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Feminspire | April 24, 2014

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Why I Know Feminism is Going to Make Me a Better Parent

April 14, 2014 | Lucy Grist

Growing up, I had no intention of becoming a parent. The idea of children didn’t appeal to me, and a career seemed a lot more important, even when I had no idea what career path I wanted to take. It has … Read More

Somewhere in America, Hijabis Are “Hipster”

April 3, 2014 | Dina El-Rifai

After watching the Somewhere In America video, which consists of Muslim hijabi women, that call themselves “Muslim hipsters” or “#Mipsterz”, dressed in stylish clothing, goofing around with friends, taking selfies, skateboarding in heels, and just having fun, I watched it again, and … Read More

Yes, We Need International Sex Worker Rights Day

March 6, 2014 | Madison Carlson | One Comment

“Society demonizes sexworkers because they demand more money than women should for services men expect for free.” - Anne McClintock

Held every year on March 3, International Sex Worker Rights Day began in India in 2001. Its original organizers were the Durbar … Read More

Why Aren’t Canadian Inmates Entitled to Human Rights?

February 24, 2014 | Sherrie Silman

The Prison Industrial Complex is one of the last vestiges of institutionalized (legalized) slavery in North America. And, for Canadians, it’s about to get worse.

Canadian inmates are expected to pay for their own toiletries (soap, shampoo, deodorant), as well … Read More

How a Pope Became One of the World’s Biggest Superstars

February 17, 2014 | Kristy Pirone

Rolling Stone’s February cover star has never had a hit single. He hasn’t won an Olympic medal or established a trillion-dollar tech empire. But over the course of just one year, Pope Francis has touched the hearts and minds of … Read More

I Can Be a Christian AND a Feminist! …Can’t I?

February 6, 2014 | Danielle Aleman | 8 Comments

A few years ago, as I was eating lunch with a few classmates, a woman came around asking for signatures for a petition. My classmates had no hesitation and signed it while saying how great of a cause the petition … Read More

How “Boys Will Be Boys” Hurts Everyone

February 3, 2014 | Rachel Brandt | 3 Comments

There are lots of things in this world that bother me. This is no secret. Recently a friend asked me to name my top five most persistent pet peeves. My instinctive reply was “Only five?” That being said, … Read More

Richard Sherman & Erin Andrews: Not a Thug and Not a Victim

January 28, 2014 | Alexsis Johnson

A few weekends ago during the Seahawks/49ers match-up that would determine who would be a contender in this year’s Super Bowl, cornerback Richard Sherman completed a defensive play denying the 49ers a game winning touchdown, then celebrated the play with … Read More

I Was Called a Disgrace To My Race For Escorting Women At a Clinic

January 17, 2014 | Mansi Kathuria | One Comment

The outside of a clinic that offers abortions can be a tumultuous and sometimes dangerous space.

NARAL Pro-Choice America offers a few examples of the violence that has occurred in these spaces in the past, which include:

-   On … Read More

Guys, Feminists Are Not Your Friends

January 15, 2014 | Briana Ureña-Ravelo | 10 Comments

Recently, a quote by feminist Gail Dines with an accompanying picture has been circulating my Facebook feed (editor’s note: and was posted to the Feminspire Facebook page). It reads,

“I’m going to tell the men in the room something that … Read More

What Are We More Afraid Of: A Woman “Crying Rape,” or Actually Being a Rapist?

January 14, 2014 | Stephanie Geske

This is a response to an article titled “Stop Crying Rape” by Catie Warren and includes possible triggers for rape and sexual assault. 

What I learned from reading Catie Warren’s article is that women are crazy. They’ll try to drink … Read More

How Straightening My Hair Improved My Politics

January 10, 2014 | Kristen Maye | One Comment

My hair is naturally coily, curly, knotty and big. I love it that way; it is willful, arresting, and uninhibited. Truthfully, my full embrace of these qualities didn’t come until about 3 and half years ago when I finally stopped … Read More