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Discovering Feminism

Steady Minds, Steady Voices

While rereading Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Estelle Freedman’s The Essential Feminist Reader,  and Malala Yousafzai’s I Am Malala, I have realized the true necessity and value of receiving an education. So many women in so many places around the world have written, spoken, and rallied for equal rights, even in the early 1400’s! Christine de Pizan used her education and voice to write against men’s subjugation of women in the Bible during the Renaissance period; she realized that her voice as a woman and a writer, paired with the education she received would lead her closer to defending her religious and educational rights as a woman. Continue reading “Steady Minds, Steady Voices”

Feminist Poetry

Last week I ordered a book of poetry called New American Best Friend by Olivia Gatwood. Gatwood’s sharp bite has made her one of my favorite contemporary poets, and inspired my blog post this week. I wanted to share some feminist poetry with you guys from Button Poetry, a group that “produces and distributes poetry media, including: video from local and national events, chapbooks, collaborative audio recordings, scholarship and criticism, and many other products” (buttonpoetry.com). Continue reading “Feminist Poetry”

The Power of Privilege

In past posts and comments, I have railed against the idea of privilege in this country. My main problem is that, though they are not perfect, we have laws that protect and provide. Also, certain individuals or groups put an adjective in front of the word privilege and use it to fight against those with whom they disagree. For instance, Christian privilege is one of those terms. Some claim Christian privilege because this nation celebrates Christian holidays. ( I might remind everyone that that’s because the nation was founded on Christian principles.) Christians in this nation and around the world are under increasing attack. I could cite many examples where Christians are oppressed in the name of providing religious freedom for others and simply because they are Christians, but that’s not the thrust of this post. Continue reading “The Power of Privilege”

Beauty & the Beast & Feminism

I’m going to start out this post by stating that it will be extremely biased. Biased in the fact that I LOVE Disney and Disney films, particularly the new Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson. So biased in fact, that I saw the movie twice in its opening weekend (I don’t care what you say!) Continue reading “Beauty & the Beast & Feminism”

Feminist Pedagogy

As I was doing my capstone project, I ran across the term “feminist pedagogy”. I always assumed that pedagogy was just “the how to teach your subject”. I asked the teacher and she gave me some interesting articles about this subject. As I read the article Radical Pedagogy: A Feminist Perspective on Student Assessment: An Epistemology of Caring and Concern, I found information about the art of teaching.

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What?! A Gay Disney Character???

Recently, there’s been a lot of hype about the new live action Beauty and the Beast movie, starring Emma Watson, especially since Disney revealed for the first time that one of the characters is openly gay. At first I was surprised that Disney would actually come out and say that one of their characters was gay. Conservative parents aren’t exactly eager to expose their children to LGBTQ+ content, so this decision could potentially hurt Disney’s ticket sales. But,trying to stay positive,  I decided to take this as a sign of progress in our society and a step towards accepting the LGBTQ+ community. But, before the movie came out in theaters, there were already tons of complaints and even a petition with over 58,000 signatures online to boycott the movie. When the movie finally came out I figured that the outrage would continue and possibly grow, but I was shocked when I really didn’t see that. After conducting a brief Google search, I was surprised that many people were downplaying the whole thing, even conservative websites! I hadn’t seen the movie, so I researched (i.e. Googled) further and found an article describing the character and the supposedly “gay moments” in the movie.

Here’s the link:  https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/What-Gay-Moment-Beauty-Beast-43273015 Continue reading “What?! A Gay Disney Character???”

The Color Purple, Children and Immigration

For years I’ve heard about the color Purple but never had the chance to read it. I generally love to read books and for my capstone project, I decide to read the color Purple. I will be writing a review but I wanted to mention my thoughts about the book. I love the book. It made me crying and oh the sisterhood in the color Purple is really true love between sisters. I love my sisters and we are close and I could not image being apart from them. The color Purple was written by Alice Walker the winner of the Pulitzer prize and winner of the National Book Ward. It’s no wondering Walker earn such big awards. The Color purple tells the story of two sisters living in a society dominated by men. One sister is living in Africa as a missionary and the other one living in the South. One of the sisters lives in fear and only survives. She says nothing she doesn’t fight back but one thing keeps her going her love of her sister. These sisters were loyal to each other across times, distance and silence. The color purple, in my opinion, has lots of feminists topics such as races, religion, and gender. I also watched the movie but I prefer the book. The movie had scenes in which I image but the book has deeper details that really describe how it was to be women of color in a society where men are dominant. Continue reading “The Color Purple, Children and Immigration”

The Presidential Handshake That Wasn’t, and What It Means

In case anyone has been avoiding the daily circus that is US politics and the media, allow me to summarize the situation. You might have seen the many internet memes referencing this moment even if you haven’t been paying attention:

It went like this: German Chancellor Angela Merkel traveled to the White House to meet with President Trump. As with any meeting between two world leaders, this was a highly publicized event with heavy media coverage. As President Trump and Chancellor Merkel sat side by side in the Oval Office surrounded by reporters taking pictures, the press asked Trump and Merkel to shake hands. Seeming at first as if Trump had not heard the request, the press asked a second time, and Merkel said to Trump, “I think they want us to shake hands”. The president sat there like this: Continue reading “The Presidential Handshake That Wasn’t, and What It Means”

Dealing with Anti-Feminists

I’d like to begin this week’s post with a story from spring break. Over the break, I worked at the petting zoo at the Nederland Heritage Festival. At one point, three little girls came in the zoo. They were asking which animals were the leaders of each group (the most dominent of each species). I told them about how Brownie (one of our female goats) was the leader of the goats. The three girls gasped and asked, “A girl is the boss!? How can a girl be the boss? Only boys are bosses.” I got really serious, bent down next to them and said, “Listen to me. ANY girl can be the boss. And if someone tells you different, don’t listen to them, because girls make awesome bosses.” Did I just contradict what their family had told them before? Maybe. But oh well. It makes me really upset to see children so young, thinking that they can never be leaders. That type of mindset can really limit them, when they should be able to grow and know that they have unlimited potential. Continue reading “Dealing with Anti-Feminists”

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