Welcome back fellow feminists! I can’t tell you how excited I am now that the semester is finally starting! After planning for weeks, the exec board has come up with some great meetings and events for y’all, starting with tonight’s first meeting.
This week we wanted to ease the new faces (Hello there!) and our returning bunch in with some Feminism 101. We talked about some definitions like
- feminism-Social and political movements that work towards justice for all people with a focus on gender inequalities
- patriarchy-system of oppression in our society where white, cis/hetero men generally dominate power structures
- privilege-a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people
- intersectionality-the interplay of race, class, and gender, often resulting in multiple dimensions of disadvantage
- problematic-term that describes any action, object, or person that upholds a system of oppression for any oppressed groups
- misogyny-dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women
and many more so that in the discussions to come hopefully nobody will be feeling lost, since these terms are thrown around a lot here. We also talked about what we like to do as a group here on campus which includes: lobbying, educating, campaigning (like #WeNeedRoe, #INeedFeminismBecause), and our book club!
Speaking of book club, there was a sign up sheet for those interested that went around. If you missed it or weren’t there feel free to email us to get put on the listserv. Times and frequency will be determined once we see who is interested. The book we’re reading is Feminism is for Everybody, by bell hooks.
Martha from Planned Parenthood stopped by to invite us to #StandWithMOWomen Rally at the Captiol next Wednesday, September 10th from 11-2pm. It’s to prevent the override of Gov. Nixon’s veto of the 72 hour wait bill. There will be a charter bus down there and you get a free t-shirt! RSVP now at http://standwithmowomen.com/.
Come back next week prepared to use your new (or well-used) vocab to participate in our dialogue based meeting on Feminist Inspirations; where you can bring an article, book, movie, song or whatever inspires you to be a feminist! It’s in the Multicultural Center, Tuesday @6pm.
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