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The Feminist eZine collects and archives feminist articles, essays, editorials and writing on all sorts of topics for research purposes. If you have written an article or know of a good historical article we should have on here please contact the editor Suzanne MacNevin. All of our staff are volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering we WANT you.

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The Feminist eZine has been active (in one form or another) since 2000. When it started it was known as "1001 Feminist Links" but some of the links died and we decided that we should start archiving the feminist articles we found (in addition to writing our own) rather than see them disappear over time into non-existence and be forgotten about. Thus our site has evolved over time so that by 2007 we registered as a .com, in combination with the Lilith eZine (a feminist / liberally minded general purpose online magazine).

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Black Feminism

Commonly known as Double Jeopardy being both black and a woman exposes a person to racism, sexism and cross-racial sexism. We live now in an era of people like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and we are sometimes forced to make decisions not based on race or sex, but on what we actually believe in.

Angela Y Davis

Suggested Readings for Black Feminists
21st century black warrior wimmins chant. By Hattie Gossett
is it true what they say about colored pussy? By Hattie Gossett
Biography of Feminist Poet Hattie Gossett
Jamaica's First Female Prime Minister
Double Jeopardy: Black and Female
Black Women in Poverty
White Male Privilege
A Black Feminist Statement
Defining Black Feminist Thought
Black Beauty and White Beauty
Slavery is a Woman
Women for a Better Canada
Modern Women's Magazines
The Ten Worst Countries for Women

Cyber Feminism

Girls Need Modems

As technology expands our identities (both physical and virtual) change what it means to be a woman. We can present ourselves differently online and promote grrl power online in a way never before seen in history, but we can also modify our bodies using technology - becoming more and more like cyborgs. The cellphone in your pocket may not be wired to your brain, but its become part of your identity and the way you communicate.

Where is the Feminism in Cyberfeminism?
Feminist Cyborg Manifesto
Girls Need Modems!
Imagined Bodies, Imagined Communities
Grrl Power on the Web
The Cyborg, the Scientist, the Feminist & Her Critic

Domestic Feminists

The life of a homemaker is often fraught with confusion about the role women play in modern society. Who does the chores and housework? Who raises the kids? Is domesticity a type of slavery? What makes a good wife? The modern homemaker thus makes feminist decisions every day and forever questions their role in society.

The Politics of Housework

Monstrous Domesticity
The Politics of Housework
Traditional Womanhood
Career and Family: A Dilemma for Professional Women
The Chore Wars & Diaper Duty
Feminists = Good Lovers?
House Chores for Men
Dealing with Anti-Feminism
Wombs for Rent
Misogynists left in the Gutters
An Open Letter to Anti-Abortionists
The Good Wife's Guide
Advice for Young Brides
Aristotle: On a Good Wife
The Problem that Has No Name
The Happy Housewife Heroine

"Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge."

Eco-Feminism

Environmentalism and feminism unite when ecofeminism is introduced. Part science, part nature, part religion to some ecofeminism explores the way women relate to the natural world and the way women are naturally. Toss in some animal rights, tree hugging and veganism and you begin to see the bigger picture.

Nature = Woman?
Introduction to Ecofeminism
William Blake's Ecofeminism
Ecofeminism & Equality
Ecofeminism Books
The Shamanic Dimensions Of An Ecofeminist Narrative
What is Ecofeminism Anyway?
Women & Genetic Engineering
Give Me A Vegetable Friendly Refrigerator
Our Blood, Our Selves
Nature As Female
Men's Waste
I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur
Beijing 95: A Pale Green
Women's Retreats: Tourism for the Soul

Education & Feminism

When choosing an education and a career, women who go down the path of becoming a "working girl" make some interesting choices. Should they try and tackle a career and children at the same time they will have to make choices between traditional women's work and more male dominated careers like engineering. The only real challenge is having the guts to do it.

Chinese Women Adjusting To A New Society

Working Girls, Broken Society?
Girls Need Modems!
The Golddigger Vs The Feminine Scholar
Radioactive Super Playboy Bunnies
Power, Resistance and Science
Where Are The Smart Women?
Chinese Women Adjusting To A New Society
Education: Another Glass Ceiling for Hispanic Females
Girls in School & Engineering
Career and Family: A Dilemma for Professional Women
Gender Biases in School Sports
Feminist Academics as Nomadic Subjects
Muslim Women Studying for the Future
You throw like a girl!
High Aspirations for Women
The Ten Worst Countries for Women
An Open Letter to Anti-Abortionists

Fashionistas

Fashion can be both a tool and a lead weight to feminists. On one side we want to look professional and on the other side we still want to have our fun too. Its all about making choices and having the freedom to wear the pants when we want to and still have the choice to wear feminine clothing when we want to.

The Ugly Side of Beauty
The Corset: Is it Feminist?
Chastity Belts & Corsets?
Carre Otis and Disgusting Supermodels
The Modern Corset
No More Ms America!
Beauty & Fashion Vs Feminism
Feminine Feminists
Feminist Fashionista
Pretty Vacant
Subverting the Pimp
The Beauty Myth
Women's Handbags
Women's T-Shirts
Body Image
Diet Grrl
Under the Knife
Bony Models Banned in Madrid
Women in Slavery: Sweatshops
Hello Kitty Hegemony
Teen Magazines Vs. Adolescent Girls
Modern Women's Magazines
Advertising Sexploitation

"Never let the hand you hold, hold you down."

Feminist Activists

Activism is the avant garde of what feminism is all about. Activists push people's buttons, take controversial stands and raise awareness by forcing people to talk about women's rights.

