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Feminism Around the World
BY AMBER PEACOCK
We talk a lot about feminism and equality and we get into what it all exactly means to us, but what does feminism and equality mean to other people from different areas of the world? What we know about feminism, is that everyone has their different opinions about it. Some think of it as women being superior to men, or hating males. Others think of it as being equal to men and wanting everything to be equal between a man and a woman. So, the question is, are other people’s opinions the same as ours? Or are they different? Let’s find out. We’re going to talk about feminist in these different areas of the world; London, Mexico, Columbia, and more. So, what do people think feminism mean from these areas. In London most believe, it’s someone who believes in the equality of both sexes. In Mexico most believe, it’s someone who believes and fights for equal rights. Sounds familiar to what we usually hear when we talk about feminism. But in some other places it can be different. In Columbia most believe, it’s someone who puts one gender above the other. But remember these are all just people’s opinions and different opinions are really good because we are all not supposed to think the same. If you are interested in learning more about what being a feminist means in different areas of the world, click on the video below!
"I’m NOT a Feminist"
BY: Amber Peacock
When you hear the word “feminist” what is the first thing that pops in your head? Most would say “Man haters”. A lot of women don’t want to be labeled as a feminist for that very reason. They don’t want other people, especially men, to see them as haters of the opposite gender. There are even groups who label themselves as anti-feminists. Also, most women who don’t want to be labeled as a “feminist” say “women aren’t better than men” and “We aren’t above men” but that is NOT what being a feminist means! Feminist is not about being superior or above men. It is not about hating men. It is simply about having equal rights such as equal pay for equal work between men and women. Feminism is “the advocacy of women's rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes” if you Support LGBT Rights, you believe you deserve to be paid the same amount as any man for the same job, or even believing in your right to birth control and abortion, you ARE a feminist! But whether you want to be labeled as a feminist or not is totally up to you, just know feminism is not a dirty word as some think it to be. If you want to learn more about this topic, click on the video below!
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The broadcastHER section aims to provide a feministic point of view on social and political issues. To be a feminist is not to think women are better, but rather an attempt to transcend from stereotypical gender roles. Intersecional Feminism accepts and fights for other social issues, many other people of color and the LGBTQIA community. We must "lift as we climb", as explained by Angela Davis
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Rosie The Riveter
Rosie the riveter, though she is a fictional character, she played a big part in the feminist movement. She represents all the women who worked throughout World Was 2. To this day this character is still so inspiring and is used to represent all the beautiful women in this world. This fictional female character is also an incredible reminder of the empowering women during the time of the war. Let’s never forget Rosie and the history behind her!
By Lizbeth Gutierrez
Why should women feel awkward if a tampon or pad falls out of their bag in public? Why should women secretively bring feminine products to the bathroom so they can change them during the day? Why should women feel uneasy talking about their periods out loud? The answer is we shouldn’t. I’m not saying you need to be freely walking around telling everyone how heavy your flow is this cycle, or parade around throwing tampons in the air, but don’t feel like you can’t if you want to. Don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed if a stranger sees the extra tampon in your bag. Don’t feel embarrassed when buying pads at the store and the employee ringing you up is a dude. Dudes need to know about periods, too. They don’t need to be as knowledgeable as women, necessarily, but they wouldn’t be in this world if it weren’t for periods, so why the heck should they blush at the sight of a tampon? I feel like today’s world make women to be embarrassed about their periods. When you start your period and you ask your friend for a feminine product you do it secretly and kind of scared and shy, when you give your friend the pad or tampon you hide it and try your best so other people don’t see it. I feel like us girls shouldn’t be ashamed of it because is part of being a woman. We should be more open about it, at least once in our life we had to have a jacket tied around our waist, and feeling insecure about wearing those white pants at the wrong time, we all have been in that position. We were taught to hide it, and not talk about it. I don’t like my period at all, but I’m not ashamed of it am not embarrassed to pull out a colorful pad or a tampon, I’m a woman and when this time of the month comes I’m not happy about it but I’m glad because It means that my body is working well.
Understanding the LGBTQ+ Community
By: Amber Peacock
First, let’s talk about what the acronym LGBTQ+ means.
Lesbian- is a woman who either emotionally or sexually attracted to other women.
Gay- is a term used to describe a person who is either emotionally or sexually to their own gender and is typically used to describe men
Bisexual- is a person is either emotionally or sexually attracted to more than one sex or gender
Transgender- is a person who identifies different from which they were born with
Queer- is an umbrella term that is typically used to refer to someone who identifies as a part of the community
Questioning- refers to people who are questioning their sexuality or gender
Intersex- refers to differences in biological sex and can also be related to being transgender.
Asexual- refers to people without any sexually feelings, desires or associations
Pansexual- refers to people who can be attracted to all different kind of people regardless their biological sex or gender identity
Ally- refers to people who are not a part of the community but support and love the community
With this comes a few more terms that can be tricky to understand but I’m going to break them down for you;
Gender Identity-a person's perception of having a particular gender, which may or may not correspond with their birth sex. (what you feel) and usually refers to intersex and transgender
Sexual Orientation-is an enduring pattern of romantic or sexual attraction to a person of the opposite sex or gender, the same sex or gender, or to both sexes or more than one gender. (who you love) and usually refers to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and asexuals
Biological Sex- the anatomy of an individual's reproductive system, and secondary sex characteristics (what you have)
Gender Expression- the way in which a person expresses their gender identity, typically through their appearance, dress, and behavior. (how you look and act)
If you would like to learn and understand more about the LGBTQ+ click on the video below!