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  1. Lauren
    Lauren April 27, 2012 at 10:39 am |

    I thought about this the other day, when the terms victim-blaming and slut-shaming were used in the latest episode of L&O:SVU. Terms that originated right here with us are becoming part of the lexicon.

  2. Athenia
    Athenia April 27, 2012 at 11:41 am |

    I think a real turning point was the Komen debacle. For me, that really showed me what the power of not only social media can do but really the power of pro-woman interests. No matter what the mainstream media says or what the government does, this country really does value women’s health. And that was really great to see.

  3. stef
    stef April 27, 2012 at 11:52 am |

    Great post. Social media and Twitter are one of the best ways to get involved in activism and stay connected to fellow feminists.

    One of my personal favourites: Laurie Penny, journalist, feminist and all-around awesome chick.

  4. D
    D April 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm |

    wow great article
    cool to see more viewpoints from feminists outside the US. channel too:

  5. Liza Wolff-Francis
    Liza Wolff-Francis April 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm |

    Great article- definitely motivating! I think we are using social media for social change and I am impressed by how much it actually affects change, though I know those who are against gender equality and women having the right to make choices for their bodies are also using it. I think there’s also still some catching up to do within the population. Most people at least have e-mail and probably Facebook, but a lot of people don’t do too much more, so how to get people involved who haven’t yet become addicted to the many avenues the Internet affords us is a question. I see strands of this starting to happen, but I hope someday the online organizing creates more cohesiveness and more opportunities to make off-line community. It’s a long war against women and a tough one- I hope the online push can connect us with the support we need on line and off. Thanks for the post! -Liza Wolff-Francis, Matrifocal Point

  6. Mxe354
    Mxe354 April 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm |

    I loved this article. The pessimist in me says that we still have a very long way to go, but I’m glad to see that social media has become instrumental to social activism.

  7. ahimsa
    ahimsa April 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm |

    I hope this is not too much of a tangent (moderator, please delete this if it is).

    For those who are in the USA, is anyone going to attend one of the “Unite Against The War On Women” protests that are planned for tomorrow, April 28th? I wish I could but won’t be able to go.

    See for details.

  8. ahimsa
    ahimsa April 27, 2012 at 5:46 pm |

    Oops, I think this is a better link (shows the list of events planned):

  9. Jackie
    Jackie April 27, 2012 at 9:23 pm |

    I was so excited when Slut Walk was mentioned on the Law & Order SVU episode Street Revenge!

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  11. Jennifer Green
    Jennifer Green April 29, 2012 at 3:12 am |

    From Echo Zen’s writing, this phrase —

    the countless attacks on women’s bodies

    — sums up so much about the continuing need for feminism today.

    Whatever we decide about our choices to practice sexuality (or not), the process of exercising agency over our own bodies is inherent to women’s freedom.

    It may still be trending in the news, but a related point is the mixed hilarity and sadness of the Vatican publicly upbraiding (scolding and mansplaining) American nuns for too much social justice and too little preaching against abortion and contraception. Pope and bishops call the good sisters “radical feminists.” Who knew!!!

    As I’ve read that graffiti in women’s public restroom stalls before Roe v. Wade used to say (decades before it became necessary in this century to reclaim the rights supposedly already won): “If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.” If men could get pregnant, whore pills would have zero side effects, be 100% effective, and cost nothing.

  12. AMM
    AMM April 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm |

    At the risk of sounding old and crotchety, I’m not convinced that on-line social media were the essential ingredient for the recent organizing successes. After all, the civil rights movement in that ’50s and ’60s and the anti-war movement of the 1960s and 1970s managed to build a pretty high profile despite similar lack of support from the press, and they had nothing more high-tech than telephones and the odd “underground” radio station.

    You don’t need high tech to build a movement. What you need is a substantial fraction of the population that believes that the goal is self-evidently right and necessary. The anti-war movement of the 1960s happened because the generation born after WWII had grown up with the idea (arising from WWII) that acting morally was what the US was about and found the US’s immoral behavior in Vietnam unbearable.

    In this case, what you have is an entire generation which has grown up in a society which pays at least lip-service to the equality of men and women and in which the availability (at least for middle-class white women) of abortion and a variety of birth control methods has always been a part of the landscape. Women in this generation who want to fight the “war on women” don’t have to seek out people who agree with them; pretty much everyone they know is on their side. The only thing that needs discussing is tactics and organization.

    On another note, it’s worth remembering that a lot of people who might agree with these causes don’t use social media, either because they don’t have access (is it practical to use FaceBook or Twitter if your only computer access is the public library?) or because they aren’t interested in spending their time on social media. (Yes, Virginia, there _are_ middle-class people under 25 who have no interest in FaceBook at all.) If these movements are to go beyond a subset of white, middle-class, young women, there are going to have to have organizers who go out and network with people with different backgrounds, lifestyles, and life circumstances. AKA old-fashioned Organizing.

  13. Athenia
    Athenia April 30, 2012 at 9:30 am |

    If these movements are to go beyond a subset of white, middle-class, young women, there are going to have to have organizers who go out and network with people with different backgrounds, lifestyles, and life circumstances. AKA old-fashioned Organizing.

    I don’t necessarily disagree with your assessments, but I do think social media does allow people from a variety of backgrounds to participate. (Of course, whether or not they’re interested in participating is another matter) But, you don’t necessarily have to be certain physical location to have your voice heard. A feminist in Wisconsin and a feminist in New York can both join the internet outrage.

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