Because I am a Woman

This blog is about sex-positivity, sex-ed, feminism, reproductive justice, birth justice, intersectionality, and activism. Because I am a Woman features articles, news, opinion pieces, digital media, and original information posts on all of the topics and more.

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look after yourself and just keep swimming

(via radical-self-love-project)

Like an ongoing comprehensive education of men of what healthy, respectful manhood is all about, and it starts with how we view women. Our language is important. For instance, when a guy says ‘you throw the ball like a girl,’ or ‘you’re a little sissy,’ it reflects an attitude that devalues women. And attitudes will eventually manifest in some fashion.

Pregnant and parenting youth deserve respect and support, not shame and stigma! Love this initiative from California Latinas for Reproductive Justice. 


Pregnant and parenting youth deserve respect and support, not shame and stigma! Love this initiative from California Latinas for Reproductive Justice

The prison … functions ideologically as an abstract site into which undesirables are deposited, relieving us of the responsibility of thinking about the real issues afflicting those communities from which prisoners are drawn in such disproportionate numbers … It relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of our society, especially those produced by racism and, increasingly, global capitalism.
Angela Davis, “Are Prisons Obsolete?” (via chinesekleptocracy)

(via indielowercase)


Junot Diaz, Ken Chen, Dawn Davis and Johnny Temple are just a few of the voices in the second installment of Lynn Neary’s series on diversity in publishing. (Here’s the first, and here’s the Pew study mentioned above.)

You can join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #whoisgettingpublished, or send us a story of your own experience here.

(via weneeddiversebooks)

Feminist Art Friday Feature: Lee Krasner

Abstract Expressionist Lee Krasner is best known for her beautiful and deeply powerful collages and  gestural works. You’ve probably heard of her famous husband, Jackson Pollock, but did you know his wife was another powerful and influential force in the AbEx movement? 

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Krasner began studying art at a young age studying at The Cooper Union at the National Academy for Design. She went on to work for the WPA Federal Art Project before going on to study under Hans Hoffman, another famous abstract expressionist. At a time when the work of women was severely under-valued, Krasner’s presence in the art scene was unique but her career was nonetheless often overshadowed by her husband’s. 

Since her death in 1987, Krasner remains one of the most important artists to have emerged from the New York School and a pioneering force in the Abstract Expressionist movement. As such, she is one of only a handful of women artists to have ever had a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

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Last night I worked the night shift and treated myself to some delicious mac and cheese (which is my favorite food) as my self-care act. It was as delicious as it looks. 

What is the 30 Days of Self-Care Challenge? Quite simply, every day for the entire month of September I will be taking a moment out of my day to check-in with myself and practice an act of self-care— even when I feel like I don’t have time. I’ll also be documenting this journey as I navigate it in hopes of normalizing self-care as a daily practice, especially for those of us who work everyday in careers related to the movement in some way.

You can follow my journey with daily posts on Because I am a Woman, on our Twitter page@BCiamawoman and my personal account @AllyBoguhn,  where I will be documenting it using the tag #30daysofselfcare and #selfcareseptember. Join me by tagging your posts and tweets!