Gloria Steinem and the Women’s Media Center are supporting a project that documents sexual violence in Syria. Definitely something to look into.

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With the political crisis in Syria, many of the nation’s inhabitants have become refugees, thus leaving them vulnerable to all types of attack-including sexual assault.

Syrian activists and figureheads from Harvard and Columbia University recognized this and have teemed up to launch Women Under Siege. Backed by Gloria Steinem and the Women’s Media Center, this project allows Syrian citizens and other in the area to report incidences of sexualized violence to track its occurrence in hopes that justice will be served on behalf of the victims.

The following explanation is taken from their blog:

There is an old idiom in medicine that says, “You can’t diagnose a fever without taking a temperature.” So just as taking a temperature tells us so much about the health of a person, taking in the rate of sexual assault can quickly, quantitatively, and objectively tell us valuable information about the health of a…

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This is my latest post on my sister blog “Advocacy Against Victimization.” It’s time that we stop accepting objectification of women in the media!

Advocacy Against Victimization | AAV

Pardon me for living under a rock, but in the midst of clearing out my DVR, I finally sat down and watched Miss Representation, a documentary that chronicles the media’s objectification of women and how it has systematically served to hold women back in terms of industry, politics, and leadership.

While I am not blind to offensive advertising, I must say this documentary gave me a much deeper understanding of how the media, in large part, objectifies women-which is indeed victimization. With a plethora of sexualized advertisements, movies and television shows, it’s no wonder that, by and large, my generation is more concerned about the next episode of “The Real Housewives of…” instead of the Planned Parenthood debacle.

I signed the pledge to spread the word about the media’s gross bias toward women and produce content of my own to combat this epidemic. I implore you to watch the…

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Back from Hiatus

Hello all.

So, after a few bumps in the road, I am back from a self-imposed hiatus.

It amazes me how life just seems to come at us. I won’t go into gory detail, but a series of unfortunate (and some lovely) events kept me away from writing.

However, rest assured that I have been keeping up with the news and I am more excited than ever to share my opinions.

Cherchez la feminista, and she shall (re)appear.

More content tomorrow.

The Feminist Dating Bible?

Samhita Mukhopadhyay , executive editor of Feministing.com, has released the book Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life. In the book, she posits that the traditional thought of feminism ruining relationships is false and that, in fact, the rise of feminism has helped in the romance department. Addressing cultural norms, sexuality and the pressure to marry, this book’s mission is to help explain the madness that is relationships and how feminists can find love without compromising their principles.

In an interview on Salon.com, Mukhopadhyay had this to say on the conflict between feminism and dating:

The truth of that argument is that feminism has hurt this really archaic notion of romance… This friction has come up between the reality of how we’re living our lives and the romantic story that hinges on gender relationships that don’t exist anymore.

(Click here to read the full interview on Salon.com)

Hopefully, Mukhopadhyay’s work will eschew the “traditions” of the dating game so us feminists don’t have to play dumb or damsel in distress to get a date.

Click here to purchase "Outdated" on Amazon.com

A Note From the Ombudsman

Hello everyone.

I sincerely apologize for the abrupt pause in content. I was tied up with an unexpected and tragic death in my immediate circle of friends. Although my heart still hurts from this loss, I am now ready to start updating CLF with fresh reports and critiques.

The ball gets rolling again on Monday.

Frivolous Fridays: The Ten Twitter Commandments

As a woman who manages five different Twitter accounts (one of which for this blog @chrzlafeminista), I am a bit of a Tweet junkie.

However, even communicating with the masses in 140 characters or less has its ground rules This is where Glamour’s Twitter Dos and Don’ts come into play. My favorite out of the ten?

DON’T send anyone a picture of your private parts. Ever.

Oh, if only a certain senator adhered to that one…

Click here to read the rest (photo from Glamour.com)

Boycott the Bunnies

Image taken from Posterworx

Gloria Steinem has sent out the call, ladies.

One of Steinem’s many claims to fame is the 1963 exposé on the poor conditions of the Playboy Club, in which she wrote a piece that blew one hell of a whistle on the less-than-glamorous working conditions. Now that NBC is about to bring the club to the small screen, Steinem is calling for a boycott of the upcoming series.

Gloria Steinem speaking during a conference at the Santa Fe Convention Center (via Flickr)

According to a report on Yahoo! News, Steinem calls for the boycott not due the inevitable sexually charged content, but because the show will most likely be a grossly inaccurate portrayal of Playboy’s 1960s heyday.

It normalizes a passive dominant idea of gender. So it normalizes prostitution and male dominance…I just know that over the years, women have called me and told me horror stories of what they experienced at the Playboy Club and at the Playboy Mansion.

The Playboy Club premieres in September. Will you be watching?

Enter: The Feminista

I have come across so many women that say, “Don’t call me a feminist,” because that sort of conjures up the idea of hairy armpits.
-Shirley Manson, lead singer of Garbage, CosmoGIRL, November 2001

Ten years later, this still seems to be the case. As women still struggle for their rights, the words “feminism” and “feminist” has a slightly negative ring to it.

This is a shame.

Lately, however, there has been a word that has been created to soften the blow…

Feminista.

Saying it aloud, it kind of rolls off the tongue, yes?

Yes.

The word combines the root of “feminist” with “fashionista,” albeit slightly. A feminista is the modern feminist, the one who will speak out for reproductive rights while wearing stilettos, the one who fights for equal pay but still turns heads on the job, the one who rejects female oppression and looks fabulous while doing it.

Being a feminist and being fashionable are not mutually exclusive. We can still retain our style, savvy and-dare I say-sex appeal while fighting the powers that be that impose subversive, unrealistic standards of beauty and behavior upon us-yes, at the same time!

This is where “Cherchez La Feminista” comes in. This blog will bring the latest news and updates on our struggles, commentary related to our ongoing fight for equality, with a little lipstick on the side for good measure.

What a concept!

Can it be true?

Keep reading and the answer you will find is a resounding “yes.”

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