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Raichō Hiratsuka (1886-1971) was a pioneering Japanese feminist, in addition to being a writer, journalist, and political activist. Her first endeavor in this sense was the creation of an all-female magazine called Seitō which promoted a women’s spiritual revolution, and discussed sensitive issues such as sexuality and abortion with frankness.

In 1920 she founded the New Women’s Association, and it was thanks to the efforts of this group that Japan overturned a law that banned women from politics. She rejected the conventional idea of women as wives and mothers, and strived to obtain greater freedom for them to pursue their desired careers.

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NYPD Looking for Hate-Crime Attacker of Transgender Woman
The assailant, pictured above, allegedly called the transgender subway passenger a man before punching her in the face.

Police in New York City are looking for a woman in a pink scarf who attacked a transgender woman in a packed subway car. Jennifer Louise Lopez, 37, tells The Advocate that on January 30, she was punched in the face and required emergency surgery on her eye following the attack. Lopez, who is the executive director of Everything Transgender in NYC, was riding the uptown D train to 125th Street when a woman confronted her.

“I simply sat down on a subway seat, and she obviously didn’t like it,” Lopez tells The Advocate. “I had my back to her. She was taking up half the seat, sitting by the window. Her first words to me were ‘Get the fuck up!’ in a very aggressive manner.” Lopez responded, and that’s when the woman stood up, loudly questioned her gender identity, and punched her in the face, according to New York City TV station WNBC.

In an interview with New York City cable station NY1 News, Lopez described the attack: “She spun around and said 'Oh, you’re a man’, as soon as she said that she took a swing at me.”

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Today two other students and I stayed an hour longer in school to talk with a teacher about women rights, sexism etc. The conversation started after he made a joke about women being aesthetic objects, he is a really nice teacher and we knew that he was joking and didn’t say this to hurt us, we still corrected him and told him about the current amount of sexist jokes, the struggles of being a woman in our society, how we not only fight for woman rights but also for refugees and against homophobia, racism, transphobia and other things. There were a couple of things he was really shocked about, these things are also the reason why I am writing this. Apparently the amount of sexist jokes, catcalling and discrimination against woman were really surprising for him.

Now I want to prove something.

Please reblog this if:

• You ever were discriminated for being a woman.
• You get catcalled often.
• You ever felt like you couldn’t wear, use, do stereotypical girl things, because you wanted to be taken seriously.
• Sexist jokes make you feel uncomfortable and people in you familiar surroundings still tell them.
• You ever were insulted because you are a woman.
• People ever made fun of you because you “acted like a girl”.
• You ever were told not to wear this because “what would your father, uncle, teacher, etc., think.
• You ever were told not to do this because it is not ladylike.
• You had similar experiences

And write in the tags where you come from.

Because I am a woman and I want equality!

thestranger.com
Guest Editorial: Young Women Don't Owe Clinton
I'm a feminist of a certain age. I earned degrees in math and computer science before STEM was a term, and I have made my career in technology. During the years when feminism was a dirty word, I used it frequently. When Hillary Clinton ran in 2008, I enthusiastically supported her. My husband reminds me that when he first supported Obama, I snarled, “Must women, who are not even a minority, be the last to...

“Those young feminists who support Sanders are not naive or disloyal. They are building a new world, and they are demanding a new politics that invites everyone to play. They are, in fact, doing exactly what we feminists of a certain age once wished for our daughters: thinking for themselves, unburdened by gender.”

I encourage everyone to read this. 

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In One Perfect Quote, J Law Reveals Why She'll Never Be a Republican
That's that.
By Mic

One of the occasions on which Van Meter met with Lawrence happened to coincide with the day Kim Davis was released from jail, on Sept. 8. The notorious Kentucky country clerk was detained after she refused to administer marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite the Supreme Court’s June vote that ultimately legalized same-sex marriage across the United States.

Lawrence said Davis was a “lady who makes me embarrassed to be from Kentucky.”

“Don’t even say her name in this house, all those people holding their crucifixes, which may as well be pitchforks, thinking they’re fighting the good fight,” Lawrence told Vogue. “I grew up in Kentucky. I know how they are.”

#todayin: misogyny: “Male violence against women is always justified as retaliation” @feministcurrent

She cheated, y’all. Before you start making any judgment calls, let’s take a moment to remember that she cheated! That seems to be the reaction of many people to the video of a man forcing a woman, who he just assaulted, to parade the streets in broad daylight wearing only a towel. As she does this, he berates her with an interminable list of sexist slurs and eventually, he pulls off her towel. The woman tries to cover herself with her hands and the cover of a motorcycle.

The video has been publicized enough so it won’t be linked here. What is worth addressing, though, is the public reaction to the video. Some seemed to revel in the humiliation that the young woman in the video experiences. The perpetrator, Jason Melo, has received countless supportive statements on social media (and gained about 10,000 new followers on Instagram), many of which were a response to the dozens of videos he posted justifying his actions. According to him, this abuse was a response to “her cheating” and, in true perpetrator lingo, “she is lucky it wasn’t worse.”

