Over three years ago, my friend Taylor Kuether wrote this editorial in her school paper about signs she saw at a pro-life rally that read “Defund Planned Parenthood.” Unfortunately, it’s 2015 and Republicans in Congress are now threatening to shutdown the government in order to do just that. It’s disgraceful that women’s health services are such a point of contention in America. Since when did body autonomy become a political issue? In honor of Planned Parenthood’s #PinkOut Day, this piece is being republished on The Feminist Feline to show just how grave of a situation women’s health is in in America.
Last week marked the 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s highly controversial ruling in Roe v. Wade, in which abortion was made permissible with a few stipulations including protecting prenatal life, protecting women’s health, and regulating the trimester in which abortions could be carried out.
Yearly, thousands participate in the “March for Life” protest in Washington, D.C. on the anniversary of the famous ruling. This year, when glancing over photos from the event, one sign caught my eye: “Defund Planned Parenthood.”
I saw similar signs last summer as I drove down Menomonie Street right here in Eau … Read more
Feminists are quick to dismiss the Catholic Church, but do they realize how important faith is in many women’s lives?
As we welcome Pope Francis to America, many people are wondering if he will speak about abortion during his visit. His recent comments on the subject have put the media in a frenzy. On September 1 he released a letter to the public on his goals for the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Church has called a Jubilee Year every 25 or 50 years since 1300, according to the National Catholic Reporter. The Mercy Year starts on December 8.
Among other provisions, the Pope said he was opening a special, temporary “mercy” window allowing priests to forgive women and doctors who have had or performed abortions. Typically, a bishop has to give priests permission to forgive abortions, but Pope Francis’s letter opens up permission for all priests.
This decree shouldn’t be shocking for the United States, since most U.S. bishops have allowed their priests to forgive abortions. However, the Pope is much more than just the pontiff, he is an international public figure, and what he says about abortion can make a huge impact on public policy, especially … Read more
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
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 20004… Read more
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
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
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
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.
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
This post was sponsored by Amtrak and Her Campus Media. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.
Guess who’s back?
Back again. Cor-inne’s back. Tell a friend.
[Ok I absolutely despise Eminem but that sound is way too catchy. For more on my thoughts on Eminem, check out this.]
ANYWAYS, I just had the two busiest yet most rewarding weekends ever. If you’ve been following my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages (if you’re not then you’re mean), you know that I just experienced blog conferencepalooza. I attended #BlogHer15 two weekends ago (July 16-18) and Her Conference this past weekend (July 25-26).
I am a member of both the BlogHer Publishing Network and the Her Campus Blogger Network, but originally I only intended on going to BlogHer. (I bought a student discount ticket months before for under $100. I highly recommend this to anyone in school because regular priced tickets can get pretty pricey). I was all set for the one conference: I requested the right amount of days off of work, booked my bus and found a roommate (Kitten Holiday – you have to check out her awesome dating/sex blog!). I got … Read more
By Sierra O’Mara Schwartz
From “Real Housewives” to “The Hills” to “The Bachelor,” there is nothing that America loves to see more than women tearing each other down. Nothing sells more than girl drama, whether it is scripted or fake or somewhere ambiguously in between. Friendships between women are portrayed in the media as fleeting and fake. They are a profit point for gossip magazines and reality shows and basically every special on E! ever. No woman in Hollywood is safe from this: just a few weeks ago two “Orange is The New Black” cast members were asked about what “girl feuds” there were on the OITNB set. You read that right- out of all the questions the interviewer could have asked to members of the most intersectional, diverse cast of one of the most revolutionary television shows of our time, he chose to ask them who was stabbing who in the back. And if you’re curious, the answer is nobody. Nobody was stabbed in the back, because “Orange is The New Black” is a cast of mature, adult women, not last week’s guests on Maury, thank you very much. You may be asking yourself, how can we change … Read more