69 percent of teen girls are identifying as feminists

Like it or not, teens are the future. Luckily, they have a lot of smart, innovative ideas. Like being on board with gender equality.

A new survey from media agency UM London asked 2,000 Brits ages 13 and over this question: Would you personally define as a feminist? The majority69 percentof teenage girls between ages 13 and 18 answered yes, compared to 46 percent of British women overall who identified with the label.

The percentage of women who described themselves as feminists continued to declinewith age: 54 percent of women ages 18 to 24 and 44 percent of women ages 25 to 34 said they identified as feminists.

Sophia Durrani, managing partner of strategy at UM London, told Broadly that its worth applauding this new trend.

“Our data suggests that feminism has disentangled from its stigmatized past where the term was considered something of a dirty word,” Durrani said, and that “young women are now growing up in a world where they can’t see why there should be any questions over equality.

She also noted young people are more egalitarian-minded than in the past.In the study, only 36 percent of participants older than 55 said they would self-identify as a feminist.

We’ve moved on from empty ‘girl power’ talk to equality being a norm, she said. This seismic shift could actually mean that a patriarchy that’s been in place for thousands of years could be coming to an end.

H/T Broadly

Read more: https://www.dailydot.com/irl/teens-feminists/

Amber Rose calls Piers Morgan a ‘misogynistic asshole’ in fiery Twitter takedown

Image: Noel Vasquez;Prince Williams/Getty Images

Over the weekend, Amber Rose shared a NSFW photo of herself on Instagram to promote her annual SlutWalk and to #bringbackthebush.

The image, which was removed from Instagram because of community guidelines, caused plenty of conversation onlineand like clockwork, Piers Morgan arrived, ready to share his unwanted opinions on the photo, Rose’s promotion tactics, and feminism.

Rose engaged with the British personality on Twitter, and the two had a fiery discussion which led to her schooling Morgan with just a few simple tweets.

It all started when Morgan tweeted “Put it away, luv. Thanks” in response to Rose’s photo.

“I’ll take Things Misogynistic Assholes Say for 500, Alex,” Rose replied, in Jeopardy fashion.

Morgan then mansplained what is and what is not considered prejudice against women.

“It’s not ‘misogyny’ to think that posting nude photos in the supposed name of feminist empowerment is pathetic attention-seeking bulls**t,” he tweeted.

“Nude? Where?,” Rose tweeted. “My breast nor my vagina was showing and my legs were closed. I am assuming you are referring to the pubic hair that was shown in the picture. Uncomfortable? Get over it,” she said.

“I can handle your naked body, Amber – relax. I just can’t handle your ridiculous claim to be stripping off in the name of feminism,” Morgan tweeted, continuing the back-and-forth.

Rose called him out for his initial tweet, which contradicted his claim that he could handle her NSFW photo.

Rose then shared an image of Adam Levine in a nude photo to illustrate her point, asking Morgan if he thought Levine’s photo was attention seeking or not. Morgan tried to explain that no, it wasn’t, because Levine was simply raising awareness for a prostate and testicular cancer charity.

“I raise awareness for my foundation as well Piers,” she responded. “That’s like saying breast cancer awareness is cool but what about HIV and AIDS…my ‘naked’ body offended you for my nonprofit SlutWalk but a woman grabbing Adam Levine’s dick and balls was cool?”

“This is what Emmeline Pankhurst fought so hard for? Jeez,” Morgan tweeted, responding to Rose’s repost of the image. Pankhurst was a part of the the British suffragette movement.

“I’m sorry I forgot only men can be sexually confident,” Rose clapped back.

“If famous men started posting naked photos to social media claiming it was to ‘promote male empowerment’, they’d be jailed,” he tweeted, so naturally, Morgan then decided to re-share a shirtless ad he did for Burger King, citing he was posting “in the name of male empowerment.”

“So you got naked for a Burger King check and ur giving me a hard time?” Rose responded.