Grrl Activist

Grrl Activist
June Callwood
Girls Need Modems!
Pink Taxis in Moscow
Women for a Better Canada
Grrl Power on the Web
Asian Activists Nellie Wong & Merle Woo
Ani DiFranco - Biography, Music & Quotes
Where have all the feminists gone?
An Open Letter to Anti-Abortionists

Feminist Anarchists

Anarchists have a bad reputation, but its largely undeserved. Anarchy is all about freedom from oppression and rebelling against oppressors. Taken in that context George Washington was an anarchist for rebelling against the British. This doesn't imply lawlessness, merely that anarchists are rebels and freedom fighters.

Feminism and Anarchism

Feminism and Anarchism
Anarchist Perspectives on Abortion
Anarchy and Divorce
Emma Goldman
Free Women of Spain
Grrl Power! What a Shower!
Ireland & Anarchist Women
Sex, Class and the Queen of England
The Left & the Fight for Women's Lib
The Unnatural Oppression of Women
Why Women are not yet Liberated



Suzanne MacNevin, Feminist Writer

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Featured Article - Suzy's Pepperspray Recipe

By Suzanne MacNevin - December 2012.

"If every woman in the world carried a secret bottle of pepperspray on her there would be a lot less rapes." - Suzanne MacNevin

I have a hunch that between 1890 and 1910 the number of rapes dropped a bit in various Western countries due to women wearing hats that required hatpins. The reason? Because in a pinch the hatpin could be substituted as a self-defense weapon. See my blog post Hatpins as Self Defense Weapon for Women for more details.

Over a hundred years later, when such hats have gone out of fashion, we may have changed our fashion sense, but rape statistics continue every year. Usually its someone you know, someone you thought was a friend, a co-worker or even a relative with a sick obsession. But sometimes it can also be a stranger.

Either way, when people go outdoors to go to work, go shopping, run errands they typically carry their wallet and other things with them. I personally carry a Swiss Army Knife with me and am confident in its use.

But I also carry a small bottle of homemade pepperspray, using the recipe found on the right.

And I live in a big metropolitan city (London, UK) so the chances of muggings, rape, etc are slightly higher... but in reality I am none too afraid of rapists. I don't look scared and mousey enough for them to see me as a target. No, what I am really doing is waiting for my chance to be a superhero (aha, Radioactive Girl strikes again!) with nothing more than Pepperspray (and the Swiss Army Knife, of course, but that is more of all purpose tool - I usually use it for slicing oranges when I am out hiking).

Call it my own personal fantasy, but I really want to be a crimefighter who appears and saves the damsel in distress. If guys can do it, why can't I?

A friend of mine once speculated that if high schools taught a mandatory class in St John's Ambulance First Aid training that there would be a lot less people who die after an accident due to lack of medical attention, because the chances are more likely there would be someone nearby who remembers their training.

My concept of every woman in the world carrying pepperspray (and possibly another self defense item on their person, whether it be a taser, Swiss Army Knife, etc) would so discourage rapists that we could eradicate rape in a generation.

I also firmly believe that we could make a more foolproof lie detector test so that we can absolutely and truly determine who is lying and who is telling the truth. Combine that with higher prison times for rapists (or just sending them to a penal colony off the east coast of Greenland) we could eliminate rape.

And I think it is a realistic plan. Britain sent over 165,000 criminals to Australia during the 18th and 19th centuries. While it certainly speeded up the colonization of Australia, it rapidly decreased crime in an overpopulated and largely unemployed London. The plan worked. Crime dropped off dramatically because nobody wanted to be shipped off to Australia. Crimes of desperation still happened, but you get the idea.

Anyway until our governments get their act together and start finding ways to raise the conviction rate of known rapists, please share this Pepperspray Recipe with your friends.

Suzy's Pepperspray Recipe

2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
Rubbing alcohol
Baby oil
Clean white cloth
2 small glasses
Small spray bottle (or a watergun)

Step 1. First you will need to put the 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper into a small glass and then pour in rubbing alcohol until it is about 2 cm (0.8 of inch) above the pepper.

Step 2. Stir the alcohol and pepper for three to five minutes.

Step 3. Add an ounce of baby oil to the glass and stir for two minutes.

Step 4. Place the small thin cloth over the top of the glass and pour the contents through the cloth into the 2nd glass, allowing the cloth to catch any large pieces of pepper that remain. This filtering will keep the spray bottle (or watergun) from becoming clogged.

What is in the second glass is your homemade pepper spray. See? Pretty easy to make, isn't it?

It is usually a dark brownish red color and doesn’t have a pleasant odor. Once you have completed this process you need to pour the liquid into an empty spray bottle. You can use an old perfume bottle or even a watergun if you have such a thing handy. Just make sure whatever you use it doesn't leak. Put the cap on and then you are ready to use your pepper spray whenever you feel the need to protect yourself.

This pepper spray recipe works well because it is not water based. Water based products generally don’t work as well as the cayenne pepper breaks down in the water. The oil and the alcohol ensure that this does not happen and also ensures that when the substance gets into the eyes of the attacker that it will sting bad enough that they will be stopped in their tracks. Water-based pepper spray recipes don't work as well and lose their effectiveness with time.

It’s important to take steps to ensure that you can not spray your homemade pepper spray accidentally. This is a substance that needs to be used only under the most extreme circumstances because when it comes in contact with the eyes, the nose and the mouth, it is very painful and uncomfortable.

