Feminism | Posted by Reilly W on 06/3/2016

What The Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act Means For Survivors

The bill unanimously passed in the Senate.

There has perhaps never been more visibility about the experiences of sexual assault survivors than in the past few years. From the work of organizations like End Rape on Campus and Know Your IX, to the release of the documentary the Hunting Ground, to hashtag campaigns and beyond, this increasing awareness feels like a promising sign that this violent epidemic may be comprehensively addressed once and for all — and recently passed legislation only bolsters this hope.

On May 23rd, the Senate unanimously passed the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act, which attempts to put more power into the hands of survivors following their assaults and reduce the continued injustices they frequently face following the ultimate injustice of assault. One of …

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Feminism | Posted by Gabby C on 06/2/2016

Oklahoma’s Attempt To Criminalize Abortion Reminded Me To Be Vocally Pro-Choice

Shout it.

On May 20th, the Oklahoma Legislature passed a bill that would criminalize abortion by revoking abortion doctors’ medical licenses. Oklahoma State Senator Nathan Dahm, who authorized the bill, defended his decision by stating, “Those rights begin at conception.”

This position is in direct violation of Roe v. Wade and therefore unconstitutional according to many — including Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallon who vetoed the bill. While the bill is technically no longer in action, many people are outraged that it even made it the Governor’s desk and are further concerned that the fight still may not be over: Dahm is reportedly considering overriding the veto and hopes to challenge Roe v Wade.

This situation is hardly an anomaly. Dahm is just one of far too many legislators …

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Feminism | Posted by Minnah Stein on 05/30/2016

The Question All Prospective Students Should Ask Colleges

Don’t be afraid to ask.

Not too long ago, my parents dragged me to a lecture about the college admissions process. As a sophomore, I wasn’t all that interested in this information yet, but as soon as the lights dimmed and the presentation began, I found myself transfixed — and even surprised.

It turns out the admissions process is not just difficult in terms of getting in, but also in terms of even finding the college you want to get into in the first place. The college counselor presented slide after slide of questions students should ask their prospective colleges (and themselves) as they consider which school could be the best fit, including questions about median SAT scores required, the school’s geographical location and cost of traveling home, campus weather …

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Feminism | Posted by Gina S on 05/27/2016

Is It Possible To Help Friends Through Their Body Image Issues?

She didn’t want to go swimming for health, but to lose weight.

We all have body image demons, but some of us host demons that are louder than others. Some are lucky enough that their demons only appear on universally hellish occasions — like when standing in front of a 360-degree mirror, trying on swimwear. But my friends demons accompany her to everything she does, all day, every day.

My friend tells me she feels guilty and “fat” every time she orders dessert at a restaurant. She refuses to go into clothing shops because she dreads the crushing feeling of her “failure” to lose weight. When she does deign to go shopping, she leaves feeling upset and even worse than she did before. She asks me if she “looks fat,” …

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Feminism | Posted by Lily A on 05/25/2016

Both Hands: Reflecting On A Manipulative Relationship

What I learned from an unhealthy relationship

I started dating a guy about a week into my freshman year of college. He was, and still is, brilliantly creative and blisteringly intelligent. He thought I was unbearably pretty and we had our first sort of date in the rain under the awning of a bank. I was living away from home, in the middle of nowhere. I was starstruck.

We loved each other deeply and were happy for the first few months. We wrote poetry side by side in the library and, when I asked him about his intentions for us, he kissed my knee and said, “long term.

Our happiness, however, was delicate. He had a strict no PDA policy, which even seemed to include looking at me when we …

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Feminism | Posted by Rachael H on 05/23/2016

Is A Digital Tool The Key To Addressing Campus Sexual Assault?

We need to address campus sexual assault.

The stark reality of the high rate of sexual assault on college campuses is nothing new, and neither is college administrations’ resistance to addressing it. Far too many students continue to seek support from their respective universities after they are assaulted on campus, but still fail to achieve any sense of justice. Survivors’ accounts of their assaults are scrutinized to the point of re-victimization and perpetrators still face inadequate consequences.

I’ve seen this firsthand. I know many female students at my own Canadian university who felt no sense of justice after reporting their sexual assaults to campus administrators. For example, concerns about seeing their perpetrator on campus were neither heard nor addressed. Multiple students instead received rather dismissive feedback along the lines of: …

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Feminism | Posted by Zoe R on 05/20/2016

How Social Media Has Shaped My Feminist Identity

Tumblr

At the age of 13, I discovered feminism. Like so many other girls, I found the movement on Tumblr — a platform that has gained a reputation for fostering radical views about equality and tolerance. Tumblr offered me a new world of opportunity and helped me realize I could demand more at a time when I felt particularly vulnerable.

My feminist community on Tumblr became a lifeline in what I found to be an often damaging social media landscape. Harmful ideals and expectations of beauty and femininity were shoved down my throat on Facebook, and the Internet in general often felt like it was full of criticism. It was all too easy to vulnerably compare myself to the inundation of idealized, carefully curated images and posts — from celebrities …

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Feminism | Posted by Kristen Barton on 05/16/2016

HB2: The Lone Star State’s Biggest Failure

Support Texas Women.

I enjoy plenty of things about living in West Texas. I love being a student at Texas Tech University and the traditions and beauty of my campus: West Texas has beautiful sunsets and plains that go on for miles. But I have also been forced to live without some things — like In-N-Out Burger, and, oh, just my ability to access to basic healthcare.

HB2, a law at the center of a case currently in front of the Supreme Court, is designed to decrease abortion access in Texas. It’s the same law state Senator Wendy Davis famously filibustered in her pink tennis shoes. If HB2 is fully implemented, all but ten clinics in the state will be shut down, and the law has already forced …

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