Feminism | Posted by Eliza V on 09/19/2014

My Non-Feminist Sister

I like to think that feminism is becoming a topic of household discussion now. Celebrities are increasingly claiming the feminist label, sexist media depictions are causing more of an uproar and feminism itself seems to be appearing in the news now more than in recent years. This is all very well and good, but it certainly doesn’t change the fact that there are still people who want nothing to do with feminism.

This can be very hard to deal with for people who do identify as feminists, especially if those people happen to be in your family. While it’s (unfortunately) probably not uncommon to have a family member who is against feminism, it’s an especially difficult situation when that person is in your immediate family and somebody you’re otherwise close …

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Feminism | Posted by Arely L on 09/17/2014

Some Questions About Women and Sex

I’m sorry to say that I’ve witnessed far too many conversations in which my friends attack other girls for their sexual experiences. I have finally had enough of the way teen girls (or women of all ages, for that matter) who have sex are regarded with prejudice. There are four specific aspects of this cultural “logic” about women and sex that I particularly don’t understand.

1. Who decides what constitutes “too much” sex?

Why do people think they can determine the limits of how much sex a person can acceptably have? I don’t believe that anyone has the right to set such standards for other women or men. I enjoy my sexual freedom and don’t believe that other people’s sexual choices or ideas about sex should have any bearing on …

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Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Trip E on 09/15/2014

#WhyIStayed: Understanding Domestic Violence

Janay and Ray Rice

On March 27th, 2014, former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was arrested and indicted for third-degree aggravated assault. He had punched his fiancee, Janay Palmer, in the face, knocking her unconscious. Shortly afterward the assault in February, a video of Ray Rice dragging Palmer out of an elevator was released by TMZ. I have not watched this video, or the one released on Monday, because of a tweet I was lucky enough to see on my feed:

Rice was suspended for the first two games of the 2014 season, and the criminal …

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Feminism | Posted by Francesca on 09/10/2014

So She Did: The Female Mentor That Changed My Life

I always expected that I’d spend my last summer before starting college binge-watching TV, eating pizza, and dealing with anxiety about my freshman year.  Instead, I ended up exploring my recent acquaintance with the feminist movement through an internship with So She Did, an organization related to women’s empowerment. I decided to join the organization because it seemed like the perfect opportunity to get a different perspective on feminism and my own ideas about empowerment. Sure enough, working there resulted in one of the best and most interesting summers of my life.

So She Did focuses on a positive and personalized understanding of feminism: it emphasizes individual improvement by showing young women how to say no, how to make a great first impression, how to conquer their fears and …

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Feminism | Posted by Tanvi S on 09/8/2014

The LGBTQ Movement Is About More Than Marriage Equality

Many activists have brought attention to the fact that the LGBTQ movement – or at least the public perception of it is — is too focused on marriage. It seems that the media has almost made the entire social movement synonymous with same-sex marriage, which distracts from the vast array of other problems that the LGBTQ community faces. There are plenty of other issues that this movement addresses and the media must do a better job of focusing on those fights as well.

For example, violence against trans and queer people (especially trans and queer people of color) is on the rise. Homelessness and poverty disproportionately affect the LGBTQ community for a variety of reasons including employment discrimination, lack of health care, and housing discrimination. LGBTQ youth are bullied in …

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Feminism | Posted by Ines R on 09/5/2014

On Young Women Traveling Alone

Lima, Peru: more than a stereotype

“Be careful, you’re just a girl!” I heard this phrase far too many times this summer as I prepared to leave for Brazil and Peru. Every Spring Break since I can remember I’ve traveled to Peru, and I’m unfortunately used to people’s stereotypical and prejudiced conceptions of Peruvian culture: I’m pretty sure many of my childhood friends thought that I rode llamas, wore tribal clothing and climbed mountains for the duration of my visits. But this summer, I couldn’t tell if people were skeptical because I was traveling alone as a woman, or if they were just scared of Latin America in general since they saw it as too exotic and dangerous. Regardless, because I am both a woman and Latin American it was …

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Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 09/3/2014

In Support of Self Defense Classes

Campus sexual assault is a harrowing issue: approximately one in five college women will experience attempted or completed rape while at school. Lawmakers of the American House and Senate have recently announced two bipartisan bills that are meant to combat campus sexual assault by promoting increased transparency and response.  Increasing transparency about the prevalent reality of sexual assault is certainly important, as it could help to reduce societal taboos about discussing the issue and show victims that they are not alone.  However, despite this potential legal progress, I – a college-bound woman — am rationally wary of the current reality of campus sexual assault.

College is supposed to be a place where female and male students alike are able to learn and grow as people. Ideally, women should be able …

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Feminism | Posted by Jackson B on 09/1/2014

Women in the Church

 “The women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but are to subject themselves, just as the Law also says.” — 1 Corinthians 14:34, from the New American Standard Bible

Early in my Christian faith, I decided that I had a particular right to question the Bible. I readily accept some elements, of course — specifically those words that are printed in red. But the verse above is one of many that doesn’t sit well with me. Especially after spending the past year as a pianist at a small, country Southern church ministered by — you guessed it — a woman, I now question 1 Corinthians 14:34 more than I ever did in the past.

One of the building blocks of the Christian …

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