Posts tagged feminist
The Best Feminist Moments of the Rio Olympics

The Rio Olympics was an exciting one for women full of feminist moments. Unfortunately, there were plenty of anti-feminist moments where sexism was perpetuated and women's gender were being policed. But, women kicked ass, made history, and were just plain awesome! In case you missed any of the Olympic coverage, here's a recap of my favorite feminist moments.

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Pansexual Visibility & Undoing Heteronormativity

Pride was bittersweet this year. We are still devastated and grieving over the Orlando shooting of 50 people at Pulse, a LGBTQ night club, AND we continue to proudly celebrate who we are. The celebration of LGBTQ feels even more important with the violence that recently happened. Though greater strides have been made towards the acceptance of gay and queer people, we still have a long way towards changing perceptions, beliefs, and the safety of LGBTQ people. I want to acknowledge the intersections like race, gender, and disability that many gay or queer people experience. Thus, the fight towards more acceptance and safety of being queer or gay is also a fight to end all social oppressions.

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Suzanne Singer: STEM Engineer on opportunities for Native Americans in STEM & Feminism Including Native Voices

"I think the most successful way to incorporate STEM into Native communities is to embed it in the culture and history. For example, Native Americans built remarkable engineering structures and homes that allowed them to live a certain lifestyle and to survive in sometimes harsh environments."

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Angela Anderson on Gender-Neutral Parenting, Misconceptions of Polyamory, The Stigma of Invisible Disabilities, the Intersections of Feminism and Capitalism

"Every person, of whatever abilities, has an important and amazing life, and deserves access to whatever they need simply by virtue of existing - these are facts I grew up knowing, and therefore I never had to "learn" them."

I met Angela at the California Institute of Integral Studies where we both studied in the Anthropology and Social Change program. She's a long time activist and teacher whose focus centers on intersectional feminism, disability rights, and gender, relationship and family equality. In this interview, Angela shares about gender-neutral parenting, the misconceptions of polyamory, the barriers people with invisibility disabilities face, social oppressions and health, and how all of these topics relate to feminism and capitalism.

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Mother's Day Special! My Mom: Feminist Role Model, My Best Friend, and Life Long Bookworm

"Reading was my escape growing up in a dysfunctional world. It was my window into the world."

I've rarely heard my mom use the f-word in my life. And, by the f-word, I mean feminism/feminist. But, even though I’ve rarely heard her use it, she's always had feminist beliefs, and I consider her one of my feminist role models. 

In addition to being one of my feminist role models, my mom’s been an amazing parent, something she never thought she’d be good at. My mom has been everything nurturing, loving, and caring. She’s given me space and acceptance to be myself, been completely supportive, and has made continuous sacrifices, as many mothers do, to put her family first.

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Anita Cameron: Black Womyn Disability Rights Activist, One Million Gimp March

"I was called the "angry Black woman" in an effort to silence me and put me down. I turned it around on my detractors and started Angry Black Womyn to highlight Blackness and disability, how we intersect and how sometimes, there is conflict."

Anita Cameron is a passionate Black womyn, disability rights activist who writes about various, intersectional issues on her site, Musings of an Angry Black Womyn, and is organizing the One Million Gimp March. In this interview, Anita shares more about her intersectionality, some important issues facing disabled folks, and her life long activism. This woman has done A LOT of amazing, vital work in the world, and I feel honored to share her voice!

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Lauren Warren: Co-Host of Nerds of Prey Podcast on Women of Color in Gaming and Screenwriting

"I enjoy telling stories that reflect the world that I live in. I’m forming a production company and I’d like for every project on my slate to create opportunities for people to pursue their passions – especially for people in marginalized groups that have traditionally been or are prone to exclusion."

I was thrilled to interview, Lauren Warren, who is a writer, gamer, and one of the hosts of the Nerds of Prey podcastwho loves storytelling. In this interview, she shares about what makes the podcast unique, how her parents influenced her gaming, women of color in the gaming world, feminism and gaming, and her screenwriting ambitions. I'm excited about her continuous creations and their positive impact in nerd culture and the world!

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Khylen Steward: Independent Filmmaker on Her big dreams, Women of Color in Film, & Confidence
"I think I just started to figure out that while my dreams of making films were going to be hard to reach, they were definitely within reach."

I spoke with the wonderful, Khylen Steward, an independent filmmaker who recently created Creative Protest Films. Khylen shares about her big dreams in film, her recent experience at Sundance, women of color in film, and how she's gained confidence as a woman filmmaker. I have confidence that she will achieve her big dreams and continue to be a powerful force in the entertainment world.

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Dominick Evans: Filmmaking, Disability & Trans Visibility
"I fight for justice because I never want anyone to experience the very painful struggles I have had to endure. I want to make things better for future disabled kids, future generations of trans people, and anyone intersectional, marginalized, or who has otherwise been oppressed."

I was excited to interview Dominick because he's an important voice in the trans and disabled communities. He's a filmmaker in New York City working on an intriguing queer film and other interesting projects. Dominick shares about his experience as a disabled, trans man and the visibility and representation of disabled and trans persons on and off screen. I've been learning from Dominick since I started following him on Twitter, and this interview has opened my eyes and ears even wider. Dominick, also, hosts a Twitter chat called #FilmDis, which takes place on Saturday evenings.

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