Ashley

Giving Officer committed to a life of general slapdashery.

Blue Belle: Femininity, Fashion and a ‘Tale as Old as Time’
Let’s state the obvious right up front: Beauty and the Beast is a Disney film. What this means is that it follows a long history of formulaic narratives involving young women in a bit of a pickle (as the result of, say, selling their voice to get out of that darn sea, see the world, and […]
Protesting Against “Peak” Masculinity
Wanda Sykes, casually sipping the straw of a fountain soda, saunters up to a group of young boys seated in a fast food restaurant and confronts them about the language they’re using to criticize what they have deemed an unbecoming little statue. “That’s so gay.” “That’s really gay!” “Dude, look at those pants.” (laughter) –“Please don’t […]
Feminist Frequency’s Annual Report for 2016
We’re thrilled to share with you Feminist Frequency’s Annual Report for 2016. Last year was an exciting time of growth for the organization: we launched Ordinary Women: Daring to Defy History, a new project that tells the stories of incredible women across time, welcomed additional team members to oversee our operations and expand our development programming, […]
Feminist Frequency Heads to Chicago
Last Thursday evening, Feminist Frequency was in Chicago to introduce folks to our work, spend time with supporters, and talk about what we’re gearing up for in the next few months. Hosted by our friends at Cards Against Humanity, attendees were treated to delicious food and drinks, and hilarious comedy – which provided a little welcomed levity […]
Real American Heroes: The White Male Heteronormativity of Peter Berg’s Patriot’s Day
Patriot’s Day is Boston’s day to celebrate its sense of community: it’s a day for the entire city to literally commune, shoulder to shoulder, lining Beacon or Boylston Street while witnessing awe-inspiring performances of muscle and commitment, the product of months upon months of training. Speaking as someone who spent years living there and standing amongst […]
FemFreq Fave Five: Ashley’s Picks for 2016
What a daunting task: twelve months, five moments or makings, at least one or two reasons as to why each truly spoke to me. But, here we go and here they are (in no particular order). 1. Lady Dynamite It was one heck of a year for stand-up comedians, was it not? I’m talking about Maria Bamford, […]
Amplify Your Involvement, Action 4: Advocacy
Advocacy is an integral part of Feminist Frequency’s mission. For us, it means actively speaking up for an inclusive and representative media landscape and the eradication of online harassment. It also means producing educational work, attending conferences and events, and promoting similarly focused projects and organizations. Advocacy is a significant component of nearly every cause out […]
Amplify Your Involvement, Action 3: Self-care
Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.  -Audre Lorde, A Burst of Light: Essays It’s week three of Amplify Your Involvement — and this week is all about you. We know that focusing on the needs of those around us feels critical right now. But, it’s also incredibly […]
Amplify Your Involvement, Action 2: Resources
For our second week of ways to Amplify Your Involvement, we’re talking about resources: what do you have an ample amount of that you’re willing and able to contribute? What do the communities and organizations you care about need? We all have something to contribute — the questions are what, and when, and how. Assessing your available resources […]
Amplify Your Involvement, Action 1: Safety
Yesterday, we shared the first action in our four-week series on ways to Amplify Your Involvement this December. For this inaugural week, we’re talking about safety. At Feminist Frequency, we know that speaking out and speaking up for a more equitable virtual world, and the compassionate treatment of one another, can be met with criticism and harassment. […]