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Why Women Need Feminism [Pic]

The day the St Johns Status of Women Council got angry.

It was Monday and everyone at the St. Johns Status of Women Council/Womens Centre was sad. The barrage of why I dont need feminism Tumblrs, articles and memes had left us all disheartened - a dark and invasive cloud curled around the office, sticking to everything we are and everything we stand for.

Then, we got righteously angry. After all, we are a feminist organization; one steeped in rich history in this city providing support, services and a safe place just for women for over 42 years.

Other feminist organizations meet here, collaborate, create and grow, sometimes under our leadership. We were the founding sisters of the rape crisis centre, the first transition house, created the first women only housing and the first outreach advocacy program for sex workers. The names of missing and murdered women in Newfoundland and Labrador hang on our walls reminding us every day just why we need feminism.

We needed action, and a voice to move past our sadness and get back to the essential feminist work we do every day because yes, we still need Feminism.

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Artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is tackling the important issue of street harassment with her art project entitled, Stop Telling Women To Smile. The project features portraits of women accompanied by a clever, biting phrase, such as the projects title phrase, in various metropolitan cities.

Tatyana explains to the Huffington Post that she began the project by discussing the various experiences of women she knew personally, which eventually went on to inspire the text underneath the portraits. Many of the lines serve as direct confrontation towards the harassers. This is especially great since a lot of women do not go out of their way to address street harassment, instead choosing to ignore it and go about their day.

For many women, street harassment has become apart of a disturbing daily routine. Though Stop Telling Women to Smile, which is currently undergoing a 26-day Kickstart campaign to raise $15,000, is currently limited to women, it may later expand to include the experiences of men and LGBTQ-identified individuals in the future. Tatyanas thought-provoking street art also opens the discussion for other issues such as domestic abuse, violence, sexual harassment and rape.

http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/stop-telling-women-to-smile

http://stoptellingwomentosmile.com



Feminism has fought no wars. It has killed no opponents. It has set up no concentration camps, starved no enemies, practiced no cruelties.

Its battles have been for education, for the vote, for better working conditionsfor safety on the streetsfor child care, for social welfarefor rape crisis centers, womens refuges, reforms in the law.

If someone says, Oh, Im not a feminist, I ask, Why, whats your problem?

Canadian women`s centre workers respond to ignorant social media trend.

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fantasoix
Male, 40-49, Western US
 37 Posts
Sunday, August 10, 2014 8:06:47 AM
What is feminism anyways? Is it the absurd notion that woman have equal rights?

liabach
Male, 40-49, Western US
 1641 Posts
Saturday, August 9, 2014 11:49:47 PM
I dont get upset when they ask "Who hired the stripper" when i first show up at work. I just get straight to the tea-baggin.

MelCervini
Female, 40-49, Eastern US
 1332 Posts
Saturday, August 9, 2014 10:51:09 PM
wow @SPrinkZ! Walk off a cliff? How progressive of you! LOL Why should I have to carry a gun? because no amount of signs and hashtags are going to stop a rapist from being a rapist. Do you lock your doors at night? why? just throw up a hashtag and 'teach them not to be thieves ormurderer you in your sleep?" don`t you see the idiocy of that? Seriously? Its the same as expecting a retraining order to stop a person hell-bent on revenge.

Trust me, dear... I am FAR from prey (I actually took a few minutes to lmfao at that one) I`m also wise enough to know that if someone wishes me harm, I better be able to defend myself and I choose a hollow-point at high velocity. (when I can pee 1800 feet per second, I`ll consider that as an optional rape-deterrent) If I walked around with a lil sign and expected that to stop a crime... THEN I would be stupid.

llaa
Male, 30-39, Western US
 1118 Posts
Saturday, August 9, 2014 8:19:47 PM
No way tree, you guys want too much CO2. We men need CO2 to breathe just as much as any tree, but the trees want more unequally!

Can't you see its trees that are the problem with feminism!

A good tree is a chopped down tree.

Get in the fireplace tree and roast my chestnuts!

iamatree
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 385 Posts
Saturday, August 9, 2014 6:42:03 PM
I need feminism because I'm a tree.

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