Who Needs Feminism?

“Who Needs Feminism” is an awesome project, a branch of which is going on at my school right now.

Who Needs Feminism is a photo campaign, started at Duke University last spring, aimed to start conversations about feminism and its continuing relevance today.

I love that bit about “continuing relevance”. Because it’s my belief that feminism is still very relevant and very important. It’s also my belief that feminism should not be a dirty word, or a scary one. I love this campaign for the way that it brings up so many valid reasons for feminism’s importance in a non-judgemental, unaggressive way. I find it’s such an accessible campaign, it can be read without feeling attacked or blamed. It’s just a wonderful way to get the message across.

I took photos with a few friends last night, and sent them in. Hopefully they’ll be up on the website soon! Until then, take a look at all the other submissions, they’re really wonderful.

Besides the statement in the above photo, I could have said any number of other reasons. Here are some others I was considering:

I need feminism because I pay for cabs instead of walking home, even when I’m totally sober and capable.

I need feminism because only roughly 1/3 of the characters in popular media are female.

I need feminism because there exist subreddits that are devoted to glorifying/fetishizing the beating, raping and even killing of women.

I need feminism because I want there to be more positive female role models in the public eye than there currently are.

I need feminism because women make up only 3/250 top CEOs, 1/22 Canadian Prime Ministers, and 0/44 American Presidents.

I need feminism because I don’t want me or my younger sisters to be held to unreasonable standards of Barbie doll beauty.

I need feminism because I sometimes don’t tell people I’m minoring in Women’s Studies, because I don’t feel like dealing with their looks or questions.

I need feminism because society still preaches “don’t get raped” more than “don’t rape”.

I need feminism because the pay gap still exists! And it is absurd.

I need feminism because people think we don’t need feminism anymore.


Some of those overlap with submissions on the website, but that doesn’t make them any less true! Also – I’d love to hear your answers. Or better yet, take a photo and submit it either to the McGill chapter or the original campaign.

So, why do you need feminism?

Food For Thought: Killing Us Softly

Photo thanks to syafira2191

Hey y’all! I am currently 4 days into NaNoWriMo, and it’s really challenging! Last night, making myself write 1,600 words was like forcing a three year old to eat their vegetables. But to have 11 pages of a novel written? What a great feeling. I’m going to keep pushing through, and report back soon. Anyone who is participating, best of luck! I hope you’re doing well. Please chime in a comment about what gets you through! :)

As I’m heading toward the weekend, I wanted to stop in and share some “food for thought”. I’m taking a sociology of gender class this semester, and it has really opened my eyes to the world. A few weeks ago, our teacher shared a film with us: “Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women”. The filmmaker, Jean Kilbourne, has been making these films for several years. In them, she explores the way that the media portrays women, and investigates how these images affect the treatment of women in our society.

I truly believe these films should be “required watching” for everyone. Even if you’re not compelled to take action after watching, at least you’ll be examining advertising with a more critical lens.

I couldn’t find a copy of Killing Us Softly 4 online, but Documentary Heaven hosts Killing Us Softly 3, a version (still relevant!) made in the early 90’s. I watched about half of this one, and much of the material was identical to that in #4. I would encourage you to watch this version in the absence of a copy of #4 because it explores the same issues!

And here is the trailer for #4:

I hope you find these perspectives interesting, and thought-provoking. I certainly did. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Have a very happy weekend everyone!