The male birth control shot is cheap, effective, and administered in a relatively painless 15 minute outpatient procedure and has been in existence for 25 years… 25 years?? 25 years of testing and we have not heard about it until now…

I think that the reason it has taken so long for this shot to make real progress in the Western world is the patriarchy and, surprise!, the special interests of the drug companies.

Drug companies want something they can sell repeatedly. This shot is a one stop shop — once the patient gets it they never have to get it again. In theory, if one age group of men all got it, there would be years before there would be another large group of men in need of it. So they continue to push Viagra and focus on women’s birth control, of which there are a dozen varieties all in need of multiple doses. Also, the drug would not make them much money if it costs less than the syringe it’s delivered in. Many experts say that this drug would make a huge difference for young families living in poverty — if they can limit the size of their family, they have a better chance of getting ahead. Drug companies are not interested in selling one-time use drugs for the sake of charity and The Greater Good. Drug companies want to make money.

6

I’m not gonna do my whole head just yet, but I wanted to share with you guys some hair dying tips in case anyone is thinking of dying their hair for the first time like I am! (The white stuff in the bowl is conditioner that you mix your dye of choice into)

For more tips and the source of where I got these photos, visit

feminspire.com

Hope this helps, please enjoy!

“How unfortunate is it that my parents had to literally force me to wear beautiful parts of my culture because I was afraid of being ostracized, but Selena Gomez can take aspects of the clothing I grew up with and make money off of them? How unfortunate is it that South Asian immigrants and South Asian Americans are Otherized every single day for the way they look, talk, and dress, but Urban Outfitters continues to commodify and make a profit off the sale of bindis – as made popular by American pop stars?
 [..] My bindi is not a way for you to present yourself as being friendly to South Asian culture while exotifying it. My bindi is from my mother, put in my drawer because it is another mark of my internalized Otherness, on top of my brown skin. My bindi is tainted by Western celebrities trying to be “cultural” or “bohemian” or “tribal.” My bindi is not just a piece of plastic, my bindi is not for sale, and my bindi is not for you.”

— Anisha Ahuja, “Selena Gomez, What Are You Doing?” (feminspire.com)

Then I found feminism: the validation I needed to keep on screaming. I brawled against brutality in the name of women everywhere who were battered by verbal abuse. My sisters in solidarity understood my anger: they, too, were hurting and the pain we shared buoyed my bitterness. But it didn’t make me feel better. Now that I had a flag to wave as I belted out my battle cries, I was even angrier at my aggressor. It wasn’t fair, I shrieked, to be robbed of peace without penance. Someone had to pay. I demanded retribution until I went hoarse. Only then did I begin to hear myself clearly.

This was not feminism. This was not justice. This was not the path to peace. This was me, repeating the sins of my father in a higher pitched voice; this was glorified abuse.

Violence is defined as the exercise of extreme force: the imposition of one’s will on another. Thus, while I correctly identified the verbal assaults in my home as violence, I also became its bride, pinning its name to mine, paradoxically calling myself a peacemaker.

[…]

Paolo Freire writes, “In order for [the struggle for humanization] to have meaning, the oppressed must not, in seeking to regain their humanity (which is a way to create it), become in turn oppressors of the oppressors, but rather restorers of the humanity of both.” This, I now believe, is what Williamson was getting at when she encouraged the suffering to pray for those who have done them wrong. Anger, hatred, and bitterness can only ever breed more of the same; I was living proof. No amount of screaming could slake my thirst for “justice”; I wanted revenge, at any cost, and I ended up paying with my life, my integrity, and my values. No longer the victim of my abuser, I was the victim of myself, my peace seeking heart mired in an endless war.

—  Rachael Kay Albers, “Should I Pray For My Abuser? Reconciling Feminism and Forgiveness” - Feminspire.com
3. What they say: He robbed a convenience store. He was resisting or fighting with the officer. He smoked marijuana. He can’t possibly be a victim because he wasn’t innocent.

What they mean:

  • Black men deserve to die if they rob a few dollars worth of goods from a store.
  • Black men deserve to die even if they have their hands up.
  • Black men deserve to die if they resist arrest or defend themselves.
  • Black men deserve to die even if the gun they are holding is just a toy.
  • Black men deserve to die even if they are unarmed and doing normal things that white people do.
  • Black men deserve to die.

