FORTH

Feminists Organizing Real Transformation Here

  • 8th November
    2013
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We are incredibly excited to announce FORTH’s My Purchase campaign! The My Purchase campaign is a reclamation of Purchase College from the hands of sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and rape culture. 
In response to the recent discussions on campus pertaining to tampons and vaginal hygiene (And the recently repealed decision by The Beat to censor promotional material for an event because it featured an illustration of a used tampon), we have decided to kick off this campaign with a discussion on why there is nothing shameful about menstruation and tampons. It’s a totally natural process, and some people just want to stay clean. We should be harbouring an environment that allows us to openly discuss this project and not feel obscene or worried.

We are incredibly excited to announce FORTH’s My Purchase campaign! The My Purchase campaign is a reclamation of Purchase College from the hands of sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and rape culture. 

In response to the recent discussions on campus pertaining to tampons and vaginal hygiene (And the recently repealed decision by The Beat to censor promotional material for an event because it featured an illustration of a used tampon), we have decided to kick off this campaign with a discussion on why there is nothing shameful about menstruation and tampons. It’s a totally natural process, and some people just want to stay clean. We should be harbouring an environment that allows us to openly discuss this project and not feel obscene or worried.

  • 5th September
    2013
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  • 25th August
    2013
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alchemyjones:

To Believe In The Power Of Girls Vol. II

I guess this is the sequel to the mix CD I made last year. When I made the first mix, I was coming from a place of much more frustration with the way female-identified artists were recognized and portrayed in different media outlets, and I focused on making a mix that was demonstrative of women rising up and being equal to the male counterparts that aren’t sexualized, objectified, and trivialized in the same way that female artists frequently are. To Believe In The Power Of Girls Vol. II is, in my opinion, a much more celebratory mix that fully embraces and empowers different female identities and sexualities, while at the same time addresses the impossible standards placed on women, both in the music industry and western society at large. Same disclaimer as Vol. I, in an attempt to make this mix inclusional of different voices and cultures, this CD isn’t as cohesive as my other mix CD’s, but I think the sacrifice of cohesion is worth it.

Download it here.

(Source: goodbyeheaven)

  • 13th August
    2013
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FeminisTV!

Looking for one last TV show to binge-watch before another semester begins? Allow us to make some feminist-friendly suggestions!

Orange Is The New Black

We’re starting with the big guns. OITNB is a new series exclusive to Netflix that explores the stories of a cast of female-identified inmates. Not only does this show feature an almost entirely female-identified cast, it’s also one of the most diverse and intersectional casts we’ve ever seen. Featuring an incredibly strong cast of WOC, queer-identified characters, and, get this, a trans* woman actually played by a trans* woman, (Yeah, get a load of that, Ugly Betty.) OITNB is a near-perfect example of how to make a super feminist-positive show enjoyable for a wide audience in 2013. And there’s only one season so far, so you really don’t have any reason not to watch it all before the semester starts.

Parks and Recreation

When a lead character’s idol is Hillary Clinton, you’re hard-pressed to find reason NOT to fall in love with her. Parks and Rec follows female politician Leslie Knope and her co-workers through their tasks at the town of Pawnee’s, you guessed it, Parks and Recreation department. Though the show isn’t as inclusional of identities like Orange Is The New Black, there is a clear focus on strong and well-developed female characters. Though Leslie’s over-eagerness is recognized as her character’s primary flaw, her devotion to her work in politics certainly inspires.

United States of Tara

It’s very possible that this might be my favourite show of all time, so excuse me if I get emotional when I say it only lasted for three seasons. Created by Diablo Cody (She made Juno!), the show centers on Tara Gregson, a wife and working mother diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DID), her “alters,” and her family. Tara’s son, Marshall, also happens to be gay-identified, and USoT features a small supporting cast of other gay-identified characters. In my personal opinion, the show addresses the gay identity incredibly well, bringing up issues that will forever remain untouched by a show like Glee. (Of course, the gay boys are all white, cis, and well-off, so take it with a grain of salt.)

30 Rock

You’ve seen this already. You’ve seen this already. I pray to Liz Lemon you have seen this already.

Bomb Girls

I’m not really sure why it took so long for this to happen. Bomb Girls focuses on the lives of a cast of women living in the WWII-era US and the working conditions that ensued. Unfortunately, as seems to be the case with most modern shows about female casts, Bomb Girls only lasted for two seasons, but that just makes it another quick pill to swallow before summer’s end!

  • 2nd August
    2012
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storyboard:

Hey Girl, Equality is Sexy: The Badass Woman Behind ‘Feminist Ryan Gosling’ on Her New Book 

Classical feminist theory rarely gets picked up as fodder for pop culture. After all, who wants to riff on old dead white dudes waxing political about gender systems and identity structures? Fertile ground for gender studies journals, less so for meme blogs. And yet, take those theorists’ words and slap a hot actor’s face behind them, and suddenly, their message begins to mean something. Make that actor sensitive-movie-dude Ryan Gosling, and you’ve got yourself a bona fide feminist recruiting machine — as well as a viral sensation.

This is more or less the story behind Feminist Ryan Gosling, the blog created by a 34-year-old graduate student that took the internet by storm. No, Danielle Henderson was not a Ryan Gosling fan when she made the site (she’d never even seen “The Notebook”). Nor did she ever imagine that Gosling would swiftly come to represent all that was good and perfect in the world. Mostly, she was frustrated trying to memorize her gender studies homework — and decided to Photoshop Gosling’s face onto flashcards as a joke.

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  • 5th April
    2012
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    2012
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    2012
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  • 26th March
    2012
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  • 25th March
    2012
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The larger world never gives girls that message that their bodies are valuable simply because they are inside them. Until our culture tells young girls that they are welcome in any shape— that women are valuable to it with or without the excuse of “beauty”— girls will continue to starve.
The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf (via thestrals-)

(Source: snikthwip, via catnoises-deactivated20130608)