Some debate-worthy topics this week – the “F word” seems to be on everyone’s minds! Below, three interesting conversations about feminism.
The #solidarityisforwhitewomen conversation has kicked up quite the storm. Lindsey Yoo of Filthy Freedom joins the conversation on NPR, after a series of opinions by fiercely feminist writers and artists. She feels that Asian-American women are “often sidelined or overlooked when people talk about issues affecting women of color”.
Earlier this week, Anushay Hossein weighed in on Forbes: “American Women: How Feminism is Changing the Identity Discourse”. She writes how Twitter’s trending hashtag invited strong opinions “as feminists voiced their frustration over the exclusion of non-white women from mainstream feminism”.
WWSF invites you to join this debate – let us know your thoughts. What has been your experience? Share it with us.
Hanna Rosin’s new book, The End of Men: And the Rise of Women, posits that patriarchy is dead. In her opinion piece on Slate, she writes:
“In the early days of the feminist movement, every small victory was celebrated. There was exultation, liberation, a sense of joy at women’s progress that seems largely absent today. Somehow the mood of the movement has shifted into reverse: The closer women get to real power, the more they cling to the idea that they are powerless. To rejoice about feminist victories these days counts as betrayal.”
Do you agree? Does the feminist movement need a fillip or a new direction? Join the discussion in the comments.
The student newspaper of Washington College, The Elm, has a wonderful op-ed about what else, feminism. Addressed as an essay to the naysayers of the movement, the article sums up the so-called new F word quite nicely:
“Wanting equality should never have been considered a radical movement. Ask yourself why you think that a woman should not have all the same rights and opportunities as men do. And most importantly, ask yourself whether you think that the problem with feminism is the feminist, or if the problem with feminism is you.”
Dana Edell writes an eloquent manifesto on creating feminist theater with girls at HowlRound. About the sexuality v/s hypersexualization debate, she writes:
“My personal politics differ from the message some of the girls wished to communicate about self-sexualizing and “owning” your sexuality. I feel that hypersexualized fashion is sometimes not so much a “choice” of the wearer, but one of few options (dictated by patriarchy) in a limited buffet of options of “acceptable” female beauty.”
What are your views? Is a woman’s sexuality still at the mercy of societal diktats? We invite write-ups from the WWSF community, addressing any of the above. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Impact’s Staged Reading Series is a chance for you to see a great new work in progress by a Bay Area playwright on the rise, featuring actors you know and love—for free! For details about the upcoming reading of Erin Bregman’s A Bid to Save the World on 9/18, visit Impact.
And last but not the least, don’t forget to join us, and playwright Monica Byrne, on 9/19, for Impact’s What Every Girl Should Know. In 1914, when four girls are thrown together in a New York reformatory, they discover their sexuality and personal power as they reveal the events that led each of them to that dormitory room.
We have plans for a quick pre-show dinner as well as the customary after-drinks. We look forward to seeing you there!
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