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Feminspire | April 23, 2014

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A Message to Sexual Assault Survivors: Your Beauty Isn’t Defined By Your Abuser

April 22, 2014 | Souyenne Dathorne

Trigger warning for discussion of sexual assault

What do you see when look in the mirror? So many survivors/victims of sexual violence can sometimes feel weak, ugly or unimportant. You may have been told that you are ugly, that you … Read More

Do Cheaters Deserve a Second Chance?

April 21, 2014 | Liesey Burns

I always thought I would be one of those people who believed that cheaters didn’t deserve second chances. If things are going well in a relationship, then there’s no reason to cheat, and if things aren’t going so swell, then … Read More

Feminist Progress Report: “Orange is the New Black” is Coming Back!

April 18, 2014 |

Welcome to the Feminist Progress Report — A quick list (mainly in gif form) to make sure you stay angry at the world!

✓ - I have no plans to go outside on June 6. The movie adaptation of The Fault in … Read More

To Selfie or Not to Selfie?

April 16, 2014 | Liesey Burns

To selfie or not to selfie? That is the question.

“Selfie” was the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2013. However, the concept has been around longer than you may think. It started with MySpace back in the early 2000s, … Read More

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

Feminist Progress Report: Australia Bids G’day to the Gender Binary

April 11, 2014 | Lauren Slavin

Welcome to the Feminist Progress Report, where Feminspire makes sure you’re up to speed on the news stories of the week we weren’t able to write about.

X – President Obama takes pride in the fact that the first bill he … Read More

Using Masks to Survive a Lifetime of Abuse

April 7, 2014 | Eyn Ominous

Trigger warning for the discussion of sexual assault and abuse

Sometimes I question who I am and why I am the way I am. The practice is not new. In fact, it is foundational to any thorough education, which reveals … Read More

Feminist Progress Report: “White Dude” Comment Takes Internet By Storm

April 4, 2014 | Estee Shaw | 2 Comments

Welcome to the Feminist Progress Report, where we laugh, cry, and cry some more over the goings-on of the week. Lauren was nice enough to let me take over the FPR this week, so I could share my abundance of feelings. … 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

Feminist Progress Report: Can We Ban Hobby Lobby and #BanBossy?

March 28, 2014 | Lauren Slavin

Welcome to the Feminist Progress Report, where Feminspire reviews the top feminist stories of the week we weren’t able to write about.

Sorry for the two-week hiatus while I spent spring break traipsing through the woods of Tennessee channeling my … Read More

My Mad Fat Diary: Making Our 90s-Loving Feminist Hearts Beat

March 25, 2014 | Shelby Rosten

Maybe I’m late to the party, but I’ve spent the last two weeks watching the entirety of My Mad Fat Diary. The show recently began its second season, and let me tell you, Tumblr was crazy for this series, so I checked … Read More

Stepping Out of the Shadows of Sexual Abuse in the Family

March 20, 2014 | Souyenne Dathorne

Trigger warning: Discussions of child sexual abuse, incest, and suicidal thoughts. 

Sexual Abuse isn’t something we are told or taught about in St.Lucia, or the wider Caribbean. Growing up, there are no mentions of people touching you inappropriately, of people’s … Read More