Feminism | Posted by Rikke Bank on 12/23/2016
My Quest To Make Lady Diana Into A Feminist Monument
The Princess Diana statue
We’re all familiar with equestrian statuary, or the full-sized equestrian statues that commemorate historic figures – most frequently emperors, rulers, or military commanders. These statues have existed since at least archaic Greece and ancient Rome and are presumably created to praise men who have honored their country by winning wars and conquering new land at the cost of a lot of lives. These statues are difficult and expensive objects for any culture to produce, so they’re hardly common. And yet, even though this discipline has existed for more than two thousand years, there are only 36 equestrian statues with female riders in the entire world.
When I started working with the Berlin-based artist Poul R. Weile, he told me his vision: to create an equestrian statue …
Feminism | Posted by Susannah Keogh on 12/21/2016
The Bigger Problem Online Harassment Indicates
The truth about online harassment.
Two weeks ago, my friend Izzy accepted a Facebook friend request from a mutual friend of a friend. Let’s call him “Chris.” She thought nothing of it until she read the comments his friends left on the post announcing their “friendship.” They were the kind of sexist slurs that regard women as pieces of meat: every comment tore her body to shreds. I had never before seen someone make comments like these directly to someone I care about and was enraged.
Izzy and I called this person out on his behavior in a Facebook post that went on to describe just how widespread sexual harassment is. But the sexist comments still flowed. It was “just a bit of banter,” these commenters said, adding that they …
Feminism | Posted by Julie Graves on 12/19/2016
Calling Out Everyday Sexism
We can all be super girls.
Content Warning: this article contains a discussion of sexual assault.
The other day, my best friends and I were casually chatting in a group message. Between complaining about homework and our crushes, we also discussed the instances when guy’s hands have crept too far up our thighs without our permission, the experiences that left us wanting to file our skin down raw to erase every trace of contamination. We discussed these instances without raising red flags, without explicitly labeling these actions for what they are: sexual assault. I guess it’s easy to forget the magnitude of an event that has become a daily occurrence.
The common thread we found in this discussion was the shame that buries in the pits of our stomachs as …
Feminism | Posted by Gabby Catalano on 12/16/2016
The Case For Women 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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
Feminism | Posted by Karla Majdancic on 12/9/2016
#NoDAPL Is A Feminist Issue
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 …
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 …