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Bekhsoos: Queer and Feminist Arab Magazine is Back!

One of our main objectives was to keep Bekhsoos operating on a voluntary basis. We resisted seeking funding and forcing achievements. Our aspiration was and continues to be the sustainability of the platform free of any coercion or profit.

The team mainly consists of a bunch of friends, colleagues and some exes and enemies. When the energy is rising, we all push each other up! But when it drops, we all pull each other down… and when we hit rock bottom we fail to see the amount of work we do along with its magnitude. We often tire of our daily tasks. We often forget how awesome Bekhsoos is. Bekhsoos has transcended the boundaries of your average online magazine. It has evolved from being Meem’s baby to a creative global commons, shared by all those who contributed to it by writing, editing, designing, sharing it on Facebook and Tweeting about it but most importantly it creates a sense of belonging among those who read it, interacted with it, felt it, cried or laughed at it, and those who surfed the pages and quickly rushed to delete their browsing history.

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5 blogs for the sex-positive, feminist lesbian

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I'm not a lesbian, and sometimes I don't feel like a feminist, but I do know that entertainment for men disguised as lesbian blogs are not what sex-positive, feminist lesbians are looking for. Take a look at these five I recommend:

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When “Feminist” Became a Bad Word

Back in September I wrote a post called When Did Being Called a Feminist Become an Insult? I didn’t really have an answer at the time, I mostly wrote about my personal musings on the questions, but after reading the first Chapter of Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth I have or rather she has an answer to the question. It might be pretty obvious to some, but she wrote about it so well, that I’m here to share it with you all:

The caricature of the Ugly Feminist was resurrected to dog the steps of the women’s movement. The caricature is unoriginal; it was coined to ridicule the feminists of the nineteenth century. Lucy Stone herself, who supporters saw as “a prototype of womanly grace… fresh and fair as the morning,” was derided by detractors with “the usual report” about Victorian feminists: “a big masculine woman, wearing boots, smoking a cigar, swearing like a trooper.” As Betty Friedan put it presciently in 1960, even before the savage revamping of that old caricature: “The unpleasant image of feminists today resembles less the feminists themselves than the image fostered by the interests who so bitterly opposed the vote for women in state after state.” Thirty years on, her conclusion is more true than ever: That resurrected caricature, which sought to punish women for their public acts by going after their private sense of self, became a paradigm for new limits placed on aspiring women everywhere. After the women’s movement’s second wave, the beauty myth was perfected to checkmate power at every level in individual women’s lives.

This book is AWESOME. I’ve only read chapter one and it has pretty much blown me away. You should all get your hands on a copy from somewhere. I borrowed mine from my neighbor. Seek it out! Spread the word!

Crossposted from Cuntlove.

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When Young Women Don't Vote For Women

A little long, but a worthy read

This is a clearly biased investigation into why young women, many first time voters, aren't voting for women representatives in American politics.  Light on solutions and heavy on anti-feminist themes, the Washington Post goes in depth; why aren’t our young women voting for women?

Clinton, the former first lady and one of the most famous women in the world, had spent all of 2007 as the overwhelming front-runner, leading in all the national polls and raising huge amounts of cash.  She looked like the inevitable nominee, and her effortless climb reinforced what young women thought they knew: Pretty much every battle of the sexes had already been waged and won.  Raised in a world where women made up more than half of all undergraduates on college campuses and half of the students in all law and medical schools, where discrimination was illegal, where nearly half the work force was female and their mothers had been free to work -- or not -- younger women were not drawn to Clinton by any sense of history, and they recoiled at being told they should be.  Feminism had long ago been declared dead, then rendered meaningless.

You hear that?!  Women only vote for women if they are feminists and feminism is DEAD!



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What the Nobel Prize Reveals About the Gender Pay Gap

How many women have won a Nobel Prize?



The first woman laureate was Marie Curie, who won Nobel Prizes in both physics and chemistry. Other women who have won Nobel Prizes include literature winners Toni Morrison and Doris Lessing and peace prize laureates Aung San Suu Kyi, a democracy activist in Myanmar, and Iranian human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi. No woman has ever won the economics prize since it was first given out in 1969.

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Women in the Military:Separate is not Equal

Do women in the military experience equality with no strings attached?  No. Do women in the military experience a thicker "glass ceiling" ?  Obviously.  Are military service men and women considered equal and allowed to participate in combat, missions and other duties without gender classifications subject to the typical gender roles derived of the current social construct?  No.

Are military officials trying to change this?


Women have been officially in the military for more than one hundred years and have been aiding our country in unrecognized military roles for far longer than that.  In the early twentieth century, women were permitted to serve primarily in support services such as the Nurse Corps.  During the 70’s, women were finally allowed to serve on Navy ships as nurses or officers but continued to be barred from sailing on warships or fighting on the “front lines” in combat until the 1990's.

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