Birth – Forgotten by Feminism

After reading about the woman in Florida faced with a Caesarian ‘with or without her consent’ I am especially glad to have found this piece today. I echo many of her sentiments very strongly. And this is an area of such division amongst women I know, self identified feminists, and I find that astounding.

“I need feminism because women truly believe that it’s their bodies that are broken, rather than the maternity care system.”

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This Woman Took a Photograph of Herself Every Day For a Year

The result is not what you’d think. Her sign at the end reads “help me, I do not know if I can wait until tomorrow”

The loss of her smile…like putting out a beacon of light. So powerful.

See the video HERE

Intersectionality Glossary and References

Great list of references and glossary terms from Guerrilla Feminism!

“Glossary of Terms

Ableism: discrimination in favor of able-bodied people

Aromantic: a person who does not experience romantic attraction

Asexual: a person who does not experience sexual attraction

Biantagonism: hatred or dislike of bisexual folk

Cis: people who, for the most part, identify with the sex they were assigned at birth

Derailing: posting a comment on a thread that is off-topic from the original post

Fatantagonism: hatred or dislike of fat folk

FtM: female-to-male; descriptive term in trans community

Heteronormativity: the set of power relations that normalize and regiment sexuality, marginalizing everything outside of the ideals of heterosexuality, monogamy, and gender conformity

Heterosexism/Heterosexual Privilege: the assumption that people are heterosexual, or the attitude that people should be heterosexual, because heterosexuality is the only valid sexual orientation. It often takes the form of ignoring bisexuals, gay men, and lesbians. Heterosexual privilege refers to the benefits granted automatically to heterosexual people that are denied to bisexuals, gay men, and lesbians

Homoantagonism: hatred or dislike of gay folk

Intersex: describes a person whose biological sex is ambiguous

Misogynoir: hatred of black women

MoC: Masculine of Center: a term coined by B. Cole of the Brown Boi Project, that recognizes the breadth and depth of identity for lesbians and queer folks who tilt toward the masculine side of the gender scale and includes a wide range of identities such as: butch, stud, aggressive/AG, dom, macha, tomboi, trans-masculin, etc.

MRA: Men’s Rights Activist

MtF: male-to-female; descriptive term in trans community

Neurodiversity: the idea that neurological differences like autism and ADHD are the result of normal, natural variation in the human genome (via: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/my-life-aspergers/201310/what-is-neurodiversity)

PoC: People of Color

Queer: traditionally a pejorative terms, queer has been reclaimed by some LGBT folk to describe themselves. Some value the term for its defiance and because it can be inclusive of the entire LGBT community. Nevertheless, it is not universally accepted even within the LGBT community and should be avoided unless quoting someone who self-identifies that way

QPoC: Queer Person/People of Color

Sex-Shaming (f.k.a. “slut-shaming”): shaming someone because of their sexual behaviors/desires

SWERF: Sex Worker exclusionary Radical Feminist

TERF: Trans exclusionary Radical Feminist
Tone-Policing: focusing and critiquing on how something is said, ignoring whether or not it’s true

Trans: an umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. Trans people may or may not choose to alter their bodies hormonally and/or surgically

Transmisogyny: hatred of trans women

Transantagonism: hatred or dislike of trans folk

Trigger Warnings: a trigger warning does not promise to protect readers of potentially triggering material, but provide them with the opportunity to decide whether they need to protect themselves. We provide trigger warnings because they give survivors of various stripes the option to assess whether they’re in a state of mind to deal with triggering material before they stumble across it (via http://www.shakesville.com)
WoC: Woman of Color

Intersectionality 101

Able-bodied privilege:
http://www.sap.mit.edu/content/pdf/able_bodied_privilege.pdfhttp://thatcrazycrippledchick.blogspot.de/2011/02/able-privilege-checklist.html

Ageism:
http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/05/ageism-feminism/

Being a Cis Ally:
http://lgbcenter.ucdavis.edu/lgbt-education/trans-ally-tips

Being a White Ally:
http://thinkspeakstress.tumblr.com/post/36026175582/i-usually-dont-do-things-like-this-but-i-had

Class privilege checklist:
http://itspronouncedmetrosexual.com/2012/10/list-of-upperclass-privilege/

Cultural Appropriation/Cultural Exchange:
http://everydayfeminism.com/2013/09/cultural-exchange-and-cultural-appropriation/

Fatantagonism:
http://www.xojane.com/issues/on-rudeness-looking-unhealthy-and-being-called-a-fatass-at-the-beach

Feminism & Humanism:
http://www.shakesville.com/2008/04/feminism-101-feminism-and-humanism.html

Heteronormativity:
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-heteronormative-mean.htm#didyouknowout

How to deal with being called out:
http://tooyoungforthelivingdead.tumblr.com/called-out

Kyriarchy:
http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/04/kyriarchy-101/

Male privilege checklist:
http://amptoons.com/blog/the-male-privilege-checklist/

Misogynoir:
http://www.gradientlair.com/post/60973580823/general-misogyny-versus-misogynoir

Racism:
http://racismschool.tumblr.com/

Reverse Racism Does NOT Exist:
http://feminspire.com/why-reverse-racism-isnt-real/

Reverse Sexism Does NOT Exist:
http://thegenderblenderblog.wordpress.com/2009/04/13/another-101-fact-there-is-no-such-thing-as-reverse-sexism/

Rape Culture:
http://www.wavaw.ca/what-is-rape-culture/ http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/03/examples-of-rape-culture/

Transmisogyny:
http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/01/transmisogyny/

White & Able-bodied privilege comparison:
http://www.uua.org/documents/idbm/accessibility/privilege.pdf

White privilege checklist:
http://amptoons.com/blog/files/mcintosh.html

NO ONE Deserves To Go Hungry

It’s as simple as that

In 2011 Ben started the food recovery network and now 3 years later businesses can become ‘food recovery certified’. What an awesome, important program. And I’m personally inspired by someone who saw a need and worked to change it

Passion+action=CHANGE 💜

The Hardest Part of Traveling That No One Talks About

This spoke to my experience of returning from Ghana so much. We even talked about it before coming home because we knew it would be bad, and it was.

” but part of you is screaming don’t you understand how much I have changed? And I don’t mean hair, weight, dress or anything else that has to do with appearance. I mean what’s going on inside of your head. The way your dreams have changed, they way you perceive people differently, the habits you’re happy you lost, the new things that are important to you.”

Check it out HERE