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May 30 2017

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What Afghanistan’s Young Female Leaders Are Fighting For

from salamalaikum.tumblr.com (May 2 2017):

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“Feminism means the commitment to holding my camera and walking in the streets of Kabul. Feminism means to actively challenge patriarchy through my confidence,” says Afghan filmmaker Sahar Fetrat boldly.

“It means the courage to raise my hand and use my voice on those bitter moments when sexism and inequality shout.”

Through all the slogans, commerce and digital noise that contemporary feminism has been twisted to embody in the West, it is powerful to hear such an active answer to the question, “What does feminism mean to you?”

Given that the answer comes from Afghanistan, it is even more astounding. The country is widely regarded as one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman. Being outspoken in the name of women’s rights can cost you your life and even working can have dire consequences. In December of last year, five female airport workers were gunned down. Reportedly, they’d received death threats from those who disagreed with them having professions – this is now regarded as the motive for the attack. In March 2015, the brutal murder of Farkhunda Malikzada sent shockwaves around the world. She was beaten by a mob, set alight and thrown into a river in Kabul after a rumour circulated that she’d burnt the Koran. Many came to see her death as that of a martyr for women’s rights in Afghanistan.

March 03 2017

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June 07 2015

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“An Iranian channel ran a story about how a certain kind of martial arts is enjoying increasing popularity among Iranian women. This means that a) Iranian women have rights, b) Iranian women can access the public sphere, c) Iranian women participate in organized, public sports, and d) an Iranian government news channel has no problem with any of this.

Faced with these facts, the Western media panicked: some news agencies resorted to the stereotype of Iranian women as veiled, militant fanatics; others opted for infantilizing portrayals of suffering women using martial arts as their only escape. Can you imagine any self-respecting Western reporter writing a story that explained, unprovoked, the popularity of karate among girls in suburban Los Angeles by citing America’s high rates of sexual assault? Additionally, few bothered to mention that recently it has been Western sports organizations that have prevented Iranian women from playing, for example in 2011 forcing the Iranian women’s soccer team to forfeit hope of reaching the Olympics because they wore sports hijabs on the field.

Narratives of weak or militant Iranian women are not just dishonest; they also fuel a political narrative whereby Islamism is equated with backwardness and the ability of women to reconcile Islamic ideals with feminist goals is entirely obfuscated. Both Western conservatives and many secular feminists often participate in this obfuscation, effectively trying to either hide Iranian women’s successes in order to demonize Iran or by ignoring the ideologies of liberation they have formulated in order to preserve the status of secular feminism as the only path to women’s liberation.”

Misreading Feminism & Women’s Rights in Tehran: Beyond Chadors, Ninjabis, & Secular Fantasies (via seppin.tumblr.com)

Reposted byavaritiafukurourapetrain

May 10 2015

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feministcorna: On some real stuff though! Yes women in Delhi are saying what NEEDS to be said!

Tags: Feminism India

April 07 2015

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November 03 2014

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Tags: Feminism

October 16 2014

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Anita Sarkeesian sagt Auftritt nach Androhung eines Massakers ab

Einer US-Universität wurde vor einem Auftritt von Anita Sarkeesian das ‘größte Massaker der USA’ angedroht, woraufhin diese ihr Kommen absagte. Zwar hatten Sicherheitsbehörden keine Gefahr erkannt, sie mussten aber versteckt getragene Waffen erlauben.”

— from @darksideofthemoon

“Feminists have ruined my life and I will have my revenge, for my sake and the sake of all the others they’ve wronged.” — Utah State University student in disturbing letter threatening to carry out a mass shooting if Anita Sarkeesian was allowed to speak at the school about gender and video games. (via Ⓐnarcho Queer)

September 14 2014

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April 18 2014

January 09 2014

Feminist Perspectives on Trans Issues

[Revised entry by Talia Bettcher on January 8, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The relationship between feminism and transgender theory and politics is surprisingly fraught. The goal in this entry is to outline some of the key philosophical issues at the intersections, and this can be accomplished only by attending to the history of feminist and trans politics as it has unfolded in the U.S. "Transgender" as a politics and "trans studies" as a twin of "queer...
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December 18 2013

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December 13 2013

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About this video, unboliviable says:

Based in La Paz, artist collective Mujeres Creando employ a variety of tactics and media to engage the public in their feminist movement.

For more than two decades, the collective have promoted solidarity through zines, public performance, protests, and events hosted at their café. In this video, the group spreads their message on their pirate station Radio Deseo, and by tagging bold, topical questions and aphorisms on the streets of the city, ensuring maximum visibility of their speech.

Though Mujeres Creando combat patriarchal norms at large in Latin America, their work is particularly important in Bolivia, where a federal government lurching toward progress does little to combat the day-to-day violence and injustice against women in local penal systems.

December 07 2013

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