Posts tagged "activism"

Of Course Art Can Change The World, If Only The Art World Wanted It To

VICE wrote up a cool panel discussion at Bard on the subject of politically engaged art today, but it was lacking an answer to the question it posed: Can art be a form of political activism? The obvious answer is, well, yes, of course. I mean, look at Jacques-Louis David’s “The Death…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 12, 2015

Would You Wear A Dress Made Of Condoms?

Ever wonder what happens to all the condoms that fail the quality control test? Artist and social activist Adriana Bertini crafts gowns out of them. Bertini's Condom Couture project was created to raise awareness about safe sex and STI prevention. Using dyed defective and expired condoms, she puts together dresse…
By: Claire Hannum / July 23, 2014

Katie Couric’s “Teachable” Moment With Laverne Cox Is Something I Wish We Saw More Of In Activism

In January, an actress from "Orange Is The New Black" appeared on Katie Couric's daytime talk show and it made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Laverne Cox, who is transgender, appeared with trans model Carmen Carrera. Throughout the interview, Couric kept asking the two women questions about their transition, specifically their genitalia.
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 12, 2014

This McGill University Campaign Takes Back The F-Word

The Law School of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, has had enough of the negative stereotypes that sometimes come alongside the word "feminist." Their campaign, "McGill Law Feminists," aims to remind us that feminism doesn't have just one face. Members of the McGill community from a diverse range of backgrounds were photographed as they reclaimed…
By: Claire Hannum / April 1, 2014

Kickass Women Of The Day: The Founders of “Girl Code Movement” Are Fighting Back Against Campus Rape

Caroline Heres, Julie Gelb and Jackie Reilly are on a mission to decrease sexual assault on college campuses. Last fall, Caroline and Jackie, who are students at Syracuse University, discussed the fact that they'd both been assaulted. What started as a chat between two friends evolved into a need to take action. Together, they decided…
By: Claire Hannum / February 11, 2014

Kickass Woman of the Day: British Teen Fahma Mohamed Takes A Stand Against Female Genital Mutilation

Fahma Mohamed, a 17-year-old British student, is determined to make female genital mutation (FGM) a thing of the past in the UK. The process is intended to prevent sex from being pleasurable for a young woman so that she remains "pure" until marriage. The most common time for FGM to happen i…
By: Claire Hannum / February 6, 2014

Frisky Q&A: Janet Mock, Author Of Redefining Realness

After being the subject of a 2011 Marie Claire profile, writer and activist Janet Mock decided to tell her story in her own words. And what a story it is. Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, is out this week. It's a brave, honest and gripping memoir…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / February 4, 2014

The Soapbox: The Disconnect Between Black Feminism And Gay Activism

I am a black woman and my best friend is a gay man. He came out to me the summer between our senior year of high school and our freshman year of college. "I really need to tell you something," he began, while driving us home from our summer job at the local pool. I…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / November 22, 2013

True Story: I Volunteered As An Abortion Clinic Escort

"Look at me. Look in my eyes. Let me tell you why I’m here. I’m here because I figure that the women who come here have already agonized over this decision enough. They have considered their own circumstances, looked at all the options, and come to the best possible decision that they can make. Once…
By: Caitlin Bancroft / September 9, 2013

Right Now, 6 Women Are Scaling A 72-Story London Building To Protest Arctic Drilling

Sometimes to get the public's attention, you have to go to pretty extreme lengths. Which is why six female Greenpeace activists are in the midst of a 1000-foot climb up the side of London's Shard building, in order to protest arctic drilling. The Shard was chosen for its proximity to Shell Oil's building. “They don’t…
By: Julie Gerstein / July 11, 2013

FEMEN Activists Ripped Off Burqas To Reveal Naked Breasts Inside A Swedish Mosque

Oh, FEMEN. Whether you respect their antics or think they're terribly offensive and annoying, you have to admit they're good at publicity stunts! The topless feminist activist group's latest hijinks? Going into a mosque in Stockholm, Sweden, while wearing burqas and then whipping off the veils to reveal their bare breasts underneath…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 1, 2013

Just In Case You Didn’t Hate Abercrombie & Fitch Quite Enough

By now you've probably heard that Abercrombie & Fitch is an exceedingly offensive company that aims to create clothes exclusively for the young people that CEO Mike Jeffries deems "cool." But did you know that A&F has a long history of sexism, too? As The Huffington Post explains, back in 2005, activist Heather Arnet of…
By: Mary Odell / June 7, 2013

Topless FEMEN Activists Charged With Debauchery

The African country of Tunisia put three activists from the topless feminist group FEMEN on trial for debauchery after they bared their breasts in the city's capital in May. Their lawyers say the women were not behaving in a debauched manner in the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 5, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Why I’m Bringing My Son To Bowl For Abortion

This past weekend, I spoke on two panels at the Civil Liberties and Public Policy’s reproductive rights conference. One of my panels, "Bringing Social Justice to the Family Table," tackled how to combine an activist lifestyle with family life. Along with three other panelists/mothers, I spoke about how to foster awarene…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / April 16, 2013

Amina, 19, Posts Topless Pic On Facebook, Threatened With Death By Stoning

Amina, a 19-year-old FEMEN feminist activist in Tunisia, posted a topless picture of herself on Facebook with the words "Fuck your morals" written across her chest. She's since been threatened with death by stoning or lashes by Muslim leaders. (One warned she might "give ideas to other women." Oh no! Ideas!) Now activists are calling…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 25, 2013

How Women Have Protested Through History

Ladies, now's the time to get vocal about what you believe in. Women around the world are wielding signs, donning body paint, and marching in parades in support of women's rights and gender equality, against violence toward women, and to raise awareness for other important political and social causes. As we continue Women's History Month,…
By: Tres Sugar / March 24, 2013

The 2012 Frisky Give Guide: Girls Inc.

This holiday season, The Frisky staff is committed to giving back. Throughout the month of December we'll be telling you about some of the charities and nonprofits that we support, why they're important to us, and how you can support them too, if you're so inclined. First up, Winona tells us why she believes i…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 10, 2012

Teen Activist Asks Hasbro To Market Easy-Bake Oven To Both Genders

When 13-year-old Mckenna Pope asked her 4-year-old brother Gavin what he wanted for Christmas, he answered "a dinosaur and an Easy-Bake Oven." Best Christmas list ever, right? But Mckenna soon found out that getting him a living, breathing dinosaur would be much less complicated than getting him an Easy-Bake Oven, thanks to the gender-specific way…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 4, 2012

No Sex For You: Togo Women Holding A Sex Strike

When the women of the small African country of Togo want something, they truly take one for the team: in order to urge the president of Togo to resign, the women are holding a sex strike. A civil rights group called Let's Save Togo is encouraging women to withhold sex from their husbands for one…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 27, 2012

The CCIC Revokes Their Leaping Bunny From A Number Of Major Cosmetics Brands

The Leaping Bunny is the universal symbol of the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) reserved for brands and products strictly not tested on animals at any time during their preparation. As of the past couple of months and continuing through today, a number of companies that clearly took a stance in opposition to…
By: Rachel Krause / August 4, 2012
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