Dear boy who tweeted that “all feminists are the worst people”:

You probably don’t know this, but when the women’s rights movement–feminism–was gaining attention, the idea of gender equality really was threatening and undesirable to a lot of people. People wanted to stop this movement because they didn’t want women to have equal rights. One of the most effective, carefully calculated strategies to dissuade people from supporting this movement was to try and make the idea of feminism and feminists inherently unpleasant.

People in the media publicized these stigmas into our culture, broad stereotypes that would make people loathe to consider themselves feminists. They did this because they were threatened by the prospect of women gaining equal power.

You’re probably familiar with many of these stereotypes, and you endorsed quite a few of them in the ensuing twitter fight that followed after someone objected to your original tweet.

People were trained to believe that all feminists are:

–manly women who don’t shave or wear bras

–women who are extremely forceful and militant

–women who hate men

–women who are unfairly prejudiced to men. (You supported this directly with that picture you favorited that said, “all feminists be like, ‘all men are the offender and all women are the victim,’” though you should know that’s a narrow and sexist statement; it implies that masculinity makes everyone an insensitive brute and all women are weak and powerless–this is in fact the exact thing feminism is fighting against!)

—all feminists are women, men cannot be feminists.

Also, people perpetuated the stigma that women who consider themselves feminists are nothing but whiny, nagging shrews who can’t stop shouting about their opinions, which should then be disregarded because those holding the opinions aren’t ladylike enough in their presentation. This was something you relied on to discount the opinions of the people who disagreed with you. When you said, “I’ve had enough of you feminists now,” that was directly implied, and it was offensive.

Now. I don’t doubt that on a small, individual basis, you could find some people who do fit the stereotype. Of course. There are always people who take things to the extreme–though there’s not always anything wrong with that–and there are always people who are less than perfect representatives of the things they believe in. For example, there are many wonderful, good Christians. There are also people who live a totally different lifestyle because of their faith–again, there’s not a thing wrong with that–but it would just be incorrect to assume that everyone who considers themselves Christian lives like the Amish. However, I too can think of a few people who have done awful things in the name of Christianity, but this doesn’t mean I assume all Christians are bad. Similarly, just because there are women who live different lifestyles because they are view certain aspects of our culture as oppressive, this doesn’t mean everyone who’s a feminist does. In fact, the vast VAST majority does not. And maybe there are a few women who have done violent things or are unfairly biased towards all men, but this shouldn’t mean everyone assumes all feminists exhibit all these behaviors.

Really. Really and truly, the dictionary definition of feminism is, “the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” And that’s all it means. Equality. Not that women are superior and men should have less rights. Equality. It means advocating for gender equality.

Do any research and you’ll also discover that feminism is not just the “sexist, narrow, and one-sided” thing you thought it was. It advocates in many way for equality of men, who also have valid and very concerns in our society. Men too face body image pressure. They’re taught there’s only one way to be masculine. They’re called derogatory terms and compared to women if they like things like dancing or baking or fashion. Men in childcare professions and stay at home fathers are treated with less respect than women who hold these same jobs. And that’s just scratching the surface, but feminism is trying to end gender stigmas for everyone.

A feminist is anyone who supports gender equality. To be a feminist, you needn’t support everyone who has ever considered themselves a feminist. You don’t have to defend everything that has ever been done in the name of feminism. You can disagree with certain aspects of the feminism movement. But it means gender equality. Really. Believe me. And yes, men can be feminists. In fact, they should be. Everyone should be a feminist.

If you understand what feminism really is–supporting equal rights for men and women–and you maintain you are you are not a feminist, not only are you saying you DO NOT support gender equality, you’re reaffirming all the sexist stigmas of feminism that were initiated to scare people away from it. By saying you support gender equality but not “feminism”, you are perpetuating every stereotype that has historically–and still is–used to try to separate feminism from its actual meaning to dissuade women and men from pursuing their best interests while enforcing gender oppression. That’s why your first–and following–tweets specifically irritated me.

You don’t have to feel terribly affected by gender inequality in your day to day life. You don’t need to be particularly outspoken about it. You only have to believe that there should be equality. You don’t have to subscribe to anything. You just have to understand the problem. In fact, if I asked you, “do you believe women should have the right to vote?” “do you believe women should make the same amount of money as men for the same amount of work?” “do you think women should the same basic rights and freedoms as men?” and you said “yes,” then you ARE a feminist! And that’s something to be proud of, not ashamed of. Many well-known celebrities you probably look up to (both men and women!) are outspoken feminists.

I hate to go on and on. I bet you’re in many way a good person. I just wanted to correct some ignorance I’d seen going around.


A Feminist

anonymous asked:

I am also a teacher and I'm only a year older than A, but I'm telling you, she's breaking most of the rules that school administrators give teachers about SM. You have to be very, very careful since you're often held accountable for both what you say and what others say on your pages. Regardless of who she's supposedly dating, she needs to go private and stay there.

Oh I know.  I have family members and close friends who are teachers.  I also have a husband is in that kind of position (public profile) where social media is a no-no.  Unless she’s working on something else, she’s definitely breaking the rules. 

On Friday, we’ll be airing a very special episode of Sesame Street.

A hurricane has swept through Sesame Street and everyone is working together to clean up the neighborhood. When Big Bird checks on his home, he is heartbroken to find that the storm has destroyed his nest. Big Bird’s friends and neighbors gather to show their support and let him know they can fix his home, but it will take time. 

