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Feminism: From Grassroots to Full Bloom

by Ali Mailen Perrotto


Ali is the Online Resource Coordinator at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Blogger Bio: Feminism excites me! Let's take a look at the way it informs, impacts and shapes the movement against sexual violence.

Blog Description: A blog about the growth of feminist thought and praxis in the movement to end sexual violence.

 

Just Rural logoEver since I was a Children’s Advocate at a local sexual assault program (SAP), I’ve been hearing about the drama that exists between us and them. I didn’t understand it very well at first, because we had a great thing going with our local Child Advocacy Center (CAC).
 

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Like many others, I spent a good chunk of my Sunday evening eating really good food and tuning in to my first football game of the season. After very scientifically using my baby’s preference for one of two toys set out in front of her on the living room floor to pick my team, I happily cheered for this year’s champions. Go Seattle! Also like many others, I settled in to consume some very expensive media. For your reading pleasure, I now offer my feminist recap of commercials from Super Bowl Weekend.

#DidntMaketheCut but #MadeMyCut

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I just don’t know what to think about the Grammys, Macklemore, and cultural appropriation. Every time I try to get it all down, I end up changing my mind about something. Each article I read, tweet I consider, and song I enjoy, my heart is turned in a new direction.

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A friend recently shared an article and asked me to blog about it. Here we go!

The article, titled, “10 Celebrities Who Say They Aren't Feminists,” shared pictures and quotes of celebrities like Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Susan Sarandon who have all given statements about their choice not to identify as feminist. Susan Sarandon, an actress I really enjoy watching, was quoted:

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strong-womanIn the past, I’ve used New Year’s as an opportunity to take a hard look at my life and things that I want to change about it. More often than not, this involved dieting, budgeting, and goals that involved pants sizes. In 2014, I’m making a different kind of resolution.

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Dear Santa,

I’ve decided to write out my very own grown up Christmas list, focusing on the things that I believe will help to end gender violence.

Safe, affordable housing for every person

An end to racist aggressions, big and small

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holiday-mealSome of my most favorite holiday memories involve sharing meals with my loved ones. I love everything about it—smelling good things, tasting favorite family recipes, bright holiday decorations, and so much joyful laughter (sprinkled with realistic, nagging, teasing sibling exchanges).

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young-girl-toy-trainI’ve recently had the terrifying experience of gift shopping for a few little feminists in my life. Of course, I went into it with a plan. I was going to get fun but educational toys that didn’t confine my tiny friends to traditional gender roles. Sounds simple enough, right?

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Driving home yesterday to some of my favorite Christmas jams, I heard the announcement that Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95. Not surprised or sad, I thought that if anyone deserves a rest it’s probably him. Truly, his work and commitment to ending racial oppression in South Africa seems like a beacon of hope for how broken societies can heal.

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In the (gross) article 5 Reasons to Date a Girl with an Eating Disorder (please note that the general tone of the content on this site is disturbing--please practice self care), the author shares some perspectives on the “benefits” of dating a person with an eating disorder. I will offer a fast reaction to this infuriating article, and then share some actual facts that you might even find to be useful (Warning: the time spent reading the original article may not be).

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