Masculinity So Fragile: the Bro Mask Edition

We need to create an open dialogue about the motives of the marketing executives and creative directors who are perpetually reinforcing an entirely outdated and incorrect notion that gender expression is a central part of one’s identity. Apart from determining which pronouns we prefer, gender expression is just as integral to one’s identity as age.

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What is Missing from the Conversation Around Sexual Assault and Consent

Instead, I deserved to say no to pain and discomfort. These lessons attuned me to my own body, a heightened attention that allowed me to determine, yes that feels good and no that doesn’t feel so good and subsequently establish that a “yes” belonged to sex and a “no” belonged to a sexual act from which I could revoke consent.


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How the Baroque Movement Revolutionized My Ideal Form of Feminism and Female Sexuality

The sense that Baroque art gives you is the sense of reaffirmation, that you somehow relate to the drama presented in mythological allusions. That the light and the dark can intertwine so perfectly, and that consistency might not be your strong suit and that is okay. 

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Watch Your Language: The Importance of Rhetoric in Creating Safe Spaces

There’s multiple ways that language can be exclusive. Some might not be as obvious as the incident at my workplace, but we should all be aware of them and be cognizant of the many ways language can impact a person’s sense of safety and acceptance.

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Making Amends with My Body: Chronic Illness and Body Image

When I’m in pain, there is nothing but pain. Other people do not speak. Pain dissolves others into disembodied voices, whose cacophony is most annoying because I cannot fathom how it exists amidst the ubiquitous force of my pain. There is nothing and no one that can steal my attention or energy because it is all diverted to the gut-wrenching, who-knows-when-it’s-ending pain.

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Gadgets Gizmos Gumdrops Galore: Sex Positive Synth Pop and Female Masturbation

A pioneer of Sex Positive Synth Pop, Von uses her own orgasm wave patterns in the production of her music. This week, she released her latest video, “Voulin Rouge”, which follows a female police officer on the hunt for Von and her friends.


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The Life and Liberation of Lingerie: The Evolution of Intimate Apparel and the Ways Women Have Shaped It

Just like anything else, fashion and culture happen in cycles. By the 1950s, sexy had morphed into the curve-crazed idolization of the pin-up girl – sporting form-fitting, hourglass styles of clothing reminiscent of the corset. Only this time, the garments were meant to be seen.

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Self Slut-Shaming: College Women Talk About Virginity

Despite so much progress, we are still pressured to set standards for ourselves that engender shame. We give others grace, we love to see them empowered, but hold ourselves to different standards. Can we unlearn this and disentangle our self-perceived worth from our “body count”?

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Who Run the World?: The Historically Female Nurturance of the Earth

For one, this idea that womanhood and earthly oneness have an inherent link has an air of biological essentialism that can quite easily make trans women or gender non-conforming people who feel at home with nature feel ostracized and othered; this may act as yet another example of tying a binary gender expression to something deemed “inherent.”

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