire on society’s institution of matrimony and how it has overshadowed the natural response of falling in love. The film is an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s short story with the same name, which is loosely based on his romance with his first wife, Jane Cox.

Long Walk to Forever is a beautiful and simple story, yet it explores many facets of our humanity. Vonnegut does this in such a fun way, as he leads Catherine, our protagonist, into the most impossible situation, and she gets to explore herself and her belief system as she takes a walk with her childhood friend.  On this walk, the further she gets away from her house (society), the deeper she walks into nature with Newt (her childhood friend) and the closer she gets to her natural response to love. This is exciting for me as a female director.  I feel as women, we all know what it is like to lose our authentic connection to self, and in a very bold way Vonnegut gives us context to explore this and the opportunity to return to our authentic selves.

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Halloween Etiquette

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Every year during this time, there is the never-ending discussion about women and their choice of Halloween costumes (I know what you’re thinking, and chances are you have probably read a handful of stories similar to this one).  A lot of these discussions result in slut and body shaming. Halloween does not mean that you can simply dismiss those values of what it means to be accepting and body positive towards others. It does not mean that you have a free pass to slut shame either.

It is already an issue that a lot of Halloween costumes for women are aimed to objectify. It is already an issue that some women may feel pressured to wear these costumes. An issue that people often dismiss is the issue of shaming women when they choose and want to wear one of these costumes.

The really cool thing about feminism is that it empowers women to wear what they please. It empowers them to not feel afraid to dress in a way that society may frown upon. Some recent wise words from Lena Dunham were, “A huge part of being a feminist is giving other women the freedom to make choices you might not necessarily make for yourself. Just like we should respect women who cover up for reasons of shyness or modesty or religious beliefs, we have to allow for the woman who wants to walk down the street in booty shorts.” What makes a Halloween costume any different?

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The Invisible Month

Photo credit: Jonathan Haidt

Photo credit: Jonathan Haidt

Jayne Riew is a New York City-based artist whose recent project, The Invisible Month, uses art as a way to understand how women’s hormonal rhythms affect their work productivity, well-being, and behavior in relationships. Check out the project’s website to learn more.

Tell us a little about yourself!

I’m an artist in New York City. My work tends to explore psychological processes, like how your thoughts evolve over time or how to manage unwanted thoughts. Most of my projects take the form of books or boxes. For me art is a place where you can go for help, whether it’s for an escape, a discovery, therapy, or inspiration. We all need to change the channel more.

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