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Confessionals | Media and Pop Culture | Cultural Issues | Politics and Laws | Religion | History

Confessionals

Claimaint(s)
Mothers and Fathers What’s your relationship with yours?
Assumptions people
make about me/I make about them
A first impression, a battle hard fought…
Friendships, Sisters The good ones, the bad ones, the ones you wish you’d handled differently
My Body Our bodies are constantly being scrutinized—by us.
I knew I was a
feminist when…
Did something spark a change? Was it gradual? Did you
always know, or is this brand new?
Why I won’t call
myself a feminist
The F word carries a lot of baggage. Need a hand?
Young and starting
out
Feel like you’re still finding your feet?
I’m a grown up now,
right?
Crap, now we have to boring adults with mortgages an’
crap.
I spent so much
time on…
What was I thinking?
No babies, please! Whether you have no interest at all or would rather adopt,
saying you don’t want to give birth can make you a pariah!
The What-If Game Would you stop your period if you could? What if men
menstruated? What if women ruled the world?

Media and Pop Culture

Claimant(s)
Eat Pray Love Movie What makes women love the book? How does the film compare?
The Handmaid’s Tale Both a book and a movie, this story from Margaret Atwood
speaks volumes about the treatment of women.
Bridget Jones’
Diary
The book that set off the Chick Lit genre. (Also, what
about Renee Zellweiger gaining weight to play the role?)
Disney Fairy Tales We grew up with them, but did you like them? How did they
impact you? Are the new films an improvement? And does Pixar really have a
girl problem?
TV Reviews Is there a series you watch regularly, that you feel has a
message about women? Be a regular, and analyze each episode for us.
Comics Usually considered a medium by guys, for guys, women have
and are contributing!
Comedy Are female comedians underrepresented? Can you be pretty
and funny? Is it still funny when they make fun of women?
Guilty Pleasures What do you love that you feel you probably shouldn’t?
Profile someone
awesome!
Musicians, artists, writers, actors, athletes, scientists,
activists, etc.

Cultural Issues

Claimant(s)
Science, Technology
and Math
Do you work in a traditionally male field?
Male Contraception How would it change the dynamics of sex and contraception?
Rape-Ex Condom This condom has spikes on the inside which embed
themselves in the penis of rapists. http://www.antirape.co.za
The Burqua &
Head Scarves
France
has banned them and other countries are considering doing so as well. The
women who wear them have argued that they feel safer wearing them.
They call us
“girls”
There in some industries where the women are always called
girls—modeling, the sex trade, etc. Why?
Womens’ Rights
Advancing Across the Globe
As women assert their rights, they are changing their
native cultures. See India,
China, Japan, Africa,
the Muslim world, etc.
Surgically Restored
Virginity
Yep, you can have a hymen constructed by a doctor—usually so
a bride will bleed on her wedding night.

Politics and Laws

Claimant(s)
Politicians Profile a woman who holds or is running for office (any
country). Or, someone who works actively for or against womens rights.
Immigration Reform How do US immigration reforms impact women and mothers?
Pro-Women Activists
and Organizations
Sometimes it’s ridiculously low, sometimes it’s different
for boys than for girls. http://www.ageofconsent.com/ageofconsent.htm
Bans on sex toys
and sex acts
In Texas
a vibrator is strictly for educational purposes.
Same-Sex Marriage For or against? What impact does it have on heterosexual marriage?
(Female) Genital
Mutilation
Predominant in African and Muslim regions.
US Health Reform How do the new laws impact women?
HPV Vaccine Should it be mandatory? Can we call it safe yet? Who
should get it? Does it make sex seem safer?
Sex Education Does abstinence-only work? What did you learn and how?
Transgender Recognition At what point should the law recognize that gender has been changed?
Japanese Royal
Family
Rules of succession say only a male can take the throne,
but Princess Aiko is the eldest child of the prince apparent.

Religion

Claimants
Women Priests Which religions allow them, and which don’t? Why?
Nuns And not just the Catholic ones.
Catholic Saints An awful lot of virgins in there…
Born-again Virgins
Abstinence Pledges At least one puts your virginity in your father’s care…
Giving the Bride
Away
What’s the symbolism here, and is it still relevant?
Asexuals Some people genuinely aren’t interested in sex.
The Mikveh And other menstruation-related customs.

History

Claimant(s)
Women’s Suffrage Investigate the history of the movement—it goes back
further than you might think!
Foot-Binding Why did mothers perpetuate the painful custom with their
daughters?
Geisha Gracious entertainers or glorified whores? Independent
women, or trapped in golden cages?
Vestal Virgins Priestesses of the Roman goddess Vesta http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vestal_Virgin
Witch Accusations
and Persecutions
Not just for Salem!
Still found in Africa.
The Women’s
Movement of the 1970s
It wasn’t that long ago, actually!
Profile someone
amazing… or crazy
Politicians, leaders, warriors, scientists, saints,
artists… Some names to start you off!

Queen Elizabeth I, Eleanor Roosevelt, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Marie Curie, Abigail Adams, Catherine the Great, Marylin Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn, Rosa Parks, Rokeya Hussein, Queen Victoria, Jane Austen, the Bronte Sisters, George Elliot, Charlotte Perkins Gillman, Simone Beauvoir, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Lennox, Mary Shelley, Sylvia Plath, Mary Wollstonecraft, Susan B Anthony, Clara Barton, Margaret Thatcher, Indira Ghandi, Gerture Stein, Virginia Woolf, Emily Dickinson, Sirimavo Bandaranayike, Patricia Highsmith, Sacajawea, Cleopatra, Roxanna of Persia, Sarojini Naidu, Margaret Fuller, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Grace Greenwood, Jyotiba Phule, Marianne Hainisch, Kate Sheppard, Emmeline Pankhurst, Bibi Khanoom Astarabadi, Ida B. Wells, Marguerite Coppin, Qasim Amin, Raden Adjeng Kartini, Luisa Capetillo, Hoda Shaarawi, Sediqeh Dowlatabadi, Dora Russell, Mohtaram Eskandari, Roshank No’doost, Begum Ramayana Liaquat Ali Khan, Emily Howard Stowe, Shahla Sherkat, hamima Shaikh, Empress Dowager Cixi, Empress Tzu Hsi, Empress Wu Zetian, Empress Dou (Empress Xioawen), Boudiccea, The Japanese Epoch of the Queens, Sei Shonagon, Murasaki Shikibu, Nefertiti, Hatshepsut, Enheduanna, Arsinoë, Artemisia of Salamis, Sappho, Hypatia, Joan d’Arc, Marie Antoinette, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Eva Duarte de Perón, Mata Hari… the list goes on!!

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