Paths of “Empowerment” Swept under the Starry Rug

by Marina Fuser Patricia Arquette’s speech upon receiving the Oscar for best supporting actress (Boyhood) was met by an enthusiastic round of applause, sighs and tears of joy by an audience that is rather favourable to gender equity. Nevertheless, the reception of this discourse involved much suspicion and skepticism in Feminist circles due to the…

Decolonizing Coexistence: Beyond Hebdo

By Marina Fuser This was a disturbing weekend for humanity: from Paris to Nigeria, from Lebanon to São Paulo, we have experienced ultimate demonstrations of violence against people that, by all means, did NOT deserve such fate. While Brazilian military police chased, dropped tear gas bombs and shot rubber bullets against an unarmed crowd fighting…

FEMEN: The Unveiling of Colonialist Feminism

Marina Fuser is a social scientist and doctoral researcher in Gender & Film Studies at the University of Sussex. Marina is part of the RE.FRAMING ACTIVISM editorial team and this week explores the protest group FEMEN‘s recent international protests. The 10th of April of 2013 is the day of the 5th anniversary of a controversial “Feminist” group called Femen. These…

Feminist Social Media Praxis

 Jodi Nelson is a filmmaker, actor and musician. She is currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Practice at the University of Sussex. This week, we interviewed Jodi about her research project that explores contemporary feminism through digital networks. re_activism:What do you think the 21st century feminist looks likes? This is a very provocative…

FEMEN: a political act?

Marina Fuser is a social scientist and doctoral researcher in Gender & Film Studies at the University of Sussex. Marina is part of the RE.FRAMING ACTIVISM editorial team and this week explores the protest group FEMEN‘s actions. In the 1970’s, Berkeley was bursting in fire. It was the midst of the boom of the social…