At www.WhyFeminist.com, we publish work by a wide range of authors on feminism in all its aspects — from the personal to the political. For us, multiple voices are essential. Feminism is a growing discussion, and we think it’s important to place ourselves in that conversation — listening as much as talking. Our articles reflect that, as we try to use all the resources we can find: listening and linking to anyone that can provide insight into how to make our society more just. So, not only is diversity an important element within our organization, but we also look to collaborate and discuss feminist issues with people outside of our organization. We’re looking to explore why it’s important to be a feminist now, in today’s world, and what that looks like.
For better and for worst, we are people that get our information in short, quick bursts — often from the internet. We live hectic lives, and at Why Feminist we try to reach people where they’re at. All too often, feminism has remained academic and something that most people don’t know how to relate to. Our articles are informative and rich but also short and accessible. We strongly believe feminism is for everyone, and want to reach people through whatever means we can. We’re all over social media discussing events, trending topics, and whatever else we find interesting and relevant. You can find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WhyFeminist and on Twitter @WhyFeminist.
Why Feminist is shaped around the idea that feminism provides a more holistic worldview and lifestyle than most think, containing two aspects that are interrelated. These two aspects provide the framework for how we think about feminism and what we focus on. The first is the more obviously political element, of fighting against gender-based discrimination. However, the insights of feminism over the past few decades have shown us how all forms of oppression including sexism, racism, classism, ageism, homophobia, among many others, are interrelated. We think feminism is a gateway into fighting oppression in all forms and we try to reflect that.
Our work at www.WhyFeminist.com teaches people how to spot oppression in all of its forms and how we can fight against it. We do this both through articles and a weekly roundup of the latest news and events called “This Week in Feminism,” posted every Monday. Since oppression occurs on so many levels, from pop culture and the media to economic systems and government structures, we talk about pretty much everything. Our idea of feminism is very wide in its scope, because discrimination is such a complex and gigantic problem. It needs to be attacked on all fronts.
There’s also a “resources” page and a “get involved” page for those who want to help out on various projects. We make it easy for those who want to help on the most pressing issues with links to various projects and petitions. They can make a difference with just a few clicks, helping make the world more just in a matter of minutes.
The second aspect of feminism that frames the website is the idea that feminism leads to self-love, self-acceptance, and the freedom to be oneself. In our discussions of sex, sexuality, and gender, we not only focus on the obvious political aspect of these issues, but that exploring oneself leads to empowerment. We strive to be an inviting place that teaches people about gender and sexuality categories, identity issues, and forms of expression. Sometimes these issues can be difficult to discuss, and the internet is a wonderful tool for people to explore them at their own pace and comfort level. At Why Feminist, we write to not only inform people, but also to answer questions and enrich their lives by encouraging our readers to feel empowered.
In the end, we want to talk with any and everyone who is interested about issues that are pressing for us now, in our time. In short, we’re here to answer the question, “Why Feminist?”
Please join us at www.WhyFeminist.com, we’d love to have you! If you have any
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