Please understand that these effects can last for up to 45 minutes, even an hour.

Accidentally spraying yourself or someone else would not just be inconvenient, it could be painful. If possible, ensure that the spray bottle that you use has a protective cover or cap so that it cannot be discharged unintentionally.

Suzanne MacNevin, Feminist Writer

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Feminist Art

Art is the most basic form of visual communication because it is readily understood by the people seeing it. Thus feminist art has a direct and immediate impact on people and the ability to influence minds. In a world inundated with advertising selling sex feminist art takes a stand for women's rights and freedom of choice.

Feminist Art History Archive
Overview of Feminist Artists of the 20th Century
Inside the Feminist
Feminist Revolt in Poland
The Faces of Cindy Sherman
Joyce Wieland
William Blake's Ecofeminism
American Catastrophes
Cindy Sherman
War Goddess: The Varga Girls, WWII and Feminism
Disinterestedness & Political Art
White Box Gallery: Sex and Race in Contemporary Galleries
Turkish Feminist Artists
The Legacy of 1970s Feminist Artistic Practices
Estonian Feminist Art
Critical Position within Feminist Conceptual Practices
The Rise of Feminism & Feminist Art in Taiwan
Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?
A Feast of Feminist Art
Frida Kahlo
Women Artists of the 20th & 21st Centuries
Georgia O'Keeffe
Barbara Kruger
Berthe Morisot
Martha Rosler
Rosa Bonheur
Artemisia Gentileschi
Jennifer Linton
Lilith Adler
Caroline Folkenroth
Candice-Raquel Lee
Rachel Stone
Victoria Van Dyke
Books about Women Artists
A List of Women Artists from History
Judy Chicago: Through the Flower
Beatrice Wood
Women in Art
Woman Made Gallery
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Women's Caucus for Art
Women Artists
National Association of Women Artists
Women's Studio Center
Her Arts
Art Women.org
The Varo Registry of Women Artists
Erica Shehane's Feminist Art

"If all men are born free, how is it that
all women are born slaves?"
- Mary Astell

Feminist Authors/Poets

Writers like Virginia Woolf and poets like Hattie Gossett use words to communicate a feminist message. The beauty of words is that they're so easily reproduced, making it a more efficient way of spreading knowledge about the rights of women.

Feminist Books & Feminist Authors
The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
Simone de Beauvoir - Biography & Interview
Simone de Beauvoir - The Second Sex
Simone de Beauvoir - The Master-Slave Relationship
Zillah Eisenstein - The Radical Future of Liberal Feminism
Iris Marion Young - Throwing like a Girl
Janet Wolff - Historiography
Virginia Woolf - Three Guineas
Kara Walker - Narratives of a Negress
Desi Di Nardo - Feminist Poet
Jessica Valenti - Full Frontal Feminism
Veronica Chambers - Kickboxing Geishas
Valerie Miner - After Eden
The End of Capitalism: A Feminist Critique of Political Economy
Karen Brodine: Tribute to a Feminist Poet
Germaine Greer: The Female Eunuch
21st century black warrior wimmins chant. By Hattie Gossett
is it true what they say about colored pussy? By Hattie Gossett
Biography of Feminist Poet Hattie Gossett
Was shrewish Shakespeare a feminist bard?
Postmodern Marxist Feminism in Shakespeare
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, By Mary Wollstonecraft
Linda Hutcheon: Theorizing Feminism & Postmodernity
Asian Activists Nellie Wong & Merle Woo
Laleh Bakhtiar's "The Sublime Quran"
Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
The Problem that Has No Name
The Happy Housewife Heroine

Feminist Groups/Communities/Companies

Companies geared towards women / feminists play an important role in society by filling a niche market as well as tailoring products / services with the safety / rights of women in mind.

Pink Taxis in Moscow
The Bust Lounge

"I am working for the time when unqualified blacks,
browns, and women join the unqualified men in
running our government."
- Cissy Farenthold

Feminist Leaders

Will there ever be a female president of the USA? Some day. But will she be pro-feminist like Hillary Clinton? Or an anti-feminist like Sarah Palin. Don't think for a second that all women in politics are feminists. Many are there pushing their own agenda and that agenda may have little to do with women's rights.

The Top 20 Influential Women
Jamaica's First Female Prime Minister
Canadian Female MPs
High Aspirations for Women
League of Women Voters
American Women Presidents
White House Project
Women and Politics Institute
WAND

"I see my body as an instrument, rather than
an ornament."
- Alanis Morissette

Feminist Music

Listen closely to the lyrics and you realize that there is a lot of feminist music out there, sometimes disguised as pop music. You don't have to be like Ani DiFranco to be a feminist musician. Music is such a varied art form that people can use any style they want to promote their cause to a new segment of society.

Grrl Power Music
Guide to Feminist Music
Feminist Music Mutineers
Women's Radio
Jorane
Ani DiFranco - Biography, Music & Quotes
Feminist Music in Canada
Punk Rock Grrl
Grammy Schmammy
Scars & Guitars
Beat Sex
SupaFly Grrl
Bite the Apple!
Lounge Singers
Metal Grrls
Tiny Divas
The New Madonna
Techno-Logic
Madonna's Like a Virgin
From Girl to Woman to Grrl
Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band: Origins
The History of Riot Grrls in Music
Feminist Music for Feminists by Feminists
Feminist Research in Music Education
We Are the Grrls: Women in Music Before, During, and After Riot Grrl
Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band: Cultural Transformation
Queenie
Righteous Babe
Women in Punk 1975-1980
Women in Jazz
Women of Country

Feminist Philosophy

For as long as there has been philosophy there has been feminist philosophers standing up for women's rights and using logic and reason to push their cause.

