Women Empowerment

Empowerment: Are Women Today Empowered or Defiant?

What is a brave woman? What is empowerment? That is probably one of the hardest questions to answer. If we go back in time and look at how the feminine is viewed, we can agree that the feminine is considered the weaker gender. She is always the calm one. The distressed. The exclusive.
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Sexual Harassment MeToo

The Sexual Harassment Campaign that Inspired #MeToo

We have all read about Harvey Weinstein’s not so secret preferences of forcing himself on women. We have also read a couple of #MeToo tweets about sexual harassment, and even though this campaign started as a consequence of the Weinstein’s crimes, it actually has a predecessor: #MeuPrimeiroAssedio – #MyFirstHarrassment.
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Weinstein Aftermath Dawn Truth

A New Dawn of Truth: The World After Weinstein

It’s a new year, but what does “new” really mean? It’s hardly ever a new beginning when we twist the numbers one over again, it is only a new chapter in an old book we have been reading for too long. The story moves on, but it’s still very much the same story we have been reading for ages. It has the same characters, the same players, the same structure. And yet a new chapter can also mean bring a new development. 2017 was the year of abuse victims regaining their voices against sexual abuse and harassment, it was a new cornerstone, but does that mean anything in 2018? 2017 was our long overdue plot twist, but it ended on a cliffhanger, begging for a resolution. In the end, what can we take from the #MeToo and the #TimesUp campaigns into the new year? Where do we go from here, what lessons did we learn in the Weinstein aftermath and how do we handle the truth?
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Feminism Feminist Equality

Does the Future of Feminism Equal Inequality?

The future of feminism may be in jeopardy. Feminism used to be defined as a forward-thinking movement for equality of the sexes, but modern day feminism has earned a pretty abysmal reputation. Today, feminists are widely considered to be little more than petty man haters and there is plenty of evidence to support that impression. As feminists continue to divide upon and debate over the various issues that society faces today, their collective cooperation and collaboration continue to dwindle. Tens of thousands of women have abandoned the movement altogether, and many even consider themselves to be “anti-feminist.”
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Feminism Feminists Feminist Gender Equality

Feminism: Dawn of the Great Feminist Divide

Feminism is not the unified, forward-thinking movement it once was. Simply defined, feminism is a doctrine that advocates gender equality, but the modern definition is somewhat different. It’s coming of age was the necessary aftermath of centuries of women fighting to escape from under the controlling thumbs of men. Those first, revolutionary feminist heroes held fast in solidarity for, at that time, a simple goal: equality.
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The truth about sexual violence and assault

The Truth about Sexual Violence: Privilege, Power, and Abuse

Oprah’s inspiring acceptance speech was met with enthusiastic applause at the 75th annual Golden Globes, where this year, celebrities dressed for a cause instead of red carpet trendiness. Donning their black gowns and #TimesUp pins as a public display of unity for sexual harassment survivors and allies, they roared in solidarity as Oprah powerfully boomed, “the time is up!” In the same week, however, 1500 miles away from the festivities, another young man became a convicted sex offender. This is the truth of sexual violence.
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Gender-based marketing

Gender-Based Marketing of Toys and its Effect on Children

While Christmas shopping for your little ones this holiday season, you may be too frazzled to notice a trend as you peruse the toy section – but it won’t escape your children’s impressionable minds. Gender-based marketing. Surrounded by every shade of pink in existence and far too much glitter, the ‘girls’ section is chalk-full of tutus, princesses, play kitchens and baby dolls. Meanwhile, the superhero-smothered ‘boys’ aisles will deliver tough-guy action figures, toolboxes, and Tonka trucks.
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