Read: 5 things white people say about Ferguson, and what they REALLY mean…

I’m sick of people alleging that being pro-choice means we’re all baby-killers. I’m sick of people saying that they don’t want their taxpayer dollars going towards subsidizing birth control because women should just keep their legs closed. I’m sick of people telling me that feminism doesn’t matter, that because I’m a feminist I must hate men, that because I support the right of two consenting adults to marry each other regardless of their biological sex I am anti-family and that I have no values. I’m sick of seeing people of color marginalized. I’m sick of seeing women objectified. I’m sick of seeing my LGBTQ friends targeted for humiliation and terrible abuse. I’m sick of people telling me that my generation is lazy and worthless. I’m sick of hearing that we can’t make a difference just because the unknown speaker can’t think of a way to make a difference.

I am frustrated. There have been several days that I have felt overwhelmed – Feminist Exhaustion.

—  Savannah Thomas, On Suffering From Feminist Exhaustion Syndrome on Feminspire.com
He enslaved, tortured, infected, and murdered the indigenous people. Those who didn’t die from the many diseases he introduced to them, he sent as slaves back to Europe. And those that couldn’t fit on his ships, he enslaved on the islands in the newly-built colonies. This is what we honor when we celebrate Columbus Day. Genocide. He committed genocide. He’s no different than any of the genocidal dictators we do hear about in school, so what separates him from the rest of the pack?
—  Alisse Desrosiers, “On Rethinking Columbus Day,” via Feminspire.com
Trans people are also often excluded from many of the biggest social justice movements. The history of feminism is riddled with transphobia. One high-profile example is the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, which only allows women who were born women to attend. The festival is intended to be a safe space for women, and the organizers have claimed that women born biologically male have a fundamentally different life experience. This, of course, is ridiculous. Being born biologically female does not guarantee one the same life experience. Race, class, education, disability–all of these things contribute to a fundamentally different life experience. The idea behind a female safe space is not to have a homogenous group, but to allow women to come together free of male privilege. There have also been instances of transphobia among the gay community, despite the fact that trans people are often lumped in with gay people–even though one can be trans and gay or trans and straight and everything in between.

image

When my husband and I decided to get married, I had a lot of inner turmoil about changing my last name. I had always planned on changing it- aside from it being what women traditionally do when they get married, I never felt attached to my name, and hated having one that was impossible to pronounce correctly. Yet anytime I would have the thought process of “I’ll definitely take his last name, it’s a good name and it will be the easiest thing to do since it is what’s generally expected” my mind would scream at me “NO! No! This isn’t right!”.  I don’t have any judgement toward anyone going the traditional route, the beauty in it is that we have the right to choose, but the more I thought about it the more I realized why I was rebelling against it.

Read more at Feminspire.com

Could Gun Laws In Australia Be An Example For The US?

In light of the recent news coverage of tragic gun crimes in America, it might be time to look to the gun laws in Australia for an example of the successful implementation of gun control laws.

The first hint of bringing in our strict gun laws followed the tragic deaths of 35 people, in an event now known as the Port Arthur Massacre. This was the first time the discourse about gun control was entirely open, even though 112 people had been murdered in 11 separate incidents of mass shootings in the ten years prior to Port Arthur.

The Port Arthur Massacre occurred on April 28, 1996. By May 10, all state representatives had decided on one course of action: restricting gun ownership, and encouraging a country-wide gun buyback scheme that was put in place on October 1. Prior to this, gun laws in Australia had been quite similar to those currently implemented in the US – most citizens, should they choose, were capable of having their own guns for personal use.

Read more on Feminspire.com

image

1. Work efficiently.

2. Combine activities.

3. Plan when you’re going to do things.

4. Stop procrastinating.

5. Turn off the internet when you don’t need the internet.

6. Don’t sweat it.

7. Don’t overbook!

8. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

9. Break everything up into pieces.

10. Accept that sometimes things will suck.


Read the advice on Feminspire.com!

The New Trend of Female Football Players

image

When a woman finds her way into a stereotypical “men’s” activity and is recognized for her legitimate involvement, a phrase is often tossed out, maybe as a protective arm is swung over her shoulder: “She’s just one of the guys!” But if role models like April Goss and Erin DiMeglio start a trend, hopefully one day soon women can remain one of the girls, even among male peers.

Goss and DiMeglio are female football players, two of only a handful of women in the history of high school, college and professional sports to see gender lines cross on the football field. Goss is a backup kicker for Kent State University and kicked for her Pennsylvania high school as a junior and senior. Ohio’s Akron Beacon Journal reports that Goss is the first women to try out for Kent State in school history, much less make it as a walk-on.

