Guest Post: Hashtag Feminism

I recently re-entered the world of (Black) Twitter, and was quickly greeted with a new form of communication and activism taking the feminist of color Twitterverse by storm–hashtag activism/feminism. The first example of this new form of activism was possibly this summer’s response to the news of Paula Deen‘s racism. Titled “#PaulasBestDishes,” a hashtag started…

Of all the posts about Beyonce…

This one definitely has the best comments!! Judging from our class discussion, we seem interested in this significant debate about the capitalism interrupting Beyonce’s ‘fight” (or not) for women’s rights. In this article, “The problem with BeyHive Bottom Bitch Feminism,” some of my problems are clearly articulated. However, this blog post is like a million…

The Problem With Some Male Feminists

I would like to share with everyone one of my all-time favorite articles: “On Doing The Emotional Work of Being a Male Feminist.” In this article, Mychal Denzel Smith draws on his experiences as a male feminist. One of his main arguments is that the emotional work that’s involved with being a male feminist is difficult…

Female Lawyers and Women in Technology

While 47% of law degrees awarded in 2012 were to females and women comprised 45% of associate positions in private practices, women only make up 15% of “the equity-partner level—the highest position at a law firm where partners have actual ownership of the firm”.

Bound 2: Is It Okay?

The first time I watched Kanye West’s “Bound 2” music video, I was shocked, confused, appalled, you name it. For those of you who haven’t watched the video, it consists of Kanye West riding a motorcycle with his topless fiancé Kim Kardashian straddling and caressing him. While watching the video, questions were franticly running through…

Yeah, it’s hard for a (Nigerian) girl: Chimamanda Adichie talks feminism & femininity

I thought it would be interesting to watch this video especially with the theme of girl power international relations. In the video called “We should all be feminists,” she aims to dispel the undeserving stereotype that “feminazism” is the basic nature of feminism; to show how that sort of perception is the product of a gaze rather than intention. Instead, she calls out to every individual to carefully rethink discriminatory actions/words of women labelled “Feminazis” on a blind vicious journey to extinct all males. (Again, Pat Robertson, no one wants to kill their children. Those are savages, not feminists)

Popular Culture, Lean In!

During last week’s class, we discussed the substantial lack of females in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) industries. Consequently, when I read Drew Filus’s Lean In story about writing sci-fi stories with STEM-savvy female leads, I immediately thought back to our classroom discussion. A popular topic for us was why gender imbalance in STEM exists.…