Posts in opinion
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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What Are the Labor Laws in Romania?

While unloading shipments of mini skirts, vintage-inspired crochet tops, and paperbag waist pants, I was inevitably faced with my least favorite part of being a self-proclaimed anti-colonialist, feminist and outspoken human rights advocate working at a mainstream clothing store: reading production labels

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This One is for the Ladies: Female MCs and Hip Hop’s Double Standard

This hurdle is then multiplied when you identify with one of these social groups while working in a field historically, and contemporarily, dominated by heterosexual men. And let’s be honest, how many fields haven’t been historically, and contemporarily, dominated by heterosexual men?


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Female Representation in the Media: Television and Advertising

The brand has become ubiquitous across the world, but is also heavily associated with photoshopped images and overwhelming body negativity. Their catalogs and brand images often depict women without stretch marks, blemishes, birthmarks or any extra weight. What follows this refusal to depict reality? A plethora of young girls struggling with issues of identity and self-image.

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White Professionalism and Code Switching: How White Supremacy is Sustained in the Workforce

Acting white is often seen as a strategy to be seen in the workplace or society, and a huge part of this strategy that is often reinforced is the presentation of hair. Primarily Black women face discrimination in the workplace because of their natural hair.

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Life In Plastic, It's Fantastic! But Is It Feminist?: The Cosmetic Surgery Conundrum

By elevating specific images, specific aesthetics, specific beauty standards, we hammer into the minds of confused, insecure teenagers, twenty-somethings, and middle aged people that what they’re working with isn’t good enough and might warrant actual medical adjustment.

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Feminism and Social Media: Posting, Posing, Sharing, and Shouting

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.

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