‘The Sex Myth’ Will Make You Question the Way You Think About Sex

Fifty years after the sexual revolution, we are told that we live in a time of unprecedented sexual freedom; that if anything, we are too free now. But beneath the veneer of glossy hedonism, millennial journalist Rachel Hills argues that we are controlled by a new brand of sexual convention: one which influences all of us—woman or man, straight or gay, liberal or conservative. At the root of this silent code lies the Sex Myth—the defining significance we invest in sexuality that once meant we were dirty if we did have sex, and now means we are defective if we don’t do it enough.

~ The Sex Myth, by Rachel Hills

When I was in high school I hated not having a boyfriend. To get my mind off my relationship woes, I imagined what life would be like for me in college. I figured I’d have a huge sexual awakening, that boys would be fawning all over me and I would have a new boy every weekend. The boys in my high school were just too dumb to pursue the smart, quiet girl from the drama club, right? I didn’t have my first kiss until the day before my … Read more

Can’t Miss #WomenStreetCinema Screening on August 26!

Shira Hereld, contributing writer at The Feminist Feline, works at Street Sense, an organization that elevates voices on poverty issues and creates economic opportunities for people experiencing homelessness in Washington, DC. She wanted to share this exciting event with readers: 

In DC, at least 7,000 individuals have no place to stay on any given night.
The experience of homelessness is traumatizing, dehumanizing, and
terrifying, particularly for women trying to remain safe on the street and
in shelters. But every so often, some of these talented women manage to
break the cycle of homelessness and speak their truths.

On August 26th, two African-American female directors will present short
films documenting their struggles to survive and elevate themselves above
homelessness in Cinema from the Street, Part 2.

Join a courageous mother as she struggles to protect and raise her daughter
in one of D.C.’s most infamous and inhospitable shelters. Then, journey
alongside a survivor of homelessness and sexual assault as she reflects on
her past trauma and present path to recovery.

Here’s the incredible trailer:

Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Place: Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20004Read more

Real Issues Are Scary so Here’s a Distraction: Alpha Phi and the Art of Changing the Subject

By Sierra O’Mara Schwartz

When I first saw the Alpha Phi chapter at the University of Alabama’s recruitment video pop up on my news feed, I figured it was posted by some guy in a frat I went to college with or by an Alpha Phi I’d met during my undergrad. I went to a fairly Greek school, so my timeline being flooded with recruitment videos is nothing out of the ordinary. But when I discovered this clip was not from a Facebook friend, but rather ABC News, I was a little confused.

Here is the video:

It seems pretty standard: pretty girls throwing glitter, laughing, mugging for the camera, gyrating in slow motion. But this particular recruitment video, for whatever reason, has stood out enough to warrant significant backlash. Alpha Phi’s seemingly harmless, fairly standard sorority recruitment video has gone viral after an op-ed was written criticizing it’s lack of diversity and blatant “anti-feminist” message. As expected, media outlets are eating this story up. The entire internet has bandwagoned and is now on a death mission to take down the University of Alabama’s Alpha Phi chapter for being “worse for women than Donald Trump.” The author claims that these … Read more

Nantucket Vacation and Square Cash App Review!

This post was sponsored by Square Cash and Her Campus Media. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

Sorry for another brief hiatus from blogging, but this kitty is back for good! If you’ve been keeping up with my Instagram (if you’re not, we can’t be friends), you know that I’ve consolidated my Instagram persona into one account, @corinne_fal.  Two accounts – a personal one and a blog one – was just two much for my direcats and I to handle.

A loyal Instagram follower of The Feminist Feline would also know that I was on vacation this past week with my family in Nantucket. After a month of conferences and some busy weeks at work, it was great to finally go to the beach this summer and relax. I even got to read a book! … Read more

After the Silence: My Sexual Assault Recovery

By Shira Hereld

Some days I still can’t find words for it. They all feel too clinical or too violent or too removed – mostly they don’t feel like enough. Enough for the turbulent thunderstorm that threatens the periphery of my memories whenever I tread too near – the admixture of panic, shame, anger, and a thousand other potent emotions too complicated to name.

But that’s why I wanted to write this: because, two years to the day after I was assaulted, and only a year and a half after I finally shattered my silence and wrote about it, it’s time to take stock of how far I’ve come. To try and put some words to it – in the hopes that other survivors will see that there is a journey called “recovery,” and so that I can at last gain the power of believing I’m on it.

So many things have changed since the days, weeks, and months after the assault.

First and most importantly, I can call it the unspeakable R-word – Rape – and relieve in small increments the enormous shame and guilt I have accrued around its memory. I have also shared my story … Read more

HILL YES Co. is Your Go-To Site for Hillary Tanks

This post was sponsored by HILL YES Co.  Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

I am 100% ready for Hillary. While some Democrats have joined Bernie’s camp, I will be standing by HRC. Why? Because Hillary has the experience, the tenacity and she’s looks damn good in a pantsuit.
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I’ve been for Hillary since I was jealous of my mom for being able to vote for her in the 2008 primary. I was like Brian in The Breakfast Club who wanted a fake I.D. to vote, not to drink.

Many Bernie supporters like to claim they are “leftier-than-thou” and are convinced that if people “only knew more” about Bernie’s policies that they would vote for him. These people think that name recognition is the only reason that women and minorities are supporting Hillary.

Well here’s the truth: a majority of Bernie supporters are white men. Bernie has some great talking points about economic equality, but as a woman, I trust another woman to make the best policy decisions for me. Hillary’s economic plan, which she introduced two weeks ago, focuses on paid family leave, equal pay and affordable child care – … Read more