Feminist History of Philosophy
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, By Mary Wollstonecraft
Bibliography of Feminist Philosophers
Approaches to Feminist Philosophy
Feminist Cyborg Manifesto
Feminist Philosophy of Language
Topics in Feminist Philosophy
Analytic Feminism
Continental Feminism
Pragmatist Feminism
Feminist Perspectives Class, Work & Race
Feminist Perspectives on Sex Markets
Feminist Bioethics
Feminist Aesthetics
Feminist Perspectives on Power
Feminist Philosophy of Religion
Jane Addams
Feminism, Pornography and Censorship
Feminist Perspectives on Reproduction & Family
Olympe de Gouges
Aspasia of Athens
Hypatia of Alexandria
Imagined Bodies, Imagined Communities
The Cyborg, the Scientist, the Feminist & Her Critic
Theorizing Feminism & Postmodernity
Feminist Knowledge: Feminist Standpoint as Ideology Critique
Understanding Materialist Feminism
Marxist & Materialist Feminism
Dealing with Anti-Feminism
Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
Theorizing Feminism and Postmodernity
The Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP)

Funny Feminists

Perhaps even better than logic is when you use humour to promote women's rights, pointing out the faults and double standards that society sets for women. Wit and a good joke draws more fans than a dry essay.

Why I Want a Wife
Fierce, Funny, Feminists
Sexual Humour: Where’s the Joke?
If Men Could Menstruate

"If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament."
- Florynce R. Kennedy

Health & Feminism

Health and quality of life is one of the most important topics women face. Issues like abortion, birth control, breastfeeding, dieting, eating disorders, exercise, sports, surgery and weightlifting all have a role to play in women's rights and equality.

Abortion is a Woman's Choice

A Woman's Choice
An Open Letter to Anti-Abortionists
The New Pill: The End of Menstruation?
Body Image
Diet Grrl
Under the Knife
Bony Models Banned in Madrid
Criminalizing Women
Examining the Evidence for Breastfeeding Infants on Cue
Dancing for Self-Knowledge
Imagined Bodies, Imagined Communities
Gender Biases in School Sports
The Ugly Side of Beauty
Suzy's Guide to Weightlifting for Women
Breast Implants for Dummies
Wombs for Rent
Anorexia on the Internet
Inuit Birthing Practices
Bulimia and Depression
The History of Breastfeeding
Covert Sex Discrimination against Women as Medical Patients

"History is herstory too."

Historical Feminism

How can we truly understand the issues unless we study those who came before us?

Gender Minefield: The Heritage of the Past
The Rise and Demise of Women's Liberation
Is the Women's Movement in Trouble?
TRASHING: The Dark Side of Sisterhood
CONSCIOUSNESS-RAISING
THE TYRANNY of STRUCTURELESSNESS
THE WOMEN'S LIBERATION MOVEMENT
FEMINISM OLD WAVE AND NEW WAVE
No More Ms America!
A New View on Women's Rights
NOW Statement of Purpose
Woman Power?
Was shrewish Shakespeare a feminist bard?
Postmodern Marxist Feminism in Shakespeare
WOMEN'S LIBERATION
Ms Magazine Review
Feminism in the New Gender Order
Views of Womens Liberation
Women in a Neoliberal Order
Radium Girls
Women Rising, Then and Now
Women on Film at Centurys End
The Bitch Manifesto
Milestones in Pop Feminism
The Feminist Cavewoman
Women for a Better Canada
Analyzing Third Wave Feminism
Russian Women After the Revolution
International Women's Day
Women in Transition From Post Feminism to Past Femininity
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, By Mary Wollstonecraft
Breaking the Waves: Continuities and Discontinuities Between Second and Third Wave Feminism

Historical Biographies

Groundbreaking Women
Amelia Earhart
Hildegard von Bingen - Feminist Nun
August Bebel
Mary Wollstonecraft
Harriet Taylor
Eleanor (Tussy) Marx
Clara Zetkin
Olive Schreiner
Lena Morrow Lewis
Vida Goldstein
Mary Beard
Alexandre Kollontai
E. Sylvia Pankhurst
Evelyn Reed
Simone De Beauvoir
Betty Friedan
Kate Millett
Juliet Mitchell
Sheila Rowbotham
Angela Y. Davis
Shulamith Firestone
Dale Spender
Linda Nicholson

International Feminism

Feminism isn't limited to Europe and the Americas. It is a global movement towards equality for all women.

International Feminism

International to Transnational Feminism
Colonization of the Female Body
Filipina women in the U.S Health Care Industry
Jamaica's First Female Prime Minister
Feminist Revolt in Poland
Women of Power: From Ku-Baba to Indira Gandhi
Turkish Feminist Artists
Estonian Feminist Art
The Rise of Feminism & Feminist Art in Taiwan
India: State, Gender, Community
East Timor: Build Women's Power
The War, the Women, the West
Islamic Feminism: What's in a Name?
Behind the Veil, a Muslim Feminist
I am a Muslim and a Feminist
Islam and Feminism: Are the barriers coming down?
Chinese Working Womens Network
Gender Violence in Mexico
Pink Taxis in Moscow
Chinese Women Adjusting To A New Society
Education: Another Glass Ceiling for Hispanic Females
Where’s the Riot? (in the Philippines)
Taliban & Afghan Women
Canadian Immigrant Women Make More Than Men
The Rise of Filipina Feminism
Are Women Still Second Class Citizens?
Globalization, Sex & Profits
Russian Women After the Revolution
Wombs for Rent
Sayed Pervez Kambaksh: Afghan who dared to read about women's rights
The Ten Worst Countries for Women
International Women's Day
Afghanistan Women's News

"[Feminism is] a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians."
- Pat Robertson (being sarcastic)

Lesbian Feminism

Lesbian Feminism

Being a lesbian doesn't make you a feminist, nor does being a feminist make you a lesbian. But for those who are both it makes for interesting discussions.

