The fourth wave of feminism seems to be A Thing now and it’s all about the technology.
The campaign for women’s liberation never went away, but this year a new swell built up and broke through. Since the early summer, I’ve been talking to feminist activists and writers for a short book, All The Rebel Women, and as I tried to keep up with the protests, marches and talks, my diary became a mess of clashing dates.
The rush was such that in a single weekend in October, you could have attended a feminist freshers’ fair in London, the North East Feminist Gathering in Newcastle, a Reclaim the Night march in Edinburgh, or a discussion between different generations of feminist activists at the British Library (this sold out in 48 hours, was moved to a room four times bigger, and sold out again).
You could have joined one of the country’s 149 local grassroots groups, or shared your experience of misogyny on the site Laura Bates, 27, started in April 2012. Her Everyday Sexism Project has proved so successful that it was rolled out to 17 countries on its first anniversary this year, tens of thousands of women worldwide writing about the street harassment, sexual harassment, workplace discrimination and body-shaming they encounter.
Laura Bates started blog less than two years ago to document accounts of discrimination ‘so niggling and normalised that you don’t even feel able to protest’
The project embodies that feminist phrase “the personal is political”, a consciousness-raising exercise that encourages women to see how inequality affects them, proves these problems aren’t individual but collective, and might therefore have political solutions.
This year, 6,000 stories that have been sent to the project about harassment or assault on public transport – the majority never reported to authorities – were used to train 2,000 police officers in London, and create a public awareness campaign. In its first few weeks, says Bates, the reporting of harassment on public transport soared.
The Everyday Sexism Project received its 50,000 entry this week, less than two years after being launched.
Everyday Sexism currently has more than 108,000 followers on Twitter. Of course, following a social media account isn’t the same as joining a political party, but to put this engagement in perspective, Tory membership is now at 134,000.
Everydaysexism corners Facebook via advertisers, FB back down on anti-women ‘hate speech’ posts
Posted by dabitch on 29. May 2013 – 18:04
This image with the found at the Facebook page “Offensive Humor at Its Best” shows a woman with her mouth taped shut and the idea to ‘tape her and rape her’, but Facebook doesn’t consider it hate speech. Facebook’s response to offensive joke is even more offensive says MSN as they explain that Laura Bates’ Everyday Sexism Project aims to remove rape speech and anti-female content from Facebook.
The interesting thing to us, dear adfolk, is that Laura’s Everydaysexism twitter account often find national middle american brands advertising right next to really offensive images. Do you really want to advertise Legoland and “Dating in London” next to a joke about roofies and a picture of an unconscious woman spread eagle on a bed? Should Magnum ice-cream and Amazon be advertising next to images of a (presumably) dead woman in a blood filled bath tub? Is that really what your target market is into?
Everydaysexism are attacking where it hurts Facebook, their wallet, with the money making ads, and it worked! Since the ads themselves appear according to the users preferences and likes I would see things related to my interests (which includes Disneyland and World) next to these ‘rapey’ images. Another person would get a different set of ads, but if you’re a lady you’ve probably seen “Dove” follow you about facebook for weeks.
Using the Twitter hashtag #FBrape Everydaysexism and their posse oscreendumped Facebook images and called on advertisers to remove their ads from the networks if they were spotted alongside seriously offensive content. Nobody wants to advertise next to a dead woman, and certainly not Dove who was found next to this “Next time, don’t get pregnant” picture.Read more at http://adland.tv/adnews/everydaysexism-
SOME OF 50,000 entries
- Now it’s time for feminism to tackle class as well as culture (feimineach.com)
As a black feminist, I see how the wider movement fails women like my mother | Lola Okolosie (theguardian.com)
I’m a half-arsed, accidental feminist – like many other young women | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett (theguardian.com)
The Art and Heart of Teaching Feminism and Queering
- Feminism | Murky waters: Trying to explain feminism to others without losing your faith in humanity (thongexcavationpoetry.wordpress.com)
The Gladies Podcast Episode 4: Dirty Feminism (gladies.com.au)
- 7 Phrases Most Feminists Despise /and/ You’re pretty HAIRY for a feminist
- Birth as feminist issue (birthbelongstomamas.com)
Phyllis Schlafly: Not all feminists are ugly (theblaze.com)
Abortion is a Not Evil and Anti’s Are Not Pro-Life (truthfultragedy.wordpress.com)
Minimum age of consent to rise from 13 years to 16 (elpais.com)
Jornades d’acció feminista autònoma /feminist action days
Escrache feminista: 1000′s se movilizó contra la prohibición del aborto
Elvira, the Street Brigade and the Sex-work Network
Blessed be our struggle… Feminism that Sins (thefreeonline.wordpress.com)
Spanish government prepares new abortion law (kansascity.com)
victory! Tunisia frees Femen activists: Now Free AMINA! (thefreeonline.wordpress.com)
Feminist Protests go Worldwide: Free Amina..Free all Women!
Attention Men: If You Attack a Woman
Houston, is my Vagina a Problem for you?
Womens ‘Red Brigades’ confronts India sex abuse