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Gender Bent's Blog – March 2014 Archive (4)

FEATURE: Bi Matters: Female Bisexuality Misconceptions in the Queer Community

When I initially met my best friend, she identified as specifically queer and avoided the dreaded “bisexual” term like a cat avoids water. It wasn’t until recently that she confidently accepts bisexuality as a part of her identity. Why, you ask? Because bi-haters. The worst part is, I didn’t realize, for the longest time, my own prejudice against bisexuality was no better than the bi-haters I’d actively accused.

In mainstream consciousness, the queer community is seen as a…

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Added by Gender Bent on March 25, 2014 at 1:33pm — 3 Comments

FEATURE: To Be Young, Gay and African

When I first came out to my family, most of them stopped talking to me. My father, who I was very close to, stopped speaking to me for two years before picking up the phone late one night to let me know that my being gay was not only an amoral form of psychic and sexual corruption but also an act of perverse, Western mimicry. I was not only going against my Islamic upbringing but my African heritage as well.

I was born in Somalia, and I spent my formative years living in…

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Added by Gender Bent on March 17, 2014 at 10:27am — 1 Comment

OP-ED: Are we harming the Feminist Movement without realizing it?

The 2010s have summoned a new wave of feminism; one in which we’ve finally begun to acknowledge the fact that sexism and objectification has (not unlike racism) shape-shifted into less obvious but no less menacing disguises. More than ever before we’ve been waving the red flag at Rape Culture, and finally standing up to the chauvinistic tendencies of mainstream media, especially with the backlash of stunts by artists like Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus. Black Feminist scholars…

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Added by Gender Bent on March 6, 2014 at 6:35pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: 'Feminist Enough' Web Series Challenges Stereotypes

'Feminist Enough' is a "video storytelling project that allows women of color to vocalize their views on feminism in their own words—most of which goes against the popular, sensationalized images of feminism in the mainstream", according to its creator Shannon Washington, who's also a creative director for cosmetics and hair products brands. The points of view presented conflict, and that's the point. "The purpose of this project is not to push a certain agenda nor viewpoint,…

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Added by Gender Bent on March 6, 2014 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

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