Lesbianism and Feminism
Queer Women & Religion
Woman and Lesbian
BISEXUAL BASICS
Big Dyke on Campus
Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Marriage
The GLBTQ Encyclopedia



"Women belong in the House... and in the Senate."

Liberal feminism

Liberal & Conservative Feminism

Liberal feminism is a given, but Conservative feminism sounds like an oxymoron. Confused? Read on.

Is Conservative Feminism an Oxymoron?
Female Rights in Retreat
George W. Cunt
Cuteocracy: Fluffy Bunnies & the Clinton Era
The Grand Coolie Damn
Traditional Womanhood
Feminism vs. the Evil Lessers
Women and the Politics of Class
The War, the Women, the West
Women in a Neoliberal Order
The Radical Future of Liberal Feminism
NRA Subverting Feminism for Guns
High Aspirations for Women



"I think it's about time we voted for senators with breasts.
After all, we've been voting for boobs long enough."

Male Feminism

Okay, now we've seen everything! But seriously, what is the point of fighting for equality if we are only preaching to half the population? We need more male feminists.

August Bebel
The Male Feminist Myth and Fact
Males Crying
The Origins & Causes of Misogyny
The Chore Wars & Diaper Duty
House Chores for Men
Dealing with Anti-Feminism
Sayed Pervez Kambaksh: Afghan who dared to read about women's rights
Misogynists left in the Gutters
Why Feminism is Good for Men

Marxist/Materialist Feminism

Economics plays an important role in how women are subjugated. Marxist feminism deals with women as a working class and how they are essentially slaves, paid less, often less educated and exploited. Having material wealth and being in control of their own finances / future helps create a more equal footing for women.

Introduction to Marxist Feminism
Understanding Materialist Feminism
Marxist & Materialist Feminism
The End of Capitalism: A Feminist Critique of Political Economy
Feminist Knowledge: Feminist Standpoint as Ideology Critique

Postfeminism

Freedom of Choice is the hallmark of Postfeminism. Women can choose to have careers, children, both, have sex, abstain, choose birth control products, choose abortion, choose whatever they want. Its not just Pro-Choice when it comes to abortion, its Pro-Choice when it comes to everything. If you don't have a choice then you are a slave to the whims of another.

A Postfeminist & Freudian Analysis of La Blue Girl
Milestones in Pop Feminism
A Feminist Overview of Pornography
Whose Slut?
Hello Kitty Hegemony
From Girl to Woman to Grrl
Theorizing Feminism & Postmodernity
Misogynists left in the Gutters
Where have all the feminists gone?
Women in Transition From Post Feminism to Past Femininity

Psychology & Feminism

Get inside the working minds of women and men and discover how they actually think. Is it laziness, greed or lust that drives men to keep a good woman down? Or a sick combination of all three? Understanding how we think and why we think what we do is an important step towards achieving equality.

Psychology Constructs the Female
Dancing for Self-Knowledge
NRA Subverting Feminism for Guns
Teen Magazines Vs. Adolescent Girls

Quotes

You may have noticed all the wonderful quotes we have in the Feminist eZine. We have more. Many more.

1001 Feminist Quotes
Feminist Quotes about Pornography
Riot Grrl Quotes
Interview with Gloria Steinem



"Feminism is the radical notion
that women are people."

Radical Feminism

You might think radical feminists are extremists, but you'd be wrong. They're just outside-the-box thinkers and activists. They come up with unusual ideas to promote equality and put them into action.

Radical Liberation
The Radical Future of Liberal Feminism
NRA Subverting Feminism for Guns
Off Our Backs (feminist newsjournal)
Radical Feminism (a discussion)
Radical Feminist Philosophy
No Status Quo
Always Causing Legal Unrest (ACLU)
One Angry Girl Designs

Religious & Atheist Feminists

Some people like to point to various religious figures who support feminism. Others will point out the faults of organized religion and how religions often try to subjugate women (ie. calling reproductive control a sin and refusing to have female clergy members). Where are the female Popes? The female Dalai Lamas? Its no wonder there is so many feminists in the atheist community when the religious community frequently treats women poorly.

Feminist Philosophy of Religion
Mary with Brass Knuckles
The Fear of Lilith
The Devil and the Deep Holy See
The Demonification and Sexuality of Lilith
Feminist Perspectives on Marriage & Divorce
The War, the Women, the West
Islamic Feminism: What's in a Name?
Behind the Veil, a Muslim Feminist
I am a Muslim and a Feminist
Islam and Feminism: Are the barriers coming down?
Muslim Women Studying for the Future
Disobedient Muslim Women

"Nobody will ever win the Battle of the Sexes. There's just too much
fraternizing with the enemy."
- Henry Kissinger

Riot Grrls

Riot Grrls & Individualists

The Riot Grrls was a feminist punk movement in the USA during the 1990s, promoting their own brand of "In Your Face Grrl Power" Feminism. Coupled with individualists speaking their own brand of feminism, it is collectively a very outspoken branch of the feminist movement.

