Feminism | Posted by Madison L on 08/17/2015
The Surprising Effect of Low Wage Work on Reproductive Rights and Health
Many people think a low-wage worker is a young adult making minimum wage to earn a bit of pocket money or save up for college. While these workers make up some of the low-wage workforce, the vast majority of workers do not fit that mold. Nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women, over half are over the age of 25, and most do not have a spouse’s income to rely on, according to the National Women’s Law Center.
Low wage work has myriad effects on a woman’s life, including the decreased ability to get an education, spend time with family and friends, budget money properly to gain financial security, and to attend to personal health. This last point, though crucial, is particularly under-discussed, yet there are many ways …
Feminism | Posted by Roberta Nin Feliz on 08/13/2015
Struggling With My Dominican Identity
Curacao, Dominican Republic
In September of 2013, a law was passed in the Dominican Republic that effectively caused mass deportation and displaced countless Haitians. The law ruled that children born in the DR to non-citizens didn’t qualify for citizenship because their parents — mostly Haitians — were “‘in transit,'” as the US News & World Report put it. While the Dominican Republic has claimed that the purpose of this law is to control immigration, it seems it actually stems from a long legacy of anti-Blackness in the Dominican Republic.
Race in the Dominican Republic is relatively complex. While studies show that the majority — about 73% — of Dominicans are mixed race, like the people of many other former European-controlled colonies, Dominicans have long prized whiteness and denied their …
Feminism | Posted by David G on 08/12/2015
Seriously, America? Donald Trump?
Megyn Kelly has been widely praised for her skillful moderation of last Thursday’s GOP debate. Many noted that the Fox News host asked sharp yet substantial questions and took a no-nonsense approach to her delivery. But one of the most talked-about moments of the night was inarguably her take-down of Donald Trump.
It’s common knowledge that Donald Trump has a history of making particularly sexist and racist comments. Trump notoriously once called Rosie O’Donnell a “fat pig,” told a ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ contestant to ‘drop to her knees,’ and recently told a lawyer she was “disgusting” for asking for a medical break during a deposition to pump her breasts for her infant son. He’s reportedly acted egregiously as well: For example, the claim that Trump …
Feminism | Posted by Saskia G on 08/10/2015
Why We Need To Be Careful About Emphasizing Women’s Progress in STEM
Intel / YouTube
I saw it in middle school, and later in high school: If the girls in my class didn’t excel in science, no body was surprised, since girls are never expected to excel in the subject. But if they received a low grade on a paper in English or History, they faced far harsher backlash than did any male student who had also done poorly.
This double standard — that girls will excel in the humanities, and boys in the sciences — has roots in an antiquated past and has ramifications for the future. In my experience in the United States, values in schools and in families still largely align with the Colonial or Victorian idea — adopted from European court and estate cultures – that girls should …
Feminism | Posted by Lexi V on 08/5/2015
We Need To Stop Trying to Convince Girls They’re Beautiful
I was lucky enough to have a healthy body image for most of my childhood. I consistently played on various soccer and basketball teams, and between going to practice and scrambling to finish my homework, I did not have a spare moment to think about whether I was too skinny or not skinny enough. I cared about my strength and speed, not my looks.
This past year, however, I have thought more about my appearance than ever before. Last August I sustained my fourth concussion and was forbidden from exercising. For four months, I did little more than sit on my couch and ended up gaining a significant amount of weight. I always preached that everybody is beautiful no matter what, but suddenly found myself horrified that I was …
Feminism | Posted by Beatrice M on 08/4/2015
It’s Time To Stop Publicly Judging Women’s Bodies
Every form of public harassment has got to go
One evening last week, I stopped at home after work to change my clothes before dance class. It was a hot day and I wanted to shed my workplace-appropriate pants in favor of more comfortable attire before heading downtown. Wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and sandals, I boarded the subway.
Although there were plenty of open seats on the train, a man quickly sat down right next to me. Even though I was clearly listening to music, he decided to ask me a question. He asked how to transfer to a different train — was a typical one for tourists or people new to the city. I gave him a brief explanation and inserted my headphones back into my ears, thinking nothing …
Feminism | Posted by Christine L on 08/3/2015
Why I Stayed In an Abusive Relationship — and How I Finally Left
“Why doesn’t she just leave her abusive partner?”
It seems like a simple question and it’s one that’s often posed when people learn others are experiencing abuse. Leaving seems like the most obvious solution to outsiders. But as somebody who has experienced domestic violence, let me tell you: it’s not.
Before I met my abusive partner, I told my friends I’d never let a man hit me. I said I’d never stay in an abusive relationship. Nobody plans to be in an abusive relationship, but things happen. Abuse might first occur well after two people meet or fall in love. Abuse isn’t always so clear cut and can take many different forms.
Women especially are taught to pursue relationships and depend on our partners. I personally …
Feminism | Posted by Roberta Nin Feliz on 07/30/2015
Black Women and Violence in America: #SayHerName
#SayHerName protest in Union Square, New York City.
In recent years, the media has arguably made the racial violence African Americans continue to experience in the post-Civil Rights era — especially at the hands of law enforcement — more visible than ever before. But while this increased coverage is commendable, it often overlooks the violence African American women specifically face, including their experience of double marginalization as the subordinate gender of an already belittled race.
Some cases of female victims of police brutality have notably, and rightfully, garnered media attention, including Natasha McKenna, a 37 year old woman who was restrained and violently tasered by 6 police officers until she died; Renisha McBride, who was shot by a white man after she crashed her car on a street in …