Panels, Parties, and Progressive Politics: Netroots Nation 2014

As I previously mentioned, the Feminist Feline won a scholarship to attend Netroots Nation in Detroit. The conference took place last weekend and it was an amazing experience.

When I first landed in Detroit, I can’t say I was all that excited. I did not know anyone and I had no idea what to expect. Also, I hadn’t seen my roommate in over a week and just wanted to snuggle with her and watch chick flicks on Netflix. Luckily, my attitude quickly changed.

I did not realize how huge Netroots Nation is. Over 3000 progressive activists, bloggers, and leaders attend each year. And believe me when I say that everyone important is there. In addition to keynote speeches by Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, panels were led by Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas, Sally Kohn, Zerlina Maxwell, and Krystal Ball, among other big names. These are my top 5 favorite moments:

1. Protesting the water shut-offs with Mark Ruffalo

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To help curb Detroit’s bankruptcy, the city government has recently decided to shut off the water of people who haven’t been paying their water bills. National Nurses United organized a protest against the shut-offs because shutting off people’s water is … Read more

It’s Going Down. I’m Yelling Tinder.

This post was originally published in The Rival DC: GW’s Alternative Source for Alternative News.

Tinder is a weird place. Accidentally swiping left on an attractive person is equivalent to a death sentence – and accidentally swiping right on a not-so-attractive person is even worse.

Tinder is also a place where humanity dies. Guys think they’re anonymous and say some of the most offensive, sexist things.

This past weekend, I attended Netroots Nation, a progressive conference in Detroit. One of the panels I attended was titled “Daring to Internet While Female,” which discussed online harassment, bullying, and threats that many women face on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites. Listening to the stories of the panelists – which included MSNBC’s Krystal Ball and political pundit Zerlina Maxwell – reminded me of some of the offensive messages I have personally received by men on Tinder. The panelists explained why men troll: because they think they’re anonymous. However, this is far from the truth. It should be common knowledge by now that nothing you post on the internet is actually anonymous…it can always be traced back to somewhere or someone. Though the acknowledgement of this reality doesn’t always stop … Read more

The BADDEST Part of the Electorate: You, the Beyonce Voter

This post was originally published on The Rival DC: GW’s Alternative Source for Alternative News.

According to everyone’s favorite news source, Fox News, I am a Beyoncé voter. What does that mean, you ask? Fox News contributor and expert on women Jesse Watters enlightened us all on a certain voting demographic: “I call them the Beyoncé voters, the single ladies. Obama won the single ladies by 76 percent last time, and they made up about a quarter of the electorate. You know, they depend on government because they’re not depending on their husbands. They need things like contraception, health care, and they love to talk about equal pay.”

Watters uses the phrase “Beyoncé voters” like it’s a bad thing. But us Beyoncé voters love the term. We’re a powerful electorate, so don’t even think about taking away our rights (Hobby Lobby, watch out).

Beyoncé voters even have their very own tumblr that combines some favorite Bey quotes with pictures of some other incredible women of the world. You can find them frequented as Facebook cover photos.

Here’s some other “facts” to know about Beyoncé voters:

1. We hate all men.

2. We use the word “women” to label the … Read more

So You Think You Don’t Need Feminism?

A new tumblr called “Women Against Feminism” has mocked the famous “Who Needs Feminism” tumblr by posting pictures of women holding signs that read “I don’t need feminism because…”

A lot of the posts say trite statements like “because I don’t hate men,” “because I believe in equality,” etc.

Well all these women clearly have never looked up the word feminism in the dictionary.

Let’s get some facts straight.

1. Feminism is not anti-men. In fact, many men have joined the movement because they believe that women deserve the same privileges as they do.

2. Feminism does not victimize women; it empowers them. By encouraging women to gather the courage to demand equal pay, stand up against the patriarchy, and challenge rape culture, feminism does everything but weaken the strength of women.

3. Feminism is not about female supremacy. All that feminists ask for is that women be EQUAL to men, not above them.

4. Feminism does not aim to oppress men. Sorry not sorry that I keep repeating myself, but all these tumblr posts talk about how feminism tears men down and the women who submit to the blog need to know that’s NOT what … Read more

The Truth About Feminism, by a Biased Feminist

This article was originally posted in The Rival DC: GW’s Alternative Source for Alternative News.

Feminism has been a hot button issue lately. From everyone freaking out when Shailene Woodley told Time magazine that she wasn’t a feminist to Beyonce’s latest album being praised as a feminist work of art, feminism is actually pretty cool now. Do you not want everyone to hate you? Then read this handy dandy guide and you won’t turn into Shailene Woodley and receive angry hate mail from feminists.

What exactly is feminism?

Let me answer this by explaining what feminism isn’t. It’s not a forum for man-hating and if you want to be a feminist, you don’t have to stop shaving your pits and throw out all your bras and make-up. As Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie famously said in Beyonce’s “Flawless” (from this awesome Ted Talk), a feminist is simply “a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.” That seems like a pretty simple definition. So why doesn’t everyone identify as feminists? Feminism is one of the most misunderstood words in the dictionary. There are a lot of negative stereotypes that have turned the word into a … Read more

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