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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.

 

Boy-holding-basketballIn the May issue of Sports Illustrated, a smiling, successful, happy Black man announced that we was gay to the world.

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Hearing about the bombings at the Boston Marathon while driving to school early last week felt surreal. It just didn’t make sense. Sometimes it’s simply tiring to even try to make sense of yet another act of violence. I strongly believe that all violence is connected at the root by hatred. I also believe that hatred feeds oppression, which perpetuates violence. That’s why I am annoyed that our culture so quickly jumps to make the people who carried out this violence “others.”

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Wednesday was Wonder Woman Day this week.

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Marine saluting flagMonday evening I spoke at a film screening of the Invisible War at Clarion University.

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One of the most exciting things about Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is all of the local events and happenings that honor the occasion.

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Spring burstsSpring buds

From the ground, yawning

New life, new birth; the reviving stretch

On waking to a season of action.

April is a time of change, growth, renewal.

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NSVRC and OAESV recently released a statement to follow up on the findings in the Steubenville case. “Turn off the victim blaming. Turn on support for survivors.” discusses some of the negative media feedback that has surrounded the case. I kind of feel like that title alone is all you really need to get from this post today. Why are we still talking about victim-blaming? The message must not be clear yet.

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As we watch the trial happenings in Steubenville, Ohio this week, I’m stuck on the role that social media played in this case.

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While I kind of doubt that anyone really noticed, I have had a long internal, guilty struggle over not writing this blog post.

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Free-womanYesterday was a day of crappy stories. Maybe you’ve had a day like that before. It’s the kind of day when everywhere you go, someone tells you about another yucky thing that they’ve experienced. It’s not always experiences of violence, sometimes its experiences of feeling belittled, disregarded, or shamed.

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