thelarsvolta in respond to this statement “if your feminism isn’t anti-racism it’s white supremacy”
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On the Guardian today is a list of the Top 10 Sexist Moments in Politics.
I’m a woman, a feminist, and I currently hold two degrees in political science. With the hopeful addition of my doctorate, I will hold three degrees (two advanced) degrees in politics. While I don’t want to be an MP or a Congresswoman, I do want to work in politics.
Many of us would read the Guardian’s Top 10 Sexist Moments in Politics and despair, but we shouldn’t. Here’s why: humble beginnings. Suffrage didn’t happen overnight; pay equality certainly hasn’t. All of our gender struggles have been (painfully) slow, but they all begin with a conversation, public awareness, and institutionalisation. And that, my dears, is what is happening with this Guardian list.
We started the conversation in the first wave of feminism; we were hopeful for action in the second and third wave, and here we sit in the post-third wave era still waiting for action. Our voices, however, are louder, clearer. Our platforms are ‘taller’ and more widespread and available.
As such, I suggest we take a moment to honour these 10 women and the millions more who aren’t on the list. It takes a woman’s-worth of courage, endurance, and strength to stand up to sexism or any discrimination in general, especially in the workplace. Let’s congratulate these women and all the rest of us for enduring the fight against this ridiculous public display of idiocy. And then let’s keep fighting…
Advertising would feel slightly more ridiculous if men were sexualized the way women are… but only slightly.
This video is an excellent start. But cognition needs to lean towards action. Not only should we ‘think critically’ as the video suggests, but we should reject products and companies that support the subjugation of either gender. If you think, there’s no way the prevalence of ‘rape culture’ and advertising are linked, you’re doing it wrong.
Filmed by the first women’s filmmaking collective in rural Zambia, Hidden Truth is an intimate portrayal of the effects of domestic violence on women and children in Samfya, a remote region of Northern Zambia.
This is why women and children MUST be the focus of all development efforts. This is why we must support the UN MDGs.
“They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To” ~ Mary Sibande
Mary Sibande is a South African artist based in Johannesburg. Her recent series ‘Long live the dead queen’ was featured within the city on the side of buildings and other structures as large, photographic murals. The series, like Sibande’s practice as an artist, ‘attempts to critique stereotypical depictions of women, particularly black women in our society.’