To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked 11 women from different countries to choose one reason we should celebrate this year.
• From the US: Jessica Valenti - let’s celebrate the backlash against sexism
• From Egypt: Adhaf Souef - let’s celebrate the women of Egypt’s revolution
• From India: Mari Marcel Thekaekara - let’s celebrate Indian women being more visible than ever
• From Sudan: Lubna Hussein - let’s celebrate the women of Sudan’s Nuba mountains
• From China: Lijia Zhan - let’s celebrate China leading the world in wealthy self-made women
• From Afghanistan: Orzala Ashraf Nemat - let’s celebrate Afghanistan’s grassroots activists
• From Norway: Maria Reinertsen - let’s celebrate more dad time for kids in Norway
• From Chile: Catalina May - let’s celebrate a belated discission about women’s rights in Chile
• From the UK: Anna Bird - let’s celebrate a new energy among UK feminist activists
• From Russia: Natalia Antonova - let’s celebrate women taking on the government
• From Saudi Arabia: Eman Al Nafjan - let’s celebrate the Saudi women’s driving campaign
Photographs: Reuters; Phil Moore for the Guardian; Manish Swarup/AP; AP; Janine Wiedel/Alam; AFP/Getty Images; David Wong/AP; AP
A friendly reminder that we have a meeting today at 4:30 in Harlan House.
Also: The Purity Myth Documentary screening is Thursday, March 8 from 7:30-9:30 in Hedges.
Hello fellow bookworms,
Week 3 is upon us! Sweet! Just a friendly reminder that there will be a Book Discussion Group meeting tomorrow at 6:00p.m in Cole Library Room 310.
While we originally set out to read the first 100pgs of The Purity Myth, approximately chapters 1-5, you do not have to have all of this read to participate in the conversation tomorrow.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
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REMINDER! Book discussion group tomorrow at 6:00PM in Cole 108. Stop by the bookstore or contact JCastilloRivera14 for a copy, if you don’t already have one.
NOTE: The first discussion will not last 3 hours! We just booked the room that long. Also you don’t have to have a section of the book read by then either. We’re going to get to know who’s interested, set up some goals, and plan out the reading. See you then!
Speaking of Feminist Symposium!
The Cornell College Third Wave Resource Group would like to invite faculty, staff, students, and any interested persons to the Sixth Feminist Symposium on Saturday, March 10 2012. The symposium is an academic conference that places an emphasis on women’s*, feminist, and gender issues. You may present your research and/or paper, or come as an active audience member.
Jessica Valenti is scheduled as our keynote speaker. Called one of the Top 100 Inspiring Women in the world by The Guardian – she is also the author of three books: Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters, He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut…and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know, and The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women which has been made into a documentary by the Media Education Foundation. She is the editor of the anthology Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, which was named one of Publishers Weekly‘s Top 100 Books of 2009.
Jessica is also the founder of Feministing.com, which Columbia Journalism Review calls “head and shoulders above almost any writing on women’s issues in mainstream media.” Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian (UK), The American Prospect, Ms. magazine, Salon and Bitch magazine. She has won a Choice USA Generation award and the 2011 Hillman Journalism Prize for her work with Feministing. She has appeared on The Colbert Report and the Today show, among others, and was profiled in The New York Times Magazine under the headline “Fourth Wave Feminism.”
Please let us know if you will be attending by Friday February 24, 2012. If you are interested in presenting, please submit a proposal form. Proposal submission guidelines and submission form are available from jcastillorivera14 and may be submitted electronically in either Microsoft Word or PDF file format using the form provided to jcastillorivera14.
The Third Wave Resource Group would be pleased if your work were to be presented at the Sixth Feminist Symposium. Please contact me with any questions, concerns, and replies.
The Purity Myth Trailer. Produced & Distributed by the Media Education Foundation
In this video adaptation of her bestselling book, pioneering feminist blogger Jessica Valenti trains her sights on “the virginity movement” — an unholy alliance of evangelical Christians, right-wing politicians, and conservative policy intellectuals who have been exploiting irrational fears about women’s sexuality to roll back women’s rights. From dad-and-daughter “purity balls,” taxpayer-funded abstinence-only curricula, and political attacks on Planned Parenthood, to recent attempts by legislators to de-fund women’s reproductive health care and narrow the legal definition of rape, Valenti identifies a single, unifying assumption: the myth that the worth of a woman depends on what she does — or does not do — sexually. In the end, Valenti argues that the health and well-being of women are too important to be left to ideologues bent on vilifying feminism and undermining women’s autonomy.
TWRG anticipate screening this documentary before Ms. Valenti comes to speak at our school. Can’t wait!
What I hope for is a country that sees women as whole human beings whose morality is related to their compassion, kindness and ethics - not whether or not they have sex. I think there’s a common misconception about my book/work on this issue that I have some problem with virgins or being abstinent until marriage. I don’t have a problem at all - in fact, I don’t care. It’s none of my business; and it’s certainly not the business of schools, government, medical establishments, etc. I want you to be able to make the choice not to have sex free of shame and fear in the same way I want that for those who do have sex. I don’t think it’s a ton to ask.
On the “precious gift” front. The gift that you give to your spouse should you chose to marry (assuming you’re allowed to) is your love and partnership. The longer young women are taught to think of their sexuality as “gifts” - something that’s separate from them that’s to be given away or lost or opened or whatever the latest terminology is - the longer we’re going to be seen as less than full human beings.