During my time studying English Literature, I read the most incredible stories. Wordsworth's Tintern Abbey gave me goosebumps, Shelley's Frankenstein left me in awe, Dostoevsky's Crime & Punishment was a marvel, and Fitzgerald was absolutely enchanting. Although at times I struggled to keep up with all of my assigned readings, it was never lost on me how privileged I was to read all of the greats, and how lucky we are as a society to have such a rich literary history. I do wish this literary history included more marginalized voices--the stories of women and POC--but I digress… Read more!
Brush up on your feminist terminology by taking a gander through these terms. We have mentioned all of these in the passing, so here is your definitive guide to some hot topic terms with helpful examples. Feminism: The belief that men and women inherently deserve the same rights, opportunities and freedoms. A feminist is someone who fights for these equal rights… Read More!
Taylor Swift made me a feminist. Crazy, right? Don't blow this off as some frivolous anecdote in my life, something to roll your eyes at with an embarrassed smile on your face. This is not the tale of some obsessed fan girl who mindlessly latched on to the whims of a pop star. No, this is a different story. It is the story of how I learned that my voice had value… Read More!
Me too. It rang out like a battle cry, crisp and clear as the autumn air. People rose up from the ground with scraped knees and trembling voices, undefeated and wildly courageous. Those who did not wish to share their stories stood in deafening solidarity and the world heard them loud and clear: Sexual assault and harassment is a widespread epidemic, festering in our churches, our workplaces, our classrooms, our homes, and clinging to the patriarchal idea that only certain people are worthy of respect… Read More!
I want to share something radical with you. It is something I have felt deep in my soul for a long time now. Lisa Bevere likens the feeling to that of a lioness waiting to awaken, waiting for the right time, waiting for the right words. But now the sun is rising and something wild deep inside me is stirring and it is time for a shift in the atmosphere… Read More!
Feminism is not a dirty word, but people seem to think it is. When I first told people about this blog, some expressed concern about me using the word feminism. They wondered if maybe genuine feminism needed to be called something else since the word had become so tainted by misinformation, misconceptions and extremists. Their concerns were valid. Feminism is very much a slap-you-in-the-face word. However, I also had concerns… Read More!
The heart of feminism is liberation, not oppression. When I was first introduced to feminism I felt more oppressed than I had before. As a very conservative woman, I was overwhelmed by the responsibilities I mistakenly believed were associated with feminism. What if I wanted to get married? What if I didn't want to burn my bras? Bras are expensive! I can't afford feminism… Read More!
Welcome to the first installment of the Summer Interview Series! The goal of this project is to hear from people with different backgrounds and perspectives on the subject of feminism. Feminism means many different things to many different people. Lets learn together… Read More!
The day before I walked the stage to graduate university, I was diagnosed with cancer. I was supposed to be meeting my professors and colleagues for lunch; instead I was sitting in the doctor's office being told I had stage one, malignant melanoma. I remember thinking, "this is all wrong. This isn't supposed to happen to a 23 year old." I was supposed to graduate with a job, not a diagnosis… Read More!
Once your eyes have been opened to injustice it is impossible to pretend it does not exist. Perhaps this is why ignorance is bliss. Awareness is a responsibility; it requires action. To be aware and to do nothing is denying the part of our hearts that yearns to see justice be done… Read More!
The word ‘privilege’ has become the boogeyman of the social justice world. Often following the words white, straight, educated, able-bodied or rich, privilege is defined as “a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group” (Oxford Dictionary). Privilege is something you are born with, and there is no escaping it… Read More!
We live in an extremely patriarchal world. This is evidenced by the ways that marginalized groups—such as women, people of colour, the poor, the disabled, the uneducated, etc—must consistently fight for rights that have been automatically given to others; others being the ideal white, educated, wealthy, able-bodied man… Read More!
Modesty is defined as, “behavior, manner, or appearance intended to avoid impropriety or indecency” (Oxford English Dictionary). Most people tend to zero in on the “appearance” aspect of modesty. Essentially, lest you are dressed like an elderly colonial woman, you are being immodest. Nevermind the fact that it is 30℃, if your straps are too thin or your hemline is too short, you are a temptress of the night… Read More!
This is our last post of 2016. We were planning to write a piece on the toxicity of modesty culture, but that seemed a little heavy to be posting just four short days before Christmas. Instead we are going to give some final thoughts on 2016 and what you can expect from this platform come 2017… Read More!
I don’t think you know the same Jesus I do. I first learned of your writing from seeing respected friends and family members posting links to your work on facebook. When I arrived at your homepage I saw the fresh face of a passionate scholar, husband, father and Jesus follower. The description noted that you are a “professional truth sayer” with an apparent affinity for alpacas. Your humor and confident writing voice drew me in… Read More!
Hate is not an opinion. Our personal opinions too often become so hyperbolized by our passion that they turn into anger, at which point we become hateful, not opinionated. We have all seen this happen. We all have that one facebook friend who posts racist, sexist, xenophobic content and tries to pass it off as their opinion rather than calling it what it is: hate speech… Read More!
Today is the finale to the American election. I’ve never been particularly interested in politics, but as I’m writing this it’s 2 a.m and I am wide awake, because this election is different. This election has captivated my heart in completely unexpected ways and it’s not because I passionately support Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. In fact, this post will not attempt to persuade you to vote for either… Read More!
I used to hate feminists. How is that for a click-bait opening line? Unfortunately it is true. Like so many other people my first experience with feminism was extremely negative. This is one of the reasons I started this platform: I want people to experience true feminism in all of its honest, loving, accurate glory. But more on that later. Right now I want to tell you a story… Read More!
Feminism. When did this become such a dirty word? I recently conducted a survey on the subject. There were 30 participants, all from diverse ages, religions, ethnicities and ideological viewpoints. My first question was ‘what is feminism?’ The responses were varied. However, two common themes emerged: people believe feminism is solely about women’s rights and people believe that feminists are, for the most part, angry women who hate men… Read More!