Feminism | Posted by Karen Blakelock on 03/30/2015
Single Sex Environments Matter — For Girls and Boys Alike.
I am the proud graduate of an all-girls high school. While some of my peers sought boys out, spending time at our brother school down the road, I ended up having limited contact with the opposite sex, since I didn’t actively seek them out. And yet I have worked at an all-boys summer camp every year since I graduated. I think these experiences have given me insight into the nature of sisterhood, brotherhood, and how members of the same gender interact when the opposite sex isn’t present.
Many seem to believe that when in single-sex environments, girls form cliques, are catty, and like to talk about each other behind our backs. This is not true. Women in fact feel free to be bold, messy, and not care about …
Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 03/25/2015
Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling and the Importance of Live Panels
I’m a fan of both Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling. Yet I found myself somewhat surprised by just how impressive I found both women while recently watching their contributions to a Sundance live panel moderated by Emily Nussbaum via YouTube. I tried to pinpoint why exactly I was so taken with the extent to which I found both women endearingly self-aware, thoughtful and humble.
Perhaps, I finally realized, it had something to do with the panel format itself. Instead of answering the typical lazily sexist questions both women are frequently asked — like about existing as a female in Hollywood or what it was like to work with [insert male co-star here] — these talented individuals were given open platforms to discuss substantive issues they actually care about. Dunham, Kaling …
Feminism | Posted by Devki R on 03/23/2015
Sexual Assault Is A Global Disease. Censorship Is Not The Cure.
My parents grew up in Delhi and the city is like a second home to us. In addition to my cultural roots and personal connection to the country, I also have a deep, personal interest in Indian society, traditions, and practices and always look forward to our bi-annual trip to visit my family and friends.
When I landed in Delhi’s international airport on December 18th 2012, though, I was greeted with riots in the streets. Women and men were uniting throughout the city as well as the entire country to demand an end to rape and violence against women.
Every 20 minutes, a woman is raped in India and most of these rapes go unheard and unreported. But a rape that occurred two days before my arrival on the …
Feminism | Posted by Megan G on 03/20/2015
Nightclubs: A Culture of Harassment
The first time I experienced harassment in a club, a man came up behind me and put his hand under my dress and in between my legs. I was horrified. I felt dirty, violated and mortified. As the night went on, however, my feelings changed to anger. How dare he touch me like that without any consent? When my anger reached a boiling point I left the club to get some air and squawked indignantly about what had just happened as soon as I saw my friends. A few minutes later I learned that the same man had grabbed one of my friends bums and then just laughed. It was after this night that I decided to find out more.
It has become clear that my friend and …
Feminism | Posted by Pippa B on 03/18/2015
How Weightlifting Helped One College Student Overcome Her Eating Disorder
When Nika Shelby, a student at Union College, started weightlifting it wasn’t to get fit. She was fighting to save her life.
In high school, her friends knew her as a powerhouse. She was the strongest member of any team and a force to be reckoned with. But the parts of her body that gave her strength — the thick legs and strong arms that identified her as an athlete — were also her greatest enemies. Determined to attain the body that she wanted, Nika pulled away from sports and retrained her laser focus on getting skinny.
She was good at it too. She spiraled into a destructive eating disorder complete with food-free days and an Adderall prescription obtained with the intent of appetite suppression. She successfully sent her metabolism …
Feminism | Posted by Carolina G on 03/16/2015
If You’re Latina, Then Why Are You White?
A few weeks ago, I was at a party with a few of my friends. I had been casually using a new dating app and had been talking to a guy that seemed pretty nice. He mentioned that he happened to be out in the same area, so I told him where I was, figuring we could have a drink. He arrived with a few of his friends and I said hello. The first words out of his mouth? “False advertising. You’re not Latina.”
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Sofia Vergara
I wish I could say this surprised me but it really didn’t. Ever since I joined the world of online dating, my ethnicity is question
You may be thinking, “Oh, a white girl is complaining about being white.” That’s not the …
Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 03/12/2015
Lost Women of History: Abigail Adams
At some point during their education, American students learn about John Adams: an American founding father, the country’s second president, and an advocate of American independence from Britain. However, he was not an advocate for the independence of women, and unfortunately, most students never have the opportunity to learn about his wife Abigail Adams, who was.
Before she became John Adams’ wife, Abigail Adams was the daughter of a respected Massachusetts minister. Because the colonists followed the British practice of denying women formal education, she never received proper schooling and became a wife and mother to six children. While her husband fought for his country’s freedom, his wife raised their children and managed their home and farm while coping under the strains of war. These constraints, however, didn’t stop her …
Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 03/10/2015
Exciting News: Introducing the FBomb’s New Associate Editors and Editorial Board
I’ve always said that the most feminist aspect of the FBomb is the act of publicly writing itself. There are so few outlets that allow young women to express themselves on a complex emotional level and even fewer that encourage us to express our intellect. The media encourages us to buy into images and depictions that objectify us and belittle our intelligence. We are rarely given the opportunity to push back – in fact, we’re actively discouraged from doing so.
I started the FBomb to counter this. I wanted to create a space specifically for young feminists — a space where young women could become comfortable with not only developing our opinions and ideas, but to publicly publish them – to refuse to buy into a culture that encourages our …