Riot Grrl Quotes
Tales of a Female Hitchhiker
Are Men Really Necessary?
Where’s the Riot? (in the Philippines)
The History of Riot Grrls in Music
From Girl to Woman to Grrl
If Men Could Menstruate
A Woman's Place (by Naomi Wolf)
Individualist Feminism: a voice for gender sanity
Geekgirl
Grrl

Sexuality & Feminism

Women are raised to repress their sexuality. Discovering and coming to terms with their sexuality is a difficult process in a culture where women are treated either like frigid madonnas or whores. The duality of the female sexuality is a double standard and a source of both sorrow and joy.

1990s Sex Debate Snapshots
Feminist Perspectives on Marriage & Divorce
Feminism, Pornography and Censorship
Feminist Perspectives on Reproduction & Family
Are Men Really Necessary?
The Demonification and Sexuality of Lilith
The Vagina on Trial - The Institution and Psychology of Rape
Stop Rape
The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm
Sexual Politics
Sex and Caste
A Postfeminist & Freudian Analysis of La Blue Girl
That Old Problem: Sex
Sex Is Supposed To Be Fun
BISEXUAL BASICS
Bogeymen and Bogeywomen
Loving Women: A Mother Daughter Chat
Feminism and Pornography: Sex and Censors
RiotGrrl's Infamous Blowjob Article
Big Dyke on Campus
A Feminist Overview of Pornography
Sex Slave Wins Settlement
Prostitution in Thailand and Southeast Asia
Thai Families selling their Children to the Sex Trade
Sex Trafficking in Burma and Thailand
Feminist Quotes about Pornography
Whose Slut?
Sexual Humour: Where’s the Joke?
Feminists = Good Lovers?
Advertising Sexploitation
Globalization, Sex & Profits
Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
Double Standard Sexuality
Wombs for Rent
Germaine Greer: The Female Eunuch
Trophy Boy Toys
An Open Letter to Anti-Abortionists
Less Violence, More Sex

Sex Positivity and the Female Orgasm

By Suzanne MacNevin

I control my orgasm. It does not control me. But I also see to it that I orgasm regularly, like a well-oiled clock.

The previous line may seem funny to you and it is sort of funny, but it is also meant to be serious. The female orgasm regulates a lot of the hormones in the female body. If I haven't had an orgasm recently I notice a definite drop in my overall happiness, my productivity, my sleeping patterns and eating patterns are damaged, and so forth. And I know the cause when I start feeling it - partly due to female intuition, but also because I am trained bio-chemist who has studied the inner workings of hormones in the human body. My orgasm is a powerful thing and I have to control it so that it does not control me.

And I am not alone.

Nicole Daedone also believes that the female orgasm is fundamentally important to the sexual revolution of women. Daedone is a sought-after speaker, author, and educator focusing on the intersection between orgasm, intimacy, and life. She is the founder of One Taste, a cutting-edge company bringing a new definition of orgasm to women and helping women and married couples to better control their orgasms through a meditation practice called OM or Orgasmic Meditation. OM combines the extended orgasm with Zen Buddhism and various forms of meditation to help women have orgasms more easily - and learn to control them - and helping women to talk about their orgasms so that their partners can be a larger part of the process. It is a large part of her goal to foster a new conversation about orgasm - one that she says is real, relevant, and intelligent.

And her program is working for tens of thousands of women and married couples who have tried it already.

The beauty of this is that it harkens back to the golden age of the sex positivity movement from the 1960s in the wake of the studies by noted biologist and sexologist Alfred Kinsey. When sex positivity was adopted by feminists and sex was declared a positive thing it fell on some pretty deaf ears at the time. Society was ripe for sexual revolution, which did happen, but it wasn't a really big revolution and comparatively very few women (in my opinion) were caught up in the sexual revolution. I would say it was less than 20% of the female population of North America at the time. Might even be closer to 5 to 10%. The problem at the time was that many women were still caught in a cultural lynchpin by religion and conservative values that said women should be thinking about their orgasms, should not be learning to have them more often, should not be learning to control them... Largely because a woman who is freed from the shackles of being controlled sexually is more likely to start thinking for herself and then her mind can no longer be controlled.

Our culture wants us to conform. We want to fit in with the rest of society and feel accepted. But our culture doesn't really have a place in the bedroom. It doesn't need to put its nose in there. Especially since the bedroom is one of the places where we can truly feel liberated and we don't have to conform to societal expectations. We can be wild, we can be kinky, we can seek to be controlled even - not my cup of tea, just saying - and a simple thing like orgasm meditation sounds pretty boring in comparison to some of the really wild and weird stuff that some women out there in an attempt to reach orgasm.

So my message here is simple: Try being more positive about sex. Just try it and see what happens.

You don't have to try the One Taste method of orgasm meditation. But I do recommend trying to be more positive and less negative about your sexuality. Your negative thoughts will hold you back from achieving orgasm. Being positive will help you to better control your body and your mind - and in turn free you from the shackles you have made that control your sexuality.


"Give a woman a job and she
grows balls."
- Jack Gelber

Socialist Feminism

Both economics and cultural aspects work to keep women down. Similar to Marxist feminism, Socialist Feminism believes that equality can only be achieved by tackling both the cultural causes of patriarchy and the economic aspects as well.