“[I’ve gotten some] weird looks and some whispering, but that’s something you just have to block out,” Goss said in an April 2012 article. “If you really want to do something, nothing else matters.”

Read the rest at Feminspire.com!

Granting same-sex couples the same rights as married couples but stopping short of calling these unions “marriage” echoes “separate but equal,” and history has taught us that that is not the way to eliminate prejudice. Sadly, racism still exists despite integration, but integration was the beginning of racism’s end. Now, it’s time to take that first step regarding the rights of the LGBT community. By denying same-sex couples the same rights under the same name, we are perpetuating the idea that they are “other,” undeserving of the same respect as heterosexual couples and families. Homophobia will not magically disappear once all states legalize gay marriage, but it will send the message that homophobia is not okay.

image

Hi, my name is Chazza Chalrinho and I’m a 19 year old girl with a shameful secret.  I’m a One Direction fan. I dance around to their songs with frankly dangerous enthusiasm, and I have to be dragged out of shops occasionally or else I alarm shop assistants by laughing at the band’s merchandise.  I am not alone in this. They have nine million likes on Facebook, each band member has roughly 5 or 6 million Twitter followers, and hardly a day goes by without hearing about their latest “scandal” in the media. The fans are called Directioners, comprising mostly teenaged girls. They don’t have a reputation for being the calmest fandom out there by any stretch, but you definitely can’t fault them for dedication. Whilst watching them screaming at One Direction events there’s a striking similarity that has hit many. Maybe we’ve seen this a few times before: Elvis, The Beatles, and The Backstreet Boys. These bands might not be comparable by their music but they are comparable by their droves of screaming teenagers. So what is it that draws young women to boy bands, and is it necessarily a bad thing?

Read more on Feminspire.com

image

As many flocked to beaches and warm getaways to soak up the last long weekend of summer, 15,000 reporters traveled home this Labor Day weekend after covering the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fl. Articles, photos, blog posts, social media blasts, newscasts and more poured from almost every news outlet Aug. 27-30, keeping the world informed of every campaign promise, faux pas, celebrity appearance and guest speaker the Republican Party presented to voters.

Though Nielson ratings show more Americans were watching “Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo” than RNC coverage, the November election will affect even the most disinterested U.S. citizens, with issues such as health care, immigration, gay marriage, U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, and more on the table.

Where the presidential candidates side on issues of women’s rights has also been in the media spotlight. 2012 marks the 92nd year women have had the right to vote, and according to 2010 census data, women are taking full advantage of the 19th Amendment. In the November 2008 presidential election, of the 225,499 thousand citizens age 18 and older that voted, 116,525 were women, more than 8,000 more votes then men cast.

Despite the prominence of women’s rights issues on the table this election cycle, a study released by the Women’s Media Center shows that during the general election period, or April 16- Aug. 25, 72 percent of election bylines were men’s names.

Read more on Feminspire.com

Global Feminism and Abandoning the White Woman’s Savior Complex

The question that everybody seems to be asking these days is “What is feminism, exactly?” Bloggers are arguing whether or not feminism means women can now “have it all.” Men’s rights activists (MRAs) want to know why a movement for equality calls itself “FEMinism.” Older feminists want to know if this is still the “Third Wave,” or if we’ve entered another wave altogether. Movements for racial equality wonder whether feminism can ever escape its white woman savior complex. Internet users argue whether radical feminists can represent feminism as a whole. Personally, I think we’re all a little lost and confused.  

In an attempt to clear things up, many books on the topic of modern feminism have been written, one of them being Julie Zeilinger’s recent A Little F’ed Up: Why Feminism Is Not A Dirty Word, the latest attempt in answering the “What is feminism, exactly?” question. A Little F’ed Up is a very brief introduction to feminism for people who may be reluctant to accept the feminist identity. Though the book is an accessible introduction to feminism, I take issue with many of Zeilinger’s assertions about what modern feminism represents.

Zeilinger characterizes modern (read: Western) feminism as a fight against “subtler” issues of sexism, and credits issues like honor killings and female infanticide for her feminist awakening. If your understanding of feminism is coming from A Little F’ed Up, then you might think that modern feminism is all about fighting sexual harassment, slut-shaming, and mean girls. In developed countries, most of our “real work” is done. Laws have been changed, equal opportunity abounds, and Hilary Clinton shattered the glass ceiling; all we have to do now is worry about all those poor women who haven’t been blessed by being born into a “developed” country. You know, those women who get married at age 8, who get acid thrown at their faces when they look at men and whose female babies have gone missing thanks to sex-selective abortion.

Read more at Feminspire.com