Everyday Feminist: Julie of the FBomb

Today starts Everyday Feminist, a series celebrating everyday women and men who consider themselves to be feminists. Regular people who don’t have book deals (yet) and never went undercover at the Playboy Club. They’re your friends, sisters, colleagues and neighbors. And, yes, they are feminists.

Julie of the FBomb

When I first found out about the FBomb, my initial reaction was, “Why wasn’t there a website like this when I was 18?” Founded by Julie Zeilinger, the FBomb is a community of young feminists who are incredibly passionate about feminism and human rights.

Growing up in small town Ohio, Julie craved a feminist community that reflected her beliefs. Finding none, she made her own. “I figured if I felt [a lack of a feminist community], other teens must, too,” Julie said, “I started blogging about issues that affect my peers and me, including topics that ranged from dating and double standards to violence against women and politics.”

Over time the FBomb grew into a place where teenage feminists from around the country could share their views on everything from title IX and teen pregnancy to the role of driving in Taylor Swift songs.

The FBomb represents the promise of the next wave of feminism. One that’s more inclusive in terms of race, class and gender. A Wave that adds to the dialogue of the movement that is so often criticized by those who do not understand it.

“I think that my generation of feminists can also add to this movement, primarily by continuing to make feminism an even more inclusive movement in terms of race, class and even gender — by which I mean we really need to work on including men in this movement,” Julie said, “However, I don’t really even know what it should look like. I think the natural progression that’s inherent to any social movement is really what makes feminism beautiful.”

Julie is the founder and editor of The FBomb. She is currently a first year student at Barnard College and likes her iced coffee with no sugar and only a touch of skim milk.

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    The aspect of feminism I’m most interested in now is the false representation of women in media, especially in the physical sense. I think that is a result of getting older and looking less less like those images! For example I attended a network meeting by a group called Women in Biz and the picture on their website featured 3 women who I assumed were the owners. I was looking for these women at the meeting! Well, the women who owned the Biz looked nothing like the women on the website. Why not show themselves and thereby contribute to a realistic portrayal of women? Men would never hire male models to portray them on their business website. To me, that decision by those business owners was the ultimate in anti-feminism.

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      That’s an interesting thought! I can’t imagine a 40-something business man using a photo of a 20-something male model in an advertisement. My dad is a businessman, and if he did that I would laugh!

      I think as Baby Boomers get older, I hope the representation of real women becomes more prevalent. It’s a huge demographic and they’re not going to want to look at 20-something women forever.

      Even if they used photos of themselves with editing, that would still be better than using a stock photo. You should tell them!