What is Socialist Feminism? (V.I)
Socialist Feminism: A Strategy for the Women's Movement

A Pioneer of Socialist Feminism
Socialist Feminism
What is Socialist Feminism? (V. II)
The Basics of Socialist Feminism
NRA Subverting Feminism for Guns

"My advice to the women's clubs of America is to
raise more hell and fewer dahlias."
- James McNeill Whistler

Topless Rights

The right to 'Topfreedom' is fundamental. Regardless of whether you argue it using religion (God meant for us to be naked in the Garden of Eden) or flat out equality (If men can go shirtless, why can't we?) the fact of the matter being topless has nothing to do with obscenity and everything to do with how our culture views and treats the female breast.

Topless Rights

Fight for Topless Rights
Texas Breastfeeding Laws
Topfreedom Manifesto
Topfreedom: A Fundamental Right
Barebreasted Monsters
Breastfeeding Frenzy
Freedom, Not Strippers
Protect the Children! Bare your Breasts!
My Breasts Reclaimed
A Taste of Freedom
Topfree, The Way you Want to Be
Thinking for Yourself
I AM NOT A SEX OBJECT
Criminalized for being a Woman
Beauty and the Breast
Topless in Canadian Tire
Hockey Mom Goes Topless!
Are You AFRAID of My Breasts?
Breastfeeding in Public
Toronto's Breastfeeding Policy
The History of Breastfeeding

Women, Movies & Film

How women are treated in films like "My Fair Lady" versus films depicting kung fu vigilantes like "Kill Bill" is the subject of Feminist Film Theory. Because frankly Scarlet, men don't give a damn so its up to women to analyze these films for their feminist content.

Feminist Film Theory
Women on Film at Centurys End

"Most women are one man away from welfare." - Gloria Steinem

Women & Poverty

Being poor can bring anyone down and make it very difficult to find equality in a culture which despises the impoverished. Especially when you are a single mother because the father isn't there to help. Women suffering in poverty often have to make the most difficult choices because they have so few options.

Women on Welfare

Poor White Women
Black Women in Poverty
Females and Welfare
Women and the Politics of Class
Radium Girls
Women in Slavery Sweatshops
Are Women Still Second Class Citizens?
Globalization, Sex & Profits
Wombs for Rent
The Ten Worst Countries for Women
An Open Letter to Anti-Abortionists


"How good does a female athlete have to be before we just call her an athlete?"

Sport in a Masculinist World

Women & Sports

It is true that women are physically smaller than men, but that doesn't mean we are weaker. Estrogen promotes muscles quality, not size like testosterone does. As such women are often stronger than they first appear. Women athletes therefore can often surprise you with their strength, speed and skill. (And contrary to stereotypes female athletes are not dykes. They're women with a strong backbone.)

Sport in a Masculinist World
Dancing for Self-Knowledge
Gender Biases in School Sports
Suzy's Guide to Weightlifting for Women
The Often Misunderstood She-Hulk
You throw like a girl!
Women's Fitness


Women's Magazines / Blogs / Journals / Whathaveyou

There are a lot of feminist magazines, blogs and journals out there. Here is a short list of some of the many websites we recommend checking out.

Feminist Truths
N.Paradoxa Feminist Art
Afghanistan Women's News
Little Provocateur
Women's Prison
Reviewing Red
MatriFocus Zine For Goddess Women
Carol Queen
Ms Magazine
Big Bad Chinese Mama
Pro-Choice Florida License Plates (US Only)
Penelope's Glad I'm a Girl Store
One Angry Girl Designs
Bitch Magazine, Pop Culture
Guerrilla Girls, Fine Art
The National Organization for Women
www.equalitynow.org
Feminist . Com
Feminist . Org (don't confuse the 2.)
The National Women's Hall of Fame
V-Day, Until Violence Against Women Stops
www.about-face.org, Combating Negative Stereotypes
Individualist Feminists, 21st Century Feminism
www.aware.org, Arming Women Against Rape
Andrea Dworkin
Media Watch, Challenging Media Stereotypes
www.feministsforlife.org
www.SusieBright.com
www.yoni.com, Gateway to Feminine Sexuality and Motherhood
Women in Film and Television Toronto
International Network for Life Studies
Susan Brown Miller . Com, Where Feminism Lives
Global Fund for Women


SuzanneMacNevin.com

Sample posts about Feminism from Suzanne MacNevin's personal blog.


