Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 03/4/2016

This Burn Survivor’s Story Proves Wearing Makeup Can Truly Be Empowering

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Shalom Nchom

I have never met a woman who isn’t plagued by insecurities about her appearance. It seems so much easier to pinpoint the qualities you lack or dislike instead of those you have and admire. I’ll admit, the first thoughts I have about my own appearance on any given day are usually negative. I frustrate myself to no end by critiquing everything from the breakouts on my face to the uncomfortable tightness of my jeans.

Many women develop coping mechanisms that allow them to cope with this ongoing battle against their perceived shortcomings. Shalom Nchom, who is known as “Shalom Blac” on YouTube, did just that. At 9 years old, Nchom had an accident with frying oil at her family’s store that left her with severe burns. …

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Feminism | Posted by Aph Ko on 03/2/2016

The Feminist Case for Veganism

Veganism is feminist.

As someone who has been involved in feminist activism for years, I’ve observed that animal oppression is often a polarizing subject between vegan and non-vegan feminists. But it doesn’t have to be. Veganism can and should also be viewed as a complex issue that is part of a much broader cultural standard of objectifying and dehumanizing certain bodies under the patriarchy.

The hostility along vegan lines in the feminist movement seems to happen for a few reasons. For one, feminists are busy trying to attain rights for themselves and some are put off by their interpretation of animal rights activists as having a pretty hostile, single-issue approach to their work. Others feel like that vegan feminists’ attempt to tell others what they “should” be advocating for is

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 02/29/2016

What You Need To Know About the SCOTUS Abortion Case, According to Lizz Winstead of Lady Parts Justice

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We need to protect women’s rights.

On March 2nd the Supreme Court will hear what is likely the most important abortion case in a generation. Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt could have huge implications for abortion in the United States. This technically legal right is effectively inaccessible for countless women — a problem at the heart of this case.

Lizz Winstead, founder of the organization Lady Parts Justice and co-creator of the Daily Show, explained to the FBomb what this case involves and why it’s important.

To understand Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, we have to understand what came before it.

Roe v. Wade is seen as this touchstone supreme court case that gave people the right to safe and legal abortion, but in 1992, the Supreme …

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Feminism | Posted by Olivia D on 02/26/2016

Why We Need A More Complex Understanding Of Who Can Be An Abuser

I’ve never had a true “best friend.” Don’t get me wrong, I had female friends in high school. I admired and cared about all of my teammates on my cross-country team and considered my Girl Scout troop members friends. But as I’ve grown into a college-age woman and proud feminist, I’ve realized that while I enjoyed spending time with all of these individuals, I struggled to really connect with any of them. I’ve had to face the fact that I have intimacy issues — they’re just not the type of heterosexist, romantic intimacy issues that are most often culturally acknowledged.

My discomfort has only been evident in my relationships with women. As a heterosexual woman, I’ve had no trouble opening up to men in romantic relationships. But most of my …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 02/24/2016

These Eating Disorder Activists Shared Incredible Advice About Recovery

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#NEDAwareness took on ED recovery.

20 million women and 10 million men in the United States will struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their life. Our culture has come a long way in terms of demanding that the public pay attention to this widespread issue, but much of this awareness is focused on the experience of having an eating disorder itself. Comparatively little attention has been devoted to the difficult work of moving beyond an eating disorder, of what it’s really like to recover.

On Monday night, however, a number of inspiring activists — including Melissa Fabello, Raquel Reichard, Ashley M. Williams and Lynn Chenn — joined forces on Twitter to discuss their recovery activism under the hashtag #NEDAwareness. Here are a few …

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Feminism | Posted by Roberta Nin Feliz on 02/22/2016

This Is How “Misogynoir” Affects Black Campus Sexual Assault Survivors

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HBCU Spelman College

The term “misogynoir” — a fusion of the words misogyny and “noir,” the French word for black — was coined by the queer, black feminist Moya Bailey in 2010 and refers to the intersection of sexism and racism black women face.

“We allow and encourage abusers of Black women to thrive, yet somehow the conversation turns to the spoiling of nostalgia or stripping of earned success,” founder and editor-in-chief of ForHarriet Kimberly Foster argued in a 2015 article. This is “an old story: a Black man’s triumph is more important than a Black woman’s body,” she added.

There is plenty of evidence of the specific misogyny and violence black women face, but it is particularly evident in terms of how survivors of sexual assault …

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Feminism | Posted by Ines R on 02/19/2016

The Real Reason Women Are Still Underrepresented In Leadership

It’s time to act.

My friend Sasha, a STEM major, is constantly asked what it’s like to be “a girl in science.” Her mother, who has had a successful and illustrious career in medicine, understands her daughter’s struggle all too well. When she was a resident, she told her daughter, she did not receive paid maternity leave and only took time off when she could. She watched men rise to the top of STEM fields for years and saw how their work was overstated while women’s was ignored. She therefore found her daughter’s experience disappointing but unsurprising.

Given the pervasiveness of both daily and lifelong sexist experiences like these, it’s perhaps unsurprising that women fail to rise to leadership positions — in STEM fields and beyond. A study released late …

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Feminism | Posted by Reilly W on 02/17/2016

How I Am Trying To Overcome A White Feminist Mindset

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No more white feminist squads.

As a straight, upper middle class, private school educated, white teenage girl, my first understanding of feminism was undeniably “white feminism.” This type of feminism is one that fails to address issues that don’t primarily apply to the most socioeconomically privileged people in the movement. I only focused on issues of inequality that directly and obviously effected me, bought into ideas about “saving” other women — like the all too common refrain that “Muslim women are oppressed by hijabs and need Western women’s help to liberate themselves!”— and considered Lena Dunham, Emma Watson and Tina Fey my primary feminist role models.

I’m hardly the first to perpetuate this mentality, either. White women have dominated feminism for years. They have done so not because they …

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