Feminism | Posted by Gabby Catalano on 12/16/2016

The Case For Women Traveling Alone

The case for traveling alone.

The case for traveling alone.

Last summer, I traveled to Paris. After exploring it with my boyfriend and his sister for four days, I spent the next four traveling around unfamiliar streets completely on my own. It was the most defining and independent experience of my life.

But while I had excitedly anticipated this trip, my family had their doubts. When I announced to my family that I was going to travel to Europe solo for 12 days, they thought that I was a) out of my mind or b) certain to face a tragedy. My parents told me horror stories about 20-something women who had gotten kidnapped, raped, or forced into slavery while traveling alone throughout the world.

And, to be honest, I was scared to leave the United …

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Feminism | Posted by Kayleigh Bolingbroke on 12/14/2016

Don’t Teach Women To Hide The Abuse They Experience, Teach Men Not To Abuse

The commercial in question

The commercial in question

On November 23, the Moroccan state broadcaster ‘Channel 2M’ broadcast a segment on their daily program ‘Sabahiyat’ that exhibited a smiling makeup artist demonstrating how to disguise the aftermath of domestic violence on a woman’s face. She gave viewers tips and advice, while applying makeup to a woman who had already been made up to look beaten: black and blue bruises appeared all over her face. The host concluded the segment by saying, “We hope these beauty tips will help you carry on with your daily life.” What’s more, the show was broadcast just two days prior to the International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The video operates under the assumption that women must accept men’s abusive actions — that they are …

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Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Faatimah Solomon on 12/12/2016

The Exploitation Of Women Of Color In Music Videos Needs To End

Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' music video

Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ music video

As a black feminist who is usually conscious of how normalized our misogynistic and often racist pop culture is, I am mostly displeased by the portrayal of black women in music videos. From Taylor Swift to Jason Derulo, artists across genres and of all identities seemingly fail to recognize that the fetishization of black women’s bodies in their music videos translates into their hyper-sexualizaiton in the real-world.

This treatment is first and foremost evident in the stereotypes about black women these music videos frequently perpetuate. Such stereotypes propagated about black women include the “angry Black woman,” the “sassy Black woman,” and the “hypersexual Jezebel.” But perhaps the most typical caricature of Black women is the sassy, finger-snapping, gum-popping, grill-wearing, twerking woman. And …

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Feminism | Posted by Karla Majdancic on 12/9/2016

#NoDAPL Is A Feminist Issue

#NoDAPL

#NoDAPL

For the past couple of months, I have watched with empathy and solidarity as a great number of Native Americans have been camping out on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. They have been protesting the construction of a crude oil pipeline called the “Dakota Access pipeline,” which endangers their community. While these protests have been peaceful, protesters faced increasingly violent responses over the past few months. But it seems their hard work has paid off: The Department of Justice, the Department of the Army, and the Department of the Interior just put a temporary ban on the construction of  the pipeline. In reality, however, the battle is a long way from being done.

There are two main issues protesters have taken with the construction of the …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Graves on 12/7/2016

My Mom, The Feminist

My mother, the feminist

It was my sophomore year of high school. On the first day of my AP World History class, the teacher progressed down the aisles of rickety desks, asking each student to  say their favorite movie as a “get-to-know-each-other” exercise. “Name and favorite movie,” my teacher requested.

I was sitting in the last seat of the first row of desks, and, as my turn grew closer, I could feel my chest tighten with panic. Normally, I wouldn’t blink before citing my longtime favorite film, Good Will Hunting. I can recite every word along with Matt Damon and Robin Williams. Recently, though, I had fallen in love with Stuck in Love, and spent every night the week before school watching it. In that moment, my mind …

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Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Kayleigh Bolingbroke on 12/5/2016

This New Music Video Powerfully Took On Police Brutality

YG in One Time Comin'

YG in One Time Comin’

In 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. He was later acquitted of the crime. Two years later, Eric Garner was killed after being placed in a chokehold by police officers, and Michael Brown had been shot to death by a white police officer in Missouri just a month later. Their deaths, along with far too many others, did not represent a new phenomenon, but did awaken a newly powerful, social media-based iteration of a movement for justice: Black Lives Matter.

At least 263 African-Americans in the US died due to police brutality in 2016 alone. The number seems to only grow, and this fact hasn’t gone unnoticed by the media. Over the past two years, Twitter has been …

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Feminism | Posted by Kris Crews on 12/2/2016

Experiencing Racist Microaggressions

They add up.

“You don’t act like a black person,” I was told in middle school.

“What’s your favorite food? Fried chicken?” I was asked in high school.

“You have good hair for a black person, what are you mixed with?” I heard in college.

Growing up, I went to predominately white schools, in which there were only four or five black students.  I naively failed to understand or pay attention to racially-charged comments like these throughout my life because hearing them so often led me to believe they were normal. I never thought about telling my parents about them — I figured the kids who said these things to me were my friends, and friends only joke about that stuff. They weren’t serious.

It wasn’t until I got to …

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Feminism | Posted by Kami Baker on 11/30/2016

How To Go Forward With Love Post-Election

My roommates and I

My roommates and I

On November 9, I went to a watch party for the 2016 election. At first, it was full of hope and promise. We had spent the first half of our days giddy after filling in our very first ballots — ballots with a woman’s name.

This is the day, we thought. Finally.

And then it wasn’t.

My friend Okina and I left the watch party early, because my anxiety was raging and I didn’t want to break my No Xanax Record for a man that looks like a Cheeto. We returned to my dorm room. My three other roommates — Kylie, Shamsa, and Adriana — sat white-knuckled in our living area, CNN on volume 20, our college-issued couch squeaking with even the slightest scared shift.

Kylie …

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