Elementary Feminisms

The Feminist Wire is proud to feature young feminists from elementary, middle, and high school. We believe young people should own their voices, be empowered to share their perspectives, and be supported in expressing their needs and interests. We also believe it is not for us to dictate what their feminist and social justice concerns should be, but rather to listen to and learn from them. And to appreciate and respect the diversity of their beliefs and positions. Elementary Feminisms is a vital space for emerging feminists.

ELEMENTARY FEMINISMS: The Lucky Ones [Trigger Warning: Discusses Sexual Abuse]

March 23, 2015
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By Nicolette Natale                                      This is how her story starts: “This is what I remember. My lips were cut. I bit down on them when he grabbed me from behind and covered my mouth. He said these...
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ELEMENTARY FEMINISMS: Being a Feminist at Fourteen

March 9, 2015
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By Olivia Emin I go to a school where the boys outnumber the girls. This isn’t a small difference; there are pretty much two and a half boys for every girl. I never noticed the difference until now. Since Emma Watson’s iconic speech, gender politics has been a hot topic at my school. I...
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ELEMENTARY FEMINISMS: Three Poems on Being a Girl

February 26, 2015
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By Kirstin Stevely     Hush Little One   Hush little one, don’t say a word, Still knowing nothing of the big wide world. Nobody has told you what you must be, When you look in a mirror, it’s you that you see.   Hush pretty baby, go to sleep, Close your eyes, not...
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ELEMENTARY FEMINISMS: The Day I Understood My Privilege

February 16, 2015
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By Shama Nathan     My friend and I sat on his back porch, slithering in the Caribbean heat. We sat in quietness, mostly slapping mosquitoes. “You talk like a white person.” He blurted out. It was not until a few minutes later, that I realize that this is meant to be a compliment....
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Elementary Feminisms: How Useful is a Feminist Approach to History for Historians?

October 30, 2014
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By Grace Corn In today’s world, the very word “feminism” can stir up polarized reactions. As a feminist myself, I find it difficult to understand how feminism, in Pat Robertson’s words, “encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.” Nevertheless, this interpretation prevails throughout history, especially...
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Elementary Feminisms: A Call to Young Women

September 18, 2014
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By Shama Nathan Recently, I came across an old post that had quickly surfaced on Tumblr. The post was discussing the problem with teaching girls “how to avoid rape.” I decided to share this post with a male friend of mine, and his was response was, “If girls continue to dress a certain way,...
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Elementary Feminisms: Two Poems by Lorean Galarza

August 14, 2014
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Elementary Feminisms: Anthem for a New Breed

August 6, 2014
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By Victoria Schulte The word “feminist” is loaded and can carry bad connotations. The word “feminist,” often generates two types of thoughts; (1) social, economic, and political equality of the sexes; or (2) angry, bra burning, man hating, activists. Conservative understandings of feminism suggest that feminists are “crazy” girls being too ambitious, wanting too much,...
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Elementary Feminisms: Soul Singer

October 8, 2013
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By Mira Raju Strength can be either mental or physical. During a rock concert at the University of Arizona, I found someone who had both. This was Melissa Etheridge, 52- year old rock star. From the moment she took the stage, I knew something about her. Between large vibrations that traveled through my body from...
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Elementary Feminisms: Accepting People As They Are

October 3, 2013
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By Caleb Peterson People don’t always get the rights they deserve, and are punished for things they have no control of. People get killed or even kill themselves because they’re not normal or pure. For example, I read an article recently, in a small village in India a young girl was raped and after, was...
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