Morgan didn’t acknowledge the double standard of supporting Levine while chastising Rose, but hey, Rose’s Los Angeles SlutWalk is on Oct. 1, 2017. Maybe by then, he will understand policing women’s bodies isn’t cool at allnot now, not ever.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/06/12/amber-rose-piers-morgan-twitter-beef/

‘Go smoke free. Stay pretty the health campaigns that havent heard of feminism

From superficial smoking campaigns to ads that attempt to make breast cancer sexy, public health advice for women has got a long way to go…

Hear that sound, all you women of a childbearing age? Its time, running out. Soon your eggs will be past their prime and you will no longer be of any use to society. Even if youre hot! Just ask the Italian government, which recently launched an advertising campaign urging women to get a move on with their baby-making. One poster showed a woman brandishing an hourglass with the caption: Beauty has no age. But fertility does. Feminism: it has come so far.

The ill-conceived ads, launched ahead of Italys first national Fertility Day, were not well received and the campaign has been pulled. Its 2016 and women feel as if they should be treated as more than glorified incubators. Who knew? There were also some suggestions that maybe the government should focus less on reminding women about their ovaries and more on trying to fix issues such as unemployment, paid maternity leave and poor childcare provisions.

Italys fertility publicity may not have worked as intended but it has done a good job of advertising the extent to which womens bodies are still carefully controlled under the guise of public health advice. So, to ensure you are all up to speed with the latest developments on how to safely operate your lady-body, here are a few more examples of campaigns demonstrating an unhealthy interest in womens health.

Booze and babies

Mixing alcohol with oestrogen, women are frequently told, is a recipe for disaster. Drinking will get us raped and/or give us herpes for starters. And if thats not enough to get you to put that glass of merlot down, then wont you think of the unborn children? Earlier this year, Americas Center for Disease Control and Prevention caused widespread ire when it basically said that fertile women shouldnt be drinking unless they were on birth control. A press release explained: Alcohol can permanently harm a developing baby before a woman knows she is pregnant. About half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, and even if planned, most women wont know they are pregnant for the first month or so, when they might still be drinking. The risk is real. Why take the chance?

Ive also heard that walking down the street puts you in danger of getting struck by a car. The risk is real. Of course, I dont mean to underplay foetal alcohol syndrome, but this advice seems to greatly underplay womens common sense. Whats more, its based on highly dubious evidence. A number of studies have shown that light and occasional drinking poses little risk to pregnant women, or their foetuses. In any case, the most frustrating thing about the constant flow of moralising about women and drink is how one-sided it is. Theres been very little health advice to men, after all, about how that one sip of Stella is going to turn you into a rapist with raging syphilis.

Making breast cancer sexy again

Save Second Base T-shirt. Photograph: Save Second Base

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, so it makes sense that a large amount of womens health advice centres on our breasts. What makes less sense, however, is just how fixated on breasts these health campaigns often are. There have been a slew of provocative awareness campaigns centred on messages such as Save Second Base and Save the Ta Tas, for example.

And if breast cancer campaigns arent drowning in tired innuendo about, giggle, boobs, giggle, then they tend not to think further than pink. Indeed, Breast Cancer Action has even coined the term pinkwashing. It defines a pinkwasher as a company or organisation that claims to care about breast cancer by promoting a pink ribbon product, but at the same time produces, manufactures and/or sells products that are linked to the disease.

Superficial smoking campaigns

Go smoke free. Stay pretty a Queensland government anti-smoking campaign. Photograph: http://ifyousmoke.initiatives.qld.gov.au/

Women only care about their looks, right? You would certainly think so judging by some of the anti-smoking campaigns. An Australian campaign called Your Futures Not Pretty, for example, explains to young female smokers that if they dont put down the cigarettes they might as well kiss their futures (based on men finding them attractive, obviously) goodbye: Go smoke free. Stay pretty. Women are invited to upload a pic to the Future You Smoking Booth and see how old and horrible you could look if you keep smoking. Its a shocking transformation. Being old and female dont let it happen to you!

