Year of the (Young) Woman

Reposted from The Nation

by Jessica Valenti on May 15, 2012

Komen. Sandra Fluke. Transvaginal. The reason these words are instantly recognizable—the reason the “war on women” is now part of the national conversation—is largely thanks to younger women and online organizing. Behind every recent battle against the onslaught of sexism has been the energy and activism of young people—on blogs, Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook. And in a long-overdue but welcome change of message, the mainstream feminist movement that once claimed young women didn’t care about feminism is finally catching on. Some are even walking the walk. Read More

3 comments to Year of the (Young) Woman

  • thank you for sharing all this great information.

  • i’m totally for porn and for llnaeizigg prostitution, but i don’t think it’s accurate to use the blanket statement that these women choose the profession. i’m sure many choose the adult film industry on their own free will, along with stripping, but i think the numbers are a lot lower when it comes to prostitution. feminists who are against the sex industry are looking at the reasons why a woman may choose to go into such professions and looking at what’s lacking in their lives where they may have felt forced into it. there’s also of course the whole issue of being used by men and governed by men in the form of pimps. i’m probably just restating a bunch of things you already know and have considered it just struck a chord with me when you seems to assert that it’s simply a choice and didn’t seem to take into account the reasons behind such choices.which is what i think feminism is about. not just choice but looking at the reasons behind the choice (not to say neither of you are considering this as well). i totally agree with you melissa, there is no reason to bash one side or the other those who choose to be mothers and those who don’t. but it’s important to look at the reasons why. did a woman feel forced into motherhood? did she get pregnant at 18 and thought motherhood was her only option? or did a woman decide not to have a child because she felt it would interfere with her career, and why was she forced to choose a career over motherhood and why doesn’t our society support both more readily (as in government funded child care and lifting the stigma that mommies receive in the workforce in the form of less pay and lower positions).anyways. i really don’t intend any of the above to be an argument or anything, just adding to discussion. i’d be really interested in picking up that book as i also really don’t have any intention of having kids and i get really turned off from the reactions i receive and the attitudes i see in communities like childfree. i think the thing that irritates me most about that community is that they constantly complain about kids and bash mothers depicting them as unfit parents, as you noted, and while i get irritated with kids too, that’s not what my decision is really about.

  • I wish you well with this project, but I admit that I relaly don’t see the point of fora restricted to (pro-)feminist men or white anti-racists. I consider myself to belong to both of these categories, and I can’t imagine any discussion I would want to have with other (pro-)feminist men or white anti-racists from which I would want to exclude women or non-white people. (In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the only situations in my entire life from which I would want to categorically exclude women or non-white people a priori are ones in which I want to be alone.)It’s probably true that men have issues that women don’t understand ; it’s also true that men have issues that men don’t understand. It seems to me that any (pro-)feminist discussion of such issues could only be enhanced by the incusion of feminist women’s perspectives.Fora for women only, or for women of colour only, do make sense to me; I can understand why members of these groups would want spaces in which they wouldn’t have to deal with (among other things) reactionary accusations of man-hating’ or reverse racism’. And I can see how a forum about issues confronting (pro-)feminist men might end up being a men-only forum in practice, if feminist women have other things they’d rather spend their time on. But what’s the point of making it a men-only forum in principle?

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