The emergence of plus-sized models and larger mannequins strewn at the entrance of Target and other stores is a step in the right direction. All shapes and sizes should be represented in all brands, especially everyday, affordable ones but as of now, that’s still not the case.Read More
I can think of literally two books that I read in high school by black people, and only one by a black woman. And that woman, the all-mighty Toni Morrison, reminded me how fulfilling it is to hear from a familiar perspective, to actually feel a part of that work.Read More
I had only been at the Crossroads for a few days, but it felt like a lifetime had passed. The days both seemed to drag on and pass by at lightning speed. I couldn’t tell you what the date was if my life depended on it.Read More
Slutmouth writer Kayla Shifter shares her poem, In the Waiting Room of a Fertility DoctorRead More
Social media activism helped me to understand my own experiences with feminism, especially body positivity. I’ve struggled with physical appearance all my life, and before I ever knew about feminism, I started to accept that fat was and will always be a bad thing.Read More
“No one is talking about pregnancy and childbirth in a trans inclusive way. We need to separate gender from the ability to reproduce, but we only talk about removing uteruses and then acting like they never existed.” New York's recent law was a major improvement to abortion access and rhetoric in the United States but there must also be further implication that embeds inclusivity.Read More
This is not to say that we need to boycott all past visual media that’s not perfectly politically correct and as aware as many of us are these days, but it does mean we need to thoroughly appreciate the shows that are producing more responsible, well-crafted (and accurate) content. Moreover, we need to reconsider our roles as consumers in the larger marketplace that is Hollywood.Read More
By becoming their husband’s possession, women were stripped of even the small bit of autonomy they were allowed in a patriarchal society. Taking away a name is taking away an identity, it is giving silence to meaning, and reinforcing that a woman is not anything unless she is a part of a man’s world.Read More
Between the male gaze demanding docile, nubile sexuality and respectability politics calling for some elusive, proper “womanhood,” another roadblock was created by how my race complicated my civil and personal identity even further.Read More
What seems like a commonplace thing to say today would have been radical in the early 1990’s.Read More
Xenophobia is not something that just happens, it is taught and stoked through racist jokes, slurs, and division.
As a woman, how could my mother have voted for Donald Trump? As a woman, how could I have not said anything?Read More
Health scares aside, finding yourself in a world not your own for just half an hour is something we all appreciate.Read More
“The whole point is that they just want you to not be sobbing and once you’re not sobbing, they don’t really care.” said one university junior. She had tried to seek help from her school’s counseling center during a crisis and was greeted with what she refers to as “less than helpful” aid.
Self-love is a long and rocky road, a journey unique to everyone. My road to loving myself is far from over, but I appreciate every twist and turn that has come this way.Read More
He wants to pit Americans against one another so they are too distracted to pay attention to the truest enemy of the American people and freedom of speech - President Trump himself.
When women are uncomfortable with mistakes and flaws -- both of which are evidence of simple humanness -- it prohibits them from maximizing their potential, enjoying their lives, and acknowledging their achievements. The simple fact that women only apply for jobs if they meet 100% of the qualifications (compared to men who apply if they meet 60%) makes clear that this feeling many of us are far too familiar with is legitimately stifling our success.Read More
Also, we keep using an outdated, cruel form of torture as punishment that can often result in negative mental side effects like extreme paranoia, delirium, and often anxiety and overwhelming depression upon release. As if our practices weren’t archaic enough.Read More
Maybe this means women really are witches… and I’m not mad about that.Read More
I’ve always had doubts about whether I could really consider myself a feminist because of the shows I watched and the music I enjoyed listening to. After reading Bad Feminist, I realized that my lifestyle choices and tastes don’t determine my authenticity as a feminist.Read More