#SelfLove

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T– by Takeallah Russell
Growing up, I believed that I was not beautiful because of my dark skin and slim figure (in the African American community, darker and smaller bodies are not greatly desired). I was constantly rejected by my schoolgirl crushes because I was “too dark”, “too skinny”, or “too nerdy.” As I grew older, I began to embrace my body and my self, leaving behind feelings of rejection, insecurity, and inadequacy.

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Redefining Women’s Self Worth

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newsize– by Cristina R
Feminism has been a trendy topic lately. Suddenly there are blogs, organizations, writers and women that are calling themselves feminists. Despite this spike in popularity, sometimes I believe that this word still holds an outdated stigma, one that paints feminists as man hating and angry, posing themselves as victims fighting for equality and respect. The truth is, we live in a world much more equal and open-minded than our feminist grandmothers. However, there is something that I grew up with that has reversed as the years have gone by: the need for women to over sexualize themselves for others approval and self worth.

Influence from the media and my peers persuaded me at an early age me that who I was when I woke up in the morning just wasn’t good enough. I needed to put on a brand-name pair of jeans, a tight fitting shirt, and a face full of makeup. Approval from others didn’t depend on my interests or personality, but who my friends were, what brands I wore, and my level of attractiveness. In my youth, guys dated girls because they were outgoing, pretty, and flirty. Was she a great painter? The smartest girl in her Biology class? The star of the soccer team? Nobody seemed to care. Things like that were merely a novelty, a bonus.

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People We Love: Feminist Apparel

peopleFeminist Wednesday is super excited to be able to buy clothing as fierce as our feminism. You bet your high waisted skinny jeans we put our credit card down on a ‘Feminist as Fuck‘ T-shirt (heather grey) from our friends at Feminist Apparel! We chatted with Alan, the founder of Feminist Apparel about his mission for the brand: “Feminist Apparel is my attempt at raising the awareness and conversation of gender issues in our society —

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Feminism and the Rrriot Girl Movement

fem_momby Angel Sunlight
Growing up in a single-parent household, I always knew that women could do almost anything and everything a man could do. But it wasn’t until the 8th grade, when my English teacher assigned Maya Angelou’s memoir, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” that I became a feminist. As a writer, I connected with Angelou and her writing, not to mention obsessed over her poetry, especially the incredibly inspiring “Phenomenal Woman.” Angelou, as my mother does, empowered me as a girl. I became a feminist, but I still did not know a lot about it. Nobody was talking about it. People seemed to ignore it. I always thought it was an important topic, but I didn’t know where to go from there. I knew that I believed in equal rights of the sexes, but I didn’t know what else to do about it. I was a teenage feminist when I discovered Bikini Kill and the Riot Grrrl movement. That’s where it all clicked.

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My New Years Resolution

unnamed-2by Erin Bagwell, 26
Brooklyn, NY

A couple of months ago I needed to see the doctor. I won’t bore or disgust you with all the details but I thought I was really sick. The doctors gave my a grey answer about my health, they needed to do an invasive procedure to see what was happening. They said something along the lines of “It could be something minor internally or it could be a form of stomach cancer”. Nothing shakes or awakens you more than hearing a doctor casually mention cancer.

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My Phenomenal Unearthing of Feminism & Self Efficacy

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unnamedby Maiya Milan Gitryte, Artist & Entrepreneur

I discovered that I was a feminist somewhat by accident. I can recall the moment quite vividly now as I sit in a local café typing these words. It all began on a typically humid South Florida evening. A friend and I had RSVP’d to attend a popular nightclub in Miami Beach.

Although my friend had opted to dress in high heeled shoes as I usually did, that night, I chose to wear flat dress thong sandals. As we approached the “velvet ropes” of the venue, I was rather abruptly told by the doorman that I could not enter due to my footwear. I was baffled. I glanced down at my feet; nicely pedicured toes, black sandals adorned with crystals. The doorman stated that I would not be allowed entry because I was wearing flat shoes.

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Betty on Your Block

unnamedby Kimberly C, Glendale CC

What female is inspiring you right now?

My Ecofeminism professor: Dr. Lina Gupta. She is one of the most erudite, complacent, and admirable people I have ever met. She is an ecofeminist herself, but she isn’t really a shove it in your face kind of person. The thing is, everything she says has a certain gravity and depth to it, it makes you listen and really draws you in. I think she is a very influential, fantastic person.

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