Feminism | Posted by Roberta Nin Feliz on 04/15/2016

Why “Housewife” Should Not Be A Dirty Word

Is “housewife” a dirty word?

As the daughter of a full-time mom, the word “housewife” elicits mixed feelings. On the one hand, as a Latina feminist, I am aware of how our patriarchal society governs women’s roles and relegates them to traditional domesticity. On the other, though, I have watched my mother endure burns, scratches and arthritic pain to do the back-breaking work that supports her household — and can’t help but admire and appreciate her work ethic. I was offended and even a bit hurt, therefore, to learn that Dictionary.com defines “housewife” as a term that is “sometimes offensive.”

To be fair, this designation perhaps makes sense based on the relatively recent historical legacy established by the feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Being a housewife was largely …

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Feminism | Posted by David G on 04/13/2016

North Carolina and Mississippi Passed Discriminatory Bills, But I Refuse To Remain Silent

We refuse to remain silent.

North Carolina and Mississippi recently made headlines for signing two anti-LGBT+ bills into law. News outlets, prominent organizations and officials around the nation roundly decried these measures as discriminatory, as these bills — though they were framed as “religious freedom” bills — have the potential to drastically alter the treatment of LGBT+ individuals in the workplace, businesses, and courts.

North Carolina’s law, known as HB2, was passed after legislation that protected and expanded LGBT+ rights and was explicitly designed to disable cities from passing laws counteracting HB2 was passed in the city of Charlotte.

“In a single day, the governor and legislature of North Carolina unveiled, deliberated, passed, and signed into law a bill that activists have described as the most extreme anti-LGBT measure …

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Feminism | Posted by Rachael H on 04/4/2016

Growing Pains: What Growing Up With Cerebral Palsy Taught Me About Life

What I learned from my operation.

Like so many others my age, at 14 I desperately wanted to be just like everyone else. But unlike most of my peers, I had spent 14 years trapped inside of a body that wouldn’t let me move. I was born with cerebral palsy and had dealt with mobility issues my entire life. These issues included spasticity in my legs due to improper neuron reception — an experience that led me to believe I would never live pain-free.

When the spasticity got even worse as I started to go through growth spurts, however, doctors told me I could have orthopedic surgeries to release the tension in my muscles. I chose to have them. I couldn’t be free while my muscles were in a constant …

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Feminism | Posted by Aya on 04/1/2016

This Is What Happens When We Don’t Teach Teens Comprehensive Sex Education

We need better sex ed.

We need better sex ed.

In February, President Obama took an important stand for sexual health in the United States: He eradicated funding for abstinence-only sex education in his 2017 budget proposal — a decision backed by countless studies, expert opinions and anecdotal accounts of just how ineffective this type of “education” is. But even on the (unfortunately) off chance that our Republican-dominated Congress passes this program — which has cost almost $2 billion in federal spending — the damage of abstinence-only sex education on my generation is already evident.

As a college freshman, I have witnessed and experienced many examples of such damaging effects firsthand. This can manifest in unfair and frustrating ways, like the “pleasure” or “orgasm” gap that results in women not getting off as …

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Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 03/30/2016

What Volunteering In The South Taught Me About My Own Prejudice

Not all Southerners perpetuate a legacy of racism.

This year I decided to participate in a spring break program called the Collegiate Challenge, which offered students the opportunity to partner with our university’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity and spend a week building houses for low income families. This year’s build site was Lake Sumpter, Florida — a small town in central Florida, about two hours outside of Orlando. Although I had been to Miami once before, this was my first experience in a more rural, southern environment and, to be honest, I went into the trip with a lot of assumptions and prejudices.

Before I traveled to the state, I knew that Donald Trump had won the Florida primaries and that the governor of Florida had endorsed him. …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 03/28/2016

The Ghomeshi Verdict Is A Reminder That The ‘Perfect Victim’ Myth Is Alive and Well

Jian Ghomeshi

While mainstream culture has certainly embraced feminism as of late, the movement’s work is far from done. One of the most glaring examples of this is the persistent doubt and discrediting survivors face as well as the unrealistic, illogical standard of behavior to which they’re held. It’s an unfortunate reality that was recently underscored by the shocking verdict in one Canadian sexual assault trial.

The trial, which took place in February, centered on the accusation that Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi sexually assaulted and choked two anonymous women as well as actress Lucy DeCoutere between 2002 and 2003. All women had contact with Ghomeshi following these alleged assaults and their memory of the exact events changed over time. On Friday, Judge William Horkins acquitted Ghomeshi of all charges …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 03/18/2016

Why President Obama’s Decision to Call Out Online Harassment Is So Important

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Obama giving his Women History Month speech.

President Obama could have discussed any number of pressing issues during his recent speech given in honor of Women’s History Month. A significant portion of his speech, however, was devoted to an issue about which feminists have been speaking out for years, but which is frequently dismissed by those in power: online harassment.

Feminist bloggers, women sports reporters, and others are “speaking out bravely about their experiences, even when they know they’ll be attacked for it,” Obama said on Wednesday. “And by telling their stories, by you telling your stories, women are lifting others out of the shadows and raising our collective consciousness about a problem that affects all of us.”

The numbers back Obama up. According to a recent Pew study, 25% …

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Feminism | Posted by Saskia G on 03/16/2016

We Need To Talk About The Flint Water Crisis and Environmental Racism

Flint’s contaminated water.

Mainstream America just got a wake-up call about the importance of pushing back on environmental racism and it came from an unexpected source: Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

On February 25th, Clinton delivered a Super Tuesday speech to a mostly black crowd at the Woodside Church in Flint, Michigan. The speech was her second given in the city and the presidential hopeful took the opportunity to  frame the city’s recent water crisis as a social justice issue. Clinton called Flint “a community that’s been knocked down, but refused to be knocked out” and highlighted efforts of local unions and schools to obtain clean water for their neighbors. She also demanded $600 million from the federal government to solve the water crisis. Clinton added that “we’ve come too far …

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