why do we avoid confronting western feminism?

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Hopefully, this post is going to make a lot of the feminists and global citizens better and more conscious of the realities of the world and women. This semester, I had the opportunity to create my own independent study class and curriculum. Something I’ve started becoming more dedicated to is furthering my feminist knowledge and awareness. This mainly meant that I wanted to know what other cultures, countries, parts of the world I have missed out on learning due to my western and euro-centric learnings, and bubble. As feminists, we often learn about Betty Friedan, Simone de Beauvoir, and Mary Wollstonecraft. That becomes our idea of feminism. However, this western bubble limits our understanding and creates a harmful ignorance, and weakens our feminism. Within the first week of learning about unacknowledged parts of feminism, my western mindset was burst. For example, I had never truly examined the connotations of monogamy that differ from Europe, where it is considered unacceptable, to some African countries, where it gave women opportunities to work and co-parent. This post is meant to be a wakeup call and introduction to the sides of feminism that we don’t acknowledge, and the feminism we forget about.

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the 19th amendment did not the end the fight for voting rights

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This past week was the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. As we celebrate this milestone in the women’s suffrage movement, it’s especially important to recognize the reality and restrictions of the amendment as it pertains to women and people of color. We often overlook the harsh actualities of history, while only focuses on the surface meaning. I don’t want to diminish the significance of the 19th amendment or its place in women’s rights’ history. Rather, I want to ensure that we give attention to the Americans who had to wait 32 – 45 years to vote. In this post, I am going to give a brief history of voting rights as it pertains to people and women of color. Even further, I want to make sure that we all remain aware that the fight for voting rights still exists and requires our action.

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where are all the women in politics

American politics is lacking in female representation. That isn’t new information. When we look at countries, like New Zealand, (my favorite) with female leadership, somewhat thriving right now, it makes you wonder, why aren’t more women involved in American politics. Furthermore, where are all the women of color in politics? As we think about ways to improve the country and government, we first need to think about what’s missing from it. As always, there will be resources and articles available for you below. 

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my political book guide

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During this quarantine period, I made the plan to read… A LOT. I normally read a pretty good amount outside of school, usually a new book a week, but I’m taking advantage of all this free time to read even more. Although the first book is the only political nonfiction book I’ve read during this period so far, I wanted to make a small list of my all-time favorites that I have found very useful and enlightening. I wrote a feminist book guide, but these focus more on politics and international relations.

 

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was jane austen a feminist?

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I recently wrote a post about classic literature and feminism. I hinted at a blog post dedicated to classic authors like Henry James and Jane Austen. Throughout the past few months, I have read a lot of classic books for fun. That might seem a little crazy to some people, a year ago it would’ve sounded crazy to me, but I’ve found a new love for classics. However, while reading these books, a lot of questions came into my mind because as a feminist, there are some things I think about all the time. While reading, my feminist mind made me think about whether these books could be feminist novels, even if the authors weren’t feminists (and vice versa). The question I want to focus on today, Was Jane Austen really a feminist? And now that I have read most of her books and done research into her life, and I think I have my answer. 

 

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how are we going to have a discussion if people don’t want to talk

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Even after being called an “aggressive feminist” and “way too opinionated”, I still like to respectfully engage in discussions and conversations. I think they are necessary and I’m not afraid to contribute to larger discussions. However, I wonder, we have these discussions and try to raise awareness, but why aren’t things changing. Perhaps because some of the people that have trouble understanding aren’t in the conversations. That’s the main thing I want to discuss. How are we going to see and promote change if the people it would benefit, people that don’t understand, and everyone, in general, won’t talk or discuss?

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let’s talk about classic literature and feminism

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I love books. When I’m not reading, I’m online looking at thrift books. I particularly like classics and gender studies. But this post is not about gender studies books. After reading books like The Bell Jar and The Portrait of a Lady, I was left with a lot of thoughts and questions. Does having a strong female character makes a book feminist? Does having a feminist author make a book feminist? Can a book still be feminist if the author isn’t one? What if it’s white feminism? Does that mean as much if it was from the 1800s? I don’t know. But hopefully, we can start to think more about it.

