feminist groups

Introduction to the National D.Va Association 안녕하세요! 전국디바협회입니다.

This is the Tumblr page of For D.Va (National D.Va Association). Nice to meet you all!

안녕하세요, 전국디바협회의 텀블러 페이지가 생성되었습니다! 여러분을 만나뵙게 되어 정말 기쁩니다.


- What is For D.Va? 전국디바협회가 무엇인가요?

For D.Va is a Korean feminist gamers’ group, which acts for a non-sexist world where a person like D.Va could appear.

전국디바협회는 한국인 페미니스트 게이머들의 모임으로, 디바와 같은 인물이 실제로 나타날 수 있는, 성평등한 세계를 만들기 위해 활동하고 있습니다.


- How did For D.Va appear? 전국디바협회는 어떻게 시작되었나요?

For D.Va (National D.Va Association) first started off as a feminist gamer group, gathered to voice our opinions about (currently suspended) President Park Geun Hye. After the President’s suspension, we decided not to disperse, but to keep fighting for gender equality.

전국디바협회는 박근혜 대통령에 대한 목소리를 내기 위해 모인 페미니스트 게이머들의 모임으로 시작되었습니다. 박근혜 대통령의 직무정지 이후, 전국디바협회는 해체하는 대신 성평등을 위해 계속 싸워나가기로 결정했습니다.


- Why is D.Va the mascot of For D.Va? 왜 디바를 마스코트로 사용하나요?

We all know that D.Va is a Korean Overwatch character, who is a woman yet thrives in the gaming world. The reason she became our mascot is because we thought that in a sexist country like ours, it would be impossible for a person like her to appear, especially after the case of Geguri. Geguri is a Korean woman progamer, who was accused of using hacks just because ‘it was impossible for women to play games that well’, which was, of course, false. So we decided to act for feminism under her emblem, so that in 2060, someone like D.Va could actually appear.

디바는 오버워치의 한국인 캐릭터로서, 여자임에도 불구하고 천재 프로게이머가 되었습니다. 그가 전국디바협회의 마스코트가 된 이유는, 만약 미래의 한국이 지금과 같이 성차별적인 국가라면 디바와 같은 사람이 등장하는 것은 불가능하기 때문입니다. 이는 게구리 선수의 사건이 증명합니다. 게구리 선수는 한국의 여성 프로게이머로서, 단순히 ‘여자는 저렇게 게임을 잘 할 수 없다’는 이유만으로 핵 사용 의심을 받았습니다. 이는 물론 거짓이었습니다. 따라서 전국디바협회는 디바를 우리의 마스코트로 삼아서, 그와 같은 사람이 실제로 나타날 수 있는 성평등한 2060년을 만들기 위해 페미니즘적인 활동을 하게 되었습니다.


- What does For D.Va do? 전국디바협회는 무엇을 하나요?

Aside from participating in marches and protests, we are currently running a feminist’s book club, which has a meeting around every two weeks. Also, we are planning a Women-only(Genderqueer not excluded) Overwatch competition. We are also coming up with ideas such as a feminist goods store, but that is still just an idea.

시위와 행진에 참여하는 것 이외에도, 전국디바협회는 페미니즘 독서 모임을 매 2주마다 가지고 있습니다. 또한, 전국디바협회는 여성 전용 (젠더퀴어 포함) 오버워치 경기를 기획하고 있습니다. 페미니즘 굿즈 스토어와 같은 아이디어도 구상중입니다.


Thank you for the attention!

관심 가져주셔서 감사합니다!


Link to For D.Va’s Twitter page 전국디바협회 트위터 페이지 링크 : https://twitter.com/for_diva_

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For Refinery29’s celebration of Black History Month we put together a list of Black men and women you ought to know. Their legacy in civil rights, feminism, and LGBTQ equality lives on today.

  1. Bayard Rustin — A leading Black figure in the civil rights movement and advisor to Martin Luther King, he was the architect of the 1963 March on Washington and was heavily involved in the first Freedom Rides. He was also gay and a registered communist who went to jail for his sexual orientation. Although widely heralded, he was attacked even by fellow activists for his faith in nonviolence, unapologetic queerness, and attention to income equality. President Obama honored Rustin posthumously with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.
  2. Combaheee River Collective — A seminal Black lesbian feminist group active from 1974-1980. Although officially short lived, its influence has been major. The group is best known for writing the Combaheee River Collective Statement, an important document in promoting the idea that social change must be intersectional — and that Black women’s needs were not being met by mainstream white feminism and therefore must strike out on their own. Members of the collective included Audre Lorde and…Chirlane McCray, now First Lady of New York City and author of the landmark essay “I Am a Lesbian,” published in Essence in 1979.
  3. John Carlos, Tommie Smith, and Peter Norman — The winners of the 1968 Mexico City Olympics 200 Meter Sprint. In one of the proudest and most political moments of sports history, John Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their leather-gloved fists in the Black Power salute. They wore black socks without shoes to represent black poverty and a scarf and necklace to symbolize “those individuals that were lynched, or killed and that no-one said a prayer for, that were hung and tarred. It was for those thrown off the side of the boats in the middle passage.”

