Feminism is Yours to Define.

As I sit and reflect on the last 30 days of storytelling, I can’t help but to post my reflections on the themes highlighted by this amazing group of contributors.  I could identify with Robin’s sentiments of having never called her moments of empowerment a feminist experience and the impact of mass media on ourContinue reading “Feminism is Yours to Define.”

Fast Tail Tale

Accepting that my body type is not designed by myself is the most awakening experience of my life. Many opine about the bodies and shapes of young brown women who appear to look more like women than the girls idealized by social standards. Remarks like “You so fast!” “You think you grown!” “Who you thinkContinue reading “Fast Tail Tale”

Beautifully Imperfect. Fabulously Feminist.

“We are the girls with anxiety disorders, filled appointment books, five-year plans. We take ourselves very, very seriously. We are the peacemakers, the do-gooders, the givers, the savers. We are on time, overly prepared, well read, and witty, intellectually curious, always moving… We pride ourselves on getting as little sleep as possible and thrive onContinue reading “Beautifully Imperfect. Fabulously Feminist.”

My Super (Em)Power

What’s my power? I’m a mom. Yep, I’m the mother of a little girl and thats’s a BIG DEAL. Having raised 2 now teenage boys, I was never really concerned with feminism, other than requiring that they treat women and girls with respect. Well, I was blessed with my now 5 year old Camryn andContinue reading “My Super (Em)Power”

Feminism = Common Sense

First, I want to acknowledge the fact that yes, I am telling this story from atop my political soapbox, and yes, I am fully aware that you may disagree with some of the points made. That is the inherit beauty of free will, isn’t it? I cannot think of feminism without taking a cold hardContinue reading “Feminism = Common Sense”

Feminism: Living In Our Fullness

My name is Tashmica Torok and I have no idea what being a feminist means. Feminism is not my area of expertise. Currently, I am the founder and executive director of The Firecracker Foundation where I advocate for child survivors of sexual trauma and provide them with free, high-quality holistic therapeutic services. As a survivorContinue reading “Feminism: Living In Our Fullness”

Feminism Undefined.

“Swearing isn’t very ladylike.” “Stop being so dramatic.” “Do you have a warm hole I can stick something in?” “You should probably have a guy help you with that.” “Girls are just better at those things.” “You’ve got plenty of time to learn how to cook.” These are just a select few remarks I haveContinue reading “Feminism Undefined.”

#Shelfie: Feminism by the Book

You have definitely noticed that your social media is constantly exploding with selfies—the self-portrait photograph. Others, like the Oxford Dictionary, who selected “selfie” as the word of the year in 2013, noticed, too. Since then, there’s been an online debate about the selfie and how it does or does not empower women. I’ll leave thatContinue reading “#Shelfie: Feminism by the Book”

Discovering Myself, Discovering Feminism

I’ve been strong willed and independent from the very beginning, and I was blessed with a loving and supportive father who prioritized spending time with me and showing me new things. My being a girl didn’t stop him from trying to teach me how to throw and catch a baseball, how to throw a footballContinue reading “Discovering Myself, Discovering Feminism”