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What is Feminism?

Recommended readings and video clips on feminism. Custom commentary and "comic strips" on feminism by Intersect. Includes info on feminism in the Caribbean!

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Transcript of What is Feminism?

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Feminism
by Intersect
WHO CAN BE A FEMINIST?
INSPIRING FEMINISTS AND
MUST-READS

WHAT IS FEMINISM?
Anyone!
In the words of inspiring novelist and writer Chimamanda Adichie:
"We should all be feminists"
She explains why we should all be feminists in this uplifting and moving
Ted Talk
:
bell hooks defines feminism as "a movement to end sexism, sexual exploitation and oppression" in her work
Feminist Theory: From Margin to Centre
.
The Eastern Kentucky University offers this thorough academic definition: "Feminism is a multi-disciplinary approach to sex and gender equality understood through social theories and political activism. Historically, feminism has evolved from the critical examination of inequality
between the sexes to a more nuanced focus on the social and performative constructions of gender and sexuality."
Feminism is also a movement to end discrimination on the basis of gender, sexuality, race and class by advocating for legal rights and protections under the law.
read more:
http://wgs.eku.edu/what-feminism-0

Myths about Feminism
If feminism is about gender "equality" why do you spend more time talking about women's issues?
Feminism is definitely about equality. More attention is paid to women's issues because men and women are not equally disadvantaged. If women are at a greater disadvantage from a social,
political and economic standpoint then more focus should be spent on them in order to level the playing field. While men do have issues that ought to be addressed, there are more barriers that prevent women from participating equally in society.
Some groups are more
privileged
than others. More effort should be spent on removing the barriers that prevent minority groups from having equal power in society.
Equality?
People involved in this movement are committed to challenging and transforming harmful stereotypes and restrictive gender roles with the goal of making society a safe, comfortable and healthy place for everyone!
Myth: Feminists hate men

read more:
http://www.dailydot.com/opinion/4-stupid-delusions-people-have-feminism/
Myth: Feminists don't
like being moms
read more:
http://mic.com/articles/96292/the-10-worst-myths-about-feminism-debunked
Have a good
day at work
hun!
Human, I require sustenance
Thanks babes! Bye everyone!
Feminism is pro-choice. Women should not be stigmatized for choosing to stay at home. However, many feminists recognize that society has promoted and perpetuated the idea that taking care of children at home is women's work. Compared to fathers, women are disproportionately expected to be homemakers. The absence of paternal leave is one of many factors that may contribute to this unfair perception. Unfortunately, childrearing and homemaking are devalued. This is fundamentally unfair. Raising children is one of the most important responsibilities of the human race!
Home Sweet Home
Myth: Feminism is anti stay-at-home mom
In this awesome article by Buzzfeed on feminist terms, the Merriam-Webster dictionary is used to define feminism: "the theory of the social, political and economic equality of the sexes."
READ IT HERE:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/beulahdevaney/what-is-feminism#.heEZ22bkX
Feminism is for everybody...
Learn more:
http://everydayfeminism.com/2012/07/feminism-is-for-everyone/
We at Intersect believe that you don't need to know complex feminist theories and politics to be a feminist. Intersect began as a closed consciousness-raising group on Facebook in which marginalized women and men from Antigua and the wider Caribbean spoke out about the social limitations and constraints imposed on them based on their gender and sexuality. Members passionately spoke out against sexism and discrimination and advocated for gender equality.
learn more about "consciousness-raising":
http://womenshistory.about.com/od/feminism/a/consciousness_raising_groups.htm
learn more about privilege here:

http://everydayfeminism.com/2012/12/how-to-talk-to-someone-about-privilege/
and here:

http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/09/what-is-privilege/
I think that this lady has a great response to frequently asked questions like: "what about the men?" Check it out!
CARIBBEAN FEMINISM
A BRIEF HISTORY OF FEMINISM
A short illustrated history of Feminism
check it out here: http://civilliberty.about.com/od/gendersexuality/tp/History-of-Feminism.htm
"Rebecca Walker, a 23-year-old, bisexual African-American woman born in Jackson, Mississippi, coined the term 'third-wave feminism' in a 1992 essay.

Walker is in many ways a living symbol of the way that second-wave feminism has historically failed to incorporate the voices of many young women, non-heterosexual women, and women of color."
read more: http://civilliberty.about.com/od/gendersexuality/p/third_wave.htm
TARGET ISSUES
FEMINIST TARGET ISSUES:
"Anytime stereotyping, objectification, infringements of human rights, or gender- or sexuality-based oppression occurs, it's a feminist issue."
Intersect's Target Issues:
GBSV (Gender-Based & Sexual Violence)
Reproductive & Abortion Rights
Street & Workplace Sexual Harassment
Sex Trafficking
Slut-Shaming
Discrimination against LGBTQ+
Victim-Blaming
Comprehensive Sex & Consent Education
Gender myths & stereotypes
Check out our "Orange Day Activity" prezi
to find out what we are doing about some of these issues. Be on the look out for future presentations about Intersect's target issues on our Facebook page:
Intersect shares bite-sized info on these target issues on Twitter every day. Follow us to stay informed!
Classism
Colourism & Internalized Racism
Toxic Masculinity
https://facebook.com/intersect.anu
https://twitter.com/intersect_anu
"CatchAFyah brought together 24 young Caribbean feminists from women’s, feminist, youth and LGBT organisations across the English-speaking Caribbean and Haiti. Among us were farmers, social workers, artists, social entrepreneurs, counsellors, researchers, engineers, teachers, students and mothers. The purpose of our gathering was to strengthen regional feminist collaboration on the issues facing the Caribbean."
"Can feminism catch a fire in the Caribbean?"

