Let’s get reflective this Wednesday.


Here in 2014, being trans is still considered a mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association.* Women face threats of death, rape, and mass shootings for having opinions about video games. 33 states (counting DC) have legalized same sex marriage, while 16 have banned it. Four states have a domestic workers’ bill of rights. Beyonce and Benedict Cumberbatch are avowed feminists. I am getting tired of listing things…

As we head toward our next calendar year, let’s take a moment before the turkey- and/or sugar-comas kick in to think about what we’re building toward in our future:

Where do we want feminism to be in fifteen years?

What do we want to have changed about the world? What do we want to have changed about ourselves as a movement? Please speak up in the comments below!

* Edit from Barbie: Thank you @eerothRI for pointing out an important error in this post!  This certainly calls for a correction, and we appreciate that our readers are on top of this.  As @eerothRI noted, being transgender is no longer considered a disorder in and of itself in the DSM 5.  Gender dysphoria is now listed as a disorder, to emphasize that the mental health aspect is in the distress that can result of finding that your gender does not match your society-assumed sex, rather than the gender identity itself being the disorder.  Without that distress or without any significant impairment in the person’s ability to live their life, someone might have gender dysphoria, but would not be considered as having a mental disorder according to the DSM.  I’ll be discussing this further in an upcoming post, as there are some nuances to the inclusion of gender dysphoria in the DSM 5 that I still find concerning.  Thank you again to @eerothRI for pointing out this issue!