Posts in opinion
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about the motives of the marketing executives and creative directors who are perpetually reinforcing an entirely outdated and incorrect notion that gender expression is a central part of one’s identity.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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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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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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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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