From the archives: this post originally appeared on the site on May 6th, 2011.

Julie Zeilinger is the 17 year old founder and editor of the FBomb – a “blog/community created for teenage girls who care about their rights as women and want to be heard.” I first heard about Julie in a Jezebel article two years ago and I’ve been following her work ever since. She’s the true definition of a wunderkind, who has created a vibrant community for young feminists, and given them a voice and a powerful platform.

Julie was invited to speak at the Endangered Species New York City summit this past March and delivered a brilliant speech that gave me goosebumps. The opening line:

I’ll never forget the moment I realized that how you feel about your body in this culture has nothing to do with how you actually look.

Below you’ll be able to see Julie’s speech. I also highly recommend that you check out her blog post about the event and the transcript of the video – which should be printed out and handed to all girls AND boys from middle school through college.


The FBomb
– “Endangered Species Summit: Our Generation and Body Image

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  • Theodora Dea

    shes so wrong about the first and second wave.

  • Theodora Dea

    also its not a good time to be a teenage girl anywhere some women in the middle ages had more freedom the cappie machine gets to small girl children and the voice of the wise woman warning the young women about dangers of piv is lost from collect consciousness and instead called ‘sex’.

  • Theodora Dea

    token women in top colleges and as ceos is not a good thing for women as a class at all. its just using women as objects to men to rub in our faces and compare us too. she is being groomed into being a handmaiden funfem early.