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Riding the cyberwave of feminism.



Updated: 2018-03-08T10:16:02.059-05:00

 






#FemFuture: The Future of Online Feminism

2013-04-09T23:57:47.228-04:00

Wondering what's up with the cyberwave of feminism?  Check out this report published by Barnard Center for Research on Women.



Confessions of a Retired Professional Feminist

2010-08-06T02:01:43.911-04:00

Or, Why I left the non-profit world and learned to love corporate lifeThis is a movement-wide problem: Expecting activists and feminists to work for little to no money isn’t limited to speaking. Anyone who has ever worked in feminist nonprofits knows that the pay is minimal; this is especially true if you’re a younger person or in an entry-level position. Now, low pay for nonprofit work is to be somewhat expected. A lot of organizations, especially smaller ones, don’t have large budgets and struggle for funding. But there are a lot of bigger, mainstream feminist orgs that do have money. And I heard the argument from higher-ups more than once – particularly when people were asking for raises – that this was about the work, not the money, and that working for peanuts was just “doing your part” for the movement. (Never mind that many high-level employees at these organizations had trust funds and/or rich partners that allowed them to work for the sheer joy of it.) It’s the same argument I hear from feminist orgs and publications that expect bloggers (again, mostly young women) to write for free – that we should be happy to be associated with the movement, and to have access to an audience and to this very important work. The feminist movement’s work is done on the backs of unpaid and underpaid young people, volunteers and interns – and it’s not right.-Jessica ValentiI will never forget the first time I was introduced as, "My friend, Elizabeth - a former professional feminist." Because, well, I laughed. In many ways, the statement was true. I had opted out of the non-profit world for stock options and a rung on the corporate career ladder (privilege alert!). At the same time, I was a professional and a feminist. As the bemused new acquaintance I was being introduced to wondered, "How does one become a former professional feminist?" Hmm. Not former - just retired.In my case, Jessica Valenti's post regarding a recent debate about activists' speaker fees pretty much sums up what I learned in my (short) time in the feminist non-profit sector: The feminist movement’s work is done on the backs of unpaid and underpaid young people, volunteers and interns...Which is not to say that the work that these individuals do is not important and courageous. Or to say that the organizations doing this work are not important and courageous. It just points out a systematic problem - idealist young folk provide powerful fuel to the activist/non-profit communities...and they burn out quickly.Or, at least I did.Let's talk generally about the (note my experience is in the feminist) non-profit world: Unglamorous pay (this happens when your org - with fundraising as its main stream of income - is forced to precariously balance accomplishing goals and operating costs). Limited benefits (this happens when your org has a limited number of employees and/or a limited number of resources). Long hours (this happens when your org lacks the budget to hire more employees and individuals are carrying the workload of 2-3 full-time jobs). Limited resources and lack of infrastructure (this happens funds when are already strained and the computer from 1998 still works, mostly...sort of). Frequent fire fighting compromising the advancement of strategic goals (this happens because, let's face it, the computer from 1998 is struggling). Limited access to career advancement (this happens when orgs are small, budget limits head count, there are a limited number of organizations, there is low turnover in non-entry level positions, etc). Limited access to career development and training (this happens when funds are limited). Office - and external - politics (this happens because people care deeply about their causes and cannot always come to consensus). Lack of recognition (this happens because many orgs lack the resources to be successful PR machines in the current sound bite news cycle and because not all social justice activism is noticed or popularly supported). T[...]



Online Activism

2010-07-30T14:29:18.351-04:00

What is "real" activism?

Interesting dialogue about online versus "real" activism developing...Check it out and weigh in!

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He-Man Woman Hater Feminism

2010-06-01T02:40:28.157-04:00

Jessica Valenti provides a great analysis of Sarah Palin's "feminism" in the WaPo.

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Content...A Plenty!

2010-05-25T03:06:43.871-04:00

Feeling like the blog is a little sparse? Worried that I've given up blogging? Never fear - content abounds in my Google Reader. See what I'm reading, what I'm thinking about what I'm reading...and join the conversation!

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Blog for Choice Day 2010

2010-01-22T12:19:56.648-05:00

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Trust women. Nuff said.

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Don't get thrown under the bus! Take action on January 13th.

2010-01-12T15:24:27.471-05:00

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"It's my abortion, and I'll have a party if I want to..."

