5 Years of Feminist Activism!

Monday 15th of February 2016 07:22:28 PM  |  Feminist Activism

Today marks the 5th anniversary of Feminist Activism’s first blog post! To celebrate I’m counting down my top five favorite posts from throughout the years. They’re not necessarily the posts that have gotten the most views or interactions, but they’re the ones I think have been most poignant. If your top five would be different, tell everyone which posts you’d have preferred in the comments. Thanks for being a part of my life, and for helping make the world a better place for the past…


Undue Burden: Abortion in Texas on the 43rd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Saturday 30th of January 2016 03:41:39 PM  |  Feminist Activism

January 22, 2016, Austin, TX, USA Although I didn’t plan to be at the Texas Capitol on the 43rd anniversary of Roe vs. Wade to hear comedian Lizz Winstead, Senator Kirk Watson, activist Amy Hagstrom Miller and others impassioned about Reproductive Justice speak, the stars aligned to bring me there. Wearing orange, armed with signs I made to protest in that same building back in 2013–La Lucha Sigue Y’all!–with a friend and clinic-worker by my side, I listened, as the wind whistled, and…


2015 Blogging in Review

Thursday 31st of December 2015 02:47:56 PM  |  Feminist Activism

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for Feminist Activism. Here’s to an even more informative and just 2016! Happy New Year, dear readers! Here’s an excerpt: Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 67,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. Click here to see the complete report. (func…


Giving Back for Native American Heritage Month

Thursday 26th of November 2015 03:32:11 AM  |  Feminist Activism

Giving Back for Native American Heritage Month

Most people in the United States automatically equate November with Pilgrims & “Indians” and Thanksgiving, and while the tide of cognizant adults is turning, there are still millions of people in the USA who do not acknowledge our country’s horrific, genocidal, colonial history. I’ve written about Native American women’s activism in the States before, but today I want to bring your attention to Native American Heritage Month, and a few things you can do to help improve the lives of…


Pink & Purple Awareness

Sunday 1st of November 2015 01:13:29 AM  |  Feminist Activism

As October draws to a close the observations of my friends and co-workers are ringing in my ears: cancer is a by-product of life, and we should be focusing on things we can prevent, like domestic violence. Most people are unaware that in addition to being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month, hence why there are so few purple ribbons to be seen amongst the sea of pink, but purple goes with your pink ribbons just fine. Obviously no one likes cancer and…


Happy Bi Visibility Day!

Wednesday 23rd of September 2015 11:19:09 PM  |  Feminist Activism

Every September 23rd bisexuals the world over shed our cloaks of invisibility in favor of something more suited to the human race- community. Bi Visibility Day lands in the middle of Bisexual Awareness Week so today I’ll share with you some ways you can educate yourself about bi+ folk. Bi+ refers to the whole spectrum of non-monosexual people of any gender identity (transwomen, ciswomen, genderqueer, non-binary, genderfluid, transmen, cismen, etc.) who love/are attracted (romantically and/or…


Stop Killing Trans Women!!!

Monday 24th of August 2015 02:00:43 PM  |  Feminist Activism

Protesters march in a rally in Los Angeles August 18th August isn’t even over yet and already this month five trans people’s bodies have been found in the USA, meaning that in eight months of 2015 we’ve already surpassed the total number of trans women killed in 2014. This year across the United States 20 trans women (most of them women of color) have been murdered. Twenty?! T.W.E.N.T.Y. Despite making up less than one percent of the world’s total population a transgender person is ki…


Black Lives Matter: Reflections on the Death of Sandra Bland

Saturday 1st of August 2015 04:59:12 AM  |  Feminist Activism

Get ready to get uncomfortable. One of the biggest privileges of having white skin is believing, knowing, that if you call the police they will feel more inclined to “protect and serve” you than not. The same is true of doctors–if the medical industry has a history of lying and using your people as guinea pigs, it would understandably be difficult to trust white coats. Of course media portrayals, general corruption, class, rural vs. urban, previous incarceration history, dis/enfranchisemen…


I Believe! #WWC

Friday 26th of June 2015 06:41:12 PM  |  Feminist Activism

The victims of the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church There’s so much I could write about right now I had a really hard time choosing this month’s topic! From LGBTQAI+ Pride to #BlackLivesMatter to reproductive (in)justice and everything in between, there’s a lot going on in the United States that deserves our attention. Recent police violence against black girls and the massacre of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church parishioners pictured above Rev. Sharonda C…


10 Uterus-Having Folks On Not Having Kids

Monday 1st of June 2015 01:41:31 AM  |  Feminist Activism

More people than ever in the US are choosing not to have children–for a wide variety of reasons. After my (and the internet’s) overwhelmed reaction to this piece I knew that I had to see how the uterus-having non-breeders around me felt about (not) having children. I would have liked to have heard from more people of color, more people on the trans spectrum and from people of different ages… I guess it’s time to make more friends! *Some folks have chosen to remain anonymous. MW: Female,…


Maude Lebowski is Going Balls Out for Reproductive Justice

Friday 24th of April 2015 09:39:52 PM  |  Feminist Activism

Dear Mr. Lebowski, As I am sure you are well aware the month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month–or SAAM colloquially–but with stories like the rape of women and girls in ISIS captivity, fraternities attempting to prohibit schools from investigating sexual assaults, and revenge porn victims finally getting some justice in the news lately it would be a difficult feat for anyone to be unaware of just how prevalent sexual assault is in the U. S. of A. While #EverydaySexism is rampant,


Love ‘Em All: A Bisexuality-Affirming Playlist

Friday 13th of March 2015 04:47:57 AM  |  Feminist Activism

March, in addition to being Women’s History Month, is also Bisexual Health Awareness Month. Bisexuals (pan/poly/omnisexuals et al.) of all genders face discrimination and health issues at rates way beyond monosexuals of any gender. If you want to check out #BiHealthMonth and some of the depressing statistics you can do that here. To combat all the shit bisexuals deal with I wanted to make a playlist of songs (in precisely zero order)–interspersed with art–that affirm bisexuality, whether t…


February: the Pinnacle of Intersectionality

Sunday 1st of March 2015 05:13:00 AM  |  Feminist Activism

For being the shortest month of the year February certainly packs a lot into its 28 days. I apologize in advance if some of this is discombobulated. Of course February is Black History Month, and it’s also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and a time for LBGTQAI+ visibility. So how do all of these factors interact? I’m glad you asked! Unfortunately the data on dating abuse amongst black queer youth is practically non-existent, so that’s something to get on before next February rolls ar…


Reflections on Being an Abortion Provider

Saturday 31st of January 2015 06:26:46 PM  |  Feminist Activism

After well over two years with Austin Women’s Health Center providing abortion care and reproductive healthcare to the women of Texas I learned many lessons I’d like to share with you, dear reader, and to leave for myself as a reminder why I must always remain in the fight for Reproductive Justice and bodily autonomy. It was a lot to learn, and will be a lot to take in, so bear with me. Austin Women’s Health Center All women have abortions. Every age. Every race. Every religion. Every…


Day 16 of 16 Days of Activism: Nigeria

Thursday 11th of December 2014 01:42:27 AM  |  Feminist Activism

#Day16 of #16Days–our final exploration of resources around the world for those affected by gender-based violence–leads us to Nigeria. Thankfully the resources available to folks facing violence and discrimination in Nigeria are much more plentiful than yesterday’s exploration of The Bahamas! Unfortunately these resources are much-needed as statistics show that at least one of every three women in Nigeria suffers from domestic violence and in some areas even physical violence against one