Feminism | Posted by Anna V. Eskamani on 11/15/2016

Letting Compassion Win

Our President-elect

Dear Mom,

On the eve of Election Day I was restless, unable to sleep. In an effort to find peace I wrote you a letter. Filled with nervous energy, I asked for you to be there with me, to help me stay focused as I rallied UCF students on November 8th to vote for Hillary Clinton so that our nation could do what seemed near impossible: break the glass ceiling and elect the first woman President of the United States.

One week later, I am still processing our defeat. I cry not because we lost, but because of how he won. Donald Trump campaigned on an alt-right agenda, pushed against multiculturalism, used hateful rhetoric, and inspired fear in us all. As a female candidate, Clinton already had a …

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Feminism | Posted by Lauren D on 11/11/2016

The Gender Safety Gap

The Twin Towers

I grew up and currently live in post-9/11 New York City. I don’t remember what the city was like before the attacks. I will never remember a city in which it wasn’t standard to see assault rifles in train stations. My New York has been filled with annual moments of silence to commemorate the loudest sound I’ve ever heard. My New York will always have ads plastered up with the words “See Something, Say Something” to remind its inhabitants of the imminent danger they face every day.  I grew up watching the construction of  Freedom Tower — a reminder that the city could rebound even after an immense tragedy.

I remember that day. Evidence of the tragedy exists in both my mind and in the Lower Manhattan …

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Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 11/7/2016

Experiencing Racial Bias In Preschool

It starts early

When I was in preschool I hated my skin. While I had bronze skin, brown eyes, and brown hair, my friends in preschool looked different. Most of them had fair skin, blue eyes, and blond hair. I thought I could remedy this, could look more like them, by walking with my inner arms turned outwards because that skin was paler than the rest of me.

I remember seeing Snow White, a Disney Princess with “white” in her very name, at age 3. Snow white had brown eyes and dark hair like me, but her skin was so much lighter than mine.  Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Ariel also had pale skin like Snow White. I remember wishing that I could look more like a princess, and to me …

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Feminism | Posted by Reilly W on 11/4/2016

On Being Catholic and Pro-Choice

Being a pro-choice feminist

Many people might find the two identities I hold closest to be contradictory: I am a Catholic, but am also an ardent, sex-positive, Birkenstock-wearing feminist. But I don’t think these identities contradict each other. I believe that Catholics have a duty to be radically accepting of other people, Catholic or otherwise, and am therefore pro-gay marriage, anti-Islamaphobia, pro-contraception, and perhaps most notably, pro-choice.

Even so, these stances are undoubtedly hard to come to terms with as a Catholic. At some point in their lives, many Catholics feel they don’t personally align with the doctrines taught in Sunday School, like those regarding abortion and beyond. When you’ve been raised in the church, though, it’s somewhat disillusioning to think of yourself as somehow outside it. Beyond unsettling, many …

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Feminism | Posted by Mankaprr Conteh on 11/2/2016

How A Nicki Minaj Concert Was A Little Like The New African American History Museum

National Museum for African-American History and Culture

Two incredibly breathtaking, incredibly black things happened to me a few weeks ago. First, I attended the TidalX1015 concert benefiting the Robin Hood Foundation. Then, I visited the newly inaugurated National Museum for African-American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C. the very next day.

I had only found out that I would be attending the TidalX1015 concert and visiting the new museum a few days before my trip. A certain, relatively well-known teacher of mine was taking her radically experimental class to New York and DC to presumably learn about educational policy and black history. She invited me, her intern and mentee, to tag along.

But this certain teacher of mine loves a good surprise. She sent us the trip’s itinerary …

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Feminism | Posted by Corinne Singer on 10/31/2016

Witchcraft: Dispelling Myths and Uncovering Radical Truths

Corinne Singer

Photo credit: Corinne Singer

Halloween is the perfect time to reflect on the increasing popularity of witchcraft— or at the very least, the perceived aesthetics of witchcraft that many champion on platforms like Instagram. The rising visibility of witchcraft over the last few decades can also be traced across TV shows like Buffy the Vampire SlayerSabrina the Teenage WitchCharmedWitches of East End, the Vampire Diaries, and more.

Although witchcraft is gaining visibility in popular culture, it is often greatly misrepresented. Before my senior year of high school, I had never known that witchcraft represents both a historical and widespread spiritual practice.

The more I read about the occult, however, the more I realized how the practice coincides with radical feminism. As such, …

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Feminism | Posted by Gabby Catalano on 10/28/2016

What All Young Women Should Know About The Pill

The truth about birth control

When my gynecologist said I needed to go on birth control pills at the age of 13, my mother was ecstatic. I’d been skipping multiple days of school every month since my period had started one year earlier — every month, I experienced nausea, overeating, mind-numbing cramps, and the type of bleeding that ruins denim jeans and a sensitive middle-school ego.

Little did I know, I wasn’t the only woman who felt this way about the joy that is having one’s period. A big reason I didn’t know was because my middle school health teacher decided to skip the sex education chapter, and with that chapter a loss of vital reproductive health information. My middle school friends and I rode the never-ending roller coaster of …

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Feminism | Posted by Women SPEAK on 10/26/2016

Combating Asian American Invisibility In Public Life

We need more role models like Constance Wu

“You can’t be what you can’t see.”

As a mixed Asian-American woman, I’ve grown to despise this phrase. Growing up, I cannot remember learning of or looking up to any public figure who looked like me. Throughout my childhood, my family advised me to narrow my career options to those that were seen as financially stable and productive for an Asian-American woman, and I found it difficult to find role models or mentors that offered any alternatives. As I grew older, I thought things like running for public office or being in the spotlight were not made for me.

I believe the reason such a narrow path was presented to me is ultimately simple: In the Asian American community, stability is preferred …

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