Sunday, January 30, 2011

Feminist Coming Out Day

Fantastic! March 8th is International Women's Day, so the newly minted "Feminist Coming Out Day" is a great and appropriate way to celebrate.

As described on the project's website,

When a queer student group and a feminist club teamed up at Harvard University to raise awareness about gender equality, the resulting 2010 campaign, Feminist Coming Out Day, brought together not only the two organizations, but also the campus community. Inspired by National Coming Out Day, a holiday which encourages awareness of issues affecting the queer community, our event was an opportunity for alliance, collaboration, bridge-building, and inclusion. This school year, we want to expand the Feminist Coming Out Day to high schools and colleges throughout the United States, so we’re partnering with Bitch Magazine and taking the campaign online!

Last year at Harvard, we put a face to feminism by donning buttons and t-shirts that said “This Is What A Feminist Looks Like” and holding a photo exhibit called the Feminist Portrait Project. Now we’re making this merchandise available online to feminist and LGBT student organizations across the country, so that they can plan events like this on their own campuses. Bitch Media is helping us get the word out, and all the profits for this merchandise will help fund feminist media.

This project arose out of a frustration with the limited portrayal of the movement as straight, White, and cisgendered. We know firsthand that our allies are a diverse bunch. In the weeks leading up to the event, this website will feature testimonials from young activists on the issues that led to their individual feminist awakenings. What does a feminist look like? We want to give this movement your voice and face! So, put a “This Is What A Feminist Looks Like” sticker on your laptop, snap a photo of yourself in our t-shirt, send in your feminist manifesto as a submission to our online Feminist Portrait Project, and tell your friends and colleagues about our campaign to show the diversity among supporters of gender equality.

I'm very excited that these Harvard groups have taken this nationally. Check it out on facebook, twitter, and on its website. And get involved! The project is taking donations, but you can submit your own "feminist coming out" to their website for free and get featured!

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