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Top Posts of 2012

fireworksAs mentioned earlier, I’m away this week so just have a few short posts & videos going up, but if you’re bored and looking for a longer read, maybe check out one of our top posts from the past year:

  1. The Ups and Downs of Being a Feminist on Pinterest – Turns out you can carve out feminist spaces on Pinterest. Here are the pros and cons you should know going in.
  2. Geek Girl Con 2012 on Game of Thrones - I recap a Geek Girl Con panel that addressed the question: “Is Game of Thrones sexist?”
  3. Halloween 2012: Options Other Than the “Sexy ___” Costume – This year’s Halloween post includes five creative costume ideas to help feminists looking for alternatives to the “Sexy (insert noun here)” costumes in stores.
  4. Feminism, Beyond and Within: A Review of Brave – Jessica Mason McFadden talks about how the movie Brave depicts mother-daughter relationships.
  5. Sex-Selective Abortion Isn’t a “Gotcha” for Feminists – Sex-selective abortion is the latest issue anti-choicers are trying to use as a wedge to pass legislation restricting abortion in Canada and the US. This article puts the issue in perspective.
  6. New Twitter Guide for Feminists – Updated guide to the must-follow accounts and hashtags for feminists on Twitter.
  7. Feminism F.A.Q.s: What Have Women Been Told They Can’t Do? – I launched my Feminism F.A.Q.s video series this year and this video, on what women have been told they can’t do through history, was far and away the most popular.
  8. 5 Signs You’re Arguing with an Incognito Anti-Choicer – Josey Ross deconstructs the most popular anti-choice rhetoric.
  9. Violence Sells? Time to Say “Enough” To Twisted Advertisers – Working with Battered Women’s Support Services (Vancouver) back in April, we shared a week-long series of posts by Joanna Chiu on media representations of violence against women. This post on violence against women in advertising was the most popular.
  10. Buying Presents for Other People’s Children: Actually Not Super Difficult – Jessica Critcher suggests some more gender-neutral options for people buying toys for others’ children.


Posted on by Jarrah Hodge in Feminism 1 Comment

Gender Focus Panel: On Reclaiming Negative Words

I was reading one of my favourite blogs, GOOD, the other day and there was an article on “How to Reclaim a Dirty Name”, which particularly focused on the word “slut”. Here’s an excerpt from the intro:

Following the brouhaha in February when Rush Limbaugh called university student Sandra Fluke a ‘slut’ for arguing before Congress in favor of a private mandate for contraception coverage, a handful of campaigns have sprung up leveraging the epithet to further their cause. It’s breathing new life into the decades-long feminist movement to repurpose the word ‘slut’ from a shaming slur into a symbol of sexual choice.

The article listed five steps for reclaiming a negative term (say it first, brace for backlash, embrace the stigma, make it mainstream, take action), implying that it’s possible to reclaim any word no matter its history or how degrading it has come to be. Now reclaiming the word “slut” has been hotly contested by feminists, which the article does acknowledge, and I admit I understand both sides of that particular argument. On the other hand, I would argue that a term like “queer” is an example of successful work reclamation. So I wondered what others thought: is it possible to reclaim any dirty/negative/stigmatized word we want? Are there cases where it’s okay but only if guidelines for use are observed?

Here’s what some Gender Focus contributors had to say: Read more

Posted on by Jarrah Hodge in Feminism, Politics, Pop Culture 2 Comments