5 Indigenous Women & Activists You Should Know About

Indian Country Today recently highlighted the central role of women in the recent anti-fracking protests by the Mi’kmaq First Nation in Canada. Amanda Polchies famously knelt down in front of a militarized blockade of police officers with nothing but an eagle feather between her and the officers. Amanda is but one of many Mi’kmaq women that faced down a line of police and stood their ground during the protests. She is also but one of many Indigenous women and activists who have worked and currently work toward justice, including such women as: Read More 5 Indigenous Women & Activists You Should Know About

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, But That Isn’t Enough

[TRIGGER WARNING for discussion of sexual violence.]  As you may have noticed, April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, and like with a lot of other awareness months, the focus is a little too narrow. Awareness isn’t enough when it comes to sexual assault. In order for things to change, we have to give equal attention (or even more) to prevention. Read More April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, But That Isn’t Enough

On Being a Feminist Activist with PTSD

[TRIGGER WARNING for sexual assault, domestic violence, and bullying.]

Being an activist is hard work even for the healthiest, most well-adjusted soul. Being a feminist activist is especially difficult given the number of threatening, misogynist messages we get on a daily basis from just about everywhere. But being a feminist activist with disabilities? Now that’s a challenge. Read More On Being a Feminist Activist with PTSD

Pinterest’s Burgeoning Feminist Community

Amidst all the “thinspiration” and “fitspiration” and links to tips on how to be a good wife to one’s husband, a burgeoning feminist community lurks in the depths of Pinterest”¦ Read More Pinterest’s Burgeoning Feminist Community

Kickstartable: Missed Call Technology for Social Change

It’s been a full month of featuring Kickstarter projects that get the Persphe-seal of approval, and I’m finding more projects every week. This week is another project that will serve the world at large, one petition signature at a time. Read More Kickstartable: Missed Call Technology for Social Change

Ten Things You Should Know About Pussy Riot

Free Pussy Riot! Sounds like a headline for a Craigslist ad, right? Not quite. It’s actually a call to action in support of a feminist, post-punk band from Russia, aptly named Pussy Riot. Referring to them as a “punk band” is kind of an understatement. They’re more of a political movement. Read More Ten Things You Should Know About Pussy Riot

The “War On Obesity” and The Weight Of The Nation

Back in the early days of dating my boyfriend, every once in a while he would turn on Fox News just for a laugh and to see what they’re saying. This usually ended up with me yelling at the TV then yelling at him to change the channel, then, and I’m not proud of this, throwing (hopefully) non-destructive pillows at the TV.

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Why Are Republicans Fighting the Violence Against Women Act?

Didn’t think it would get this bad, did you? Really, who would have thought that in 2012 we would be debating over what should be a common sense issue like domestic violence. Ten years ago if you had asked me if this would be something we’d have to worry about, I would have (naively) said no. But here we are! Senate Republicans are trying their very hardest to block the reauthoriazation of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and keep us lady folk down – literally. Read More Why Are Republicans Fighting the Violence Against Women Act?