A lot of people have been asking me what the purpose of this blog is, what I hope to achieve, and what my aspirations are for Feminist With Attitude. So here’s a little bit about why I started this blog:
As a woman of color, gender bias has always been an issue I’ve had to deal with. When I was in the 10th grade, I gave a speech on gender discrimination, the wage gap, class struggles, etc. Even though I won the speech contest, I was ridiculed for the values I was spreading as a woman. More importantly, I was labelled a “feminazi” for having opinions that were apparently too radical for my predominantly white private school. I had to hear the word “feminist” almost everyday by classmates (as if it’s the worst thing you could say to someone). But what my privileged classmates didn’t understand was that gender discrimination is a real problem. Sexual harassment, gender bias in the workplace, and overall mysoginy are real issues women (and specifically women of color) are facing.
So, I decided to start this blog, not only because my many women’s rights & gender classes in college inspired me to, but because I finally want to show the world that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being passionate about what you believe in. If that results in you being labelled as a “bitch”, then so be it. If I happen to have attitude while I’m bringing a point across to someone who clearly doesn’t understand the definition of “feminism”, then society needs to accept that.
Too many millennials take advantage of the fact that our great grandmothers, grandmothers, and even mothers had to fight for the freedoms we have today as women.
What I want to achieve with my blog is to ultimately empower young girls, women, and anyone else advocating for equality in this world.
I hope that you join me on this journey of addressing gender discrimination and female subjugation worldwide. Share your stories, thoughts, criticisms–this is an open space for everyone who wants to take part in what I believe is a beautiful movement.
Lots of love,
Feminist With Attitude
“Any time women come together with a collective intention, it’s a powerful thing. Whether it’s sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, or around the table playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention, magic happens.”
Last week Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) proposed a bill for rapists to be released from prison if they married their victims. Currently, 4,000 inmates are convicted of rape.
That is literally proposing to legalize rape.
“The bill is aimed at reducing the number of husbands sent to jail — leaving wives and children alone — by deferring sentencing for men who marry girls under age 18.“
Here’s the “logic”: the Turkish government has a problem with the amount of husbands being sent to prison on accounts of rape. Instead of recognizing the fact that the country has a serious rape problem, they instead want rape victims (most of which are under age) to marry their rapists in order to lower their statistics. Girls and women suffer…for the sake of statistics…
Thankfully, three days ago, Turkey withdrew the proposal after crowds of women protested on the streets. So, technically, we shouldn’t be pissed, right? Wrong.
I’m pissed and here’s why:
I’m pissed because, once again, girls and women are sacrificed for the sake of men.
How can we allow for a bill like this to be proposed in the first place? How are we not questioning Banal Yildirimsent’s (the Turkish Prime Minister who proposed the bill) judgements?
The main question here is, with a country facing vast political difficulties as a result of failed policies, WHY is the government going out of its way to figure out how to defer sentences for child rapists? Is the AKP party bored of brainstorming tactics to combat the Islamic State? Or is the proposal of this bill only the beginning of Turkey’s neo-conservative nation?
Unfortunately-and I say this with regret-I feel as though Turkey is starting to ‘revamp’ the fabric of its society, hoping to turn it into an Islamic (and perhaps authoritarian?) nation. While the main issue here is the bill, its not exactly the bill itself that poses a threat, it’s the idea that this specific bill was even thought of in the first place that raises a major red flag.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the bill!
- This website from Westminister College addresses the fact that, due to the media, women have internalized the beauty standard and strive to be whatever the media shows them. As the modeling theory suggests, we behave and want to be what we see in the media. If we see beautiful, skinny and curvy women on TV shows, as a woman I will strive to look like that and men will strive to be with someone who looks like that. This specific website is interesting as it talks about the psychology of women’s minds and the theories applied to our way of thinking.
- This particular source from Forbes discusses the many issues in how women are portrayed in the media today. Author Kathy Caprino states, “you’ll be as stunned as I am at dichotomy between what we are saying is possible for women today..vs.how women are actually being depicted in the media”. She also introduces new steps that are being taken to eradicate this negative portrayal and gender gap in the media, such as The Empowerment Project
- This source, The Objectification and Dismemberment of Women in the Media, talks about the sexualized advertisements we are exposed to everyday and the consequences of the industry’s actions. Greening talks about the prevalence and implications of objectification in the media, showing examples of objectification and dismemberment in the media.
- Many of us may have come to terms with the fact that women are portrayed negatively in the media. This fact is recognized by many (but also denied by many others), however, we often tend to forget that women of color are less and more negatively represented than white women in the media. These sources use examples of how white women in the media are represented versus women of color.