Male violence against women is always justified as retaliation – often to womanhood itself. Whether a woman cheats, and with how many men, isn’t the point. “She cheated” is no different than “the dinner was cold” or “you are getting fat” when it comes to excuses for violence against women. It simply makes us even more accepting of the abuser’s narrative.

The man behind the video was arrested and then released, now pending trial. Melo, a United Nations employee from Harlem, was arraigned on the evening of January 20th on charges of choking, endangering the welfare of a child, coercion, and assault. He is due in court on February 10th. The woman in the video describes being threatened and forcibly confined. Eventually Melo turned himself in, but not before leaving an extensive trail of abuse on social media.

- Raquel Rosario Sanchez from Feminist Current:On viral abuse and the public humiliation of women (rest on link).
Picture: Jason Melo, 24, is accused of beating and choking his 22-year-old girlfriend (pictured) in their W. 142nd St. apartment in front of her 3-month-old daughter before forcing the woman to walk naked in the cold.

RE: The establishment attacks on female Bernie Sanders supporters


In recent days and weeks the attacks against female Sanders supporters have grown, most notably those from former Bill Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and feminist activist Gloria Steinem.
At a Hilary Clinton rally, Albright claimed “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other” so apparently female voters should put the gender of the candidate ahead of any policy position and according to that logic women should also support Republicans Carly Fiorina and Michelle Bachmann. To suggest that women are somehow betraying their gender by putting a candidate’s policies ahead of the candidate’s gender should be offensive to all women, not just those who are supportive of Bernie Sanders.
Comments made by Gloria Steinem on Real Time with Bill Maher also caught the attention of the media. She suggested that young women were flocking to the Sanders campaign, not because they agree with his policy stances but because “when you’re younger you think ‘where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie’”. Steinem obviously thinks very little of young politically active women if she believes that they are not putting policy ahead of having a female nominee but putting boys ahead of having a female nominee.
It is true is true that the United States is behind most of the Western world in terms of women in elected office and especially women heads of government, but it does also matter who that woman is, Margret Thatcher for example may have been Britain’s first and only female Prime Minister but at what cost? Yes Hilary Clinton is significantly better than all of the candidates still remaining on the Republican side, especially on social issues, but Bernie Sanders is the far more progressive choice. If Democratic voters want a candidate who will be tough on Wall Street, who will do something to tackle campaign finance, who won’t drag America into more unnecessary wars and run the executive branch in favour of the working and middle classes instead of the rich as well as defending LGBT+ rights and a woman’s right to choose, Bernie Sanders is the right candidate.
What it comes down to is what matters more, having a female President or having a progressive President? I would say the answer to that question is an easy one.

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“Around the world, people who leave the faith of Islam face state persecution, imprisonment, torture, and even execution, as well as violence, death threats, and ostracization from their own communities.

Many ex-Muslims risk so-called honor killing, forced marriage, kidnap, and communal violence at the hands of their families for “bringing shame” on their community. In Western countries, ex-Muslims are often thrown out of the family and face isolation and exclusion.

VICE News has gained access to an underground network in London who help rescue ex-Muslims. We follow the network as it helps a young atheist escape Saudi Arabia and Turkey, and provides support and shelter for young British people on the run from their families and communities.”

(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1lnxUXWGgE)

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Bernie: Our Feminist Future
As a feminist, I often cross paths with people who assume I’m voting for Hillary. Now, although I believe Hillary Clinton is a good woman (a GREAT woman compared to any of the horrendous options on the GOP ticket), I believe even more that Bernie Sanders is what our country needs.
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“I will not apologize for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have my body in an underwear but not be okay with a small leak.”

Rupi Kaur’s photo of a fully clothed woman lying in bed with a period stain on her clothes and sheets was deleted twice by Instagram. Instagram’s guidelines prohibit nudity, sexual acts and violence — none of which are shown in Kaur’s photo. 

The photo is one of many on her website, which show various situations that all women experience during their menstrual cycle — cramps, changing pads, spots of blood. Kaur’s project aims to take these image, which are natural to women, but taboo to society, and “make them "normal” again.“

Learn more about Kaur’s story here.

Why you're still a Feminist if you vote for Bernie and not Hillary:

As a Feminist, I felt like I needed to make this post!

Here’s why you’re still a feminist if you do not vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election: 

You aren’t saying, “Hillary can’t have this job BECAUSE she’s a woman.” 

You are saying, “Hillary can’t have this job BECAUSE she isn’t fit to fill this position.” 

It has NOTHING to do with her being a female/woman. She exercising her right as a woman in the USA to run for President. She is not being stripped of her rights as a woman/person if she does not get your vote.  

Hillary has caught the eye of many feminist voters all over the USA and they need to look beyond the statement of her being the first female president.
  
The USA is much bigger than that.

There will be more women who will run for president. I might run for president. 

Hillary is also not very interested in women’s rights. Hillary represents the top one percent. She is backed by large corporations.

Hillary is not in the interest of the people, 

Let alone the women of America.

You are still a feminist because you are not judging Hillary’s capability of being President by her gender/sex. 

Vote wisely. Feel the Bern!