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.

I’ve been following the hashtag #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen on Twitter since learning that it was trending. I am not going to try to explain it. I think it’s pretty straightforward. I don’t think I have the right to analyze it. That’s not the point. I’m bringing it to a blog platform at the NSVRC because I think it’s the right thing to do. The anti-sexual violence movement grew out of the a feminist movement.

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The Know Your IX website exploded on social media earlier this week and I couldn’t be happier about it. The website provides information, planning tools, and strategies for campus-based organizers to promote equitable education for all.

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Take a moment and reflect on the last time that you saw something on a social network that pissed you off. This could happen daily (hourly…). Sometimes it’s a good kind of pissed off:

“Argh…that article really fires me up, I am going to tweet my senator about it.”

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The new release of the Department of Defense’s biannual reports on the prevalence of sexual assault in the military has invited quite a lot of social commentary.

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Marine saluting flagMonday evening I spoke at a film screening of the Invisible War at Clarion University.

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Spring burstsSpring buds

From the ground, yawning

New life, new birth; the reviving stretch

On waking to a season of action.

April is a time of change, growth, renewal.

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As we watch the trial happenings in Steubenville, Ohio this week, I’m stuck on the role that social media played in this case.

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Are you rising today? Are you joining the 1 Billion? Typically, Valentine’s Day festivities make me a little nauseous. I’m a big fan of V-day--don’t get me wrong!

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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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This year is a kind of a big deal for community based sexual violence programs. Several of the nation’s oldest centers are celebrating their 40th Anniversaries.

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