What’s Really Behind the Whole Men-Ask-Women-Out-First Thing?

KateH_FeministWednesdayKate Harveston

Recently, I was watching an episode of Family Guy that touched on the topic of women asking men out. When the typical-teen-daughter character, Meg, asks her mother if it’s acceptable for her to make the first move and ask a guy out, her mother responds,

“Meg, are you asking me in this day and age, whether it’s appropriate for a girl to ask a boy out on a date? Of course it’s appropriate. It’s also sad and desperate and I would never do it, but you’re not me, are you sweetie?” Continue reading…

Powder Room Talk

gnameJennifer Gregory

I recently was introduced to the brilliant show, Broad City, by my father. (Of all people, one’s 69-year-old father isn’t the likely person to introduce you to a feminist comedy, but my dad is an ardent feminist.)

We watched an episode together and he asked, “Do women really talk that vulgar when they’re alone?”

My mind raced. What to tell my dad? Continue reading…

Looking Back on the Harmful Effects of Modesty Culture

KelseyMorgan_FeministWednesdayby Kelsey Morgan

This previous summer was the first time I didn’t worry about showing my bare shoulders, or wearing tights under a dress that was just a little too flirty despite the sweltering heat, or making sure my shirt was long enough that if I raised my arms, I didn’t accidentally reveal a tiny slip of my stomach.

It wasn’t because I lost a bunch of weight and suddenly wanted to show off more, it wasn’t because the temperatures were more excruciating than previous years, and it wasn’t because showing more skin was suddenly more fashionable. No, my newfound wardrobe liberation came after I finally, finally began doing away with the modesty-guilt I’d been taught, counselled on, had beat into me since the day I was born. Continue reading…

Dress Codes-Keeping Women in Check for Decades

JenniferGregory_DressCodeJennifer Gregory
Covington, Texas

I spoke today with a female relative, Sandra, born in 1949. She told me about being forced to kneel in the hallway as a student in high school, to prove her skirt was the appropriate length. She expressed the humiliation she felt as she was forced to kneel and a teacher determined whether her clothing was acceptable for her to remain in school.
I was born in 1972, 23 years after Sandra. Continue reading…

How sleeping apart can save your marriage

TheresaBrawnerby Theresa Brawner, diet.st

Sleeping in separate rooms is traditionally considered as one of the signs of a problem in marriage, but a new study has led to quite different conclusions. Namely, an increasing number of couples are deciding to sleep in separate rooms. It’s a practical decision, and some of the reasons for this are that your partner is snoring and watching TV and, and you want to have some rest. Continue reading…

The Wage Gap Includes Us Too

MindaHartsBy: Minda Harts

When I started The Memo nearly two years ago, equality for Black women in the workplace wasn’t top of mind for many. The topic of equality for women seemed to be very one-size fits all. For example, the often quoted statistic that women make 77 cents for every dollar a white male makes, while concerning, doesn’t tell the complete story. Black women make 48 to 69 cents of what a white male makes. It is important to advance all women, while not forgetting that Black women face their own unique set of challenges in the workplace. When it comes to advancing black women in the workplace, where do you fall? Continue reading…

Defilement

KisakyeMoureenBy Kisakye Moureen

Feminist Wednesday is so excited to be partnering with Women in Leadership Uganda’s Teen Voices Programme, which encourages teens to write their stories. As a warning, this piece deals with sexual assault — please take care in reading ahead if you’re triggered by the subject. <3 

Sheena was my neighbour and my best friend in the village of Kyanfuba, Kaliro district. We used to share everything. But unfortunately, Sheena was not good at education, even though her parents had the money to pay for her school fees. Sheena was beautiful, tall with big dimples when she smiled, and by then she was thirteen years old. However, a forty-year-old man conned Sheena and defiled her. Continue reading…

Innovative Apps Designed for or Created by Modern-Day Women

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By Kate Harveston

Most of us love the cool things we can do on our cell phones — chances are you’re reading this article on your favorite mobile device, right? Upwards of 75% of women in the United States own a smart phone, so it makes sense that there are plenty of apps specifically for women.

Unfortunately, they can be difficult to find, buried in a world of Angry Birds and Tinder. Whether you’re looking for an app to track your period, understand your health, or just find some new things to try, we’ve got you covered with a list of apps that are designed for or created by women (or both!). Continue reading…