We so often think of resistance in forms of obvious rebellion and action, but resistance and advocacy takes many more forms than just marching or protesting.Read More
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about the motives of the marketing executives and creative directors who are perpetually reinforcing an entirely outdated and incorrect notion that gender expression is a central part of one’s identity.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.Read More
What seems like a commonplace thing to say today would have been radical in the early 1990’s.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
Despite a fratty, truly non- impartial, and hot-headed nominee creeping up the ladder to the end point of Supreme Court Justice, there are three strong, powerful women that will be sitting right next to him and numerous representatives who will be fighting against everything he has been accused of.
We sexualize girls before they even know what being sexual is. We tell them to be sexy, but not to be interested in sex or exploring their sexuality.Read More
Birth control does prevent pregnancy in women who aren’t ready to have children, but it does so much more. Among preventing certain types of cancer, birth control clears acne, regulates periods in women with irregular periods or hormone imbalances, help with disorders surrounding a girls’ period, and lessen the severity of periods.Read More
Self-care can be a long, bubble bath after an increasingly difficult work day, and it can be a new haircut. It can be the decision to shave (or not shave), to masturbate (or not), or to hide under the covers (or go out with friends). Self-care is NOT policing other’s decisions and perspectives, and it is certainly not compartmentalizing what is worthy or not worthy of the definition “care.”
Imagine dying to be oppressed so badly that you ignore the fact that people literally died under this oppression. Additionally, by trying to lay claim to a struggle that either isn’t yours or doesn’t even exist, you completely invalidate the experiences and emotions of those around you.Read More
hat sex workers sell is not their bodies but a service and/or art. Broadway actors get paid for their physically straining labor, and it is not expected that they continue to portray their characters once they leave the stage. Massage therapists are not expected to provide other services besides massage. Why is it that the presumption of freely accessible sexuality for public consumption is placed on sex workers?
It is easy to feel indignant towards the results of the 2016 election, to feel injustice for the way people of color are treated in America, but now more than ever, it is more important to be able to explain why in a logical, cohesive manner.Read More
Sharpened with visceral anatomical and religious imagery, Lovelace’s poems brim with the power to pull at readers both physically and emotionally--an ability which mirrors the emotions and physicality of mothering that leaves readers to contend with the implications of these traumas.
In 2015 the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs conducted a study in which 800 products sold around New York City, labeled either male or female, were compared at their price points. They found that female products cost more 42% of the time and, on average, were 7% more than the male-targeted equivalents.Read More
It’s easy to group honor killings with all other violence against women, but it is imperative to understand the dark truth that lies under the surface.Read More
Now, I’m not arguing to have every mainstream television character be a queer one, although that would definitely provide some interesting conversation and enlightening entertainment. Television networks and executives: do better. One token queer couple will not suffice. I’m not interested in you checking off your social justice boxes, eager to prove to your audiences that you really are as diverse and intersectional as you claim to be.Read More
Just as housewives in the 1920’s prided themselves in not being like those deplorable, immature suffragettes, many women today unfortunately stay far away from the current labels in fear of the characterizations have created against them.Read More
What does it mean that we repeatedly see sexually enlightened women in media depictions facing repercussions for their actions? And what are the implications of this single narrative?
On a platform as large as Hulu, viewing fat women as beautiful, funny and smart as opposed to, say, ugly and uninspiring, has the power to change the way we as a society think of and treat fat people.Read More
As of 2016, the debate has continued even further, with Mattel unveiling new Barbie dolls in three new body shapes -- petite, tall and curvy -- with seven options of skin tone. The new body types have the potential to impact both girls’ and boys' expectations of body image, says Florence Williams, a visiting scholar at George Washington University's public health school and author of Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History.Read More