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developing your own opinion

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At school and just in general, I’m known for having very strong opinions and not holding them back. And I like to think that I have a very good way of developing my opinions. However, I’ve noticed that some people, who aren’t like me, have trouble sharing their opinion or even figuring out what they believe in. Which is something I mention a lot in almost every post. It’s so important that we have opinions and even more importantly, speak them. I’m going to talk about the importance of forming an opinion and how to make sure they are genuinely yours.

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why intersectionality is important

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Get ready, because this is going to be a very controversial post, but when am I ever not controversial. When I first sat down to write this post, I was going to call it, “what is white feminism”. However, I decided to change it because that’s not really what I want to talk about. Yes, I am going to talk about how white feminism can be harmful and contradictory to feminism. But I also want to talk about the significance of intersectional feminist, what it is, and how it’s the actual embodiment of feminism. Continue reading

how the media is manipulating us : body image

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I really wanted to write about how the media’s manipulation and choices affect us, often negatively. That’s when I realized that their actions far exceed the capacity of one blogpost. So this is going to be like a little series. Click Here to see the first post about minority representation. Today’s main focus, body image. How does the media portray body image and what is socially acceptable? How do they create unhealthy ideals? Who is affected by this? Those questions are going to be addressed and discussed. I am also going to focus on real world examples that let you decide how you feel and also to show how prevalent it is. Big warning, I am probably going to criticize and expose some of your favorite movies, media platforms, and pop culture idols. So get ready.

 

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acknowledging the uncomfortable things

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If you have read any of the posts on this blog or know me, you won’t be surprised when I say that I talk a lot about feminism and politics. I bring it up a lot in my everyday life too. I can’t help but bring it up when I’m watching a movie that has no women, or when I’m reading a book with manipulative ideas surrounding politics. And although it’s natural for me to think about stuff like that (because how can I ignore it), I often get asked why I have to bring it up. Why do I have to “make everything so serious”? Why do I have to make everyone else uncomfortable? Why do I have to point out that the story we are reading in class has hints of white privilege? I’m asked these questions almost every day. I’m asked by my peers, by society, and sometimes, by my mind. But the question I want to ask is, How can I not talk about these important things, whether or not they are uncomfortable? 

 

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how have I listened to society?

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I think we all care a lot about something, no matter if that is politics or feminism (like me) or something like math. I take a lot of pride in all of the ways that I try to defy the patriarchy and actively seek out change. But I was just thinking, no one is really perfect especially when it involves a big change like that. It might even be an unconscious practice I have, like saying sorry or supporting unethical brands. (both of which I have found ways to eliminate or improve on in the past couple years) In this post, I am going to discuss some of the ways I “let” society and even the patriarchy affect my life, how I try to change that, and why it’s ok + normal. I’d also like to hear from other people and all of your opinions in the comments!

 

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when will the world be ready for a female president?

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Most days, I’m very optimistic. I can notice the progress the world is making and still have a realistic outlook. Today is not one of those days. I want to talk about something that on most days, I could say a million positive things about. For example, I could talk about how the democratic candidates have made so much progress in including women and people of color. However, with the decreasing level of diversity in the race, I want to talk about “how the world isn’t ready for a female president” and what needs to happen for them to get with the program.

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my feminist book guide

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Ever since I really got into social science books, I’ve noticed how similar a lot of them are. That being said, I recently finished the 600+ page, Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir. It’s become one of my favorite books, but if it hadn’t been for one of my teachers, I never would’ve read it. The feminist genre is so pervasive in topics and subtopics, this is meant to make things a little clearer. I love reading books, I love writing about books, so this seemed like the perfect post. If you have any recommendations, feel free to leave a comment below.

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is awareness the solution?

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This is a question I think about a lot. How far can raising awareness go when it comes to things like social change, political change, things like human rights violations around the world, etc.? I have so many conflicting thoughts and ideas about it and don’t really know what my definitive answer is. There are a lot of articles and resources out there where people pick one side and argue it, but I wanted to take the time to discuss both ideas. At the end of this post, there are some more resources of other opinions on this topic of change by awareness. I would also love to hear any of your ideas or opinions as well, so feel free to leave them in the comments!

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helping out at the voting polls.