    We also include in our list Peter Norman, the white Australian silver medalist from that ceremony, to commemorate his solidarity with the two Black athletes. White people are more than indebted to black history, and Norman is an excellent example of a white ally. Although he didn’t perform the black power salute, he publicly supported the duo without regard to personal safety or retribution. Norman was penalized for his alliance with Carlos and Smith and was never again allowed to compete in any Olympics despite repeatedly qualifying. Largely forgotten and barred from major sporting events, he became a gym teacher and worked at a butcher shop. At his funeral in 2006, John Carlos and Tommie Smith were his pallbearers.
  4. The Friendship Nine — This group of nine Black students from Friendship Junior College willingly went to jail without bail in 1961 after staging a sit-in at McCrory’s lunch counter in Rock Hill, South Carolina. They pioneered the civil rights strategy “Jail, No Bail,” which placed the financial burden for racist incarceration back on the state. They’re appreciated today for their bravery and strategic ingenuity. In 2015 their conviction was finally overturned and prosecutor Kevin Brackett personally apologized to the eight living members of the group.
  5. Barbara Jordan — A lawyer and politician, Barbara Jordan was the first Black woman elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction, the first southern Black woman to be elected as a US Senator, and the first Black woman to deliver a keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention. Her keynote address is widely considered the greatest of all time, aided by her charismatic and eloquent public speaking skills. She is also remembered as one of the leaders of the impeachment of Richard Nixon. We chose the above quote to illustrate her unique punchy sense of humor.
  6. Pauli Murray — This civil rights activist, feminist, and poet was a hugely successful lawyer who is also recognized as the first Black female Episcopal priest. Like many figures on this list, Murray was acutely aware of the complex relationship between race and gender, and referred to sexism as “Jane Crow,” comparing midcentury treatment of women to that of African Americans in the South. Although she graduated from Howard University first in her class, she was barred from enrolling as a postgraduate at Harvard because she was a woman. Instead, in 1965 she became the first African American to receive a JSD from Yale Law. Once armed with a law degree she became a formidable force in advancing feminist and civil rights. She is a cofounder of the National Organization for Women (NOW). She also identified as having an “inverted sex instinct,” which she used instead of “homosexual” to describe her complicated gender identity and lifelong attraction to women.

White feminism definitely needs to be criticized don’t get me wrong, but i kind of find it weird that people are dubbing the majority of white women voting for Trump in the US a failure of feminism. I highly doubt the women who voted for Trump are feminists… Trump was anti-feminist in every sense of the word. No feminist, no matter how white and liberal, would agree with his statements and actions. Just because someone is a woman doesn’t make her feminist and not all women have feminist issues at heart. The said, the outcome of the election is definitely shows that white women as a collective have more solidarity with white men than they do with WoC–and that they will literally vote against their own interests to preserve white supremacy.

Okay, here’s the problem with the idea that oppressed groups can “alienate allies” by not being nice enough:

You shouldn’t be an ally because oppressed groups are nice to you. You should be an ally because you believe that they deserve basic human rights. Hearing “I hate men” shouldn’t make men stop being feminist. Hearing
“fuck white people” shouldn’t make white people stop opposing racism.

Your opposition to oppression should be moral, and immovable. Your belief that all humans should be treated with equal respect shouldn’t be conditional based on whether or not individual people are nice to you. 

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These are the security checkpoints that protesters have blocked at inauguration
Based on Washington Post reporters on the scene, and social media reports, these are the checkpoints that appear to be impacted.

Based on Washington Post reporters on the scene, and social media reports, these are the checkpoints that appear to be impacted.

  • John Marshall Park, C and Fourth Streets NW: The checkpoint at this park has been blocked since around 8:30 a.m. due to Black Lives Matter and Showing Up For Racial Justice protesters. Officers are telling visitors that their best bet is to try another entry point.
  • 10th and E Streets NW: People are reportedly having trouble getting through the checkpoint. The protesters appear to be a feminist group advocating for reproductive healthcare and to protect women against sexual assault.
  • 13 and F streets NW: A group of Standing Rock protesters have reportedly chained themselves together in front of this security checkpoint, hindering access.

I want my friends to understand that being “sick of politics” is privilege in action. Your privilege allows you to live a non-political existence. Your wealth, your race, your abilities or your gender allows you to live a life in which you likely will not be a target of bigotry, attacks, deportation, or genocide. You don’t want to get political, you don’t want to fight because your life and safety are not at stake.

It’s hard and exhausting to bring up issues of oppression (aka “get political”). The fighting is tiring. I get it. Self-care is essential. But if you find politics annoying and you just want everyone to be nice, please know that people are literally fighting for their lives and safety. You might not see it, but that’s what privilege does.