The dangers of beer goggles

A Tennessee anti-drink and drive campaign. Photograph: John Partipilo/AP

Even public health campaigns aimed at men seem fixated on passing judgment on a womans appearance. Last year The Highway Safety Office of Tennessee had to apologise over a campaign that warned men about the dangers of drinking and driving through irreverent messages on beer coasters. For example: Buy a drink for a marginally good-looking girl, only to find out shes chatty, clingy and your bosss daughter. Imagine, guys, after drunkenly crashing your car you could wake up to find yourself with horrible injuries and the terrible realisation that youd made out with an ugly girl!

The campaign you havent seen yet

More egregious than any of these campaigns are the ones that dont exist yet. While a large amount of energy is expended on moralising about womens bodies, there is still a shocking lack of research around many womens health issues. For instance, nobody knows exactly how harmful tampons might be because there has been very little research done. Ridiculous as it may seem, this would appear to come down to simple squeamishness and embarrassment society has made menstruation so taboo that science doesnt want to go near it. (The research that has been done has largely been funded by tampon companies, who one imagines arent entirely unbiased.)

Whats more, much medical research still focuses on men and neglects to properly control for female-specific differences. I know, its depressing, right? Still, Im going to have to advise you not to take solace in a glass of wine, particularly if youre not on birth control. Its for your own good.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/womens-blog/2016/sep/08/go-smoke-free-stay-pretty-the-health-campaigns-that-havent-heard-of-feminism

Some women regret their abortions. That doesn’t mean others shouldn’t have the choice | Jessica Valenti

Stephanie Chatfield says she wishes she hadnt ended her pregnancy. Enlisting women to tell stories like this has become a major part of anti-choice strategy

This week, the wife of a Republican legislator did something you might find shocking: she wrote about having an abortion. Stephanie Chatfield, who is married to Michigans state representative Lee Chatfield, posted on Facebook about ending a pregnancy in high school after she was sexually assaulted at a party.

To tell you the truth, I desperately wish that I had the courage as a teenage girl to accept and welcome my child into this world, she wrote. But I didnt, and I made a decision that Ive thought about and regretted nearly every day since.

Chatfields disclosure was certainly brave, and I have sympathy for what is clearly a painful issue for her. But regretting a decision doesnt mean that no one else should have the right to make it.

The truth is that if womens feelings after abortion were to determine the legality of the procedure, those who want to ban abortion would be sorely disappointed. More than 95% of American women who have had ended a pregnancy arent sorry that they did.

Enlisting women to talk about the abortions they regret, however, has become a major component in anti-choice strategy and part of a broader shift by the movement to seem more woman-friendly than its murderer-screaming counterparts. Founded in 2003, the Silent No More campaign encouraged women to hold signs saying I regret my abortion and pushed the idea that abortion causes breast cancer (it does not).

Its a tactic thats moved from activists on the streets to policy-makers on the Hill: In a country that largely opposes overturning Roe v Wade, framing anti-choice legislation as protective of women is a lot more palatable than admitting a law would limit their rights. By placing womens experiences and feelings at the center, the hope is that the anti-choice message will seem less extreme especially now, in the wake of multiple arsons at clinics, sustained harassment of doctors, and a shooting at Planned Parenthood that left three people dead.

But theres no escaping the very real consequences of legislation that limits access to abortion. In addition to curtailing womens right to medical care, anti-choice policy is being used to arrest pregnant women and imprison women who have had miscarriages. A major study also showed that women who sought out abortions but were unable to obtain them were twice as likely to end up in poverty. And last year, researchers found that somewhere between 100,000 and 240,000 women in Texas where abortion restrictions are stark have attempted to self-abort.

The facts make it clear again and again: denying women reproductive care harms them.

Still, its hard not to feel for Chatfield especially since she suggests that someone was threatening to out her as having had an abortion. Its understandable to be angry that a person would limit a right that they availed themselves of, but there is never an excuse to leak someones medical history. Womens privacy needs to be protected at all costs, an idea I sincerely hope Chatfield and her husband ponder before supporting more anti-choice legislation.

Even though the vast majority of women who have abortions wont regret them, there will always be some women who wish they didnt end a pregnancy thats just the reality. But its better to regret a decision than never having the option to make it in the first place.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/26/abortion-regret-choice-stephanie-chatfield-women