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

How Social Media Has Shaped My Feminist Identity

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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

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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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Feminism | Posted by Gabby C on 05/13/2016

Teen Girls Are Going To Keep Rebelling Against Sexist Dress Codes

The dress code poster, via ABC.

When girls wear short skirts, we call them “inappropriate.” When girls make bold decisions about their lives, we call them “vain.” When girls call themselves feminists, we call them “ugly.” When girls ask for justice in an unfair educational system, we call them “unheard.” But teen girls are refusing to tolerate any of the above any longer — one need look no further than the protests surrounding sexist dress codes for proof.

Most recently, high school seniors at Desert Ridge High School in Mesa, Arizona took action when a sexist cartoon about the school’s dress code was posted in their library. The cartoon essentially relayed the idea that when girls show off their legs and wear clothes that are too “revealing,” boys can’t focus …

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Feminism | Posted by Roberta Nin Feliz on 05/11/2016

It’s 2016. Let’s Talk To Teen Girls About Sex.

Credit: Sex, Etc.

Credit: Sex, Etc.

It’s 2016 and talking about girls’ sexuality is still taboo. Despite the tremendous strides the feminist movement has made, the idea that sex is an important part of a teenage girl’s life and development is still considered radical, and female sexuality remains rooted in outdated gender roles. This contributes to a detrimental cultural reality in which young girls are unfamiliar with the many ways they can express their sexual agency, consent and displeasure and in which teenage girls who do exert their sexual agency or take control of their own sexual desires are stigmatized.

Refusing to embrace teenage girls’ sexuality is likely part of society’s larger tendency to strictly delineate and control teenage girls’ identities. Young women are still expected to acquiesce their sexual desires in order …

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Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 05/9/2016

The Truth About High Heels and Confidence

Inherent confidence?

I hate wearing high heels. I wear Converse All Stars in black and white, black Adidas I got on sale, Nike running shoes, Birkenstocks, and flat brown suede boots — but not a single pair of heels can be found in my very messy dorm room. I wore heels for the first time since my high school graduation at a recent fraternity party (my friends insisted I wear them with a dress I had borrowed), but was still hardly convinced to make them a staple of my wardrobe.

As I finally gave up and called an Uber to take me and my swollen throbbing feet home that night, I began to wonder if my refusal to wear high heels would impact me in my life beyond college (and …

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Feminism | Posted by Gabby C on 05/4/2016

How I Learned Being Seen As “Sexy” Doesn’t Equate To Happiness

Beauty doesn’t equate to happiness

I was 10 years old the first time someone commented on my appearance in public. I was walking with a boy in my class down the narrow, dark street of East 86th street in New York City. As we reached the end of the street, the boy looked at me and said, “You’re going to be sexy when you’re older.”

I was surprised and a little baffled. The city itself already intimidated me: I had just moved from the suburbs of California and New York felt grand and confusing in comparison. But especially because the city was my new home, and as a generally insecure child, I desperately wanted to be part of this city full of exotic faces and tall boys.

I had only

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Feminism | Posted by Rice University Students on 05/2/2016

Teen Girls Need Access To Their Reproductive Rights And Health, Too

Teen girls need birth control access, too

The current feminist discourse surrounding women’s reproductive rights is crucial, especially considering that our access to these rights is dwindling and under constant attack. But it seems this conversation often fails to represent an important group: teen girls. While some lip service is paid to issues like mandatory parental consent for minors accessing birth control, it seems this demographic is often overlooked when it comes to their specific concerns about their reproductive rights. Activists can’t forget, however, that making birth control attainable for minors is an important part of this fight.

Many young women don’t realize how recently birth control-related rights were won in this nation. Birth control has been a constitutional right since Griswold v. Connecticut in 1965, but this landmark …

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Feminism | Posted by Danika K on 04/29/2016

Why The Gender Gap In STEM Fields Still Exists

We need more women in STEM.

Women make up roughly 50 percent of the U.S. workforce, yet comprise only about 25 percent of American STEM workers — numbers that have even stagnated in recent years. Although some might claim this under-representation is due to a lack of academic accomplishment, women actually earn 41 percent of all STEM PhD degrees. So where’s the disconnect?

The real problem seems to be what happens after graduation: Women don’t always choose to go into, or stay in, STEM careers. Women are statistically more likely than men to leave a career in science, technology, engineering, or math within one year of employment — nearly half of all women leave their STEM careers within months of starting, according to one study. As a result, …

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