I aim to bring the feminist debate to the fore using accessible, everyday language. Feminism is too often dismissed as ‘militant’ and unfashionable, or other negative stereotypes. What it’s really about is addressing issues that negatively affect women purely because they are women. You should not be disadvantaged because you were born a certain race, ethnicity or class. Equally, you should not be penalised simply for being a woman. A lot of this is to do with cultural beliefs about gender norms that are taken as fact, rather than construct.

This blog aims to explore what issues affect women disproportionately and why. My main areas of interest are sexual violence and its causes (especially prostitution), hypersexualisation of the mass media and the predominance of pornography. It should probably go without saying that I’m left wing.

My posts are written for me, to have a space to air my views. But they are for you too, if you agree with any of the views. Whether you do or don’t, feel free to comment, but if you are being contentious please try and back up your views with research or relevant, thought-out argumentation – because feminists have heard all the counter-arguments a thousand times before. So sources and friendly debate are more useful than sweeping statements. I, for my part, will endeavour to do the same.

You can also tweet me: @CellarDoor790

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    • Thanks for stopping by. I’ll look out for your blogs! I would like to do some more research on pornography (which I’m sure a post will eventually emerge out of) but it won’t change my view of it as another cog in white patriarchal capitalism’s machinery, commodifying women’s bodies according to a (hetero)normative male gaze. It’s both dull and yet, so harmful. I’m sure I’m not saying anything new to you though! But it needs to be said as often as possible.

  1. Hi,

    My name is Alex and I am a Communications Manager at Barnard College. I am reaching out to you today with an idea for your blog. Being perfect and powerful, being a feminist: these are among the most popular topics of conversation among today’s young women. Barnard College’s new podcast series, Dare to Use the F-Word, tells the story of today’s feminists through the ideas, art, and activism that define them. Barnard President Debora Spar, in her new book Wonder Women: Sex, Power & the Quest for Perfection, explains that while most women today struggle with the idea of perfection, they also struggle with the concept of feminism itself. Are the two connected? Read President Spar’s thoughts in this exclusive post: https://barnard.edu/news/web-exclusive-president-spar.

    As a communications manager at Barnard, I want to continue these important conversations among feminist thought-leaders like you. I ask you to republish and share this post on your blog. Pose these questions to your audience; they may dare others to join us and use the f-word.

    Kindly,
    Alex

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