Summer camp is the quintessential summer experience for many, but at this Manhattan-based camp, there isn’t a campfire or s’more in sight. This is Feminist Camp.
Created by Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner, the co-authors of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future, Feminist Camp aims to teach girls what being a feminist really means. Young women can expect to “hone their leadership skills, meet inspiring activists, and tackle the real issues that impact their lives.” Sounds rad! Keep reading »
Fallon Fox received a lot of attention and abuse in March after she was forced to come out as a transgender woman. Fallon had been a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter for six years, but as soon as she came out, she was faced with a barrage of transphobic comments, and many people accused her of having an unfair advantage because she was once physically a man. Some argued that she had more testosterone in her body than a cisgender (people who identify with the gender they were assigned at birth) woman. Others claimed that she would have larger or denser bones than a cisgender woman.
These assumptions and accusations do not just apply to Fallon Fox: lots of trans athletes are discriminated against because there’s an assumption that e a trans woman must have some physical advantage over cisgender women — but science says otherwise. In fact, an article on Outsports debunks a couple of these myths.
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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 and political slogans written across their stomachs. Keep reading »
Last night, Ohio’s Governor John Kasich signed a host of restrictions on abortion into law, which went into effect today. Like other Republicans before him, Governor Kasich placed these legal restrictions on women’s reproductive rights flanked by a bunch of old, white men. Keep reading »
Check out this video of 11-year-old cello prodigy, Sujari Britt. Sujari’s parents noticed their daughter was musically gifted as a toddler and after hearing a Yo-Yo Ma performance and begging for her own instrument, she began her cellist career at the wee age of four. Her first solo recital was at age five, and she has performed in over 50 concerts since then. One of those concerts includes a recital with Alisa Weilerstein for President Obama (!) at the White House in 2009. Her teacher of seven years, Marion Feldman said, “Sujari must have played the cello in another lifetime.” The most mature tween I’ve ever seen, Sujari practices about six hours a day. “My goal is to become a professional soloist. I’ll do everything that’s possible, you know?” she said. “You get out there, and you do your best, and that’s all you need to do.” Not only is her ambition and drive unbelievably inspiring, but feeling the overwhelming pride that resounds throughout this clip of her adorable parents was my favorite part to watch. [Feministing]