Feminism

Can You Answer Yes? I Wish I Could.

TW: sexual violence, rape culture, sex abuse In the past 24 hours I have seen at least 50 Facebook status updates asking the same question. If you identify as a woman: Have you lived a life free of sexual violence? The majority of answers – “No.” On my post, less than 15 …

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ActivismFeminism

Red Lipstick and Rape Culture

Trigger Warning: Content related to sexual violence, rape culture and misogyny Why are you wearing red lipstick, Steph? Let me tell you about it.   During the month of April, I participate in the Red My Lips campaign, a worldwide awareness campaign, which seeks to draw attention to sexual violence, …

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Ages 6-9FeminismLanguageMedia & Technology

Is Your Kid’s Favorite Superhero Sexist?

I spent most of Thursday (when I wasn’t working, of course) flipping back and forth between two breaking comic-related stories. The first was actually really exciting (to me) news that DC is working on a new superhero concept featuring and aimed at girl comic fans. My first reaction was something pretty …

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Feminism

Men have it hard, too.

Today, I had the privilege to engage in a discussion about male privilege with a man who was tired of being accused of mansplaining. Ironic, because the context of the conversation was pretty much the definition of mansplaining. My point – admitting that you are privileged or that male privilege …

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Marriage

Mrs. Name Of Man, Maiden Names and Coverture

Coverture is the doctrine of English law and social practice, imported to America and many Commonwealth nations, in which a female person had no legal identity. From birth a girl was covered by her father. This held as long as she was a “virgin” or “maiden”, hence the surname she …

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FeminismHumor

Top Five Reasons Why Dating a Feminist is Hard

Some nights when I am drinking from my mug of male tears and blogging about rape culture and abortion rights, I contemplate how hard it must be to date a feminist. Why even try? Is it worth it? Seems like a lot of work.        Top five reasons why dating …

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ActivismFeminism

Foiling Fallacies – The Woman Who Cried Rape

Welcome back to Foiling Fallacies (FFS) – the series where I explore the examples that are brought up to derail debates when all hope of making one’s case is gone. These anecdotes represent such rare possibilities or exceptions to the rule that bringing them up is a logical fallacy and causes people like me to …

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Ages 13-17 (Teen)

A Ray of Hope for High School Dating Assemblies

I went to high school in a small town in the South which was dominated by a massive Baptist church. There was a Catholic church that was fairly moderate in size, and then a scattering of small churches of other denominations. The Baptist church was the center of the town’s …

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Race, Ethnicity & CultureTraditions & Celebrations

Don’t Be Scary This Halloween

It’s that time of year again. Time to watch the leaves change, put on cozy sweaters and put pumpkin pie spice in everything. At our house, it’s also time to pick out or make Halloween costumes. It’s no secret to anyone who knows me. Halloween is my favorite holiday. I LOVE It. And …

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Media & TechnologySex and Sexuality

Oh My Gosh, Look at Her Butt, Bass, Rape Culture, Macaw!

The other day I was mindlessly listening to the radio and heard my 23-month-old son singing along in the back seat. Awww cute. Wait a minute. What song is this? Anaconda. What did my sweet boy just say? I quickly changed the radio station when I realized that my son had sung the words …

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