While everyone on Sesame Street spends the next few days cleaning up and making repairs, Big Bird still has moments where he is sad, angry, and confused. His friends help him cope with his emotions by talking about what happened, drawing pictures together, and giving him lots of hugs. They also comfort Big Bird by offering him temporary places he can eat, sleep, and play. Big Bird remembers all the good times he had at his nest and realizes that once it is rebuilt, there are more good times and memories to come. Finally the day has come where most of the repairs to Big Bird’s home are done and his nest is complete. As he is about to try it out, though, the city nest inspector says it not safe, yet, because the mud isn’t dry. Big Bird is sad that he has to wait another day, but Snuffy comes to the rescue and blows the nest dry and he passes the test! Big Bird thanks everyone for being his friend and helping to rebuild his nest and his home.

Please check your local listings to see what time the episode will air on PBS. (via

As we all know and are excited for, November is Native American Heritage Month! How do you plan on celebrating?

To embrace this time of year check your local PBS listings to view Native Stories such as “Standing Bear’s Footsteps”, “GRAB”, “Racing the Rez”, “Sun Kissed”, “Smokin’ Fish”, “The Thick Dark Fog” and “Barking Water”!

Jim Lehrer’s MacNeil / Lehrer Editorial Guidelines.

They are as follows:

Do nothing I cannot defend.
Cover, write, and present every story with the care I would want if the story were about me.
Assume there is at least one other side or version to every story.
Assume the viewer is as smart and as caring and as good a person as I am.
Assume the same about all people on whom I report.
Assume personal lives are a private matter until a legitimate turn in the story absolutely mandates otherwise.
Carefully separate opinion and analysis from straight news stories, and clearly label everything.
Do not use anonymous sources or blind quotes except on rare and monumental occasions.
No one should ever be allowed to attack another anonymously.
And finally, I am not in the entertainment business.


Jim Lehrer  (link to the news today)

(reposting our first ever Tumblr post. I think it is fitting ^TG)

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn is joining NPR!

It’s official: starting in April, Bullseye with Jesse Thorn will be distributed by National Public Radio! This is the culmination of months and months of meetings, negotiations and planning, and we’re so, so proud to make it public today. (And so, so proud of the sweet illustration that we just made (above).)

We’re excited to be joining forces with the big dogs in public radio, and excited that we’ll no longer have to spend like half of every conversation at every cocktail party explain the complicated square-rectangle relationship between “public radio” and “NPR.” (From now on, we can just be all, “yup, I do a show on NPR.” It’s gonna be great.)

We’ll be on the same team as our all-time favorites like Terry Gross and Brooke Gladstone, and our new jack favorites like Glynn Washington and Jad Abumrad. It’s an ideal situation.

If you’re a longstanding Bullseye listener, you’ve got nothing to worry about. The show will continue to be produce independently by, but now we’ll also have the cachet and manpower of NPR helping us to bring it to public radio stations around the country. Our hope is that this partnership will mean a better show, better guests and a bigger station lineup.

This is the next chapter in a story that started at my college radio station when I was 19. Twelve years later, I think our show is the best it’s ever been, and now we’re in position to take advantage of that fact.

As a great American once said… haters don’t be mad, ‘cause it’s all about progression… loiterers should be arrested.

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The cast of 30 Rock won’t stop until they all have a public radio show. First Alec Baldwin on WNYC, and now Tina Fey is host of The Kitchen Sister’s “The Hidden World of Girls.”

Groundbreaking writer, actress and comedian, Tina Fey comes to Public Radio to host The Hidden World of Girls, two new hour-long Specials inspired by the NPR series heard on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. From the dunes of the Sahara to a slumber party in Manhattan, from the dancehalls of Jamaica to a racetrack in Ramallah, Tina Fey takes us around the world into the secret life of girls and the women they become. Sound-rich, evocative, funny, and powerful–stories of coming of age, rituals and rites of passage, secret identities. Of women who crossed a line, blazed a trail, changed the tide. These specials are produced by Peabody Award-winning producers, The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva), in collaboration with NPR reporters and foreign correspondents, independent producers and listeners around the world.

More public media Tumblrs!

We’ve gotten requests in the past for links to other public media Tumblrs. We’ve re-blogged some other people’s lists before.

Now we’ve finally built our own list of links to other public media Tumblrs you could follow.

Check it out!

Public Radio Bracket Madness: Down to the Elite Eight

Who you got? All Things Considered v Radiolab; Fresh Air v Talk of the Nation; The Moth Radio Hour v Wait Wait; BBC Newshour v This American Life. 

Going to be tight. Voting’s here.

If I were a betting man, I’d go RadioLab v This American Life in the finals. And then… my head explodes. – Michael

Image: Public Radio Bracket Madness by Southern California Public Radio. Select to embiggen.

The Race to Save America’s Public Media History

A new archive is trying to digitize thousands of hours of tape from TV and radio stations across the country—before those tapes disintegrate…

Over the next three weeks, The Atlantic will take you on a tour of this collection of American history, captured as it unfolded, at radio and TV stations across the country. More

anonymous asked:

Will you please repost the list of all the other NPR tumblrs? I can't find it in your archives. Cheers!

This list of public media-related Tumblrs was curated by Teresa Gorman, who runs the NewsHour Tumblr. If there are any missing please let me know (mkramer AT whyy DOT org) and I’ll add.