enlist in the AGA!

UPDATE! May 24th, 2011.The AGA is looking for a brand new army and we are waiting for your applications! Read on!

Are you a young feminist looking for a vital community, peer and mentor support, energized discussion and a great place to be seen and heard? The All Girl Army wants you!

The main part of the All Girl Army site is the individual blogs for no more than 29 girls and women between the ages of 10 and 25 who identify as feminist, and a single, collective blog which highlights entries from the individual blogs, as well as news items pertinent to women and girls and topics given for more writing and discussion.

Find This Film: '!Women Art Revolution'

Last week, the movie theater uptown had a film festival. On Thursday, I joined a few of my friends to the screening of "!Women Art Revolution," a film by Lynn Hershman Leeson.

The Earthquake which took and gave

One morning in February I had just got out of bed, my alarm failed to go off that morning and I was meant to meet my Boyfriend at our favourite coffee haunt in the centre of Christchurch where we both live. I called him "Honey I'm so sorry I'm late, I will be there, gimme an hour ok?", He was there already waiting for me, and as usual he was his sweet self and told me not to worry as he was deep into a book anyway so to take my time. I went to change in my room at our 100 year old flat. Then I heard a loud rumble and all of a sudden things started falling.

Take Back the Night 2011: Why I'd Rather Not See Men Marching Against Sexual Assault

During my time in school, Take Back the Night week has always been accompanied by heated debates about the role of men in such events. The week always ends with the Take Back the Night Rally and March, with the march traditionally being a women-only event and often the point of controversy in these debates.

AGA Roll Call: Religion

Religion. Feminism. Mutually exclusive, or complimentary? Are religious teachings inherently detrimental to feminism, or is it only the way they are practiced? How do those of us who are religious consolidate religious history with modern practice? What about those of us who are proud atheists: is your atheism entwined with your feminism? What about those of us who practice Eastern philosophies, like Buddhism and Tao?

Maybe It's Time to Get Angry

I am still working on finding the courage to speak out when I see inequality, and to stop being so forgiving of sexism from my friends (and even from myself), and I recently had an experience that really motivated me to find my voice. Last Thursday, I attended an event called Take Back the Night, a march in protest of violence against women, on my college campus. The event began with speakers, poets, and musical artists all sending motivating messages to the crowd. There were different kinds of motivation.

Feminist Feelings in Relationships

Disclaimer: I've only been in, and am currently in a heterosexual, monogamous relationship, hence what follows are based on those relationships, as I would not want to generalize everyone's relationship.

What does it mean to date an openly self-identified feminist? I'd like to think it means an equal partnership that strives to maintain a healthy, comfortable and understanding relationship.

No matter what your personal opinion is on the matter, it seems that plenty of people have their own take.

AGA Roll Call: Fem-Friendly Relationships

Engaging in sexual/romantic relationships can present a unique challenge for feminists, who are conscious of how genderization plays into our relationship socialization. Many times, feminists enter into relationships with men or women who are not conscious of feminist issues, with the hopes of educating their partners and pushing through the differences. Other times, we may pair up with other feminists/allies, but find ourselves on rocky ground as we try to play out gender issues that have no clear answers.

When Feminists Go Too Far

I’ve been feminist for a long, long time. Still, I didn’t pop out of the womb campaigning for my mom’s sovereignty over that womb. I didn’t play my favorite childhood game, “Pretty Pretty Princess” with a critical awareness of how consumerism objectifies women. I didn’t complain when I never had to mow the lawn.

Waging War

Hey there, everyone!

AGA Roll Call: Women Internationally

Happy International Women's Day!

For those of us who live in America, there's a lot going on in our back yards right now, and it's making a big splash. It's often easier to focus on what's happening in our immediate surroundings than in the world at large, and the AGA tends to focus on blogs that are relevant to our personal lives.

In honor of the day, let's reach out and get personal on an international scale. Pick something that's happening outside your own country and blog your thoughts. If you can get an interview with a woman who is in the thick of your topic, even better.

Check-In/War on Women

Tomorrow, March 8, I will be traveling to Austin, Texas to take part in the Planned Parenthood Lobby Day. I will post about this in a couple of days probably, but I just wanted to do a quick post about something that I've been thinking about lately.

Here goes: Birth Control. Specifically, hormonal birth control; this can be The Pill or any generic version of that, Nuva Ring, Depo-Provera, Yaz, Lybrel, Ortho-Evra ... You get it; there's a lot of shit on the market.

Stand for Your Rights, Stand WIth Planned Parenthood

Although I actually blogged about this on my personal blog last week, I thought I'd answer the call today because I just got back from a Planned Parenthood rally where I got the chance to both hear from Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, and even speak to her! So, excuse me for a total fan girl moment.

AGA Roll Call: The War on Women

THIS is a bold, marvelous opinion piece that really tells it like it is.

As I'm sure everyone has heard, there's been a tornado of anti-women's health bills popping up--from South Dakota's usual disappointments to the horrifying bill that spells "doomsday" for Planned Parenthood. See Kripa's recent post for more links to these insane stories--including one about a failed bill that would have legalized the murder of abortion providers.

Who's Really Standing Up for Your Rights?

Hi everyone, my name is Cyn, and this is my first post for AGA! So I thought I'd begin by answering this roll call: when feminists go too far, and perhaps interspersing information about me as is relevant to this post.

In my experience, I have found the nature of feminism to be incredibly tricky. On the one hand, you don't want to alienate potential allies by going off on rants of what you think are and are not prerequisites to being a "feminist." It's not some type of exclusive club that has a checklist of requirements you have to meet before you can join.