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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign: Day Five

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS DAY, NOVEMBER 29TH Defending Women Defending Rights is an international campaign launched in 2004 for the recognition and protection of women human rights defenders who are activists advocating for the realization of all human rights for all people. The campaign asserts that women fighting for human rights and all activists defending women’s rights face specific violations as a result of their advocacy or their gender. November 29th is a day of recognition for women human rights defenders, and it is a day to commemorate activism, advocacy and courageous acts of resistance. The campaign focuses on defense of rights and the impact of abuses by state and non-state actors (including family and community members), the rise in militarism and fundamentalisms, and the many ways defenders are targeted because of sexuality, including the perception of being lesbian or gay. For more information, check the women human rights defender campaign website at

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign: Day One

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates November 25 - International Day Against Violence Against Women- and December 10 - International Human Rights Day- in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights . This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. Learn more at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. For the next 16 days, Viva la Feminista will be joining thousands of voices in marking 16 days of activism against gender violence. In conjunction of this campaign, I am also asking Viva la Feminista r

Movie Review: Tangled (with a note on Megamind)

This review is for parents worried about what messages this movie may send to our daughters and sons. As a feminist parent, I wish I could pre-screen every movie and TV show before my daughter views it, but I just can't. Thus this review is more for that purpose as opposed to whether or not it is a good movie. In otherwords, if you kid is begging you to see this movie, but scream at the thought of another princess movie, this is for you. AKA THERE WILL BE SPOILERS! Disclaimer : I was given a sneak preview pass through Klout because I'm a Klout influencer. I was under no obligation to receive the sample or talk about this company. I get no additional benefits for talking about the product or company. Plot: Rapunzel's mom (the Queen) is dying in child birth, saved by magic flower that Mother Gothel was hiding. The flower kept Gothel youngish for centuries. Without it she turned old. Flower was turned into a drink that saved Mom. Rapunzel was born with

Star Wars can help Katie & other girls by doing more than just blogging

As a blogger, I am still constantly amazed at how fast some of our stories spread around our world. The story of first-grader Katie being bullied for liking "Star Wars," hit a chord with many SW fans. It went viral with such fury that Star Wars blogger Bonnie Burton responded : As any Star Wars fan worth his or her weight in midichlorians can tell you, there is no one single “type” of Star Wars fan. Star Wars fans are both genders, all ages, all races and all nationalities. [...] My point is, ladies love Star Wars too, and we should all support their right to geek out just like the guys. Little girls need to know they have every right to pick up a lightsaber as the rest of us. Star Wars itself is full of strong, independent female characters who wouldn’t have taken any guff from 1st grade boys who clearly don’t know their Star Wars characters.  To that I say "Hell yeah!" But I also want to say to Star Wars & George Lucas...You can do more. Yo

CFP: Precarious Spaces: (Dis-) Locating Gender

Precarious Spaces: (Dis-) Locating Gender The 18th Annual Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies  Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at the University of Rochester March 24th & 25th, 2011 Keynote Speaker: *Laura Kipnis* Professor of Radio/Television/Film, Northwestern University The Susan B. Anthony Institute at the University of Rochester is pleased to announce the 18th Annual Gender and Women's Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, which will take place March 24th and 25th, 2011. The Conference Committee is currently seeking paper proposals. Each year the SBAI conference features considerations of gender, sexuality, and women's studies from varied disciplinary fields. These include (but are not limited to) art, art history, cultural studies, education, film, history, geography, law, literary studies, linguistics, media studies, medicine, music, philosophy, and political science. The conference aims to foster an environment of interdi

Have you "liked" Viva la Feminista?

I decided it was time to start a fan page for Viva la Feminista . Not because I think this is the biggest and most awesome of blogs, but I know there are far more of you out there then I care to admit. That's my modesty peeking through. As I consider my 10th blogging anniversary, VLF is just over three years old and with this PhD thing, I'm not posting as much as I use to, I'm trying to do a few things to help keep us all in touch. I also know that there are some of my Facebook friends who do like to read my stuff, but not everyone. So instead of feeding VLF RSS to my personal Facebook profile, I'm going to feed it to the VLF fan page. I know it may seem strange, but I don't think I've ever promoted VLF over at Facebook. I guess it's because my whole point of joining Facebook was to connect with students in my program. Then after Zuck left everyone and their dog join Facebook, I walked a fine line between being me and being the director of a my office. L

Review: Ms. Magazine Fall 2010

The Fall 2010 issue of Ms. Magazine is a great read and contains one controversial article. First the good stuff: There is an excellent review/interview by Audrey Bilger with friend of VLF, Jennifer L. Pozner , in the book section.  Speaking of books, Jessica Stites has a fab piece on feminist young adult books including a description of "The Hunger Games" that actually makes me want to read the books. Considering all the I know of reality TV, did you really think I'd jump on the bandwagon of a book about reality TV?  A moving piece on crisis pregnancy clinics and their connection to anti-abortion extremists. Timely considering that one of them was just convicted of stalking in North Carolina.  While a lot of attention has been paid to NOLA, Ms. shines a light on the Gulfport and Biloxi, Mississippi and the plight of homeless women where shelters are almost impossible to find.  The third piece on maternal mortality takes us to Tanzania. There's an excellent pie

Guest Post:: Share this Video of John Boehner

This post is cross-posted with permission from Blog for Choice. Rep. John Boehner of Ohio is set to become the next speaker of the House of Representatives in January. What do we know about him? Well, for one, that he wants to take away your right to choose. Boehner thinks politicians, not you, should make the personal, private medical decisions that affect your life. Exactly how extreme are John Boehner's views? He voted twice against the Family and Medical Leave Act.  He voted eight times against clinic protection for women and doctors.  He voted for the dangerous Stupak abortion-coverage ban in health reform.  He voted twice to deny federal funding of abortion care to survivors of rape and incest. Boehner's plan to attack choice is no secret-- it's his top priority . He just released a new working document called "Pillars of a New Majority." Pillar number one: a speech he gave last summer to the National Right to Life Committee in which he exp

Searching for a new Mayor: Part 1 - Schools

While not as shocking as Daley's retirement, the timing of Ron Huberman's decision to quit on the Chicago Public Schools was a bit shocking. But it's one that many of us looking forward to a new Mayor and new head of CPS are moving past quickly. There are a lot of issues in CPS, some obvious and urgent, some not-so-obvious, but still in need of attention. I hope to write a little bit about those issues here and encourage Chicagoans to make it a priority to ask all Mayoral hopefuls not just about their dedication to public schools, but what plans they have to address certain needs such as: The scattering of CPS students: The recent decision to allow any and all siblings to go to the same magnet school is AWESOME. There are far too many parents who are shuttling all over this city to take 1 kid here and another one there. That said, why don't we go back to the idea that a school is a community center, that kids in the neighborhood go to a school down the street and t

Book Review: Do Something! A Handbook for Young Activists by Nancy Lublin

Don't be fooled by the subtitle, Do Something! A Handbook for Young Activists should be sitting on your shelf too. It's a straight forward tool for the novice activist that helps them identify "their thing," aka their issue to work on. The issues range from education to hunger & homelessness. I let my daughter flip through it as she's quite concerned with the state of the world, especially all the homeless she sees on a daily basis. At seven, I think she's note quite ready for this book. At the same time she took quite an interest in it too. But when she's ready to take on an issue whether it's petitioning her school for something or rallying our neighbors to clean up the park, Do Something will be what I point to as a first step. Do Something guides young activists through the imagining process to the planning process to the doing and of course the evaluation of actions/campaigns. I say that this should be sitting on your shelf because th