Feminism: From Grassroots to Full Bloom

by Ali Mailen Perrotto


Ali is the Online Resource Specialist at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Blogger Bio: Feminism excites me! Let's take a look at the way it informs, impacts and shapes the movement against sexual violence.

Blog Description: A blog about the growth of feminist thought and praxis in the movement to end sexual violence.

 

 

Recent news reports teem with commentary on the actions of Boy Scouts of America to cover up years of child sexual abuse allegations. Referred to as the “Perversion Files,” reports of adults sexually abusing scouts spanned decades, from 1970-1991.

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In my former role as a Children’s Advocate at a local rape crisis center, I learned some valuable lessons about what the legal process means to a child victim. Even though each child, each case, and each understanding is uniquely informed by individual experiences, there were a few common features that stuck out to me.

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picture of notes on flip chart paperOk, so, I confess. I’m not really a techie. I think I would more accurately describe myself as a groupie to techies, or a tag-a-long little sister to techies. I think tech stuff is super cool. I really like learning about it, and talking about it, and brainstorming ways to harness technology for the greater good.

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Special thanks to Jill Laster, this week’s guest blogger on Feminism from Grassroots to Full Bloom. Jill agreed to share her thoughts on this critical issue.

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And this feminist is a girl who speaks her mind. I’m loving some of the campaign posters (Special Sneak Peek!

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In my last post, I discussed the influence of feminist thought in shaping my own personal lens to recognizing oppression. Acknowledging that definitions are many in this great movement, I shared one of my favorites from bell hooks: “Feminism—a movement to end sexist oppression.” Great definition, short and sweet, but WOW does it pack some power! Over the next few posts, let’s unpack some elements of this loaded definition.

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I got so excited about this blog post! I want to share my deep feelings about feminism and the movement. Talk about neat happenings and tough issues. Instead, I’m going to rein myself in, and begin at…the beginning. One of my greatest teachers shared an important lesson with me at the onset of my Feminist journey:

The question, “what is feminism?” has many answers.

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