An article from The Guardian tells us that the number of grassroots feminist groups in the UK have doubled in the last two years. Yay! These groups are battling the objectification of and discrimination against women, and apparently filling their ranks with young men as well. Well done ladies and gentlemen.
The article in highlights a few organizations that led a protest against selling pornography at eye-level, some of which ended in shop owners agreeing to cover up the images on the magazines on display.
As 17-year-old Nina Mega from Edinburgh put it: “Sometimes you get the idea that the world is a pretty misogynistic place and feminists are few and far between, but when you see all those like-minded people together – men and women – you just think: ‘Wow.’”
Nudey magazines aren’t the only things spurring a call for change in the UK. Also particularly upsetting to young feminists is the debate over potential compulsory lessons on abstinence (only for teenage girls of course) as well as the growing anti-abortion movement and the number of women losing their jobs (there are twice as many women expected to lose their jobs as men).
A note to Nina: The world is full of misogyny, but it’s important that we keep organizing and fighting, especially as the going gets tough. Right on.