Why I Eloped

Elie1Ellie Saldana
LA, California

I never gave wedding planning much thought until I had to plan my own ceremony. When I started the process I thought it would be like putting together any other large party but this was not the case — not at all.  With a wedding comes tradition, expectations, and pressure.  Initially, I wanted a simple wedding with a classic dress but soon I was overwhelmed.

The food, the flowers, the wording of the invitations, a now custom designed dress, each detail quickly becoming a source of debate and potential disagreement between my partner and I.

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A Night of Sirens

nightofFeminist Wednesday is so excited to support ‘A Night of Sirens’– a concert being held to celebrate and empower women in Honor of Women’s History Month. The evening will take place at the legendary Bitter End in New York City and will feature 20 singer-songwriters, mostly women, sharing songs that symbolize the beauty of the female spirit. The show will include a variety of musical genres including indie, folk, jazz, country, rock and even poetry. Proceeds from ‘A Night of Sirens’ will benefit “Made by Survivors,” a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering survivors of human rights abuses including slavery and sex trafficking. The show is being put together by the talented Erel Pilo who said she was motivated to create the show by a  number of events:

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Shut up and Look pretty



by Jessica Ranae
Feminist Wednesday University Writer

Growing up I wanted to be as beautiful as a supermodel, with perky tits and long, smooth legs. As an adult I do not possess those model standards, but I am blessed with a nice face and stick-thin body, so that men only talk to me because of my appearance. I used to wear short skirts, work out my ass and was subordinate in the bedroom-all to be sexier. Not because I wanted to but because isn’t that what men want? Beauty and inferiority? I was trained, pressured to conform my body, my mannerisms, my sexuality not necessarily to men’s ideals, but to the media’s idea of what women should be and what men should want.

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Feed Your Fem

1620686_10152205882566113_1153537713_nThis past week Feminist Wednesday’s Founder Erin shared her story on the Feed Your Fem podcast! Feed Your Fem is a bi-weekly podcast created in partnership with UoN Feminists and the student radio station URN at the University of Nottingham in the UK.

The podcast is intended as an outlet for feminist discussion; a space for debate, understanding and reflective questioning of our societal influences and their effects. Our intention with the podcast is that it serve as an introduction for students unfamiliar with feminism. Our main aim for our podcast is that it should be interesting; it will be the greatest reward if we make our audience learn, laugh and consider topics they can identify with but never thought of before in a feminist context.Johanna Estrin

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Bitches Who Brunch

FemDiaI couldn’t by more excited about this combination: feminist discussion + brunch! It’s like god smiled down on us and said, “Yes, my sister, please enjoy an endless supply of mimosas with your enlightened discussion!”

Whether you consider yourself a feminist or are simply trying that hat on for size, please join Bitches who Brunch for an informal feminist salon a la brunch. Show up ready to meet, mingle, discuss, and eat. Both men and women are equally welcome!

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New Rules for Blondes

blondesby Erin Bagwell, 26
Brooklyn, NY

As a platinum blonde, I know a lot about blonde stereotypes. I remember walking home from school in the 2nd grade and being bombarded with blonde jokes. For some reason my classmates loved to tell these jokes to me, like my locks were somehow an oracle that could really unlock the prowess of my second grade soul. But as I grew up I learned my blondness could be an asset too. In a room or a group I had to be prepared to stand out and stand alone (we are a dying breed). Continue reading…

Women’s History Month Video Challenge

womenhisHi Feministas! We are so inspired and motivated by the strong females that have come before us and excited about what the future of feminism has in store. That is why we are supporting the June Baby Production’s Women’s History Month Video Challenge. We want to know how you are going to shape history.

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What Feminism Means to Me

fem1Sara-Louise Tareen, 16
Sheffield, UK

Feminism. Until a year ago, feminism was just a word… a world that I knew nothing about. I was oblivious to who feminists were, to what feminists are. I used to stand for all the “women belong in the kitchen jokes” and just laughed along whenever a boy said it, not really thinking about what it meant. My mother was born in Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim country. So, I’ve been brought up in the UK in an Asian family, with the mentality that men are superior to women.

It wasn’t until my older sister asked if I was a feminist that I realised I could openly speak about the topic. I replied with a simple “no.” Then she told me that I should be. However, I didn’t realize what I needed to do to “be a feminist.” In September 2013, I began working in a chocolate shop where one of the girls who I worked with recommended a book called “How To Be A Woman” by Caitlin Moran. It wasn’t until I finished reading that book that I realised “I. Am. A. Feminist.”, and I’m not afraid to say it!

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