A feminist work in progress.

MEETINGS Monday at 4:30pm in Harlan House. Food and discussion. Feel free to bring a friend!

WHO ARE WE? Third Wave Resource Group is a student rights and resource group centered in Harlan House, at Cornell. We are a safe, comfortable environment for community members which provides information, equality and empowerment informed by feminism. We believe feminism is about values & ideals. Empowerment & education. Community building & understanding. (And calling people out on their bullshit).

RESOURCES WE PROVIDE Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Advocacy, access to Safe Room, emergency transportation, library, kitchen, sewing room, safe zone, and confidentiality.

CONTACT 319)895-5750

The Changing Face of Development in the Fight for Gender Justice ›


In honor of International Women’s Day, let’s take a look at how global development is changing. New pathways, collaborations, youth perspectives, and engaged grantees - all essential elements of necessary development innovation.

How Will Women Fare in the World’s Newest Country? ›


She believes that education efforts in rural areas will be key to turning this around:

Our women need more enlightenment. There are other women, let’s say from the grassroots, that don’t know their rights. They always think that a man is more superior. … In the South, we have customs and traditions that a woman has no right to inherit, and cannot have so many things.

However, Benjamin adds, such cultures are not static, and can be changed gradually through workshops and conferences about women’s rights.

‘Women for Sale’: An Israeli Campaign Against Trafficking ›


Since it’s National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month


“Women to Go” is actually an Israeli activist campaign created  to raise awareness about human trafficking. Its in-your-face tactic was meant to shock, and while not everybody has agreed on the method, few can dispute its effectiveness in terms of attracting attention: The campaign has been covered by media outlets worldwide, including a front page feature on CNN.com.

I might look into initiatives to raise money against sex trafficking. 

Thanks to tumblr for hooking me on ms.magazine.

National Geographic - Child Brides ›


Could they tell us about [10-year old] Ayesha and her elephant husband of 50? The women all started talking at once: It was an awful thing; it should have been forbidden, but they were helpless to stop it. Little Ayesha screamed when she saw the man she was to marry, said a young woman named Fatima … Someone alerted the police, but Ayesha’s father ordered her to put on high heels to look taller and a veil to hide her face. He warned that if he was sent to jail, he would kill Ayesha when he got out. … At present, … Ayesha was living in a village two hours away, married.

“She has a mobile phone,” Fatima said. “Every day, she calls me and cries.”

Say what you want about the ethnocentricity and problematic anthropological flair of National Geographic, but I just finished off this article in the June 2011 issue that my mom forwarded to me and I think it really should be read by everyone.

One of my biggest annoyances about a lot of the feminist thoughts I see circulating on tumblr is that no one is talking about the things this article addresses, along with the myriad of other serious issues women face on a GLOBAL scale.  A police officer connecting rape with dressing promiscuously is fucking deplorable, it should be opposed, the slut walks are important - but the statement has been made.  It’s on the news, people are discussing it.  I saw a 60 Minutes recently about rape in college and the problems with victim blaming in rape investigations.  This issue is finally seeing the light.  I’m not saying stop pushing the issue, but there are more agendas to push.  

I understand reproductive rights are at risk in this country.  But at least we have them.  I understand that the media oversexualizes and objectifies women, leading to a continuation of the cultural belief that we are consumable sexual objects.  But are we literally sexual objects?  Viewed as commodities by 100% of the members of our community?  By our parents?  No, not really.  

It really bothers me that I don’t see a lot of global feminist issues being discussed on this forum.  Yes, there are still many problems for women in the US, but I think choosing to ignore issues that affect the global women’s community reeks of western-centricism.  And it’s choosing to ignore the fact that we are privileged to even have a voice, to raise complaints with the society we live in, to fight back, to have these dialogues on the internet and in other relatively safe spaces.  

I think the duty of a feminist in the 21st century is to look beyond herself and her own life and to listen to the stories of women elsewhere, to reach an understanding and to fight for a dismantling of patriarchy everywhere, not just within our own communities.  

Even if the stories of these child brides — and other stories of women being the victims of systematic violence — aren’t something we can relate to, awareness is important, listening is important, a critical consciousness is important, and solidarity is integral.

For Afghan women, the act of fleeing domestic abuse, forced prostitution or even being stabbed repeatedly with a screwdriver by an abusive husband may land them in jail while their abusers walk free. ›

If we are to truly remove feminism from its white woman’s savior complex, we must understand that patriarchy– not culture, not religion—is the root cause of sexism and violence against women everywhere.

I really really really dislike Western Feminism


And before any rage unfollows me, take the time to listen to me. If you don’t want to listen to my opinion, then fine, go ahead.