Awesome Nike Ad Promoting Female Athletes
Feminist Book Reviews
The Truth about British Female Fantasy Writers
Moroccan child forced to marry her rapist
Using Women to Sell Guns
Native Girl in Wisconsin singled out in Catholic S...
Feminist Quotes about Truth and Justice
Tati Kalveks, Part Deux!
Pretty Young Thing
The Truth about Aunts
Controversy attracts Lawsuits
Are White Women more Selfish?
The Truth about Chris Brown
Real Men Don't Buy Girls
Responses to Domestic Violence in Popular Music
"Love is Blind" by Eve
But what does this have to do with feminism???
12 Feminist Anthems
The Truth about Girl Gamers
The Truth about Tati Kalveks
Crazy Stuff People Say to Feminists
A video worth watching: Miss Representation Traile...
The Truth about Fashion Models and Plus Size Model...
The Truth about Work Place Abuse in Adult Entertai...
The Truth About Hooking Up, Dating, and Doing Rela...
Feminism: The Sliding Scale
The Truth about Hijabs
The Truth About College Feminism
The Truth about Postfeminism
The Truth about Condoms With Teeth in South Africa...
System favours the few, the male
The Truth about Rape & Revenge
The Truth about Double Standards
Christian Feminist lives Biblically for a Year
The Truth About Women And Disability
The Truth about Rape & Sexual Assault
Lawsuits Schlawsuits! The Truth about Why You Can'...
Why Anti-Feminists should be Pro-Choice
The Truth about Feminist Videos on YouTube
Women's Unemployment in Britain
The Truth about Bigots
The Truth about Zealotry
How to Pick a Fight with Sexist Pigs
The Truth about Child Slavery in America
The Truth about Anti Feminist Hate Speech
Feminist Truths @ Facebook
The Truth about My Fair Lady
The Truth about Being Bold
The Truth about Persephone
The Truth about Bald Women
The Truth about Car Advertising
Suffragette School of Birmingham
The Truth about Book Writing
What is more important, money or justice?
The Truth about Conservative Feminism
The Truth about Vietnamese Girls
The Truth about Online Privacy
Feminist eZine set for relaunch
The Truth about Modern Women
The Truth about Working Girls
Toronto police officer fights Texan rapist
The Truth about Father's Day
150 years until equal representation
The Truth about Being One of the Guys
Eff Off Hef!
Fawcett Society: Rape needs to be taken more serio...
British Women Artists during WWII
The Truth about Will and Kate
The Truth about the Night Stalker
The Truth about Naming a Baby
The Truth about getting Pregnant
The Truth about 50 Years of Coronation Street
The Truth about the Montreal Massacre
The Truth about Rozsika Parker
Feminist Bloggers Wanted
Suck My Ovaries
The Truth about Rape Trials
The Truth about Feminomics
What are YOUR feminist truths?
Canadian Feminists divided over Prostitution
The World's 100 Most Powerful Women?
Leslie J. Sacks' Ten Commandments
The Truth about Women and Gun Control
The Truth about Eileen Nearne, aka Agent Rose
The Truth about Feminism in Britain
100 Posts of Feminist Truth
Ack! The Truth about Cathy
The Truth about Crisis Pregnancy Centres

Media Messages that Kill
The Truth about Female Rites of Passage
Being Raped? There's an app for that
The Truth about the Sexual Revolution & the Pill
The Truth about Funding 3rd World Abortions
The Truth about Human Trafficker Peter Nygard
The Truth about Women Terrorists in Chechnya
Erykah Badu goes nude at JFK assassination site
The Truth about Female Tokenism
The Truth about Tiger Woods & Adultery
The Truth about Details
The Toronto Women's Bookstore in Crisis
The Truth about Mary Magdalene
The Truth about Feminism in the United States
Pregnant Woman Wins Court Battle
The Truth about Cuckolded Women
The Truth about Who Wears the Pants in Sudan
Christian woman abducts baby, beats it head agains...
Misogynism at the Cannes Film Festival
The Truth about Satellite Babies
We Boobed, admits Marks & Spencer
The Truth about Sex and Advertising
Prostitution: Criminalizing the Men
Feminist killed in Afghanistan
Canada's First Female Warship Commander
Boxing and Breast Implants
Ursula Andress on Osteoporosis
German gunman kills 11 women, 4 men
The Truth about Women in Conservative Islam
International Women's Day
The Truth about Affirmative Action
Canadian Conservatives Eroding Women's Rights
Messy divorces costly, bankrupting couples
Divorce, Custody Battles and Brainwashing the Kids...
Obama ends abortion-linked ban
Sleeping in Sports Bras
Religion and the Rape of Children
Women during Recessions
Women and children first!
Jobs for Girls and Women
Little League Canada loses fight with girls softba...
Child Support for non-biological kids?
George W Bush's New Contraceptive Rules
The Truth about Women's Work
Hockey player suspended over sexist comment
Pakistani Teen murdered and her baby tossed into c...
Domestic Abuse in the USA
Self Defense Against Rapists
Korean Women: Not allowed to Pregnant
Virginity, Chastity and Muslim Beauty Queens
The Truth about Botox
Disney Princesses, Capitalism and Feminism
Sometimes Women just say NO to Kids
Top 10 Ways Sports Illustrated Disrespects Women
Woman Rescues Two in House Fire
Lesbians Attacked in Hate Crime
Sarah Palin sour over election results
Is Gay the new Black?
Abortion or Single Motherhood?
Iron Jawed Angels
Women Voters Proved YES WE CAN
Obama is the new US President
Sexually Active Teens watching racy shows
Sarah Palin is NOT a Feminist
Women in Sports: Lies, Sexism & Selling Out
The Good Wife's Guide and Advice for Young Brides
Are High Heels a Detriment or a Benefit?
Bus driver molests boy, gets away with it
Black Womanhood in Art
Sarah Palin struggles in unwelcome spotlight on ev...
Saturday Night Live Parody of Sarah Palin and Hill...
Feminist Blabble on Facebook
Killing Female Babies in India
Open Letter to Anti-Abortionists
The Truth about Anti-Feminists
The Truth about Misogyny, from the horse's mouth.....
Finally the Truth about Rape Victim in Saudi Arabi...
Feminists = Good Lovers?
Jesus said...
Feminists Censoring Feminists
Feminism's stormy history with religion
What Women Have Done to Art
Men Bashing Hillary Proves We Need A Woman Preside...
Confronting Misogyny
Sexuality and Truth
Truth in Feminism - Book Review
Truth, Speech, and Ethics

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Suzanne MacNevin, Feminist Writer

"I myself have never been able to find out precisely
what feminism is: I only know that people call me a
feminist whenever I express sentiments that
differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute."

- Rebecca West

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