Feminism | Posted by Corinne Singer on 07/25/2016
An Open Letter To Principals Enforcing Sexist Dress Codes
To My Middle School Principal (And to School Administrators Alike),
I’ve observed from afar, with horror and disgust, as you’ve punished young girls for their school attire. Nearly every day my little brother comes home and shares that another girl has been interrupted, pulled out of class, and sent to the office only to be reprimanded for her clothing. While I understand the attempt to maintain a “serious academic environment,” you are completely butchering your execution of this goal.
Creating a focused, educational environment is a vision that is contingent upon the comfort and inclusion of all students. A truly thriving educational community is an inclusive community, which requires the full embrace of every member’s whole self. By demonizing developing girls and their bodies, you effectively reduce girls …
Feminism | Posted by Karla Majdancic on 07/22/2016
What Young People Need To Know About Brexit
When I heard about the UK referendum that took place in June, I thought the possibility of the UK leaving the EU must be a joke. I expected the population to vote to stay in the EU and I wasn’t alone. But the citizens of the UK decided to exit, shocking and shaking the world, and sparking a great deal of uncertainty by doing so. While the news of this event has mostly focused on the resulting political fallout and worldwide economic tumult, Brexit will also have a profound influence on a group the mainstream media rarely covers: the record number of refugees worldwide.
For the past year, Europe has been profoundly affected by a widespread refugee crisis. This crisis was primarily sparked by a civil war…
Feminism | Posted by Lauren D on 07/20/2016
Is Unilever’s Vow To End Sexism In Their Ads A True Victory?
They’re trying to change.
Recent research suggested what many feminists have already spoken up about in the past: Only 2% of Unilever ads “portray intelligent women.” Unilever — the global corporation behind many famous brands such as Dove, Axe, Lynx, and Lipton — recently announced that they will reconsider using demeaning portrayals of women and sexism to sell their products. Instead of exploiting women’s insecurities, the company promised to instead promote images of intelligent women rather and declared that their goal is to #UNSTEREOTYPE women through the advertisements of every brand of their corporation.
Many experts have connected the prevalence of such destructive ads created by brands across the board to the rise in young girls’ negative body image. For example, activist Jean Kilbourne has noted that the average American …
Feminism | Posted by Gabby C on 07/18/2016
This Organization Is Working To End Sexual Violence In One Generation
In the past few years, multiple National Football League (NFL) players have been publicly accused of sexual assault or domestic violence. Although the allegations are deeply disturbing, the media has previously overlooked these athletes’ alleged histories of violence, in turn contributing to a society in which aggressive misogyny is normalized.
But three leading sexual violence prevention organizations hope to change that. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), and the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) partnered with the NFL in June to create the first-ever major initiative of sexual violence prevention plans. This collaborative project, called “Raliance,” is dedicated to responding, preventing, and ending sexual violence in “one generation.”
Delilah Rumberg, CEO of the NSVRC, recently spoke to the …
Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 07/15/2016
Serena Williams and Gabby Douglas Are Proving Black Girls Are Magic
There is absolutely no question that racism still persists in the United States today. While examples of this systemic reality abound — from racism in the criminal justice system to the disproportionate punishment of black girls in schools and beyond — one need look no further for evidence than this past week, which saw the tragic deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille. In fact, the police have killed at least 136 black people in 2016 alone, according to the Guardian.
Perhaps now more than ever, therefore, it’s important for young, black Americans to have exposure to black people succeeding despite the many systemic barriers in their way. This seems especially important for women of color, who are so often erased even from discussions of liberation. …
Feminism | Posted by Vicki S on 07/12/2016
On The Ground: Interviews With Young Feminist Activists
Welcome to “On the Ground,” a new interview series that highlights the work young feminist activists are doing in their own communities.
“Before my sophomore year at Andover, I didn’t even know what the term ‘feminism’ meant,” feminist activist and Barnard College student Corinne Singer told me. “Although I grew up in feminist-structured house where my dad is a full-time caregiver and my mom is a full-time ‘breadwinner,’ we didn’t talk about gender in my house as a system of power.
But during Corinne’s sophomore year at her high school, Phillips Academy Andover, a group of 12 or so seniors started a movement on campus called F=E, Feminism Equals Equality. The group hosted forums, started a Facebook page that provided a space for people to post things …
Feminism | Posted by David G on 07/8/2016
The Supreme Court Addressed The Intersection of Guns And Domestic Violence, But Is It Enough?
We need to do more about the intersection of guns and domestic violence.
Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that people convicted of domestic violence can no longer own guns. The ruling in Voisine v. United States, the case in question, does much to highlight the serious issue of the intersection of guns and domestic violence — but still may not be enough.
This ruling comes in light of recent, increased efforts to advocate for better gun control legislation in this nation. Perhaps most notably, the Congressional Democrats held a sit-in following the tragic mass shooting in Orlando, which aired on the social media streaming site Periscope after House Speaker Paul Ryan refused to air it on C-SPAN and called it a “publicity stunt.”
But as these conversations …
Feminism | Posted by Gabby C on 07/5/2016
Understanding The ‘B-Word': Embracing The Bisexual Identity
There are millions of women standing in the closet — a closet that’s threatening to burst open.
I was 17 when I first developed “feelings” for another woman, but it took me two more years to feel comfortable using the word “bisexual.” When I finally confessed this secret to my friends and family, they called my feelings a “phase” and said it would pass over time, which made me feel even more uncertain about my identity and uncomfortable with the idea of bisexuality.
In my college-level Human Sexuality course, my professor asked the class to describe the LGBTQA community and address each of the six commonly used sexual preferences. Only one student in the class of 30 raised their hand. The same ignorance and confusion that caused my …