The Parents section of the Huffington Post just published about Alyssa Milano being fat-shamed by comedian Jay Mohr. While the story’s author and most of the commenters come to the defense of Milano in the story, pretty asking what business is it of Mohr’s to say that, a few noted that Milano is not in fact fat.
In June 2013, I lost my job, along with about 14 other members of my company. I was exactly, to the day, one month short of reaching my one-year anniversary as a full-time salaried employee in an entry-level position.
It’s now two days before Christmas, and my unemployment benefits have run out. A lot has happened in the few months between, but I can tell you that sitting around waiting for my $336 weekly unemployment deposit from the state of New York has not been one of them.
Seeing someone reading a book you love is seeing a book recommending a person.
I don’t know if there is a God or an afterlife, and I don’t really care if there is.
I was raised Catholic, enrolling Catholic school for nine years, going off to Jesus camp every summer, and attending mass every Sunday until I was about 14. But beyond that, I was raised to be a nice person, and to show compassion and acceptance.
Reclaiming words is nothing new to feminists, whether it’s “bitch,” “cunt,” or even the word “feminist.” It can be an empowering way to take the power back from the detractors and redefine words that are meant to hurt or damage certain groups of people.
The way feminism was taught to me, that word and an ideology was simply defined as “your life choices not being narrowed by your gender” And it’s a concept I still hold in those terms, for family, career, and life. With that in mind, I have never seen why some women, or anybody really, would not claim to be a feminist.