There are so many wonderful articles being written daily that share important news and perspectives on the feminist experience. Here are 7 of my favourite articles from this week.
Seven Facts About Gender You Should Know
Brynn Tannehill shares 7 important facts about Gender as it relates to transgender and gender non-conforming people, and the feminist movement in this article. A great reminder of the importance of intersectional feminism and some fascinating historical details about the history of gender expression. My favourite takeaway: “Just because you don’t understand something doesn’t invalidate it.”
Think there aren't qualified women in tech? Here are 1,000 names. No more excuses.
I love this article from Melanie Ehrenkranz that provides a growing and interactive list of over a thousand qualified women in Tech who are willing to speak on panels. The lack of female representation on panels is an endemic problem in STEM and it’s essential that it is resolved. I particularly appreciate this quote “Panel organizers need to make a more concerted effort to diversify their experts. Male panelists need to look at their fellow panelists and, if they notice it's exclusively white men, make space for more voices. We're not always going to do the work for you.”
Bonobos Use the Power of Female Friendship to Overthrow Male Hierarchy
In one of my favourite articles from the week, Aimee Knight writes about the societal structure of bonobo apes, through the perspective of Darwinian Feminist Dr. Amy Parish. I’ve jokingly coined this Shine Theory for Apes, but it’s a fascinating look at how female Bonobos interact with each other, and with males. Favourite quote: “We can talk about how human feminism has succeeded, and the long road in front of us, but I'd say the glass is 60 percent full for humans and 99.9 percent full for bonobos.”
Brides in India have been given paddles to beat their abusive husbands
This article, by Emily Baker, is a difficult but necessary read. It shares information about the rise of domestic violence in India, which many believe to be fuelled by systemic alcohol abuse. While it’s important that India and the global community recognize the reality of domestic violence in the lives of women, it is my opinion that giving women weapons to fend off abusive behaviour and attacks is a failure by the government to address the deeper, underlying issues.
Matt McGorry finally understands his place in the feminist movement
In this article, Claire Lampen writes about actor Matt McGorry’s (Orange is the New Black, How to Get Away with Murder) realization of his place in the feminist movement. This is a great article that shares how men can be involved in intersectional feminism in a way that is respectful and impactful. I particularly love this quote: "As a man who's never experienced institutionalized sexism, it's not my place to be telling women, you know, what they should and shouldn't be doing in regards to feminism," he added. "But I can tell men that and I often do now.”
Fighting Early Marriage: Bangladeshi girl to receive US award
This article tells the story of Sharmin Akter, who was just 15 when her mother arranged her marriage with a man decades older than her. Sharmin stood up for herself, refused to be wed, and fought for her right to an education. She is now in high school, studying to become a lawyer, and is the recipient of The Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award.
The Pleasure Dome: A New Column Will Explore the Intersection of Pleasure and Feminism.
This article, the first in a new column by Adrienne Maree Brown, explores the relation of erotic pleasure within the feminist movement. I'm looking forward to the continuation of this discussion. My favourite quote: "I think there is a fertile ground for learning how we align pleasure with our values, decolonize our bodies and longings, and get into a practice of saying “yes” together, deriving our collective power from our felt sense of pleasure."