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Feminism: From Grassroots to Full Bloom

by Ali Mailen Perrotto


Ali is the Online Resource Coordinator 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.

 

Charged with the task of discussing healthy masculinity in honor of the Healthy Masculinity Action Project Blog Carnival, I lost all focus. On first, the struggle began with feeling rather ill-equipped to write about this topic as a cisgender woman. It rounds a sharp curve at second, where one might elaborate on the role of traditional masculinity in fostering rape culture.

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Moments when an entire workplace stops, silently absorbing a public message, are rare.

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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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If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance that you have harnessed the power of social media for good. Starting off with a pretty smarmy title on this post, there’s also a good chance that I won’t pull it off. Hang in there with me for a few. I’m not talking about being that person who has “like, a million friends” on Facebook (shameless self-promotion!).

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Ok, that wasn’t so bad. Let’s say it again. “My body is beautiful.”

“I love and appreciate my body.”

“I thank my body for strength, courage, and protection.”

“I am grateful for the good food that nourishes my body and fuels my life, love, and work.”

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Friday June 15 (that’s tomorrow!!) marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Acknowledging that both feminist activism and sexual violence cross all boundaries, I asked a member of our lifespan project team to provide some insight on aging in the anti-violence movement. See the full response below:

 

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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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A few weeks ago I attended a keynote address by Dr. Gail Stern from Catharsis Productions. She focused her engaging presentation on identifying victim-blaming as a part of rape culture and disrupting it with humor.

“Humor,” you say? Yep, that’s what I say.

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So I’ve been defining feminism for our movement, recently focusing on how feminists are moving toward their goal. Let’s take a look at part two of hooks’ definition by talking about what “end” really means. A coworker recently told me, “I’m just tired of it.

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