I really don’t like how Western Feminism feels it’s holier-than-thou. I don’t like it when they use the word womyn because fuck men. I don’t like it when they think they should go back and time and have an abortion because their son looks at porn. I don’t like it when they assume all men are going to rape you or not take you seriously or they’ll hit you because some men do. I don’t like it when they say God is terrible because he’s a man and some stuff in holy texts isn’t too nice to women.

I don’t like Western Feminism.

I do like how people in other countries fight for women’s rights. Allowing women to go to school, work jobs, handle money, speak, write, have an opinion, kept from being executed for “letting” themselves be raped. These are places where women are still treated like animals and/or property. 

I see a lot of Western Feminists on tumblr attacking each other for using the word “bitch,” or throwing labels at each other, like “classist,” “abelist,” etc. They’re fighting amongst themselves. “You’re not a real feminist if you use the word whore! You’re terrible and I hate you!” 

What the actual hell you guys. You do realize that while you’re being butthurt over stupid shit on the internet, women all over the world are living terrible, repressed lives where they have 0 freedom. Calling someone a bitch or a whore or a slut doesn’t infringe on anyone’s rights. This is an American site, so we have American rights here. So say whatever the fuck you want. Go ahead. 

But you’re wasting your fucking time fighting amongst yourselves or attacking all men or slut shaming or antislutshaming or reposting how to give yourself an abortion or how this person isn’t a real feminist or WHATEVER

Fucking stop it

Get off your asses, get off tumblr, and do some real fucking good. Help the women who don’t have any rights. Help women who can’t go to school. Help the women who aren’t allowed to work to feed their families. Help put an end to female genital mutilation. Help stop that thing where they cut off a women’s its so she doesn’t get married. 

I know there’s not much I can do when I’m stuck working 3 jobs and being a full-time student, but I donate money to foundations that help women. And men. And children. And animals. And the environment. 

I’m not a Western Feminist. I’m a global feminist. We should use the rights and powers we already have to help the women who can’t do much more than wish things get better. 

So let’s all stop fighting for maybe one moment and actually do something.

Regina says: Ohmygosh, I dislike the shit out of this post! Global feminism sounds great and all, but when it’s framed it as you as a Westerner doing so much for women in other countries (all through your donation money) whose lives are a bunch of crap (um, is there anyone specific you’re talking about? Let’s not generalize that everywhere non-Western is an awful place all the time for all women) and who can’t do anything for themselves without your generous assistance. 

Women can and do make feminist efforts all over the place, and we can and should show solidarity for them, but we should not approach their movements with an attitude of our help being the thing that will ultimately save them. Trust that women are resourceful; they will figure out ways to do what’s best for them at the time that’s right for them, and we can support them when they need it. We don’t know the cultural context like they do. We can’t anticipate their needs like they can.

Meanwhile, implying that feminist movements in Western countries are stupid and/or awful for carrying on while other women have “terrible, repressed lives where they have 0 freedom” is also disrespectful of the different cultural contexts in which those movements exist. Interweaving ways in which we can impact other women’s lives (and children’s, men’s, animals’, and the environment, as mentioned) into our own feminist movement rather than saying all attempts to help ourselves is selfish and stupid so stop it is a much more productive approach. Consider utilizing Western feminists’ collective power as consumers to call for companies to pay their employees fair living wages, for example. We can change what we demand from those companies rather than tell the women who work in their sweatshops that they should unionize or something.

Women banned from Iranian universities. ›

In North America, the U.S. women’s movement has long hesitated to identify with and support the global women’s movement. Why? Women in the United States have “a peculiar set of blinders,” says Linda Tarr-Whelan (2003), that separates their interests from those of women worldwide: the U.S. government’s failure to ratify the CEDAW and its miserly contribution to UNIFEM express this distance eloquently. “What’s in it for us?” these women seem to ask, and many Americans ask of the International Criminal Court, the Kyoto environmental accords, and other multilateral conventions and treaties.
Global women’s movement activists know that in the North, we must fight injustice in our own societies and governments and in their relationships with poor countries, not just fight for justice in other peoples’ societies and governments in the South.

Margaret Snyder, “Unlikely Godmother” (via magnitudesheburns)

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The biggest challenges everywhere, are political participation and economic empowerment — and ending violence against women.

Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, and former president of Chile, on evaluating the challenges women face across the globe. (via genderacrossborders)

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Morocco may allow abortion ›

In an interview last week, a top aide to Mr. Benkirane, Mustapha Khalifi, speaking in a personal capacity, confirmed media reports that the prime minister would support an initiative to allow abortions in cases of rape and incest.

UN Recommends Everyone Stop Telling Women What To Do With Their Bodies ›


The UN states that any country restricting a woman’s access to abortion and/or contraception is, in doing so, violating a woman’s human rights.


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