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Anyway, last election day, November 5th, I was an election page. In this post I’m going to discuss what I did, what I noticed and the experience as a whole. I know that I’ve been writing a lot about voting lately, but it’s because I have so much to say. Especially with this new experience, I want to share my thoughts and participation with the voting process. Let me know what other options I should discuss or if you want more voting things!

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before you vote.

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The Election is coming up! I know that I already did a post about voting, and I will definitely be doing more in the future, but a final reminder post would be good. Not only is this a reminder for everyone that is eligible to vote, it’s a resource page. I found a bunch of great resources that answer questions like what to bring on election day, where to go, how to decided who to vote for, etc. This post is a simplified guide to the basics of voting this Tuesday.

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the woman history class forgot about

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Do you know who the first woman to run for president in the U.S.A was? The first woman who owned a firm on Wall Street? The first woman to own a newspaper? Probably not, as she gets left out of most school curriculums and in public knowledge overall. But you can probably tell me at least 5 U.S presidents, who are obviously all male. It’s sad that women and women of politics are often left out of history. They have made just as much an impact, if not more than the men has. And their accomplishments shouldn’t be diminished because of the gender. I just want to make sure that this woman definitely isn’t.

 

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everyday experiences

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I wanted to write this post because I recently realized how a lot of the things I see as problematic have become normal to a lot of people. A lot of this stuff has become a part of a culture that hampers us from seeing the reality of our world. Let me know if you agree with any of these or leave some of your “everyday experiences” in the comments! 

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let’s talk about voting

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I don’t know about any of you under 18-year-olds, but I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL I can vote! It’s one of those things that I have been looking forward to for such a long time. Despite MY dreams of voting, it’s surprisingly an under-discussed topic. Now more than ever, voting and getting EVERYONE to vote is important. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard someone say, “Yeah, I’ll be able to vote, but I don’t know if I want to”. This post is going to be all about why people say that, fixing those problems, why voting is important and giving you some educational resources. I also need to disclaim that I am going to talk about my own personal beliefs about certain incapable presidents, but the factual information is still important – to be even more clear, there are unbiased informational links at the bottom.  

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i’m a feminist and….

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Instead of the saying, “I’m not a feminist, but”, I wanted to do a post on something more positive. Every day, people convince themselves that being a feminist is a bad thing because of the negative connotation it comes it. It’s taboo. people convince themselves that they don’t consider themselves to have that label. They actually are a feminist because the end of that phrase would be, I’m not a feminist, but I believe in the social, political, and economic equality between the genders. Today I’m talking about how feminists have their own identity and how you can be a feminist and still have character. Share what your version of this phrase is in the comments, “I’m a feminist and…”

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what I noticed at my first high school football game

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Last weekend, I went to my first – under the lights – high school – football game. While I did have a lot of fun, cheering with my friends, it brought up a lot of topics that no one is talking about. It makes a perfect conversational blog post though. I am going to be discussing some fun topics like our theme but also some of the not some positive parts of this popularized culture. At the end of this post, I left some links to other articles that explored this topic more.

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the progressive state of school

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After one week of high school, I’ve already noticed how far the school systems have come. To some, schools are just places to get a mandatory education. With the new progressiveness of schools, it has become more. I thought of how far it has come. From technology usage to the social progress of institutions itself. In the news we see the awful things happening in schools, and now I can finally see proof that local schools are paying attention. They are actively trying to do something. Let me know if your school is progressive in the comments! 

 

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is dress code the problem

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With the school year starting, it’s the perfect time to discuss one of our favorite topics, dress code. It’s usually the first complaint you hear about school. After a summer of wearing whatever I wanted, going back to a uniform with dress code reminded me of all the things wrong with it. There are subtle hints of sexism and body shaming. In this blog post, I’m discussing if school dress codes are the problem and what it says about our society. More importantly, I wanted to write about the impact it has on kids/students.

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my feminist movie list

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Are you a feminist who likes watching movies but get’s tired of the same sexist movie tropes? I love movies, mainly older ones, but sometimes the ideas shown get me so angry, I have trouble enjoying the movie. I did a feminist book list which a lot of you said was really helpful. There are also some tv shows included! Anyway, here are some movies that are feminist/activist friendly and are sure to empower.

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