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Check out this months issue of BUST: the magazine for women with something to get off their chests. With an attitude that is fierce, funny, and proud to be female, BUST provides an uncensored view on the female experience. 

The issue features the following article on public speaking by Woodhull’s Tara Bracco!

Speak Easy: Say it Loud, Say it Proud, With These Speech-Giving Tips by Tara Bracco October/November 2010 BUST Magazine. Read Full Article Here

“If you were asked to give a speech to a roomful of people, could you do it? For lots of women, public speaking is scary stuff. But if you back away from the challenge, you may be missing out on things like impressing your boss with a killer presentation or giving a moving toast at your BFF’s wedding. Anyone can be a good public speaker, even if the thought makes your palms sweat and your heart pound. I know because over the past six years, I’ve traveled across the country with the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership– a non-profit dedicated to professional development for women– teaching hundreds of mic-shy gals how to deliver a speech. The hardest part is saying yes when given the opportunity. ” Continue Reading Full Article Here

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Originally posted to my blog ReelGirl on Oct 31

'Healthy model'? from www.marieclaire.com Two women’s magazine’s recently issued profuse apologies for offending their readers, totally missing the point with their mea culpas.

Maura Kelly, a blogger for Marie Claire, wrote about the TV show “Mike and Molly,” which features a couple who met at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. Kelly didn’t like having to look at fat people; she doesn’t think they should be on television. She wrote:

I think I’d be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other … because I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything. To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room – just like I’d find it distressing if I saw a very drunk person stumbling across a bar or a heroine addict slumping in a chair.


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By Emily Johnson, Woodhull Alumna

“The next time the woman you’re with answers “Was it good for you?” with “Sorta”… remember that sometimes we don’t know, ourselves.”

Read Full Article Here!

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When the Feminist Movement Needed a New Direction Meredith Villano stepped up and took the Reigns.

An Interview with Meredith, Co-Founder Paradigm Shift, NYC

1. What prompted you to start Paradigm Shift?
Three and half years ago I felt the feminist community was fractured, and there wasn’t a diverse array of entry points to a feminist consciousness or community. Paradigm Shift was created so feminists and the feminist curious could have a consistent and regular platform and outlet for self-expression, education, and coalition building.

2. Who were you and who have you become since Paradigm Shift?
Before Paradigm Shift I had a singular focus on my career in media and business development, and I was really missing the close feminist community I had in college, and was eager to establish new friendships and professional relationships in a setting that would contribute to the work of all types of progressives. Now, I’m so grateful and privileged to work with prominent feminists who I’ve admired for years, and others who constantly inspire me, including our volunteer staff and interns. I’m proud of the impact we’ve made, and I’m constantly learning by participating in an evolving dialogue.


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by Tara Sophia Mohr, Woodhull Alumna

Originally posted to The Huffington Post on October 4th.

I recently had coffee with two women friends. They are smart, capable women. They have quality degrees and impressive work experience. For the last several years, they’ve been focused on taking care of their families. Their spouses make enough income that they can afford to do that.

For the first time in my life, I looked at these women and thought, I have a problem with this. I felt upset and frustrated that women so full of love, so intelligent and ethical and affluent–in other words, women with so much power to do good–were having an impact primarily on their families, and not on a larger sphere. Not in 1950, but in 2010. While Wall Street is robbing us and our government is growing more and more controlled by corporate interests. While health care and schools are falling apart. While so much of the world is burning in violence, sickness and poverty.


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by Donna Bogatin, Woodhull Alumna and founder of SuiteWomen.com

This millennium’s “buried, unspoken” problem stifling full, unfettered expression of womanhood has a name:  Pronatalism, or societal presumption of motherhood.

Today’s American woman benefits from legacy physical entitlements valiantly won by pioneering women over the course of the last century: The right to vote, the right to contraception and abortion, the right to education and athletics and the right to work without fear of sexual harassment. Will the new millennium woman mark her own unique liberation and proclaim women once and for all emotionally freed from the heretofore inexorably gender pre-determined roles of procreator and care giver?

Category : Careers | Community Member Projects and Updates | Living | Women | Blog

by Leighann Lord, Woodhull Alumna

Originally posted to Leighann Lord’s Comic Perspective on September 9th
I’m not a buxom babe and I’m at peace with that. I wasn’t always. Puberty was a trial. Despite reading Judy Blume’s “Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret” and faithfully executing its famous exercises – repeat after me if you remember: “I must, I must, I must increase my bust!” — my little cupcakes seemed genetically preordained to be modest. They’re a respectable 34B instead of the sought after 36C or dare I dream, D.

I once went to Victoria Secret to get measured, to make sure I was wearing “the right bra.” I was secretly hoping they’d find something I’d missed. The good news? Yes, I was wearing the wrong size bra. The bad news? It was too big for me. According to the evil Victoria Secret measuring tape, I’m a double A. Stand back everybody. I’m packing batteries. I’m an academic. Going from a “B” to an “A” is supposed to be a good thing. What can I say but, “Fie on you, Victoria, and a pox on your secret!”

Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Culture | Women | Blog

Originally posted to ReelGirl on September 21, 210

Mia Herndon, Executive Director of Third Wave,

an organization run by and for young women and transgender youth age 35 and under, believes that shutting down Craigslist’s ‘adult services’ section is a simplistic and ultimately ineffective response to the complex issues around sex work and young people.

Herndon says, “Craigslist is one of the few sites that worked with law enforcement. It’s not the right target.”


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by Margot Magowan, Woodhull co-founder

Originally posted to her blog ReelGirl on September 20th.

Center for Young Women's Development burns $100,000 check from Craigslist

After coming under fire from women’s organizations such as The Rebecca Project, which successfully pressured law enforcement, Attorney Generals from states across the country finally shut down Craigslist’s adult section. A victory for women and the power of women’s organizations: prostitution and sex trafficking was being advertised on the popular site out in the open as if it were no big deal and perfectly legal. Now its all been shut down! Hurray!

But is Craigslist’s “erotic services” section closing a real victory for women and victims of sex crimes?

No doubt it’s shocking that sex and sex with children was being sold blatantly on the internet– and shocking that no one seemed shocked– letting it all just go on for years like no one cared and it didn’t matter at all except to a few fanatic feminist organizations. Not only was Craigslist perpetuating child abuse and illegal activities, but the company was making 36 million dollars from its adult section.

But is shutting down Craigslist’s adult section really just shooting the messenger?


Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Culture | Media | Women | Blog

The Woodhull Institute is proud to suport NOW-NYC for their upcoming event:

Supersexxxed: Porn and Pop Culture

Wednesday, September 29 at 6:30 PM

The National Organization for Women in NYC hosts internationally acclaimed activist, scholar and social critic Gail Dines, author of Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality. Whether it’s film, television, music videos or magazine ads – you name it – our visual landscape has been “pornified.” Gail’s perspective on the industrialization of porn, now a $96 billion dollar industry, is not to be missed. Join us for what promises to be an eye-opening conversation on how porn is changing our culture, relationships and sexuality. Please note: this presentation will contain graphic images.

Suggested donation: $5 for NOW-NYC members & students | $15 for non-members
Reserve your seat with an advance online donation at www.nownyc.org or RSVP to 212.627.9895 | contact@nownyc.org
Event Location: 434 West 33rd Street, Penthouse Conference Center & Terrace
Subway: A, C, E to 34th Street

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