read more:
http://www.stabroeknews.com/2012/features/in-the-diaspora/06/25/can-feminism-catch-a-fire-in-the-caribbean/
"Being a feminist in the Caribbean"

The following article was penned by Antiguan author Joanne C. Hillhouse in the
Antiguan Observer
and features women's and children's advocate Zahra Airall. Both women are members of Intersect! :-)
"As a young woman herself who once shied away from claiming the title ‘feminist’, given the 'debris surrounding the term,' Airall understands that with the wave of social conditioning prescribing certain attitudes and behavior for both men and women, this won’t be easy — re-educating people never is."
read more:

http://antiguaobserver.com/being-a-feminist-in-the-caribbean/
Some Caribbean Feminist Groups You Should Follow
Thought-Provoking Reads
"Reclaiming Third World Feminism"
"Diversity, Difference and Caribbean Feminism: The Challenge of Anti-Racism"
Not for Beginners
Here is a very enlightening video on Women's Suffrage in America by
Crash Course History
. However, this video is the reason why feminism must be more intersectional. Narratives about white women are dominant while those concerning Native American women and Women of Colour are marginal.
This feminist lists all the issues you could possibly think of that account for the need to advocate for women's rights. The video is fast-paced and the host is very engaging!
Update:
Women are not
allowed to drive but
they can now vote
in Saudi Arabia!
read more: http://time.com/4005165/women-vote-saudi-arabia-elections/
source: Eastern University of Kentucky
"Feminist political activists campaign in areas such as reproductive rights, domestic violence, gay marriage, and workplace issues such as family medical leave, equal pay, and sexual harassment and discrimination."

Tweet, tweet!

Check out these feminists we love to follow!
Caribbean
AND YOU'VE REACHED THE FINISH LINE!
THANKS FOR CHECKING OUT THIS PREZI. IF
YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS, QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS FEEL FREE TO SUBMIT THEM!
REMEMBER: FEMINISM IS FOR EVERYBODY!
Check out the book list here:
http://www.bustle.com/articles/93246-69-books-every-feminist-should-read-from-mary-wollstonecraft-to-roxane-gay/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=owned&utm_campaign=bustle
Read all about us here:
http://www.forharriet.com/2015/04/18-phenomenal-african-feminists-to-know.html#axzz3qOMfhIx0
I can't wait to tell these Caribbean
feminists about all the issues we face
as women! So excited! I think that these
feminists should...
Um, I think we should try our best to listen to
them instead of "speaking to" them. Let's listen
and learn about their experiences and refrain
from imposing our views of how the world
should be onto them. Their experiences might
not be exactly like yours. Trust me on this.
Welcome to the Caribbean
PARADISE?
That beach was heaven!
I'm so moving to the
Caribbean!
read more:
https://sta.uwi.edu/crgs/april2007/journals/Diversity-Feb_2007.pdf
read more:
http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/meridians.12.1.1?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
Sexual Objectification of Women
Need a definition? Some of these terms can be found here:
http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Geek_Feminism_Wiki
Ugh! Stay-at-home moms make
me sick. This woman is clearly
oppressed!
He mentions "women" several times but in the context of the video he means "white" women. Black women did not get the vote at the same point in history as white women. Did you notice anything else that was problematic in the video? Let us know in the comments!
Feminists are diverse! Check out Roxane Gay's refreshing Ted Talk speech titled "Bad Feminist"
https://www.ted.com/talks/roxane_gay_confessions_of_a_bad_feminist?language=en#t-47356
Reconciling feminism with religion may be difficult for some because the latter plays a very important role in their lives. Religion is deeply woven into the fabric of Caribbean culture and it influences gender roles tremendously. Religion and feminism often clash as a result. Give this piece on feminism and faith a read!
http://everydayfeminism.com/2013/05/feminism-and-faith/
Internalized misogyny
Not sure what intersectionality means?
The definition can be found here:
http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Intersectionality
You nuh see de light pan green?! Drive nuh! #@%&!
If women would just stop wearing all these short things nobody would trouble them! How do they expect men to react if they're showing off themselves all the time?? Steups!
Let me give you an example
of street harassment and
victim blaming (written in Antiguan dialect):
Wa gwarn nuh babes? Smile
Nuh! You sexy no f*#$!
Babes you nah study me?
...f*#$ you den!
Da dey ready fi breed!
Lawd, wan nex one jack? Jesus Christ!
Hie!
You can sign up for a JSTOR account to read this
and two other academic articles of your choice for
free.
Wait what? "Third World"?
Mic
offers a great explanation for abandoning the term in this piece:
http://mic.com/articles/107686/why-you-shouldn-t-call-poor-nations-third-world-countries
BONUS

Check it out:
http://mic.com/articles/105102/the-39-most-iconic-feminist-moments-of-2014
Bonus
We highly recommend the following websites
for daily reading material on all things feminism!
Feministing: http://feministing.com/
Everyday Feminism: http://everydayfeminism.com/
Bitch Media: https://bitchmedia.org/
Feminist Frequency: http://feministfrequency.com/
Feminism for Beginners: https://www.facebook.com/Feminism4Beginners
We also highly recommend
For Harriet
. Your life will not be complete without it!! - https://www.facebook.com/forharriet
Check out this amazing discussion on Caribbean feminism by Dr. Gabrielle Hosein from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad!
Full transcript