Feminist Reads: Unfeminist Habits, Women’s Health Heroes Hall of Fame, and Supporting Your LGTBQ Kid

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  • Great post over a Feministe by a feminist who does things that she considers unfeminist (all of which relate to beauty and body image).  Sometimes feminists spend a lot of time trying to justify things that they do as feminist because they a) want or need to continue doing them and b) want to retain their identity as a feminist. Being honest about the fact that we do not live in a feminist’s ideal world and that we are understandably impacted by that and thus do ‘unfeminist’ things is a great move that, in my mind, actually makes you an -even better- feminist (and requires you acknowledging yourself as a human being!). Good stuff!
  • Our Bodies Ourselves launched the Women’s Health Heroes Hall of Fame in 2009. Check out the list of the newest members and the excellent work they are doing worldwide. A sample:

Anveshi (India) for reminding us that solutions to the health crisis in that country must be situated within a unique and complex fabric of family… caste … class … community… and state.

Shokado (Japan) for reclaiming language and sexuality for all Japanese women and girls by coining new terms for body parts previously written with Chinese characters that convey shame.

Women’s Health Initiative (Bulgaria) for confronting stigma associated with childlessness in a pro-natalist society and demanding supportive infertility treatment for women who desire children

It goes without saying, but it can be challenging to care for what you don’t know. Trying to comprehend the abstract usually means relating it to something that you are familiar with, and if a connection can’t be made, taking a stance that’s already been paved is so often easier than formulating a unique opinion. For this reason, advancing civil rights almost always involves attaching the personal to the political; giving faces to statistics so that those who doubt their investment in a cause are forced to see how connected they really are.

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