- Kristen Tea

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++these quotes were chosen from conversions in the feminist group spawn of lilith, which began at new college of florida. thank you for your beautiful words and the endless support you’ve shown each other. here’s to you, spawn.++


lilith: a mother of all who refuse to fit within patriarchal molds. she is transcendent, powerful, autonomous. the mother of monsters. hear her children screech claw and roar 


to all the goddesses on here…life is hard


this is me declaring my positive intent to do better 


i know i am worth more than my productivity


you are constantly changing, dynamic, and lovely as ever


you are amazing and your heart is so big


I think its a Misogyny thing and also I’ll fight them


your beauty comes from everything about you


may my thighs crush those standards ??? may my shoulders smash ur ideals ?????


they underestimate the strength we build when we choose to live despite and with those injuries


the weight of their actions is heavy but it’s not your burden, it’s theirs


know that you’re cultivating your strength


you are all these things before you are small


you have taught me so much about strength and perseverance and forgiveness and whimsy

10 Fascinating Facts about Virginia Woolf

1. While still in the nursery, she was nicknamed “The Goat.” Was it because of her long face?

2. For a time, Woolf wrote while standing at a desk 3’6″ tall because she wanted to be like a painter who could instantly step away from her canvas to get a better view.

3. Woolf first tried to kill herself at the age of 22 by jumping out of a window. The window she jumped from, however, was not high enough to cause serious harm.  Woolf once said that her death would be the “one experience I shall never describe.”

4. For a summer, she went mad believing that the birds were chirping in Greek and King Edward VII was uttering curses from behind nearby shrubbery.

5. For a time, Woolf considered marrying the British writer and fellow Bloomsbury Group-member Lytton Strachey, partially because he was a homosexual and she considered him more of a brother than a sexual partner. At the age of 27, Woolf admitted to being afraid of sex. Later on in life, she confessed to having a lesbian affair, after Virginia Woolf met fellow writer Vita Sackville-West in the early 1920s, the two women began a romantic affair that lasted for a number of years.Virginia and Vita first met at a dinner party in 1922. After learning that Vita was a writer, Virginia invited her to publish a novel with her small press, Hogarth Press. 

6. Woolf read and wrote compulsively to compensate for the fact that she lacked what she called “a real education,” meaning a university degree.

7. During the height of World War II, when it looked as if the Nazis would win, Woolf and her husband, Leonard, considered committing suicide via poisoning themselves with car exhaust. The couple kept a sufficient amount of petrol in their garage just in case.

8. Woolf struggled with anorexia, believing that her body was monstrous, and that her mouth and stomach were sordid in their demand for food.

9. Woolf spent three hours every day writing in a shed in the garden. She wrote Mrs. Dalloway in large notebooks that she hand bound herself through the printing press she ran with her husband, Leonard. The book was originally called The Hours.

10. Leonard, who was Jewish, was certainly in danger of being captured by the Nazis, and the couple’s London home had been destroyed during the Blitz. These seemingly insurmountable facts motivated Woolf’s decision to, on March 28, 1941, pull on her overcoat, walk out into the River Ouse and fill her pockets with stones. As she waded into the water, the stream took her with it. The authorities found her some three weeks later.

Virginia Woolf 25 January 1882 -  28 March 1941

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I’ve been watching the film She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (it’s on Netflix), a documentary about women’s rights movements in the sixties and seventies. It’s really good but my favorite part so far is the brief mention of the WITCH movement, which I hadn't heard of until now. 

Some feminist groups in the sixties and seventies called themselves “Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell (WITCH)” They pretended to hex misogynists… it seems amazing but they only stayed around for about two years.

Can we bring this back please?

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  • What she says: I'm fine.
  • What she means: Conceptually, Pitch Perfect has enormous feminist potential. Women's a cappella is deeply underrecognized and unappreciated as it is, even at the local level when compared to all-male & co-ed groups. However, the improvements made to the Bellas uprooted the group's feminist tradition. Efforts to modernize and better themselves isn't anti-feminist of course but they did so by starting for the first time to arrange and perform pieces by men. This perpetuates the ancient idea that musicians who are women are boring and inadequate. To continue with this theme, the only reason Chloe got nodes was so that her singing voice would drop and add bass to the group where it would not have been, perpetuating inadequacy in women's voice. Becca also admittedly didn't have many female friends before the Bella's but grew to love them at the end of the first film... after they had acquired qualities of men. I shouldn't even have to mention the rampant queer baiting with the whole Bloe ordeal, as the two main characters are canonly bisexual via the producers but there's no evidence of that besides the chemistry planted between Becca and Chloe onscreen to attract queer women viewers, an incredibly powerful fanbase. Finally, the only black women is a lesbian and exists only to perpetuate negative stereotypes about black women and predatory attributes about lesbians. Yet the baited audience-- young feminists and queer women-- are so starved that we watch it anyway and are told we should be thankful for movies like this.

Yall realise feminism is nothing more than the fight for true equality for all people right? There are just a lot more rights that need to be given to women for that equality than there are to men, hence why it’s named so. Yes, there are some people who use it as an excuse to put women above men, to hate men, and who don’t include lgbtq or non-white people in their cause - but these people are NOT the cause. These are simply individuals with different (wrong) views. The same happens in every major group, such as religion - every religion has people who pervert the teachings to suit them so that they can justify their terrorism. Feminism isn’t a bad thing - people who pervert feminism to suit themselves are a bad thing. Don’t call yourself an anti-feminist because of these people. Be proud to call yourself a feminist, embody the actual beliefs of the movement and show everyone what a true feminist is!

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