Feminism | Posted by Kadin Burnett on 01/30/2017
We Have To Remain Vigilant About Global Reproductive Justice
A protest in the DR
Those who bear the brunt of childbirth should not have their bodies continually and unreasonably regulated by those who will never have their ankles suspended in stirrups, nor their reproductive well-being suspended. Female bodies — especially the bodies of the mothers-to-be —are frequently put under duress and subjugation, not only from culturally sexist rhetoric, but also by lawmakers. Domestically, we must certainly remain vigilant about what looks to be the most anti-abortion cabinet in U.S. history, but we are not alone in our need to focus on women’s reproductive rights. Legislation abroad has also stifled women’s control over their bodily freedom.
In late 2016, the Dominican Republic passed legislation that reinstated a criminal code that effectively bans abortions. A prior law passed in 2014 …
Feminism | Posted by Angela Liu on 01/27/2017
7 Things To Rally Around To Support Feminism In 2017
Credit: Women’s March on Washington
2016 was a year of political turmoil, heartbreaking losses, and global discord. 2017 is poised to be another year of great change — in fact, plenty of damage has already been done: Trump advanced the DAPL and Keystone Pipelines, expanded the Global Gag Rule, and moved to block refugees entry to the U.S. (just to name a few things). But while it’s important to focus on resisting these attacks, we must also recognize the positive forces that still exist and need support now more than ever. Here are just a few.
The power of civilian activism: The Women’s March on Washington, as well marches around the nation and world, recently drew millions of people. As we head into 2017, let’s keep this dynamic, …
Feminism | Posted by Grace Wong on 01/25/2017
Signs from the Women’s March
I said I wouldn’t march. In fact, I promised myself I had gotten all the marching out of my system. The day after the election, I protested Donald Trump’s presidency — protests that turned to riots. I therefore came to the conclusion in November that protesting Trump was not the solution. Yet at 6:00 o’clock on Saturday morning, I found myself on the floor of an LA hotel room, scrambling to make a poster that read: “My body. My choice. My country. My voice.”
I had initially considered marching. As a self-identifying feminist, I understood the importance of fighting for women’s rights. As a young woman of color, I understood the importance of amending systems rife with racism. As a climate-enthusiast, I understood the …
Feminism | Posted by Mankaprr Conteh on 01/23/2017
What I Witnessed At The Women’s March
Lakeisha Robinson at the March
Janelle Monáe took the Women’s March on Washington stage with a box office hit under her belt, hope for unity among the hundreds of thousands of women before her in her heart, and what should have been a simple request of those women on her lips.
As she performed her anthemic protest song “Hell You Talmbout,” Monáe would call the name of Sandra Bland, a young black activist who suspiciously, supposedly took her own life while in police custody.
“Say her name,” were the words Monáe charged the audience to respond with, invoking the African American Policy Forum’s 2015 campaign that recognized police violence against black women.
“Sandra Bland!” she yelled.
“No!” pockets of white women around me yelled in response.
Feminism | Posted by Virginia Jiang on 01/20/2017
Why I March
Are you going to March?
I remember the first time I was called a fag.
It was on a crisp fall day. I was walking to class. A man passed by me. It was casual, almost off-hand, like a bigoted stutter. It wasn’t the first time I had heard the word, but it was the first time it felt pointed, chiseled into the heart of my being. It was two days after the 2016 election.
Before that day, I had never felt that sense of otherness – the feeling that I was somehow alien to my homeland. Because though I am a queer woman of color, I had never before felt that my identities could fuel such casual enmity.
Maybe that was naïve of me, but we do live in …
Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Marina Preciado on 01/19/2017
Why I Organized A Walkout At My High School
Donald Trump announced the launch of his presidential campaign two years ago. At the time, many Americans laughed at the idea that a reality TV star and multi-billionaire businessman with no political experience was running for the highest position of political leadership in the country.
On January 20, 2017, no one will be laughing. We will swallow the large pill of Donald Trump’s presidency as he is sworn into office. We will watch him place his hand on the Bible and promise to honor a Constitution it’s doubtful that he has even read let alone one which plans to interpret with fair and honorable intentions.
The night of the election, my family sat in front of the television trying to hide our shared nervousness from each other. Our …
Feminism | Posted by Kayleigh Bolingbroke on 01/18/2017
Remembering George Michael, A Role Model For Healthy Masculinity
To say 2016 was a depressing year is a total understatement. Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election, an astonishing number of abortion bans were passed, and the deaths of celebrities and everyday people alike were broadcast on news channels on what seemed like a daily basis. But George Michael’s death on Christmas Day felt like a particularly cruelly ironic death in what was ultimately an exemplar year for toxic masculinity. While we gained a president who bragged about sexual assault and has clearly bought into the utmost virulent masculinity standards, we lost an icon who spent years encouraging everybody to reflect on stereotypical masculinity.
From his music to the clothes he wore and flamboyant persona he adopted, Michael refused to embody a stereotypical idea of masculinity. His …
Feminism | Posted by Gabby Catalano on 01/13/2017
How This Historic Icon Influenced Feminist Writers Today
When I came across the history podcast Footnoting History, I knew I found my niche. I listened to everything from an analysis of Jane Austen’s novels to the Victorians’ chilling Christmas traditions, and excitedly discussed these historical tales with my boyfriend. I never expected to come across a critical story of sex, love, poetry, and feminism, however, until I listened to “The Sappho Scandal” and learned about the legendary lesbian and feminist named Sappho.
Sappho was born around 615 B.C. and was a lyrical poet and songwriter. Although little is known about Sappho’s life, she made a name for herself as the greatest lyric poet of all time — even in the male-dominated world of classic literature. Many of her works were intended to be sung and …