Personal Space

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By Matiara Huff

This slam poetry video featuring Reagan Meyers a great description of what it feels like when a women’s personal space is constantly being invaded.  It is degrading when someone ignores my existent and lazily reoccupy the space I am taking up. No one deserve to be force to feel small and insignificant. Try to be mindful of the people around you, consider how they might be feeling. Someone’s personal space should not be a tactic for negation or away to make yourself more comfortable. If you feel like your personal space is being invaded, speak up. You deserve to always be comfortable where ever you are.

Five Feminist Blogs You Should Be Following

By Thea Voutiritsas

Educating, entertaining, and empowering—these blogs focus on issues, news and gossip for girls and women across the board. From the blossoming feminist to bloggers themselves, blogs are a great way for women (and men) writers to share their unique ideas and perspectives. Here are five fresh blogs to help you get the reading ball rolling:

  • Everyday Feminism – The authors at Everyday Feminsim keep it truly intersectional. They tackle the everyday aggressions that people face due to gender, sexual orientation, race, class, size and other social differences.16821448686_435c60f8a4_o
  • Bitch MediaBitch Media is a fresh, feminist response to popular culture. If you’re over the media’s traditionally narrow view of what women and girls are and can be, Bitch Magazine might be the analytical, yet witty blog you need in your life.
  • Feminist Current – Canada’s leading feminist website provides a unique perspective on current events that are often under or misrepresented by other mass media sources. The site also has a number of podcasts available for those long commutes to and from the office.
  • Feministing Feministing has diverse writers that cover a broad range of intersectional feminist issues. They’re also a great intro to the feminist movement for young people, allowing emerging thinkers to be heard on an open-platform community.
  • Feminist FrequencyFeminist Frequency is a video webseries that provide a feminist take on pop culture’s representation of women. If you’re in the mood to deconstruct stereotypes both on the big screen and in the gaming world, they’ve got you covered.

Cutting the Crap in the Comments Section

By Logan Snook

Alright, question: Anyone guilty of reading comments on web and social media postings to see what crazy things people will say? All guilty parties, raise your hands.  Next question: Those of you who raised your hands, who gets about halfway through the comments only to become completely disturbed by the way people talk to each other, respond to issues, and disrespect differing opinions? All guilty parties raise your hands. For those of you who follow feminist blogs, websites, or groups, chances are you see this a lot. Does a post like this look familiar?

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Well. That got out of control quickly. Posts and comments on feminist posts range from general misunderstanding of what feminism and being a feminist is to simply harassing the author or other commenters. The post above was from an article Women’s Rights News shared on their Facebook about “slut-shaming” and female dress codes for high school proms.

Recently, I was scrolling through my Facebook and the saw another shared article from Women’s Rights News about becoming a feminist blogger. The article, published by the editor of Everyday Feminism, focused on tips for starting a career as an internet writer, focusing on the topic of feminism. What I saw in the comments was this:

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*As of 4/15 these comments have been removed from the post.

Now, I am all for seeing discussions started on posts and seeing the spread of positive, clarifying information, but both commenters here are bashing one another. The first commenter clearly did not read the article, jumping straight into posting uninformed and insulting remarks. Rather than correcting or offering relative information, the second poster fought fire with fire, posting derogatory assumptions about the first, and creating a domino effect of offensive statements. There was a similar pattern or comments seen in image one.

What happens that makes these comments so hostile? Can we not have a civilized dialogue about these issues? Differing opinions or not, doesn’t everyone deserve respect? Reading through these posts, there are very few harassing comments on posts that offer a strongly worded opinion. Instead of slinging insults at one another, each side defends their viewpoint. The point of this is not to make someone think the same way you do, rather it is to better inform (both sides), and create an open discussion.

Let’s drop the name calling and assumptions and increase the respect.

Is PC Anti-Freedom of Speech?

by Matiara Huff

There has been a pretty big debate lately about Political Correctness (PC) and freedom of speech. The question has been, is “PC culture anti-free speech?” We at the Women’s Center want to set the record straight, the answer is absolutely not.pc

If you don’t know, political correctness is the avoidance of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against. Some people believe that with the rise in awareness of social issues such as racism, sexism, transphobia and many more, we are denying them there right to freedom of speech. This is simply not true. If your freedom of speech were under attack, then the government would be censoring what you are saying. That is not what is happening. You can say anything racist, sexist, transphobic thing you want, and I or anyone else can call you out and unfollow you for it. That is not effecting your right to free speech, its affecting mine.

This video by Franchesca Ramsey is a great extended explanation if you have any questions. I encourage you all to check it out!