2009-07-09T23:05:24.854-04:00

On Alternet's Abortion Party ArticleWhen the feminist blogosphere started buzzing about Byard Duncan's Alternet article about attending "My First Abortion Party." an event the author's friend as a fundraiser for her upcoming abortion, my first thoughts were not about the social etiquette surrounding such an event, the reaction forced pregnancy advocates would have, the personal circumstances of the individual hosting the party, the role of men should or should not play in a female partner's reproductive choices, or what the appropriate appetizers are for these fetes (red velvet cake?). Nope. I was thinking that I wasn't surprised to hear about another individual turn to fundraising to secure acce$$ to health care. Whether it's a large scale, city-wide run for breast cancer research and treatment or a local walk-a-thon to support a family struggling with the cost of care for a sick child, there are many examples of folks hosting events and selling cookies, ribbons, and other trinkets to gather the capital needed to check in to a hospital.In fact, I know someone who threw a similar party when transitioning genders to help cover the cost of surgeries. In that case, the medical procedures this individual was seeking were very costly and not covered by medical insurance. For that individual, the party was a unique way to celebrate a new identity while also funding it. And the event received similar WTF? responses from both friends and observers (though not media coverage).When comparing these fundraising events, there are similarities between the level of insurance coverage and a medical procedure deemed controversial in the mainstream. And, most commonly, a general discomfort with fundraising from friends via party (but perhaps the individuals were just trying to offer a service in addition to soliciting funds? or didn't feel any shame about the decisions they were making and support they were requesting from their nearest and dearest?).Somehow, though, fundraising for an abortion seems more controversial or faux pax to many (in my observation). Which leaves me wondering...Why? While I agree that forced pregnancy activists will have a field day with this article (of questionable journalistic quality and women's and gender studies theoretical grounding)...But perhaps the real focus should be on the fact that individuals need to have FUNDRAISERS to be able to afford needed medical care? (And, yes, we could debate whether these procedures are "elective." But I think it's problematic that there is a class bias for who can "elect" to make health decisions about their own bodies.) Seems like a strong argument for universal (and unbiased!) healthcare to me.Please note that as my M.A. thesis project is complete, the George Washington University is no longer overseeing research conducted in conjunction with this blog (effective June 2007 to present). The Informed Consent Materials created while this blog was under GWU's IRB oversight are still available for your information and the principles outlined in them are still being used as a general guide for my continued work.[...]



Beach Reads

2009-06-12T18:44:15.630-04:00

NY Times & Women's Lit

What do you thing of the summer recommendations cataloged in Janet Maslin's "Girls of Summer?" Will any of these books make your summer reading list?

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@LizzyB

2009-06-08T00:13:42.871-04:00

Socially Networking the Classics

First, it was Pride & Prejudice Facebook. Now, @LizzyB, @Darcy, Bingley, @JaneB and the gang are on Twitter.


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TGIF

2009-06-07T23:37:20.547-04:00

Thank goodness - it's feminism!



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I can haz...feminizm!

2009-05-31T01:00:29.369-04:00

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Even lolz are feminist...

Check out the amazing lolz over at Bitch magazine. No better weekend treat!


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TGIF

2009-05-18T00:05:56.215-04:00

Thank goodness - it's feminism!



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TGIF

2009-05-07T22:39:10.854-04:00

Thank goodness - it's feminism!


And just for fun...


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TGIF

2009-05-01T00:45:44.205-04:00

Thank goodness - it's feminism!

While my new 9 to 5  (and life in general!) may sometimes get in the way of being as active a poster as I would like, I am frequently inspired by the important insights shared by my fellow feminist bloggers.  Therefore, I am rolling out a new feature to honor how grateful I am for feminist activism everyday - by featuring some of the highlights that made me thank goodness for feminism.

...And just for fun: Swine flu

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Fly Over Photo Op

2009-04-27T21:32:20.507-04:00

Not cool.


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Onion Understands the Hoo-Ha About the Hoo-Ha

2009-03-30T13:34:38.834-04:00

As someone who frequently bemoans the sad state of reproductive health care, this Onion article struck me as brilliant: Renowned Hoo-Ha Doctor Wins Nobel Prize For Medical Advancements Down There.


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Buh-bye

2009-01-20T23:49:19.416-05:00

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More fond farewells...

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FORMER President Bush

2009-01-20T15:00:55.744-05:00

Need I say more?


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Updating the Classics...For Facebook

2008-12-09T19:45:12.607-05:00

Elizabeth Bennet has accepted your friend request.

I saw austenbook pop up in a friend's Google reader feed - and I love this rendering of Pride and Prejudice in Facebook format. Apparently, there is a trend in the adaptation of classic tomes into news feed style posts - and this new form of textual engagement makes me smile. But...I could imagine naysayers making an argument about our sound bite culture's need to chew up and spit out literature as short snippets.

What do ya'll think? The future of the book?


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Where are all the jobs for women?

2008-12-09T11:26:03.548-05:00

Linda Hirshman reflects on women and the current economic crisis in the NYTimes.


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For Caffeine Addicts

2008-12-03T18:50:42.249-05:00

I do love me some coffee - and, finally, there is an illustrated recitative about such relationships.

Kudos to KG for the link!

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Regulation of the Public Sphere

2008-11-29T15:37:59.155-05:00

The NYTimes Magazine has a great article about regulation of the public sphere of the world wide web.  A snippet: 
Today the Web might seem like a free-speech panacea: it has given anyone with Internet access the potential to reach a global audience. But though technology enthusiasts often celebrate the raucous explosion of Web speech, there is less focus on how the Internet is actually regulated, and by whom. As more and more speech migrates online, to blogs and social-networking sites and the like, the ultimate power to decide who has an opportunity to be heard, and what we may say, lies increasingly with Internet service providers, search engines and other Internet companies like Google, Yahoo, AOL, Facebook and even eBay.


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Unbelievable

2008-11-29T14:57:00.224-05:00

Black Friday has gone too far...

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