Sweet Soubrette – City People

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Photo by: Emily Raw

New York City’s Sweet Soubrette is a ukulele-powered indie rock band with dark, poetic lyrics, songs that tell stories, and lush instrumentation. Sweet Soubrette’s edgy love songs explore troubled romance, works of literature, and the mysteries of existence, featuring the songwriting, vocals and ukulele of Ellia Bisker and a talented backing band.

In this exclusive weekly series for Feminist Wednesday, Ellia talks about some of Sweet Soubrette’s songs that take on themes relating to the modern female experience. Each song is paired with an image of Ellia by Brooklyn-based photographer Emily Raw. The two artists have been working together on various photo and video projects since 2007.

City People

The first line of “City People” is “You’re city people, you like to live alone / You’re older than your parents were when you were born.” Continue reading…

Bad Ass Bitch of the Week

GigiGigi Chao, prominent business woman and daughter of Hong Kong real estate mogul, is making unicorns sing and corgis dance by getting married to her lady-partner Sean Eav. Now while gay marriages are more common and accepted in (most states) of the US, in Hong Kong your mother bangs her head against a wall and your father offers $40 million dollars to the man who can “save” you. However, Gigi is embracing her new role as LGBT spokesperson because she is a bad ass bitch:  Continue reading…

From Feminist to Activist

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I remember reading A Room of One’s Own, by Virgnia Woolf, over the summer for my AP English class requirements. I did not know what feminism was, or that there was even a word for the rage I felt in my heart when I learned about the oppression of women in the 1920s. That book made me feel so grateful for modern times, where I was able to write a journal entry or a newspaper article to the public without changing my name to Charlie or Robert. I was encouraged to know more, and went to Barnes and Nobles right after class to buy my first feminist book,  A Little F’d Up: Why Feminism Is Not a Dirty Word, by Julie Zilinger. I fell in love. That was the moment I knew I was a feminist. But at the time I did not consider myself as an activist as I do now.  Continue reading…

The Secret Skill All Truly Successful Women Share: How to tell the difference between a feeling and an instinct.

FeelingsKatherine Schafler
NYC

If you’re a truly successful woman (read: balanced, fulfilled woman), you already know everything I’m about to write.  You already know how to easily access your instincts, you probably do it so much that it doesn’t even feel like you’re “doing” anything at all—it’s that effortless for you.  You’re empowered and excited by the decisions you make because you know without equivocation that those decisions are right for you.  You are highly skilled in a crucial area of decision making.  Continue reading…

Why I Don’t Like ‘You Are Beautiful the Way You Are’ Campaigns

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DeotarantChelsea Conaway  
Feminist Wednesday University Ambassador

My friends know I am a feminist. So, from time to time, they send me links to articles or campaign websites that are (well intendedly I’m sure) meant to empower women. Many of these articles and campaigns have a similar focus: you are beautiful the way you are. And as I read about how all women are beautiful regardless of societal beauty norms, I can’t help but think… why the hell do I need you to tell me I am beautiful? Continue reading…

Meet Chelsea Conaway- FWU Ambassador

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Chelsea Conaway
Feminist Wednesday University Ambassador
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University of Houston – Downtown
Majors: Psychology & Philosophy 
Minors: Professional Writing & Ethnic Studies

What feminist is inspiring you right now?

When I think of my female inspiration, one woman immediately comes to mind: Texas Senator Wendy Davis. I first learned of Senator Davis when there was a heated abortion debate here in my home state. Texas legislators, who are overwhelmingly conservative, were attempting to pass a bill that would impose some of the strictest abortion restrictions in the country on Texas women. Davis, a Democratic senator, led an 11 hour filibuster which temporarily blocked the passage of the bill. Continue reading…

Why My Mother Inspires Me

Jessby Jessica Buxbaum
Feminist Wednesday Staff Writer

My mother is not famous. She’s not marked down in history books. She’s never protested, never rallied. She’s never tried to change the law. But she is the most inspiring woman to me because of what she’s strived for and how she lives her life.

My mother, Joyce, dreamed of being a court reporter. She also dreamed, even more so, of being a mother. Her older sister went to college, joined the military and tried to change the female stereotype in the early 1970s. My mother married young and hoped to have children. But at only 19, after her first gynecologist appointment, she sat in the doctor’s examination room as he told her that she has endometriosis, an incurable health condition that causes endometrial tissue to attach inside the body and build up on the uterus wall and attach to the fallopian tubes. The possible scarring of the fallopian tubes and the uterus walls not being smooth creates conditions in which the uterus is unable to carry life. “You’ll probably be infertile and won’t have any kids,” he said and shut the door, leaving her to cry alone in the examination room.  Continue reading…

Sweet Soubrette – Homewrecker

Photo by: Emily Raw

Photo by: Emily Raw

New York City’s Sweet Soubrette is a ukulele-powered indie rock band with dark, poetic lyrics, songs that tell stories, and lush instrumentation. Sweet Soubrette’s edgy love songs explore troubled romance, works of literature, and the mysteries of existence, featuring the songwriting, vocals and ukulele of Ellia Bisker and a talented backing band.

In this exclusive weekly series for Feminist Wednesday, Ellia talks about some of Sweet Soubrette’s songs that take on themes relating to the modern female experience. Each song is paired with an image of Ellia by Brooklyn-based photographer Emily Raw. The two artists have been working together on various photo and video projects since 2007.  Continue reading…

Bitches Who Brunch

BWBJillian, NYC
Founder of Feminist Dialogue

One year ago, I started hosting Bitches Who Brunch in NYC.  I had just moved to the city and wanted to meet progressive, feminist-minded (or curious) individuals with whom I could share stories, laughs, and learning.  I was hungry for community and connection.  Bitches Who Brunch was my informal way of saying “Come be my friend!”  Continue reading…

BeaverTalk with Jillian Foster

Erin and Sal spend an awesome afternoon with Feminist Dialogue founder, Jillian Foster. Feminist Dialogue is the team that brings you awesome feminist community events like Bitches Who Brunch! Learn why Jillian became a feminist, how you can get involved brunch style, and why men should feel comfortable using the F word.

Check out Feminist Dialogue’s site at: www.feministdialogue.com/
Follow them on twitter @FeministDialog

Follow Sal’s band No Nets at: www.facebook.com/nonets

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