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about the motives of the marketing executives and creative directors who are perpetually reinforcing an entirely outdated and incorrect notion that gender expression is a central part of one’s identity.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

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.

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The Great, Silent Revolution

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.”


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No, Craig, You Don't Need To Know Where To Buy A Straight Pride Flag

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.

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What One Tabloid Article Can Teach Us About The Degradation Of Porn Stars In Media

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?


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Swimming In Verses: Interview With Poet Jamila Lovelace

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.


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The Queerbaiting Trap (And How To Avoid It)

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.

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The Great Barbie Debate: 1959 to 2016

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.

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