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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.

 

This is nothing groundbreaking. I know that creepy “rape t-shirts” have been around forever. Unfortunately I got a stark reminder about it yesterday when a coworker forwarded an email with the Top 5 Rape Shirts post in tow. Stuff like this seriously creeps me out! Who buys these shirts?

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Yelling-cadetA million years ago, when I was learning to teach swimming lessons for a summer job, my mentor instructor taught me the importance of giving critique sandwiches. Start with a positive, insert your critique and recommendations, end with a positive. Makes good sense, even now.

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While I have mixed feelings about saying this, it’s been a big year for sexual violence in the media so far. Following a year of sexual abuse blowing sports culture out of the water, we’ve started off 2013 with protests over the Delhi Gang Rape and national outcry over the happenings in a football town in Ohio.

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If you are the kind of person who lives under a pop culture rock, you may still be hearing about the movie Les Miserables from friends, family, coworkers, and commentators. This post IS NOT a spoiler, because I haven’t seen it yet.

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Part 3 of our Christmas Unwrapped Feminist blog series is finally here! I know…you were probably on the edge of your seat after reading about Concerning Claymation and Creepy Carols.

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Disclaimer: I LOVE Christmas Carols. Love, love, love! I would start listening to them at Halloween if I could.

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At the risk of bursting your holiday bubble, I’m going to apply a feminist lens to some holiday favorites and pastimes for folks who celebrate the Christmas holiday. A few nights ago, I happened upon a Christmas special, where they showed the Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer Claymation.

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Last night I served on a panel after a screening of the Invisible War in Pittsburgh, PA. The event, the first of its kind hosted by Public Source, was a culmination of a series of investigative stories on the experiences of veterans returning to the Pittsburgh area.

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Part of my personal feminist framework led me to vegetarianism back in college. Seven years later, I am still a vegetarian, and still navigating those ever-fun family dinner gatherings.

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Needless to say, severe weather kind of freaks me out. It’s not in a hide under the bed during thunder storms kind of way. It’s much more about my fears for what it means about the (lack of?) health and well-being of our planet.

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